President's Message
GTLA's Legislative Team returned to the Capitol last week to kick off the 2016 Georgia General Assembly Legislative Session. Our President, Darren Penn, joined us under the Gold Dome and recorded a short message for our membership about this year's Session. Click the video below to check it out! 

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Have you ever wanted to work alongside GTLA's Legislative Team in protection of your clients' rights, your practices and the Constitutional Right to Trial by Jury under the Gold Dome? If so, now is your chance! Join us for the Lawyer of the Day Program, where you will have the opportunity to meet with legislators, review proposed bills, attend committee hearings and so much more. The following dates are currently available: Feb. 3: General GTLA Membership Feb. 10: Cobb TLA Feb. 17: New Lawyers Division Feb. 23: General GTLA Membership Feb. 24: LEAD Program March 1: Atlanta TLA March 2: West Metro Atlanta TLA March 3: GTLA/PAC Champions March 8: Women's Trial Lawyer Caucus March 9: Civil Justice PAC Board of Directors
New Lawyers Division
Join the New Lawyers Division at the State Bar of Georgia for our next Lunch & Learn on Wednesday, Jan. 27. Jennifer Ivey will be presenting on "How to Avoid Legal Malpractice when Starting Your Firm." It is sure to be an informative discussion for any attorneys who are considering going out on their own! Additional details are as follows: 
New Lawyers Division Lunch & Learn 
Wednesday, Jan. 27
Noon - 1 p.m.
State Bar of Georgia - Room 3
104 Marietta St. NW, Suite 100
Atlanta, GA 30303 

The Lunch & Learn is free for GTLA members, but please RSVP so that we can be sure to provide enough lunches for all attendees. Lunch will be provided courtesy of our generous sponsors!
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Grassroots Report

Leading up to the 2016 Legislative Session, the Savannah Trial Lawyers Association brought back an annual tradition with the Legislative Kickoff Reception & Low Country Boil on Thursday, Jan 7. Held at the Wyld Dock Bar, the event brought together more than 50 trial lawyers, legislators and sponsors for an evening of fun and fellowship on the Georgia coast. Here are a few sights from the reception: 



Do you want to get involved with your Local TLA? Check out our interactive TLA map by clicking HERE.  

LEAD Program
The GTLA LEAD Class spent yesterday in Macon, GA for Session III of the 2015-16 Program: "GTLA's Department of Defense: Civil Justice PAC & Directed Giving." During this week's Session, LEAD participants had the opportunity to hear from GTLA members who serve on the Civil Justice PAC Board, Directed Giving Committee members, and well-respected members of the local Macon TLA. Our guest speakers took the LEAD class members "behind the curtain" and provided an in-depth analysis showing exactly how the PAC and Directed Giving have produced successful results for GTLA and highlighted the important roles that each of these two political fundraising arms play in our political environment. The LEAD Class will next meet on Feb. 24 at the State Capitol in Atlanta for Session IV: "A Day at the Capitol" with GTLA's Legislative Team.
Welcome New Members
Thank You to Our Newest GTLA Champion Members!
Winston Briggs and Mary Lewis.
Welcome New GTLA Members! 
Pat McGary Anagnostakis, Jeri Arrington, Duff Ayers, Peter C. Brown, Linda Carpenter, Meghan Elizabeth Clevenstine, Leslie Cushner, Joshua Dorminy, Seth Eisenberg, Nesrein El-Haddad, Samantha Embry, Ryan L. Giles, Gabriel Anthony Hall, Michael Hill, Ella Hughes, David Jaffer, Justin Jones, John Bell Manly, Tripp Morris, Amy Carol Parker Zupancic, Rebecca Anne Payne and Norman M. Sawyer, Jr.

Member Benefits

Happy New Year! Is your year starting off with your firm a bit too case-rich but cash-poor? If so, the latest SBA Justice Loans program is your answer. And a quick 10-minute call will determine if you qualify for an SBA loan at interest no higher than 6 percent. This program enables law firms to obtain low-interest loans, backed by the Small Business Administration, for extra working capital or real estate. Highlights include:

  • Yearly interest no higher than 6.25 percent
  • Loans from $100,000 to $250,000 can close in under 45 days
  • Up to $5,000,000 for working capital
  • Up to $14,000,000 to purchase real estate for your practice
For more information, please call Jarret Prussin at (516) 900-6905 or visit
Upcoming GTLA Events
You are invited to join us in Macon for the 2016 Essential Torts Workshop! The Workshop, which will offer 6 CLE Credit Hours - including 1 Ethics & 1 Professionalism - will be held at the Brickyard Golf Club and will conclude with the Essential Torts Happy Hour immediately following the Workshop. Co-Chaired by Laura Hinson and Jason Downey, the program will feature top-notch speakers and relevant, practical and highly-useful topics to bring back to your practices. Spaces are limited, so sign up today to reserve your spot!



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