Charles Huddleston has joined Nelson Mullins Riley & Scarborough as of counsel. He was a shareholder at Baker, Donelson, Bearman, Caldwell & Berkowitz until going solo in August.
Huddleston is a litigator who also handles employment law and government relations. He served on the transition teams for Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed and former mayor Shirley Franklin.
Huddleston has chaired the State Bar of Georgia’s diversity program since 2006 and is the 2014 recipient of the bar’s Justice Robert Benham Award for Community Service.
Ryan Pumpian has joined litigation boutique Bloom Sugarman Everett as counsel from Bryan Cave, where he was a partner in the intellectual property practice. Pumpian is an intellectual property litigator—a new area for Bloom Sugarman Everett.
Boyd Collar Nolen & Tuggle have added two associates, both in family law. William Alexander was previously in solo practice. Meagan Hanson was general counsel to the American Institute of Architects.
John “Jake” Larkins III has joined Chilivis, Cochran, Larkins & Bever as of counsel. A litigator, Larkins was an associate at Rogers & Hardin.
Donald Lee has become an attorney for Gwinnett County Juvenile Court’s guardian ad litem unit after more than five years as a staff attorney for the Fulton County Office of the Public Defender.
Berman Fink Van Horn has elected Neal Weinrich and Kristin Zielmanski as partners. Both are commercial litigators. Zielmanski also practices labor and employment law.
Ben Johnson III, the retired managing partner of Alston & Bird, will receive an honorary degree from Emory University at its May 12 commencement ceremony. Johnson is an Emory alumnus and the chairman of its board of trustees. U.S. Representative and civil rights icon John Lewis and Spelman College’s president, Beverly Daniel Tatum, will also receive honorary degrees.
Stephen O’Day has received the Service to the Profession of Environmental Law Award from the State Bar of Georgia’s environmental section. O’Day is a partner at Smith Gambrell & Russell, where he heads the environmental law and sustainability practices.
The Atlanta Track Club has a new general counsel, Jon Chally, who is a partner at King & Spalding. Chally will perform the role pro bono. U.S. District Court Judge William Duffey of the Northern District of Georgia is the new chairman of the group’s executive committee.
Kevin Sullivan, the chief marketing officer for Fisher & Phillips, has been named co-editor of the Legal Marketing Association’s magazine, Strategies: The Journal of Legal Marketing. Sullivan will assume the volunteer position through 2015.
The State Bar of Georgia is seeking nominees for five annual pro bono awards, such as the H. Sol Clark Award, which recognize the contributions of Georgia lawyers in serving those unable to afford a lawyer. The deadline for submissions is April 27.
The bar has established a new pro bono award, the Law School Excellence in Access to Justice Award, which has an earlier deadline of March 21.