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A Lawyer’s Calling

The following was published in the August 2011 issue of the Georgia Bar Journal, as my president’s column. (If you want to see the end notes, go to the online version of the Journal.) It does not deal with my practice as a personal injury and wrongful death trial attorney focused on commercial trucking accidents. … Continue Reading

Fastcase is new free legal research benefit for Georgia Bar members

This month all Georgia lawyers have a new resource for online legal research as a benefit of membership in the State Bar of Georgia. The Member Benefits Committee compared  Fastcase to the online research site that was previously provided to Georgia Bar members, and found Fastcase better in several significant aspects. Here are links to … Continue Reading


The votes are in so it’s official. On June 19, 2010, I will become President-elect of the State Bar of Georgia, and on June 4, 2011, I will be sworn in as State Bar President, taking my place in a line that goes back to 1884.
It’s a serious responsibility, but I will take care not … Continue Reading

Candidate for president-elect of State Bar of Georgia

This week I mailed letters to members of the State Bar of Georgia Board of Governors announcing my candidacy for president-elect of the State Bar of Georgia. On Friday, I enjoyed a lunch meeting with the Rome Bar Association.
Over the years, I have had the opportunity to see how things get done in the State … Continue Reading

Interstate Trucking Litigation Group seminar in San Francisco

Today I’m heading home from the American Association for Justice annual meeting in San Francisco. On Saturday, I was one of the speakers at the Interstate Trucking Litigation Group seminar.  I had a fairly dry topic, though one necessary in these difficult economic times, "Hard Times in Trucking Litigation: What to Do When the Trucking Defendant … Continue Reading

What to do when legal vultures descend on you after a tragic accident

This morning I met with a family who suffered a tragic loss when a tractor trailer ran over the parents late in 2008.  The mother was killed and the father seriously injured. 
They got me involved a couple of weeks after the crash when one of the sons found me on the Internet and invited me to … Continue Reading

Pennsylvania case highlights need to uphold judicial integrity

The organized Bar across the country makes a big point of supporting judicial independence. We should make just as big a point of supporting judicial integrity.
An article by Ian Urbina in The New York Times tells the sad tale of how two Pennsylvania judges have pleaded guilty to fraud in federal court to accepting $2.6 … Continue Reading

Economy devastating funding for indigent legal services

Bad economy hits IOLTA accounts and funding for indigent legal services programs.
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Treasurer of State Bar of Georgia

Today I became the sole nominee for election as Treasurer of the State Bar of Georgia for a one year term beginning in June 2009.  Fortunately, the Bar is in sound financial condition and has a superb chief financial officer in place. It will be a great learning experience and excellent preparation for the next … Continue Reading

Continuing Legal Education in Georgia

As a trucking accident trial attorney in Atlanta, I find myself speaking at continuing legal education seminars around the country pretty often. This year I’ve spoken on various aspects of trucking litigation at CLE programs in Chicago, St. Louis and New Orleans, and have been asked to speak at upcoming seminars in California and Pennsylvania. … Continue Reading