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Will you be joining us tomorrow in Pine Mountain for the 2013 GTLA Fall Workshop at Callaway Gardens? If so, check out the Program Agenda below - We have a great lineup of speakers who will be presenting on a wide and extremely compelling variety of topics. We look forward to seeing you at the Workshop!

Program Agenda

8:00am Registration, Breakfast & Exhibit Viewing
9:00am Welcome and Announcements
9:10am Nuts and Bolts of Highway Design Cases—Phil Henry, Henry Spiegel Milling LLP, Atlanta
9:30am Social Media and Discovery—Jennifer Auer Jordan, The Jordan Firm, Atlanta
9:50am The View from 30,000 Feet: The Politics of Your Jury Trial—Jim Butler, Butler, Wooten & Fryhofer, LLP, Atlanta & Columbus
10:10am Death on the High Seas—Pope Langdale, Langdale Vallotton, LLP, Valdosta
10:30am Break - Sponsored by Hasner Law
10:40am Motion for a New Trial - Juror Misconduct—Audrey Tolson, The Tolson Firm, LLC, Atlanta
11:00am Motions in Limine—Alan Hamilton, Shiver Hamilton, LLC, Atlanta
11:20am Moderated Panel: Trial Court Judges - Tips for Effective Motions Practice
Judge Emory Palmer - Coweta Judicial Circuit, Newnan
Judge Tripp Self – Macon Judicial Circuit, Macon
12:00pm Networking Lunch
12:50pm Afternoon Session Welcome and Announcements—Walker Garrett, The Finley Firm, Columbus
1:00pm The Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill—Ben Finley, The Finley Firm, Columbus
1:20pm The Railroad Claim—A Potential Recovery Beyond Worker's Compensation Claims—Andy Harp, Law Office of J.A. Harp, LLC., Columbus
1:40pm The Medicare Subrogation Dinner Party—Mark Jones, Gary O. Bruce, PC, Columbus
2:00pm Medical Malpractice Cases—Laura Shamp, Laura M. Shamp LLC, Atlanta
2:30pm PET Scans for Brain Injuries—Dr. Marshall Nash,, LLC, Decatur
2:50pm Break - Sponsored by Hasner Law
3:00pm False Claims Act—Brandon Hornsby, Hornsby Law Group, Atlanta
3:20pm Overcoming Rural County and Apportionment Problems at Trial—Chris Stewart, Stewart, Seay and Felton, Atlanta
3:40pm Effective Appellate Advocacy—Justice Harold Melton, Georgia Supreme Court, Atlanta
4:00pm Apportionment Update—Patrick Flynn, Flynn Peeler & Phillips, LLC, Albany
4:20pm Moderated Panel: Law Firm Marketing
Buddy Morrison, Butler, Wooten & Fryhofer, LLP, Atlanta & Columbus
Gary Martin Hays, Law Offices of Gary Martin Hays & Associates, PC, Duluth
Kathy David, Kathy David Public Relations, Atlanta
5:00pm Adjourn

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We are excited to announce that the new and improved is now live! Over the past several months, your GTLA Staff has worked alongside the Communications Committee to conceptualize, design and produce a new website that meets the demands of our members and the ever-evolving digital landscape. Combining real-time web analytics and the invaluable feedback that many of you provided, we were able to spotlight and emphasize many of the most frequently used features and pages on the GTLA website, while also improving the overall layout and navigation. 

In addition, our new website is fully responsive, meaning that you will always have the optimal viewing experience regardless of which platform you are on at the time. Whether you are accessing our site via mobile device, tablet PC or desktop computer, you will consistently have a GTLA website that adapts to your screen flawlessly, ensuring that you can take GTLA with you on the go.

Check it out and let us know what you think!

On Thursday, October 3rd, GTLA's Women's Trial Lawyer Caucus hosted a 'Lean In' event at the Buckhead Club in Atlanta. Focusing on the bestselling book from Sheryl Sandberg, the event featured discussions on tips, techniques and challenges unique to women trial lawyers. GTLA must offer a special thanks to our Program Co-Chairs Lyle Warshauer & Natalie Woodward, who both organized a wonderful and insightful event! 

Elena Parent, Linley Jones & Jennifer Ivey

Mary Lewis, Jennifer Kurle, Lyle Warshauer, Judge Lisa Branch & Jennifer Jordan

Jenn Coalson, Kim Johnson & Caroline McGlamry

Would you like to get involved with the GTLA Women's Trial Lawyer Caucus, please contact Emily Wring at

On Saturday, September 28th, GTLA's New Lawyers Division gathered at the Atlanta Community Food Bank to assist in the unloading, sorting and packaging of food and groceries for families in need across the Metro Atlanta community. At the conclusion of the volunteer project, the NLD had helped to sort 14,606 pounds of food that will help feed 12,170 deserving people.

Founded in 1979, the Atlanta Community Food Bank procures over 45 million pounds of food and groceries each year and distributes it to more than 600 nonprofit partner agencies serving families and individuals in 29 metro Atlanta and north Georgia counties. ACFB utilizes more than 1,000 volunteers a month, over 100 staff members, a large fleet of trucks and a 129,000 square-foot facility to procure and distribute food and grocery items received from hundreds of donors. Visit for more information. 


GTLA's Grassroots Program was met with open arms over the past week in both Savannah and Hartwell. Members of both regions were treated to the company of their GTLA staff and members of the Georgia General Assembly who were invited to a pair of ‘Meet and Greets’ with the local trial lawyers.

The Savannah TLA held its 4th Annual Fall Social at the Bonna Bella Yacht Club. STLA members visited with Representatives Al Williams and Mickey Stephens, as well as State Senator Buddy Carter. The group had the opportunity to discuss the upcoming 2014 Legislative Session with the elected officials, and was able to provide valuable feedback on a number of very important issues.

The Lake Hartwell TLA gathered at the Cateechee Golf & Country Club for a legislative update by GTLA Political Bill Clark. They were joined by representatives Regina Quick and Spencer Frye from Athens and Hartwell's very own Rep. Alan Powell. Senator Frank Ginn was also in attendance to meet and greet with members. It was a great evening of fun and fellowship for all involved!

If you would like to get involved with your local TLA chapter, please visit here or contact Grassroots Director Micah Gravley at

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The Civil Justice PAC is excited to announce the hiring of Caroline McLean as its new Executive Director.  Caroline has been a leader in campaigns and organizations at the state and national levels for over 20 years, and she brings with her a wealth of knowledge from government, politics and non-profits.  She is looking forward to helping the PAC continue to advance the goal of supporting legislators who share our commitment to protect and defend the Civil Justice System.  

Caroline can be reached at and at (770) 314-4257. 
Thank You to Our Newest GTLA Champion Members!
Matthew Wetherington and John Ernst

Welcome New GTLA Members!
Julie Burke, Jennifer Brooke Gore-Cuthbert, Mitchell Graham, Cam S. Head, Vera June, Shane Lazenby, Caroline McGlamry, James Radford, Kate Reynolds, Kenneth Thaxton, Camille Tucker, Evan A. Watson, Benjamin White, Michelle Williams and Sharon Zielmanski

New Lawyers Division Happy Hour
The New Lawyers Division will be hosting their next Happy Hour on Thursday, November 7th at Cantina Taqueria in Buckhead. This is a great opportunity to network with your friends and colleagues, and we invite you to please bring anyone that you think might be a potential member! In addition, an open bar and light appetizers will be provided courtesy of our sponsors. 

RSVP by clicking here.

GTLA Holiday Workshop
For this year's GTLA Holiday Workshop, we will be returning to the St. Regis Hotel in Atlanta. Combining insightful CLE offerings with the opportunity to ring in the holiday with fellow members, this is an event you won't want to miss! The Holiday Workshop will take place on Friday, December 13th, and the program agenda is coming soon!

RSVP here, and book your accommodations by clicking here.

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