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Joel S. Reed, John Weiland Homes.

New Digs, Familiar Feeling: Former GC Might Be Home at Home in New Operations Role

By Mary Smith Judd |

Joel Reed's leap from a GC role to the operations side of a larger, acquiring business might strike some as a risk. But, considering this is the same man who once packed up his wife and their three school-age kids for a nine-month trek around the world, the move might have been foreseeable.

Atlanta Food Frenzy Closes In On Goal As Business Day Ends

By Gabrielle Orum Hernández |

Law firms and legal organizations participating in the Georgia Legal Food Frenzy were only $2,000 away from helping organizers reach their Atlanta regional goal.

L-R Douglas Chanco, Joseph R. Neal Jr., David Olson and Joshua Schiffer.

Lawyers Overcome Immunities to Collect $1.5M for Student Burned in Chemistry Mishap

By Greg Land |

A young woman who was badly burned when a chemistry experiment went awry at a Douglas County high school has settled her claims against a teacher and school principal for $1.5 million.

The new Atlanta Legal Aid Building.

Atlanta Legal Aid Kicks Off Annual Fundraising Campaign

By Meredith Hobbs |

The Atlanta Legal Aid Society kicked off its annual campaign with its customary spring breakfast for fundraising captains on Wednesday.

Judge T.Jackson Bedford (l-r), Cheyenne Love, Gabriela Flores, Anne Hardin, Nathan Buffington, Natalie Peek, Patrick Longhi and Judge Jane Barwick

Future Leaders Recognized On Fulton Law Day

The 2016 Future Leaders of America high school student scholarship winners were honored April 28 at the Fulton County Government Center.

Atlanta Firms Sued by Former NFL Players Over Legal Fees

By R. Robin McDonald |

Seven former professional football players who sued the National Football League in groundbreaking litigation over traumatic brain injuries are now suing their former lawyers, including two Georgia firms, over liens placed on the players' individual cuts of the $1 billion settlement, according to a Daily Report affiliate, The Legal Intelligencer in Philadelphia.

Atlanta Food Frenzy Needs 11K in 10 Hours To Hit Regional Goal

By Gabrielle Orum Hernández |

With just over 9 hours to go in the Georgia Legal Food Frenzy, Atlanta-area law firms and legal organizations were just over $6,000 away from hitting their regional fundraising goal of $125,000.

Demonstrators outside the U.S. Supreme Court on Tuesday, March 25, 2014, during arguments in Sebelius v. Hobby Lobby Stores, Inc. Photo by Diego M. Radzinschi/THE NATIONAL LAW JOURNAL.

Religious Expression, Equal Protection Square Off

By Amanda A. Farahany and Taylor J. Bennett |

Given the current environment, corporations must take an even stronger stance than ever before to curtail a workplace culture that elected officials (and those who hope to be elected) have fostered. Employers must take efforts to train managers to prevent hostile work environments, and to correct these environments where they exist. The emphasis on religious tolerance has never before been so essential to the longevity of a business. The risk of losing customers or lawsuits brought by employees, because of religion, has never been more real.

How to Prepare to Sell a Software Company

By Gerardo M. Balboni |

A company that is considering a transaction should work with experienced counsel to address key diligence items that persistently emerge in transactions.

Joel S. Reed, John Weiland Homes.

Best Practices: Own a Practice Area and Maintain a Calm Demeanor

The Daily Report spoke with Joel S. Reed, vice president of operations at Pulte Group, and asked him questions about best practices when dealing with outside counsel. Here are his answers, edited for style and length.

Tennessee Enacted the Toughest Data Breach Law Yet

If your company gets hit with a data breach, you only have to notify customers if the exposed data was unencrypted. But this rule, known as the “encryption safe harbor,” is being abolished in Tennessee and other states may follow. Some data privacy lawyers say the new law puts an unfair burden on businesses.

5 Tips to Fend Off Website Accessibility Litigation

Your website is probably already being reviewed by plaintiffs attorneys who have gained momentum in filing website accessibility lawsuits under the ADA.

L to R: Charles Peeler and Jason Bring

Georgia Supreme Court Considers Attorney Ads That Target Specific Defendants

By Katheryn Hayes Tucker |

Attorney advertising targeting a specific defendant sparked debate at the Georgia Supreme Court Wednesday.

Atlanta Food Frenzy Needs $35K in Final Day to Hit Target

By Gabrielle Orum Hernández |

As Thursday's business day closed, Atlanta law firms and legal organizations participating in the Georgia Legal Food Frenzy had raised only 72 percent of its goal for the region, leaving a nearly $35,000 gap to fill by midnight Friday.

L-R Sterling Eaves, Belinda E. Edwards and Angela McMillian.

Fulton County Judicial Candidates Speak To Voters

By Gabrielle Orum Hernández |

Candidates for the three open seats on Fulton County's Superior Court gathered at Georgia State University Tuesday evening to share with voters what skills they could bring to the bench.

Survey: GCs Need More Than Legal Expertise

By Kristen Rasmussen |

Sound judgment and high integrity soon will outrank legal expertise as the most sought-after qualities in general counsels, according to a recent report that highlights in-house lawyers' increasingly ascendant roles within their companies.

Governor Nathan Deal To Appoint New Clayton County Superior Court Judge

By Gabrielle Orum Hernández |

Governor Nathan Deal signed a bill Tuesday that would increase the size of the Clayton County Superior Court from four judges to five.

Roger Quillen

Busy Year Sparks Revenue Jump at Fisher & Phillips

By Meredith Hobbs |

Fisher & Phillips reported strong growth in 2015, with a 6.8 percent increase in revenue to $158 million.

Angie Tacker

Cheers All Around at The Great Whiskey Debate

The Decatur office of the Atlanta Legal Aid Society, the DeKalb Volunteer Lawyers Foundation and the DeKalb Bar Association hosted a sold-out crowd for a whiskey-tasting fundraiser on April 22 at the Historic DeKalb Courthouse in Decatur.

L-R Eric Tresh, Sutherland Asbill & Brennan and Camilla Heard, The Home Depot.

In-House Lawyers Warned Of High-Stakes State Tax Litigation

By Kristen Rasmussen |

False claims acts with whistleblower provisions to challenge corporate tax returns are plaguing Fortune 1000 companies, an in-house lawyer and a corporate law firm partner said at a panel discussion Tuesday.

Effective Drafting of Arbitration Agreements: What Every Lawyer Needs to Know

By Simon Malko & Hillary Kinsey |

Arbitration clauses are commonly included in many different contracts, including corporate governance documents such as LLC operating agreements and shareholder agreements for closely-held corporations.

Page Pate

Whistleblower Suit Over Chinese Imports Settles for $15 Million

By R. Robin McDonald |

The U.S. Department of Justice announced Wednesday that it has secured $15 million from a California-based furniture chain to resolve claims that it improperly evaded anti-dumping duties on wooden bedroom furniture imported from China.

L-R Christopher Graddock, Keenan Nix and Darren Summerville.

DeKalb County Collision With Pizza Delivery Car Yields $11M Verdict

By Greg Land |

A DeKalb County jury awarded $11 million to a woman claiming permanent brain damage and multiple other injuries from a crash with a Papa John's pizza delivery vehicle on a rain-slicked, winding road.

With Two Days Left, $50K Needed to Hit Food Frenzy Goal

By Gabrielle Orum Hernández |

Atlanta participants in the Georgia Legal Food Frenzy have just two days left to raise $51,471 for regional food banks to hit the $125,000 goal set by Frenzy organizers for the area.

Waka Flocka Flame performs during the Waka Flocka Flame: Flockaveli 1.5 Release Show at Center Stage Theater on Saturday, Jan. 16, 2016, in Atlanta.

'I Didn't Know' Won't Work for Rapper Who Brought Gun to Atlanta Airport

By Katheryn Hayes Tucker |

A rapper arrested at a Transportation Safety Administration checkpoint for having a handgun in his carry-on luggage has lost a bid to use a defense based on not knowing the gun was there.

Fulton County Courthouse

Fulton County's Law Day Marks Miranda Anniversary and Awards Scholarships

By Meredith Hobbs and Greg Land |

Fulton County Superior Court is observing Law Day on Thursday by inviting 250 middle school students to learn what to do if stopped by the police, in keeping with the national Law Day theme, "Miranda: More Than Words."

Lake Allatoona

Federal Judge Upholds Gun Bans at Army Corps Recreation Areas

By R. Robin McDonald |

A federal judge in Rome has dismissed a challenge to firearm regulations in effect on public lands controlled by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, saying that Corps regulations are not unreasonable and that the plaintiff gun owners "can freely exercise their right to bear arms" elsewhere.

Fired Brunswick Public Defender Threatens Hunger Strike

By Gabrielle Orum Hernández |

Brunswick's former top public defender, who was fired last week amid news he had hired an assistant lawyer while she was under indictment on a drug charge, has pledged to go on a hunger strike.

Georgia Legal Community Mourns Loss of Judge Horace Ward, State 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 retired U.S. District Judge Horace T. Ward on his recent passing.

Judge Horace Ward

Funeral For Judge Horace Ward Set for Morehouse As Praise Mounts

By R. Robin McDonald |

The funeral of U.S. District Judge Horace Ward, the first African-American to serve as a federal judge in Georgia, will take place May 3 at Morehouse College in Atlanta. Ward's funeral will be in the Martin Luther King Jr. International Chapel at 11 a.m. Tuesday.

Immigrant Students Seek In-State Tuition in Georgia

By Kate Brumback |

A group of young people who were brought to the U.S. illegally as children and who have been granted temporary permission to stay is asking a judge to order the Georgia university system to allow them to pay in-state tuition.

Atlanta Firms Clear 50% Fundraising Bar for Food Frenzy

By Gabrielle Orum Hernández |

With only three days left in the Georgia Legal Food Frenzy, Atlanta-area law firms and legal organizations participating in the friendly competition have reached 50 percent of their $125,000 regional fundraising goal.

Justice Hugh Thompson.

Police Lose Appeal in Lawsuit Over Death by Taser

By Katheryn Hayes Tucker |

The Georgia Supreme Court took just over two pages Tuesday to toss an appeal by DeKalb County police officers seeking to dismiss a wrongful death lawsuit brought against them by the family of a sick man who died after the officers repeatedly shocked him with a Taser.

Michael Neff

Snapchat Sued Over Selfie Speed App

By Katheryn Hayes Tucker |

A Georgia lawsuit has alleged that the social media site Snapchat contains a dangerous feature that encourages posting while speeding in a vehicle.

Lawrence Kasmen

Berman Fink Adds Real Estate Partner; Plus Other 'On the Move' News

By Meredith Hobbs |

Berman Fink Van Horn has added real estate and corporate lawyer Lawrence Kasmen as a shareholder, expanding the 17-lawyer firm's commercial real estate practice.

Georgia Supreme Court and Court of Appeals Building

Law Firm Ads, (Wrongful) Death and Taxes Highlight Georgia Supreme Court Arguments

By Katheryn Hayes Tucker |

The Georgia Supreme Court oral argument calendar for Wednesday includes two complex civil disputes that boil down to law firm advertising, wrongful death and taxes.

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

Governor Signs Bill About Officers' Use of Force, Grand Jury

By Ryan Phillips |

Police officers who use deadly force will still have a special privilege allowing them to make a statement before a grand jury, but they'll have to answer questions and won't be allowed to sit through the entire proceeding under a bill Gov. Nathan Deal signed into law Tuesday.

Wayne B. Kendall

Lawyer in Voting Rights Case Sues NAACP Fund, Claiming $76K in Fees

By Greg Land |

The attorney who filed the original suit that led to a settlement of voting rights claims regarding Fayette County has sued the NAACP Legal Defense and Education Fund and the county for about $76,000 in attorney fees he says he is owed from a collective $225,000 the county and school board paid in the deal.

Georgia Supreme Court

Supreme Court of Georgia Rules in 5 Discipline Cases

The Supreme Court of Georgia on Tuesday issued discipline decisions regarding the following lawyers: Stephen Bailey Wallace II, disbarred; Mary Ellen Franklin, three-month suspension; Gayle S. Graziano, six-month suspension; David P. Hartin, voluntary surrender of license; Morris P. Fair Jr., petition for voluntary discipline rejected

Gov. Nathan Deal

Georgia Supreme Court Upholds Governor's Right to Appoint New Appeals Judges

By Katheryn Hayes Tucker |

The Georgia Supreme Court voted 6-1 Tuesday to uphold the governor's appointment of three new Court of Appeals judges who took office in January.

Georgia Tech Legal Affairs Maintains Food Frenzy Lead

By Gabrielle Orum Hernández |

The Office of Legal Affairs at Georgia Tech kept its dominant lead over other Atlanta law firms and legal organizations in the Georgia Legal Food Frenzy as the fundraising competition entered its second week.

Judge Horace Ward

Judge Horace Ward, a Civil Rights 'Giant,' Dies at 88

By R. Robin McDonald |

Ward, who retired from the federal bench in Atlanta in 2012, died Saturday, according to the Fulton County Medical Examiner's Office. He was 88.

L-R Jeffrey Lewis and Massey Turpin.

Arnall Golden Gregory Partner Lewis Learns to Rumba for Alzheimers Benefit

By Meredith Hobbs |

Jeff Lewis, a litigator at Arnall Golden Gregory, has learned to rumba to raise money for Alzheimer's research.

Cybersecurity: You Can't Afford to Ignore It Anymore

By J. Randolph Evans and Shari L. Klevens |

In late March, newspapers confirmed that a Russian hacker named "Oleras" targeted 48 law firms (most of which are Am Law 100 firms). Oleras planned to hack these firms to secure confidential and highly valuable insider information regarding mergers and acquisitions that the hacker could then use on the market.

Steve Gottlieb, Executive Director of the Atlanta Legal Aid Society gives remarks at the 4th Annual Shake it Up event on Thursday April 21,2016. Photo by John Disney/Daily Report.

Slideshow: Shake It Up for HeLP Fundraiser

The threat of rain did not prevent a great turnout for Shake It Up for HeLP on April 21 at Nelson Mullins Riley & Scarborough.

The AM Law 100 logo

The 2016 Am Law 100: Growth Slows for Big Law

The American Lawyer's annual report on the nation's 100 top-grossing law firms. Full financial results, in-depth analysis, firm profiles, and more.

Judge Kimberly Esmond Adams

Judge Tosses Ex-Atlanta Water Worker's Whistleblower Suit

By Greg Land |

A Fulton County judge has tossed out a lawsuit filed by a former Atlanta water department worker who said she was fired in retaliation for raising concerns that the city's drinking water was at risk due to workers using the same equipment they used when working on the sewer system.

Judge Beverly B. Martin

Federal Judge Gives Prisoners a Heads Up On a Quicker Chance at Freedom

By Katheryn Hayes Tucker |

A federal appeals court judge has sent a message to more than 100 prisoners who could be eligible to go free sooner because they were sentenced under a law that the U.S. Supreme Court has declared unconstitutional—but only if they hurry.

Rep. Earl Ehrhart

State Legislator Sues to Stop Colleges From 'Micromanaging Sex Lives'

By R. Robin McDonald |

State Rep. Earl Ehrhart and his wife have sued the U.S. Department of Education to block the continued implementation of its five-year-old recommendations as to how the nation's colleges and universities should handle allegations of sexual violence by and against students.

Atlanta Food Frenzy Tops Last Year's Halfway Mark

By Gabrielle Orum Hernández |

Law firms and legal organizations across Atlanta have surpassed last year's fundraising halfway through the two-week Georgia Legal Food Frenzy competition, raising $41,465 for the Atlanta Community Food Bank in the first week. Last year, participants raised just short of $40,000.

L-R Ben Garren, GC North America, The Coca-Cola Company and Norman M. Brothers Jr., SVP GC and Corporate Secretary, UPS took part in a panel discussion at the Four Seasons Hotel in Atlanta Ga. on April 21, 2016.

GCs of Coke, UPS Value Relationships With Outside Counsel, Despite Cost Pressures

By Meredith Hobbs |

When the general counsel of UPS and the Coca-Cola Co.'s North American operation talk with their top outside counsel from Alston & Bird and King & Spalding about value, they talk about relationships, not price.

Atlanta Firms Outperform Am Law 100 in Revenue Growth

By Meredith Hobbs |

Four Atlanta-based firms are among the country's 100 highest-grossing law firms, led by King & Spalding, which posted $1,018,500,000 in revenue—breaking the billion-dollar mark for the first time.

DeKalb County Courthouse

DeKalb County Candidates Raise More Than $703K for Judicial and District Attorney Races

By Gabrielle Orum Hernández |

Candidates running in contested elections for DeKalb's judicial and district attorney positions have raised a whopping combined $703,714 in campaign contributions for next month's elections.

L-R Bobby Cagle, Individual Honoree Elizabeth Vranicar Tanis, Sharon Hill and David Sneed. Photo by John Disney/Daily Report.

Photos: Georgia Appleseed Celebration of Collaboration

More than 200 members of the bar, bench and business gathered at The Stave Room on April 20 to support the Georgia Appleseed Center for Law and Justice at its 2016 Good Apple Awards:

Big Donation Shakes Up Legal Food Frenzy Race

By Gabrielle Orum Hernández |

A big late afternoon contribution from the Office of Legal Affairs at Georgia Tech shook up the leaderboard in Atlanta's regional division of the Georgia Legal Food Frenzy.

Render C. Freeman

Settlement in Students' Deaths Was 'Never About the Money,' Lawyer Says

By R. Robin McDonald |

An Atlanta attorney who represents the family of one of five Georgia Southern University nursing students killed last year when a tractor-trailer plowed into their cars said that a $14 million civil settlement with his clients may persuade the trucking industry to better police its drivers.

GTLA past president Lester Tate, Court of Appeals Judge Stephen Dillard and GDLA past president Steve Kyle.

Photos From Georgia Defense and Trial Lawyers Gathering with Appellate Bench

The Georgia Defense Lawyers Association and the Georgia Trial Lawyers Association held their second joint happy hour with the appellate bench on April 7.

Juvenile Justice Center

Fulton County Juvenile Court Summit to Target Youth Gangs

By Greg Land |

Fulton County Juvenile Court will host a "Youth and the Law Summit" on Saturday from noon to 4 p.m., which teenagers and their parents are invited to attend to learn about the perils of gangs in their community.

L-R Alan Hamilton and James Roth.

Stone Mountain Park Collision Yields $2.2M Verdict

By Greg Land |

A DeKalb County jury awarded more than $2.2 million to a man who was able to drive away from a two-vehicle collision inside Stone Mountain Park and attend a company picnic, only later seeking relief for spinal and shoulder pain.

Coleman Watson

Bitcoin: The Next Electronic Payment Revolution for Law Firms

By Coleman W. Watson | Special to the Daily Report |

Cash may always be king, but it has become a rare form of payment in business transactions. As of 2009, decentralized cryptocurrency is the new kid on the block, giving rise to the next revolution.

April 24, 2015 - Graniteville, South Carolina, U.S. - Georgia Regents College of Nursing students pose for a photo in front of five empty chairs, signifying the five Georgia Southern University nursing students who were killed in a car crash near Savannah, Ga., on Friday, April 24, 2015. In addition to sending a photo, the students plan to collect funds to send to Georgia Southern's student government association, which will decide how it is allocated.

Big Settlements Reached in Deaths of Nursing Students Killed in Truck Crash, Plaintiffs' Lawyers Say

By R. Robin McDonald |

Attorneys for the families of four of the five nursing students who perished last year in a tractor-trailer collision on Interstate 16 near Savannah said that they have secured "substantial settlements" in civil suits against the truck owner, the driver and others. One lawyer said his client had received a $14 million payment.

Atlanta Food Frenzy Raises 18% of Its $125K Goal

By Gabrielle Orum Hernández |

After nearly three days of competition, legal organizations participating in the fifth annual Georgia Legal Food Frenzy in the Atlanta metro area have raised 18 percent of their regional collection goal of $125,000 for food banks.

Michael Rodgers

Polsinelli Snags Real Estate Partner From Seyfarth; and Other 'On the Move' News

By Meredith Hobbs |

Polsinelli has recruited real estate shareholder Mike Rodgers from Seyfarth Shaw, further expanding Polsinelli’s two-year-old Atlanta office.

Georgia State Capitol Building

Lawyers Fight to Maintain Presence in General Assembly

By Gabrielle Orum Hernández |

Georgia's legislature, which once teemed with lawyers, could hit its lowest numbers of legal membership in a decade.

DeKalb County Courts' E-Filing Will Be Down Noon Thursday Until Monday Morning

By Greg Land |

The e-filing system for the DeKalb County superior, state and magistrate courts will not be available from noon on Thursday, April 21, until 8:30 a.m. on Monday, April 25, while the courts change to a new case management system.

Gov. Nathan Deal

Gov. Nathan Deal Appoints 4 New Judges

By Gabrielle Orum Hernández |

Gov. Nathan Deal on Tuesday appointed three lawyers to Superior Court judgeships: Mary Beth Priest and John Worcester to the Superior Court of the Appalachian Judicial Circuit, and Eric Norris to the Superior Court of the Western Judicial Circuit. Deal also appointed Tammi Long Hayward to a State Court judgeship in Clayton County.

Widow of Fan Killed in Fall at Turner Field Sues Braves Over Railing Height

By Katheryn Hayes Tucker |

The family of a man killed after falling from the upper deck of Turner Field last year has sued the Atlanta Braves, parent company Liberty Media Corp. and Major League Baseball Enterprises, alleging the defendants knew the guard rail height was—and still is—dangerously low.

Ex-Partner: Judge Rickman Works Hard, Thinks Objectively and Is Compassionate

When my friend and former law partner, Brian Rickman, was appointed to the Georgia Court of Appeals, I expected two things: I knew Judge Rickman would distinguish himself among his peers, and I knew he would not be shy addressing controversial issues. What I did not expect was Judge Rickman's character to be questioned.

Wab Kadaba, who heads Kilpatrick Townsend’s IP group, left, chats with Henry Walker, the firm’s chair, over lattes in the firm’s new collaborative space, called the KT Hub.

Kilpatrick Transforms Library Into Modern Collaboration Hub—With Latte

By Meredith Hobbs |

Kilpatrick Townsend & Stockton has transformed the little-used 27th-floor library at its Midtown headquarters into a high-tech and welcoming collaborative space. Since opening last month, it has quickly become an informal meeting spot for the firm's lawyers and staff.

Linley Jones

Legal Malpractice Suit Targets Lewis Brisbois, Ex-Partner

By Greg Land |

A recently filed legal malpractice suit alleges that, even after an attorney missed a deadline to respond to a demand letter, he told his client that the opposing counsel was "fine" with granting an extension to reply—despite never having spoken to that lawyer.

Legal Food Frenzy in Atlanta Reaches 10% of $125K Goal

By Gabrielle Orum Hernández |

The 2016 Legal Food Frenzy had raised $13,136 for the Atlanta Community Food Bank as of Tuesday at noon—10 percent of the Atlanta goal of $125,000—with 10 days to go in the two-week fundraising campaign for food banks around the state.

Fulton County Judge Ural Glanville

Lawyers' Suit Seeking Court Recordings Is Dismissed

By Greg Land |

A Fulton County Superior Court judge has dismissed two attorneys' lawsuit asking that a Douglas County colleague and court reporter provide audio tapes of three hearings.

From left: Bob Graff, Frank Landgraff, Robyn Miller and Ben Garren.

Pro Bono Honors Volunteer Lawyers on 11th Anniversary

Pro Bono Partnership of Atlanta held its 11th Anniversary Reception on March 15 at Nelson Mullins Riley & Scarborough.

L to R: Dax Lopez and Roderick Bridges

DeKalb County Election Spat Stems From Recorders’ Court Judge and Public Defender’s Dispute

By Gabrielle Orum Hernández |

A heated exchange between DeKalb County State Court judge Dax Lopez and his re-election challenger during a candidate forum last week brought to light a 2015 altercation between the challenger and a public defender during the challenger's time as a Recorders Court judge.

Feds Settle Medicare False Claims Case for $1.9 Million

By R. Robin McDonald |

A Toccoa medical clinic and two dermatologists who practice there have agreed to pay $1.9 million to settle whistleblower claims that they fraudulently billed Medicare, the U.S. attorney in Atlanta announced Monday.

J. Randolph Evans

Dentons Partner Randy Evans Juggles Roles in Nominating Process for White House and State High Court

By Gabrielle Orum Hernández |

Dentons partner Randy Evans made national headlines last week by suggesting Donald Trump will win the Republican presidential nomination even if he falls short of a majority of delegates during the closing primary season.

1-2: Members of Emory University School of Law’s Lamar Inn of Court volunteered with Trees Atlanta to plant trees along DeKalb Avenue in Lake Claire on March 26. 1. John D. Hadden with his wife, Corinne, and daughter Isobel.

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

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

Beware of Informal Relationships and Conflicts

By J. Randolph Evans and Shari L. Klevens |

Conflicts of interest can be complicated and risky. They can be impediments to taking on new business and can also lead to high verdicts in legal malpractice cases.

Gale McKenzie

Atlanta Federal Prosecutor Is Remembered as a 'Legend'

By Randy S. Chartash | Special to the Daily Report |

Gale McKenzie was a legend in the office. She served here for more than 40 years, from 1972 to 2013, and I can truly say that she loved this place and loved being a federal prosecutor.

Steven Mauro, Fisher & Phillips, Atlanta Ga.

Fisher & Phillips Hires New COO

By Meredith Hobbs |

Fisher & Phillips has hired a new COO, Steve Mauro, from Drinker Biddle & Reath in Philadelphia. Mauro succeeds Mark Noonan, who has retired.

Georgia Appeals Court Judge Lisa Branch.

Doctor Convicted of Murder Will Get Hearing on Open Records Suit

By Katheryn Hayes Tucker |

The appeal of a former doctor convicted of murder over a patient's drug overdose now hangs on one mysterious unsigned memorandum that prosecutors have refused to give to defense attorneys. Judge Elizabeth Branch, above, wrote the opinion.

Mary An Merchant

Morris Manning Adds Bio-Patenter of Beer, Contraceptives, Plants

By Meredith Hobbs |

Mary An Merchant has joined Morris Manning & Martin as a partner from Ballard Spahr to lead its biotech patent practice.

Judge Gary Andrews

Updated: Appeals Court Won't Reconsider Ex-College President's Fraud Suit Against State Officials

By Katheryn Hayes Tucker |

It took the Georgia Court of Appeals just three days to say no to a former college president who asked for reconsideration of a decision tossing his lawsuit on the basis the state's sovereign immunity.

Georgia Legal Food Frenzy to Begin Monday

By Gabrielle Orum Hernández |

Georgia's Legal Food Frenzy kicks off its fifth annual friendly food drive competition on Monday.

L-R Fulton County Judicial candidates Sterling Eaves and Belinda Edwards.

Fulton County Judicial Candidates Field Lawyers' Questions at Forum

By Greg Land |

Eight candidates vying to fill three open seats on the Fulton County Superior Court bench on Wednesday fielded incisive questions by fellow attorneys as to their qualifications and courtroom experience.

Kentucky Jury Awards $5.3M for Alleged Discrimination at UPS

Eight black men have won a $5.3 million jury award in a lawsuit over claims that they endured a hostile work environment at UPS in Lexington, Kentucky, and that an effigy of a black UPS driver was hung from a ceiling.

Microsoft Sues U.S. Government Over Secret Demands for Customer Data

By Brandon Bailey |

In the latest clash over privacy rights in the digital age, Microsoft is suing the U.S. government over a federal law that allows authorities to examine customer emails or online files without the individual's knowledge.

Briant Mildenhall teaching in Moldova.

Teaching Law in Moldova, Lawyer Appreciates Rule of Law Here

By Briant Mildenhall | Special to the Daily Report |

I had the opportunity last month to teach law students at six universities across Moldova, a former Soviet republic located between Romania and Ukraine.

L to R: Michael Egan and Derrick Bingham

Jury Awards Doctor-Inventor $8.7M in Fight With Medical Products Company

By R. Robin McDonald |

A lawsuit by an Alpharetta-based medical products firm against a physician and inventor has been upended by a federal jury in Atlanta, which rejected the company's claims and embraced the defendant's counterclaim, awarding him $8.7 million.

Emory Law, Diversity Speaker Series, Full panel L-R Raquel daFonseca, GE Digital Energy; Reginald Hedgebeth, Spectra Energy; Craig Sillman, Verizon; Lawrence Tu, CBS Corporation and Moderator Michael Wu, Carter's Inc.

General Counsels Discuss Links Between Diversity and Winning Business

By Meredith Hobbs |

While law firms' efforts to increase diversity seem to have stalled, the pipeline is expanding at corporate legal departments as more women and minorities become general counsels, Spectra Energy's GC said at an Emory University law school event Tuesday.

John E. Hall

Defense Verdict in Florida Trial Over Girl's Diabetes-Related Death

By Greg Land |

After a 2½-week trial, a Florida jury took less than an hour to clear an emergency room doctor and hospital of liability for the death of a 12-year-old girl stricken with a sudden and unforeseen diabetes-related complication.

State Bar of Georgia Building

FBI: Powder in Suspicious Letters to State Bar, AJC Shows No Evidence of Bio Hazards

By Greg Land and R. Robin McDonald |

A suspicious letter containing an unidentified white powder was delivered to The Atlanta Journal-Constitution one day after a similar letter was received by the State Bar of Georgia.

L to R: Sherry Boston and Robert James

Sherry Boston and Robert James Spar at DeKalb County Candidate Forum

By Gabrielle Orum Hernández |

District Attorney Robert James and his opponent, Solicitor General Sherry Boston, exchanged heated comments Tuesday at a forum of DeKalb County election candidates.

From left: Matt Pesnell, Sam Woodhouse, Chris Graham and Julie Elgar.

Atlanta Legal Aid's Cocktails and Connections 2016

The Atlanta Legal Aid Society’s spring fundraiser, Cocktails and Connections 2016, was held March 24 at the Atlanta History Center.

U.S. Supreme Court

Public Wants Senate Action on U.S. Supreme Court, but Interest is Modest

By Alan Fram and Emily Swanson |

Nearly 2 in 3 Americans back Democrats' demands that the Republican-run Senate hold hearings and a vote on President Barack Obama's pick for the Supreme Court.

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

Juror Questionnaire in Hot SUV Case Seeks to ID Juror Bias

By Kate Brumback |

A 17-page questionnaire filled out Tuesday by potential jurors for the trial of a Georgia man accused of intentionally leaving his toddler son in a hot SUV to die asks whether they have ever left a child in a hot car, how much they have seen about the case in the news media and their social media habits.

L-R Daniel Kent & Stephen Risley

Intellectual Property Litigators Launch Kent & Risley

By Meredith Hobbs |

Plenty of small intellectual property boutiques handle patent and trademark prosecution, but a two-lawyer IP litigation shop is more rare. Dan Kent and Steve Risley, both experienced IP litigators, have started just such a shop, Kent & Risley.

L to R: Fred Smith Jr. and Alexander

Ex-Clerks to Sotomayor and Alito Say Scalia's Empty Seat Isn't a Crisis

By Gabrielle Orum Hernández |

Former clerks for Supreme Court Justices Sonia Sotomayor and Samuel Alito told Emory University law students on Monday that the vacancy held open by Senate Republicans isn't a cause for grave concern.

A keynote panel consisted of Judge Julie Carnes, Justice Hugh Thompson and Judge Clay Land.

University of Georgia School of Law Holds Its Annual Alumni Weekend

Alumni, students, faculty and members of the judiciary met in Athens March 18-19 for the annual Alumni/Alumnae Weekend. sponsored by the University of Georgia School of Law.

Former Inmate Laundered $1 Million While in State Prison

By R. Robin McDonald |

A former state prison inmate has admitted to laundering an estimated $1 million in funds illegally procured in a scheme that targeted police, federal agents and judges, the U.S. attorney in Atlanta announced late Monday.

Judge Complaining About Attorneys' Rule-Breaking Should Look in Mirror, Defense Lawyer Writes

My friends and fellow defense lawyers Edward T.M. Garland, Don Samuel and Ben Sessions penned eloquent and well-researched criticisms of Judge Brian Rickman's concurring opinion in Blackmon v. State, A15A1834 (March 24, 2016).

Legal Nonprofit Joins 'Equal Pay Day' Campaign on Social Media

By Meredith Hobbs |

The legal nonprofit Atlanta Women for Equality has launched a social media campaign for Equal Pay Day on Tuesday to raise awareness about the U.S. wage gap—with women typically earning only 79 cents for every dollar that men make.

Judge William Duffey

Judge Cuts Punitives by $9 Million in Hip Implant Verdict

By R. Robin McDonald |

A federal judge in Atlanta has reduced a verdict in a bellwether hip implant product liability case from $11 million to $2.1 million, lopping off nearly $9 million in punitive damages.

The home page of Peach Court. An E-Filing system in use in some courts throughout Georgia.

Cobb County Courts Roll Out E-Filing Systems

By Greg Land |

Cobb County State Court launched its e-filing program Monday, and the Superior Court is not far behind. Both courts will be using the PeachCourt filing platform, an e-filing system that currently hosts 118 Georgia courts in 93 counties, according to the PeachCourt website,

Jonathan Eady, Arnall Golden Gregory, Atlanta.

Arnall Golden Posts Blockbuster Year

By Meredith Hobbs |

Arnall Golden Gregory reported a breakout 2015. Revenue shot up 10.8 percent—almost three times 2014's revenue increase—to $88 million. Net income jumped 24.7 percent to $35.5 million.

Betsy Cross Griswold, United Parcel Service, Atlanta GA.

Service Minded: In Work and in Life, Atlanta-based UPS Attorney Delivers Wherever There Is Need

By Mary Smith Judd |

A longtime advertising slogan for Atlanta-based UPS asked, "What can Brown do for you?" For Betsy Griswold, this is more than a corporate catchphrase—it was how she lives her life.

Mary E. Staley

Jury Selection Begins in Hot SUV Death Case in Georgia

By Kate Brumback |

The judge overseeing the trial of a Georgia man accused of intentionally leaving his son in a hot SUV to die heard on Monday from about a dozen potential jurors who said they had scheduling conflicts. Two were excused.

Welcome to the Modern Era of Overtime Laws

By Amanda A. Farahany and Amelia A. Ragan |

Iif the regulations are implemented, employers will need to act quickly as the Solicitor has stated that the DOL plans to make the final rules effective before the end of 2016.

Nonprofit Staffing Strategies for New Overtime Regulations

By Michelle W. Johnson |

Nonprofits affected by the new overtime rules can stretch their labor budgets by increasing salaries for exempt staff to the new minimum, hiring part-time hourly workers, utilizing a FWW compensation plan, and, where appropriate, using volunteers.

Website Accessibility: The New Legal Domain

By David Raizman and Sherry A. Nielsen |

What happens, however, when a website is not designed to include features that enable disabled individuals to use such assistive devices to access information or services via the web? These issues raise particular implications for companies with disabled employees/applicants and/or companies that operate some portion of their business (or offer services) via the Internet.

Q&A With UPS Corporate Attorney Betsy Griswold

She offers that best practices for outside counsel includes understanding the businesses and the ability to offer practical advice.

Old Case of ‘Justice Denied’ Doesn’t Represent Today’s DeKalb County, Lawyer Writes

This letter responds to the April 1 article, "Court of Appeals: 'Justice Denied' in DeKalb Traffic Court." The article unfairly casts a negative light on DeKalb County by focusing on an old case that was prosecuted under an old and completely replaced court system.

The Hurt Building.

Atlanta Firm Sues to Shut Mystery Outfit That 'Borrowed' Its Name

By Greg Land |

An Atlanta law firm has sued to shut down an apparently phony firm with an almost identical name that lists a nonexistent address—two, actually—in downtown's Hurt Building as its office in records with the Georgia Secretary of State.

Feds Seek Warrant to Conduct Poultry Plant Safety Inspection

By R. Robin McDonald |

Calling a Gainesville poultry plant's cooperation in an accident investigation involving a poultry worker "less than forthcoming," the Occupational Safety and Health Administration and the U.S. attorney in Atlanta are seeking a search warrant to inspect the plant premises for other safety hazards.

Hon. Susan Eichler Edlein, of Fulton County State Court, at 23rd annual GAWL Foundation Art Auction at the Atlanta Office of Nelson Mullins Riley & Scarborough LLP in Atlanta, Ga. on March 19, 2016.

After Hours: GAWL Foundation's 23rd Annual Art Auction

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

John Marshall Law School, Atlanta Ga.

Suit: John Marshall Law Dean's Email Account Hacked for Confidential Report

By Greg Land |

A lawsuit filed last week said a hacker targeted the email of Malcolm Morris, dean of Atlanta's John Marshall Law School and circulated the contents of a confidential report dealing with a "shouting match" between an associate and an assistant dean that erupted last year.

Millard Farmer

Judge Allows Racketeering Claims to Proceed Against Atlanta Lawyer in 'Conflictineering' Case

By R. Robin McDonald |

A federal judge in Newnan is allowing civil racketeering claims stemming from a protracted child custody battle to go forward against Atlanta attorney Millard Farmer, his former co-counsel in the custody case, and a child custody activist with a local radio show who injected herself into the litigation.

L-R Kier Prince, 1L Emory University School of Law and Jarvarus Gresham, 1L Georgia State University College of Law. Both were past participants in the SLIP program.

Atlanta Bar's Summer Internship Program Connects Aspiring Lawyers With Mentors

By Meredith Hobbs |

The program exposes high school students to a career in law through paid summer internships in the legal world—and offers intensive training and mentoring in navigating the professional workplace.

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After Hours: YLD Women in the Profession Hit the Road for Wine CLE

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

University of Georgia School of Law

Georgia Law Launches Global Governance Summer School in Belgium

By Meredith Hobbs |

The University of Georgia School of Law is partnering with the University of Leuven in Belgium for a new summer study abroad program focused on global governance.

Moses Kim

DeKalb Jury Delivers Defense Win in Post-Surgery Paralysis Suit

By Greg Land |

A DeKalb County jury declined to find any liability on the part of a doctor and hospital in the case of a car wreck victim who emerged from spinal surgery to find that she was paralyzed from the chest down.

Harold L. Murphy

Judge Finds School Board's Speech Policy Unconstitutional

By R. Robin McDonald |

A federal judge in Rome has thrown out what he said is an unconstitutional policy implemented by the Walker School District that prevented a county social studies teacher from expressing his opinion at a local school board meeting.

Daily Report Announces Lifetime Achievement, On the Rise Honorees

“We had a lot of very impressive nominations for each group,” said George Haj, the ALM regional editor-in-chief who oversees the Daily Report. “We had a lot of tough choices to make.”

Lester Tate

Judicial Watchdog Agency Chairman Resigns

By R. Robin McDonald |

The chairman of the beleaguered state judicial watchdog agency has resigned, saying that "an all-out political assault" has compromised the agency's ability to do its work "in a way that renders it totally ineffective."

L-R Cindy and Randall Davison.

Federal Suit Alleges That Lack of Medical Care Caused Inmate's Death

By R. Robin McDonald |

Within days of getting a jailhouse tattoo from another inmate at the state prison in Reidsville, Randall Davison's forearm began showing the first signs of infection.

Roy E. Barnes

Split Verdict in Fatal Accident Clears GDOT; Mistrial for Construction Company

By Greg Land |

A Fulton County jury issued a split decision following a two-week trial involving an accident in which one soldier was killed and two others injured when they plowed into a dump truck on the Downtown Connector early one morning after a night out drinking.

On the Move

Fisher & Phillips Adds Sacramento Office; Freeman Mathis & Gary Expands to N.C.

By Meredith Hobbs |

Two Atlanta-based firms, Fisher & Phillips and Freeman Mathis & Gary, have added offices nationally—in Sacramento for Fisher & Phillips and Raleigh for FMG.

Back Row L-R Christopher Bruce, JoAnna Smith, Charles Wardlaw, Tamorra Boyd, Alicia Mack and Gregory Clement. Front row seated L-R Stephanie Everett and Sarah Babcock. Not Pictured: Candice Sneed.

Bar's Incubator for New Lawyers Launches, Gets Pro Bono Director

By Meredith Hobbs |

The State Bar of Georgia's new incubator program for young lawyers has recruited its first class of participants and hired a pro bono director.

Sarah Geraghty

Private Probation Firm Halts Drug Tests Without Court Order

By R. Robin McDonald |

One of the largest providers of private probation services in Georgia will temporarily stop requiring people on probation to submit to and pay for drug tests not ordered by a court.

IP Special Report: Patent Law at the AI Crossroads

A look at facts vs. fiction in the Patent Trial and Appeal Board, strategies for entering China and the implications of artificial intelligence for the U.S. patent system. Plus, how to protect your trademarks on social media and an unvarnished view on the forces rocking IP litigation.

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

A Few Words of Caution for Partners and Associates

By J. Randolph Evans and Shari L. Klevens |

Most attorneys are aware that they have duties to act ethically in the practice of law. Sometimes, however, it is difficult to determine where that obligation extends beyond the attorney's own conduct.

Left to Right: Andre Townsend Tennille III and Kenneth Bryant Hodges III

Wrongful Arrest Suit Targets Cobb County Police, Sex Investigator

By Greg Land |

A Chilean man who was held in jail for nearly a month and left homeless as a "prisoner" forbidden to leave Cobb County until charges of child molestation and aggravated sodomy were dropped has sued the county police department and the detective sergeant he said lied to secure his arrest.

Elizabeth Vila Rogan, of The Rogan Law Firm

Court of Appeals: 'Justice Denied' in DeKalb County Traffic Court

By Katheryn Hayes Tucker |

In a stinging opinion, the Georgia Court of Appeals has reversed a conviction from a DeKalb County traffic court for unfairly trying, convicting, fining and jailing a man the appellate judges found had committed no crime.

Cobb County Judicial Candidates Speak to Voters at NAACP Forum

By Gabrielle Orum Hernández |

Some of Cobb County's judicial candidates for State and Superior Court spoke to voters and fielded questions on Thursday evening at a forum hosted by the Cobb County NAACP about their experience and approach to the bench.

Georgia State University College of Law

Georgia State University College of Law Accepted Into Order of the Coif

By Meredith Hobbs |

Georgia State University College of Law has been accepted into the Order of the Coif, the national honor society for legal education—one of only two law schools accepted this year.

Erich Durlacher, Burr & Forman, Atlanta.

Growing Burr & Forman Taps Atlanta Managing Partner for Firmwide Role

By Meredith Hobbs |

Big firms want to cross-sell legal services across disciplines to create long-term institutional clients, but as firms grow to have hundreds of lawyers in multiple offices, communication among practices can become more unwieldy.

Rachel St. Fleur

Victim of Pit Bull Attack Settles for $300K

By Greg Land |

A woman who was mauled by a pit bull terrier has settled claims for a $300,000 insurance policy limit. Decatur solo Rachel St. Fleur, above, represents the attack victim.

L to R: Emily Strongwater and John Lovell

Obama OKs Clemency for Two Clients of Atlanta Lawyers

By Gabrielle Orum Hernández |

One of the 61 prison inmates whose sentences were commuted by President Barack Obama this week had an unusual ally—an Atlanta attorney who prosecuted him 13 years ago.

Why Isn't the Judge Concerned About Prosecutors' Mistakes Too, Letter Writers Ask

The March 30 article "Public Defender's Performance Triggers Reversal and Judge's Scathing Review" quotes the concurring opinion in Blackmon v. State, A15A1834 (March 24, 2016), which advocates for removing a criminal defense attorney from the courtroom when there is a risk that the attorney is providing ineffective assistance of counsel.

Judge's Criticism of Criminal Defense Attorney Misses the Mark

In Blackmon v. State, No. A15A1834, Judge Brian Rickman's concurring opinion asks that we start imposing consequences for defense attorneys who fail to object to improper arguments.

The Atlanta Toulouse (France) Sister Cities Committee honored a past president of the organization recently: Teri Simmons, left, chair of Atlanta Sister Cities International, and Mark Long, new president of ATSCC, with honoree Betty Davis, past president of ATSCC.

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

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

L-R Eugene Felton and Quinton Seay.

Patient's Fall at Troup County Hospital Results in $325K Verdict

By Greg Land |

A Troup County jury awarded $325,000 to the estate of a woman who broke her thigh bone when she slipped while stepping out of a shower at a LaGrange hospital, in a case that offered aspects of a standard slip-and-fall suit and a medical malpractice suit.

Brian Rickman

Public Defender's Performance Triggers Reversal and Judge's Scathing Review

By Katheryn Hayes Tucker |

Fulton County's public defender has stood up for a colleague whose performance the Georgia Court of Appeals said was so deficient that it reversed a rape and child molestation conviction.

Dax E. Lopez

Judge Dax Lopez Headlines Law Week at Georgia State University College of Law

By Meredith Hobbs |

Georgia State University College of Law has lined up a series of topical discussions for its Law Week, with Judge Dax Lopez as the keynote speaker.

The General Motors Headquarters, located in Detroit, Michigan.

Jury: GM Car's Bad Ignition Switch Not to Blame in Crash

By Larry Neumeister |

A New York City jury found Wednesday that a flawed General Motors ignition switch was not to blame in a 2014 accident on an icy New Orleans bridge, handing the carmaker its second victory in a row in trials meant to help lawyers settle dozens of similar claims.

Judge Susan H. Black

Collection Letter Sent to Consumer's Lawyer Still Must Include Challenge Info, 11th Circuit Panel Rules

By Kristen Rasmussen | Special to the Daily Report |

A Florida woman's action against a law firm alleging use of an unlawful collection notice under the Fair Debt Collection Practices Act may proceed, a federal appellate court has held.

Georgia Sheriff Sued for Death of Restrained Jail Detainee

A Georgia sheriff is being sued in federal court by the family of a 21-year-old Savannah man who died in a cell after he was shocked by a Taser while strapped to a restraint chair.

Judge Leigh May

Suit Against Hollywood Producers by 'Lost Boys' Clears Hurdle

By R. Robin McDonald |

A suit against Hollywood writers and producers by 54 refugees who became known as "the Lost Boys" after they fled brutal persecution in Sudan has cleared an initial legal hurdle, a federal judge in Atlanta has ruled.

Justice David Nahmias.

Justice David Nahmias Named Daily Report 'Luminary'

The Daily Report has named Justice David Nahmias of the Supreme Court of Georgia as its 2016 "Luminary," a lawyer recognized in the newspaper's "On the Rise" feature whose career has been particularly successful.

138 Groups Are Set to Raise Food Bank Funds

By Gabrielle Orum Hernández |

As early registration draws to a close, 138 law firms and legal organizations have registered to participate in the Georgia Legal Food Frenzy.

Ginger Burton, Jones Day Atlanta

Jones Day Picks Up Real Estate Partner; Plus Other 'On the Move' News

By Meredith Hobbs |

Real estate finance lawyer Ginger Burton has joined Jones Day as a partner from Alston & Bird.

Mark Wasserman

Sutherland Holds Steady Course With Slight Revenue Increase

By Meredith Hobbs |

Sutherland Asbill & Brennan reported a slight increase in revenue last year, after a dip in 2014.

North Carolina Attorney General Won't Defend Transgender Law in Court

By Gary Robertson |

North Carolina's attorney general said Tuesday he won't defend in court a new state law preventing Charlotte and other local governments from approving protections for LGBT people, calling it discriminatory and a "national embarrassment."

Law Professor Lists 10 Reasons Why Governor Should Veto 'Campus Carry'

According to The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, Gov. Nathan Deal is considering vetoing House Bill 859, the "campus carry" bill, because of its impact on mothers and children in college day care centers and high school children who attend college classes.

Search for Georgia Supreme Court Justices Would Mirror Last Year's Appeals Court Process

By Gabrielle Orum Hernández |

The process for recommending a short list of nominees for two new state Supreme Court seats will resemble the process used last year to fill three new seats on the Court of Appeals, a co-chairman of the governor's Judicial Nominating Commission said—cautioning that Gov. Nathan Deal has yet to sign the legislation.

L to R: Paul Weathington and Heather McGrotty

Lawyers: Divided Jury Settled on Splitting $1.2M Verdict in Med-Mal Case

By Greg Land |

A DeKalb County jury decided that a medical malpractice plaintiff suffered more than $1.2 million in damages but apportioned nearly half the liability to her, cutting her award from the hospital where she was treated to just under $645,000.

Georgia Supreme Court and Court of Appeals Building

Private Probation Company Wins a Round at Georgia Supreme Court

By Katheryn Hayes Tucker |

A ruling by the Georgia Supreme Court could help a private probation company win a dismissal of a federal lawsuit claiming false imprisonment and malicious prosecution.

The first panel, with (from left) Kevin Isom, Shiriki Cavitt, Wendy Vitale, Valerie Combs and moderator Eric J. Frisch.

View Photos From Daily Report's In-House Counsel CLE Seminar

The Daily Report held an In-House Counsel CLE on March 15 at Maggiano’s Little Italy in Cumberland Mall. Eric J. Frisch of Carlock, Copeland & Stair moderated an ethics panel with corporate counsel.

Charleston, South Carolina, skyline

Charleston City Attorney: Tour Licenses Regulate Business, Not Speech

By Bruce Smith |

Charleston's ordinance requiring tour guides to have a license has nothing to do with freedom of speech, it's about regulating business, attorneys for the city say.

Gov. Nathan Deal

Georgia Governor Says He Will Veto Religious Exemption Bill

By Kathleen Foody |

Georgia Gov. Nathan Deal on Monday said he will veto legislation shielding opponents of same-sex marriage, after a groundswell of opposition from companies threatening to boycott the state if it became law.

Judge William Pryor Jr. wrote the opinion for the three-judge panel.

Maker of 'Smelly Washing Machines' Wins a Round, But Class Action Cycle Continues

By Katheryn Hayes Tucker |

A manufacturer has won a round in the case of smelly washing machines, but the judge who wrote the opinion made it clear he expects the dirty laundry to cycle back through the courts.

Jeffrey Fisher

Immigration Appeals Board Gives Transgender Mexican Woman Another Chance for Asylum

By Meredith Hobbs |

A transgender Mexican woman seeking asylum in the United States has another chance after being turned down twice by a Stewart Immigration Court judge in Lumpkin.

Brian Rickman

Georgia Court of Appeals Judge Blasts Spate of Bad Lawyering

By Katheryn Hayes Tucker |

A Georgia Court of Appeals decision reversing a conviction for rape and child molestation on the basis of the defense counsel's poor performance included an unusual opinion sounding a broader alarm about bad lawyers and the damage they're doing to the justice system.

David L. Pardue

Fulton County Jury Clears Lawyer in Defamation Case

By Greg Land |

A Fulton County jury has found that an attorney's statements in a press release trumpeting a lawsuit he had just filed did not defame the corporate defendant.

Georgia State Capitol Building

Midnight Surprise: State Bar of Georgia Bounced From Judicial Ethics Agency

By Gabrielle Orum Hernández |

In the final minutes of a legislative session gone past its traditional deadline, the Georgia General Assembly passed a bill stripping the state judicial watchdog agency of direct appointments by the State Bar of Georgia, if the bill's constitutional amendment counterpart is upheld by voters in November.

Wendell Willard

Updated: Garnishment Bill Passes

By Gabrielle Orum Hernández |

A bill restructuring Georgia’s garnishment law is set for Gov. Nathan Deal’s approval after passing through the Senate at about 10:30 p.m. Thursday.

Robert J. Kauffman

State Bar Considers Media Campaign to Defeat Amendment on Watchdog Agency

By R. Robin McDonald |

The president of the State Bar of Georgia says he intends to recommend that the bar launch a media campaign to defeat a constitutional amendment that would place the state judicial watchdog agency under the control of the General Assembly and could mandate that it operate almost exclusively in secret.

California Jury Rejects Graduate's Suit Against Law School

A jury found Thursday that a San Diego law school did not mislead a graduate who sued on the grounds she was lured to the school by false promises that her degree would land her a job after graduating.

Georgians Usually Say Yes

By Jonathan Ringel |

The General Assembly’s passage of a resolution to change the constitution to remake the Judicial Qualifications Commission means voters will now decide the fate of the commission.

Richard Griggs

DeKalb County Jury Awards $2M in Fatal Case Over Pacemaker

By Greg Land |

A DeKalb County jury awarded $2 million to the wife and estate of a man who suffered brain damage and died after one of the electric wires from a pacemaker/de­fibrillator slipped out of place in his heart, spurring a massive heart attack.

Senate Does Confirm High Court Nominees in Election Years, Letter Writer Says

Sen. David Perdue's comments on the Senate floor betray him as a partisan hack. He—like so many of his Republican colleagues—trots out Vice President Biden's comments concerning Supreme Court nominations during a presidential election cycle as "evidence" of a long-standing tradition of not considering such nominations during the "election season."

Georgia State Capitol Building

Voters to Get a Choice on JQC, With Details to Come Later

By Gabrielle Orum Hernández |

Lawmakers have a last chance to add details to major proposed changes to the state agency that monitors judicial ethics.

Justice Hugh Thompson.

State High Court Says Insurance Doesn't Cover Brain Damage From Lead Paint

By Katheryn Hayes Tucker |

In a case closely watched by industry and consumer advocates, the Georgia Supreme Court has ruled that an insurance policy exclusion for pollutants can be used to deny coverage for permanent brain injury of a baby who ingested lead paint chips.

First Amendment Defense Act Will Harm Georgia's People and Future, Writer Says

The First Amendment Defense Act, HB 757, also known as FADA, is a bill that is bad for Georgia, and Gov. Nathan Deal should not hesitate to veto it.

Joe Whitley

Governor Should Veto 'Religious Freedom' Bill, Former U.S. Attorney Says

By R. Robin McDonald |

A former U.S. attorney says the General Assembly's passage of a "religious freedom" bill will allow "a broad range of discrimination that will likely meet with many costly legal challenges."

Former Embassy Employee Sentenced for Cyberstalking

By R. Robin McDonald |

A former State Department employee who worked at the U.S. Embassy in London until his arrest last year has been sentenced to federal prison for cyberstalking hundreds of young women in a two-year "sextortion" campaign, the U.S. Attorney in Atlanta announced Tuesday.

L-R Atlanta attorneys G. Brian Raley & Michael A. Sierra.

$782K Verdict Includes $200K in Punitives Over Destroyed Email Server

By Greg Land |

A Fulton County jury awarded $782,001 to an Alpharetta telecom company, finding that its former president broke his contract by operating a competing company and siphoning employees and business to a second competing business while employed by the plaintiff company.

Parents of Teen who Hanged Himself in Custody Settle Lawsuit

Lawyers for the parents of a teenager who hanged himself in his cell at a juvenile detention center in Atlanta say their clients have settled a lawsuit against the Georgia Department of Juvenile Justice commissioner and employees.

Seth Eisenberg.

City of Atlanta Lawyer Starts Plaintiffs Firm, Plus Other 'On the Move' News

By Meredith Hobbs |

Seth Eisenberg has left the city of Atlanta Department of Law to open his own plaintiffs firm, after almost eight years on the defense side.

Fulton County Commission Chairman John Eaves.

Fulton County to Restore 'Justice Reinvestment' Funds

By Greg Land |

Fulton County Commission Chairman John Eaves said Monday that about $5 million that had been withheld from the budgets of justice system agencies—such as courts, the superior court clerk and the offices of the district attorney, public defender, sheriff and marshal—to fund a Justice Reinvestment program would instead be returned to the agencies.

David Hull.

Thoughts From a Georgia Lawyer in Brussels

David Hull practices antitrust law with Van Bael & Bellis in Brussels. He shared these thoughts with the Daily Report after the terrorist attacks on Tuesday.

Senator’s 'Principle' Is Just Politics, Lawyer Writes

Senator Perdue mentions hypocrisy and touts himself as urging his colleagues not to let the nominations get bogged down in partisan politics. However, it is Perdue who is being hypocritical.

Fulton State Court Judge John Mather.

Lawyer's Estate to Pay Ex-Client $165K

By Greg Land |

For the second time, Fulton County State Court Judge John Mather has ordered the estate of the late attorney Charles Mathis Jr. to pay a former client $165,000 that the lawyer had been entrusted with for an investment that never materialized.

Former Sutherland Partner Arraigned on $2M Fraud Charges

By R. Robin McDonald |

A former Sutherland Asbill & Brennan attorney was arraigned in federal court in Atlanta on Monday on charges that he defrauded a longtime client of more than $2 million from accounts for which he had served as a trustee.

Justice Keith R. Blackwell.

State High Court: Sex Predator Punishment Without a Hearing Is Unconstitutional

By Katheryn Hayes Tucker |

The Georgia Supreme Court has ruled that the state's highest level of restrictions on those identified as dangerous sexual predators—such as lifetime electronic monitoring and tracking—constitutes a deprivation of liberty guaranteed by the 14th Amendment and so cannot be done without an opportunity for a hearing.

U.S District Court Judge Thomas Thrash

Judge Trims Suit Against Gunmaker

By R. Robin McDonald |

A federal judge in Atlanta has thrown out civil racketeering allegations against international gunmaker Gaston Glock's North American manufacturing company in Georgia and dismissed related claims against an Atlanta lawyer and a New York lawyer.

Georgia Supreme Court

Sex Offender and Convicted Murderers Win Reversals From State High Court

By Katheryn Hayes Tucker |

The Georgia Supreme Court issued 10 opinions Monday, five of which reversed lower court decisions, representing victories for a man classified by the state as a dangerous sexual predator, two convicted murderers, one insurance company and a convenience store gaming operator.

Chad Shultz. Handout Photo 10-15-2015

10 Tips for Responding to an Effective Demand Letter

By Chad Shultz | Special to the Daily Report |

Just as a well-drafted demand letter can create progress toward resolution, an effective response letter can move the dispute closer to a successful resolution.

Richard W. Story

Federal Judge Lowers Bar for Third-Party Presidential Candidates to Get on Georgia Ballot

By R. Robin McDonald |

A federal judge in Georgia on Thursday struck down the state's ballot access laws as unconstitutionally restrictive and permanently barred the secretary of state from requiring political organizations that want to place candidates on statewide presidential ballot to obtain signatures from 1 percent of the state's registered voters.

Richard W. Story

Judge's Lower Bar for Third Party Candidates Intrigues Republican Election Lawyers

By R. Robin McDonald |

The chairman of the Republican National Lawyers Association said Friday that a federal judge's decision to strike down Georgia's ballot access law as unconstitutionally restrictive could have national ramifications for the 2016 presidential race.

Rodney Zell, Zell & Zell, Atlanta Ga.

Lawyers Ponder Next Move, Now That Teen's 1997 Murder Conviction Has Been Reversed

By Katheryn Hayes Tucker |

A 35-year-old woman who has lived behind bars since she was 15 could be released in the wake of a recent Georgia Supreme Court decision that reversed her murder conviction.

Matt Keen

Ogletree Enjoys Revenue Increase and a Bigger Profit Jump

By Meredith Hobbs |

Ogletree, Deakins, Nash, Smoak & Stewart posted another strong year—reporting a 7 percent revenue increase to $399 million last year—on top of a 7.5 percent increase in 2014.

Judge John Mather

Lawyer's Estate to Pay Ex-Client $165K

By Greg Land |

For the second time, Fulton County State Court Judge John Mather has ordered the estate of the late attorney Charles Mathis Jr. to pay a former client $165,000 that the lawyer had been entrusted with for an investment that never materialized.

Senator David Perdue

Sen. David Perdue: Principle Determines Why I Won't Consent to High Court Nominee

Editor's Note: These are remarks delivered on the U.S. Senate floor Thursday by Sen. David Perdue, R-Ga., a member of the Judiciary Committee, as transcribed by Perdue's office.

Georgia State Capitol Building

Ga. Senate Bill Would Blanket Watchdog Agency in Secrecy

By R. Robin McDonald |

The state Senate Ethics Committee has approved legislation that would make secret judicial disciplinary proceedings that are now open to the public, including tribunals in which the Judicial Qualifications Commission hears evidence that can lead to a judge's expulsion from the bench.

Judge Reuben Green

Suit Claims Cobb County Sheriff's Office Hiked Price of Court Videos to Prevent More Requests

By Greg Land |

A new filing in a lawsuit accusing the Cobb County Sheriff's Office of violating the state Open Records Act said that, in the days after a recording surfaced showing a Superior Court judge in an ex parte conversation with prosecutors, sheriff's office personnel met to discuss ways to forestall more open-records requests for courtroom recordings.

Is Your Firm Signed Up for the Legal Food Frenzy?

By Gabrielle Orum Hernández |

Eighty-three law firms and legal organizations across the state have already signed up to participate in the Legal Food Frenzy.