• Buckner-Webb et al. v. The State

    Publication Date: 2021-08-06
    Practice Area: Civil Appeals
    Industry: State and Local Government
    Court: Georgia Court of Appeals
    Judge: Presiding Judge Rickman
    Attorneys: For plaintiff: Stephen Scarborough, Atlanta, for appellant.
    for defendant: Fani Willis, Paul Howard, (Fulton County District Attorney's Office), Atlanta, Kevin Armstrong, (Office of the District Attorney), Atlanta, for appellee.

    Case Number: A21A0282

    Court dismisses defendants' appeal of denial of application for interlocutory review that challenged a trial court's denial of an attorney's motion to withdraw.

  • Omnitech Institute, Inc. et al. v. Norwood

    Publication Date: 2021-08-02
    Practice Area: Dispute Resolution
    Industry: Education
    Court: Georgia Court of Appeals
    Judge: Presiding Judge Rickman
    Attorneys: For plaintiff: Todd Pearson, Regina Molden, (Molden, & Holley, LLC), Atlanta, for appellant.
    for defendant: Steven Wolfe, Amelia Ragan, (Legare, Attwood & Wolfe, LLC), Decatur, for appellee.

    Case Number: A21A0294

    Court reverses denial of motion to compel arbitration, finding that trial court erred in applying effective vindication defense regarding plaintiff's inability to afford costs

  • Gowen v. The State

    Publication Date: 2021-07-30
    Practice Area: Constitutional Law | Criminal Law | Evidence
    Industry:
    Court: Georgia Court of Appeals
    Judge: Presiding Judge Rickman
    Attorneys: For plaintiff: Kelly Wegel, (Western Circuit Public Defender), Athens, for appellant.
    for defendant: Deborah Gonzalez, (Western Judicial Circuit, DA), Athens, Kenneth Mauldin, (District Attorney), Athens, Alex Cidado, (Athens Clarke County District Attorney's Office), Athens, for appellee.

    Case Number: A21A0651

    Officer Who Smelled What Might Have Been Either Marijuana or Hemp Had Probable Cause to Search Vehicle

  • Woodrum, et al. v. Georgia Farm Bureau Mutual Insurance Company

    Publication Date: 2021-07-28
    Practice Area: Insurance Law
    Industry:
    Court: Georgia Court of Appeals
    Judge: Presiding Judge Rickman
    Attorneys: For plaintiff: R. Sims, (R. Stephen SIms, P.C.), Springfield, for appellant.
    for defendant: Lee Gillis, Duke Groover, (James Bates Brannan Groover), Macon, for Appellee

    Case Number: A21A0320

    Issues of Fact Exist as to Whether Damages House's Diminution in Value Was Properly Assessed by Insurer During Appraisal Process

  • Douglas R. Wilson et al v. Redmond Construction, Inc.

    Publication Date: 2021-07-09
    Practice Area: Attorney Compensation | Civil Procedure | Evidence
    Industry: Construction | Real Estate
    Court: Georgia Court of Appeals
    Judge: Presiding Judge Rickman
    Attorneys: For plaintiff: Robert Lovett, (FisherBroyles, LLP), Savannah, for appellant.
    for defendant: Thomas Evans, (Oliver Maner LLP), Savannah, for appellee.

    Case Number: A21A0506

    Bona Fide Controversy Precluded Attorney Fees Award For Stubborn Litigiousness or Unnecessary Trouble and Expense

  • Jones v. The State

    Publication Date: 2021-07-02
    Practice Area: Criminal Law
    Industry:
    Court: Georgia Court of Appeals
    Judge: Presiding Judge Rickman
    Attorneys: For plaintiff: Donald Samuel, (Garland, Samuel & Loeb, P.C.), Atlanta, for appellant.
    for defendant: Lenny Krick, (Assistant District Attorney-Stone Mountain Judicial Circuit), Decatur, Sherry Boston, (Dekalb County District Attorney), Decatur, for appellee.

    Case Number: A21A0090

    Court affirms rape conviction over defendant's challenge to a jury instruction and claims of ineffective assistance of counsel.

  • McWay v. McKenney's, Inc. et al.

    Publication Date: 2021-06-17
    Practice Area: Attorney Rates and Arrangements
    Industry:
    Court: Georgia Court of Appeals
    Judge: Presiding Judge Rickman
    Attorneys: For plaintiff: John Hadden, (The Hadden Law Firm, LLC), Atlanta, Timothy Santelli, (Attorney at Law), Atlanta, for appellant.
    for defendant: Michael Rust, David Sawyer, (Gray, Rust, St. Amand, Moffett & Brieske, L.L.P.), Atlanta, Robert Edwards, Atlanta, for appellee.

    Case Number: A21A0341

    Court Did Not Err in Awarding Attorneys' Fees in Excess of Amount Sought in Former Attorney's Notice of Lien

  • Hutzel v. The State

    Publication Date: 2021-06-16
    Practice Area: Criminal Law
    Industry:
    Court: Georgia Court of Appeals
    Judge: Presiding Judge Rickman
    Attorneys: For plaintiff: Drago Cepar, (Law Office of Drago Cepar, Jr.), Atlanta, for appellant.
    for defendant: Patrician Burton, (Attorney at Law), Atlanta, Christopher Carr, Paula Smith, (Attorney General), Atlanta, Alaina Granade, Sandra Wisenbaker, John Cranford, (Coweta County Solicitor General's Office), Newnan, Peter Skandalakis, (Prosecuting Attorneys' Council of Georgia), Morrow, for appellee. Julia Stone, Sarah Brewerton-Palmer, (Caplan Cobb LLP), Atlanta, for AM.

    Case Number: A21A0209

    Court affirms misdemeanor convictions for wearing a mask to conceal identity and obstruction of an officer over defendant's multiple challenges

  • White v. Cheek

    Publication Date: 2021-06-16
    Practice Area: Contracts | Personal Injury
    Industry: Insurance
    Court: Georgia Court of Appeals
    Judge: Presiding Judge Rickman
    Attorneys: For plaintiff: Colin Delaney, Edward Wasmuth, Leah Sears, Sasha Greenberg, (Smith, Gambrell, & Russell), Atlanta, Lee Gillis, (James-Bates-Brannan-Groover-LLP), Macon, for appellant.
    for defendant: Ben Brodhead, Ashley Fournet, John Nichols, (Brodhead Law, LLC), Atlanta, for appellee.

    Case Number: A21A0212

    Court affirms denial of motion to enforce a settlement agreement because recipient of offer did not accept it in writing per the terms of that offer

  • Harris v. The State

    Publication Date: 2021-05-10
    Practice Area: Constitutional Law | Criminal Law
    Industry:
    Court: Georgia Court of Appeals
    Judge: Presiding Judge Rickman
    Attorneys: For plaintiff: Stanley Schoolcraft, (Circuit Public Defender's Office), McDonough, for appellant.
    for defendant: Elizabeth Baker, (Griffin Judicial Circuit District Attorney Fayette County District Attorney's Office), Fayetteville, Marie Broder, (Spalding County District Attorney's Office), Griffin, for appellee.

    Case Number: A21A0365

    Trial Counsel Was Constitutionally Ineffective For Failing to Object to Hearsay Evidence of Shoplifting

  • Timothy Franzen, Intervenor et al. v. City of Atlanta

    Publication Date: 2021-04-23
    Practice Area: Real Estate | Tax
    Industry:
    Court: Georgia Court of Appeals
    Judge: Presiding Judge Rickman
    Attorneys: For plaintiff: John Woodham, (Woodham Law, LLC), Atlanta, Carranza Pryor, (LSU Health Sciences Center – Shreveport), Shreveport, for appellant.
    for defendant: Matthew Calvert, Laura Wagner, (Hunton Andrews Kurth LLP), Atlanta, Fani Willis, (The Law Offices of Fani T. Willis, LLC), Atlanta, Robert Highsmith, (Holland & Knight LLP), Atlanta, Paul Howard, (Fulton County District Attorney), Atlanta, Alvin Kendall, Douglass Selby, (Attorney at Law), Atlanta, Richard Sinkfield, (Rodgers & Hardin LLP), Atlanta, Keith Wiener, (Holland & Knight), Atlanta, for appellee.

    Case Number: A21A0259

    Trial Court Properly Agreed With the City's View That Redevelopment of an Area in Downtown Atlanta Serves a Beneficial Purpose