• In the Matter of Julianne Wesley Holliday.

    Publication Date: 2020-03-30
    Practice Area: Legal Ethics and Attorney Discipline
    Industry: Legal Services
    Court: Georgia Supreme Court
    Judge: Per Curiam
    Attorneys: For plaintiff: Wolanda R. Shelton, Paula J. Frederick, Jenny K. Mittelman, William Dallas NeSmith, III, (State Bar of Georgia), Atlanta, for appellant.
    for defendant: Julianne Wesley Holliday, (Chattahoochee Circuit Public Defenders Office), Columbus, for appellee.

    Case Number: S20Y0065

    Court agrees that disbarment is an appropriate sanction for three disciplinary proceedings brought against an attorney

  • Hill, Kertscher & Wharton, LLP et al. v. Moody et al.

    Publication Date: 2020-03-27
    Practice Area: Legal Malpractice
    Industry: Legal Services
    Court: Georgia Supreme Court
    Judge: Justice Boggs
    Attorneys: For plaintiff: Mark Alan Rogers, (NCR Corp.), Atlanta, Johannes S. Kingma, John Colquitt Rogers, (Carlock, Copeland & Stair, LLP), Atlanta, for appellant.
    for defendant: Douglas Vincent Chandler, Shaun P. Rooney, (Chandler Law, LLC), Atlanta, for appellee. Matthew D. Friedlander, Caroline Johnson Tanner, (Holland & Knight, LLP), Atlanta, for Amicus Appellee.

    Case Number: S18G1436

    Plaintiff in legal malpractice case waives attorney-client privilege with respect to communications with other lawyers that worked on the same matter.

  • Gnam v. Livingston

    Publication Date: 2020-03-18
    Practice Area: Attorney Compensation | Family Law
    Industry: Legal Services
    Court: Georgia Court of Appeals
    Judge: Judge Coomer
    Attorneys: For plaintiff: Thomas Jarriel, Macon, for appellant.
    for defendant: John Goodner, Macon, for appellee. Joshua Livingston, Bonaire, for other party.

    Case Number: A19A2055

    Divorce Action Resulting in Custody Decision Was Clearly Custody Action

  • In the Matter of Melvin T. Johnson.

    Publication Date: 2020-03-04
    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: Melvin T. Johnson, (The Action Johnson Law Firm), Lithonia, for appellee. Herman Maddox Kilgore, (Kilgore & Rodriguez LLC), Marietta, LaVonda Rochelle DeWitt, Atlanta, for Other Party.

    Case Number: S20Y0257

    Court verifies disbarment of attorney found to have committed multiple instances of misconduct

  • Gould v. Housing Authority of the City of Augusta

    Publication Date: 2020-01-29
    Practice Area: Administrative Law
    Industry: State and Local Government
    Court: Georgia Court of Appeals
    Judge: Chief Judge McFadden
    Attorneys: For plaintiff: Phyllis Holmen, Lisa Krisher, (Attorney at Law), Atlanta, Susan Reif, David Bartholomew, (Georgia Legal Services Program, Inc.), Atlanta, for appellant.
    for defendant: Christopher Cosper, (Hull Towill Norman Barrett & Salley P.C.), Augusta, for appellee.

    Case Number: A17A0902

    Decisions by Housing Authority's hearing officer are not quasi-judicial and are therefore not appealable with a writ to the superior court.

  • In the Matter of David Godley Rigdon.

    Publication Date: 2020-01-29
    Practice Area: Legal Ethics and Attorney Discipline
    Industry: Legal Services
    Court: Georgia Supreme Court
    Judge: Per Curiam
    Attorneys: For plaintiff: Wolanda R. Shelton, Paula J. Frederick, Jenny K. Mittelman, William Dallas NeSmith, III, (State Bar of Georgia), Atlanta, for appellant.
    for defendant: Warren Raymond Hinds, (Warren R. Hinds, P.C.), Roswell, for appellee. Herman Maddox Kilgore, (Kilgore & Rodriguez LLC), Marietta, Chong Joo Kim, Atlanta, for other party.

    Case Number: S20Y0434

    Attorney's Failure to Provide Factual Detail as to Felony Offenses Precluded Granting Petition for Voluntary Discipline

  • In the Matter of Richard M. Colbert.

    Publication Date: 2020-01-28
    Practice Area: Legal Ethics and Attorney Discipline
    Industry: Legal Services
    Court: Georgia Supreme Court
    Judge: Per Curiam
    Attorneys: For plaintiff: Richard M. Colbert, (Richard M Colbert PLLC), Gulf Breeze, Richard Michael Colbert, Montgomery, for appellant.
    for defendant: James Stephen Lewis, Paula J. Frederick, Jenny K. Mittelman, William Dallas NeSmith, III, (State Bar of Georgia), Atlanta, for appellee.

    Case Number: S19Y1650

    Voluntary Surrender of Attorney's License Appropriate Disposition Following Guilty Plea to 13 Felony Counts

  • In the Matter of Sandra M. Fuller.

    Publication Date: 2020-01-21
    Practice Area: Legal Ethics and Attorney Discipline
    Industry: Legal Services
    Court: Georgia Supreme Court
    Judge: Per Curiam
    Attorneys: For plaintiff: Heidi Manroe Faenza, (Supreme Court of Georgia), Atlanta, for appellant.
    for defendant: Sandra M. Fuller, Douglasville, for appellee.

    Case Number: S19Z1567

    Former Attorney Established Fitness to Practice Law After Having Previously Been Convicted For Felony Theft Offenses

  • In the Matter of Sarah Mallas Wayman.

    Publication Date: 2020-01-16
    Practice Area: Legal Ethics and Attorney Discipline
    Industry: Legal Services
    Court: Georgia Supreme Court
    Judge: Per Curiam
    Attorneys: For plaintiff: Dana Paul Shaffner, (Shaffner Law Office PC), Atlanta, for appellant.
    for defendant: William Van Hearnburg, Jr., Paula J. Frederick, Jenny K. Mittelman, William Dallas NeSmith, (State Bar of Georgia), Atlanta, for appellee.

    Case Number: S20Y0289

    Volunteer Surrender of License to Practice Accepted For Attorney Who Could Not Account For Funds Received on Behalf of Client

  • In the Matter of Scott D. Bennett.

    Publication Date: 2020-01-15
    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: Scott D. Bennett, (Bennett Law, PC), Doraville, for appellee. 

    Case Number: S19Y0831

    Attorney's Perfunctory Response to Notice of Serious Discipline Offenses Failed to Address Accusatory Allegations

  • In the Matter of Natasha Simone White.

    Publication Date: 2020-01-07
    Practice Area: Legal Ethics and Attorney Discipline
    Industry: Legal Services
    Court: Georgia Supreme Court
    Judge: Per Curiam
    Attorneys: For plaintiff: Jess Brandel Johnson, Page Anthony Pate, (Pate & Johnson, LLC), Atlanta, for appellant.
    for defendant: Paula J. Frederick, Jenny K. Mittelman, William Dallas NeSmith, (State Bar of Georgia), Atlanta, for appellee.

    Case Number: S20Y0335

    Voluntary Surrender of License Acceptable Sanction Following Attorney's Guilty Plea to Felony Charge