On the Move

Government relations lawyer Chuck Clay has joined Nelson Mullins Riley & Scarborough as of counsel from the Marietta firm Gregory, Doyle, Calhoun & Rogers.

He rejoins his former partner, D. Glenn Brock, who took his education practice and six attorneys to Nelson Mullins last year fromGregory Doyle. At that time the Marietta firm, which Clay and Brock cofounded in 1985, changed its name from Brock, Clay, Calhoun & Rogers to Gregory, Doyle, Calhoun & Rogers. Clay was a partner there.

“I am at the point in my career where I am looking at the best opportunities to expand my government relations practice and Nelson Mullins is a good fit,” Clay said in a statement. He also practices civil litigation and class action defense.

Clay served in the Georgia Senate from 1988 to 2004 and was chairman of the Republican Party of Georgia in 2000, during George W. Bush’s campaign for president.

He is a director and organizer of Vinings Bank, the board chairman of the Museum of Aviation in Warner Robins and on the board of directors of Georgia Appleseed and the Southern Polytechnic University Foundation.

Nelson Mullins’ Georgia government relations practice is headed by Stan Jones, a health care lawyer. A legislative consultant, Helen Sloat, is the other member of the Georgia team.

Nelson Mullins also has a national government relations practice in its Washington office. The firm is based in Columbia, S.C., and has more than 500 lawyers.

Freeman Mathis & Gary has added two partners. Mike Lord joined from Greenfield, Bost & Kliros and John Goselin joined from Duane Morris. Lord practices construction law and defends construction and real estate professionals, such as architects and engineers, in malpractice claims. Goselin handles securities litigation and represents broker-dealers in matters before the Securities and Exchange Commission and the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority.

The Asbury Law Firm, an Atlanta tax boutique, has added Cory O’Neill and Douglas Park as of counsel. O’Neill, previously an international tax counsel at General Electric Co., handles tax controversy and international and domestic tax planning for cross-border transactions and other matters. He clerked at the U.S. Tax Court and has an LL.M. in tax from New York University.

Park was in-house counsel at Altisource. He has also worked at Paul Hastings and clerked for U.S. District Court Judge Samuel Wilson of the Western District of Virginia.

Employment law firm Mays & Kerr has added two attorneys, David Maher as of counsel and Winfield Murray as an associate. Maher, who will focus on appellate matters, comes from Drew Eckl & Farnham, where he handled insurance defense cases. He has also worked as a staff attorney for the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit.

Murray comes from the U.S. Department of Labor, where he litigated compliance and regulatory cases. He also served as a prosecutor for the city of Atlanta for seven years. He will focus on federal litigation over unpaid wages and wrongful terminations.

Herb Gerson, the co-managing partner of Ford & Harrison, has been elected to the executive committee of Ius Laboris, an international alliance of human resources law firms. The Atlanta-based labor and employment firm became the U.S. member of Ius Laboris last year.

The Georgia Trial Lawyers Association has chosen State Sen. Josh McKoon, R-Columbus, and State Rep. Stacey Evans, D-Smyrna, as its Legislators of the Year. “The civil justice system and the right to trial by jury are under near-constant assault at our state capitol, and it is only through the diligence of legislators like Josh and Stacey that Georgians’ rights are safeguarded and protected,” said GTLA’s outgoing president, Buck Rogers, in a statement.

The American Bar Association’s executive director and chief operating officer, Jack Rives, will give the commencement address for the University of Georgia School of Law on May 17. Rives, a 1977 UGA Law graduate, was the Judge Advocate General of the U.S. Air Force before joining the ABA, becoming the first military lawyer to achieve a three-star rank (lieutenant general). As the senior Air Force attorney, Rives received the Distinguished Service Medal and the Defense Superior Service Medal. UGA Law will grant J.D.s to about 235 students and LL.M.s to another 15 students.