• In the Matter of D. Duston Tapley, Jr.

    Publication Date: 2020-05-29
    Practice Area: Legal Ethics and Attorney Discipline
    Industry: Legal Services
    Court: Georgia Supreme Court
    Judge: Per Curiam
    Attorneys: For plaintiff: James Stephen Lewis, Paula J. Frederick, Jenny K. Mittelman, William Dallas NeSmith, III, (State Bar of Georgia), Atlanta, for appellant.
    for defendant: D. Duston Tapley, Jr., (D. Dustin Tapley, Jr. Attorney at Law), Vidalia, for appellee. Herman Maddox Kilgore, (Kilgore & Rodriguez LLC), Marietta, Quentin LaMont Marlin, (Ellis Painter Ratterree & Adams LLP), Savannah, for other party.

    Case Number: S20Y0754

    Special Master Disregarded Relevant Evidence Regarding Accused Attorney's Mental Competence

  • In the Matter of Jared Michael Arrington

    Publication Date: 2020-05-27
    Practice Area: Legal Ethics and Attorney Discipline
    Industry: Legal Services
    Court: Georgia Supreme Court
    Judge: Per Curiam
    Attorneys: For plaintiff: James Stephen Lewis, Paula J. Frederick, Jenny K. Mittelman, William Dallas NeSmith, (State Bar of Georgia), Atlanta, for appellant.
    for defendant: Jared Michael Arrington, (J. Michael Arrington, P.C.), Franklin, for appellee.

    Case Number: S20Y0312

    Court approves disbarment of attorney that failed to procure total insurance policy and to refund fees paid for that policy.

  • In the Matter of Muhammad Abdul-Warit Abdur-Rahim

    Publication Date: 2020-05-26
    Practice Area: Legal Ethics and Attorney Discipline
    Industry: Legal Services
    Court: Georgia Supreme Court
    Judge: Per Curiam
    Attorneys: For plaintiff: George O. Lawson, Jr., (Lawson & Thornton, P.C.), Atlanta, for appellant.
    for defendant: Paula J. Frederick, Jenny K. Mittelman, William Dallas NeSmith, James Stephen Lewis, (State Bar of Georgia), Atlanta, for appellee.

    Case Number: S20Y0209

    Court accepts attorney's petition for voluntary discipline after attorney was disruptive and disrespectful at a criminal arraignment

  • In the Matter of Andrew David Taylor

    Publication Date: 2020-05-22
    Practice Area: Legal Ethics and Attorney Discipline
    Industry: Legal Services
    Court: Georgia Supreme Court
    Judge: Per Curiam
    Attorneys: For plaintiff: Andreea N. Morrison, Paula J. Frederick, Jenny K. Mittelman, William Dallas NeSmith, (State Bar of Georgia), Atlanta, for appellant.
    for defendant: Andrew David Taylor, (Law Offices of Andrew D. Taylor LLC), Las Vegas, for appellee. Herman Maddox Kilgore, (Kilgore & Rodriguez LLC), Marietta, Anthony B. Askew, (Chair, Review Panel), Atlanta, Bridget B. Bagley, Atlanta, for other party.

    Case Number: S20Y0815

    Disbarment Appropriate Sanction For Conduct Warranting Similar Discipline in Another State

  • In the Matter of Marta Maria Noriega-Allen

    Publication Date: 2020-05-21
    Practice Area: Legal Ethics and Attorney Discipline
    Industry: Legal Services
    Court: Georgia Supreme Court
    Judge: Per Curiam
    Attorneys: For plaintiff: James Stephen Lewis, Paula J. Frederick, Jenny K. Mittelman, William Dallas NeSmith, (State Bar of Georgia), Atlanta, for appellant.
    for defendant: Marta Maria Noriega-Allen, Augusta, for appellee.

    Case Number: S20Y0421

    Disbarment Warranted For Attorney Who Never Responded to Grievance Alleging Abandonment of Client and Failure to Return Unearned Fees

  • In the Matter of Barry Wayne Rorex

    Publication Date: 2020-05-21
    Practice Area: Legal Ethics and Attorney Discipline
    Industry: Legal Services
    Court: Georgia Supreme Court
    Judge: Per Curiam
    Attorneys: For plaintiff: Adrienne Denise NASH, Paula J. Frederick, Jenny K. Mittelman, William Dallas NeSmith, (State Bar of Georgia), Atlanta, for appellant.
    for defendant: Barry Wayne Rorex, Tucson, Barry Wayne Rorex, Sonita, for appellee. Herman Maddox Kilgore, (Kilgore & Rodriguez LLC), Marietta, Anthony B. Askew, (Chair, Review Panel), Atlanta, Bridget B. Bagley, Atlanta, for other party.

    Case Number: S20Y0814

    Six-Month Suspension of License Appropriate Sanction For Conduct Warranting Similar Discipline in Another State

  • Torres v. City of Jonesboro

    Publication Date: 2020-05-21
    Practice Area: Attorney Compensation | Evidence | Real Estate
    Industry: Legal Services | Real Estate
    Court: Georgia Court of Appeals
    Judge: Chief Judge McFadden
    Attorneys: For plaintiff: Grant McBride, William White, Warren Tillery, (Smith, Welch, Webb & White), McDonough, for appellant.
    for defendant: Winston Denmark, Leonid Felgin, (Fincher Denmark LLC), Atlanta, John O'Neal, Valorri Jones, (Fincher Denmark LLC), Jonesboro, for appellee.

    Case Number: A20A0731

    Waived Hearsay Evidence Was Admissible to Prove Amount of Attorney Fees Incurred in Defending Condemnation Action

  • Samnick v. Goodman

    Publication Date: 2020-05-18
    Practice Area: Family Law
    Industry:
    Court: Georgia Court of Appeals
    Judge: Presiding Judge Barnes
    Attorneys: For plaintiff: Miles Rich, (Attorney at Law), Atlanta, for appellant.
    for defendant: Amy Waggoner, (Waggoner Hastings, LLC), Alpharetta, for appellee.

    Case Number: A20A0562

    Trial Court Did Not Abuse its Discretion in Finding That Attorney's Prior Representation of Wife in Divorce Proceedings Disqualified Him From Representing Husband

  • In The Matter of Matthew A. Dickason

    Publication Date: 2020-05-14
    Practice Area: Legal Ethics and Attorney Discipline
    Industry: Legal Services
    Court: Georgia Supreme Court
    Judge: Per Curiam
    Attorneys: For plaintiff: Matthew Justin Pearce, (Stovash, Case & Tingley P.A.), Orlando, for appellant.
    for defendant: Jenny K. Mittelman, Paula J. Frederick, William Dallas NeSmith, III, (State Bar of Georgia), Atlanta, for appellee.

    Case Number: S19Y1450

    Voluntary Surrender of License Appropriate Sanction For Attorney Who Admitted to Numerous Failures to Account For Fiduciary Funds

  • SRM Group, Inc. v. Travelers Property Casualty Co. of America

    Publication Date: 2020-05-14
    Practice Area: Attorney Compensation | Civil Procedure | Insurance Law
    Industry: Insurance | Legal Services
    Court: Georgia Supreme Court
    Judge: Justice Bethel
    Attorneys: For plaintiff: Peter Frederick Schoenthaler, Neill Kinnett Wright, Ann Reinig Emery, (Schoenthaler Law Group), Atlanta, Josephine Elizabeth Graddy, (Graddy Law, LLC), Atlanta, for appellant.
    for defendant: William E. Turnipseed, David M. Gram, (Savell & Williams), Atlanta, for appellee.

    Case Number: S19G0473

    Counterclaimant Asserting Independent Counterclaim May Also Seek Attorney Fees and Expenses