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Patrick Smith (@nycpatrickd) is a New York-based reporter covering the business of law, including the ways law firms compete for clients and talent, cannabis law and marketing innovation. This article was first published by The American Lawyer, an ALM affiliate of the Daily Report. Presiding Justice David Nahmias of the Supreme Court of Georgia. (Photo: John Disney/ALM)

The Georgia Supreme Court’s two most senior justices took exception to their colleagues’ decision to allow a lawyer found to have violated several bar rules and mishandled hundreds of thousands of dollars in his former firm’s trust fund to only face a public reprimand.

Presiding Justice David Nahmias—who penned the dissent, with Chief Justice Harold Melton’s concurrence—noted that the special master overseeing the case had recommended a one-year suspension for Edward Shuff Cook, while the State Bar of Georgia’s Disciplinary Review Committee proposed two-years; the bar itself recommended a three-year suspension. 

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Greg Land covers topics including verdicts and settlements and insurance-related litigation for the Daily Report in Atlanta.

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