• Joseph v. Certain Underwriters at Lloyd's London

    Publication Date: 2020-07-16
    Practice Area: Insurance Litigation | Legal Malpractice
    Industry: Legal Services
    Court: Georgia Court of Appeals
    Judge: Judge Mercier
    Attorneys: For plaintiff: Harry MacDougald, Cullen Wilkerson, (Caldwell, Propst & Deloach, LLP), Atlanta, for appellant.
    for defendant: William Bryant, Kim Jackson, (Bovis, Kyle, Burch & Medlin, LLC), Atlanta, Blakely Frye, (Hill, Kertscher & Wharton, LLP), Atlanta, for appellee. Julia Stone, James Cobb, Benjamin Cheesbro, (Caplan Cobb LLP), Atlanta, for other party.

    Case Number: A20A0111

    Court reverses summary judgment for an insurer in a professional liability case because of the trial court's misinterpretation of facts and other open factual matters

  • Alston & Bird, LLP v. Hatcher Management Holdings, LLC

    Publication Date: 2020-06-24
    Practice Area: Damages | Legal Malpractice
    Industry: Legal Services
    Court: Georgia Court of Appeals
    Judge: Judge Colvin
    Attorneys: For plaintiff: N/a
    for defendant: N/a

    Case Number: A20A0217

    Court affirms legal malpractice verdict, reverses award of prejudgment interest, and reverses erroneous reduction in award

  • Cuffie et al. v. Armstrong et al.

    Publication Date: 2020-06-23
    Practice Area: Civil Procedure | Legal Malpractice
    Industry: Legal Services
    Court: Georgia Court of Appeals
    Judge: Judge Markle
    Attorneys: For plaintiff: Thomas Cuffie, Magua Benson, (The Cuffie Law Firm), Atlanta, for appellant.
    for defendant: Timothy Gardner, (Gardner Trial Attorneys), Atlanta, for appellee.

    Case Number: A20A0072

    Court reverses denial of attorney's motion to dismiss one time-barred malpractice claim but affirms denial of motion to dismiss second claim that was not time-barred

  • Brooks v. Hayden

    Publication Date: 2020-06-23
    Practice Area: Attorney Compensation
    Industry:
    Court: Georgia Court of Appeals
    Judge: Presiding Judge Dillard
    Attorneys: For plaintiff: Vickie Poliard, (The Poliard Law Firm, LLC), Morrow, for appellant.
    for defendant: Douglas Auld, (Attorney at Law), Snellville, for appellee.

    Case Number: A20A0564

    Trial Court Erred in Failing to Provide a Statutory or Factual Basis for an Award of Attorneys' Fees; Award Is Remanded for Explanation of Underlying Basis

  • In the Matter of Timothy Paul Healy.

    Publication Date: 2020-06-17
    Practice Area: Legal Ethics and Attorney Discipline
    Industry: Legal Services
    Court: Georgia Supreme Court
    Judge: Per Curiam
    Attorneys: For plaintiff: Dennis T. Cathey, (Cathey & Strain, LLC), Cornelia, 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: S20Y1015

    Court accepts attorney's petition for the voluntary surrender of his license to practice law in lieu of disciplinary action that could have led to disbarment

  • In the Matter of Howard L. Sosnik

    Publication Date: 2020-06-15
    Practice Area: Legal Ethics and Attorney Discipline
    Industry: Legal Services
    Court: Georgia Supreme Court
    Judge: Per Curiam
    Attorneys: For plaintiff: Howard L. Sosnik, (Moritt Hock & Hamroff LLP), Garden City, for appellant.
    for defendant: Andreea N. Morrison, Paula J. Frederick, Jenny K. Mittelman, William Dallas NeSmith, (State Bar of Georgia), Atlanta, for appellee.

    Case Number: S20Y1078

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

  • McLaws v. Drew

    Publication Date: 2020-06-12
    Practice Area: Attorney Compensation | Civil Procedure | Family Law
    Industry: Legal Services
    Court: Georgia Court of Appeals
    Judge: Presiding Judge Barnes
    Attorneys: For plaintiff: Rebecca McLaws, (Attorney at Law), Marietta, for appellant.
    for defendant: Crystal Wright, (Crystal Wright Law, LLC), Atlanta, for appellee. Justin Chin, (Georgia Christian Legal Clinic), Atlanta, for other party.

    Case Number: A20A0695

    Party Failed to Show Opponent's Motion For New Trial Lacked Substantial Justification

  • 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