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Ringler Associates
Join us for the 2011 Holiday Workshop on December 9 at the elegant St. Regis Hotel in the Buckhead neighborhood of Atlanta.

Program Co-Chairs:
Brandon Peak, Butler, Wooten, & Fryhofer, LLP, Columbus
Laurie Speed-Dalton, The Speed Firm, PC, Atlanta

Program Agenda:
8 a.m. Registration, Breakfast & Exhibits

8:45 a.m. Welcome & Announcements

9 a.m. Identifying and Handling DOT Cases
Chris Clark, Clark & Smith Law Firm, LLC, Macon

9:30 a.m. Lessons Learned from Recent Success
Bill Stone, Boone & Stone, Atlanta

10 a.m. BREAK

10:15 a.m. How the Economy Has Affected Our Cases – Panel Discussion
Brandon Peak (moderator), Butler, Wooten, & Fryhofer, LLP, Columbus
-Tony Kalka, Kalka & Baer, LLC, Atlanta
-Jeff Helms, The Helms Law Firm, Homerville
-Chan Caudell, Caudell & Hotard, LLC, Cornelia 
-Stephen Carter, Stephen C. Carter, PC, Hartwell

11 a.m. Qui Tam Cases - How Do You Know if You Have a Whistle Blower Case
Lee Wallace, The Wallace Law Firm, LLC, Atlanta

11:30 a.m. How to Ask a Jury for Money
Mike Prieto, Perrotta, Cahn & Prieto, PC, Cartersville

12 p.m. LUNCH

1 p.m. Trial Trends as Observed from the Bench – Judicial Panel Discussion
Laura Shamp (moderator), Laura M. Shamp LLC, Atlanta
-Judge Shawn Lagrua, Fulton County Superior Court
-Judge Kathryn Tanksley, Cobb County State Court
-Judge Mike Boggs, Ware County Superior Court

1:45 p.m. Selecting and Trying Cases in Rural Venues
Katherine McArthur, Katherine L. McArthur, LLC, Macon 

2:15 p.m. Navigating the Minefield of Treating Physicians
Alywn Fredericks, Cash, Krugler & Fredericks, LLC, Atlanta 

2:45 p.m. BREAK

3 p.m. How the Media Can Help or Hurt Your Case – Panel Discussion
Audrey Tolson (moderator), The Tolson Firm, LLC, Atlanta
-Lin Wood, Wood, Hernacki & Evans, LLC, Atlanta 
-BJ Bernstein, The Bernstein Firm, Atlanta 
-Mike Thurmond, Butler, Wooten & Fryhofer, LLP, Atlanta 
-Robin McDonald, Fulton County Daily Report, Atlanta

3:45 p.m. Avoiding Legal Malpractice in the Age of New Technology 
Linley Jones, Linley Jones, P.C., Atlanta 

4:15 p.m. Significant/Important Cases from our Appellate Courts in 2011
Darren Summerville, The Summerville Firm, LLC, Atlanta

4:45 p.m. Adjourn

Special Events!

Boone & Stone Holiday Gathering
Thursday, Dec. 8 * 6-10 p.m.
Celebrate the season at one of the year’s most festive events! The Law Office of Boone & Stone cordially invites all attendees to the home of David Wm. Boone for cocktails and hors d’ oeuvres. 3100 Habersham Rd, Atlanta. Valet parking available. R.S.V.P. to 1-800-239-0305 or Business attire.

Luncheon Honoring Justice George H. Carley
Friday, Dec. 9 * St. Regis Hotel Buckhead * 12-1 p.m. 
Take a break from the CLE and meet n’ greet with the invited judges from the Supreme Court and Court of Appeals as GTLA honors retiring Justice George H. Carley of the Georgia Supreme Court. All registered attendees of the workshop invited.

Malone Holiday Party
Friday, Dec. 9 * 7 p.m.
Get ready for the ultimate holiday celebration! Attendees are invited to the home of Tommy and Debbie Malone for a fabulous night of festive entertainment complete with Santa and his live reindeer! RSVP to 7470 Wildercliff Drive, NW, Sandy Springs, GA. Dress is holiday festive attire. Transportation from the St. Regis provided.
The next time you visit the GTLA website, you may notice a few changes.  We are working with TrialSmith to upgrade our site to make it easier to use and more convenient for you.

Some of these changes include:

•Letting you choose your own Login Information and Password 

•Providing you more control over information shown in the Membership Directory.  Add your law school or update your areas of practice.  Share your home address in addition to your office address so we know who your legislators are.

•Recognizing GTLA Champion and Executive Committee Members in the Membership Directory

•Giving you the ability to securely pay for events and materials via credit card on our website through our added eCommerce feature.

•Simplifying the process to register for CLEs and other events

Over the next few weeks, we will continue to improve the website.  We plan to upload video, photos and new information that we hope serves as a resource for all GTLA members.  

Please share any ideas or feedback you have for the website with Jill Johnson, Communications Director.  
On Oct. 27, 2011, the law firm of Moore & Hicks, P.C. hosted a kickoff event for the new Hartwell TLA. Moore and Hicks, P.C. opened its doors in May and the new firm is focused on personal injury, criminal defense and family law.
There was a terrific turnout for the event. Special guests included Judge Steven Dillard of the Georgia Court of Appeals, Chief Judge John Bailey of the Northern Judicial Circuit, Judge Tom Hodges of the Northern Judicial Circuit, State Senator Frank Ginn, State Representative Alan Powell, State Representative Doug McKillip, former GTLA President Dennis Cathey, and current GTLA President Geoff Pope. Forge Consulting, LLC provided the delicious food and drinks. Held in the beautifully decorated Teasley House in downtown Hartwell with approximately 100 other attorneys, friends and family members, the open house was a great way to launch the new Hartwell TLA.

As Chair of the Hartwell TLA, I want to share that we are planning some exciting events for the upcoming year.  We welcome new members who are interested in getting involved.  For more information, please contact me.

Lee Hicks
Moore and Hicks, P.C. 
The first meeting of the South Metro Atlanta "South Side" TLA was held on Tuesday, Nov. 15, 2011 in Jonesboro. Several local firms were well represented along with a handful of solo practitioners at the inaugural meeting. GTLA’s Micah Gravley, GTLA President-Elect Jay Sadd, sponsors Forge Consulting and ML Healthcare were in attendance as well.  Representatives Glenn Baker and Virgil Fludd attended the event and shared their 2012 legislative agendas. The event served as a great opportunity to meet with colleagues and come together as we work together to build this local TLA.  

As the "South Side" TLA continues to organize and we begin to discuss the future issues and goals of our TLA, we can certainly consider this first meeting a success. We hope our future meetings will be just as energetic and enthusiastic. On behalf of Millar & Mixon, LLC, I would like to thank our "South Side" colleagues, GTLA, Representatives Baker and Fludd and our sponsors, Forge Consulting and MLA Healthcare, for their support. We look forward to our next meeting.

Josh Madsen
Millar & Mixon, LLC

Save the Date!

PAC Champions, PAC Board Members, and PAC-Supported Legislative Champions are invited to help us kick off the 2012 legislative session in style.

The Civil Justice PAC invites all PAC Champions to a cocktail reception in honor of our Champion Supporters & Champion Legislators on Wednesday, Jan. 25, 2012 from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.

The reception will be held at the home of Sandi and Darren Penn.  Cocktails and hors d-oeuvres will be served.  

An RSVP is required.

To become a PAC Champion or inquire about your giving status, please contact Dawn Painter at 678-491-0462 or dawn
Thank You to Our Newest GTLA Champion Members!
Tony DelCampo & Curtis Dickinson

Welcome New GTLA Members!
Anastasia Alexander, Tiffany D. Brown, Jerry C. Carter, Jr., Kelly K. Connors, Judy G. Croy, Jeffrey E. Gewirtz, Jana L. Harris, Billy Kennedy & Fenn Little
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