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Taylor English Duma has announced management changes and a new addition. Ilene Berman, who headed the employment, labor and immigration practice, has become the firm’s chief operating officer. Berman succeeds George Gaskin, who will return to practicing corporate law after two years as the 130-lawyer firm’s COO. Steven Whitehead has been named the new chairman of the firm’s employment, labor and immigration practice.

Glianny Fagundo has joined Taylor English in that practice from Elarbee Thompson, where she was a partner. Fagundo is an employment and business litigator. She is the chairwoman of the Georgia Hispanic Bar Association and a member of the City of Brookhaven’s Buford Highway Improvement Steering Committee.

James Kanner has joined trusts and estates boutique MendenFreiman as a partner in the business and trusts and estates practices from Nelson Mullins Riley & Scarborough, where he was a partner in the tax practice. His practice areas include business, ERISA, employee benefits and executive compensation, estate planning, healthcare, private equity and venture capital, and taxation.


Morris Manning & Martin is expanding its Washington office into real estate law with the additions of two partners from Am Law 100 firms—Wendy White, who was a member of the real estate practice at Pillsbury Winthrop, and Betsy Karmin, a real estate partner at DLA Piper. White will co-chair Morris Manning’s 21-lawyer D.C. office and chair the real estate practice there. Both White and Karmin are past-presidents of the Washington chapter of Commercial Real Estate Women (CREW).


Marquetta Bryan has joined Nelson Mullins as of counsel from Carlock, Copeland & Stair, where she was a partner. She defends businesses and government entities in employment-related litigation. She also defends business owners and corporations in premises liability and general business litigation. Bryan was honored earlier this year as one of the recipients of the Justice Robert Benham Community Service Award by the State Bar of Georgia.


Litigation boutique Robbins Ross Alloy Belinfante Littlefield has added Alexander Denton as an associate from King & Spalding, where he worked in the tort litigation practice. Denton handles tort, real estate and general commercial litigation. He also has represented military veterans and their families before the U.S. Court of Appeals for Veterans Claims.


Ford & Harrison has hired Brian Spring as an associate for its employee benefits practice from Ernst & Young. Spring advises employers on employee benefit and tax-related matters.


This year’s recipient of the Ben F. Johnson Jr. Public Service Award from the Georgia State University College of Law is Miles Alexander, a senior partner at Kilpatrick Townsend & Stockton. In the law school’s announcment, Dean Steven Kaminshine called Alexander “one of Atlanta’s most reputable attorneys and a pioneer in intellectual property law” and cited his service to the Atlanta community over his 55-year career.

Alexander said in the announcement that the award “is particularly meaningful because of Johnson’s amazing contributions to our state and educational community. I am honored to be presented with any award given in his name.”

Johnson, who had been the dean of Emory University School of Law, in 1973 became the founding dean for GSU’s law school out of the conviction that Atlanta needed an ABA-accredited law school offering a part-time legal education.


Georgia Appleseed made this year’s Good Apple Awards to groups involved in its initiative to dismantle the school-to-prison-pipeline. The law and policy nonprofit honored the Columbus law firm Pope, McGlamry, Kilpatrick, Morrison & Norwood for helping to start a Georgia Appleseed office in Columbus so that it can work with local stakeholders.

Viral Dave of the Goddard School in Midtown and Josh Williams of Booz Allen Hamilton were honored for creating an online, searchable database of out-of-school suspension rates for every public school in Georgia—a key part of Georgia Appleseed’s “Keeping Kids in Class” toolkit.

Georgia Appleseed recognized Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity’s Georgia District Association for organizing workshops around the state to present the group’s data on local school district discipline and information on adopting more effective student discipline measures to create better outcomes for children.


Duane Morris partner Joe Ciucci has come up with a novel way to raise money for childhood cancer research and drum up interest in a May 15 seminar on Developments in Workplace Law and Practice. Duane Morris will host a post-seminar reception at Vinyl at Center Stage, and then Ciucci’s band, Comrade Blue, will play. The show is a benefit for Rally Foundation, a local charity supporting childhood cancer research.

Ciucci said the idea of combining a legal seminar with a charity event came from a client who is a cancer survivor. The labor and employment lawyer will be on double-duty, presenting at the seminar and then picking up his drumsticks for the show.

There is no charge for the seminar, which is open to all interested parties, and Duane Morris is providing complimentary tickets to the Comrade Blue show for each seminar attendee and a guest. The seminar is from 2 to 5 p.m. at Duane Morris, 1075 Peachtree St. N.E. The reception at Vinyl, located five blocks away at 1374 West Peachtree St. N.W., will last until 6:30 p.m., and Comrade Blue will play from 7 to 10 p.m.

To register for the legal seminar and the Comrade Blue show, email Ciucci at jciucci@duanemorris.com.

For those who want to see Comrade Blue play without learning about the latest developments in employment law, tickets are $10 in advance and $12 at the door.

Comrade Blue will also play June 7 at LawJam 2014, the annual for-charity battle of the bands organized by the Atlanta Bar Foundation.