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Claud L. (Tex) McIver.

Fisher & Phillips Partner Accidentally Shot Wife, Spokesman Says

By Meredith Hobbs |

Atlanta lawyer Claud "Tex" McIver accidentally shot his wife, Diane McIver, as he tried to draw his gun for fear of carjackers.

Rule Barring Arbitration in Nursing Home Contracts Will Face Legal Tests, Lawyers Say

Plaintiffs’ attorneys love it. Defense attorneys hate it. But everyone agrees on one thing: The new rule barring federally funded nursing home facilities from forcing disputes into arbitration will likely face a legal challenge.

Mitchell Scoggins.

State Legislators Unmoved by Judge's Questionable Practices

By R. Robin McDonald |

A Georgia probate judge whose complaints spurred an attack on the state's judicial watchdog has been accused of breaching defendants' constitutional rights and open courtroom requirements.

Federal Suits Claim Segregation, Abuse of Disabled Students

By Travis Loller |

Nearly 40 years after federal laws began requiring schools to educate disabled students alongside their nondisabled peers as much as possible, many of these children are still channeled into separate and unequal educational programs, often because of serious behavioral challenges that come along with their disabilities.

Norman Brothers, Jr., Senior Vice President, General Counsel and Corporate Secretary of UPS.

UPS GC: Firms Come to Pitches Surprisingly Ill-Prepared

Norm Brothers, the general counsel of UPS, likes to keep his outside law firm on their toes. Even UPS's go-to firms are asked to submit RFPs. And firms that want work are expected to bring their A game to pitches.

What Clients Want—Court Time for Junior Lawyers but Also Control

By Ross Todd |

When a federal judge in Brooklyn last week chastised Facebook Inc. and a prominent law firm for sending a junior lawyer to handle a terrorism-related case, the move highlighted the conundrum that in-house lawyers face when trying to find stand-up courtroom opportunities for new lawyers.

Law Schools Must Confront Students’ Alcohol, Mental Health Problems: Opinion

The first-ever national study of drinking, drug use, depression and anxiety in the legal profession, published in February in the Journal of Addiction Medicine, showed that “grossly wanting” would be a charitable characterization of the current state of health and well-being among lawyers. “Awful” is the undissembled truth.

iStockphoto/Federico Caputo

Artificial Intelligence and the Law: Smarter Than You?

Applying artificial intelligence to the practice of law is no longer the stuff of science fiction. But what does legal AI really offer right now? How fast is it improving? And who stands to benefit the most? Meet the people and firms pioneering the answers to those questions below. New technologies will change the way you practice. Here’s how.

Former Solicitor General Donald Verrilli to Join Munger, Tolles & Olson

Ending months of speculation, former U.S. solicitor general Donald Verrilli Jr. will join Los Angeles-based Munger, Tolles & Olson and will open a Washington, D.C. office for the firm, Munger announced on Wednesday.

Judges, Including One From the 11th Circuit, Talk Faith, Duty and the Law

Over the past eight years, President Barack Obama has boosted diversity on the federal bench with his judicial picks. This month he added a name to his list of barrier-busting nominees: Abid Qureshi, believed to be the first Muslim tapped for a federal judgeship.

Alabama Justice Faces Possible Ouster Over Gay Marriage

By Kim Chandler |

Alabama Chief Justice Roy Moore should be removed from office again, this time for defying the U.S. Supreme Court on gay marriage, lawyers for a disciplinary commission argued on Wednesday.

Ron Gaither

Baker & Hostetler Lands Schiff Hardin Sports Law Partner; and Other 'On the Move' News

By Meredith Hobbs |

Ron Gaither, a litigator whose clients include the Atlanta Braves, has joined Baker & Hostetler's fast-growing Atlanta office as a partner from Schiff Hardin.

Sam Olens, left, and Chris Carr

Governor's Lawyer: Olens, Carr Both Good Fits for Potential Appointments

By Greg Land |

No one involved will confirm rumors that state Attorney General Sam Olens is about to be named president of Kennesaw State University or that Department of Economic Development Director Chris Carr will be tapped to replace him.

Law Schools Must Confront Students’ Alcohol, Mental Health Problems: Opinion

By Patrick Krill |

The first-ever national study of drinking, drug use, depression and anxiety in the legal profession, published in February in the Journal of Addiction Medicine, showed that “grossly wanting” would be a charitable characterization of the current state of health and well-being among lawyers. “Awful” is the undissembled truth.

Is It Disrespectful to Send an Associate to Court? Maybe Not.

Was it disrespectful for a law firm to send an associate to federal court in Brooklyn, New York, to represent a big client, in this case Facebook Inc., to a pretrial conference unaccompanied by partners?

On Law School Exam Answers, the Longer the Better

Try being wordy. Some judges rail against verbose court filings, but longer law school exam responses tend to net higher grades, according to a new study by a pair of professors at Brigham Young University J. Rueben Clark Law School and a campus statistician.

Claud L. (Tex) McIver.

Wife of Prominent Fisher & Phillips Partner Dies From Gunshot Wound

By Meredith Hobbs |

Diane McIver, the president of Corey Airport Services and the wife of prominent Atlanta attorney Tex McIver of Fisher & Phillips, died Sunday night from a gunshot wound she suffered while riding in a car in Midtown, according to the Atlanta Police Department.

Pumping and Practicing: A Delicate Balance for Breastfeeding Lawyers

Riding the elevator down after a day of work, associate Shannon White had some awkward conversations when colleagues asked innocently, “What’s in the ice chest?”

BP Spill Movie Got Action Right, Villain Wrong, Lawyer Says

The film “Deepwater Horizon,” which is set to be released in theaters on Sept. 30, tells the story of one of the workers who was injured on the oil rig when it exploded six years ago, causing the largest spill in the history of the Gulf of Mexico. The attorney who represented that worker in his subsequent lawsuit was Paul Sterbcow, a member of the plaintiffs steering committee that went to trial against BP PLC.

Judge Stephanie B. Manis

High Court: Murder Mistrial No Bar to Directed Verdict for Defense

By Greg Land |

A unanimous Georgia Supreme Court upheld a Fulton County judge's granting a murder defendant's motion for directed verdict—which had been filed during trial—after a hung jury spurred a mistrial.

Mike Hobbs, Troutman Sanders, left, with Tom Glavine of the Atlanta Braves at Turner Field.

Troutman Lawyer Goes to Bat for Mizuno in Braves Sponsorship Deal

By Meredith Hobbs |

Troutman Sanders partner Mike Hobbs had to rush to close a deal between his client, sporting-goods manufacturer Mizuno, and the Atlanta Braves.

Legal Project Managers: The New Rainmakers?

Hogan Lovells has become the latest Am Law 100 firm to invest in the field of legal project management, a practice that a growing number of law firms have used to lower costs, increase predictability and, most importantly, win clients.

DLA Piper Tops Social Media Ranking

DLA Piper uses digital marketing and social media more effectively than any of its Big Law counterparts, according to results of The Social Law Firm Index 2016 prepared by Good2bSocial, a digital marketing agency in New York that does work for lawyers and firms.

Brian Kemp

Concessions by Secretary of State May Restore Thousands to Voter Rolls

By R. Robin McDonald |

Tens of thousands of voters whose registrations were canceled will be restored to the voter rolls before the November election after the Georgia Secretary of State agreed Friday to suspend a longtime practice of canceling registrations that the state NAACP had filed suit to stop.

Atlanta's Red Mass to Honor Leaders for Work for Peace and Justice

By Katheryn Hayes Tucker |

Among those to be honored at the annual interfaith event is late Bondurant, Mixson & Elmore partner Jeff Bramlett.

Yolanda L. Lewis

Fulton County's Yolanda Lewis Named President of Court Administrators Council

By Greg Land |

The administrator of Fulton County Superior Court has been tapped to serve a one-year term as president of Georgia's council of court administrators.

Man ID’d as Houston Gunman Was a ‘Good, Competent Lawyer,’ Ex-Partner Says

The former law partner of Nathan DeSai said the pair dissolved their partnership for economic reasons in February and had not spoken for months.

Judge Sara Doyle

Divorce Lawyers Brace for Changes in Appellate Review

By Katheryn Hayes Tucker |

Starting in January, Georgia divorce appeals will be heard by the state's intermediate appeals court rather than the state Supreme Court.

Left to right: Randy Evans and Shari Klevens, Dentons partners

Avoid Inappropriate Relationships With Clients

By J. Randolph Evans and Shari L. Klevens |

The legal news continues to report on salacious tales of attorneys embarking on improper personal relationships with clients. Engaging in intimate relations with current and prospective clients threatens not only the lawyer's professional reputation and law license, but also poses significant risk to colleagues and law firm partners.

Plaintiffs Firms Pounce on Wells Fargo After Fake-Accounts Scandal

Wells Fargo has been hit with a new shareholder lawsuit accusing its board of directors and senior managers of “recklessly” allowing the creation of roughly 2 million fake customer accounts, adding to the bank’s legal woes since the government slammed it with a record fine.

U.S. Supreme Court Term Promises to Be IP Blockbuster

With four IP cases on the docket and several more knocking at the door of certiorari, the U.S. Supreme Court is poised for a banner year of patent, trademark and copyright decisions.

Joseph D. Wargo

Ex-Clients Sue Greenberg Traurig After Disqualification

By Greg Land |

After unsuccessfully fighting disqualification rulings barring it from representing car-title loan giant TitleMax in a Fulton County lawsuit, Greenberg Traurig is now facing litigation accusing it of violating ethical rules and breaching its duties to a group of rival title lenders that the firm represented for years.

Bill Mitchell

National Insurance Defense Firms Shaking Up Atlanta Market

By Meredith Hobbs |

As insurance carriers increasingly look to national defense firms, out-of-state firms are looking to take work away from regional Georgia shops.

Rolling Stone Must Face UVA Dean’s Defamation Suit, Judge Rules

By Zoe Tillman |

For the second time this month, Rolling Stone has failed to persuade a judge to dismiss defamation claims related to a since-retracted article about how the University of Virginia handled allegations of rape on campus.

Trump Avoids Big Law Again in New List of Possible SCOTUS Picks

By Tony Mauro |

Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump is expected to announce on Friday a second list of potential U.S. Supreme Court nominees he would consider as president, underscoring his argument that the future of the high court is a prime reason for voters to elect him.

Justice Keith R. Blackwell.

Georgia's Newest Justice Makes Trump's List of Possible SCOTUS Picks

By Katheryn Hayes Tucker |

Justice Keith Blackwell, 41, had no response Friday to his name appearing on the latest list from Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump.

Hugh P. Thompson

Bar Exam Error 'Came as a Surprise,' Georgia's Chief Justice Says

By Katheryn Hayes Tucker |

In an interview with the Daily Report, Chief Justice Hugh Thompson said he has confidence that scoring problems have been rectified.

Richard Hyde

Watchdog Agency's Former Investigator Testifies

By R. Robin McDonald |

Four members of the state's judicial watchdog agency, including the Fulton County judge who is its acting chairwoman, declined invitations Thursday to appear voluntarily at a hearing conducted by a state House legislative committee investigating the agency's operations.

US Supreme Court Justices Won’t Answer Questions About Their Health

By Tony Mauro |

The intense debate over how transparent presidential nominees Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump should be about their health gives rise to another question: What about the health of Supreme Court justices?

‘Run Them Down’ Tweets Law Prof About Protesters

By Karen Sloan |

Twitter on Thursday briefly suspended the account of prominent University of Tennessee College of Law professor Glenn Reynolds over a tweet showing news photos of protesters in a Charlotte Interstate with the comment “Run them down.”

John Eaves

Fulton County Re-Launches Justice System Reinvestment Initiative

By Greg Land |

Fulton County Commission Chairman John Eaves is hopeful that a renewed push to move cases through the courts and lower the jail population—coupled with a plan to outsource the county's mental health program to a nonprofit healthcare system—will help alleviate pressure on the county's justice system and allow resources to be shifted toward keeping people out of jail.

Five Finalists Announced for Daily Report's Attorney of the Year

By Jonathan Ringel |

The Daily Report is pleased to announce five finalists for its first "Attorney of the Year" award, honoring who had the biggest impact on the Georgia legal community or most helped to advance the cause of justice during 2015.

Todd Markle

Judge Honored for Veterans Court Work

By Greg Land |

Fulton County Superior Court Judge Todd Markle has been named the 2016 "Outstanding Veteran's Judge" by the State Bar of Georgia's military and veterans law section and military legal assistance program and the Emory Law School veterans pro bono clinic.

Judge William Duffey

Judge Orders Ga. Secretary of State to Release Rejected Voter Records

By R. Robin McDonald |

A federal judge on Tuesday ordered Georgia's Secretary of State to turn over voter registration records related to the agency's decision to reject, cancel or otherwise fail to add names to the state's voter rolls.

Richard Hays

ALM Intelligence: Q&A With Alston & Bird Managing Partner Richard Hays

By Dirk Olin |

As recently as a generation ago, the firm now known as Alston & Bird largely restricted its operations and clientele to the state of Georgia. That began to change with the opening of its Washington, D.C., office in 1990. Today the firm counts roughly 800 attorneys in 10 offices worldwide. Managing partner Richard Hays recently sat down in his Atlanta office with ALM Director of Legal Intelligence Dirk Olin to discuss the practices and history that have informed the firm’s unusual culture.

Here's Who's Been Nominated for the Georgia Court of Appeals

By Katheryn Hayes Tucker |

The Judicial Nominating Commission is moving forward to fill the anticipated vacancy left by Presiding Judge Herbert Phipps, who is retiring.

J. Randolph Evans

Screening Panel to Hear From Bar Groups and Applicants for Ga. High Court Openings

By Katheryn Hayes Tucker |

Georgia's judicial nominating commission, in the midst of narrowing a list of potential candidates for spots on the state supreme court, is set to hear from nominees and interest groups.

In Atlanta, DOJ Civil Rights Chief Links Local Distrust of Police to ‘Unconstitutional’ Tactics

The chief of the U.S. Justice Department’s Civil Rights Division told more than 200 lawyers and community activists at an Atlanta symposium Tuesday at Georgia State University that she and her Justice Department colleagues in Washington and across the nation “see a very clear link” between the criminalization of poverty by law enforcement authorities and the growing distrust of police and the government by the public.

Six Children May Be a ‘Handful’ for Court to Deal With in ‘Brangelina’ Split, Lawyers Say

The divorce between Angelina Jolie Pitt and Brad Pitt has all the hallmarks of a high-profile celebrity split except for one thing: the couple’s six children under the age of 18.

Catherine Bernard.

Appeal Unlikely in Dismissal of Suit Fighting Ballot Disqualification

By Greg Land |

Jason Lovett, a would-be candidate for the Georgia House of Representatives who challenged the state elections chief's order nixing more than 2,200 signatures on his ballot petition, is unlikely to appeal a Fulton County judge's order dismissing his suit, according to his attorney.

First Amendment Group Urges Defeat of Amendment to Abolish JQC

By R. Robin McDonald |

Two years ago, the Georgia First Amendment Foundation honored the Georgia judicial watchdog agency for its efforts to throw open the doors of Georgia's courtrooms, despite resistance from judges who preferred to establish their own criteria for entry.

Why Do Women Leave Firms? Because They Can

Uh-oh, it looks like your firm just wasted a ton of money recruiting those bright young women from Columbia Law School.

Sagging July Bar Exam Results in Florida and Elsewhere Defy Predictions

A forecast for better bar pass rates is turning gloomy as scores from the July exam begin to trickle in.

Brangelina Divorce Lawyer Seen as ‘Cool, Calm, Practical’

By Amanda Bronstad |

Laura Wasser, the lawyer representing Angelina Jolie Pitt in her divorce from Brad Pitt, is synonymous with Hollywood’s biggest celebrity breakups, with recent cases including Jennifer Garner’s divorce from Ben Affleck and Johnny Depp’s split from Amber Heard.

Former House Speaker John Boehner Joins Squire Patton Boggs

By Susan Beck |

Nearly a year after leaving office, John Boehner, the former Republican Speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives, is joining Squire Patton Boggs, the firm announced Tuesday.

Georgia Loses Again in Re-enactment of 1794 Trial Before US Supreme Court Justices

By Tony Mauro |

For a few hours on Monday, the eight-member U.S. Supreme Court morphed into a three-member panel reenacting one of its earlier cases in the same Philadelphia courtroom where it was first argued in 1794.

Kindu Walker, at left, and Jay Barber

Litchfield Cavo Opens Atlanta Office; and Other 'On the Move' News

By Meredith Hobbs |

Litchfield Cavo, a Chicago-based insurance defense firm, has opened an Atlanta office with partners Jay Barber from Taylor English Duma and Kindu Walker from The Finley Firm.

Elite Retreat: Do Women From Top Law Schools Leave the Law Earlier?

ALM Intelligence research on gender diversity indicates that women do not leave the law just to have children or raise a family. Instead, there is a slow trickling-out of women from the Big Law workforce year-over-year. As seen below, women one year out of law school comprise 44% of the Big Law population, while women 25 years out of law school comprise only 25% of the Big Law population.

Kasowitz Bets Big on $90B Qui Tam Case

In a bold gamble, Kasowitz, Benson, Torres & Friedman has blown the whistle on four of the country’s largest chemical companies, assuming the role of both plaintiff and counsel in a $90 billion qui tam case.

Wayne B. Kendall

Lawyer Settles Suit Against NAACP Defense Fund Over Litigation Fees

By Greg Land |

An attorney who sued the NAACP Legal Defense and Education Fund over what he said was nearly $76,000 in legal fees stemming from voting rights litigation against Fayette County has reached a confidential settlement with the organization.

Brian Steel

Motions Seek Dismissal of Charges in Waffle House CEO 'Sextortion' Case

By Greg Land |

Lawyers for a woman and two attorneys facing criminal charges related to the clandestine video recording of former Waffle House CEO Joe Rogers during a sexual encounter with the woman have asked a judge to throw out the indictments for all three defendants.

Edward Wasmuth Jr.

Software Exec Says Bar Exam Mistake Wasn't the Company's Fault

By Katheryn Hayes Tucker |

ILG Technologies is turning to attorneys with Smith, Gambrell & Russell to fight a suit over scoring errors that led to 90 test takers who passed the exam being told that they had failed.

Family of Pilot Who Died in Plane Crash During Tom Cruise Film Shoot Files Wrongful-Death Suit

By Amanda Bronstad |

A second lawsuit has been filed over a fatal plane crash last year that occurred during the filming of Tom Cruise’s upcoming thriller “American Made.”

Law Schools Cut Tuition to Entice Applicants

By Karen Sloan |

Amid declining enrollment in J.D. programs nationwide, two law schools have unveiled tuition decreases for the upcoming school year.

Richard B. Russell Federal Building

Suspicious Backpack That Caused Evacuation Contained Clothes

By R. Robin McDonald |

An abandoned backpack discovered near an entrance to the federal courthouse in downtown Atlanta on Monday morning contained no explosives, an FBI spokesman said Monday afternoon.

Joe Freeman, left, and Anthony Cammarata

UGA Students Clamor for In-House Experience

By Kristen Rasmussen |

Based in part on feedback from happy customers, UGA is expanding its corporate counsel externship for the semester beginning in January 2017.

In Era of Reform, a Patent Pioneer Slips Out of Step

When the American Intellectual Property Lawyers Association honored Federal Circuit Judge Pauline Newman a few years ago, her longtime colleague Richard Linn described her as “a living legend.”

California Firm Joins Big Law Brethren in Sports Sponsorship Game

Irvine, California-based Am Law 200 firm Knobbe, Martens, Olson & Bear has taken the billable hour mindset to an unusual place by striking a sponsorship deal for a cyclocross team. The increasingly popular bicycling sport, which takes place on dirt-road and closed-track races, also requires riders to pick up their bikes and run at certain points.

Rendering of Polsinelli's new space at One Atlantic Center in Midtown Atlanta.

Polsinelli Is Moving to One Atlantic

By Meredith Hobbs |

Polsinelli is moving its Atlanta office to larger digs at One Atlantic Center, in the heart of Midtown’s law firm district. The 15-year lease is for two floors, or 45,000 square feet.

Judge T. Jackson Bedford Jr.

Judge Finds Bobbi Brown's Boyfriend Liable in Civil Suit

By Greg Land |

The boyfriend of the late Bobbi Christina Brown has been deemed liable by a Fulton County judge for civil claims that he abused and robbed Brown prior to her death.

Ben Brodhead

Fulton Jury Awards $30M in Car Wreck Case

By Greg Land |

A jury in Fulton County determined that a woman who lost a finger and suffered extensive arm injuries during a car wreck deserved roughly $30 million.

Lawyer in Chadbourne Gender-Bias Case Fires Back

By Vivia Chen, The Careerist |

Just as I had predicted, the Chadbourne & Parke gender discrimination case isn’t quieting down.

Dear Law Professors: Please Stop Hiding the Ball

By Robert McClendon |

I’m about a month into my first semester, and the average week has me spending about 60 hours in class or studying, and I would do more, but the subsequent extra-credit course in Divorce and Family Law would only add to my workload.

Cary Ichter

An Ode to Blogging

By Cary Ichter |

We don't run poetry often in the Daily Report, but this lawyer's ironic lament could speak for many in the profession.

Got (Breast) Milk? Latham Will Ship It

It’s hard enough pumping breast milk multiple times per day for working lawyer-moms, without the stress of figuring out how to ship milk home when traveling for work.

Ex-Law Dean Sues Berkeley for Racial Bias in Handling of Harassment Claims

The ex-dean of UC-Berkeley’s law school has accused the university of racial bias in its aggressive response to sexual harassment allegations once they were aired publicly.

Leah Ward Sears

Ex-Chief Justice Sears Leaving Schiff Hardin for Smith Gambrell

By Meredith Hobbs |

Leah Ward Sears said she wanted to join a historically Atlanta-based firm.

Georgia Supreme Court building

State Supreme Court Stays Writ Suspending Authority of Chatham Judge

By R. Robin McDonald |

The Supreme Court of Georgia late Thursday stayed an action by the Chatham Superior Court bench that last week stripped that county's chief Recorders Court judge of her administrative powers, saying it could not say with certainty that the writ of prohibition issued by the Superior Court bench was legal.

Cynthia Becker.

Former DeKalb Judge Testifies Judicial Watchdog Agency Abused Power

By R. Robin McDonald |

A retired DeKalb County judge indicted last year on felony charges stemming from her comments in a meeting with the state judicial watchdog agency testified before a legislative committee Thursday that the prosecutor told her he was under "extreme pressure to have a quick indictment and a resolution."

Robert Khayat

$490K Verdict Against Contractor Includes $475K in Attorney Fees

By Greg Land |

A Brunswick contractor who told a Glynn County jury he was owed more than $100,000 after being booted off of a job building a mansion on St. Simon's Island was instead ordered to pay nearly a half-million dollars to the homeowner, nearly all of which reflected attorney fees accrued fighting the suit and pursuing counterclaims.

From the movie

AVLF Goes to the Movies to Raise Awareness of Domestic Violence

By Meredith Hobbs |

The Atlanta Volunteer Lawyers Foundation will be screening "Private Violence," an HBO documentary that looks at intimate partner violence through the eyes of two survivors, for its third annual AVLF Night at the Movies on Sept. 20.

As Litigation Rises, a Glimpse of What Keeps Corporate Counsel Up at Night

By John Council |

Businesses are experiencing a rise in litigation and the main areas of concern for legal departments are contract disputes, labor and employment claims and regulatory investigations, according a recent survey of in-house lawyers and executives of more than 600 companies.

Clinton v. Trump: Close-Up on the Courts

By ALM Staff |

Be it Hillary Clinton or Donald Trump, the candidate elected president in November will put an enduring stamp on the federal courts. Read our complete coverage.

Donald Trump

11 Georgia Judges to Watch If Trump Wins the White House

By R. Robin McDonald |

The state has an abundance of conservative legal talent waiting in the wings, said Dentons partner Randy Evans, a Trump adviser.

D. Albert Brannen

Employers Swamped by Storm of Labor Regulation Changes

By D. Albert Brannen | Special to the Daily Report |

This past year brought an accelerating number of changes affecting every aspect of labor and employment law. A steady drumbeat of court decisions, new and revised government regulations and executive orders have had a sweeping impact on everything from wages and hours, safety and health, and employment discrimination to government contracts and labor relations.

gavel

Fulton Criminal Record Expungement Event Is Thursday

By Greg Land |

Fulton County is asking citizens who have criminal felony and misdemeanor arrests that did not result in convictions to attend a Thursday evening pre-registration to have those records expunged and restricted.

Brian Kemp

DOJ Approval at Issue in Ga. Voter Registration Suit

By R. Robin McDonald |

Secretary of State Brian Kemp says the U.S. Justice Department signed off on state's "exact match" policies—but plaintiffs lawyers are raising questions.

Law Profs See Michigan Case as Potential ‘Brown v. Board'

Literacy rates south of 10 percent. A dearth of textbooks and other key educational materials. Overcrowded classrooms and unsafe and unsanitary school conditions. That’s just a sampling of the jarring allegations in a 136-page class action filed Tuesday in U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan on behalf of students in five struggling, overwhelmingly minority Detroit schools.

At a Glance: Where the Judicial Vacancies Are

There are currently 96 federal judicial vacancies, according to the Administrative Office of the U.S. Courts. Planned retirements will open another seven seats by Jan. 1, including two on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit.

Clinton v. Trump: Close-Up on the Courts

Be it Hillary Clinton or Donald Trump, the candidate elected president in November will put an enduring stamp on the federal courts. Read our complete coverage.

Christian Coomer

Complaint About Judge at Heart of Amendment to Abolish Judicial Watchdog

By R. Robin McDonald |

State Rep. Christian Coomer says that ending the tenure of Georgia's judicial watchdog agency as constitutionally independent is not about giving well-connected judges a way to tip the scales in their favor should they face scrutiny for possible ethical violations. Rather, it's a response to what he believes was an abuse of authority two years ago by a member of the Judicial Qualifications Commission, who would later become its chairman.

Stephen Forte

Smith Gambrell Raises Associate Pay as Others Mull Options

By Meredith Hobbs |

Smith Gambrell & Russell has raised associate pay, bumping up its local starting salary to $155,000, effective Sept. 1.

Civil Rights Groups Challenge Georgia's Voter Registration Policies

By R. Robin McDonald |

Civil rights and voters' rights organizations on Wednesday sued the Georgia Secretary of State in federal court in Atlanta, seeking to halt before the November elections what they say is a suppressive voter registration policy that requires an exact match of voter registrations with information contained in the state's driver's license and social security databases.

Female Partners at Chadbourne: We’re Not Victims

By Vivia Chen |

The gender discrimination suit against Chadbourne & Parke is getting hotter. Now it looks like the other female partners at the firm are ganging up on Kerrie Campbell, the woman who’s suing the firm. I hate to say it, but it’s beginning to look like a Big Law episode of “Mean Girls.”

Christopher Corbett.

High Court Ponders $415,000 Divorce Contempt Order

By Greg Land |

Lawyers waging a costly post-divorce battle squared off as the ex-wife of former Orkin Pest Control CEO Glen Rollins challenged a trial court's authority to issue a contempt order commanding her to pay hundreds of thousands of dollars in fines.

Rise of the Machines Continues as Another Top Firm Signs AI Deal

By Chris Johnson |

Artificial intelligence has become an increasingly hot topic in Big Law over the past few years. The latest to go digital is U.K. magic circle firm Slaughter and May.

Apple Fans Sue Over iPhone Upgrade Delays

Some people really want the new iPhone. Loyal followers of Apple Inc. were excited last year when the company started a program that let them pay a little extra with the promise of getting the latest device each year. But now lawyers for a disgruntled subset of those consumers have sued Apple, saying they’ve been told to wait.

Should Big Law Be Afraid of David Sanford?

David Sanford, the Sanford Heisler name partner who made his name lobbing bias lawsuits at Fortune 500 companies, invited me to his office in midtown Manhattan last week for a little chat.

Joint Employee Relationships: Are Discrimination Cases Next?

Recently, the National Labor Relations Board has expanded the definition of joint employment, particularly as it relates to franchisers and franchisees. The U.S. Labor Department also issued joint employer liability rules in January 2016.

25 Years Later: Anita Hill On Sexual Harassment, Pay Equity and Title IX

By Erin E. Harrison |

Although Anita Hill acknowledges that women have shattered many a glass ceiling in the professional world, she remains unconvinced that sexual harassment in the workplace has changed all that much—especially for “everyday people”—in the 25 years since she told a U.S. Senate committee that she had been sexually harassed by then Supreme Court justice nominee Clarence Thomas.

Paul D. Clement

Clement's Surprise Move Rattles the Supreme Court Bar

By Tony Mauro |

News that Paul Clement and the Bancroft firm would combine with Kirkland & Ellis took the rarified U.S. Supreme Court bar by complete surprise Monday.

Josh Swiger.

Litigation Is Like an Ultra-Endurance Race

By Josh Swiger | Special to the Daily Report |

Josh Swiger says preparing for litigation is like preparing for his hobby: ultra-endurance mountain bike racing.

Lawyers Launch Insurance Policy for Contingency Cases

When Justin Leto was a young plaintiffs attorney, another lawyer in his building asked how he dealt with the financial risk of pursuing litigation. Could his firm somehow insure legal costs in case the jury returned a defense verdict?

Kirkland Acquires DC-Based Boutique Bancroft

Paul Clement, a former U.S. solicitor general who left King & Spalding in 2011 to join Washington, D.C.-based appellate litigation boutique Bancroft, is heading to Kirkland & Ellis.

Jay Abt

Charges Dropped Over Looted Safety Deposit Boxes, Civil Suits Remain

By Greg Land |

The DeKalb County district attorney has dropped theft charges against Khatija Dholakia due to evidentiary problems, her lawyer said.

An Insider’s View on Patent System Overhaul at Five Year Mark

By Scott Graham |

On Sept. 16, the America Invents Act will have been in effect for five years. How did it begin, and how is it doing?

Success in First-Year Civil Procedure Course Points to Bar Passage

By Karen Sloan |

Performance in certain courses and participation in certain extra-curricular activities are strong predictors of who will pass the bar on the first go-around, according to a new draft study by Texas Tech University School of Law Dean Darby Dickerson and two co-authors from the school.

Left to right: Randy Evans and Shari Klevens, Dentons partners

Disclosing and Withholding Attorney Work Product

By J. Randolph Evans and Shari L. Klevens |

One issue that often arises for attorneys is who owns the documents created during the scope of a representation and to what extent such documents must be disclosed. If a representation concludes and a client asks for a copy of the "file," what documents are encompassed within that request? If an attorney receives a subpoena for documents related to a former client, must all attorney-generated documents be produced?

A. Lee Parks

Ten Steps to Success at Mediation

By Lee Parks |

More courts are making mediation mandatory with amazing results. Here are 10 steps you can take to maximize your client’s chances for a successful mediation.

Brent Savage.

Suit Targets Software Company for Bar Exam Fiasco

By Katheryn Hayes Tucker |

A proposed class action blames ILG Information Technologies for scoring errors that caused 90 test takers to be told they failed the exam when they actually passed.

Supreme Court Acts on Five Discipine Cases

On Monday, the Supreme Court of Georgia issued discipline decisions in the cases of Nathan E. Hardwick IV, Timothy Eugene Moses, Holly De Rosa Hogue (Edwards), C. Michael Rose and Trent Carl Gaines.

Jeff Shiver c/o Shiver & Hamilton Atlanta. Photo By John Disney 2-21-2013

Clayton Jury Awards $10M to Murder Victim's Family

By Greg Land |

A Clayton County jury delivered a post-apportionment award of $10 million to the family of a man murdered by unknown assailants at a Forest Park apartment complex last year, earning praise from plaintiffs' attorney Jeff Shiver for putting aside the fact that the dead man's widow was a Mexican national and spoke no English.

Why This Columbus Federal Judge Just Told Plaintiffs Lawyers ‘Enough is Enough’

A federal judge in Georgia livid over lawsuits he views as meritless has threatened to sanction plaintiffs attorneys if they continue to pursue cases that “probably should never have been brought in the first place.”

With Court in Recess, SCOTUS Justices Make Headlines Off the Bench

Before they hunker down for the fall term in September, justices of the U.S. Supreme Court often fan out in September to speak to incoming law school audiences and other venues.

Appeals Target Augusta Judge for 'Policy' of Refusing Transgender Name Changes

By Katheryn Hayes Tucker |

For the second time this year, a transgender man seeking to use a traditionally male name is challenging a Georgia judge’s decision to deny the request.

Georgia Supreme Court building

Ousted Chatham Court Chief Fights Removal

By R. Robin McDonald |

Judge Tammy Stokes, who this past week was relieved of chief judge duties in the Chatham County Recorder's Court, filed an emergency appeal with the Georgia Supreme Court.

Court Chief Yanked From Post for 'Grossly' Abusing Authority

By R. Robin McDonald |

In an unprecedented censure, the full bench of Chatham County said it was necessary to suspend the chief judge of the Recorder's Court for administrative duties.

Georgia Supreme Court

Divorce, Dog Bite, Hospital Mix Up on Tap for Ga. Justices

By Katheryn Hayes Tucker |

The Georgia Supreme Court will open its September term this week with two days of oral arguments.

Sept. 11, Still as Clear as 15 Years Ago

By Law.com |

The word “memories” doesn’t seem to apply to 9/11. Fifteen years now have passed, but survivors and witness recall with perfect clarity the “beautiful” September morning interrupted by so much violence. Recollections are still so raw, fresh despite the passing years.

'Barmageddon' Lawyer Predicts Lawsuits Over Ga. Bar Exams

By Katheryn Hayes Tucker |

Litigation is all but certain, says Chicago attorney Christopher Dore, who was involved in litigation over a 2014 bar exam software glitch.

State Rep. Wendell Willard, chairman of the State House Study Committee to investigate Georgia's judicial watchdog agency had its first hearing on Thursday.

House Committee Opens Controversial Hearings on Judicial Watchdog

By R. Robin McDonald |

In response to critics, committee chairman Wendell Willard said the public will "be the judge."

Tilton Asks Supreme Court To Step into Challenge of SEC Administrative Courts

Attorneys challenging the legitimacy of U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission civil proceedings because of the way administrative law judges are appointed have taken the first step toward seeking relief in the U.S. Supreme Court.

Airbnb Adopts Stronger Anti-Bias Policies as Report Reveals Shortcomings

Airbnb Inc., faced with growing complaints from guests and hosts about bias on its home-sharing platform, on Thursday released a comprehensive report that documents shortcomings and proposes several steps to curtail discrimination.

AJ Lakraj.

For Test Takers, Bar Exam Snafu Brought 'Grief and Hardship'

By Meredith Hobbs |

Affected test takers and law school deans alike are still absorbing the news that 90 people who took the Georgia bar exam in July 2015 and last February were told they failed but actually passed, because of a glitch in scoring.

Law Dean Takes Job with Race-Equality Sports Institute

By Karen Sloan |

he dean of Wayne State University Law School is trading academia for athletics. Jocelyn Benson is stepping down this month to become the chief executive officer of the Ross Institute in Sports for Equality.

Settlement May Open Fox News to More Sexual Harassment Suits

By Charles Toutant |

Rather than quelling the turmoil at Fox News, Roger Ailes’ reported $20 million settlement of a sexual harassment suit by former anchor Gretchen Carlson could prompt more litigation by women employees of the network, some lawyers said.

So You Think You’re a Fat Cat Lawyer? JPMorgan Doesn’t.

By Richard Binder |

http://www.law.com/sites/almstaff/2016/09/08/so-you-think-youre-a-fat-cat-lawyer-jpmorgan-doesnt/

Here Are the Five Law Firm Litigation Departments of the Year

The Daily Report editorial department is pleased to announce the winners of its annual Law Firm Litigation Department of the Year awards.

John E. Hall.

Judge Recuses, Cobb Med-Mal Trial Proceeds to Defense Win

By Greg Land |

On the Friday before Labor Day holiday, a Cobb County jury returned a defense verdict in a case involving a man who died during surgery in 2011, clearing the surgeon and anesthesiologist of liability.

Self-Help ‘Guru’ Takes Expensive Hit in Patent Suit

Keith Raniere is said to hold a lot of sway over the people who are drawn to his professional success training programs, be they girlfriends, wealthy heiresses or business associates.

Nonprofit Law Firms Benefit Disenchanted Attorneys, ‘In-Between’ Clients

Lee DiFilippo earned hefty paychecks for 13 years as a corporate transactional attorney in Big Law and later as in-house counsel to a couple of corporations.

Here Are the Five In-House Legal Departments of the Year

The Daily Report's editorial department is pleased to announce the winners of its 2016 In-House Legal Departments of the Year awards.

Connecting to Save Colleagues' Lives

By Robin Frazer Clark and Brett Lockwood |

Two Atlanta attorneys highlight efforts by members of the Georgia bar to prevent suicides by their fellow Georgia lawyers and to encourage others to commit to this effort.

Litigation Boutique Recruits Construction Partner; and Other 'On the Move' News

By Meredith Hobbs |

Construction lawyer Antony Sanacory has joined local litigation boutique HudsonParrottWalker as a partner from Duane Morris, where he'd practiced since 2003.

Six Flags over Georgia

State Justices to Review $35M Six Flags Verdict

By Katheryn Hayes Tucker |

The Georgia Supreme Court has agreed to consider questions related to apportionment of damages and premises liability stemming from the 2007 attack on a park visitor.

Ga. Supreme Court Justice P. Harris Hines

Harris Hines Elected Chief Justice of Ga. Supreme Court

By Katheryn Hayes Tucker |

Hines, who replaces departing Chief Justice Hugh Thompson, will be sworn in Jan. 6.

'Made-for-Litigation' Science Scuttles Two Talc Trials Under NJ Judge's Ruling

By Amanda Bronstad |

A New Jersey trial court judge has struck two upcoming trials over talcum powder’s link to ovarian cancer after concluding that two plaintiffs’ experts had “made-for-litigation” scientific methods.

Hilliard V. Castilla said his client made some statements that didn't help his case, but

First Trial Ends With Brawling Jurors, Second With a Defense Verdict

By Greg Land |

A few months after a jury room fight caused a mistrial in a highway wreck case, a Clayton County jury returned a defense verdict for the John Doe driver who was accused of causing the wreck.

Georgia Bar Exam Scoring Error Among the Worst Historically

The erroneous failure of 90 Georgia Bar Exam takers in the past year looks to be the worst scoring mistake ever on the all-important licensing test.

John Sammon, chair of the state Board of Bar Examiners.

90 Georgia Bar Exam Takers Were Wrongly Told They Failed

By Meredith Hobbs |

Scoring errors caused 90 Georgia bar exam takers to be mistakenly told they'd failed the exam, the state Board of Bar Examiners announced Tuesday. The 90 takers of the July 2015 and February 2016 bar exams had, in fact, passed.

About Our GC Compensation Chart

Daily Report affiliate ALM Legal Intelligence combs through Fortune 1000 companies' proxies in order to compile a list of general counsel salaries.

2015 Compensation Drops for GCs in South, but All Signs Are Pointing Up

By Kristen Rasmussen |

Like their counterparts in the rest of the country, general counsel in the South saw a slight drop in compensation in 2015, according to the 2016 General Counsel Compensation Survey, conducted by Daily Report affiliate ALM Legal Intelligence. But experts on executive compensation say Southern GCs have reason for optimism about their pay in years to come.

Phyllis Schlafly Was a Feminist

I don’t like to speak ill of the newly departed, but I was never a fan of Phyllis Schlafly, who died on Sept. 5 at the age of 92. She was simply poisonous to the cause of gender equality.

GM Settles Last Two Bellwether Cases Over Alleged Faulty Ignition Switch

General Motors Corp. has settled the last two bellwether cases scheduled for later this year over alleged faulty ignition switches following a number of successful outcomes before juries.

Rep. Wendell Willard: No plans for additional hearings on the bill this year.

Ex-JQC Director Says He Won't Testify Before House Committee

By R. Robin McDonald |

Mark Dehler, who resigned his post in August, said in a letter that lawmakers are overstepping their authority with investigation of the state's judicial watchdog.

Mary Margaret Oliver

Who's on the Panel Investigating Georgia's Judicial Watchdog Agency

By R. Robin McDonald |

Amid a struggle over the agency's future, seven lawmakers have been appointed to look into operations of the Judicial Qualifications Commission.

Atlanta Skyline

Survey: Atlanta Big Law Associates Have Cheered Up

By Meredith Hobbs |

Midlevel associates at several of Atlanta's large law firms are a much happier bunch than a few years ago—at least the ones responding to The American Lawyer's annual Midlevel Associate Satisfaction survey.

When Lawyers Fail at Handling Failure

By Leigh Jones |

Your firm’s tanked, you’ve lost a bet-the-company case, the deal’s collapsed. Big fails make big news—consider Kenyon & Kenyon’s slow fade to dissolution following last month’s acquisition of what’s left of it by Andrews Kurth. So how equipped are lawyers to handle professional defeat? Poorly, says Will Meyerhofer, a former associate at Sullivan & Cromwell who is now a psychotherapist in New York.

Big Law Firms Reveal Rates in Pitches for Herbalife Monitor

By C. Ryan Barber |

As lawyers jockey for the lucrative job of overseeing Herbalife Ltd.’s compliance with the terms of a $200 million settlement, top firms are giving a glimpse into their billing rates and revealing strategies for winning coveted independent-auditor contracts.

Sen. Josh McKoon

Appeal Likely in Stewart County Ballot Petition Battle

By Greg Land |

An appeal is likely after a superior court judge overruled the Stewart County Board of Elections and ordered that county commission hopeful Earl White be allowed on the November ballot, ruling that White had enough valid signatures to qualify as a candidate for the District 3 post currently held by Ernie Brown.

Robert Highsmith

H&K Partner Rides Along as MARTA's New Outside GC

By Kristen Rasmussen |

With a practice that focuses on government and governmental entities, Robert Highsmith was a strong candidate for the position of outside general counsel to MARTA. And the fact that he's a lifelong Georgian who cares deeply about the future of Atlanta and the metro transit system's role in shaping it just sealed the deal.

Michelle Tyde.

Mitigating Risks and Negotiating Terms for Cloud Services

By Michelle Tyde | Special to the Daily Report |

Cloud computing services are evolving rapidly in the technology industry. But providers are less likely to adapt their solutions to a customer's needs or negotiate contract terms, and cloud services can create significant legal risks. Here's how to evaluate services and mitigate risks.

Drone Flights Spur Court Fights Ranging From Privacy to Patents

As the future of commercial drones slowly takes shape—airborne pizza delivery, anyone?—one thing is certain: unmanned aircraft will continue to leave a trail of litigation in their wake.

Amanda Farahany

Joint Employee Relationships: Are Discrimination Cases Next?

By Amanda Farahany |

The National Labor Relations Board has expanded the definition of joint employment, particularly as it relates to franchisers and franchisees. The U.S. Labor Department also issued joint employer liability rules in January 2016. The impact across all types of industries is enormous.

Remarks on Deal’s Judicial Appointment Diversity Were Misinterpreted, Writer Says

This follows the article which appeared [on your site] on Aug. 25 titled "Diversity Advocates Tensely Hopeful for Gains on Ga. Supreme Court." I write this in my personal capacity, and not on behalf of my firm or any of its clients.

Elbert P. Tuttle United States Court of Appeals Building, Atlanta Georgia..Rebecca Breyer/freelance photographer

11th Circuit Puts Insurers on the Hook to Repay Billions

By Katheryn Hayes Tucker |

A Miami collections agency chasing down Medicare reimbursement doesn't need a court judgment to pursue double damages, the court held in a win for for Broad and Cassel partner Beverly Pohl.

Georgia Judges to Receive Misdemeanor Bench Guide

By Greg Land |

Georgia judges will soon have an easily accessible guide to use when dealing misdemeanor defendants and probationers.

Law Firms Raise Alarm Over Treasury Push to Close Estate Tax ‘Loophole’

Law firms and wealth managers are warning clients that a “significant” estate planning technique could be lost, and the tax cost of transferring interests in family-controlled entities will “increase substantially,” if proposed regulations issued by the U.S. Treasury Department in August are finalized and become law.

Melania Trump Libel Suit Seen as Warning Shot

Apologizing won’t get you anywhere with Melania Trump. At least that’s how it looks in the wake of a fresh libel lawsuit against the UK’s Daily Mail and a Maryland blogger over articles referencing rumors that Republican presidential candidate’s wife was a sex worker in the 1990s.

Intel, CNN Win Waivers to FAA’s New Drone Regulations

Dozens of companies, public institutions and individuals this week were granted waivers to the Federal Aviation Administration’s new drones regulations.

Baptist Church Pays $25,000 to Settle Sexual Harassment Case

By R. Robin McDonald |

A suburban Atlanta Baptist church has agreed to pay $25,000 to a church school kindergarten teacher to settle a sexual harassment lawsuit involving the church's former pastor.

The AJC Decatur Book Festival.

8 Authors at Decatur Book Fest to Talk About Lawyers and Justice

By Meredith Hobbs |

An annual Labor Day weekend ritual for Atlanta's literati and literocracy alike, the AJC Decatur Book Festival is the largest independent book fair in the country.

Bernice Lattimere, Chrishena Stanley, Joe Sutton and Randy Kessler. In front is Kessler’s daughter, Jolie.

25th Anniversary for Kessler & Solomiany

The family law firm of Kessler & Solomiany celebrated 25 years of service at its downtown Atlanta office on Aug. 17.

With Court Ruling, NY Joins Growing Number of States Recognizing Same-Sex Parental Rights

By Marcia Coyle |

With its decision Tuesday, New York’s highest court joined the majority of states that are protecting the parenting rights of the nongenetic, same-sex parent—married or unmarried.

Surprisingly, Bar Exam Multiple-Choice Scores Improved in July

By Karen Sloan |

In an unexpected turn, law graduates’ performance on the multiple-choice portion of July’s bar exam rose slightly, indicating a reversal from the steep two-year slide in test scores overall.

U.S. District Judge Mark Cohen

Judge Won't Dismiss Reporter's Suit Against Atlanta Police

By R. Robin McDonald |

A federal judge has denied the City of Atlanta's motion to dismiss a lawsuit by a reporter arrested as he was photographing the arrest of another person at a 2014 protest rally over the police shooting in Ferguson, Missouri.

Trial Lawyers Group: Case Is 'Prime Example' of How Insurers Mistreat Claimants, Policyholders

The president of the Georgia Trial Lawyers Association responds to an Aug. 29 article.

Kenyon Lays Off Staff, Associates After Andrews Kurth Deal

Intellectual property boutique Kenyon & Kenyon had reshaped itself in the lead up to Monday’s announced combination with Andrews Kurth, and those changes continued this week with layoffs of Kenyon staff and associates.

In $100M Suit, Partner Alleges ‘All-Male Dictatorship’ at Chadbourne

A female litigation partner from Chadbourne & Parke has filed a $100 million class action complaint alleging that the firm is run by an “all-male dictatorship” that pays women partners less and provides them fewer leadership opportunities than men.

Avarita L. Hanson and Chief Justice Hugh Thompson.

Event Photos from The CLE on 'New Normal' for Legal Services Delivery

The Chief Justice’s Commission on Professionalism sponsored a Convocation on Professionalism: The New Normal for the Delivery of Legal Services at the State Bar of Georgia Conference Center on Aug. 30.

The Hurt Building.

Lawyer Turns Sleuth in Effort to Find Mystery Man Behind Bogus Firm

By Greg Land |

A law firm that has been trying to track down whoever registered a phony firm with a near-identical name still hasn't corralled the man who started the bogus outfit—and, according to a recent filing, it's also apparently not alone in trying to locate the mystery man.

Shelia and Michael Manely, in foreground, talk about their Justice Cafe project.

New Lawyers Target Lower Income Clients to Build Practices

By Meredith Hobbs |

A conference on the future of law at the State Bar of Georgia featured entrepreneurial new ways to deliver legal services, with the aim of helping young lawyers develop practices by offering affordable legal services to moderate and low-income clients.

Clarissa Cerda

Fast-Growing Pindrop Security Hires LifeLock Lawyer as First GC

By Kristen Rasmussen |

A rapidly growing Atlanta cybersecurity startup has hired its first general counsel to help the company navigate its continuing global expansion.

Mic Check: Suit Says Warriors App Uses Phone to Listen In on Fans

By Ross Todd |

That Golden State Warriors app on your phone might be eavesdropping on you. That’s the claim that lawyers at Edelson P.C. have made in a suit filed in San Francisco federal court on Monday against the San Francisco Bay Area’s National Basketball Association franchise and two companies that helped the team build its mobile app.

9 Best Cities for Women in Major Law Firms

By ALM Staff |

Forget New York, San Francisco and Washington. The best cities for women lawyers generally sit in the middle of the country. Also, you’ll need a parka.

Georgia County Will End Ban, Mosque Project Can Go Forward

By Kathleen Foody |

A ban on building permits for religious institutions that was prompted by opposition to a mosque will soon be lifted, officials in Newton County, Georgia, said Wednesday.

Illustration by John Corbitt

Ranking: Top Firms for Midlevel Associate Satisfaction

To find out how third-, fourth- and fifth-year asso
ciates rate their firms as workplaces, our survey examined several aspects of job satisfaction.

Paul Weiss Investigates Fox News, Skeptics Abound

Even though Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison lawyers have yet to finish their task, no shortage of skeptics, critics and second-guessers trail a legal team led by Michele Hirshman, a partner in the New York firm tapped by Fox News’ parent company to investigate alleged pervasive sexual harassment of women at the network.

Wave of ERISA Suits Puts Colleges in Crosshairs

The plaintiffs law firm that’s been Enemy No. 1 to Corporate America when it comes to litigation over retirement plans has a new target—the country’s largest universities.

From left: Judges Robert McBurney, Christopher Ward, Angela Chadwick and Lillian Caudle.

Gate City, GABWA Host Annual Judicial Reception

The Gate City Bar Association and Georgia Association of Black Women Attorneys hosted their annual judicial reception at King & Spalding on Aug. 23.

Nydia Tisdale..

Citizen Journalist Sues Over 'Pumpkingate'

By R. Robin McDonald |

A citizen journalist arrested at a political rally at a north Georgia pumpkin farm two years ago as she recorded speeches by Republican candidates has sued the farm and owners Johnny and Kathy Burt for damages stemming from her arrest and what the suit describes as assault and battery by an off-duty sheriff's deputy who was at the rally.

Fox 5 Atlanta sign.

Atlanta Prosecutor Files Libel Suit Against Channel 5

By Greg Land |

A city of Atlanta solicitor who was threatened with a Taser by a police officer during his 2015 arrest for speeding and other charges has filed a libel suit against Fox 5 News for its coverage of the incident.

Georgia Legal Community Mourns Loss of Jeff Bramlett

The president of the State Bar of Georgia mourns the passing of Jeffrey O. Bramlett, a previous state bar president.

Investigation Into Florida Law Professor’s Murder Intensifies

By Karen Sloan |

More information about the investigation into the 2014 murder of Florida State University law professor Dan Markel is trickling out.

JNC Member Writes That He’s Proud of Governor’s Diverse Judicial Picks

By Robert Highsmith |

In a letter to the editor, Judicial Nominating Commission member Robert Highsmith says Gov. Deal has appointed worthy people to the state's appellate courts.

Cindy Hanson.

Troutman Snags Litigator From Kilpatrick; and Other 'On the Move' News

By Meredith Hobbs |

Financial services litigator Cindy Hanson has joined Troutman Sanders as a partner from Kilpatrick Townsend & Stockton.

Georgia Supreme Court

Here's Who's on List for 3 Georgia Supreme Court Openings

By Katheryn Hayes Tucker |

In all, 51 lawyers completed the detailed application packets that are required to be considered for three seats on the state's high court.

Robert J. Kauffman

Financial Irregularities Alleged Against ICLE Staff

By R. Robin McDonald |

A draft audit by auditors at the University of Georgia has uncovered apparent "financial irregularities" at the Institute of Continuing Legal Education, according to a statement by the former president of the State Bar of Georgia who is also chairman of the institute's board of trustees.

From left: ICLE staff members Brian Davis, Stephen Harper and Janet Andrews.

ICLE Audit Could Put Tax-Exempt Status at Risk

By R. Robin McDonald |

An audit released by the University of Georgia details numerous financial irregularities, inappropriately charged personal expenses and underreporting of taxable fringe benefits by the executive director and top staffers at Institute for Continuing Legal Education of Georgia, possibly putting the nonprofit's tax-exempt status at risk.

In Quoting Profanity, Some Judges Give a F#%&. Others Don’t

In 2001, a panel of appeals judges in Philadelphia considered if a lawyer who told her opponent, “Go fuck yourself,” should face sanctions. As the opinion took shape, the judges paused: Should they quote the full obscenity?

The New Drone Rules—Three Things Companies Need to Know

After a more than two-year debate that drew comments from tech giants Google Inc. and Amazon.com Inc., the first set of comprehensive rules for commercial drones took effect on Monday, opening regulatory airspace that businesses will likely push to expand in coming years.

In Tobacco Cases, Sanctions Against Law Firms Like King & Spalding Are Rare

Sanctions against attorneys in tobacco cases are rare, Florida plaintiffs lawyers say—but in the case of a King & Spalding partner whose improper statements led to a mistrial, it was the judge himself who put the penalty on the table.

Elbert P. Tuttle United States Court of Appeals Building, Atlanta Georgia..Rebecca Breyer/freelance photographer

Georgia Chamber Sides With Nationwide Insurance Over Bad-Faith Judgment

By Greg Land |

Following an $8.1 million judgment against Nationwide Insurance, the Georgia Chamber of Commerce has weighed in on the side of the insurer in asking the Eleventh Circuit Court of Appeals to reign in what it describes as a rising tide of "set-up cases" engineered by lawyers using time-limited policy demands to gin up "bad faith" judgment claims against insurers.

O'Melveny Partners Take Opposite Sides in Clinton-Trump Race

By Katelyn Polantz |

As the Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump campaigns keep pulling top lawyers into their spider webs of advisers, they’ve mostly netted partners from competing law firms. But occasionally the threads overlap.

Trader Joe’s Wins Lanham Act Appeal Against Canadian Copycat

By Scott Graham |

The Lanham Act can stretch across the U.S. border to reach a Canadian man selling Trader Joe’s merchandise at a store he calls Pirate Joe’s in Vancouver, British Columbia.

Left to right: Randy Evans and Shari Klevens, Dentons partners

Three Steps for Protecting Innocent Partners

By J. Randolph Evans and Shari L. Klevens |

The potential for personal liability can be scary to a partner, especially when the liability is the result of something the partner did not do and knew nothing about. However, by taking effective, affirmative steps, partners can limit their potential exposure.

Nicholas White.

Squall Brews Over Firing of Houston County PD

By Katheryn Hayes Tucker |

Nicholas White, who held the job for nearly a decade, says he was fired for complaining about inadequate staffing and funding.

L-R Seth Kirschenbaum, Judge Dorothy Toth Beasley and Virginia Arnold were part of a panel discussion during the State bar of Georgia YLD Women in the Profession Committee 100th Anniversary Celebration. Held at the State Bar Headquarters on Aug. 24, 2016.

Georgia Bar Celebrates 100 Years of Women Lawyers

By Katheryn Hayes Tucker |

Dorothy Beasley, the first female judge on the Georgia Court of Appeals, gave rousing remarks at a celebration of the 100th anniversary of women lawyers in Georgia.

Program organizer Morgan Clemons, left, and Avarita Hanson.

View Slideshow of the State Bar Young Lawyers Division, Celebrating 100 Years of Georgia Women Lawyers

The state bar’s Young Lawyers Division Women in the Profession Committee on Aug. 24 celebrated the 100th anniversary of the first woman to be licensed to practice law in Georgia.

Fiduciary Rule’s Challengers Warn Judge of ‘Extraordinary Risk’ for Advice Industry

A judge in Washington heard arguments for more than two hours Thursday on whether to block a U.S. Department of Labor rule that requires investment advisers to act in their clients’ best interests—a heightened standard designed to curb billions of dollars in fees in the retirement plans marketplace.

Tips From the Top: How to Succeed in Law School Because It Will Be Trying

Let’s be honest. Law school, for most of us, is hard. The competition is intense, there’s a ton of reading and grades usually boil down to the all-important final exam.

Thomas

Jury Awards $3M to Man Beaten by Family Dollar Store Cashier

By Greg Land |

A Fulton County jury awarded more than $3 million to a man who was beaten into unconsciousness by a Family Dollar cashier who wrongly suspected him of shoplifting.

Georgia Attorney General Samuel

Replacements Rumored While Olens Remains Mum on Possible KSU Job

By Greg Land |

Since June there has been speculation that Attorney General Sam Olens will be stepping down to accept an appointment as president of Kennesaw State University. Here's a look at the rumored contenders for the job.

Transatlantic Law Firm Merger Talks Stall Due To Brexit Uncertainty

Merger talks between Hunton & Williams and U.K.-based Addleshaw Goddard have stalled due to uncertainty caused by Britain’s shock decision to leave the European Union, according to partners at the two firms.

VW Settles Emissions Suits by Franchise Dealers

In another step toward resolving its legal problems, Volkswagen A.G. has settled lawsuits brought by franchise dealers over its emissions scandal.

From left: Lauren Washington, Judge Bensonetta Lane and Marty Ellin.

Warner Bates Holds Guardian ad Litem Benefit

Warner, Bates, McGough, McGinnis & Portnoy hosted the fifth annual Warner Bates Guardian ad Litem benefit on Aug. 18 to benefit the Atlanta Volunteer Lawyers Foundation.

Tanisha Singleton and Lyia Hogg.

Check Out After Hours Photos that Spotlight Lawyers' Lives Outside Their Offices

Events include Daily Report’s Atlanta Braves night and The Georgia Asian Pacific American Bar Association dinner reception.

First Stop in Sedgwick’s Gender Pay Lawsuit Is Arbitration Dispute

Am Law 200 firm Sedgwick on Wednesday asked a California federal judge to send to arbitration a lawsuit filed against the firm by one of its female partners alleging the firm discriminated against women.

Gov. Nathan Deal.

Diversity Advocates Tensely Hopeful for Gains on Ga. Supreme Court

By Katheryn Hayes Tucker |

As Gov. Nathan Deal prepares to seat three new justices, concerns about the court's diversity hang over the discussion.

797 Ponce de Leon Terrace N.E. in  Virginia-Highland neighborhood of Atlanta, site of historic grave marker.

Suit Demands Homeowners Return Historic Grave Marker

By Greg Land |

Two descendants of one of the founding families of Atlanta's Virginia-Highlands neighborhood have joined with the neighborhood association to sue the owners of a home accused of having a historic grave marker removed after agreeing to continue to allow it to remain and be accessible to the public.

U.S. Department of Justice building in Washington, D.C.

DOJ Suit Accuses Georgia of Illegally Segregating Students With Behavioral Disabilities

By R. Robin McDonald |

A suit filed against the state by the U.S. Attorney in Atlanta and the civil rights division of the U.S. Justice Department alleges that students with behavioral disabilities in one Georgia school were segregated from other students and were given no access to elective classes, school facilities and extracurricular activities such as athletics or school clubs.

Jason Lovett.

Would-Be Lawmaker Sues Over Nixed Signatures

By Greg Land |

Jason Lovett said he took care in gathering nearly 3,000 signatures of district voters, so he was shocked when state officials told him only 556 were valid.

Pharrell, Robin Thicke Aim to Overturn Copyright Infringement Verdict for 'Blurred Lines'

Pointing to what they call a “cascade of legal errors,” Pharrell Williams and Robin Thicke have asked a federal appeals court to overturn last year’s verdict finding that their 2013 smash hit “Blurred Lines” had infringed on a copyright for Marvin Gaye’s “Got To Give It Up.”

The keynote speaker at the 2016 AALA E2E Expo was Matt Homann.

Five Ways to Boost Law Firm Innovation

By Gabrielle Orum Hernandez |

Atlanta Association of Legal Administrators conference speaker Matt Homann of Invisible Girlfriend provides tips on dealing with risk-phobic attorneys.

Members of the group watch as a whale shark and other denizens of the deep swim past a window in the Ocean Voyager exhibit.

Law Office Managers' Group Dives Into Data

The Atlanta Association of Legal Administrators held a conference Aug. 17 at the Georgia Aquarium in downtown Atlanta.

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Man Gets 40 Years for Throwing Boiling Water on Gay Men

By Kate Brumback |

An Atlanta jury convicted a Georgia man on Wednesday for throwing boiling water on a same-sex couple sleeping in an apartment, leaving them with severe burns that required surgery.

Judge Nelly Withers in 2010 photo

Lawyers Seek Class Status in Suit Against Former Judge, Recorders Court

By R. Robin McDonald |

Attorneys for defendants whose traffic cases were allegedly mishandled by the now-defunct DeKalb County Recorders Court are asking a federal judge in Atlanta to certify the year-old case as a class action.

Michael Jablonski

Michael Jablonski, Co-Author of 'The Real Cyber War,' Shares Insights About the Future of Global Law Practices

By Gabrielle Orum Hernandez |

Michael Jablonski is not only one of Atlanta's most established campaign attorneys, he's also co-authored a book with Dr. Shawn Powers, an assistant professor of communication at Georgia State, called "The Real Cyber War," examining the geopolitical tug-of-war over internet governance and information technology.

Judge Awards Enhanced Legal Fees in Home Depot Data Breach Case

By R. Robin McDonald |

A federal judge in Atlanta has awarded $7.5 million in legal fees to lawyers representing consumers in multidistrict litigation against The Home Depot over its massive 2014 data breach.

That’s a Rap: Hip-Hop Artist Now First-Year Law Student at USC

By Karen Sloan |

Roosh Williams has spent the past five years climbing the ranks of Houston’s rap scene, but the artist known for his lightning-fast rhymes is dropping the mic and picking up casebooks. Williams began classes on Monday as a first-year student at the University of Southern California Gould School of Law.

Why Conservative States Handpicked This Texas Judge for Transgender Bathroom Challenge

By John Council |

Few outside of Texas had ever heard of Fort Worth U.S. District Judge Reed O’Connor before this week when he issued a nationwide injunction preventing transgender students in public schools from using bathroom facilities that match their gender identity rather than their sex

Grad Students at Private Colleges Win NLRB Ruling to Unionize

Graduate students at Columbia University performing teaching and research roles are employees under federal law who can join labor unions, a labor panel ruled Tuesday in a decision that significantly bolsters unionization movements at other colleges and universities.

Supreme Court Is Fodder for Late-Summer Reading

Are we entering a new era of Supreme Court literature? It certainly seems that way, given the steady flow of review copies of new books—fiction and nonfiction—that make their way to my desk. Fiction seems to be the trending new sector, with three new works that veer eerily close either to real life or to a justice’s worst nightmare, or both.

Bo Strauss, left, and Morris Little with a model of a 747-8 plane.

Taylor English Advises Russian Airline Group on $8B Boeing Deal

By Meredith Hobbs |

The firm guided a Russian consortium in a complex agreement to purchase 20 Boeing 747-8s, the same aircraft type used for Air Force One.

SunTrust Bank

Suits Against SunTrust Over 401(k) Plan Now a Class Action

By R. Robin McDonald |

SunTrust Banks' decision at the onset of the recession to allow its employee retirement plan to continue investing in bank stock as it sustained billions in losses and the housing market collapsed is at the heart of multidistrict litigation that a federal judge has said will now proceed against the banking company as a class action.

Hemy Neuman Found Guilty of Murder in Day Care Killing Retrial

A DeKalb County court official says Hemy Neuman has been found guilty of killing another man outside a suburban Atlanta preschool in his second trial in the case.

Valdosta Parents File Federal Suit Over Son’s Gym-Mat Death

The parents of a Georgia teenager found dead at school inside a rolled up gym mat have filed a new wrongful death lawsuit in federal court.

A Courtroom Sketch Artist on Murder, Emotion and Finding an Angle

By Ross Todd |

A regular presence in San Francisco Bay Area courtrooms, Vicki Ellen Behringer has had plenty of blockbuster trials to render over a career as a sketch artist.

Why Google Can’t Shake This Search Results Suit

By Zoe Tillman |

Google Inc. and other search engine sites have long argued—with success—that the First Amendment protects decisions about how websites appear in search results. But Google is struggling in a civil suit in federal court in Florida to make the argument that the First Amendment also shields decisions to remove sites from search results altogether.

Judge Adalberto Jordan

11th Circuit Rekindles Morehouse Surgeon's Bias Suit Against Grady

By Katheryn Hayes Tucker |

Judge Adalberto Jordan said the suit contains sufficient factual allegations to survive a motion to dismiss.

Judge Stephen Lewis A. Dillard

Ga. Judge Tweets 'No Thanks' to Supreme Court Nomination

By Katheryn Hayes Tucker |

Judge Stephen Dillard, aka @JudgeDillard, says he'll continue to serve on the Georgia Court of Appeals and won't pursue a high court appointment.

Miami-Dade Circuit Judge William Thomas

King & Spalding Facing Sanctions After Tobacco Case Mistrial

A Miami judge declared a mistrial in a tobacco case after a King & Spalding partner made improper comments before the jury.

Proposed site for Masquerade music venue, left, and original site, right.

Homebuilder Calls New Masquerade Site a Looming Nuisance

By Greg Land |

Less than a week after The Masquerade threw a two-day door-closing blowout concert at its North Avenue location and promised the music would play on at new digs in northwest Atlanta, a developer building high-end homes near the new locale has asked a judge to halt plans for the venue.

Judge Reed O'Connor.

Texas Federal Judge Blocks Obama's Transgender Bathroom Rules

Siding with a group of states, including Texas, Alabama and Wisconsin, a federal judge imposed a nationwide injunction blocking the Obama administration's rules for bathroom facilities and transgender public school students.

‘I Started Seeing Torts Everywhere!’ Big-Name Attorneys Recall Favorite Law School Classes

By ALM Staff |

As law students head back to school over the coming days, we decided to rewind the clock for a group of prominent attorneys and ask them to share the courses they took that stuck with them. A common thread among their answers was how those classes shaped their mindset and focus down the road.

Southern Poverty Law Center Identifies Lawyer’s Neo-Nazi Ties

By Roy Strom |

The city of Baltimore has fired a former DLA Piper lawyer from his position as a city contract attorney after the Southern Poverty Law Center said this week that he donated for years to a neo-Nazi group.

Linda Klein

Klein Appoints 42 Georgians to ABA Committees

By Meredith Hobbs |

Atlanta lawyer Linda Klein, the new president of the American Bar Association, has appointed 42 Georgia lawyers to ABA committees.

Judge Reed O'Connor.

Judge in Texas Temporarily Blocks Obama’s Transgender Rules

By Paul J. Weber |

A federal judge in Texas is blocking for now the Obama administration’s directive to U.S. public schools that transgender students must be allowed to use the bathrooms and locker rooms consistent with their chosen gender identity.

John Horn, U.S. Attorney, Northern District of Georgia.

Justice Dept., Joining ABA, Asks Court to Affirm Injunction on Bail Practices

By R. Robin McDonald |

The U.S. Justice Department has joined with the American Bar Association in asking a federal appellate court in Atlanta to affirm a trial judge's finding that jailing misdemeanor defendants who were too poor to pay a cash bond is unconstitutional.

Georgia Muslims Ask Feds to Probe Newton County Vote to Ban Mosque

By R. Robin McDonald |

Nearly 20 mosques and Muslim organizations across Georgia are calling on the U.S. Justice Department to open a civil rights investigation of Newton County after the county commission voted Aug. 15 to block construction of a mosque.

A. Binford Minter, Columbus Ga. Handout Photo 8-18-2016

Garnishment Action Accuses Lawyer of Using Unpaid Judgment to Block Debt Collection

By Greg Land |

A Columbus lawyer claims that he's being stymied by another attorney in his efforts to collect on a nearly $160,000 judgment against a former AFLAC executive.

Michael Hollingsworth of Nelson Mullins Riley & Scarborough, the event’s sponsor, delivers opening remarks at the event.

In-House Counsel Gather for CLE and a Braves Game

The Georgia chapter of the Association of Corporate Counsel held a continuing legal education event Aug. 16 at Turner Field.

Swimmers Unlikely to Face Harsh Punishment for Rio Incident, Law Profs Say

By Karen Sloan |

The quartet of American swimmers accused of concocting a wild tale of armed robbery in Rio to cover up a night of drunken carousing aren’t likely to face serious legal consequences, according to law professors who have been helping the media and public unpack the ever-evolving scandal.

What Tanked the Uber Deal

By Law.Com Editors |

A few months ago it looked like Uber Technologies Inc. might be able to shut down a massive class action on behalf of California and Massachusetts drivers for the reasonable price of $84 million—reasonable by the standards of a company valued by some measures at more than $60 billion. That hope fizzled for Uber on Thursday with an order from Judge Edward Chen of the Northern District of California putting the kibosh on the deal. Here's why.

Mary E. Staley

Jurors Will Be Allowed to See Vehicle in Hot SUV Death Case

By Kate Brumback | The Associated Press |

Jurors in the trial of a Georgia man accused of intentionally leaving his toddler son in a hot SUV to die will be allowed to see the SUV during the trial, a judge ruled Friday.

Larry Thompson

Trump Draws Ire of Atlanta Legal VIPs

By Kristen Rasmussen |

Prominent Atlanta lawyer Larry Thompson has joined the chorus of influential conservatives denouncing Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump.

David Schaeffer, left, with Sherpa Lakpa Rita, right, at Mount Everest Base Camp in 2012.

Lawyer Turns Upcoming Himalayas Climb Into Atlanta Bar Fundraiser

By Meredith Hobbs |

David Schaeffer's motto, "always aim for the highest heights," has impelled him to climb some of the tallest mountains in the world. He's using his latest expedition climbing Mount Cho Oyu in the Himalayas as a novel fundraiser to help alumni of the Atlanta Bar Association's summer law internship program reach their aspirations of becoming lawyers.

Harley-Davidson Reaches $15M Deal in Emissions Case

Hog. Chopper. Cruiser. Call a motorcycle what you want, but be careful how you tune it. The Environmental Protection Agency and U.S. Department of Justice are putting the brakes on devices that regulators say increase air pollution.

Atlanta Conference Features Tech’s Role in Reducing Law Firm Marketing Costs

ClientsFirst Consulting’s Chris Fritsch identifies some easy ways to boost your firm’s marketing performance.

American Bar Association offices in Washington, D.C.

ABA Weighs In on Indigent Bail Case

By R. Robin McDonald |

Recommending that cash bail requirements that don't take into account a defendant's individual financial circumstances be abolished, the American Bar Association weighed in Thursday in a federal case challenging bond schedules imposed by the city of Calhoun.

Barbara Sinsley.

Growing Atlanta FinTech Firm Taps New GC

By Kristen Rasmussen |

The Atlanta-based financial technology company FactorTrust has announced the addition of Barbara Sinsley as general counsel and chief compliance officer.

6 Marketing Traps Law Firms Fail to Avoid

Most legal marketing isn’t bad; it is just far less productive than it could be. Similarly, most business development departments aren’t ineffective; they are just reactive. Yet both functions persist, despite contributing inadequately to the success or growth of the legal practices they supposedly exist to serve.

7 Turning Points in the Downfall of Pennsylvania AG

Pennsylvania’s top law enforcement officer has been found guilty of perjury, false swearing and obstruction of the administration of law for leaking secret investigative information and lying about it before a grand jury. Attorney General Kathleen Kane, who announced her resignation Tuesday, has experienced a downfall more than two years in the making.

Marlan Wilbanks

Settlement in 'Pay-to-Play' Scheme Involving Undocumented Pregnant Women to Exceed $500M

By R. Robin McDonald |

Dallas-based Tenet Healthcare Corp. has reached "an agreement in principal" to settle a Georgia whistleblower case for more than $513 million in what the director of a national taxpayer watchdog organization said is the nation's largest "pay-to-play" whistleblower case involving a hospital corporation.

The Charles L. Carnes Justice Center Building, 160 Pryor St. Atlanta.

Awning and Scaffold Removed From Charles Carnes Building

By Greg Land |

After repairs to ensure marble tiles won't come loose and fall on passersby, the skeletal steel scaffold and awning that the Charles L. Carnes Justice Center Building at the corner of Pryor and Mitchell streets has sported for the last six years has been removed.

King & Spalding headquarters in Midtown Atlanta.

King & Spalding Advises Post Properties on Megabucks Apartment REIT Combo

By Meredith Hobbs |

K&S represented the Atlanta apartment owner in its $3.88 billion sale to Mid-America Apartments Communities, creating the Southeast's largest multifamily real estate investment trust.

Percentage of Grads Landing Big Law Jobs Is Up, Number in Private Practice Sinks

Firms with 500 or more lawyers hired the largest percentage of new graduates since 2009. And the median salary for newly minted attorneys working at all law firms increased more than 5 percent to $100,000, according to the latest jobs data from the National Association for Law Placement.

Monique Pressley, Former Head of Cosby Legal Team, Is Out

Monique Pressley, the public-facing attorney who has represented Bill Cosby in his criminal case and civil matters, is no longer representing him.

Greg Heller.

At Turner Field, In-House Counsel Talk 'Internet of Things'

By Kristen Rasmussen |

The local Association of Corporate Counsel chapter hosted a panel discussion titled "Digital Business and the Internet of Things" at Turner Field on Tuesday.

Ga. Appeals Court Judge John Ellington

State Farm Loses Appeal Over Jury Qualification

By Katheryn Hayes Tucker |

Decision stemming from a car collision suit clairifies how judges must question prospective jurors about their ties to insurance firms.

Which Law Firms Will Be Hurt Most by Associate Salary Increases?

By By Nicholas Bruch, Senior Analyst ALM Legal Intelligence |

An analysis reveals that the associate salary increases announced over the past two months will have drastically different impacts on the finances of different firms.

Yehuda Smolar. Catherine Lovett/Daily Report.

Co-Defendant in Fraud Suit Sues Lawyer and Firm

By Greg Land |

A business management company being sued for allegedly scheming with a local attorney to set up a fraudulent line of credit and hefty "loan fee" to keep from paying a $245,000 judgment has filed its own suit against lawyer and co-defendant Yehuda Smolar, saying he and his firm are in default on the loan.

British Firm to Join Police Effort to Tackle Cybercrime

British law firm Mishcon de Reya is positioning itself at the forefront of efforts to tackle the growing problem of cybercrime, with a lead role on a new police initiative in London to recover assets stolen by online fraudsters.

Dan Hauck. Photo by John Disney/Daily Report.

Atlanta's ThreadKM Partners With Dentons

By Gabrielle Orum Hernandez |

Global mega-firm Dentons will partner with Atlanta-based legal software company ThreadKM to roll out its Slack-like chat tool across its offices.

Atlanta skyline.

Southeastern Firms Buck Demand Slowdown in Uncertain Market

By Meredith Hobbs |

While firms in the Southeast far surpassed the demand growth seen across the country, they are still cautious about what the rest of 2016 will bring as a number of factors could lead to a shaky second half of the year.

O'Melveny Partners Take Opposite Sides in Clinton-Trump Race

As the Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump campaigns keep pulling top lawyers into their spider webs of advisers, they’ve mostly netted partners from competing law firms.

Jones Day's Atlanta HQ, Pershing Plaza Building in Midtown.

Jones Day Gets New Landlord in Midtown

By Jennifer Leclaire | Global Street |

Pershing Park Plaza is bought for $45 million by Franklin Street Properties, which plans $1.8 million in capital investments.

Klein Appoints 10 Atlantans to ABA Committees

By Meredith Hobbs |

ABA president Linda Klein, a Baker Donelson shareholder, has made 770 appointments since taking over a leader on Aug. 9.