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The February Bar Exam Results Are Out

By Meredith Hobbs |

The Georgia Office of Bar Admissions has released the list of those who passed the February bar exam.

Charles L. Clay Jr.

Georgia Lawyer Finds Big Case, Big Win in Texas

By Kathleen Baydala Joyner |

Attorney Charles L. Clay Jr. had been operating his own firm for only a few days when he received a call from a friend with a lead on a big case.

Deadline Extended to June 1 for 'On the Rise' Nominations

The deadline for nominations for the Daily Report's annual 'On the Rise' project has been extended. Nominations are due by 5 p.m., Monday, June 1.

U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit

Barbershop Raid Case Settles After Full Appeals Court Orders Mediation

By Alyson Palmer |

A civil rights case over a raid on a Florida barbershop has settled for $125,000, leaving unresolved a federal appeals question about whether law enforcement officers can be liable for constitutional violations committed by other officers.


Virtually Unknown, 'Tortious Misconduct' Deserves Attention

By Christopher C. Edwards |

So you think you know Georgia torts? How about a tort called "tortious misconduct"?

Darren Penn

Trucking Tragedies on Georgia Highways Highlight Need for Congressional Action

By Darren Penn | Special to the Daily Report |

For the second time in less than one month, five innocent lives were lost on Georgia's Interstate 16 near Savannah when the driver of a tractor-trailer failed to stop—or even apply the brakes—before slamming into helpless drivers trapped in standstill traffic in front of them.

Nominations Open for 'On the Rise': Deadline Extended to June 1

The Daily Report's annual 'On the Rise' project has begun, starting with a search for Georgia lawyers under the age of 40 who fit this description.

February Bar Exam Results Will Be Posted Friday Afternoon

By Meredith Hobbs |

Georgia's Office of Bar Admissions is releasing the results of the February bar exam Friday. Lawyers seeking to practice in Georgia must pass the state bar exam and receive a certification of fitness to practice law in order to become members of the State Bar of Georgia.

Alysa Freeman

Lawyer: Fulton Pension Settlement Results in $2M in Overpayments, $1M in Underpayments

By Greg Land |

More bad math appears to have plagued Fulton County and 2,000 former workers. Fulton County agreed in January 2012 to pay more than $17 million to settle a class action claiming that the retirees' pension benefits had been wrongly calculated.

L-R Phillip Buchanan (Lead Vocals, Acoustic Guitar), Jack Browning (Lead Guitar), Todd Johnston (Drums, Backing Vocals), Paul Sieg (Piano, Guitar, Backing Vocals) and Steve

Longtime Friends Make Music Together as Buck O' Five

By Paul Sieg |

How did we choose Buck O' Five? Well, the Sex Pistols was already taken. Plus we realized that freedom isn't free—there's a hefty #@*% fee. And if you don't throw in your buck 'o five, who will? (Thanks Johnny D!)

Sara Totonchi, the Southern Center’s executive director, former Chief Justice Norman Fletcher, recipient of the 2015 Gideon’s Promise Award, and Stephen Bright, president of the Southern Center.

Check Out Photos From The Southern Center for Human Rights Justice Taking Root Benefit Reception [SLIDESHOW]

The Southern Center for Human Rights held its Justice Taking Root benefit reception May 12 at Summerour Studio.

Jonah Flynn

Settlements Reached Over Explosion That Killed Two Toddlers

By Katheryn Hayes Tucker |

The parents of two toddlers killed by an explosion caused by spilled gasoline and a nearby water heater have settled claims against a series of defendants.

Judge Gregory Adams

DeKalb Judge Gregory Adams Isn't the Gregory Adams Running for Commission

By Kathleen Baydala Joyner |

Judge Gregory Adams of DeKalb County Superior Court has just one thing to say about the June 16 election to fill a county commission seat: He's not running.

Two Lawyers Among Four Candidates Vying for Open State House Seat

By Kathleen Baydala Joyner |

Two lawyers are among the four candidates who have qualified for the open state House seat in District 24.

Joseph A. Fried

More Suits Filed in Wreck That Killed Five Nursing Students

By R. Robin McDonald |

An attorney who represents parents of two of the five Georgia Southern nursing students who died in a horrific truck wreck last month, plus one of the survivors, says the trucker who caused the accident was fired from a previous job in 2011 after wrecking his truck when he fell asleep at the wheel.

It's Back to Paper Filings Next Week at Fulton State Court

By Greg Land |

Tech-savvy lawyers and litigants doing business with the State Court of Fulton County next week are going to have to trundle down to the courthouse and file their pleadings the old-fashioned way: by hand.

Newt Gingrich

Gingrich Signs On With Dentons

By Meredith Hobbs |

The former speaker of the House and Republican presidential candidate will join the global megafirm on June 1 as a senior adviser in its public policy and regulation practice, Dentons announced Wednesday, ahead of the closing of its impending merger with Atlanta-based McKenna Long & Aldridge.

Judge Timothy C. Batten

Atlanta Rapped Again for Failing to Implement Police Reforms

By R. Robin McDonald |

For the second time in a week, a federal judge has found the city of Atlanta in contempt for violating a court order requiring it to implement police reforms.

Eric Jon Taylor speaks about winning high-profile, high-stakes litigation.

Check Out Photos From The Daily Report’s In-House Counsel Seminar Series [SLIDESHOW]

The Daily Report’s In-House Counsel Seminar Series continued with a half-day event April 29 at Maggiano’s Little Italy in Cumberland Mall.

Ben Brodhead

Between Verdict and Judgment, Lawyer Finds a Negotiating Opportunity

By Katheryn Hayes Tucker |

The time between a jury reaching a verdict and a judge signing an order to pay it can be a negotiating opportunity, according to a lawyer who said he recently increased his client's recovery during that window.

Bar President Congratulates New Deputy US Attorney General, Others [LETTER]

On behalf of the State Bar of Georgia, I would like to offer congratulations to former U.S. Attorney for the Northern District of Georgia Sally Quillian Yates on her recent confirmation by the U.S. Senate to serve as the nation's deputy attorney general.

Judge Ural Glanville

A Judge and General Reflects on Memorial Day [AT ISSUE]

By Ural D. Glanville |

Throughout the United States, the most prevalent and enduring symbol of our freedom and the cost thereof is our American flag.

L-R John Hadden and Audrey Tolson

Court Finds No Value in Originating a Case, Cuts Firm's Fee by $200K

By Kathleen Baydala Joyner |

The Georgia Court of Appeals has cut by 83 percent a $240,000 fee a law firm was to collect on a case settled by a former associate after she left the firm.

L-R Russell Love and Ann Murray

Nelson Mullins Scoops Up Two McKenna Partners

By Meredith Hobbs |

More lawyers are leaving McKenna Long & Aldridge ahead of its impending merger with Dentons—this time for Nelson Mullins Riley & Scarborough.

UPS Settles Complaint It Shortchanged Government Customers

United Parcel Service Co. agreed to pay more than $25 million to settle complaints that it kept false records to hide late deliveries and collect more for overnight packages to government customers.

David Nahmias

High Court Approves Revised Judicial Ethics Code

By R. Robin McDonald |

The Supreme Court of Georgia on May 14 formally approved a revision of the state's Code of Judicial Conduct, the ethics standards to which Georgia's judges must adhere.

L to R: Rizza O'Connor and Kevin Charles Patrick

State Bar Young Lawyers' Race Heads to Runoff

By Kathleen Baydala Joyner |

The next secretary of the State Bar of Georgia's Young Lawyers Division will be decided in a runoff starting Wednesday.

Joe Habachy

Habachy Defends Food Frenzy Title

By Alyson Palmer |

Defending his claim on the Attorney General's Cup, Atlanta lawyer Joe Habachy has won this year's Georgia Legal Food Frenzy for the second time in a row.

The Odyssey of Effective Cross-Border Data Preservation

By Jeane A. Thomas and Brad Harris |

Odysseus' choice between Scylla and Charybdis was mythical. But for global organizations that must engage in cross-border discovery, the danger of deciding between two evils is all too real.

Georgia's 2014 Law Grads Found Job Market Was Still Hard

By Meredith Hobbs |

The employment rate for the class of 2014 at Georgia's five law schools showed a slight improvement over that for the class of 2013, but career placement deans said they didn't see any significant uptick in available jobs.

Ralph Lancaster Jr.

US High Court Approves $47K Bill for Ga.-Fla. Water Master

By Alyson Palmer |

The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday approved the first bill submitted by a lawyer overseeing the dispute over water between Georgia and Florida, awarding $47,635 for a little more than four months of time and expenses.

Chatham County, courthouse in Savannah, GA.

Former Chatham County Probate Clerk Indicted by Federal Grand Jury

By R. Robin McDonald |

A federal grand jury in Savannah has indicted the former chief clerk of the Chat­ham County Probate Court for embezzling more than $700,000 in court funds, the U.S. attorney of the Southern District of Georgia announced Monday.

Fulton Magistrate Court Judges Sworn In

Accompanied by beaming friends and family, and to the strains of the Inman Middle School Orchestra, Fulton County’s eight full-time magistrate court judges are sworn in Friday at the Government Center’s Assembly Hall.

Brian Rickman

Deal Appoints 9 Lawyers to State Policy Boards

By Kathleen Baydala Joyner |

In a bit of post-legislative session housekeeping, Gov. Nathan Deal has appointed a slew of members, including nine lawyers, to various state boards and commissions.

JQC Reprimands Probate Judge Over False Continuing Education Report

By R. Robin McDonald |

The state judicial watchdog agency on Monday publicly reprimanded Habersham County's probate judge for falsely claiming she had completed a required continuing judicial education course.

Foreclosure Firm Butler & Hosch Shuts Down Following Ill-Fated Merger With Atlanta Firm

By Julie Kay |

Considered one of the largest foreclosure law firms in the country, the Orlando-based firm closed its doors abruptly and filed an assignment for the benefit of creditors in Florida state court.

David Ware

Outgoing County Attorney Ware Offers Advice, Reflection

By Greg Land |

After nine years as the county's top lawyer, Fulton County Attorney R. David Ware is stepping down in early June to return to private practice as a litigator with Ichter Kresky & Associates.

Justice Norman Fletcher

Former High Court Chief: Death Penalty Is 'Unsupportable'

By Norman Fletcher |

Editor's note: Norman Fletcher, the former chief justice of the Supreme Court of Georgia, provided these remarks he delivered May 12 as he accepted the "Gideon's Promise" award from the Southern Center for Human Rights. He was honored for his work creating Georgia's public defender system.

Litigators Beware: The Risks Keep Multiplying

By J. Randolph Evans and Shari L. Klevens |

Litigators are subject to the same ethics rules, professional standards of care and professional obligations as any other attorney. But the application of those rules, standards and obligations differs greatly from every other practice.

Emergency personnel work at the scene of a deadly train derailment May 13 in Philadelphia.

Valuing Damages in Amtrak Crash Made Trickier by $200M Cap

By Gina Passarella |

Lingering over the liability claims expected to be raised by victims of the Amtrak 188 derailment is a 1997 federal law that creates a $200 million damages cap to be paid out for any single railroad accident.

Christopher Dolan, Dolan Law Firm

Suit Accuses Uber Founders of Stealing $40 Billion Idea

By Marisa Kendall |

Christopher Dolan says his client brought Uber CEO Travis Kalanick the concept of using mobile technology to link drivers and passengers.

Jim Butler

Lawyers in $150M Jeep Verdict Headed Back to Court Over Motion for New Trial

By Katheryn Hayes Tucker |

The lawyers involved in a $150 million verdict over a Jeep gas tank fire that killed a 4-year-old boy are gearing up for another courtroom battle, this one on Fiat Chrysler Automobiles' motion for a new trial.

Man Who Pimped Underage Teens Gets 17 Years

By R. Robin McDonald |

An Atlanta man who pimped underage runaway teenage girls at the city's hotels and truck stops was sentenced to serve more than 17 years in prison Thursday, closing what the acting U.S. attorney in Atlanta said were two sex-trafficking investigations.

Judge Kevin Chason

Judge Who Presided Over Trial With $150M Verdict Is a Fan of Open Courtrooms

By Katheryn Hayes Tucker |

The judge who presided over the trial that led to a $150 million verdict last month in Bainbridge was quick to approve the use of cameras and recording equipment in that case.

L-R Jay Abt and James Haug

After Fighting Each Other, Lawyers Team Up in Fallen Tree Case

By Kathleen Baydala Joyner |

Two sets of lawyers who fought over who would be in charge of representing a man paralyzed by a fallen tree have secured $2 million in settlements since deciding to work together on the case.

Kudos on Coverage of JQC Director's Billing Deal [LETTER]

I just wanted to send an email of support for the articles on the Judicial Qualifications Commission director ("Judicial Ethics Chief's Billing Deal Called Troubling, Risky," Daily Report, April 24; "Judicial Ethics Chief Resigns After Daily Report Probes Billing Deal," April 27).

Patrick T. O’Connor

B. Avant Edenfield Was a Judge for the Ages [TRIBUTE]

By Patrick T. O'Connor |

Almost anyone who has read about Judge B. Avant Edenfield—and more particularly, those who have appeared before him in court—can vouch for the power of his personality, the depth of his intellect and his utter control of every situation.

Scott Wandstrat

Know the Differences in Forms of Production for E-Discovery

By Scott A. Wandstrat |

When it comes to e-discovery, dry topics are unavoidable. But you'll just have to trust me for however many inches this column ends up being that the differences between the forms of production for e-discovery is important and worth knowing.

Judge Steve C. Jones

Judge Holds Atlanta in Contempt Over Police Reforms

By R. Robin McDonald |

A federal judge has held the city of Atlanta in contempt and imposed sanctions for its failure to meet the terms of a three-year-old settlement with a woman who had been arrested by Atlanta police while she filmed them arresting her neighbor.

Former Credit Union Exec Pleads to Fraud

By R. Robin McDonald |

Five days before she was slated to go to trial in Atlanta, a former credit union officer has pleaded guilty to fraud charges tied to the Credit Union of Georgia's disbursement of more than $300,000 in fraudulent loans, the acting U.S. attorney of the Northern District of Georgia announced Thursday.

Erica Hashimoto

UGA Law Prof Pushes US Senators for Misdemeanor Right to Counsel

By R. Robin McDonald |

A member of the University of Georgia's law school faculty, testifying before the U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee on Wednesday, said that while the U.S. Supreme Court has recognized the importance of providing legal counsel to misdemeanor defendants, courts across the nation "routinely violate this constitutional mandate."

James C. Rawls

Baker & Hostetler Lands McKenna's Atlanta Health Care Team

By Meredith Hobbs |

A 25-lawyer group of health care lawyers led by Jim Rawls is leaving McKenna Long & Aldridge for Baker & Hostetler on June 1, ahead of McKenna's impending merger with global megafirm Dentons.

Georgia Legal Community Mourns Loss of Judge Avant Edenfield [LETTER]

The passing of U.S. District Court Judge B. Avant Edenfield marked the loss of a true giant in Georgia's legal profession and the U.S. justice system. On behalf of the State Bar of Georgia, I would like to offer condolences to his family, colleagues and many friends.

JNC Seeks Nominees for Four DeKalb Traffic Judgeships

By Kathleen Baydala Joyner |

Gov. Nathan Deal's Judicial Nominating Commission is accepting nominations of candidates to fill four new judgeships in DeKalb County State Court.

Addington Road band

Take the Addington Road to LawJam 2015

By Pete Followill |

Addington Road is the first of seven lawyer bands to be profiled in the Daily Report. The bands will compete in the Atlanta Bar Foundation's LawJam 2015—the sixth annual battle of the Atlanta lawyer bands—at 7 p.m. Saturday, June 27, at Variety Playhouse, 1099 Euclid Ave. N.E., Atlanta.

Richard B. Russell Federal Building and U.S. Courthouse, Atlanta Ga.

With More Diverse Selection Panel, District Judges Seek Replacement for Magistrate

By R. Robin McDonald |

The U.S. District Court is accepting applications from those hoping to replace U.S. Magistrate Judge Gerrilyn Brill, who will retire in January from the Atlanta post she has held since 1994.

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.

Suits Filed in Truck Crash That Killed Nursing Students

By R. Robin McDonald |

The parents of three of the five Georgia Southern nursing students who were killed in a horrific crash on Interstate 16 last month have filed suit over the wrongful deaths of their daughters.

Judge Henry M. Newkirk

Fulton Judge: DA's Office Mishandled Officer's Indictment

By Greg Land |

A Fulton County judge has tossed out felony false imprisonment charges against a former Fulton County sheriff's deputy, ruling that prosecutors failed to give him a chance to make a statement before the grand jury as peace officers are allowed to do under Georgia law.

Brandon Peak

Army Vet Hit by Truck to Collect $2M on $3.25M Verdict

By Katheryn Hayes Tucker |

A Rockdale County jury awarded $3.25 million to a U.S. Army veteran seriously injured when her car was hit by a newspaper delivery truck running a red light.

Newly elected GTLA President Darren Penn gives his acceptance speech.

The Georgia Trial Lawyers Association President’s Gala [SLIDESHOW]

The Georgia Trial Lawyers Association held its President’s Gala, closing out its annual convention, on May 1.

Georgia Legal Community Mourns Loss of Judge Alan Blackburn [LETTER]

On behalf of the State Bar of Georgia, I would like to offer condolences to the family, colleagues and many friends of former Georgia Court of Appeals Judge G. Alan Blackburn on his recent passing.

Survey: Firm Leaders Say Overcapacity Is Hurting Profitability

By Nell Gluckman |

Altman Weil's seventh annual survey of law firms reveals that most have not bounced fully back since the Great Recession. Among the biggest challenges facing big firms today are overcapacity, new sources of competition and aging partners who don't have solid succession plans.

Atlanta Offers $20K to Street Performer After 2013 Arrest

City officials are set to offer a well-known Atlanta street performer $20,000 to settle a lawsuit in which he claims police violated his rights to free speech.

Jeff Haidet

Partners Say McKenna Dangled Exit Deals to Win 'Yes' Votes on Dentons Merger

By Patience Haggin |

McKenna Long chairman Jeffrey Haidet said there was no "vote buying" and the firm negotiated partner departures on a case-by-case basis.

Hugh P. Thompson

Georgia High Court Says Lawyers Must Tell Clients of Plea Deal Impact on Parole

By Greg Land |

The Georgia Supreme Court has made it easier for criminal defendants who pleaded guilty to challenge their convictions on grounds of ineffective assistance of counsel by claiming that their lawyers failed to inform them how their plea deals would affect their eligibility for parole.

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

Former Atlanta Tourism Bureau Chief Acquitted of Rape Charges in Massachusetts

By Greg Land |

J. Michael Robison, an Atlanta businessman and former chairman of the city's tourism bureau, was acquitted of rape charges by a Massachusetts jury on Tuesday after a five-day trial.

Angele Rishi

Surrounded by Dentists, Lawyer Spots a Niche to Fill

By Meredith Hobbs |

After 11 years as a real estate litigator, Angele Rishi is developing a niche legal practice focused on dentists.

L to R: Mike Jacobs and Jean-Paul “JP” Boulee

Governor Names Two New DeKalb Judges

By Kathleen Baydala Joyner |

A state lawmaker and a big firm law partner will become the newest judges in DeKalb County.

Bruce Richards

Manhattan Associates GC Bruce Richards on Managing the Legal Issues of a Global Company

By Mary Welch |

Manhattan Associates GC Bruce Richards on Managing the Legal Issues of a Global Company

Wade H. Watson III

Lawyer's Exit From Firm He Founded Shows Big Law Is in the Eye of the Beholder

By Meredith Hobbs |

Wade Watson III has left the trusts and estates litigation firm he founded with Harmon Caldwell 21 years ago, deciding Caldwell & Watson had just grown too big—at 13 lawyers.

G. Alan Blackburn

Former Judge Alan Blackburn Dies at 76

By Kathleen Baydala Joyner |
Caleb Walker

High Court OKs Distress Claims by Man Who Witnessed Friend's Death in Grisly Wreck

By Greg Land |

The Georgia Supreme Court has upheld a lower court's order allowing the possibility of damages for a man who suffered emotional distress by witnessing the gruesome death of his friend in a highway accident.

Shannon Sprinkle

Georgia Supreme Court Vacates Injunction Against Law Firm Ad

By Kathleen Baydala Joyner |

The state Supreme Court on Monday lifted a ban on a Mississippi law firm's newspaper advertisement criticizing a Toccoa nursing home, but the justices didn't weigh in on whether the firm went too far in its attempt to solicit business.

Watch Lawyers and Judges in Action, Courtesy of Courtroom View Network

Within these Daily Report articles see Courtroom View Networks coverage of trials, hearings, and oral arguments.

Georgia Supreme Court

Court Suspends One Lawyer, Disbars Another

The Supreme Court of Georgia on Monday issued discipline decisions regarding the following lawyers: Kimberly L. Copeland, six-month suspension with conditions for reinstatement: Robert Gist, disbarred

Judge B. Avant Edenfield

US Judge Avant Edenfield Dies at 80

By R. Robin McDonald |

Judge B. Avant Edenfield, for decades a pillar of the Southern District of Georgia federal bench, died Saturday, according to the Savannah Morning News.

An Abridged Treatise on Attorneys' Fees Awards

By David M. Gersten |

Judge Robert Gross gives the reader a most informative and entertaining read on the issue of attorneys’ fees awards based on an offer of judgment pursuant to Section 768.79, Florida Statutes (2006).

Daisy Hurst Floyd

Mercer Law Makes Floyd's Return to Deanship Permanent

By Alyson Palmer |

Mercer University has made permanent Daisy Hurst Floyd's return to the law school dean's post.

Laurie Vickery Benesh is sworn in as president of GAWL for 2015.

GAWL Honors Roberson, Swears in New President [SLIDESHOW]

By Alyson Palmer |

The Georgia Association for Women Lawyers on Thursday night celebrated the past year's accomplishments, honored some of its members and passed the torch to a new leader.

Georgia Law Schools Line Up Graduation Speakers

By Meredith Hobbs |

A former Atlanta mayor and Georgia governor, two judges and the state bar president are the commencement speakers for Georgia's five law schools.

L-R Charles Blaska and Dana Norman

Georgia Justices Asked to Consider Key Defense Apportionment Tactic

By Alyson Palmer |

The Georgia Supreme Court has been asked to consider another issue related to the state's apportionment statute, part of the 2005 package generally loathed by plaintiffs lawyers.

Joel Ross Feldman

Internet Indelibility and the Right to Be Forgotten

By Joel Feldman |

In elementary and middle school, any thought of rule breaking was met with a fear of that bad act appearing on my "permanent record." As a teenager, I became skeptical that such a permanent record even existed. Then came the Internet and search engines.

David Brown and Clayton Coley

Baker & Hostetler Picks Up Two McKenna Corporate Partners

By Meredith Hobbs |

McKenna Long & Aldridge has lost two corporate partners, David Brown and Clayton Coley, to Baker & Hostetler.

Roy Hadley, Partner and Thompson Hine Diversity Chair, back row center, poses with freedom riders front row L-R Hank Thomas, Charles Person and Dr. C.T. Vivian. After presenting the Thompson Hine Freedom Rider Social Justice Award.

Reception for the Original Freedom Riders

The Atlanta office of Thompson Hine on April 16 hosted a reception for members of the original 13 Freedom Riders: the men and women who were the first, in 1961, to travel on a bus through the South and protest segregation. The event, titled "Reflections on a Journey for Equality," served as a kickoff for a weekend-long celebration of the Freedom Riders in Atlanta.

Mercedes' Move to Atlanta Includes Its Lawyers

By Meredith Hobbs |

Mercedes-Benz's U.S. leader, Steve Cannon, introduced himself to the local business community at an Atlanta Press Club lunch Thursday, and said that about 200 people—35 to 40 percent of its staff—will move in July from the old U.S. headquarters in Montvale, New Jersey, to its new home in Sandy Springs.

Merritt McAlister

Appeals Panel Tosses $40M Contempt Sanction, Gives Second Chance to Supplement Company

By Alyson Palmer |

A federal appeals court panel has given a do-over to a Norcross company hit with a $40 million contempt order over its marketing of dietary supplements.

Evan Kaine

$4.3M Settles Fatal Wreck Case Before Suit Is Filed

By Greg Land |

The fiancé and son of a young woman killed in an accident involving four cars and two drunken drivers have settled pre-suit claims for more than $4.3 million.

Darren Penn

GTLA Names Darren Penn as New President

By Kathleen Baydala Joyner |

Darren Penn, a partner at Harris Penn Lowry, has taken the helm of the Georgia Trial Lawyers Association.

Lester Tate

Judges' Watchdog Agency Seeks New Director

By R. Robin McDonald |

The state's judicial watchdog agency is looking for a new director, and the commission's chairman acknowledges that hiring another retired judge after the resignation of the last director could be "complicated."

L-R James Stewart, Attorney Coach. Amber Scales, Harsha Shridhar, Elizabeth Lake, Teacher Coach, Patrick Wu and Denise Abramow, Attorney Coach.

Atlanta Mediator 'Goes Back to Law School' With Mock Trial Team

By Andy Peters | Special to the Daily Report |
John M. Dowd

Emory Law Alum Who Investigated Pete Rose Gives 'Dowd Report' to School

By Meredith Hobbs |

Emory Law alumnus John Dowd has given his alma mater the "Dowd Report," which documented that baseball slugger Pete Rose bet on the team he managed, the Cincinnati Reds, and caused Rose to agree to a lifetime suspension from the game.

Audra Dial

Ellenwood Couple in Human Trafficking Case Ordered to Pay $365K to Victim

By R. Robin McDonald |

A federal jury in Atlanta has decided that an Ellenwood couple should pay $365,000 in damages to an African woman they held as a virtual slave in their home for nearly two years.


Ga. Man's Prison Term Cut Because of Investigators' Affair

A coastal Georgia man who was arrested in a drug and gun sting operation will serve a shorter prison term because of an affair between officials who investigated him.

Federal Judge Orders Atlanta Police to Implement Reforms

The Atlanta Police Department has been told by a federal judge to implement training that was ordered after a settlement in a lawsuit over a raid on a gay bar.

Jerome J. Froelich Jr.

Atlanta Lawyer Faces Jail if He Doesn't Give Up Documents About Scamming Client

By Alyson Palmer |

Atlanta criminal defense lawyer Jerry Froelich Jr., who said two years ago he'd go to jail before he obeyed a court order to disclose documents about one of his clients, has lost his appeal over that order.

Fulton State Court Judge Susan Edlein, left, and Lynn Roberson

Swift Currie Celebrates 50 Years at High Museum Party [SLIDESHOW]

Swift, Currie, McGhee & Hiers observed its 50th anniversary with a celebration at the High Museum of Art on April 23.

Stan Watson

Plaintiffs' Lawyers Ponder DeKalb Commissioner's Ability to Pay $150K Verdict [VIDEO]

By Kathleen Baydala Joyner |

Now that two women falsely accused of stealing DeKalb County Commissioner Stan Watson's wallet have prevailed in their slander lawsuit, their lawyers hope that same wallet contains their clients' $150,500 judgment.

Charles “Buck” Ruffin

Sandy Springs Reaches $7M Settlement for City Hall Site

By Greg Land |

Faced with the prospect of extended litigation and a jury trial on its condemnation effort, the city of Sandy Springs has agreed to pay $7 million for a parcel of property destined to be part of its nearly $200 million City Center project, nearly twice what the city had offered the property owners several months ago.