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Fulton County Commissioner Sues County Solicitor Over Recusals

By Greg Land |

Fulton County Commissioner Marvin Arrington Jr. has sued county Solicitor General Carmen Smith over her practice of recusing her office from prosecuting any cases in which the commissioner, an Atlanta attorney, represents a defendant.

Abdul Kallon

Abdul Kallon's Nomination for 11th Circuit Draws Praise, but Not From Home State Senators

By Katheryn Hayes Tucker |

President Barack Obama's choice Thursday for a new federal appellate court judge from Alabama drew cheers from legal, civil rights and justice advocacy groups, but ran into political trouble before the day was over.

Former Transgender Inmate Settles with Prison Officials

By Kate Brumback |

The state of Georgia has agreed to pay $250,000 to settle a lawsuit filed by a former transgender inmate whose case drew the attention of the Justice Department after she complained prison officials didn't provide adequate treatment for her gender identity condition.

Considering SaaS-Based E-Discovery? 8 Things to Know Before You Buy

Attorneys and law firm CIOs need to consider several areas before buying a cloud-based discovery solution.

Demystifying the Cloud: 5 Things Corporate Legal Should Consider Before Buying E-Discovery SaaS

These are the benefits of true SaaS that legal departments should consider when choosing an e-discovery solution.

Buying a New E-Discovery Platform? 8 Questions You Need to Ask First

Law firm e-discovery experts on the eight questions firms should ask themselves before investing in an e-discovery platform.

6 Software Options You Need to Know in Evaluating E-discovery Solutions

The e-discovery software market has evolved drastically with complete solutions platforms aiding the task in myriad ways.

GDOT converted the previously modest hill into a steep 2-to-1 slope along Ga. 20. (For orientation, see in the Before photo the Shoney's restaurant sign in background, far right. The After photo looks back across the highway from that point -- note Shoney's sign in left foreground.)

State to Pay Bartow County Landowner $1.7M for Highway Slope Easement, Jury Says

By R. Robin McDonald |

A Bartow County jury has awarded a county landowner $1.7 million after he challenged the Georgia Department of Transportation's condemnation of his property at the intersection of a state highway and Interstate 75.

How Attorneys Can Identify Potential Problem Clients

By J. Randolph Evans and Shari L. Klevens |

Attorneys who have faced a malpractice complaint often can pinpoint the moment when they knew they had an issue. Many say they should have known from the beginning that their relationship with a client was not going to be successful.

Daily Report's Firm Financial Coverage

Reports for the Daily Report’s annual firm finance coverage are coming in. Check back often to this page for the latest insights on firm revenue, net income and other metrics.

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$250K Settles Bikini Wax Case After Mediation

By Greg Land |

A woman who said she was injured and left permanently scarred during a bikini wax procedure at an Atlanta hair salon has settled her claims for $250,000 following a one-day mediation on Wednesday.

Elbert P. Tuttle U.S. Court of Appeals Building

Obama Taps Alabama Federal Judge For 11th Circuit

By R. Robin McDonald |

President Barack Obama has nominated a federal judge from Alabama to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit in Atlanta.

The Georgia Defense Lawyers Association held a past presidents luncheon Feb. 5 at the Capital City Club, with 15 former leaders attending the event.

After Hours: Photos that Spotlight Lawyers' Lives Outside Their Offices

Check out our gallery of photos from recent events for legal professionals.

Dahlia Lithwick

SCOTUS Reporters: Oldest U.S. Supreme Court Justices Are Still Sharp

By Katheryn Hayes Tucker |

A question about term limits for U.S. Supreme Court justices turned up some insights about the jurists' ages from a panel of journalists speaking to Georgia State University law students and professors over lunch Thursday.

Voting

Common Cause, NAACP Sue Over Purged Voter Rolls

By R. Robin McDonald |

Common Cause Georgia and the Georgia NAACP on Wednesday sued Secretary of State Brian Kemp, claiming that his office illegally purged hundreds of thousands of registered, qualified voters from the state's voter registration rolls.

Justice David Nahmias speaks at a Georgia State University College of Law Symposium, Invisible Justices, Supreme Court Transparency in the Age of Social Media, Thursday, February 11, 2016.

Georgia Supreme Court Justice: Cameras in Court Are No Big Deal

By Katheryn Hayes Tucker |

Georgia Supreme Court Justice David Nahmias on Thursday told law students at Georgia State University that the U.S. Supreme Court might take a lesson from state high courts on cameras in the courtroom.

Feds Accuse Georgia Prison Guards of Taking Bribes, Drug Trafficking

By Kate Brumback |

More than 40 prison guards and officers in Georgia have been indicted on charges of accepting bribes and drug trafficking, the latest in a federal effort to crack down on contraband and criminal activity in the state's prisons.

Randy C. Gepp

DeKalb County Loses Appeal in Decade-Old Whistleblower Case

By Katheryn Hayes Tucker |

DeKalb County has lost an appeal in a decade-old dispute over the firing of two temporary grease trap inspectors who claimed protection as whistleblowers.

Judicial Campaign Misidentifies Pollster as Lawyer

By Greg Land |

The campaign manager for Griffin Circuit District Attorney Scott Ballard, who is seeking to unseat Superior Court Judge Tommy Hankinson, said he mistakenly credited political analyst and Hall Booth Smith attorney Matt Towery with conducting a poll for Ballard.

Allegra Lawrence-Hardy

Sutherland Asbill & Brennan Partners Launch Lawrence & Bundy Litigation Firm

By Meredith Hobbs |

Sutherland Asbill & Brennan partners Allegra Lawrence-Hardy and Thomas Bundy III have started their own litigation firm, Lawrence & Bundy.

Nominations: Who's Making Their Marks, and Whose Marks Were Indelible?

The Daily Report is combining two of its most popular special sections this year—On the Rise and Lifetime Achievement Awards—and we're seeking nominations for both lists.

An Early Look at the 2016 Am Law 100

Ahead of The American Lawyer's final Am Law 100 and 200 rankings, see the latest early reports on 2015 financial results from The Am Law Daily and its regional affiliates.

Government Sues Ferguson After City Tries to Revise Deal

By Jim Salter and Eric Tucker |

The federal government sued Ferguson on Wednesday, one day after the city council voted to revise an agreement aimed at improving the way police and courts treat poor people and minorities in the St. Louis suburb.

Judge, District Attorney Square Off in Griffin Circuit Judicial Race

By Greg Land |

A rare election pitting a judge against a district attorney is playing out in the Griffin Judicial Circuit.

Edward J. Walters

Legal Research Firm Sues Over Whether State Regulations Can Be Copyrighted

By R. Robin McDonald |

The CEO of a legal research service that's free to members of the State Bar of Georgia said his company's suit against the Georgia secretary of state's designated publisher of the state's rules and regulations is about "whether private publishers can own public law."

Bryan Grantham

Winning Lawyer Faults District Attorney Paul Howard's Push for High Court Reconsideration

By Greg Land |

The attorney who convinced the Georgia Supreme Court that a trial judge's mistake meant an accused murderer cannot be tried criticized an emotional public appeal by Fulton County District Attorney Paul Howard Jr. and Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed for the justices to grant a motion for reconsideration.

Steve Lewis

Troutman Sanders Posts 'Eye-Popping' Year

By Meredith Hobbs |

Troutman Sanders had a blockbuster year in 2015, reporting $468.5 million in revenue, up 11 percent, and net income of $180.8 million, up 14 percent. Profit per equity partner jumped from $805,000 to $970,000—after a $55,000 increase in 2014.

Robert Hays

King & Spalding Breaks $1B in Revenue in 2015

By Meredith Hobbs |

King & Spalding broke the billon-dollar mark in revenue last year—the first Atlanta-based firm to do so—reporting revenue of $1.02 billion, a 9 percent increase over 2014.

Georgia State University College of Law

Georgia State University's International Arbitration Center Adds Second Major Arbitral Court

By Meredith Hobbs |

Atlanta's new Center for International Arbitration and Mediation has landed its second affiliation with a major arbitral court.

Copyright

Bar Members' Free Research Service Sues Over Publishing State Regs

By R. Robin McDonald |

A legal research service free to members of the State Bar of Georgia is suing the Georgia secretary of state's designated publisher of the state's administrative rules and regulations, contending that the publisher's exclusive contract with the state does not give it a right to copyright public laws and regulations.

Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed (standing in purple tie) and District Attorney Paul L. Howard Jr (in yellow tie) at the press conference on February 9, 2016.

Fulton County District Attorney, Mayor Press Georgia Supreme Court to Reverse Opinion Freeing Accused Murderer

By Greg Land |

Flanked by Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed and tearful members of a victim's family, Fulton County District Attorney Paul Howard Jr. called a press conference Tuesday afternoon to push the Georgia Supreme Court to reconsider its "very bad opinion" freeing a murder defendant suspect because of procedural error by the trial judge.

North Fulton County Government Service Center at 7441 Roswell Road in Sandy Springs, Ga.

Fulton County Commission Funding Saves Magistrate Court at Annexes

By Greg Land |

Pointing to "temporary resources" to be provided by the Fulton County Commission, court officials said Tuesday that the Fulton County Magistrate Court will continue to offer services at the county's North and South Government Annexes.

Judge Ural D.L. Glanville

Georgia Supreme Court Rules Murder Defendant Cannot Be Retried

By R. Robin McDonald |

Jailed for three years awaiting trial on charges that he killed a 75-year-old woman and wounded a 71-year-old man, Geary Otis will soon be free after the Supreme Court of Georgia ruled Monday that he cannot be tried for the crimes.

Emma Hetherington

University of Georgia School of Law Hires Director for New Child Sex Abuse Legal Clinic; Plus Other 'On the Move' News

By Meredith Hobbs |

The University of Georgia School of Law has hired Emma Hetherington as the director of its innovative legal clinic to represent victims of child sexual abuse in civil suits against their abusers.

Montgomery Alabama Attorney Faces Federal Fraud Charges

A Georgia man who used to practice law in Montgomery, Alabama has been accused of defrauding the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development for nearly $1.1 million between 2005 and 2008.

Lance Cooper.

Two Plaintiffs Lawyers in GM Case Escalate War of Words

The plaintiffs lawyer who accused three attorneys of mismanaging the ignition-switch litigation against General Motors Co. has backed off his demands that a judge remove all of them. Still, the lawyer, Lance Cooper, is calling for the resignation of one of the lawyers, Bob Hilliard, claiming that his actions have imperiled the multidistrict litigation.

In-House Georgia: Practice Focus on Immigration, Profile and Q&A With Legal Counsel for Ericsson Inc., and More

Also Employment Matters, STEM OPT Program, I-9 Compliance and Corporate Restructure

Michael L. Brown

Atlanta Botanical Garden Lawyer Says a Win for Gun Group Could Lead to Weapons at Sporting Events

By Katheryn Hayes Tucker |

If a gun rights group gets its way in an appeal heard Monday by the Georgia Supreme Court, visitors could soon be packing pistols at Atlanta Falcons games, the College Football Hall of Fame and Lake Burton, an attorney representing the Atlanta Botanical Garden told the justices.

Susan Witt Langlais, of The Langlais Law Group

$4M Settlement for Road Flagman Hit by Motorist

By Greg Land |

A road flagman who was left brain-damaged after being struck by an elderly motorist last year has settled his claims for $4 million.

Judge Ural D.L. Glanville

Georgia Supreme Court: Mistrial Ends Fulton County's Chance to Try Murder Defendant Again

By R. Robin McDonald |

The Supreme Court of Georgia has thrown out the murder case of a man charged with stabbing a 75-year-old woman to death and has barred Fulton County prosecutors from retrying him.

U.S. District Court Judge Thomas Thrash Jr.

Federal Judge Orders Home Depot to Turn Over Potential Settlement Communications

By R. Robin McDonald |

The federal judge presiding over litigation against Home Depot stemming from a massive security data breach has ordered the Atlanta-based home supply chain to turn over to plaintiff financial institutions any communications it has exchanged with other banks over possible settlement of the pending cases.

Georgia Supreme Court

Supreme Court of Georgia Reprimands 1 Lawyer, Disbars Another

The Supreme Court of Georgia on Monday issued discipline decisions regarding the following lawyers: Robert B. Eddleman, voluntary discipline: reprimand; Stephen B. Taylor, disbarred

Kevin Cranman c/o Ericsson

Deal Maker: Meet the Fixer, Kevin Cranman—He Solves Ericsson Inc.'s Problems

By Mary Smith Judd |

When Kevin Cranman explains his job at the global technology company Ericsson, he evokes the classic 1990s movie "Pulp Fiction."

Q&A With Ericsson Inc.'s Kevin Cranman; Best Practices: Connectivity and Problem-Solving Skills

Kevin Cranman, senior group legal counsel for Ericsson Inc.'s business unity support solutions division, answers best practices he looks for in outside counsel.

Summary Judgment: Has the Tide Turned?

By Amanda Farahany |

No longer is the court requiring plaintiffs to try and fit a square peg into a round hole by ignoring circumstantial evidence of discrimination while requiring a plaintiff to present increasing amounts of evidence to fit the McDonnell-Douglas paradigm. Instead, the court is now treating circumstantial evidence as it should—where there is smoke, a jury should decide whether there is fire.

Too Little, Maybe Too Late: The Real Impact of Ending the STEM OPT Program

By Ian R. Macdonald and Kristin Aquino-Pham |

Are we doing enough to keep talent and intellect in our country? Or are we driving away our future business leaders and innovators; therefore compromising our position at the top of the global marketplace?

Phillip Street

King & Spalding Poaches Health Care Duo From Paul Hastings

By Meredith Hobbs |

King & Spalding has recruited Phillip Street as a partner and Craig Smith as of counsel from Paul Hastings for its health care and life science practice—one of King & Spalding's priority areas.

L. Lin Wood

Trial Lawyer Lin Wood Gives $1M to Mercer Law

By Meredith Hobbs |

Trial lawyer L. Lin Wood has given $1 million to his alma mater, Mercer University law school.

Hon. Myra H. Dixon, Fulton County State Court.

Chief Judge: Fulton State Court Duties to Continue at Annexes

By Greg Land |

In response to the announcement that the Fulton County Magistrate Court will suspend its operations at the county's North and South Annex Service Centers, Fulton State Court Judge Myra Dixon said that traffic cases handled by the state court will continue to be heard at the annexes.

Corporate Restructure: What Happens to H-1B Employees Still in Process for a Green Card?

An employer can help protect a worker's immigration case and safeguard workforce stability by filing strategically and gathering key documentation of the restructure.

Tips for Avoiding Pitfalls in I-9 Compliance

This precarious position presents liability for employers who view the completion of I-9s as a perfunctory part of the new hire process, or who view a notice of inspection as benign. Employers should take the following steps to proactively address I-9 compliance.

Sally Quillian Yates receives the Inspiration Award for outstanding leadership in the public interest from Justice David Nahmias.

Check Out Photos From Emory Law's EPIC Inspiration Awards Ceremony

Emory University School of Law held its 20th annual EPIC Inspiration Awards Ceremony and reception on Feb. 2 at Tull Auditorium.

Atlanta Botanical Gardens, Visitor Center.

Georgia Supreme Court to Hear Arguments Over Carrying Guns in Atlanta Botanical Garden

By Katheryn Hayes Tucker |

The Georgia Supreme Court will hear oral arguments Monday afternoon on the question of whether people with gun permits have the right to carry weapons into the Atlanta Botanical Garden, a 30-acre conservation area adjoining Piedmont Park.

Judge William Duffey

2 Verdicts, 1 Dismissed Juror Underlie $11 Million Judgment

By R. Robin McDonald |

When a federal jury in Atlanta awarded $11 million to a former ski instructor in a bellwether product liability case last November, the verdict bore a distinctive hallmark. It was the jury's second effort to decide the case.

HSBC Ruling Could Bring Big Changes to Monitorships

In a ruling with major implications for companies with corporate monitors, a judge has ordered HSBC Bank to make public a monitor’s report on its efforts to comply with anti-money laundering laws.

Richard Rosenbaum

Greenberg Traurig and Berwin Leighton Paisner Merger Extends Firm's Long-term Practice of Growth

The news that Greenberg Traurig is in merger talks with British law firm Berwin Leighton Paisner extends the firm's long-term practice of growth through firm and practice group acquisitions.

Tyrone Brooks

Ex-Georgia Lawmaker Tyrone Brooks Ordered to Pay $250,000 in Restitution

A federal judge on Thursday ordered a civil rights activist and former Georgia lawmaker to pay $250,000 in restitution to charitable donors he's accused of deliberately defrauding.

Ashley Akins, Elizabeth Pool O’Neal and Jack Long.

View Photos From The 10th Annual Young Lawyers Division Fundraiser

The 10th annual fundraiser hosted by the Young Lawyers Division of the State Bar of Georgia was held at the Biltmore on Jan. 23.

A. Lee Parks

Civil Rights Lawyer Lee Parks: High Court's Tip for Foreign-Born Students Won't Work

By Katheryn Hayes Tucker |

In denying an appeal of foreign-born, Georgia-resident college students seeking in-state tuition, the Georgia Supreme Court dropped a hint at the end of its opinion that the students might try another approach. But it's not likely to work, according to a veteran civil rights lawyer.

Daniel Cohen

Savannah Attorney Daniel Cohen Has a Talent for Singing

By John Carroll | Special to the Daily Report |

Daniel Cohen is a trial lawyer and mediator at Brannen Searcy & Smith in Savannah. He also is a talented and versatile vocalist who sings with various organizations.

2 Real Estate Investors Charged With Rigging Foreclosure Auctions

By R. Robin McDonald |

A federal grand jury in Atlanta has charged two real estate investors with bid rigging and bank fraud in connection with real estate foreclosure auctions, the U.S. Justice Department announced on Wednesday.

U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit

'Docs v. Glocks' Case Gets En Banc Review at 11th Circuit

By Jonathan Ringel |

The full federal appeals court in Atlanta has vacated a ruling that upheld a Florida law barring doctors from asking patients whether they own firearms.

Judge M. Yvette Miller

Pro Se Child Molestation Defendant Wins Appeal Over Judge’s Harsh Remarks

By Katheryn Hayes Tucker |

Harsh language from a judge to a child molestation defendant played a lead role in the Georgia Court of Appeals vacating his sentence and remanding the case for resentencing.

Judge Kimberly Esmond Adams

Judge Adams' Advice for Lawyers: Be Prepared

By Greg Land |

When asked what she values most in the litigants and lawyers appearing in her courtroom, Fulton County Superior Court Judge Kimberly Esmond Adams' answer is immediate: "preparation."

North Fulton County Government Service Center at 7441 Roswell Road in Sandy Springs, Ga.

Fulton Magistrate Court to Shutter North, South Annex Operations

By Greg Land |

Court officials say a "recent budget deficit" means that, effective Feb. 15 , the Fulton County Magistrate Court will no longer offer services at the county's North and South Annex Service Centers.

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Couple Sues Over Interstate Truck Wreck

By R. Robin McDonald |

An Illinois couple injured in a 2013 collision on I-75 near Marietta has sued the driver of the truck that collided with their car, the Florida business that employed him and the trucking company, claiming that an alleged failure to properly maintain the semi tractor-trailer's suspension system led to the collision.

Telecom Firms Move to Dismiss Case on 911 Fees

By R. Robin McDonald |

Two telecommunications firms sued by Georgia's former governor on behalf of Cobb and Gwinnett counties have moved to dismiss the case, according to court papers filed in federal court in Atlanta.

Judge Marvin Shoob

After Decades of Doing 'the Right Thing,' Judge Marvin Shoob Is Ready to Retire

By R. Robin McDonald |

At one time, U.S. Judge Marvin Shoob says, he intended to remain on the federal bench on Atlanta until he turned 100.

L to R: Joe Henner, Neal Sweeney and Chad Theriot

Jones Walker Snags 6 Construction Lawyers From Kilpatrick; Plus Other 'On the Move' News

By Meredith Hobbs |

New Orleans-based Jones Walker has scooped up a team of six construction lawyers from Kilpatrick Townsend & Stockton.

E-Discovery Special Report

From the FRCP changes and burgeoning software options, here's a look at what's in store for e-discovery in 2016.

Here's What You Can Do to Improve Your Year

By J. Randolph Evans and Shari L. Klevens |

Statistics show that only 8 percent of individuals who make resolutions are successful. At this point in the year, most people have already given up on the New Year's resolutions made just weeks ago. As the pace picks up, most attorneys simply drift back to the habits of the past.

Justice Harold Melton

Lost in Translation: A Fair Trial, Justices Rule

By Katheryn Hayes Tucker |

The Georgia Supreme Court unanimously ruled Monday that a man from Gambia convicted of murder in Fulton County is entitled to a new trial because his uncertified interpreter provided him with an inaccurate translation of the proceedings against him.

C. Matthew Keen

Ogletree Deakins Elects New Managing Shareholder

By Meredith Hobbs |

Atlanta-based Ogletree, Deakins, Nash, Smoak & Stewart elected C. Matthew Keen as managing shareholder, effective Feb. 1, during the firm's annual shareholder meeting. He succeeds Kim Ebert, who had led the labor and employment firm since 2010.

New Challenger Means Three-Way Race for Shoob's Seat on Fulton Court

By Greg Land |

The race to fill one of three upcoming vacancies on the Fulton County Superior Court bench is getting more crowded, as a third judicial hopeful tossed his hat into the ring to vie for the seat being vacated by Judge Wendy Shoob.

Harold L. Murphy

Judge Bars Jailing of Indigent Defendants for Misdemeanors

By R. Robin McDonald |

A federal judge in Rome has barred the city of Calhoun from detaining indigent defendants in misdemeanor or minor traffic cases in jail for as long as a week simply because they cannot afford a cash bond.

Susan H. Black

Judges Reverse Kidnapping Convictions Because of Lawyer's Mistake

By Katheryn Hayes Tucker |

Overturning kidnapping convictions that were part of an armed robbery case, three federal appeals court judges have explained how a defendant could be guilty of one crime and not the other—and what the original appellate lawyer did wrong.

Georgia Supreme Court

1 Lawyer Gets Reprimand, 3 Surrender Licenses

The Supreme Court of Georgia on Monday issued discipline decisions regarding the following lawyers: Michael Anthony Eddings, public reprimand; Jay Harvey Morrey, voluntary surrender of license; Tashawna Lacher Griffieth, voluntary surrender of license; Donald Carlton Gibson, voluntary surrender of license.

L-R Bruce Hagen and Kendrick McWilliams

Crash Case: 12 Years to Trial, 2 Days to Settle

By Greg Land |

More than 14 years after she was injured attempting to help a drunken car wreck victim on the Downtown Connector—and more than a dozen years after filing suit—a woman settled her claims on the second day of trial.

L-R Katie Connell and Leigh Faulk Cummings

Friends Become Partners in New Family Law Firm, Connell Cummings

By Meredith Hobbs |

Katie Connell and Leigh Faulk Cummings have left two of Atlanta's larger family law firms to start their own, Connell Cummings.

Jon Neiditz

Swarming Regulation of Personal Data in the U.S. Tech Sector

By Jon Neiditz | Special to the Daily Report |

Sectoral regulation of privacy and information security in the United States has created a complex system for tech innovation, because new products and services transcend the traditional sectoral boundaries and because regulators view these new products and services as creating substantial new risks in their sectors.

Senator Ted Cruz (R-TX)

Opposing Counsel About Ted Cruz: 'He Wasn't a Jerk'

U.S. Senator and Republican presidential hopeful Ted Cruz was not such a bad apple, according to appellate lawyers who identify themselves as Democrats and previously opposed him in court.

Judge Jerry Baxter

Judge Who Questioned Prosecution of Ex-Judge Recuses

By R. Robin McDonald |

The Fulton County judge presiding over the criminal case against a former coastal Georgia judge has recused, following prosecutors' complaints that the judge's reservations about the case created an unfair bias against prosecution.

Judge Adalberto Jordan

Death-Row Inmate's Case Targets Georgia's Strict Secrecy Law

By Kate Brumback |

Lawyers for an inmate set to die in days are asking a conflicted federal appeals court to weaken Georgia's law that keeps secret the source of the state's lethal injection drug. It's the toughest of a number of secrecy laws passed in recent years by death penalty states eager to stabilize their execution drug supplies.

Swastika carved into the courtroom door of Fulton County State Court Judge Jay Roth.

Sheriff’s Office Investigating Swastika Etched on Courtroom Door

By Greg Land |

Fulton County State Court Judge Jay Roth said he doesn't know whether a swastika over the words "3rd Reich" etched into the edge of his courtroom door were aimed at him because he is Jewish, or if the vandal put the Nazi symbol there coincidentally to lash out at the court and county.

L-R Geoff Pope and Marc Howard

Jury Awards $3M for Death of Grandmother After Routine Surgery

By Katheryn Hayes Tucker |

A DeKalb County jury has awarded $3 million to a man whose wife died after complications from a routine surgery to remove painful ovarian cysts.

L-R Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed and ABA President Paulette Brown at the Buckhead Coalition event January 27,2016.

American Bar Association President Laments Law as 'Least Diverse' Profession

By Jonathan Ringel |

The president of the American Bar Association told business leaders in Atlanta that embracing racial, gender and other types of diversity is not only "right and ethical" but also good business.

Chief Justice Hugh Thompson (foreground) and the other Supreme Court Justices and Appeals Court Judges enter the house chamber for the 2016 State of the Judiciary address.

Chief Justice Highlights Probate Judges, Court Changes and New Building

By Katheryn Hayes Tucker |

Judges who issue marriage licenses and perform ceremonies took a figurative bow Wednesday before the Georgia General Assembly for their handling of the state's transition to legally mandated same-sex weddings.

Sen. Josh McKoon

Senator Calls House Moves to Remake State Watchdog Agency 'Ill-Considered'

By R. Robin McDonald |

The chairman of the state senate's Judiciary Committee on Wednesday morning took the Senate floor to question the wisdom of legislation by his House counterpart to abolish the state's judicial watchdog agency and give the legislature sole authority to re-create it.

Governor's Panel: Shift Big Chunk of High Court Cases to Court of Appeals

By Katheryn Hayes Tucker |

A panel of appellate judges, lawmakers and appellate lawyers has recommended that the newly expanded Georgia Court of Appeals take over a sizeable chunk of the cases heard by the Supreme Court of Georgia.

L-R: Evan Cline and Page Powell

Defense Prevails in Medical Malpractice Case Seeking $15 Million

By Greg Land |

After a two-week trial and about 12 hours of deliberations, a Fulton County jury returned a defense verdict in what lawyers on both sides described as a tough, emotionally charged medical malpractice case in which the husband of a woman left severely brain damaged during a surgical procedure sought at least $15 million in damages.

Judge Wendy Shoob

State Bar of Georgia Dismisses Judge's Complaint Against Fulton Prosecutor

By Greg Land |

The State Bar of Georgia has dismissed a complaint that Fulton County Superior Court Judge Wendy Shoob filed against an assistant district attorney, whom the judge said had crossed ethical lines by allowing her investigator to contact a criminal defendant without notifying his attorney.

Ilisa Halpern Paul, Drinker Biddle & Reath's chief lobbyist, turns her attention away from her iPhone and BlackBerry to jot some notes in a House cafeteria before her meeting with Rochelle Dornatt, the chief of staff to Representative Sam Farr (D-Calif.). July 17, 2012. Photo by Diego M. Radzinschi/THE NATIONAL LAW JOURNAL..

Will the iPhone Continue as Lawyers' Smartphone of Choice?

Although iPhone sales are predicted to decline, the smartphone remains wildly popular among lawyers.

Chicago Federal Judge OKs reworked NCAA Concussions Settlement

By Michael Tarm |

A federal judge in Chicago gave preliminary approval Tuesday to a reworked head-injury settlement between thousands of former college athletes and the NCAA that includes a $70 million fund to test for brain trauma.

Fast-Growing Constangy Opens in Miami

By Meredith Hobbs |

Atlanta-based labor and employment firm Constangy, Brooks, Smith & Prophete has opened an office in Miami—its third in Florida.

Back Row L-R Seth Bloomfield, Rusty Fleming, David Burch and David Weinstein. Front Row L-R Meena Dev-Sidhu and Jenna Lasseter.

Nelson Mullins Adds to Real Estate Practice

By Meredith Hobbs |

Nelson Mullins is continuing to build its Atlanta real estate practice, adding six lawyers from other firms—mostly real estate finance practitioners, with some who practice traditional "dirt law."

L-R: Malcolm Cox and Gary Freed.

Barnes & Thornburg Beefs Up Litigation Practice; Plus Other 'On the Move' News

By Meredith Hobbs |

Barnes & Thornburg has added two litigators locally: Gary Freed as a partner from Thompson Hine and J. Malcolm Cox as of counsel from McGuire Woods.

Robert C. Rutledge

Legislature Deceives Public by Shifting Money Raised for Specific Purposes, Assistant Public Defender Writes

By Robert Christian Rutledge | Special to the Daily Report |

With the 2016 legislative session upon us, we Georgians should hold our representatives accountable for what they do with the money they take from us in the form of add-on fees collected for specific, stated purposes.

Bob Monyak's dog Lola

Lola the Dog Tests Old Precedents at State High Court

By Katheryn Hayes Tucker |

Lawyers at the Georgia Supreme Court on Tuesday debated whether the law should value a family dog more like a mule or an heirloom painting.

Warring Judicial Qualifications Commission Members Offer Details on Split

By R. Robin McDonald |

In a rare public airing of grievances from within a state agency that operates largely in secret, the chairman and newest member of the Judicial Qualifications Commission are speaking publicly about a split that could threaten the agency's existence.

Fulton County Courthouse

Fulton County Magistrate Judge to Seek Superior Court Seat

By Katheryn Hayes Tucker |

With 2016 races for judicial positions shaping up around metro Atlanta, another candidate has announced plans to run for an open seat on Fulton County Superior Court.

L to R: Richard Hyde, Lester Tate and Wendell Willard

Bills to Remake Judicial Qualifications Commission Reveal a Bitter Split Between Commissioners

By R. Robin McDonald |

Legislation to abolish and then re-create the state's judicial watchdog agency has uncovered fault lines that have divided the agency's members appointed by the State Bar of Georgia, its current chairman foremost among them, and its longtime investigator, Richard Hyde, who was appointed by Gov. Nathan Deal to the panel last month.

2 New Candidates Announce Runs for Judge in Cobb County

By Katheryn Hayes Tucker |

Two more candidates have joined the race for judge in Cobb County, where the 2016 ballot will include four open seats.

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U.S. Supreme Court Justices Extend Bar on Automatic Life Terms for Teenagers

By Mark Sherman |

The Supreme Court ruled Monday that people serving life terms for murders they committed as teenagers must have a chance to seek their freedom, a decision that could affect more than 1,000 inmates.

L to R: Alison Prout and Robert Ingram

Lawyer Uses Mickey Mouse to Argue Sex Video Case

By Katheryn Hayes Tucker |

For a moment Thursday, a lawyer stood before the Georgia Court of Appeals wearing Mickey Mouse ears. Robert Ingram of Moore Ingram Johnson & Steele explained to the surprised-looking panel—Presiding Judge Anne Barnes and Judges Michael Boggs and Amanda Mercier—that he was demonstrating the fictional quality of his opposing counsel's position.

L to R: Jim Steinberg and Lance McCord

Indemnity Procedures and Liability in IT Contracts

By Jim Steinberg and Lance McCord | Special to the Daily Report |

In our last article, we considered issues relating to the scope of an IT product and service seller's obligation to indemnify—specifically, types of covered losses and claims and special issues relating to indemnity for intellectual property infringement. In this article, we will look at the seller's obligation to defend against indemnifiable claims, the procedures for carrying out that defense, and the relationship between indemnity and contractual limits on liability.

Rep. Wendell Willard

Corrected: Lawmakers Aim to Remake JQC, Remove State Bar's Appointment Authority

By R. Robin McDonald |

The Georgia House Judiciary Committee chairman on Friday introduced a resolution calling for a constitutional amendment to abolish the state judicial watchdog agency and create a new one that significantly reduces the influence of the State Bar of Georgia.

Joann Jones, Baker Hostetler, Atlanta Ga.

Baker Hostetler Taps Jones as Atlanta Leader

By Meredith Hobbs |

Baker & Hostetler has named Joann Gallagher Jones the new managing partner for its Atlanta office, succeeding Chris Arena.

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Fulton, Atlanta, Federal Courts Close Early

By Meredith Hobbs |

Metro Atlanta is taking no chances on another Snowmageddon. City and state courts shut down early on Friday, in advance of potential severe weather later in the day.

Dax E. Lopez

Lopez, Supporters and Detractors React to His Huge Nomination Blow

By R. Robin McDonald |

A DeKalb County judge whose nomination to the federal bench was dealt a likely fatal blow by U.S. Sen. David Perdue this week said "divisive politics" had stripped him of a Senate confirmation hearing.

Jillian Weiss

Appellate Court Green-Lights Transgendered Auto Mechanic's Bias Claim

By Katheryn Hayes Tucker |

An automobile mechanic who was fired after transitioning from a man to a woman has the right to take her gender discrimination lawsuit to trial, the federal appellate court in Atlanta has ruled. Jillian Weiss (above) of Tuxedo Park, New York, said the opinion could also mean that other similar cases will be tried. “It really opens up the evidentiary field,” Weiss said.

L-R Jeff Kerr and Hunter Clarke of CaseFleet.

Lawyer Turns Tech Geek to Launch Unique Practice Management System

By Meredith Hobbs |

When Jeff Kerr had his own firm representing plaintiffs in employment disputes, he couldn't find law practice management software that did everything he wanted it to do—so he built his own. He'd work as a lawyer from 9 to 6 at Mays & Kerr, then go home and work on his software until midnight.

Justice Hugh Thompson

Murder Defendant Who Tried to Fire Lawyer Gets a New Trial

By R. Robin McDonald |

The Supreme Court of Georgia on Tuesday unanimously overturned the murder conviction of a man who had sought to represent himself at trial because he claimed his lawyer had blamed him for the lawyer's heart attack.

Appalachian Circuit Judge Retires Early; Judicial Watchdog Agency Says It's 'Satisfied'

By R. Robin McDonald |

An Appalachian Circuit Superior Court judge, who last year became the subject of news reports that he had used a racial epithet in open court while discussing an African-American witness, has notified Gov. Nathan Deal that he intends to retire Jan. 31, which is 11 months before his current term ends.

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15 Firms Announce New Partners in Atlanta and Other Georgia Offices

By Meredith Hobbs |

More firms are promoting lawyers to partner—and promoting more of them—than last year, based on the steady stream of partner promotion announcements the Daily Report has received this month.

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Immigration Lawyer Pleads Guilty to Federal Misdemeanor

By R. Robin McDonald |

An attorney once honored by the White House for her work on immigration reform has pleaded guilty to a federal misdemeanor charge of aiding and abetting a client who obtained a Georgia driver's license although she was not a Georgia resident.

Don't Give Up on Justice for Emergency Room Victims, Trial Lawyer Writes

By Jarome E. Gautreaux | Special to the Daily Report |

If the goal of the 2005 tort "reform" law was to discourage lawyers from helping victims of substandard emergency room care, it has been successful. While I haven't seen definitive data, most plaintiffs lawyers I know are reluctant to take ER cases.

Georgia Legal Community Mourns Loss of Michael Egan, Bar President Writes

On behalf of the State Bar of Georgia, I would like to express condolences to the family, colleagues and many friends of longtime Atlanta attorney Michael J. Egan on his recent passing.

On the Move

Parker Poe Launches Atlanta Office With Pharma Litigators; Plus Other 'On the Move' News

By Meredith Hobbs |

Charlotte-based Parker Poe Adams & Bernstein has opened a four-lawyer Atlanta office, its first outside of the Carolinas.

Natural Cycle: Foreclosure Law Firms Pulling Back

As foreclosure work has dried up, lawyers on both sides of cases have watched their business plummet. Some courts have dismantled their foreclosure divisions.

Grady Memorial Hospital

Grady Memorial Hospital Settles Complaint Brought by US Justice Department

By R. Robin McDonald |

Grady Memorial Hospital has signed a settlement agreement with the U.S. attorney in Atlanta to end an investigation into allegations that the hospital broke civil rights laws by failing to communicate effectively with individuals who are deaf or hard of hearing.

Georgia Supreme Court

Georgia Supreme Court Issues Decisions in 4 Discipline Cases

The Supreme Court of Georgia on Tuesday issued discipline decisions regarding the following lawyers: Tony C. Jones, reinstated; Nakata S. Smith Fitch, six-month suspension; Nicholas Pagano, review panel reprimand; Dianne Cook, voluntary surrender of license.

U.S. Supreme Court

U.S. Supreme Court Sets Election-Year Clash on Immigration

By Mark Sherman |

The Supreme Court agreed Tuesday to an election-year review of President Barack Obama's executive order to allow up to 5 million immigrants living in the U.S. illegally to "come out of the shadows" and work legally in the United States.

San Diego District Attorney Closes Domestic Violence Case Against Martin Chitwood

By R. Robin McDonald |

San Diego's district attorney has decided not to pursue criminal charges against an Atlanta attorney who was arrested in 2014 after his wife alleged he attacked her at their California home, a DA's office spokeswoman has confirmed.

L to R: Michael Terry and William Withrow

Lawyers Tell Justices Their Ruling Will Kill Class Actions or Contracts

By Katheryn Hayes Tucker |

The Georgia Supreme Court is considering whether to save a class action lawsuit challenging the right of a bank to charge its customers $36 if they overdraft their accounts by even one dollar.

Paul Howard

Seminar Explores Police-Citizen Encounters

By Greg Land |

An array of lawyers, judges and cops were on hand Thursday for a daylong seminar on inequality in the justice system, hosted by the Atlanta Bar Association at the Georgia State University School of Law building.

Engagement Letters Prevent Needless Risk

By J. Randolph Evans and Shari L. Klevens |

There is no 'one-size-fits-all' method of preventing legal malpractice claims. The single best tool an attorney has to manage risk and reduce the likelihood of claims is the engagement letter.

Georgia Legal Community Mourns Loss of Jack Turner, Bar President Says

On behalf of the State Bar of Georgia, I would like to express condolences to the family, colleagues and many friends of longtime Atlanta attorney Jack P. Turner on his recent passing.

L-R James Radford, Devon Brown and Joshua Brownlee.

Civil Rights Suit Targets Atlanta License Inspections

By R. Robin McDonald |

A former Fulton County sheriff's deputy who was fired after city police raided a bachelor party and jailed him for violating Atlanta's business license ordinances has filed a federal suit accusing city police and business inspectors of routinely overstepping their authority to conduct illegal searches and seizures.

More Candidates Join Judicial Races for Open Seats in Cobb

By Katheryn Hayes Tucker |

Two more lawyers have announced plans to run for judge in Cobb County, bringing to 11 the total number of candidates for four open seats.

L-R Laura Mirmelli, Matthew Norton, Bryan Busch, Billy Linville, Brian Pierce and Nigam Acharya.

Baker Donelson Expands in Atlanta and Florida With Lawyers From Busch White, Elsewhere

By Meredith Hobbs |

Corrected: Baker Donelson has started off the New Year on a hiring spree.

Azadeh Shahshahani

ACLU Lawyer Heads to New Project to Fight for Civil Rights of Muslims, Immigrants

By Meredith Hobbs |

Human rights lawyer Azadeh Shahshahani has joined Project South as its first-ever legal and advocacy director. She said she will continue the work she did at ACLU Georgia advocating for immigrants' rights and fighting discrimination against the Muslim and immigrant communities.

Trey Underwood

Don't Let Outside Lobbyists Cripple Georgia's Workers' Compensation, Lawyer Writes

By William F. "Trey" Underwood III | Special to the Daily Report |

In recent years, workers' compensation has been under attack as never before. Now the Association for Responsible Alternatives to Workers' Compensation (ARAWC), a national lobbying group backed by some of the most powerful companies in American business, wants to cripple the traditional workers' compensation system.

L to R: Judge Deborah Benefield, Judge Morris Braswell and Judge Matthew O. Simmons

9 Lawyers Seek 3 Open Spots for Judge in Clayton County

By Katheryn Hayes Tucker |

Judicial races are shaping up in Clayton County for the 2016 election, with at least three judges announcing plans to retire and create open seats on the ballot.

L to R: Judge Jackson Bedford, Judge Bensonetta Tipton Lane and Judge Wendy Shoob

3 Fulton Judges Stepping Down; Hopefuls in the Wings

By Greg Land |

In a year of judicial shake-ups in elections throughout metro Atlanta, three Fulton County Superior Court judges have announced that they will not run for re-election this year, opening the way for hopefuls who have registered to seek those seats.

Mike Egan

Mike Egan Set an Example in the Law and Politics, Colleagues Remember

By Sutherland Asbill & Brennan, Special to the Daily Report |

The news of Mike Egan's passing last Thursday reminded many of us how the law and politics have changed since he joined Sutherland in 1955.

Feds Say 3 Georgia Inmates Used Cellphones to Run Drug Ring

By Kate Brumback |

For the third time in four months, federal prosecutors have accused Georgia inmates of using contraband cellphones to run criminal operations from their prison cells.

11th Circuit Judge Charles R. Wilson

11th Circuit Denies Officer Immunity in Florida Shooting

By R. Robin McDonald |

A Florida deputy's decision to fatally shoot a man in the back who was on the ground and apparently not resisting arrest violated clearly established law, the federal appellate court in Atlanta ruled Tuesday.

L to R: Keith Gammage, Clint Rucker and Teri Walker

3 Seeking Job of Fulton County Solicitor

By Greg Land |

With longtime Fulton County Solicitor General Carmen Smith not seeking re-election, three hopefuls have stepped forward for the job.

Kevin Levitas

Fix the Garnishment Fix, Lawyer Writes

By Kevin Levitas | Special to the Daily Report |

After much kicking of the can down the legislative road, the General Assembly appears finally poised to do something about Georgia's problematic garnishment laws ("Lawmakers Try to Fix Garnishment Law Gutted by Federal Judge," Jan. 6 online, Jan. 7 in print).

Jake Evans is an associate at Thompson Hine. His practice focuses on representing individuals and corporate entities in commercial litigation and product liability matters.

New Federal Rules of Civil Procedure Amendments Aim to Reduce Escalating E-Discovery Costs

By Jake Evans | Special to the Daily Report |

Collecting, reviewing and producing documents is a costly element of litigation. The precipitous increase in electronically stored information (ESI) has greatly accelerated these costs.

Samuel Alito, left, and Sonia Sotomayor, right.

U.S. Supreme Court Strikes Florida Death-Sentence Procedure

The U.S. Supreme Court on Tuesday struck down Florida’s death sentencing system, ruling that it improperly gives judges, rather than juries, the power to decide that a defendant’s punishment should be death rather than life in prison.

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U.S. Supreme Court: Florida Death Penalty System is Unconstitutional

By Sam Hananel |

The Supreme Court ruled Tuesday that Florida's unique system for sentencing people to death is unconstitutional because it gives too much power to judges — and not enough to juries — to decide capital sentences.

Robert Gilbreath

Georgia Supreme Court Weighs a $5M Question About Expert Testimony

By Katheryn Hayes Tucker |

More than $5 million is riding on whether the Georgia Supreme Court holds that the plaintiffs' expert witness in an asbestos trial met the scientific standard set by the U.S. Supreme Court in 1993.

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Senate Democrats Rammed Judges Through, Now GOP Calls Shots

By Andrew Taylor |

After more than 400 days, Luis Felipe Restrepo is finally getting a confirmation vote in the Senate that would make him the first Hispanic federal judge from Pennsylvania on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 3rd Circuit.

Georgia Legal Community Mourns Loss of Robert Forry, Bar President Writes

On behalf of the State Bar of Georgia, I would like to express condolences to the family, colleagues and many friends of longtime Atlanta attorney Robert H. Forry on his recent and very untimely passing.

Douglas County Superior Court Judge David T. Emerson.

Suit Argues Court Voice Recordings, Not Just Transcripts, Are Public Records

By Greg Land |

A husband-and-wife law firm is suing a Douglas County Superior court judge and his court reporter in an effort to obtain audio recordings of hearings that the judge has ruled belong to the court reporter, who cannot be compelled to provide them.

Sandra Mallory

After 50 Years, Smith Gambrell's Executive Director Sandra Mallory Is Retiring

By Meredith Hobbs |

After 50 years at Smith Gambrell & Russell, Sandra Moss Mallory, the firm's executive director, has decided to retire.

Cobb County Courthouse

First Candidate Emerges in Cobb Race for Glover's Seat

By Katheryn Hayes Tucker |

Marietta attorney John Morgan has become the latest to announce his candidacy for judge in Cobb County.

Reading Faces in All the Wrong Places: Emotion Analytics Software in the Courtroom

From privacy concerns to juror distraction, these are the issues that arise from applying emotion analytics in the courtroom.

Lee Robinson

Colleague Remembers William Lee Robinson as a Leader, Advocate and Servant

By Michael Edwards | Special to the Daily Report |

On Nov. 4, 2015, the Georgia legal community lost one of its leaders with the passing of William Lee Robinson of Macon. Among his many achievements, charitable causes and acts of service, Lee will be remembered for the broad, systemic work to which he dedicated his professional life.

Cobb County Courthouse

Candidates Trickle Into Open Cobb Judicial Races

By Katheryn Hayes Tucker |

When Allison Barnes Salter filed a declaration of intent Thursday with the Cobb County Board of Elections to run for a judicial position, she had to make a choice.

Robert James

District Attorney Plans to Charge Officer Who Shot Naked Man

By Kate Brumback |

An Atlanta-area prosecutor said Thursday he plans to seek an indictment of a police officer who fatally shot an unarmed naked man last year.

Feds Say Alabama Judges Must Obey US Supreme Court Decision

Federal prosecutors in Alabama say the state's probate judges must obey the U.S. Supreme Court's decision on gay marriage regardless of an administrative order issued by Alabama Supreme Court Chief Justice Roy Moore.

9 Firms Announce New Atlanta Partners

By Meredith Hobbs |

Here are the latest announcements of Atlanta lawyers who have made partner at their firms. All new partner promotions are effective Jan. 1.

W. Brinkley Dickerson Jr.

Troutman Advises ARRIS on $2.1B Cross-Border Buy of Pace

By Meredith Hobbs |

Troutman Sanders advised long-standing client ARRIS Group, headquartered in Suwanee, on its $2.1 billion acquisition of U.K.-based Pace in a complex international deal that closed Jan. 4.

Georgia State Capitol Building

Governor Seeks Applicants for Mountain Circuit DA Post

By Greg Land |

Gov. Nathan Deal is seeking applicants to fill the position of district attorney for the Mountain Judicial Circuit, according to a notice from the State Bar of Georgia.

Patrise Perkins Hooker.

Perkins-Hooker Named Fulton County Attorney

By Greg Land |

The Fulton County Commission has named Patrise Perkins-Hooker to the position of county attorney, finalizing by a unanimous vote its decision last month naming Perkins-Hooker the sole finalist for the post.

J. Scott Key

High Court Hears Arguments on Whether Ex-District Attorney's Ethical Breach Taints Rape Conviction

By Katheryn Hayes Tucker |

It seemed the person on trial at the Georgia Supreme Court in an appeal of a decade-old rape case was the prosecutor, who was not in the room.

Eric Heath

Lawmakers Try to Fix Garnishment Law Gutted by Federal Judge

By Greg Land |

The senator leading a legislative task force has pre-filed a bill to rewrite parts of the state's garnishment law struck down by a federal judge last year.

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Judge Orders DNA Testing on 1976 Rape, Murder Evidence

A Muscogee County judge has ordered that DNA testing occur in order to determine whether a man has spent 38 years in prison for a rape and murder he didn't commit.

Rosa Parks

11th Circuit Targets Public Interest in Rosa Parks Case

By Katheryn Hayes Tucker |

In an opinion that reads like a biography, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit used Rosa Parks' starring role in the civil rights movement to justify ruling against a nonprofit corporation that owns her name and likeness.

L-R Ken Rosskopf, Bruce Hagen and Myrlin Earle.

Decatur Bike Lawyer Forms Hagen Rosskopf & Earle With Plaintiffs Firm

By Meredith Hobbs |

After 24 years solo, Decatur personal injury lawyer Bruce Hagen has formed a new firm, Hagen Rosskopf & Earle, with Ken Rosskopf, who focuses exclusively on bicycle wreck cases, and Hagen's senior associate, Myrlin Earle.

Judge Irma B. Glover

Cobb Now Has 4 Open Seats in 2016 Judicial Elections

By Katheryn Hayes Tucker |

A fourth Cobb County judge has announced plans to retire and create an open seat in the 2016 elections.

Baker Donelson Adds Nine Attorneys From Busch White

Baker Donelson has picked up nine defectors from the law firm Busch White Norton, including five in Florida and four in Atlanta.

Melodie H. Clayton

Another Cobb Judge to Retire, Creating a Third Open Seat

By Katheryn Hayes Tucker |

Cobb County State Court Judge Melodie Clayton announced Monday that she will not seek re-election this year, instead retiring at the end of her current term Dec. 31.

David Ware

5 Things Outside Counsel Can Do to Assist Government Attorney Clients - From a Former Government Attorney

By R. David Ware | Special to the Daily Report |

In the complex and at times inscrutable world of representing governments, it is always helpful if outside counsel understand how to best help the government's attorney.

Judge Bensonetta T. Lane

Appeals Court: Recusal Rules Must Be Followed Despite 'Judge-Shopping' Claim

By Greg Land |

A divorce lawyer with a long-running conflict with a Fulton County Superior Court judge notched a victory—and a stern warning against judge-shopping—at the Georgia Court of Appeals last month.

Gov. Nathan Deal

Deal Rescinds Order Preventing Syrian Refugee Resettlement

By Kathleen Foody |

Georgia Gov. Nathan Deal rescinded an executive order trying to stop resettlement of Syrian refugees on Monday; five days after Attorney General Sam Olens issued an official opinion that he didn't have that authority.

John E. Harrison discussed regulatory compliance issues and data in CMV crashes.

View Photos from The Litigation Summit Sponsored by Daily Report

Litigators gathered at Twelve Atlantic Station on Dec. 7 for the Daily Report’s Litigation Summit. Former State Bar of Georgia president Robin Frazer Clark spoke on “Harnessing the Power of Neuroscience at Trial.”

Mallet, legal code and scales of justice. Law concept, studio shots

No More Free Passes on Deposition Conduct

By J. Randolph Evans and Shari L. Klevens |

In litigation, depositions can be a valuable way to obtain evidence and learn the facts of the case in preparation for trial. In addition, in limited circumstances, deposition testimony may be used at trial in lieu of a live witness.

State Bar of Georgia President Congratulates Newly Selected Federal Magistrate Judge

On behalf of the State Bar of Georgia, I would like to congratulate John K. Larkins III of Chilivis Cochran Larkins & Bever in Atlanta on his selection by the judges of the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Georgia to serve as federal magistrate judge, beginning Jan. 19, 2016.

Lawyers: Pending $3M Settlement and New Rules Could Change Debt Collectors

By Katheryn Hayes Tucker |

Lawyers on both sides of conflicts between debtors and creditors say a pending settlement between a Marietta-based national debt collection firm and a federal agency alleging unfair tactics would likely have a lasting effect on litigation in that arena.

Elizabeth O. 'Betty' Temple

Betty Temple Takes Over Reins at Womble Carlyle

By Meredith Hobbs |

Betty Temple is Womble Carlyle Sandridge & Rice's new leader, effective Jan. 1. Temple, a corporate and securities lawyer, succeeds Keith Vaughan, a litigator, who ran the firm for 14 years. Her partners voted her in as Womble's next chair and chief executive a year ago, and during the transitional year she has been vice chair and a member of the executive committee.

Richard Hyde

Judicial Qualifications Commission Member Resigned to Avoid Appearance Problem During Husband's Judicial Campaign

By Greg Land |

The member of the state Judicial Qualifications Commission who resigned Tuesday said she did so to avoid any "appearance of a conflict or impropriety" as she helped her husband, a new appellate judge, campaign to keep his seat in 2018.

Christina Iturralde, Kids in Need of Defense - KIND, in Atlanta

Kids in Need of Defense Opens Atlanta Branch to Represent Immigrant Children Fleeing Central American Violence

By Meredith Hobbs |

A legal nonprofit, Kids in Need of Defense, has just opened an Atlanta office, housed by Troutman Sanders, to represent unaccompanied immigrant and refugee children in deportation proceedings.

Sam Olens

Immigration Lawyer: Attorney General's Rejection of Governor's Syrian Plan Isn't Surprising, but It's Significant

By Meredith Hobbs |

Georgia Attorney General Sam Olens said the state cannot stop the federal government from resettling Syrian refugees here or deny them federally funded benefits, in an opinion released Wednesday.

Bill Cosby

Bill Cosby Charged with Sexually Assaulting a Woman

By Maryclaire Dale |

Bill Cosby was charged Wednesday with drugging and sexually assaulting a woman at his home 12 years ago — the first criminal case brought against the comedian out of the torrent of allegations that destroyed his good-guy image as America's Dad.

Georgia Attorney General Samuel

Georgia Attorney General: State Can't Stop Resettlement of Syrian Refugees

Georgia's attorney general says the state cannot exclude Syrian refugees from resettlement in the state or deny them federally funded benefits.

Scott Wandstrat

The 2015 Amendments: An End to Objectionable Objections?

By Scott A. Wandstrat | Special to the Daily Report |

This is the fourth in a series of articles on the practical implications of the 2015 amendments to the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure. They went into effect on Dec. 1, 2015.