President's Message
We are just one week away from the 2015 Annual Convention & President's Gala! Join over 400 fellow trial lawyers at the luxurious Ritz-Carlton Buckhead for two action-packed days featuring CLE sessions with Georgia's brightest legal minds and highlighted by this year's can't-miss social calendar - including the 8th Annual President's Cup Golf Tournament, NLD Party at Whiskey Blue, the President's Gala and so much more! This year's Annual Convention will also offer 14 CLE Credit Hours - including 3 Trial, 1 Ethics & 1 Professionalism - and features nine different tracks: Champions Trial Skills, Lien Resolution, New Plaintiffs' Lawyers, Technology & Media Reactions, Trucking, Motor Vehicle & Products Liability, Evidence, Family Law & Professional Liability. With a lineup like this, there is sure to be something for everyone! We can't wait to see you next week, so be sure to click the link below and reserve your spot today!
Ringler Associates
Insurance Specialists, Inc
Fast Funds, Inc.

The Georgia Trial Lawyers Association hosted the World Premiere of the full-length feature film 'A Larger Life' on Thursday, April 16 at the Midtown Arts Cinema in Atlanta. Based on the story of a real-life case that would eventually become Georgia's largest nursing home malpractice case of 2011, the film takes viewers on the inside of a heart-wrenching wrongful death case and tells the story of a plaintiff's long path for justice as only a plaintiffs' attorney truly can. It was written, directed, produced and starred-in by long-time GTLA member Bill Lundy, and also featured former U.S. Senator and presidential candidate Fred Thompson. 

The evening began with a cocktail reception at Apres Diem, where attendees had the opportunity to mix and mingle with the cast of the movie, as well as several judges and legislators. Then, at the conclusion of the Premiere, guests also had the chance to participate in a Q&A with the full cast of the film. It was a great time had by all, and we encourage all of you to see the film if you were unable to join us at the Premiere! 

Click HERE to check out the photo album from the event. 


Bill Lundy & GTLA President Linley Jones 

New Lawyers Division

On Saturday, March 21, GTLA's New Lawyers Division had the opportunity to volunteer with Open Hand Atlanta. They provide medically-appropriate meals, nutrition education & therapy to home-bound seniors and under-served individuals challenged by chronic disease, and we were happy to lend a hand to this great cause!

To find out more about Project Open Hand, including how you can get involved with their efforts, please click HERE.


Grassroots Report

On Wednesday, April 15, the Columbus Trial Lawyers Association welcomed State Representative Bob Trammell (D - Luthersville), State Representative John Pezold (R - Columbus), Senator Josh McKoon (R - Columbus) & State Representative - and GTLA Grassroots Director - Micah Gravley (R - Douglasville) to their monthly meeting at the Chattahoochee River Club. The four legislators were joined at the meeting by over 30 Columbus TLA members and several local members of the judiciary, as well, and they provided a great recap of the many achievements under the Gold Dome during the the 2015 Legislative Session. 

If you would like to get involved with your Local TLA - or if you're interested in starting one in your area - please reach out to Grassroots Director Micah Gravley at

LEAD Program

The 2014-2015 GTLA LEAD Program participants hosted their LEAD Class Retreat on the weekend of March 27-29 in Savannah, GA. During the weekend, the LEADers had the chance to meet with many of our local Savannah TLA members, who were extremely gracious hosts to our class. There was also plenty of time to bond as a team and explore the many sights and attractions in Savannah. The LEAD Class will officially graduate at next week's Annual Convention in Atlanta. Congratulations to them all on a great year! 


If you are interested in being a part of the 2015-2016 LEAD Program, please keep an eye out for the start of the application process this summer!  

Welcome New Members
Thank You to Our Newest GTLA Champion Members!
Anitra Price, Julie Poirier, Mike Terry and Ryan A. Johnson
Welcome New GTLA Members!
Taylor Bennett, J.D. Blevins, Lisa Bobb, Benjamin Thomas Bradford, Valerie Brewer, Gerard Carty, Jeanne Dan, Marcus A. Dickerson, Tiffany Jones Ellenberg, Jody Everette, Steven Fair, Nicole P. Fegan, Valija Fomin, Chatyra Harper, John Randall Hicks, Lindsey Walker Hillis, Derek E. Horne, Margaret Jones, Trey Kelley, Ian J. McCutchen, Richard Neville, Dondra Bass O’Neal, John T. Parker, Kara Elizabeth Phillips, Julie Poirier, Matthew Philllip Ramsey, Charles Rauton, Darryl Levy Scott, Gregory Wayne Taylor, Allen Turner, Charles Mitchell Warnock, Jr., David A. Weisz and Evon Williams

Upcoming GTLA Events
It is almost that time of the year again, so get ready to trade in your dress shoes for flip-flops and head on down to sunny Sandestin, Florida for the 2015 Auto Torts Workshop! A family-friendly seminar that combines half-day CLE sessions with a fun-filled social calendar, Auto Torts is the perfect opportunity to spend a few days at the beach with your family, friends and colleagues in a relaxed environment. This year's Workshop will be held from Thursday, July 30th - Saturday, August 1st and will offer 9 CLE Credit Hours - including 3 Trial & 1 Ethics. GTLA has secured a block of rooms at the Hilton Sandestin Beach Golf Resort & Spa starting at $299 per night. Please call the hotel directly to book your accommodations at (850) 267-9500. The deadline to book is Friday, June 25, 2015.
Atlanta, GA -- The Georgia Trial Lawyers Association today joined the Governor's Office of Highway Safety in proclaiming April as Georgia Distracted Driving Awareness Month. In partnership with GOHS, GTLA is kicking off April by reminding educators and community groups about the availability of the End Distracted Driving ( Program -- our partners in this initiative. EndDD, which is administered in Georgia through the Georgia Trial Lawyers Association, is an interactive presentation given to schools, civic groups and community partners throughout the state. It is available year-round, but GTLA is encouraging as many groups as possible to sign up for the free presentation in April to highlight the need for change during Distracted Driving Awareness Month. "As the use of technology from behind the wheel has increased over the past decade, so too has the number of collisions, injuries and deaths on our roadways," GTLA President Linley Jones said. "As trial lawyers, we often see the devastation caused as a result of these tragic, but preventable, crashes and it is our goal through this partnership with EndDD to put an end to this senseless epidemic. I thank the Governor's Office of Highway Safety and EndDD Founder Joel Feldman for joining us in this life-saving initiative."



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