Emory University undergraduate Elliott Levitas chose law over medicine because lawyers can do more good on a wider scale than doctors can with one patient at a time. He studied jurisprudence during a Rhodes scholarship at Oxford and eventually finished law school at Emory.

Admitted to the bar in 1955, Levitas spent two years in the Air Force as a judge advocate general officer before joining Arnall Golden Gregory. He was sworn in at Fulton Superior Court one morning, and that afternoon persuaded the same judge to grant a temporary restraining order for an Arnall client. Levitas had a varied and busy practice. When the dairy industry sued to stop a client from selling “imitation cream,” Levitas and a company vice president dreamt up a name that satisfied both sides: “nondairy creamer.”

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