The 2014 Georgia Legal Food Frenzy has its first winner. Georgia State University has won the law school competition, the office of Attorney General Sam Olens announced this week.
The 2014 Georgia Legal Food Frenzy has its first winner. Georgia State University has won the law school competition, the office of Attorney General Sam Olens announced this week.
These nine firms presented the best evidence that they won results for clients in 2013, whether it was in favorable verdicts, dismissals, settlements or other actions that protected clients' interests.
Nine Atlanta firms were on hand to accept honors at the Daily Report’s second annual Litigation Department of the Year Awards ceremony Wednesday night at the Ritz-Carlton Buckhead. The evening kicked off with a cocktail party, hosted by General Litigation-Midsize firm winner Weinberg Wheeler Hudgins Gunn & Dial.
Normally dry appellate arguments took on the tone of a trial—or a syndicated talk show—in the case of Waffle House Inc. chairman Joe Rogers, whose former housekeeper and assistant has accused him of sexual harassment, while he has accused her of extortion.
Federal appeals court judges who in 2011 said an Augusta magistrate judge unfairly pushed a criminal defendant to plead guilty have ruled this time for the prosecutors, following direction from the U.S. Supreme Court that undid the defendant's victory.
A New York man will spend up to seven years in prison for faking his own drowning in an insurance fraud scheme and other crimes.
My wife used to teach elementary school in Fulton County. She had a poster in her classroom that read, "Silent and Listen are spelled with the same letters." The hope was that it would quiet a room full of wild third-graders. I'm not sure it had that effect, but it seemed like a funny band name.
The day Jonathan Fleming was cleared of the murder that put him behind bars for almost 25 years, he strode out of a courthouse to congratulations from passers-by, a steak dinner with his family and the start of a new life.
Plaintiffs challenging the ban on same-sex marriage include an in-house IP counsel for AT&T. They are being represented by Tara Borelli (above) and other counsel from Lambda Legal.
The April 23 article, "Same-sex couples sue to strike down Ga. marriage ban," misreported the section of the state constitution a Fulton County probate judge cited when denying a marriage license to a same-sex couple.
Gaslowitz Frankel has embarked on a novel charitable giving experiment to mark its 25th anniversary.
In many ways, the race between Fulton County Superior Court Judge Kelly Lee and her opponent in the May 20 election, Patricia "Pat" Jackson, is a classic down-ticket political contest: a well-funded incumbent hoping to beat back a challenger campaigning on shoe leather and a shoestring.
An open seat on the Cobb County Superior Court has created a lively contest for three contrasting candidates:
Amedisys Inc., a Baton Rouge-based home health company, will pay $150 million to resolve allegations that it inflated Medicare billings and had improper financial relationships with referring physicians, the U.S. Department of Justice said Wednesday.
The Court having reviewed the Petition for Termination of Disciplinary Suspension submitted by the Office of the General Counsel of the State Bar of Georgia, and it appearing that Dale A. Calomeni has complied with all of the conditions for reinstatement following his suspension by this Court
Corporations should go far beyond the frameworks in Dodd-Frank and Sarbanes-Oxley in designing clawback and holdback policies.
Three same-sex Georgia couples—including the general counsel for AT&T Intellectual Property Corp. and two Atlanta police officers who were legally married out of state—are suing to overturn the state of Georgia's ban on same-sex marriage and force its public officials to recognize legal same-sex marriages from other jurisdictions.
Jim Ackerman has joined commercial real estate boutique Hartman Simons & Wood as a partner from real estate developer The Sembler Co., where he was general counsel and vice president of leasing in the firm's Atlanta office. Ackerman had been at Sembler since 2000.
On behalf of the State Bar of Georgia, I wish to express condolences to the family, colleagues and many friends of esteemed Savannah attorney Aaron L. Buchsbaum on his recent passing.
The Georgia Supreme Court on Tuesday reinstated a child exploitation charge that a lower appellate court said couldn't stick because the defendant had communicated with an adult, rather than a child.
A federal judge has ordered the government to turn over mug shots of criminal defendants to the Detroit Free Press.
A Vermont jury has award the victim of a sexual abuse $35 million.
General Motors Co. has filed suit in a U.S. bankruptcy court asking a judge to protect the company from legal claims for actions that took place before it emerged from bankruptcy in 2009.
When Utah's new federal courthouse opened last week, it came with security improvements that are becoming standard around the country: separate entrances and elevators for judges, defendants and the public; bullet-resistant glass and paneling; and vehicle barricades to keep car bombs at bay.
A defendant died after being shot by a U.S. marshal on Monday during an attack on a witness during a trial in a new federal courthouse in Salt Lake City, the FBI said.
The Supreme Court of Georgia is considering whether a Georgia law protects the corporate officers and former executives of a Buckhead bank that failed under their watch from personal liability for the bank's losses even if they neglected their corporate duties.
Fulton County Superior Court Judge Thomas Campbell Jr. said he was surprised when he drew opposition for this year's election.
Lawyers from King & Spalding and DLA Piper shepherded the $70 million acquisition of a Major League Soccer expansion team by Atlanta Falcons owner Arthur Blank.
Firms are starting to focus on just what they can do within the boundaries of attorney ethics rules and existing law to protect their investments in people and practices.
A U.S. marshal shot and critically wounded a defendant on Monday in a new federal courthouse after the man rushed the witness stand with a pen at his trial in Salt Lake City, authorities said.
The U.S. Supreme Court appeared to be searching for a middle ground Monday in the decade-long battle between Argentina and holders of its defaulted bonds.
A New Jersey woman claims she was denied a license plate proclaiming herself to be an atheist because it might be considered offensive.
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Darian Wisekal, like many women, had a routine Pap smear in 2008. As with many women, the lab work was handled by Laboratory Corp. of America Holdings, a Fortune 500 company and one of the world's largest clinical laboratory networks.
A judge has tossed out a suit against Owen, Gleaton, Egan, Jones & Sweeney and a former partner there, Amy Kolczak, that accused the lawyer of improperly conducting an ex parte conversation with a potential witness in a Bartow County medical malpractice case.
Veteran Cobb County Solicitor General Barry Morgan is fighting to keep his job against a challenge from criminal defense lawyer Cindi Yeager, who says Morgan isn't aggressive enough in prosecuting driving under the influence and vehicular homicide cases.
Music has stirred my soul since I was a child. The proof is captured in an old, grainy family photo, circa 1973; I am about 3 years old, sitting beside my parents' stereo, my father's headphones strapped to my head, eyes wide as saucers, awestruck by the celestial sounds dancing into my ears. From these early seeds grew deep roots which many years later bore unexpected fruits.
The American legal system offers few moments as dramatic as an eyewitness to a crime pointing his finger across a crowded courtroom at a defendant.
A federal jury's $36 million award to two men who spent 18 years in prison for a 1984 rape and murder that DNA testing later showed they did not commit was decried Friday by the 16-year-old victim's mother.
Today marks the start of the third annual Georgia Legal Food Frenzy, a friendly competition to gather food and raise money for the state's seven food banks.
The Georgia Court of Appeals has for the second time partly overturned a whopping attorney fee award of almost $380,000 and remanded it to a Gwinnett County judge.
I recently attended the wake of a woman who was almost my client, a woman who almost escaped, a woman so happy to be finally free of her abuser for one weekend that her friend said she was a changed woman.
The employment rate for Georgia's 2013 law school graduates showed little improvement from 2012—except at Emory University, which offers job stipends—but it was well above the national average at four of the state's five ABA-accredited law schools.
National intelligence leaks in the name of exposing what the leakers claim is an unconstitutional invasion of privacy by the U.S. government are wrong-minded and causing a multifaceted crisis, including giving terrorists and countries unfriendly to the U.S. critical state secrets, former U.S. Attorney General Michael B. Mukasey said at an appearance in Atlanta on Thursday.
Brenton Hund understands what it takes to produce an entertaining live show.
Retired U.S. Supreme Court Associate Justice John Paul Stevens on Wednesday spoke to more than 500 lawyers, federal and state judges and law students in Atlanta, focusing on what he said were the limits of the Fourth Amendment's application to the government collection of cellphone data.
It took 12 minutes for a Cobb County State Court jury to acquit a Florida long-haul truck driver of vehicular homicide last week.
The attorney for a well-known Atlanta immigration lawyer accused of submitting false documentation for a client said she is innocent and will fight the federal charges against her.
A Bartow County judge has dismissed a 116-count indictment against a former assistant magistrate judge, saying the statute of limitations on the charges expired long before she was indicted in 2012.
On behalf of the State Bar of Georgia, I wish to congratulate Justice Carol W. Hunstein of the Supreme Court of Georgia on receiving the Lifetime Achievement Award presented by the Anti-Defamation League Southeast Region.
Malcolm Morris, a professor at John Marshall Law School in Chicago--an unaffiliated school--will succeed the current dean, Richardson Lynn, on July 1. Lynn is retiring after serving as dean of Atlanta's John Marshall for eight years.
A Fulton County jury has awarded nearly $7 million to the children of a woman killed as she and the driver of the car in which she was a passenger were attempting to change a flat tire on a Thomasville highway two years ago.
The University of Georgia School of Law has recruited Alston & Bird partner Susan Wilson to head its career development department at a time when law students seek more job placement assistance than ever.
As educated professionals and workhorse problem solvers—kind and thoughtful ruminators, as it were—in a world going toes up on man's inhumanity to man, we can all agree there remain three important things: Feeding hungry children, playing live music and winning big trophies from important government officials.
On behalf of the State Bar of Georgia, I wish to express condolences to the family, colleagues and many friends of Randolph W. Thrower of Atlanta on his recent passing at the age of 100.
One year after the Boston Marathon bombings, Atlanta lawyers Rick Boyd, his wife, Tara Adyanthaya, and Bob Threlkeld are returning to Boston to run the race again.
A conviction and 10-year prison sentence for aggravated assault with a deadly weapon in Cobb County last week illustrates a dramatic change in the prosecution of domestic violence crimes, according to lawyers on both sides and victim advocates.
With his racketeering conviction overturned, a former top official for international gun manufacturer Glock Inc. is seeking civil damages from the city of Smyrna and its police department for launching an unwarranted criminal investigation of him at what he claims was Glock's behest.
If you've ever driven next to a MARTA bus in Atlanta, chances are you've seen personal injury lawyer Neil Flit's face.
An Atlanta-based appeals court has rejected the federal prison system's eleventh-hour attempt to end a lawsuit brought by an inmate by giving him the safer facility assignment he has long sought.
This week some Kilpatrick Townsend & Stockton lawyers and staff will find out what it is like to rely on food stamps to feed themselves. That comes to $4.55 per day for one person in Georgia.
An inside look at the lawyers, courts and history of Georgia's second city, Augusta, home of the Masters Tournament.
A suit filed by activist-entertainer Harry Belafonte against the estates of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and his late wife, Coretta Scott King, over the King children's claims to documents that had long been in Belafonte's possession has been settled.
A man whose attorney went to prison after admitting she stole almost $290,000 from him has sued the lawyer's onetime employer, a certified public accountant who allegedly recommended that he park hundreds of thousands of dollars in the lawyer's escrow account as a tax-shelter measure.
A Georgia bank that made more than $400 million in loans to a Sea Island real estate company that collapsed in bankruptcy has agreed to settle a suit with bank shareholders for $11.75 million.
Lawyers for a group of pastors and residents from the area where the new Falcons stadium is to be built pleaded their case Thursday, raising 20 objections they said should derail the city's plan to issue $200 million in bonds to finance part of the $1 billion project.
In conversations with Augusta lawyers, it never takes long to get to the subject of golf, and there's always a story that follows.
An attorney for 21 years, John R. Monroe is a civil rights litigator specializing in the field of gun rights and Second Amendment issues. "My dad gave me a rifle on my 12th birthday and I've been shooting all my life," said Monroe.
In a city that takes its history seriously, it makes sense that the 340-member Augusta Bar Association is one of the oldest in Georgia, founded in 1895.
Seven years after two teenage boys were killed when the stolen car in which they were passengers slammed into a tree, with a Clayton County police cruiser in pursuit, the county has settled the resulting wrongful death actions for more than $2 million.
A plaintiff in a wrongful death case has won reinstatement of a $3 million verdict against a hospital—but her lawyer nonetheless is bothered by the part of the opinion by the Georgia Court of Appeals that lets a physician off the hook.
On March 21, the Georgia Supreme Court ordered amendments to several Georgia Bar Rules of Professional Conduct, including Rule 7.2 Advertising.
So far one of the biggest problems for a federal judge overseeing a patent battle between the world's largest smartphone makers isn't about stolen ideas. It's getting the roomful of smartphone devotees to turn off their devices.
A Nevada jury on Tuesday awarded $1.3 million in damages to comedian George Wallace for a leg injury he said he suffered while performing at a Las Vegas Strip resort in 2007.
A federal judge has issued a permanent injunction prohibiting a St. Louis County town from ticketing drivers for flashing their headlights to warn other drivers that police are nearby.
Georgia's governor signed an executive order Tuesday to provide $4 million to cover costs associated with providing lawyers without conflicting interests for poor defendants.
On a lunch break from hearing divorce cases, Augusta Judicial Circuit Superior Court Judge Daniel Craig, 58 and white-haired, bounds into Summerville Cemetery with the enthusiasm of a boy just out of school for the summer.
Lawyer-legislators have shifted from gathering support from colleagues for bills to gathering support from voters to represent their districts.
Last week, as the national media and the U.S. Congress credited Lance Cooper's discovery with exposing a corporate cover-up and federal regulatory lapse and pushing General Motors to recall 1.5 million cars with a potentially deadly ignition defect, Cooper was in his Marietta office doing what he usually does: preparing for a trial, initiating a new lawsuit and investigating other potential cases.
The Georgia Justice Project has raised $5.2 million in a three-year capital campaign to broaden its mission of defending the criminally accused and helping them reintegrate into society.
Suspended California state Sen. Leland Yee has pleaded not guilty to all charges for his alleged role in a San Francisco political corruption and organized crime case.
Real-estate developer Tim Blixseth was ordered to pay $41 million to creditors of the luxury Montana resort he helped drive into bankruptcy, by a federal judge who slammed the one-time billionaire for distorting the facts in the case.
The attorney for the family of a Connecticut woman killed by police on Capitol Hill six months ago says her autopsy found she was shot multiple times from behind, including a shot to the back of the head.
The U.S. Supreme Court rejected an appeal Monday from a studio that refused to photograph a lesbian couple's commitment ceremony, letting stand a New Mexico high court ruling that helped spur a national debate over gay rights and religious freedom.
Since lawyers were banned in Georgia's first city, Savannah—founded in 1733 by British General James Oglethorpe—the only place to hang up a shingle became Augusta, Georgia's second city, which Oglethorpe founded just three years later.
A divided Georgia Court of Appeals has rejected a defense attempt to restrict the sort of expert testimony that's acceptable in malpractice cases involving a common screening test for cervical cancer.
U.S. District Judge Thomas Thrash, who sometimes quotes Shakespeare in his court orders, says he's no scholar of the Bard of Avon. "I just love the stuff he writes," Thrash says.
Judges and bar associations have begun to lose their patience with uncivil attorneys.
Our five-day series starts by looking at the Garden City's vibrant history, economy and legal community—with so much connected to the little white ball with the dimples
A Missouri family hopes a nearly $3 million jury reward in a medical malpractice case against a Kansas doctor and pain clinic will raise awareness of the risks and possible complications from pain injections.
The families of those who died in General Motors cars with defective ignition switches want prosecutors to go after GM insiders responsible for letting the problems fester for more than a decade — and perhaps for covering them up.
A disgraced former Illinois drug court judge at the center of a courthouse drug scandal is getting time to square away things before serving a two-year sentence on heroin and gun convictions.
The Supreme Court has declined an early look at a constitutional challenge to the National Security Agency's bulk collection of millions of Americans' telephone records.
Lawyers accused each other of trickery as a clearly irritated judge issued reprimands on the first day of an expected week of hearings on motions in the prosecution of suspended DeKalb County CEO Burrell Ellis.
The lawyers behind a criminal defense theory that drew howls on the Internet—that a man was "too handsome" to be guilty of sexual assault—are defending the tactic, especially because their now-former-client was convicted in a second trial.
Stacey Kalberman was beaming and tearful Friday as she exchanged hugs and laughter with members of the jury that had just awarded her $700,000 for what she said was a retaliatory firing from her job heading the State Ethics Commission linked to her investigation into campaign spending by Gov. Nathan Deal.
As the virtual currency bitcoin becomes more prevalent and commercialized, lawyers are getting involved.
An Atlanta in-house lawyer spent a night in jail after she improperly contacted a DeKalb County judge by email, saying that she would "blame the plaintiff" in a trial for which she had been selected as a juror because she'd have to work nights and weekends to attend to her own client.
A Gwinnett County attorney who chaired the Georgia Democratic Party has admitted he took nearly $1 million from former clients, faces a trial against another former client this month—and may face criminal charges.
A judge has disqualified an attorney and his firm from representing the estate of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. in its battle with King's daughter over the slain civil rights icon's Nobel Peace Prize and Bible, ruling that William Hill Jr.'s role as a special master in a previous wrangle over King's possessions mandated his removal from the ongoing case.