Litigation firm Carlock Copeland & Stair has been busy adding lawyers this spring, including new partner Rolfe Martin, who brought his medical malpractice defense practice from Owen, Gleaton, Egan, Jones & Sweeney.
The additions—a half-dozen in all—reflect Carlock’s expansion into newer litigation areas and its commitment to succession planning, said managing partner Shannon Sprinkle, who took on the role last fall.
“What we are trying to do is grow organically,” Sprinkle said. “We’re not off looking for people to necessarily add new practice groups but are looking to build bridges to the connections and relationships we have.”
Martin joined the firm’s health care practice in May. “We were looking for another first chair with trial experience who can lead the practice group,” Sprinkle said, noting that Martin is still in the middle of his career after about 26 years at Owen Gleaton.
Carlock’s health care and general liability practices have also gained two seasoned associates: Lauren Meadows in May from Savannah firm Oliver Maner and Jason Deer in April from an in-house job at Brightstar Device Protection in Alpharetta.
In October the firm lost one of its veteran medical malpractice partners, Dan McGrew, who decamped for med-mal boutique Weathington Smith—now Weathington McGrew—with a team including partners Heather Miller and Spencer Bomar, associate Andrew Bagley and three staff. McGrew, who’d spent 32 years at Carlock, told the Daily Report in October that Paul Weathington was an old friend, and he wanted to work at a smaller firm.
Carlock has about 75 lawyers, and its three name partners are still practicing. Tom Carlock helped found the firm in 1970, Wade Copeland has been there for 42 years and Kent Stair, who’s in Charleston, is a relative latecomer with 38 years under his belt.
“We’ve got a good stable of younger and older lawyers. We’re trying to fill in the middle a little bit,” Sprinkle said.
That also applies to three recent of counsel hires.
Mark Rogers and Javier Balderas, who both joined as of counsel from general practice firms, add “talent, experience, connections to areas we’ve done some of and would like to do more of,” Sprinkle said.
Rogers has a business litigation practice with a niche defending corporate directors and officers in investigations and litigation, particularly in accounting departments. That expands Carlock’s established professional liability practice into a newer area, Sprinkle said.
Rogers had been of counsel at Womble Carlyle Sandridge & Rice, followed by a brief stint in-house for a logistics software consulting startup, Yantriks.
Javier Balderas came from Carlton Fields Jorden Burt, where he was a business litigation associate. Balderas handles professional liability claims against attorneys and accountants, while his work representing banks and mortgage servicers in foreclosure, work-outs and other matters extends Carlock’s practice in that area, Sprinkle said.
Carlock’s most recent of counsel hire, Sarah “Sally” Bright, joined June 1 from Hawkins Parnell Thackston & Young in the construction practice, representing contractors, sub-contractors and other parties in a variety of disputes.
Rogers & Hardin has hired two associates, Natasha Alladina in business litigation and Suedi Hansen in the real estate practice. Alladina was a central staff attorney for the Supreme Court of Georgia and Hansen joined from Wyche in Greenville, South Carolina.
John Northup has joined Bouhan Falligant in Savannah from Morris Manning & Martin. Northup represents banks, other lenders and real estate developers in everything from acquisition, zoning and land use to litigation.
Brian Dunkel has joined Chamberlain, Hrdlicka, White, Williams & Aughtry‘s tax controversy and litigation practice as an associate. Dunkel was a manager in international tax at accounting firm EY. He’d also worked at KPMG US and PwC Canada.
The U.S. branch of Eversheds Sutherland has elected Ling Ling and Rocco Testani to its executive committee. It has also elected Cynthia Krus as its executive partner. Krus is a member of the U.S. branch’s executive committee and she serves on the global executive management team and the global board for Eversheds Sutherland. Krus will handle the day-to-day management of Eversheds Sutherland US. She also is focused on integrating the firm’s practice groups and operations with Eversheds Sutherland’s global legal practice. Atlanta-based Sutherland Asbill & Brennan combined with U.K. based Eversheds to form Eversheds Sutherland on Feb. 1.
The Council of State Court Judges gave newly retired Clayton County State Court Judge John Carbo III its Ogden Doremus/Kent Lawrence Award, named after two former state court judges demonstrating high ideals of ethics and professionalism, at its spring conference at Lake Lanier Island. Carbo stepped down in May after almost 29 years on the bench and will continue as a visiting senior judge. He’s also been the head coach for almost 18 years for the Jonesboro High School Mock Trial Team, which has won local and national competitions with his guidance.
Tom Wiseman of Smith, Gambrell & Russell is the Georgia Lawyers for the Arts Attorney of the Year for his pro bono assistance to inventors through the group’s Georgia PATENTS program. Georgia PATENTS offers pro bono patent counsel to inventors who can’t afford a lawyer. Wiseman is counsel in Smith Gambrell’s Washington office. The firm is one of the founding sponsors of the program, which launched in 2015 in partnership with the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office.
The Southern Center for Human Rights is kicking off its 2017 Justice Salon Series with a screening of “13th” by Ava DuVernay. The acclaimed documentary explores how the 13th Amendment served as a precursor to the mass incarceration and criminalization of African-Americans in the United States. The screening, followed by a brief discussion, will be from 6:30 to 9 p.m. on Monday, June 12 at the Plaza Theatre at 1049 Ponce de Leon Ave. The event is free and open to the public.