• In The Matter Of David E. Morgan, III.

    Publication Date: 2018-05-25
    Practice Area: Legal Ethics and Attorney Discipline
    Industry:
    Court: Georgia Supreme Court
    Judge: Per Curiam
    Attorneys: For plaintiff: David E. Morgan III, Abbeville, for appellant.
    for defendant: Wolanda R. Shelton, Paula J. Frederick, Jenny K. Mittelman (State Bar of Georgia), Atlanta, for appellee.

    Case Number: S18Y0821

    The Supreme Court accepted an attorney's petition for voluntary discipline and imposed a 2-year suspension with conditions for reinstatement.

  • Reis et al. v. Ooida Risk Retention Group, Inc.

    Publication Date: 2018-05-25
    Practice Area: Civil Procedure | Constitutional Law | Insurance Law
    Industry:
    Court: Georgia Supreme Court
    Judge: Chief Justice Hines
    Attorneys: For plaintiff: Daniel C. Jason (Jason & Bradley LLC), Stone Mountain, for appellant.
    for defendant: Zach M. Matthews, Scott Wayne McMickle (McMickle, Kurey & Branch, LLP), Alpharetta, for appellee. Susan Joy Levy, Henry Lee Pruett (Levy & Pruett), Decatur, for amicus appellee.

    Case Number: S18A0505

    The trial court properly granted summary judgment to defendant risk retention group in a direct action against it because provisions in the federal Liability Risk Retention Act of 1986 preempt Georgias motor carrier and insurance carrier direct action statutes in regard to risk retention groups, thereby precluding the direct action at issue.

  • Slaton v. The State

    Publication Date: 2018-05-25
    Practice Area: Criminal Law
    Industry:
    Court: Georgia Supreme Court
    Judge: Chief Justice Hines
    Attorneys: For plaintiff: Greg Howard Bell (Attorney at Law), Warner Robins, for appellant.
    for defendant: Patricia B. Attaway Burton, Paula Khristian Smith, Christopher M. Carr, Meghan Hobbs Hill (Department of Law), Atlanta; George Herbert Hartwig III, Alicia Deck Gassett (Houston County District Attorney's Office), Perry, for appellee.

    Case Number: S18A0354

    The Supreme Court affirmed defendant's conviction for malice murder, as he failed to prove his several ineffective assistance of counsel claims.

  • Norman v. The State

    Publication Date: 2018-05-25
    Practice Area: Constitutional Law | Criminal Law
    Industry:
    Court: Georgia Supreme Court
    Judge: Justice Blackwell
    Attorneys: For plaintiff: Amy Lee Copeland (Rouse & Copeland LLC), Savannah, for appellant.
    for defendant: Patricia B. Attaway Burton, Paula Khristian Smith, Ashleigh Dene Headrick, Christopher M. Carr (Department of Law), Atlanta; John Thomas Durden Jr., Brooklyn Renee Franklin (Atlantic Judicial Circuit District Attorney's Office), Hinesville, for appellee.

    Case Number: S18A0331

    Trial Counsel Not Ineffective For Stipulating To Substance of Witness Testimony Regarding Prior Crime

  • Usher v. The State

    Publication Date: 2018-05-24
    Practice Area: Constitutional Law | Criminal Appeals | Criminal Law
    Industry:
    Court: Georgia Supreme Court
    Judge: Justice Blackwell
    Attorneys: For plaintiff: Johnny O'Neal Usher, Nicholls, for appellant.
    for defendant: Layla Hinton Zon, Shaun Joseph Foley (Alcovy Judicial Circuit District Attorney's Office), Covington; Christopher M. Carr, Patricia B. Attaway Burton, Paula Khristian Smith (Department of Law), Atlanta, for appellee.

    Case Number: S18A0274

    Defendant Seeking Out-of-Time Appeal Failed To Show Any Claims of Error Would Be Resolved In His Favor

  • Brown v. The State

    Publication Date: 2018-05-24
    Practice Area: Constitutional Law | Criminal Law
    Industry:
    Court: Georgia Supreme Court
    Judge: Justice Boggs
    Attorneys: For plaintiff: Juwayn Haddad (Haddad Law Group LLC), Tucker, for appellant.
    for defendant: Patricia B. Attaway Burton, Paula Khristian Smith, Christopher M. Carr, Matthew Min-soo Youn (Department of Law), Atlanta; Joshua Daniel Morrison, Paul L. Howard Jr., Lyndsey Hurst Rudder, Michael V. Snow (Fulton County District Attorney's Office), Atlanta, for appellee.

    Case Number: S18A0262

    Trial Counsel Not Ineffective For Failing to Cross-Examine Witness Regarding Multiple Prior Arrests and Felony Convictions

  • In The Matter Of Ronald John Doeve (three cases).

    Publication Date: 2018-05-24
    Practice Area: Legal Ethics and Attorney Discipline
    Industry:
    Court: Georgia Supreme Court
    Judge: Per Curiam
    Attorneys: For plaintiff: Wolanda R. Shelton, Paula J. Frederick, Jenny K. Mittelman (State Bar of Georgia), Atlanta, for appellant.
    for defendant: Ronald J Doeve (Doeve Law Firm LLC), Lilburn, for appellee. Herman Maddox Kilgore (Kilgore & Rodriguez LLC), Marietta; Jessica Oglesby, Atlanta; Bridget B. Bagley, Atlanta; Anthony B. Askew, Atlanta; Robert J. Castellani, Atlanta, for other party.

    Case Number: S18Y0456

    The Supreme Court disbarred an attorney based on his violations of the rules governing financial matters and trust accounts and misrepresentations he made in State Bar disciplinary proceedings.

  • Leanos v. The State

    Publication Date: 2018-05-24
    Practice Area: Criminal Law | Evidence
    Industry:
    Court: Georgia Supreme Court
    Judge: Justice Peterson
    Attorneys: For plaintiff: Arturo Corso (The Corso Law Center LLC), Gainesville, for appellant.
    for defendant: Patricia B. Attaway Burton, Paula Khristian Smith, Christopher M. Carr, Matthew Blackwell Crowder (Department of Law), Atlanta; Lee Darragh, Shiv Sachdeva (Northeastern Circuit District Attorney's Office), Columbus, for appellee.

    Case Number: S18A0528

    The evidence supported defendant's convictions for felony murder and other crimes in connection with the killing of a taxi driver.

  • In The Matter Of Ricardo L. Polk

    Publication Date: 2018-05-23
    Practice Area: Legal Ethics and Attorney Discipline
    Industry:
    Court: Georgia Supreme Court
    Judge: Per Curiam
    Attorneys: For plaintiff: Ricardo L. Polk, Mableton, for appellant.
    for defendant: Paula J. Frederick, Jenny K. Mittelman, Andreea N. Morrison (State Bar of Georgia), Atlanta, for appellee.

    Case Number: S18Y0740

    The Supreme Court rejected attorney's petition for voluntary discipline in which he seemingly requested the imposition of discipline to run concurrently with the suspension with conditions he was already serving.

  • Langley v. MP Spring Lake, LLC

    Publication Date: 2018-05-23
    Practice Area: Civil Procedure | Landlord Tenant Law | Premises Liability | Real Estate
    Industry: Real Estate
    Court: Georgia Court of Appeals
    Judge: Chief Judge Dillard, C.J.
    Attorneys: For plaintiff: Matthew Gebhardt (Gebhardt Law Firm), Jonesboro, for appellant.
    for defendant: Jacob Daly (Freeman, Mathis & Gary, LLP), Atlanta, for appellee.

    Case Number: A18A0193

    Tenant's Premises Liability Action Against Landlord Was Barred By Contractual Limitation Period Stated in Lease