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TB PATIENT IDENTIFIED AS ATLANTA LAWYER ATLANTA — A tuberculosis patient whose transatlantic air travel has set off a media firestorm over public health issues is a 31-year-old Atlanta attorney, The Associated Press reported Thursday. The AP said a federal law enforcement official who asked to remain anonymous identified the patient as Andrew Speaker. Speaker is an attorney with a two-lawyer personal injury firm in Atlanta. Speaker’s new wife is an Emory University law student and the daughter of Bob Cooksey, a Centers for Disease Control and Prevention microbiologist specializing in the spread of TB, the AP reported. According to his firm Web site, Speaker worked in the Fulton and Oconee counties district attorney offices before going into a private practice that includes family law. He attended the U.S. Naval Academy before receiving undergraduate and law degrees from the University of Georgia. A Westlaw search of court decisions nationwide turned up no hits for Speaker. A search of Fulton County court records revealed only a handful of civil cases where Speaker was counsel, including divorce, custody and personal injury cases. The State Bar directory lists Speaker as having been a member since 2004. A former mock trial partner and close friend of Speaker, Marietta attorney Ryan Prescott called Speaker a “passionate” person who genuinely cares for his family, friends and clients. “He was never under any impression that he was going to be any danger to anyone around him,” he said. Asked about Speaker’s plans for his law practice, Prescott said, “I think the only thing he’s concerned about now is living.” Speaker’s law partner is his father, Theodore Speaker.

Fulton County Daily Report

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