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It's that time of the year again -- the 2014 GTLA Annual Convention & President's Gala will begin one week from today at the Ritz-Carlton in Buckhead! Featuring 14 CLE Credit Hours and a lineup of can't-miss speakers spread out over 10 unique tracks -- including Motor Vehicle, Evidence, Paralegal & much more -- the GTLA Annual Convention promises to be our premier event of the year once again. And don't forget about the action-packed social calendar, which will be highlighted by the GTLA President's Gala on Friday evening at the Ritz. 

If you haven't already, please be sure to check out the full program agenda online by clicking here and sign up online here!
Ringler Associates
As a new feature to GTLA Members, we have added the opportunity to add your professional pictures to our Find a Lawyer Directory on Here's how to do it:

1. Click here to visit the 'Update Member Photo' page on (Login Required); 
2. Under 'Upload New Photo,' click the Choose File button; 
3. Select the file from your computer that you would like to use (professional head shot recommended);
4. Click Upload;
5. Crop the photo to your liking using the on-screen tool;
6. Click Save Photo on the right-hand side of the page under the 'Preview of Photo' section.
7. This will take you back to the Update Member page. Please click Save Information in the top right-hand corner to save your changes. 

If you have any questions, please feel free to reach out to GTLA Communications Director Chris Kelleher at

The West Metro Trial Lawyers Association invites all GTLA members to connect with them on Facebook, where their TLA will announce upcoming meetings, guest speakers, community events and much more! It will also provide a forum for members to share ideas, stay up-to-date with their local TLA and personally connect with other area trial lawyers. 

West Metro TLA Chairman Jack Clay stated, "The strength of GTLA is fortified at the local level throughout the state. From Coastal Georgia to the mountains of North Georgia, local trial lawyer associations are thriving. I started the West Metro TLA in late 2009 and was amazed at how quickly we took off after our first evening mixer. So far, we've had six appellate judges from the Georgia Court of Appeals and Supreme Court join us and speak in addition to Attorney General Sam Olens and Congressman Bob Barr. I even hosted a premiere party at my office for the movie Hot Coffee which is about the McDonald's burn case. It was a hit! Extending our reach beyond lawyers and judges is important on a local level, too, and we make it a point to invite the media and our elected officials to our lunches and events. Guess what? They come and are curious about what we do. This naturally helps us spread the word about GTLA, it's mission, and our legislative efforts. Most of all, we are seen on a local level as a credible organization helping people and our community." 

To connect with the West Metro Trial Lawyers Association, please click here or contact Chairman Jack Clay at
On Thursday, April 24, join our Women's Trial Lawyer Caucus for a breakfast honoring GTLA President-Elect Linley Jones. The breakfast meeting will coincide with the kick-off of the Annual Convention, and will be held at:

The Ritz-Carlton Buckhead
3434 Peachtree Road NE
Atlanta, GA 30326

The breakfast will begin at 7:30 a.m. If you would like to attend, please contact Brittany Gurley at

Join the Macon Trial Lawyers Association on May 2 for the 1st Annual Clay Shoot & Spring Social! Held at Healy Preserve (Home of Kathy McArthur), this event is open to all GTLA members and families. 

2 p.m.: Clay Shoot & Quail Buggy Riding 

5 p.m.: Cocktail Hour

6 p.m. - 8 p.m.: Picnic & Spring Social with Live Bluegrass Music

For more information and to RSVP, please click here
The Civil Justice PAC looks forward to seeing you next week at the Annual Convention. Stop by our booth and hear more about what we do, make a contribution or just say hello. For more information or to make a contribution now, please click HERE. If you have questions, please contact Caroline McLean at 404.522.8487 x 31 or at

Thank You to Our Newest GTLA Champion Members!
Bryan Baer, Chuck Detling, SK ‘Rod’ Dixon, and Mia Frieder

Welcome New GTLA Members!
Nicholas Benzine, Harry W. Brown, Brian Donald Corry, Seth Diamond, Michael Jared Easter, Angela Forstie, Dana Hayley, Jenna Marie Hough, Katherine Hughes, Michelle Kaiser, Jennifer Kirkland, Ashley Lane, Joanne Longo, Brett Miller, Tanya Miller, Michelle Mira, Christopher B. Newbern, Cathy D. Otto, Nancy B. Pridgen, Fabian Rincon, Kenny Rodriguez, Adam Saxe, Jackie Schemo, Sara Beth Stephens, Tyeler Thomas

Click the invitation above to sign up for the 2014 Happy Hour for Hunger
Thank you to all GTLA members and families who joined us in Steamboat Springs, Colorado for the 2014 Ski-LE Workshop! This year's theme was 2014 Ski-LE: Exploring New Terrain with the Top 10 -- Developing Your Practice in 2014 and Beyond, and guest speakers included GTLA President-Elect Linley Jones, LEAD Class member John Bey, Cory Phillips of Forge Consulting and many more. In addition to top-notch CLE, attendees also had plenty of time to hit the slopes for afternoons full of fun, camaraderie and -- of course -- fresh powder. A great time was had by all!

We hope you'll join us next year for the 2015 Ski-LE Workshop! Stay tuned for details!


Thank You to Our 2014 Annual Convention Sponsors!


Welcome Reception
Butler, Wooten & Fryhofer, LLP

Thursday Continental Breakfast

Women's Trial Lawyer Caucus Breakfast
Collision Specialists, Inc.
NFP Structured Settlements
Pope Reporting & Video
The Gingras Firm

Refreshment Breaks
Hasner Law PC

Golden Pear Funding

President’s Gala

BlueBear Solutions Inc.
Boone & Stone
Cherokee Funding LLC
Childers, Schlueter & Smith, LLC
Forge Consulting LLC
Fried Rogers Goldberg LLC
Harris Penn Lowry, LLP
Langdale Vallotton, LLP
Malone Law Office
ML Healthcare
Morgan & Morgan, PA
Peak Funding Group
Slappey & Sadd, LLC
Warshauer Law Group, PC

Golden Pear Funding

H.L. Cromartie, III, P.C.
Legal Technology Services
Singleton Law Firm, LLC
Watkins, Lourie, Roll & Chance, PC

New Lawyers Division Party

BlueBear Solutions Inc.
Boone & Stone
Collision Specialists, Inc.
Law Offices of Michael L. Neff, PC
Moebes Law, LLC
The Detling Law Group
The Nations Law Firm
Carmichael Consulting Solutions
Childers & McCain, LLC
Discovery Litigation
Law Offices of Betty Nguyen Davis
Madeleine Simmons
The Mabra Firm
Merrill Lynch / Wesley McDavid
Wood & Craig
Carol W. Allen Attorney at Law, LLC
Jennifer Ivey
Julie Oinonen
Pope, McGlamry, Kilpatrick, Morrison & Norwood, LLP
Michael Ruppersburg
The Simon Law Firm
Bryce Angell
John Bey
Josh Branch
Jennifer Coalson
Stephen "Buck" Daniel
Jed Douglas
Andrew Hagenbush
Eric Rogers
James Robson
Kelley Simoneaux
Matthew Wetherington
Thank You to Our 2014 Annual Convention Exhibitors!

Advocate Capital, Inc.
American Association for Justice
Atlanta Engineering Services, Inc.
Atlanta Medical Management
BAY Mediation & Arbitration
BlueBear Solutions Inc.
Capstone Financial
CaseMetrix, LLC
Cherokee Funding LLC
Civil Justice PAC
Collision Specialists, Inc.
Courtroom Visuals
Essential Legal Funding 
Fast Funds, Inc.
Forge Consulting LLC
Garretson Resolution Group
Insurance Specialists, Inc.
MED ART & Legal Graphics Co.
Medical Director Solutions, LLC
Medical Legal Nurse Consulting, LLC
Medical Visions, Inc.
Mednick Associates
ML Healthcare
NFP Structured Settlements
RD Legal Funding LLC
Robson Forensic, Inc. 
The Gingras Firm, LLC
U.S. Legal Support
Upsource, LLC
Vocational Economics, Inc.
Fast Funds, Inc.
Regional Medical Group
Insurance Specialists, Inc

Founded in 1956, the Georgia Trial Lawyers Association (GTLA) is dedicated to strengthening and upholding Georgia’s civil justice system and protecting the rights of Georgia citizens and consumers.

GTLA works in the legislative, political and media arenas to ensure that Georgians know and understand the importance of their rights to justice and to make certain that these rights, which are at the very core of what it means to be American, are safeguarded and protected.

Georgia Trial Lawyers Association
101 Marietta Street, NW
Suite 3350, Atlanta, GA 30303
Phone (404) 522-8487 | Fax (404) 522-3705

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