Georgia Pulse

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    Possible Willis DQ Could End Ga. Trump Election Case

    Weeks of salacious arguments over a district attorney's romantic relationship with a prosecutor has the Georgia election interference case against Donald Trump on the ropes, and experts say the prosecutor's potential disqualification could effectively end the case.

  • Trump Mocks Hush Money Case As 'Deluded Fantasy'

    Counsel for former President Donald Trump has branded the hush money charges against him as a "deluded fantasy," arguing that the Manhattan district attorney is framing the New York state court case as a conspiracy to undermine the 2016 election despite it being a "narrow business records case."

  • Ga. Public Defender's Office Beats Ex-Staffer's Bias Suit

    The Georgia Court of Appeals has overturned a 22-year-old ruling and ended a wrongful termination bid by a former public defender employee with breast cancer, saying the state didn't waive its sovereign immunity by enacting the Fair Employment Practices Act.

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    Willis DQ Theory 'Makes No Sense,' Ga. Lawmaker Says

    As a special Georgia state Senate committee continued its probe into Fulton County District Attorney Fani T. Willis on Wednesday, a Democratic lawmaker told the attorney who first demanded Willis be kicked off her election interference case that there's "no conflict" that merits the district attorney's removal from the prosecution.

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    The Firms Charging Into Secondary Cities As BigLaw Retreats

    While top-tier firms have recently tapered their migration to secondary legal markets, firm leaders and recruiters say these locations continue to hold appeal for midtier firms, citing advantages such as lower expenses and competitive billing rates.

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    Where E-Discovery Generative AI Efforts Currently Stand

    More e-discovery companies are announcing new capabilities that harness the power of generative artificial intelligence, but I'm hearing confusion among some law firm leaders about the immediate availability of the tools in a more crowded legal tech market.

  • DA Defends Cohen's Credibility In Trump Hush Money Case

    The Manhattan district attorney has told a New York state judge presiding over Donald Trump's hush money case that the presidential candidate's former attorney Michael Cohen will tell the truth at trial, despite his past perjury.

  • Fla. Attorney Asks 11th Circuit To Toss Extortion Conviction

    A former criminal defense attorney on Tuesday asked the Eleventh Circuit to overturn his conviction for extorting a client for cash, arguing that the instructions sent to the jury on the Hobbs Act charge were improper.

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    DLA Piper Adds Merck SVP As New Life Sciences Sector Chair

    An experienced in-house attorney with a longtime passion for life sciences and medicine has left her position as a C-suite executive at biopharmaceutical giant Merck to join DLA Piper as the chair of its life sciences sector.

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    First Black Woman On Ga. State Appeals Bench To Retire

    Presiding Judge M. Yvette Miller, the first Black woman to serve on the Georgia Court of Appeals, will retire at the end of her term on Dec. 31, the court confirmed Tuesday.

  • Ga. Atty Disbarred Over Bogus Email, Text In Injury Case

    A Georgia attorney who fabricated an email and text from a personal injury client to mislead the state bar about when she was terminated from his case was disbarred by the Supreme Court of Georgia on Tuesday.

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    Tully Rinckey's Atty Contracts Offer Warning To Other Firms

    The ongoing disciplinary case against the founders of Tully Rinckey PLLC over restrictions the firm placed on departing attorneys is an unusual one, but experts say it's still an important reminder for lawyers to be mindful of the ethical considerations of their employment agreements.

  • Willis Faces New Claim On Romance Timing From Trump Ally

    An ally of former President Donald Trump told a Georgia state court that she has even more evidence that Fulton County District Attorney Fani T. Willis began seeing a special prosecutor romantically before hiring him to help prosecute the Georgia election interference case, citing alleged testimony of a former law partner of Willis' paramour.

  • Atlanta Attorney Gets 27 Months For Misuse Of Client Cash

    An Atlanta attorney who pled guilty last year to using millions of dollars of client cash to pay off mounting expenses for his law firm was hit with a 27-month prison sentence Tuesday by a Georgia federal judge.

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    Fish & Richardson Leader On Thriving During Pandemic

    Fish & Richardson PC announced Monday that it had reelected president and CEO John Adkisson to a second term. Here, Adkisson talks to Law360 Pulse about navigating the firm through the pandemic with record profits and his goals for the next four years.

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    The Most Notable Numbers For 2024 Mid-Law Promotions

    Partnership promotions among Mid-Law firms ticked downward during the 2024 promotion cycle, with average class sizes falling below five partners, based on an analysis of announcements from mid-size and regional firms.

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    Southeast, Michigan Highlight Mid-Law Partner Promotions

    A survey by Law360 Pulse of Mid-Law partner promotion class announcements shows Southeastern markets like Alabama, Georgia and the Carolinas started 2024 with heavy growth, while Michigan-based firms saw a substantial increase from previous years.

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    Number Of Women In Mid-Law Partner Classes Stays Stagnant

    The percentage of female attorneys in this year's partnership classes among Mid-Law firms remained constant, with experts saying that although midsize and regional firms tend to do better than their BigLaw cousins, work remains to be done if firms are to reach gender parity among their partner ranks.

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    Trump Blasts DA's Gag Order Motion In NY Hush Money Case

    Donald Trump's attorneys on Monday slammed the Manhattan district attorney's request for a gag order in the hush money case against the former president, arguing it would be unconstitutional to silence the "leading candidate in the 2024 election" in the midst of the primary season.

  • 11th Circ. Says Broker Can't Collect Fees In Copyright Case

    The Eleventh Circuit has ruled that a Florida real estate broker cannot collect attorney fees incurred for defending himself from a copyright infringement suit by an aerial photography company because the broker was not a prevailing party once the photography company voluntarily dismissed the case.

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    Former IRS Commissioner Joins Chamberlain Hrdlicka

    Former IRS Commissioner Charles "Chuck" Rettig joined Chamberlain Hrdlicka White Williams & Aughtry as a shareholder in Los Angeles, following in the footsteps of his former acting chief of staff, whom the firm hired last year.

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    'Bright Line' Recusal Rule May Be Challenging To Fed. Judges

    A new ethics opinion clarifying when federal judges should step aside from cases when they own stock in a party's parent company is a positive step toward transparency, but it also creates a lot of work for judges and may not have much practical impact, according to experts.

  • Prosecutor Ready To Rebut Account Of Wade-Willis Timeline

    A Cobb County, Georgia, prosecutor can attest that the former law partner of special prosecutor Nathan Wade told her that the romance between Wade and Fulton County District Attorney Fani T. Willis began as early as 2019, one of former President Donald Trump's Georgia co-defendants said Monday.

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    Alston & Bird, DEI Staffer Could Face Contempt In OT Row

    Alston & Bird LLP and a former diversity and inclusion administrator who agreed to end unpaid overtime claims might face contempt rulings after they disregarded the court's requests to submit a settlement agreement, a Georgia federal judge said.

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    Fish & Richardson Reelects CEO To 2nd Term

    Global intellectual property law firm Fish & Richardson PC announced Monday that John Adkisson had been reelected to serve a second four-year term as president and CEO.

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Expert Analysis

  • Learning How To Code Can Unleash New Potential In Lawyers Author Photo

    Every lawyer can begin incorporating aspects of software development in their day-to-day practice with little to no changes in their existing tools or workflow, and legal organizations that take steps to encourage this exploration of programming can transform into tech incubators, says George Zalepa at Greenberg Traurig.

  • Supporting Associates Amid Pandemic's Mental Health Toll Author Photo

    As junior associates increasingly report burnout, work-life conflict and loneliness during the pandemic, law firms should take tangible actions to reduce the stigma around seeking help, and to model desired well-being behaviors from the top down, say Stacey Whiteley at the New York State Bar Association and Robin Belleau at Kirkland.

  • The Importance Of Client Engagement In Law Firm Innovation Author Photo

    As clients increasingly want law firms to serve as innovation platforms, firms must understand that there is no one-size-fits-all approach — the key is a nimble innovation function focused on listening and knowledge sharing, says Mark Brennan at Hogan Lovells.

  • The Unique Challenges Facing Women-Owned Law Firms Author Photo

    In addition to establishing their brand from scratch, women who start their own law firms must overcome inherent bias against female lawyers and convince prospective clients to put aside big-firm preferences, says Joel Stern at the National Association of Minority and Women Owned Law Firms.

  • The Pursuit Of Wellness In BigLaw: Lessons From My Journey Author Photo

    Jane Jeong at Cooley shares how grueling BigLaw schedules and her own perfectionism emotionally bankrupted her, and why attorneys struggling with burnout should consider making small changes to everyday habits.

  • Why We Must Recruit And Advance More Black Prosecutors Author Photo

    Black Americans make up a disproportionate percentage of the incarcerated population but are underrepresented among elected prosecutors, so the legal community — from law schools to prosecutor offices — must commit to addressing these disappointing demographics, says Erika Gilliam-Booker at the National Black Prosecutors Association.

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    Ask A Mentor: How Can Associates Deal With Overload? Author Photo

    Young lawyers overwhelmed with a crushing workload must tackle the problem on two fronts — learning how to say no, and understanding how to break down projects into manageable parts, says Jay Harrington at Harrington Communications.

  • A Scientific Path For Improving Diversity At Law Firms Author Photo

    Law firms could combine industrial organizational psychology and machine learning to study prospective hires' analytical thinking, stress response and similar attributes — which could lead to recruiting from a more diverse candidate pool, say Ali Shahidi and Bess Sully at Sheppard Mullin.

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    Ask A Mentor: How Can Associates Seek More Assignments? Author Photo

    In the first installment of Law360 Pulse's career advice guest column, Meela Gill at Weil offers insights on how associates can ask for meaningful work opportunities at their firms without sounding like they are begging. 

  • Legal Sector Regulatory Reform Is Key To Closing Justice Gap Author Photo

    In order to improve access to justice for those who cannot afford a lawyer, states should consider regulatory innovations, such as allowing new forms of law firm ownership and permitting nonlawyers to provide certain legal services, says Patricia Lee Refo, president of the American Bar Association.

  • Law Firm Biz Development Tips For The Pandemic Era Author Photo

    Jessica Starr and Monica Ulzheimer at Alston & Bird look at four areas where business development and other law firm administrative teams can take a leadership role in driving practice growth at a time when attorney interactions with clients and peers are limited.

  • Opinion

    Reflections On My 1st Judicial Election Amid Racial Tensions Author Photo

    Former Georgia Supreme Court Chief Justice Robert Benham looks back at the racial barriers facing his first judicial campaign in 1984, and explains how those experiences shaped his decades on the bench, why judges should refrain from taking political stances, and why he was an early supporter of therapeutic courts that deal with systemic problems.

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