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General Practice and Trial Institute

CLE Hours: 12 including 12 General, 1 Ethics, 1 Professionalism, 4 Trial Practice

Ethics |  Professionalism |  Trial Practice
Hotel Monteleone - New Orleans, Louisiana

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  • Speakers, session times and credit hours are subject to change.
  • Ethics | Professionalism | Trial Practice



  • Presiding:
  • Wm. Parker Sanders, Program Chair; Partner, Smith Gambrell & Russell, LLP, Atlanta, GA
  • Thursday,
    March 14, 2024

  • 7:15
  • Registration and Breakfast

  • 8:00
  • Introduction
  • Julia D. Neighbors, ICLE Director, State Bar of Georgia, Atlanta, GA

  • 8:05
  • Welcome and Program Overview
  • Wm. Parker Sanders

  • 8:10
  • What’s New Is New: Adapting to the Shifting Labor & Employment Law Landscape
  • Natasha L. Wilson, Shareholder, Greenberg Traurig, LLP, Atlanta, GA

  • 9:10
  • Criminal Antitrust: What You Should Know About Compliance, Investigation, and Trial
  • James J. Fredricks, Chief, U.S. Department of Justice, Antitrust Division, Criminal II Section, Arlington, VA
  • Megan S. Lewis, Assistant Chief, U.S. Department of Justice, Antitrust Division, Criminal II Section, Washington, D.C.

  • 10:10
  • Break

  • 10:25
  • A View from the Eleventh Circuit Bench (provides professionalism credit)
  • Hon. Joel F. Dubina, Senior Circuit Judge, U.S. Court of Appeals, Eleventh Circuit, Montgomery, AL

  • 11:25
  • Lex Parliamentaria: The Law of the Meeting
  • Alison Wallis, President, National Association of Parliamentarians, New Orleans, LA

  • 12:25
  • Recess

  • 5:00
  • Reception with Second Line to follow

  • Friday,
    March 15, 2024

  • 7:15
  • Breakfast

  • 8:00
  • Welcome
  • Wm. Parker Sanders

  • 8:05
    What’s New In Civil Legal Services
    Rita A. Sheffey, Executive Director, Atlanta Legal Aid Society, Inc., Atlanta, GA

  • 9:05
  • Tax Issues in Business Litigation (provides trial practice credit)
  • Megan R. Flores, Member, Gregory Doyle Calhoun & Rogers, LLC, Atlanta, GA

  • 10:05

  • 10:20
  • Observations from the Bench on Ethics (provides ethics credit)
  • Hon. Rhonda B. Kreuziger, Judge, Griffin Circuit Superior Court, Fayetteville, GA
  • Hon. Wesley B. Tailor, Judge, State Court of Fulton County, Atlanta, GA

  • 11:20
  • Making the Leap: Starting Your Own Law Firm
  • Robert C. Khayat, Jr., Partner, The Khayat Law Firm, Atlanta, GA
  • John A. Lockett, III, Partner, The Lockett Law Firm, LLC, Atlanta, GA

  • 12:20
  • Recess

  • Saturday,
    March 16, 2024

  • 7:15
  • Breakfast

  • 8:00
  • Welcome
  • Wm. Parker Sanders

  • 8:05
  • Dealing with Experts and Difficult Witnesses (provides trial practice credit)
  • Anthony L. Cochran, Partner, Smith Gambrell & Russell, LLP, Atlanta, GA

  • 9:05
  • How To Maximize Damages in Personal Injury Cases (provides trial practice credit)
  • Quynh-Huong N. "Betty" Davis, Attorney, Davis Injury Firm, Atlanta, GA

  • 10:05
  • Break

  • 10:20
  • Tort Liability and Excess Verdicts: Perspectives from Georgia (provides trial practice credit)
  • William J. Martin, Partner, Drew Eckl & Farnham, Atlanta, GA

  • 11:20
  • Insolvency Basics: Navigating The Essentials of Bankruptcy Law for Your Trial Practice
  • Jason L. Pettie, Partner, Taylor English Duma LLP, Atlanta, GA

  • 12:20
  • Adjourn

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James Fredericks Related Seminars and Products

U.S. Department of Justice, Antitrust Division

James Fredricks is the Chief of the Washington Criminal II Section of the Antitrust Division, U.S. Department of Justice, where he manages the investigation and prosecution of regional, national, and international criminal antirust cartel and related offenses.  Prior to taking the helm at Criminal II, Mr. Fredricks was Assistant Chief of the Division’s Appellate Section, where he oversaw all criminal appeals and select civil appeals in antitrust matters before the federal appellate courts. He has also served as a trial attorney in the Division’s Appellate and National Criminal Enforcement Sections, a senior counsel to the Deputy Assistant Attorney General for Criminal Antitrust Enforcement, and a Special Assistant U.S. Attorney in Alexandria, Virginia.


Before joining the Justice Department, he clerked for the Honorable R. Lanier Anderson on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit.


Mr. Fredricks received his B.A. from Emory University and his J.D. magna cum laude from Harvard Law School.

Megan Lewis's Profile

Megan Lewis Related Seminars and Products

U.S. Department of Justice, Antitrust Division


Assistant Chief, Washington Criminal II Section

U.S. Department of Justice, Antitrust Division 


Meg Lewis is an Assistant Chief of the Washington Criminal II Section of the Antitrust Division at the United States Department of Justice, which investigates and prosecutes regional, national, and international criminal antitrust cases, procurement fraud, and other crimes affecting competitive processes.  She has led and supervised complex white-collar investigations and prosecutions in a wide range of industries since joining the Department of Justice in 2014.  Before joining the Department of Justice, she litigated cases, conducted internal investigations, and counseled clients on antitrust issues and other complex commercial matters at a private law firm.  She also completed clerkships with judges on the D.C. Superior Court and the D.C. Court of Appeals.  She received her law degree from Georgetown University Law Center and her undergraduate degree from Pomona College. 

Hon. Joel F. Dubina's Profile

Hon. Joel F. Dubina Related Seminars and Products

U.S. Court of Appeals, Eleventh Circuit

Alison Wallis's Profile

Alison Wallis Related Seminars and Products

National Association of Parliamentarians

Alison Wallis is the President of the National Association of Parliamentarians.Sheholds a law degree from Loyola UniversitySchool of Lawin New Orleans. Shewas a prosecutor and appellate attorney for many years and now handles post-conviction matters in Jefferson Parish. Alison enjoys providing professional service to a wide variety of clients, including homeowner associations, labor unions, nonprofit organizations, lineage societies, and professional groups.In addition to numerous elected and appointed positions within the NationalAssociation of Parliamentarians, Alison served three terms as President of the American Institute of Parliamentarians and is a Certified Parliamentarian-Teacher. Alison has also served as President of the American College of Parliamentary Lawyers, a group limited to attorneys with advanced parliamentary credentials. Alison has been qualified in court proceedings as an expert witness in the field of parliamentary law. Alison loves to show how parliamentary procedure can improve real life meetings and how parliamentarians can make their specialized knowledge practical.

Ms. Rita Arlene Sheffey's Profile

Ms. Rita Arlene Sheffey Related Seminars and Products

Rita A. Sheffey joined the Atlanta Legal Aid Society (“Legal Aid”) on August 1, 2023, where she oversees more than 150 staff (85 lawyers) who help low-income people meet basic legal needs, removing barriers to justice through civil legal assistance.  Prior to joining Legal Aid, Rita served for eight years as Emory University School of Law’s Assistant Dean for Public Service.  In that role, she oversaw the law school's Pro Bono Program, advised students interested in post-graduate federal and state court judicial clerkships, and employment with government and public interest organizations, and managed the Volunteer Clinic for Veterans and Emory Immigrant Legal Assistance.  Prior to joining Emory in January 2015, Rita was a partner with Hunton & Williams LLP (now Hunton Andrews Kurth) where she focused on complex litigation and served as Hunton & Williams’ Southside Legal Center pro bono clinic director and Atlanta Pro Bono Committee Chair.

Rita has served in numerous leadership positions, including as President of the Atlanta Bar Association, the Atlanta Legal Aid Society, the Atlanta Volunteer Lawyers Foundation, and Emory’s Lamar Inn of Court (now Cooper Inn of Court), among others.  She was a member of the Leadership Atlanta Class of 2005 and has served on the Executive Council of the National Conference of Bar Presidents (NCBP), the Executive Committee of the Metropolitan Bar Caucus (affiliated with NCBP), and on the American Bar Association’s Standing Committee on the American Judicial System.  Rita was a self-described “quasi-insider” with Legal Aid.  Not only did she serve as Board President, but she also co-chaired the 90th Anniversary Planning Committee, served on the Strategic Planning Committee, mentored a number of staff attorneys, and supported the work of Legal Aid through her service to the Atlanta Bar and the State Bar of Georgia.

Rita has received numerous awards for her leadership and pro bono efforts, including the Atlanta Legal Aid Society’s Extraordinary Pro Bono Service Award in 2018, the Georgia State University College of Law's Ben F. Johnson, Jr. Public Service Award in 2015, and the inaugural Rita A. Sheffey Public Interest Award from the Atlanta Bar’s Public Interest Law Section in 2012.   Rita grew up in southwest Virginia and has degrees from the University of Virginia (B.A. in chemistry), Duke University (Ph.D. in chemistry), Boston College Law School (J.D.) and Emory’s Candler School of Theology (Master’s in Religion and Public Life).  She also did a two-year postdoctoral fellowship in the Department of Biological Chemistry at Harvard Medical School. 

Ms. Megan Richards Flores's Profile

Ms. Megan Richards Flores Related Seminars and Products

Gregory Doyle Calhoun & Rogers LLC

Megan Richards Flores is a Member of GDCR Attorneys at Law.  She leads the Firm's Trust & Estates and Tax practices, and is a member of the Firm's Business Transactions and Corporate Law practices. With two decades of experience, Ms. Flores provides legal counsel on tax, estate planning and estate administration matters to individuals and families, as well as privately held businesses.

Megan works with individuals and married couples to develop comprehensive, and sometimes complex, estate plans, and with families who have lost a loved one in administering estates and trusts.  In addition, Megan works with other attorneys in the firm’s Business Transactions and Corporate Law practice to design and implement tax-efficient business and investment structures, nonqualified executive compensation plans, and tax strategies to facilitate transactions such as mergers and acquisitions.

Megan received an L.L.M. in Taxation from University San Diego School of Law, a J.D. degree from Tulane University School of Law and a B.A. degree in History from California State University, Long Beach.  She is admitted to practice in Georgia and California.

Hon. Rhonda Bender Kreuziger's Profile

Hon. Rhonda Bender Kreuziger Related Seminars and Products

Griffin Circuit Superior Court

Professional Experience:
Superior Court Judge, Griffin Judicial Circuit (covering Fayette, Pike, Spalding, and Upson counties) – August 17, 2021, to the present.

Associate Juvenile Court Judge, Griffin Judicial Circuit, August 31, 2020 – August 16, 2021.

Chief Judge, Fayetteville Municipal Court (Part-time position) – Interim Chief Judge from July 2018 until December 2018. Chief Judge from January 2019 until August 2020. While serving in this capacity as a part-time Judge, continued to manage and operate The Kreuziger Law Firm, P.C.

The Kreuziger Law Firm, P.C. – owned and operated the law firm from approximately June 2006 until August 2020 in the following areas of practice: Criminal Law (major felonies and misdemeanors); Family Law matters and also served as Guardian ad Litem; Personal Injury related cases; Landlord/Tenant matters; Breach of Contract; was lead counsel in several jury and bench trials in criminal and civil matters; and Criminal and Civil Appeals to both the Georgia Court of Appeals and the Georgia Supreme Court. Part-time Solicitor for two (2) municipalities and subsequently served as a part-time Municipal Court Judge. Also served as a conflict attorney for the Georgia Public Defender Council for approximately eleven (11) years on a contractual basis.

Solicitor for the Town of Tyrone, Georgia and for the City of Senoia, Georgia – Served in this capacity for several years on a contractual basis from approximately 2006 until 2013.

Assistant District Attorney for the Griffin Judicial Circuit. Served as an Assistant District Attorney prosecuting felonies, misdemeanors, and juvenile related matters from approximately 2002 until 2006.

Law Clerk and Intern - Served as a law clerk in two civil litigation firms, assisting with catastrophic personal injury claims and workers’ compensation matters. During the last semester of law school, interned in the Special Prosecution Division for the Office of the Attorney General for the State of Georgia.

Forensic Serologist and Forensic Toxicologist - Prior to becoming an attorney, worked as a Forensic Serologist (analyzing rapes, homicides, and burglaries) with the North Louisiana Criminalistics Laboratory, in Shreveport, Louisiana; and subsequently as a Forensic Toxicologist (identification and analysis of drugs) for SmithKline Beecham Clinical Laboratories in Dallas, Texas.

Education and Licensure:

Licensed to practice law in Georgia and Wisconsin. Received a law degree from John Marshall Law School in Atlanta, Georgia, and a Bachelor of Science in Microbiology from Northwestern State University in Louisiana.

Admitted to practice in the following jurisdictions:

United States Supreme Court – May 03, 2010
Supreme Court of the State of Georgia – September 17, 2002
Court of Appeals of the State of Georgia – September 13, 2002
Sworn into the State Bar of Georgia on June 21, 2002
Supreme Court of Wisconsin – November 12, 2009

Professional Associations/Committees, Recognitions, and Presentations:

Georgia Board of Governors – Griffin Post 2, Representative; Georgia Council of Superior Court Judges (CSCJ); Georgia Council of Superior Court Judges – Uniform Superior Court Rules Committee; Georgia Council of Superior Court Judges – Legislative Committee; Georgia Council of Superior Court Judges – Special Committee on Judicial Wellness; Georgia General Practice and Trial Law Section – Secretary; Georgia Association of Women Lawyers; Georgia Association of Black Women Attorneys; Atlanta Lawyer’s Club; State Bar of Georgia; State Bar of Wisconsin; Member of the Fayette County Bar Association; and, Member of the Spalding County Bar Association.

Guest Presenter, Continuing Education – Georgia Association of Civil Process Servers – “Georgia Process Service, Definitions and Objectives” (2023); Fayette County Bar Association Award for Outstanding Service to the Legal Community (2023); Continuing Legal Education (“CLE”) Presenter – “Georgia Rules of Professional Conduct” (Fayette County Bar Association – 2022); Guest Presenter – “Georgia Rules of Professional Conduct: The Preamble – A Great Place to Start!” (Fayette County Bar Association – 2023); 2022 Atlanta’s John Marshall Law School Distinguished Alumni Award; Leadership Academy for the Georgia Association of Women Lawyers, 2009; Guest Instructor for the DUI Case Preparation and Courtroom Presentation at the Georgia Public Safety Training Center (2009 – 2011); CLE presenter - “How to Try a Case in a Conservative Jurisdiction – The Importance of Understanding Venue” (2010); CLE presenter – “Preparation and Investigation of a Criminal Case” (2011); and, The John Marshall Law School Award for Outstanding Service to School and Community (2001).

Hon. Wesley B. Tailor's Profile

Hon. Wesley B. Tailor Related Seminars and Products

Fulton County State Court

Judge Wesley B. “Wes” Tailor was appointed to the State Court of Fulton County in December of 2010.  He currently serves as Chief Judge.  In addition to his regular criminal and civil matters, Judge Tailor presides over the Fulton County Recovery Treatment Court Program and hears cases docketed in the Metro Atlanta Business Case Division of the Superior Court of Fulton County.

In 2021, Judge Tailor served as President of the Executive Committee of the Council of State Court Judges and was a member of the Judicial Council of Georgia.  During his tenure, Judge Tailor created an ad hoc committee to work with the Georgia Department of Behavioral Health and Developmental Disabilities to address competency evaluations in misdemeanor cases statewide.  He currently is the Co-Chair of the Uniform Court Rules Committee.

Judge Tailor previously served as Chair of the Joint Governance Committee for the Fulton County State and Superior Courts; Chair of the Judicial Section for the State Bar of Georgia; Chair of the Lawyer Referral Information Services Board of Trustees for the Atlanta Bar Association; and as a Board Member of the Atlanta Volunteer Lawyers Foundation.

Judge Tailor began his legal career in 1999 as a litigation attorney with Troutman Sanders LLP.  He then served as a prosecutor in the Office of the Solicitor-General for DeKalb County.  From 2007 to 2010, Judge Tailor served as General Counsel to the Georgia Secretary of State, Director of Elections for the State of Georgia, and Assistant Secretary of State.

Judge Tailor earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration, with concentrations in Finance and Economics, at the University of Richmond. After working for four years in the private sector, he then decided to go to law school and graduated summa cum laude and Order of the Coif from the University of Kentucky School of Law, where he was Associate Editor of the Kentucky Law Journal and served on the Honor Council.

Mr. Robert C. Khayat Jr.'s Profile

Mr. Robert C. Khayat Jr. Related Seminars and Products

The Khayat Law Firm

After serving as a litigation and investigations partner with one of the largest firms in the United States, Robert Khayat formed the Khayat Law Firm (“KLF”) to represent a wide range of companies and individuals in need of big law experience with boutique firm cost efficiency. Since 2014, KLF has provided bespoke legal and advisory solutions to a select group of clients located across the country and industries including healthcare, financial services, tech, import/export, and philanthropy, among others. Although this often takes place in the context of courtroom or arbitration venues, the advice provided by KLF is focused on achieving the best result for our clients and helping our clients focus on their mission rather than engaging in protracted disputes.

Robert and KLF are consumed with the objective of deploying thoughtful strategies to achieve efficient and just outcomes for our clients. The KLF team is experienced with an array of modalities to achieve efficient and just outcomes, including litigation, arbitration, strategic advisory services, negotiation, general counsel services, and procurement of subject matter experts. Robert and the KLF team have served clients in federal and state courts, tried cases at the federal, state, and administrative levels, and represented clients in arbitration (JAMS, AAA, FINRA, and private), mediation, and provided strategic advisory services to philanthropic organizations invested in solving domestic and global concerns.

Organizations and Memberships

  • Past President of the Federal Bar Association, Atlanta Chapter.
  • Master, Lamar Inn of Court.
  • Georgia Super Lawyers, Rising Star, 2010-2013.
  • Georgia Super Lawyer, 2014-present.
  • Georgia Super Lawyer, Georgia Top 100.


  • J.D., 1999, Vanderbilt University School of Law
  • B.A., 1995, University of Mississippi


Mr. John A. Lockett III's Profile

Mr. John A. Lockett III Related Seminars and Products

The Lockett Law Firm LLC

John Lockett practices law in Atlanta, Georgia and maintains a national commercial litigation practice with a particular emphasis on Complex Commercial Litigation, Real Estate Litigation, Class Action and other complex, high-exposure litigation matters. Prior to starting his own law practice, John was a Partner at Morris, Manning &Martin, LLP an AMLAW 200 firm based in Atlanta, Georgia. He is a graduate of The University of Alabama, The London School of Economicsand Political Science, and TheUniversity of Texas School of Law.

Ms. Quynh-Huong Nguyen Davis's Profile

Ms. Quynh-Huong Nguyen Davis Related Seminars and Products

The Davis Injury Firm LLC

Betty Nguyen Davis is a plaintiff's personal injury attorney in Atlanta and runs her own practice, The Davis Injury Firm, LLC. Betty handles catastrophic injury cases, enjoys the strategy involved in litigation, and loves it when a weak case turns into a great case.  Betty was recognized as in the Top 50 of Georgia Women Super Lawyers in 2021, 2022, 2023 and 2024.  Betty has served in numerous legal organization  and currently dedicates her time serving on the service council for the Atlanta Legal Aid Society.  Betty is also the owner of Wellness Jurist, an organization dedicated to providing tools and resources to attorneys seeking wellness, recovery, and stress reduction to achieve their peak performance in the profession. Betty can be reached at  

Lodging Reservations

Lodging at the Venue:

Hotel Monteleone, New Orleans 

214 Royal Street
New Orleans, LA 70130

Link for room reservation


Hotel Monteleone

214 Royale Street, New Orleans, Louisiana 70130, United States

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