In the world of general counsel, the Atlanta area has a peculiar situation — a GC who is not an active member of a state bar association. The GC’s company is not complaining. The State Bar of Georgia is not complaining. But legal ethics professors and the national professional association for corporate counsel sound troubled by the situation.

Horace “Hod” Nalle has been general counsel for Merial, a Duluth-based worldwide animal health pharmaceutical producer and marketer, since the company’s inception in 1997. But Nalle hasn’t had an active legal license since 2000, when he asked the State Bar of Pennsylvania to move him to inactive status. This year, he drew attention to his situation when he applied to return to active status — a request that is pending in Pennsylvania.

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