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L-R Judge Neil Gorsuch and Sen. David Perdue. R-Georgia

Sen. David Perdue Argues Against Democratic Filibuster

On March 29, Sen. David Perdue, R-Georgia, spoke in support of Supreme Court nominee Judge Neil Gorsuch and urged Democrats to not filibuster a confirmation vote. Perdue's comments were provided by his office and appear here in entirety.

Arbys resturant.

Lawsuits: Hackers Stole Customer Data at 1,000 Arby’s Stores

By Jeff Martin |

The Georgia-based restaurant chain failed to prevent hackers from stealing customer information at hundreds of its stores, a Connecticut couple said in a new federal lawsuit.

Ryan Teague.

Deal's Former Lawyer Joins Robbins Firm—and Other 'On the Move' News

By Meredith Hobbs |

Ryan Teague, formerly Gov. Nathan Dealr's top lawyer, has joined litigation and regulatory boutique Robbins Ross Alloy Belinfante Littlefield as a partner.

Plaintiffs lawyer Evan Fray-Witzer attached a photo of his cat in the court filing.

OMG! Lawyers Suing Buzzfeed Get Creative With Clickbait Court Filing

By Celia Ampel and Amanda Bronstad |

You won't believe what lawyers suing BuzzFeed in Miami court attached to a recent filing.

Government Property Sign

Meth Lab Seizure Breaks Bad for Homeowners Whose Insurer Won't Pay

By Greg Land |

Making meth may make for gripping television, but for a family whose rental property was vandalized and used to crank out methamphetamine, the bad breaks just kept getting worse.

Judge Timothy Batten

Judge Clears Delta, AirTran of Antitrust Violations

By R. Robin McDonald |

After eight years of litigation, a federal judge in Atlanta on Wednesday dismissed an antitrust case against Delta Air Lines and AirTran Airways that had accused the airlines of illegally price-fixing when they first imposed passenger baggage fees that are now standard for the flying public.

Glock, Inc. building in Smyrna, GA.

Judge Dismisses Racketeering Suit Against Glock Founder

By Kate Brumback |

A federal judge in Atlanta has dismissed a lawsuit accusing the founder of the company that makes Glock pistols of conspiring to steal millions from his ex-wife.

UPS truck with driver

NY Judge Blasts UPS for 'Non-Compliance' Culture

By Andrew Denney |

In a ruling that could expose the shipper to steep penalties, a judge faulted UPS for turning a blind eye to illegal cigarette shipments until it was faced with legal action.

L-R Spinrilla and RIAA Logos

Spinrilla Claims Recording Labels Asked for Promotion of Copyrighted Songs

By R. Robin McDonald |

An Atlanta music streaming service that promotes itself as "the 800-pound gorilla of free hip-hop mixtapes" contends that when the nation's largest recording companies sued it for $3 billion last month, they omitted a key detail: that the recording giants had asked Spinrilla to promote and distribute their music.

185 Corporate Counsel Urge Congress to Fund LSC

By Marcia Coyle |

President Donald Trump routinely has sought corporate America's voice on a range of issues, but will he and members of Congress listen to the 185 in-house counsel who are opposed to his zero budget for the Legal Services Corp.?

Tennessee Judge Cason Moreland

Nashville Judge's Federal Corruption Case Alleges Sex With Defendants, Bribery

By Katheryn Hayes Tucker |

A Tennessee judge's text messages tell the tale in a federal indictment accusing him of trading justice for sex.

Emory Law Dean Robert Schapiro

Emory Law Dean to Step Down in July

By Meredith Hobbs |

Emory University School of Law's dean, Robert Schapiro, has announced he will step down as dean and return to teaching when his term ends this summer.

Judge Richard Story.

Free Online Access to Georgia's Legal Code Violates Copyright, Judge Says

By R. Robin McDonald |

One day after a federal judge in Atlanta ruled that the state of Georgia may copyright its official legal code and pursue infringers, a California public records activist who had made Georgia's code available for free to the general public began work on an appeal.

260 Peachtree, above, and Fulton Courthouse, below, in Atlanta.

Daily Report Will Move to Courthouse and 260 Peachtree

By Jonathan Ringel |

After 45 years at 190 Pryor St., the Daily Report will move its editorial office to Peachtree Street and its public notices office to the Fulton County Courthouse.

Judge William Pryor Jr..

Change of Heart in Georgia Costs Chicago Lawyer a SCOTUS Argument

By Tony Mauro |

Adam Mortara, a former Clarence Thomas clerk working at Bartlit Beck Herman Palenchar & Scott, had been slated to defend a habeas decision authored by Eleventh Circuit Judge William Pryor. Then the Georgia attorney general’s office agreed to step up.

Emory School of Law. Photo by John Disney/Daily Report.

Emory Law Secures Funds for John Lewis Civil Rights Professorship

By Meredith Hobbs |

Emory University Law School has raised the money it needed to endow a civil rights professorship honoring Atlanta civil rights activist and congressman John Lewis and is conducting a national search for a scholar to fill the chair.

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

5 Fundamentals of Collecting Fees

By J. Randolph Evans and Shari L. Klevens, Dentons |

Knowing the fundamentals of billing and collections can make the world of difference for any law practice from both a financial and risk management perspective. Here are five steps worth considering when implementing or revising your billing and collections processes.

R. Bernard Harwood Jr., Rosen Harwood, Tuscaloosa.

Meet the Litigator Who Saved a Law Firm from Sanctions and Shame

By Katheryn Hayes Tucker |

The lawyer who won the reversal of nearly $600,000 in legal fees and a damaging federal judge's order is a second-generation Alabama Supreme Court justice with the smooth drawl of Southern gentry, the kind with soft "r" sounds.

Anthem, in DC Circuit, Fights to Save $54B Cigna Merger

By C. Ryan Barber |

Health insurer Anthem Inc. pressed Friday to salvage its proposed $54 billion acquisition of Cigna Corp., arguing before a Washington federal appeals court that the deal would drive down costs for consumers.

Stacey Kalberman

DeKalb Ethics Officer Once Again Targeted by Former Public Official Facing Ethics Inquiry

By R. Robin McDonald |

The last time government officials tried to keep DeKalb County attorney Stacey Kalberman from doing her job as ethics chief, it cost the state of Georgia $1.15 million.

Joseph D. Wargo.

Alston & Bird Sued: Client Alleges Bad Advice, Cover-up Led to $7.6M Tax Bill

By R. Robin McDonald |

An Atlanta-based private equity investment firm is suing longtime legal counsel Alston & Bird over claims that Alston lawyers provided bad legal advice based on a multimillion-dollar math error—then allegedly attempted to cover it up.

Ga. Court of Appeals Judge Carla Wong McMillian.

Appeals Court: Apportionment Applies in Verdict Against Condo Complex, Security Firm

By Greg Land |

When the widow of a man murdered outside his College Park condominium was awarded $3.2 million by a Fulton County jury, her lawyers already knew that at least half the judgment would never be collected.

U.S. Capitol building in Washington, D.C.

Here Are The Hill Lawyers Behind Obamacare Repeal Efforts

By By Kristen Rasmussen |

Here are some of the congressional attorneys playing a role in the health care legislation efforts, representing both parties, both chambers and various committees. They include Kim Brandt, chief oversight counsel, Senate Committee on Finance; Nick Bath, health policy director, Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP); Mike Bloomquist, deputy staff director House Committee on Energy and Commerce; Karen Christian, general counsel, House Committee on Energy and Commerce; Allison Halataei, general counsel, House Committee on Ways and Means; and Jane Lucas, legislative director for Sen. John Thune, R-South Dakota.

W. Michael Maloof

'House Full of Girls' Case—Contract Dispute or Criminal Action?

By Kate Brumback |

Fulton County prosecutors say a Georgia man victimized women he held at a million-dollar mansion, but his lawyer says his client simply "had grand designs to become a very wealthy person."

Big Law Goes to Bat for Gorsuch

With the marathon Senate questioning of Supreme Court nominee Neil Gorsuch done, leading lawyers and judges stepped forward on Thursday to seal the deal on his behalf.

L-R Frank Hull and Beverly Martin

Eleventh Circuit Police Shooting Case Morphs Into Gun Rights Debate

By Jonathan Ringel |

A police shooting case that first mustered only a one-paragraph ruling from a federal appeals panel has now prompted a vigorous debate over the limits on police conduct and, to some, gun rights.

Jon Corzine

PwC Settles Midtrial in MF Global Accounting Malpractice Case

By Mark Hamblett |

The multibillion-dollar fight between the bankruptcy administrator for MF Global and PricewaterhouseCoopers has been settled midtrial.

L-R Andy Ausband and John

Insurer Settles Bad Faith Claim Over Denial of Coverage in Fatal Bar Brawl

By Greg Land |

A convoluted case stemming from a brawl that left a man dying in a McDonough bar's parking lot has settled eight years later with the tavern's insurer, Occidental Fire and Casualty, agreeing to pay $7.8 million. The settlement nearly matches a default judgment entered against the bar after Occidental refused to defend the original case, which led to a bad-faith suit against the insurer.

Aerial Shot of the event.

YLD's 11th Annual Fundraiser Benefits the Georgia CASA

See the photo highlights from the State Bar of Georgia Young Lawyers Division's 11th Annual Signature Fundraiser.

Georgia Supreme Court building

Georgia Supreme Court Issues 6 Lawyer Discipline Opinions

The Supreme Court of Georgia issued the following six lawyer discipline decisions on Monday.

Step Aside, Gentlemen. Women in Law Schools Take the Lead

Women now dominate in law schools. Representing 50.3 percent of the J.D. students enrolled in American Bar Association-accredited schools, women number 55,728—the highest total since the ABA started keeping track of gender numbers in 1963.

Alston & Bird opens new San Francisco office. L-R Bo Phillips, Jeff Tsai, Teresa Bonder and Michael Agoglia.

Alston Raids Reed Smith, MoFo for New San Francisco Office

By Meredith Hobbs |

Atlanta-based Alston & Bird has scooped up financial services litigator Michael Agoglia from Morrison & Foerster and a seven-lawyer class action defense team led by Robert "Bo" Phillips Jr. from Reed Smith to open a San Francisco office and expand its Los Angeles office.

Georgia Secretary of State, Brian Kemp. Photo by John Disney/ ALM

Voting Rights Advocates Vow to Continue Fight Against Kemp Despite Dismissal

By Katheryn Hayes Tucker |

Georgia Secretary of State Brian Kemp is cheering a federal judge's dismissal of a voting rights lawsuit filed against him by the Georgia NAACP and Common Cause, but his opponents say he's celebrating too soon.

Matthew Nichols, Parker Poe, Atlanta.

Parker Poe Lands Bonds Pro from Eversheds Sutherland—and Other 'On the Move' News

By Meredith Hobbs |

Parker Poe has recruited public finance partner Matt Nichols from Sutherland Eversheds for its new Atlanta office, which the Charlotte-based firm launched last year.

Ted Lavender of FisherBroyles in Atlanta.

2 More Suits Over Flawed Sperm Bank Donor Tossed

By Greg Land |

A federal judge has thrown out two cases against a Georgia sperm bank over claims that it misled clients about the psychiatric, educational and criminal background of a sperm donor.

Georgia Supreme Court

Legal Brawl Over Harassment, Sex Tape Claims Lands at High Court's Doorstep

By R. Robin McDonald |

After twice sidestepping efforts to draw it into what can aptly be described as a burgeoning legal food fight involving the chairman and former CEO of iconic Southern restaurant chain Waffle House and his longtime housekeeper and personal assistant, the state Supreme Court has decided to weigh in on whether a Cobb County judge should have stripped the housekeeper of her legal counsel.

Morris Manning & Martin Managing Partner, Louise Wells, Atlanta.

Revenue Slips Slightly at Morris Manning After Record Year

By Meredith Hobbs |

Morris Manning & Martin, which celebrated its 40th anniversary last year, posted modest decreases in revenue and profit for 2016 after landmark gains the year before.

HERSHEY, PA - DECEMBER 15, 2016: President-Elect Donald Trump waves to the crowd as he arrives on stage to deliver a speech at a Thank You tour held at the Giant Center.

Trump Comments Highlight Need for a Plan When Clients Go Rogue

By Cogan Schneier |

Attorneys said there's little they can do when it comes to controlling what a client says publicly, but they still have a plan to handle the ensuing controversy.

The Flamingos at the time of recording 'I Only Have Eyes For You'. Anti‑clockwise from bottom left: Zeke Carey, Tommy Hunt, Paul Wilson, Jake Carey, Terry Johnson and Nate Nelson.

Georgia High Court Rules Internet Streaming of Pre-1972 Recordings Isn't Piracy

By R. Robin McDonald |

Media companies that stream music recordings made prior to 1972 over the internet without paying royalties or licensing fees are not violating Georgia's criminal record piracy law, the state Supreme Court ruled in a unanimous opinion handed down Monday.

Judge Neil Gorsuch appears March 20 at his confirmation hearing.

Gorsuch's Rulings in Focus as Confirmation Clash Unfolds

By Tony Mauro |

Democratic senators, repeatedly raising the blocked elevation of Merrick Garland, set a critical tone Monday as the U.S. Supreme Court confirmation hearing for Judge Neil Gorsuch got underway in Washington on Capitol Hill.

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

U.S. Appeals Court Vacates Injunction Halting City's Practice of Jailing Those Too Poor to Post Bail

By R. Robin McDonald |

A federal appellate panel in Atlanta whose members had offered blistering verbal critiques of lawyers defending the city of Calhoun's practice of jailing people too poor to post misdemeanor bonds nevertheless have handed the city an appellate win.

Jeffrey Melcher, Atlanta.

Wilson Elser Enters Atlanta With Defense Litigation Focus

By Meredith Hobbs |

Fast-growing Wilson Elser has opened an Atlanta office—its first in the Southeast—with a six-lawyer team from Gordon & Rees led by Jeffrey Melcher.

Frank Strickland

Bush Appointee Takes Issue With Ending Federal Funding for Legal Services

By Jonathan Ringel |

Among those decrying the Trump administration's proposal to eliminate funding for the Legal Services Corp. is a Republican stalwart who takes issue with conservative arguments for targeting federally-funded legal services. Frank Strickland has fought for funding for LSC before, and he sounds ready to do it again.

Judge Shawn LaGrua, Atlanta.

Judge Shawn LaGrua an Unlikely Champion of Offender Reform Program

By Greg Land |

Judge Shawn LaGrua's offender reform program generally targets 16- to 29-year-old offenders facing charges for aggravated assault, burglary, robbery and armed robbery.

When it Comes to Law Firm Clients, Metrics Matter More Than You Think

Unless it involves billable hours, law firms aren’t known for their glowing embrace of numbers. But as much as the data driven world is driving a shift in client expectations, so too is it forcing businesses to change the way they serve their clients.

Legal Services Corporation offices at 3333 K Street, N.W. in Washington, D.C. March 18, 2015. Photo by Diego M. Radzinschi/THE NATIONAL LAW JOURNAL.

Legal Services Corp., Under Trump, Faces New Threat to Existence

By Marcia Coyle |

The Legal Services Corp., created in 1974 under the signature of President Richard Nixon, is once again on the chopping block as another Republican president—Donald Trump— proposes to zero out its funding in his first budget. The group’s 2017 budget request was $502 million.

Cathy Cox Appointed Dean of Mercer Law School

By Jonathan Ringel |

Mercer University School of Law announced Thursday that Cathy Cox, the former Georgia secretary of state and current president of Young Harris College, will take over as dean in July.

Northwestern University School of Law. Courtesy photo.

U.S. News Rankings Shuffle Law Schools Around Nation and in Georgia

By Karen Sloan |

Finally breaking into the top 10 law schools, Northwestern tied with Duke Law School for the No. 10 spot, one of several notable changes among the top schools on this year's list, which was released Tuesday. Yale Law School, which stayed No. 1. Among Georgia law schools, Emory University stayed at No. 22, and the University of Georgia improved three spots to No. 30.

Pam Bondi

Attorney General Bondi Holds Out Hope in Decades-Old 'Water Wars'

By Lloyd Dunkelberger |

With the U.S. Supreme Court expected later this week to review a recommendation that would deny Florida relief in its decades-old water dispute with Georgia, Attorney General Pam Bondi said the case is not over yet.

U.S. Attorneys John Horn, left, and Pete Peterman

Georgia Keeps 2 US Attorneys Unaffected by Trump Resignation Directive

By R. Robin McDonald |

Only one of Georgia's three U.S. attorneys has resigned following the Trump administration's sudden decision last Friday to terminate nearly four dozen U.S. attorneys across the country appointed by former President Barack Obama.

Lindsey Mann, Troutman Sanders, Atlanta.

Partner Pipeline Slows for Atlanta Law Firms

By Meredith Hobbs |

Fewer associates made partner this year at big firms in the city. Most who did were men.

Ryals Stone, Stone Law Group, Atlanta.

Stone Law Group Won Blockbuster Verdict Amid Big Changes—And Other 'On the Move' News

By Meredith Hobbs |

William Stone and his sons, Ryals and James Stone, have regrouped as The Stone Law Group and tried a big medical-malpractice case—one that Boone had initiated almost a decade ago—and won a $45.8 million jury verdict for the plaintiffs.

Barry Goheen, King & Spalding, Atlanta.

What's It Like to Hit a Buzzer-Beater in the NCAA Tournament? This Big Law Partner Knows

By Jonathan Ringel |

Barry Goheen has won some impressive defense victories, but this time of year, the King & Spalding litigation partner is remembered by some for his offense ... 29 years ago on a basketball court in Lincoln, Nebraska.

Judge Jose Martinez

Rejected LGBT Bias Case in 11th Circuit Could Be Revived

By Katheryn Hayes Tucker |

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit may not be finished with the question of whether a person can be terminated from a job because of sexual orientation and style of dress, despite upholding the dismissal of the case on Friday.

Georgia Supreme Court and Court of Appeals Building

Attorney Asks High Court to Reconsider 'Dangerous' Reversal of Dental Molestation Verdict

By Greg Land |

After the Georgia Supreme Court threw out a $3.7 million jury award to a woman who was molested while under anesthesia at a dental office, her attorneys last week filed a motion for reconsideration asserting that the unanimous decision was wrong legally and also reflected an "out of touch and dangerous view of sexual assault that does not accord with modern knowledge and understanding."

Robert Green with Holland & Knight, Atlanta at 10 Downing St. London.

A Roundup of Photos From Recent Georgia Legal Events

From international event planning to local pro bono partnership kickoffs, lawyers and their firms kept busy working in the community this winter.

Cobb County Superior Court Judge Steve Schuster. Photo by John Disney/Daily Report.

New Rule to Restrict Cameras in Courtrooms Could Hamper Media Access

By R. Robin McDonald |

The growing use of electronic devices by the public to record events and broadcast them over the internet has prompted Georgia's superior court judges to dramatically rewrite the state's longtime rule governing the presence of cameras in court.

L-R Mark Issa and Jeff Shiver.

Settlement Adds $700K in Fees to $3.7M Verdict

By Greg Land |

Following a 2015 Gwinnett County verdict awarding $3.7 million to a man whose back was injured in an auto accident, his lawyers collected another $700,000 in attorney fees after settling claims under Georgia's offer of settlement statute.

Matthew Axlerod, Linklaters

Ex-DOJ Insider on Trump's Prosecutor Purge and Life After Government

By Cogan Schneier |

Matthew Axelrod joined Linklaters last week after serving as No. 2 to former Deputy AG Sally Yates. He said in an interview that the sudden removal of U.S. attorneys was "disruptive and unnecessary."

Judge Robert D. Leonard II

Judge Quits Waffle House Chairman's Sex Video Case

By Katheryn Hayes Tucker |

Cobb County Superior Court Judge Rob Leonard has recused himself from a web of litigation over a secretly recorded sex video with the chairman of Waffle House, issuing a blistering order accusing a lawyer of lies an unethical conduct.

Georgia Legal Community Mourns Loss of Dudley Rochelle Carter

During her distinguished career of more than three decades,Carter was recognized as a leading practitioner in labor law and pioneer in diversity policy while serving as a partner in the Atlanta firms of Spanos & Rochelle and later with Littler Mendelson P.C.

Neal Katyal of Hogan Lovells.

At Hogan, Trump Travel Ban Led to Dash Against the Clock

By Cogan Schneier |

A team of lawyers led by partner Neal Katyal spent nearly 36 hours working with the Hawaii attorney general to meet a filing deadline in preparation for a hearing on Trump's travel ban.

Randy Evans and Shari Klevens, Dentons partners.

Understanding Statutes of Repose

By J. Randolph Evans and Shari L. Klevens |

Litigation instituted outside the time period set forth by a statute of repose will likely be dismissed without recourse. A defendant failing to assert it as an affirmative defense may waive it entirely.

Alabama High Court Wrongful Death Decision Sets Stage for Increased Provider Risk

By Janice G. Inman |

A look at a recent case decided in the Supreme Court of Alabama that concerns questions of the personhood of a nonviable fetus for purposes of a wrongful death action.

National Labor Relations Board in Washington, D.C.

Labor Regulators Urge DC Circuit to Uphold New 'Joint-Employer' Standard

By Marcia Coyle |

A three-judge appeals panel on Thursday raised serious concerns about the National Labor Relations Board's new test for determining when a “joint employer” relationship between two companies exists for collective bargaining purposes.

Ted Frank

Class Action Objector Turns Lead Plaintiff in Suit Over Robocall

By Amanda Bronstad |

Everybody hates telemarketers. But here’s a guy one telemarketer really should not have called—Ted Frank, the founder of the Competitive Enterprise Institute’s Center for Class Action Fairness in Washington, D.C.

Cumberland Island.

11th Circuit Says ‘Nothin’s Gonna Change’ For Coke Heirs’ Dried Up Dock on Cumberland Island

By Katheryn Hayes Tucker |

Otis Redding provided the inspiration with his classic "(Sittin' On) the Dock of the Bay." Judge Robin Rosenbaum of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit wrote for a trio. And acting in concert, they issued a new release that will be music to the ears of lawyers for the National Park Service and those seeking to preserve the wild marshlands of Georgia's Cumberland Island National Seashore.

Drew Findling, Atlanta Georgia. Photo by John Disney/Daily Report.

How a Rapper's Lawyers Won Acquittal in the Case of the Gun in the Carry-On Bag

By Katheryn Hayes Tucker |

When the Georgia Court of Appeals rejected Waka Flocka Flame's attempt to have his gun charges dismissed last April, it looked like the rapper and "Love & Hip Hop" reality television star didn't have a chance in front of a jury.

Justice-Robert-Benham

High Court Rules No Pre-Suit Notice Required to Sue Cities for Intentional Acts

By Greg Land |

A unanimous Georgia Supreme Court has ruled that the pre-suit notices that must be sent to municipalities before they can be sued for damages are not required in cases involving claims of intentional torts, including those filed under the Georgia Whistleblower Act.

John W. Weeks Bridge with clock tower over Charles River in Harvard University campus Boston

Harvard Becomes Second Law School to Accept GRE for Admission

By Karen Sloan |

Starting in the fall, it will permit applicants to use the test as an alternative to the LSAT.

U.S. Supreme Court nominee Neil Gorsuch was recused in more than 1,000 cases, according to documents submitted to the Senate Judiciary Committee in advance of his March 20 confirmation hearing.

Neil Gorsuch Recused in More Than 1,000 Cases as Tenth Circuit Judge

By Tony Mauro |

The majority of recusals, more than 500, were triggered by the involvement of a "former client or colleague," according to a 51-page appendix to his Senate Judiciary Committee questionnaire that lists all 1,095 cases in which he stepped aside.

Albert Pearson, Atlanta.

Why Atticus Finch Is an Unreliable Lawyer

By Al Pearson |

A retired plaintiffs attorney offers a literary and legal analysis of the character of Atticus Finch in "To Kill a Mockingbird," finding that he not only failed his client, Tom Robinson, he doomed him. Today, Robinson would have one basis for an appeal: ineffective assistance of counsel.

L-R Justin Oliverio, Cameron Roberts, Jennifer Mock, Attorney General Chris Carr, Brett Adams and Britt Beecher

Food Frenzy Challengers Take Note: Three-Time Winner Could Be Bogged Down by Trial

By Jonathan Ringel |

Atlanta criminal defense lawyer Joe Habachy, whose firm won the legal community competition to raise funds and food for Atlanta Community Food Bank, says he's not sure he'll be a contender this year.

Michael Lucas, deputy director, Atlanta Volunteer Lawyers Foundation

Immigrant Advocates Seek Atlanta Bar's Pro Bono Aid: 'We Are in Emergency Mode'

By Meredith Hobbs |

The Southern Poverty Law Center announced a major initiative to recruit volunteer lawyers to represent every undocumented immigrant detained in the Southeast at a pro bono roundtable hosted by King & Spalding last week.

L-R Sean Ditzler and Jeremy Abernathy, Marietta Ga.

Family Lawyers Mix Diverse Backgrounds to Form New Firm—and Other 'On the Move' News

By Meredith Hobbs |

Jeremy Abernathy and Sean Ditzel went to middle school together, then reconnected years later when they crossed paths as family lawyers. Now they're forming their own firm, Abernathy Ditzel, on the Marietta Square.

Justice Nels Peterson, Supreme Court of Georgia.

High Court Clarifies Conditions Allowed in Settlement Demands by Motor Vehicle Accident Plaintiffs

By Greg Land |

A divided Georgia Supreme Court on Monday ruled that plaintiffs reaching a settlement agreement with an insurer over a motor vehicle accident can require the performance of a specific action—in this case, the time-limited payment of the demand.

A rainbow flag outside the U.S. Supreme Court in 2015.

UGA Law Student Joins SCOTUS Brief By Transgender Lawyers, Students

By Marcia Coyle |

Representatives from the legal community—including lawyers, law students and law professors—last week signed a friend-of-the-court brief in support of a Virginia transgender teenager whose discrimination case was pending at the U.S. Supreme Court. More than 100 transgender persons signed the brief in what had been the term's major civil rights case.

Simon Malko. Handout Photo

What the Supreme Court Changed in the Professional Conduct Rules

By Simon Malko |

Changes to the professional conduct rules address mistakenly-sent documents, conflicts of interest and managing assistants.

David Werner, Office of Gov. Nathan Deal.

Meet the Governor's Top Lawyer

By Kristen Rasmussen |

David Werner, executive counsel to Georgia Gov. Nathan Deal, leads the governor's legal department. He is profiled here by reporter Kristen Rasmussen.

Mike Athans, left, and Jeff Kershaw of Freeman Mathis & Gary, Atlanta.

Freeman Mathis Continues Growth Spurt and Other "On the Move" News

By Meredith Hobbs |

Freeman Mathis & Gary has been on a hiring spree, adding five partners, a lobbyist and an 11-lawyer Los Angeles boutique since the beginning of the year.

Greenberg Traurig Makes Steady Gains in 2016

By Monika Gonzalez Mesa |

The firm plans to concentrate on efficiency and profitability in 2017.

Salle Yoo

Uber's 'Greyball' Program Puts New Focus on Legal Dept.

By David Ruiz |

Uber Technologies Inc. has used software to evade law enforcement and public officials in cities where the company faced opposition from regulators, The New York Times reported Friday, and legal ethics professionals said the company may be steering into the wrong lane.

The 2017 Go-To Law Schools

Our annual look at the law schools most popular with the country's largest law firms.

Physician Accounting.

Georgia Providers Prepare for Major Changes to Payments

By Chester J. Hosch |

Georgia physician practices are preparing for major changes to payments.

647 Names Added to Full Text of Letter to Isakson, Perdue

What follows is the text of a letter drafted by Atlanta lawyer Gardner Culpepper and signed by 640 Georgia bar members.

Justice Harold Melton

Nursing Home Contract Forces Wrongful Death Claim Into Arbitration

By Greg Land |

The Georgia Supreme Court ruled a woman's beneficiaries must abide by the terms of the contract, even though they were not parties to the agreement themselves.

L-R Jim Barfield, retired Justice John Paul Stevens and Judge Karlton Van Banke.

When Your New Neighbor Is a Retired U.S. Supreme Court Justice

By Jim Barfield |

After several conversations with this esteemed justice, at age 96, he maintains that same intellectual sharpness today for which he was so famous on our nation's highest bench.

Gregory Peck as Atticus Finch.

Judge, Lawyer and Historian Explore Complexities of Atticus Finch

By Jonathan Ringel |

A discussion about the impact of Harper Lee's fictional attorney Atticus Finch on the legal profession prompts recollections about complicated realities.

Police Hunt Law Student's Killer 16 Years Later

By Joe Johnson, Athens Banner-Herald |

No one has been arrested in connection with the brutal murder 16 years ago of University of Georgia law student Tara Louise Baker, but that doesn't mean the homicide's case file has been gathering dust.

Georgia Legal Community Mourns Loss of Lewis Horne Jr.

Mr. Horne was recognized as one of Atlanta's leading public finance lawyers and was a partner with the Arnall Golden Gregory law firm. He served his profession as the first minority lawyer on the board of directors of the National Association of Bond Lawyers and the public as an associate county attorney for Fulton County, as acting chief legal officer of the Fulton-DeKalb Hospital Authority/Grady Health System and as past president of the National Minority Golf Foundation.

Georgia State University College of Law is making its debut on the Go-To Law Schools. (Welcome!) The Atlanta school sent 6.9 percent of 2016 grads into associate job at large firms.

NLJ's 2017 Go-To Law Schools Sneak Peek—No. 41-50

By ALM Staff |

The waiting is the hardest part, and we want to make it a little easier. The National Law Journal’s annual Go-To Law Schools report will publish in full on Monday, March 6, but we’ll be providing a taste of the rankings throughout the week.

Attorney From Georgia Claims New York Executive Sexually Harassed Her

By Katheryn Hayes Tucker |

A lawyer from a small town in Georgia has filed a sexual harassment lawsuit against her boss, the CEO of New York-based global information and data management consulting company Exusia Inc.

Affordable Care Act.

Road Ahead Could Be Bumpy for Georgia Practitioners

By David Gordon |

The road ahead could be rough for health care providers, due to increased hospital and health care provider failures in 2017.

Demonstrators outside the U.S. Supreme Court, in Washington, D.C., on the day of arguments in the case King v. Burwell, regarding the government's Affordable Care Act subsidies. March 4, 2015. Photo by Diego M. Radzinschi/THE NATIONAL LAW JOURNAL.

Repeal of Obamacare: Will Employers Pay the Price?

By Amanda Farahany |

The Affordable Care Act offers a benefit of the highest value —predictability—and employers may ultimately pay the price for its repeal.

U.S. Justice Department headquarters in Washington.

Preserve Attorney-Client Privilege in Internal Investigations

By Aaron M. Danzig and Samuel M. Shapiro |

It has perhaps never been more important for in-house attorneys to understand their role in conducting internal investigations.

Justice Sandra Day O’Connor and the Supreme Court’s three other female justices discussed the exercise class during a 2012 forum at the Newseum that celebrated O’Connor’s legacy.

SCOTUS Evicts O'Connor-Era Women's Aerobics Class

By Katelyn Polantz |

The high-stepping legacy of retired Justice Sandra Day O'Connor left the Supreme Court building this week.

How Two Big-Name Plaintiffs Lawyers Became Rivals Over NCAA Concussion Cases

By Amanda Bronstad |

Jay Edelson, the charismatic founder of Chicago’s Edelson PC, and Steve Berman, co-founder of Seattle-based plaintiffs powerhouse Hagens Berman Sobol Shapiro, saw different paths for the litigation—and different price tags for settlement.

Paris, France

Ogletree Adds Paris Office as Employment Firms Expand Global Reach

By Meredith Hobbs |

Labor and employment giants Ogletree and Littler are pursuing different growth strategies, but both involve heavy bets on Europe.

Finance Team Leaves Jones Day as Holland & Knight Bets on Atlanta

By Meredith Hobbs |

Holland & Knight has landed a four-partner team of commercial lending lawyers from Jones Day, led by Cindy Brazell, in a push to expand both its Atlanta office and its national finance practice.

Demonstrators celebrate the Supreme Court's ruling in Obergefell v. Hodges in June.

53 Companies Back Transgender Teen in SCOTUS Fight

By Marcia Coyle |

Major technology companies and other businesses, warning of the negative business consequences of a U.S. Supreme Court ruling against a transgender boy's sex discrimination claim, on Thursday stepped into a simmering controversy that pits them against the Trump administration.

U.S. Supreme Court building

In Shift, More SCOTUS Clerks Seek Jobs Outside the Beltway

By Tony Mauro |

Almost half of the 39 clerks from last term are now working outside Washington, D.C. Possible explanations include greater interest by New York firms, the draw of returning to home, saturation of the D.C. market, and even the 2016 presidential election.

Class Action Takes Bite at Prescription Pet Food

By R. Robin McDonald |

The lawsuit claims several prescription pet food products sold to dog and cat owners at inflated prices are available for less money without the prescription.

L-R Wendell Willard and Judge Lynwood Jordan.

Judicial Dementia Inquiries Would Be Confidential Under New JQC Bill

By R. Robin McDonald |

The legislation, intended to make the state's judicial watchdog more transparent, includes a carve-out for proceedings involving complaints of judicial incapacity.

L-R Brannon J. Arnold and Anna Idelevich, Weinberg Wheeler Hudgins Gunn & Dial, Atlanta.

Jury Clears Trucker, GDOT in Fatal Atlanta Wreck

By Greg Land |

The jury found the driver of an SUV caused the crash after hitting a puddle and hydroplaning into oncoming traffic on I-285.

Seton Hall University School of Law returns to the Go-To list after a four-year absence. (Missed Ya!) The Newark law school placed 8.7 percent 2016 grads in Big Law.

Georgia Is No. 36 in ‘Go-To’ Law Schools List

By ALM Staff |

The waiting is the hardest part, and we want to make it a little easier. The National Law Journal’s annual Go-To Law Schools report will publish in full on Monday, March 6, but we’re providing a taste of the rankings throughout the week.

College of William and Mary Marshall-Wythe School of Law

Emory Is No. 26 in ‘Go-To’ Law Schools List

By ALM Staff |

The waiting is the hardest part, and we want to make it a little easier. The National Law Journal’s annual Go-To Law Schools report will publish in full on Monday, March 6, but we’re providing a taste of the rankings throughout the week.

Letter sent to Senator Johnny Isakson and Senator David Purdue from Georgia lawyers.

640 Georgia Lawyers Express Trump Concerns to Isakson, Perdue

By Jonathan Ringel |

More than 600 Georgia lawyers have signed a letter to the state's U.S. senators urging them to speak out against President Donald Trump's attacks on the judiciary and the news media, among other concerns.

Mark Wasserman.

Solid Finances Buoyed Sutherland Amid Eversheds Talks

By Meredith Hobbs |

Sutherland Asbill & Brennan grew both profits and revenue in its final year before going global.

Miguel Estrada of Gibson Dunn & Crutcher. HANDOUT.

Miguel Estrada: 'I Would Never' Accept Appointment as Solicitor General

By Tony Mauro |

With a dig at NY Senator Chuck Schumer, the Gibson Dunn partner torpedoed suggestions that he was in the running to be the next U.S. solicitor general.

H. Lane Young II. Photo by John Disney/Daily Report.

Georgia Supreme Court Nixes $3.7 Million Sex Assault Verdict Against Dental Office

By Greg Land |

The court rejected claims that the dental office was professionally negligent after a nurse anesthetist molested a patient.

L-R Caroline McGlamry and Michael McGlamry, Pope McGlamry, Atlanta.With their dogs Daisy, Frankie and Sophie.

Class Action Takes Bite at Prescription Pet Food

By R. Robin McDonald |

The lawsuit claims several prescription pet food products sold to dog and cat owners at inflated prices are available for less money without the prescription.

Asbestos fibers

Lawyers Prepare for Appeal of $75M Asbestos Verdict

By Katheryn Hayes Tucker |

The New York jury apportioned liability across four defendants.

Man Awarded $10.9M for Wreck that Broke His Neck, Caused Permanent Brain Damage

By Greg Land |

The defense originally offered a $1 million settlement, an offer that climbed to $5 million right before closing arguments.

Georgia Supreme Court and Court of Appeals Building

Supreme Court Issues Eight Lawyer Discipline Decisions

The Supreme Court of Georgia on Monday released opinions on lawyer discipline.

Lewis Horne Jr.

Memorial Service Announced for Lew Horne

By Meredith Hobbs |

Services for the leading public finance lawyer, who died Feb. 23, will be held Saturday at the Carter Center.

gavel

Supreme Court Will Hear Georgia Death Row Inmate's Appeal

The U.S. Supreme Court said Monday it will hear an appeal from a Georgia death row inmate who says lower courts failed to look at lengthy, detailed rulings in his case when turning away a challenge to his sentence.

2 Sentenced for Threatening Violence at Black Child's Party

A Georgia judge sentenced two people to lengthy prison terms Monday for their role in the disruption of a black child's birthday party with Confederate flags, racial slurs and armed threats.

Randy Evans and Shari Klevens, Dentons partners.

Premerger Client Communications Can Create Thorny Issues for Corporate Attorneys

By J. Randolph Evans and Shari L. Klevens, Dentons |

For attorneys advising corporations in connection with mergers and acquisitions, there is growing uncertainty regarding how confidential communications between an attorney and the predecessor corporation will be treated after a completed merger.

Ben Easterlin, King & Spalding, Atlanta.

Retired King & Spalding Partner Takes Charge of Troubled Watchdog Agency

By R. Robin McDonald |

Benjamin Easterlin said he is working with legislators to increase the Judicial Qualifications Commission’s budget by nearly 50 percent, largely to hire a staff attorney.

Lewis Horne Jr.

Prominent Bond Lawyer Lew Horne Dies After Illness

By Meredith Hobbs |

Lewis C. Horne Jr., one of Atlanta's leading public finance lawyers, died Feb. 23 after a short illness. He was 66.

L-R Jon Peters & Jeff Bazinet c/o Peters & Monyak, Atlanta.

Gwinnett Doctor, Nurse Not Liable in Patient's Death

By Greg Land |

A Gwinnett County jury cleared a doctor and nurse of liability in the death of a 32-year-old man who died of a pulmonary embolism less than two weeks after he visited their office complaining of chest pains and was treated for gastric distress.

Jay Sadd (left) and Edward Wynn.

$6.5M Jury Award for Pickup Passenger in Wreck with Semi

By Greg Land |

A DeKalb County jury awarded $6.5 million to a man who was injured when the pickup truck in which he was a passenger collided with a tractor-trailer. The jury split liability evenly between both drivers.

Judge Spencer Levine

Timing of Asbestos Injury Key for Court in Denying Widow Damages

By Celia Ampel |

A first-in-the-nation decision from a Florida appellate court may have a wide-reaching impact on plaintiffs whose spouses died years after exposure to harmful products.

Georgia Appeals Court Judge Lisa Branch.

Georgia Court of Appeals Sides With Attack Rooster

By Katheryn Hayes Tucker |

A pet-sitter attacked by a rooster named Sam in the suburban city of Roswell cannot sue, the Georgia Court of Appeals has ruled.

One Atlantic Center

Bondurant Mixson Signs Up for 15 More Years at One Atlantic

By Meredith Hobbs |

The highly-regarded litigation boutique has renewed its lease at One Atlantic Center, where it was the very first tenant 30 years ago.

Judge William Pryor Jr. of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit

Eleventh Circuit Questions Calhoun's Challenge of Injunction on Indigent Bail

By R. Robin McDonald |

Lawyers representing the city of Calhoun appeared Thursday before a panel of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit seeking to overturn a preliminary injunction that bars the city from detaining indigent defendants in misdemeanor or minor traffic cases for as long as a week simply because they cannot afford a cash bond.

L-R Ryals Stone, William Stone, James Stone and Mike Regas, Stone Law Group, Atlanta.

Fulton Jury Awards $45.8M for Mother's Post-Delivery Injury

By Greg Land |

A Fulton County jury awarded more than $45.8 million to the husband and conservator for a woman left permanently brain damaged when she suffered hypertension-related heart failure a few days after delivering her baby.

Justice Sonia Sotomayor.

Supreme Court Limits Patent Liability for Component Makers in Global Supply Chain

By Scott Graham |

A unanimous court reversed the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit, ruling that shipping a single component cannot trigger a provision of the Patent Act that applies extraterritorially.

Dan Binstock of Garrison & Sisson.

Is Your Firm Guilty of Playing Lateral Partner Bingo?

By Dan Binstock |

In selling their firm to lateral candidates, firm leaders are often using the same pitches as their competitors. Recruiter Dan Binstock offers advice on differentiation.

L-R Jonathan M. Broderick, Amber H. Reed and W. Bryant Green III, Atlanta Ga.

Cobb Jury OKs Secret GPS Tracking by Private Eyes

By R. Robin McDonald |

After a Walton County woman discovered that a private investigator hired by her boss's wife had surreptitiously placed a tracking device under her car in order to trail her, her lawyer was certain a jury would view it as an illegal invasion of privacy. Not in Cobb County. After a two-day trial this month that Atlanta attorney Charles Bachman said devolved into a character assassination of plaintiff Melissa Atkins over allegations of an ultimately unproven affair, a Cobb County jury cleared Marietta private eye firm TFP Co. of all liability.

Stephen Lewis

Partner Profits Break $1M in Another Big Year for Troutman Sanders

By Meredith Hobbs |

Troutman Sanders posted healthy revenue gains that helped push profits per partner over $1 million for the first time.

Matthew Wetherington (left) and Michael Werner

Troubled Ocwen Faces New Complaint in Georgia

By R. Robin McDonald |

Perennially-troubled mortgage servicer Ocwen Loan Servicing LLC just can't seem to escape complaints about its lending operations. Having reached a $225 million settlement with the state of California just last week that would restore its suspended right-to-service loans in that state, Ocwen Loan Servicing is facing new claims in Georgia that for decades it has collected interest payments from homeowners after their mortgages had been paid in full.

Georgia State Capitol Building

Topping the List for Criminal Justice Reform in GA? Probation.

By Katheryn Hayes Tucker |

The Georgia Council on Criminal Justice Reform said it will focus this year on reducing the amount of time spent on probation for nonviolent offenders completing prison sentences.

Robert James, Moriss Shim & James, Atlanta.

Former DeKalb DA Joins Plaintiffs Firm—and Other 'On the Move' News

By Meredith Hobbs |

Former DeKalb County District Attorney Robert James has joined plaintiffs firm Moriss Shim James as a name partner after 18 years as a prosecutor.

(Clockwise from top left) Roxanne Almaraz, David Runnels, Stuart Zisman, Cindy Lin, Jason Peters, and Darren Inoff.

King & Spalding Hires 6 Lateral Partners in Houston

By Brenda Sapino Jeffreys |

Lawyers from two big firms in Houston, Andrews Kurth Kenyon and Bracewell, move to the Houston office of King & Spalding.

Andi Dorfman

Ex-Prosecutor Andi Dorfman Comes Back for More 'Bachelor' Drama

By Katheryn Hayes Tucker |

Former Atlanta prosecutor turned "Bachelorette" Andi Dorfman will make another appearance on ABC's "The Bachelor" next Monday evening.

Michael Baskin, Atlanta.

Douglas County Jury Hits Kroger for $700K in Slip and Fall Trial

By Greg Land |

The winning attorney said it's one of the largest verdicts seen in the county and signals a growing trend to award high-dollar verdicts outside of metro courts.

Tameka Webb.

PurSHOEing Justice Raises $70K for AVLF

One in every four women will experience domestic violence in her lifetime. PurSHOEing Justice is a fundraiser designed to recognize the legal issues facing domestic violence victims and the volunteers and programs who help them. On Feb. 8, King & Spalding was hopping as friends of the Atlanta Volunteer Lawyers Foundation sipped and shopped the night away, raising nearly $70,000 for AVLF’s Safe Families Office. (All photos identified from left to right.)

Robert McBurney

Claims Tossed Against Jail Health Provider in Suit Over Murdered Inmate

By Greg Land |

Ruling in a suit brought by the mother of a young man murdered at the Fulton County Jail, a judge dismissed negligence claims against the jail's care contractor. The claims against Corizon Health, the judge said, were actually for medical malpractice and thus should have been accompanied by an expert's affidavit as required by law.

Georgia State Capitol Building

Criminal Justice Council Recommends Probation Changes

Noting that Georgia has the highest felony probation rate in the country, the Georgia Council on Criminal Justice Reform submitted a report to Gov. Nathan Deal on Tuesday recommending changes to felony probation.

Craig Primis, Winn Allen and Devora Allon of Kirkland & Ellis

A Look at the Lawyers Who Won Key Battle in Water War

By Katheryn Hayes Tucker |

From the beginning, the Kirkland team’s strategy was to make it impossible for Florida to build its case against Georgia in an epic battle over water rights.

L-R James Blitch, Herbert Phipps and Judge John Ellington.

Amid Laughs and Applause, Atlanta Bar Honors Legal Luminaries

By Meredith Hobbs |

The Atlanta Bar Association recognized two bar leaders—for very different reasons—at a luncheon Thursday at the Piedmont Driving Club. Judge Herbert Phipps, who retired from the Court of Appeals last year, and King & Spalding partner Catherine O'Neil.

Cleary Gottlieb Publishes Trump 'Social Media Attack' Survival Guide

Since his election, President Donald Trump has not let go of his personal Twitter account—or his penchant for lashing out against companies on social media.

Federal Judge Orinda Evans.

Judge OKs Libel Suit Against CNN Over Investigative Report

By R. Robin McDonald |

A libel case against CNN stemming from the cable network's investigation of children's deaths at a Florida hospital will go forward, after an Atlanta federal judge found that the hospital's former CEO has presented enough evidence at this early stage of the case to suggest that CNN "was acting recklessly with regard to the accuracy of its reporting."

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

Court Rules Doctors Have a First Amendment Right to Discuss Gun Safety

By Katheryn Hayes Tucker |

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit ruled Thursday that a Florida law barring doctors from asking patients whether they have guns in their homes violates the First Amendment.

Judge Diane E. Bessen

Bessen Takes Helm as Chief Judge of Fulton County State Court

By Greg Land |

Bessen's transition comes as the court implements a new e-filing system incorporating other branches of the county's justice system.

L-R John Merchant and Russell Willard

Justices Ponder Public Access to Court Reporters' Recordings

By Greg Land |

Questions were popping Monday at the Georgia Supreme Court where a husband-and-wife law firm were trying to convince the justices that a trial judge had no authority to bar them from making a copy of a court reporter's audio recordings of courtroom proceedings.

Atlanta City Hall

Second Guilty Plea Widens City Hall Bribery Probe

By R. Robin McDonald |

A second city contractor is now cooperating with a federal investigation into allegations of bribery at Atlanta City Hall after he pleaded guilty to a single conspiracy count Thursday.

Robert Hays

King & Spalding Hits New Megafirm Milestone

By Meredith Hobbs |

The firm passed the 1,000-lawyer mark in 2016, while revenue edged up and profit per partner slipped slightly due to a significant addition of equity partners.

L-R Peter Muller, Judge Leigh May and Judge Mark Cohen.

Civil Defense Bar Holds 14th Annual Judicial Reception

Georgia Defense Lawyers Association held its 14th annual judicial reception on Feb. 2 at the State Bar of Georgia headquarters with more than 175 judges and lawyers in attendance. The statewide civil defense bar association has held similar events in Augusta and Savannah. The association's past presidents were honored at a luncheon on Feb. 3 at Capital City Club with 18 of them in attendance.

Marietta Lawyer Explains Why He Left Secure Firm Life for Solo Career

Billable hours from large, deep-pocket clients. Plenty of work. Randall F. Rogers reached the place most lawyers dead reckon for while doing personal injury work in Marietta, Georgia.

Spinrilla Twitter Page

The Next Napster? Recording Companies Says Atlanta's Spinrilla Violates Copyrights With Free Music

By R. Robin McDonald |

Spinrilla promotes itself on Twitter as "the 800-pound gorilla of free hip-hop mixtapes." But the Atlanta-based company may have met its match.

The Chattahoochee River in south Georgia, below the Walter F. George Lake.

Legal Careers and Billable Hours Flow From Water Wars

By Katheryn Hayes Tucker |

Although Tuesday's report from a U.S. Supreme Court special master doesn't conclude the epic litigation conflict known as the "water wars," it delivers a decisive victory to an army of lawyers who have labored long for Georgia on that battlefield.

Eversheds Sutherland to Merge With Singapore Firm

By Anna Zhang |

What better Valentine's Day gift is there than a long-awaited marriage approval? That's exactly what Eversheds Sutherland and Singapore's Harry Elias Partnership got on Feb. 14, when the Singapore Ministry of Law granted the two firms permission to merge.

Kim Rivera, Hewlett Packard

HP, Mandating Diversity, Will Withhold Fees From Some Firms

By Jennifer Williams-Alvarez |

In-house legal departments regularly encourage, and in some cases require, that outside firms have some level of diversity in staffing legal work. Hewlett-Packard Inc. has taken this mandate a step further—saying the company will withhold invoiced fees from firms that do not meet diversity requirements.

Evan Wolfson

Marriage Pioneer Adjusts to Big Law Life at Dentons

By Jonathan Ringel |
Lake Lanier

Special Master Sides With Georgia in Water War

Special Master Ralph Lancaster, who was appointed to oversee Florida's suit against Georgia over water from the Chattahoochee River, recommends that the U.S. Supreme Court refuse Florida's request to cap Georgia's use.

Trending on #AppellateTwitter: A Georgia Judge’s Dog

Georgia Court of Appeals Judge Stephen Dillard’s dog, Irish, may not hunt. But she sure can tweet.

L-R Michael Terry and Laurie Daniel

Challenge to $35M Six Flags Verdict Tests Limits of Premises Liability

By Katheryn Hayes Tucker |

Georgia Supreme Court justices posed a pragmatic question to lawyers arguing over a $35 million verdict for a teen brutally beaten outside Six Flags Over Georgia: How far can someone flee from a menace before the liability runs out for the business where the trouble started?

Sarah Owings, Antonini & Cohen, Atlanta.

The Technology Behind Attorney Response Efforts Following Trump's Travel Ban

By Gabrielle Orum Hernández |

Although efforts to bring together a legal response have occurred in a couple different waves, technology played a major role in helping attorneys coordinate their efforts.