House Bill 828 went into effect on July 1, better defining and penalizing the illegal practice known as “running”—paying a nonlawyer to solicit business (often auto accident and personal injury clients) for a law firm or health care provider. You can read the full details on the Georgia General Assembly website, so in this article I’ll focus on the background, the penalties, and the profound implications of the new law.

Sinowski and Freedman

The case that really created the push for harsher anti-running legislation involved attorneys Thomas C. Sinowski and Steven F. Freedman, who participated in a broad running scheme for years. They fought it out with the State Bar for approximately 10 years, further embarrassing the industry while continuing to practice law (and generate revenue) before finally being disbarred in late 2011.

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