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Update on Georgia Law (Ski LE)

CLE Hours: 12 including 12 General, 1 Ethics, 1 Professionalism, 3 Trial Practice

The Westin Riverfront Resort & Spa, Avon, Vail Valley - Avon, Colorado





january 23, 2023






Dennis Cathey, Cathey & Strain LLC, Cornelia, GA


Matthew Cathey, Cathey & Strain LLC, Cornelia, GA




Registration and Breakfast






Julia Neighbors, ICLE Director, State Bar of Georgia, Atlanta, GA




Welcome and Program Overview


Dennis Cathey


Matthew Cathey




Ethics (Session provides legal ethics specialty credit.) 


Johannes Kingma, Stites and Harbison, Atlanta, GA




Real Property and Contract Issues


Carol Clark, Clark Law, Atlanta, GA




Family Law


Kyla Lines, Bloom, Lines and Alexander, Atlanta, GA




Mediation and Alternative Dispute Resolution


Arthur Glaser, Henning Mediation, Atlanta, GA















January 24, 2023




Registration and Breakfast






Dennis Cathey


Matthew Cathey




Intellectual Property


Norman Andrew Crain, Thomas Horstemeyer LLP, Atlanta, GA




Evidence (Session provides trial practice specialty credit.) 


Philip Green, King and Spalding, Atlanta, GA




Planning to Minimize the Risk of an Estate or Trust Dispute


Robert Port, Gaslowitz Frankel LLC, Atlanta, GA




Employment Law


Charles Lee, Miller & Martin PLLC, Chattanooga, TN











January 25, 2023










Dennis Cathey


Matthew Cathey




A View From the Bench (Session provides trial practice specialty credit.) 


Hon. John Ellington, Justice, Supreme Court of Georgia, Soperton, GA


Hon. Brian Rickman, Judge, Georgia Court of Appeals, Atlanta, GA


Hon. Paige Reese Whitaker, Judge, Fulton County Superior Courts, Atlanta, GA




Professionalism (Session provides professionalism specialty credit.) 


Hon. Warren Davis, Gwinnett Superior Court, Lawrenceville, GA




Torts and related Litigation issues (Session provides trial practice specialty credit.) 


Mike Gorby, Gorby Peters, Atlanta, GA


Mary Donne Peters, Gorby Peters, Atlanta, GA











January 26, 2023










Dennis Cathey


Matthew Cathey




Professional Liability


Beth Singletary Reeves, Huff, Powell & Bailey, LLC, Atlanta, GA




Electronically Stored Data and Constitutional Rights


Andrew Lampros, Hall & Lamprose, LLP, Atlanta, GA




Class Actions


Christopher B. Hall, Hall & Lampros, LLP, Atlanta, GA







Mr. Dennis T. Cathey Related Seminars and Products

Cathey & Strain LLC

Dennis T. Cathey is a graduate of the University of Georgia undergraduate and law school. Mr. Cathey was born in Rabun County, Georgia, and has served on the Board of Governors of the State Bar of Georgia, as president of the Mountain Circuit Bar Association, is a member of the American Board of Trial Advocates, has served on the Investigative Panel of the State Bar of Georgia Disciplinary Committee, has been a member of the Federal Bar Council for the Northern District of Georgia and is a fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers. He is a past recipient of the State Bar of Georgia Traditions of Excellence Award and past-president of the Georgia Trial Lawyers Association.

Mr. Cathey was an officer in the United States Army Medical Service Corps, has served as a youth sports coach for the Habersham County Parks and Rec Department, is active in the Cornelia United Methodist Church and serves on the Board of Trustees of Piedmont College.


  • University of Georgia School of Law, Athens, Georgia
    • J.D. - 1970
  • University of Georgia
    • A.B. - 1967


  • Georgia, 1970
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 11th Circuit, 1982
  • U.S. District Court Northern District of Georgia, 1971
  • U.S. District Court Middle District of Georgia, 1973
  • U.S. District Court Southern District of Georgia, 1991
  • U.S. Supreme Court, 1973


  • Fellow, American College of Trial Lawyers
  • Georgia delegate to ATLA
  • Selected as “Georgia Super Lawyer” by Atlanta magazine
  • Selected as “Georgia Legal Elite’ by Georgia Trend magazine
  • Selected as “One of the Most Influential Georgians” by James magazine
  • Diplomate of American Board of Trial Advocates
  • State Bar Traditions of Excellence Award


  • Cornelia United Methodist Church
  • Youth Sports Coach, Habersham County Parks and Rec Department


  • Georgia Trial Lawyers Association, President, 2004 to 2005
  • Mountain Circuit Bar, President, 1972 to 1973
  • American Bar Association
  • State Bar of Georgia
  • State Bar of Georgia, Board of Governors, 1985 to 1999
  • Association of Trial Lawyers of America
  • Georgia Trial Lawyers Association
  • Investigative panel of the State Bar of Georgia Disciplinary Committee, 1992 to 1995
  • Federal Bar Council for the Northern District of Georgia, Member, 1993 to 1995
  • Piedmont College, Demorest, GA, Board of Trustees
  • Piedmont College, Board of Trustees


  • Member


  • United States Army Medical Service Corps, Officer


Mr. Matthew Adam Cathey Related Seminars and Products

Cathey & Strain LLC

Matt is a plaintiff’s civil trial attorney with an emphasis on catastrophic injury cases, including product liability, trucking, roadway, railroad, medical malpractice and mass tort cases. Matt was raised in Habersham County, Georgia and received his undergraduate degree cum laude from the University of Georgia. Upon graduation, he attended Georgia State University College of Law where he graduated with honors in litigation. Matt began his professional career working in Atlanta, where he practiced for five years prior coming to Cathey & Strain.

Throughout his legal career Matt has successfully tried numerous jury trials as well as litigating and handling all other aspects of trial practice, including trial preparation, appeals, motions, hearings, Daubert challenges, motions for summary judgment and expert testimony development.


  • Georgia State University College of Law, Atlanta, Georgia
    • J.D. - 2006
    • Honors: With Honors
  • University of Georgia
    • B.B.A. - 2003
    • Honors: cum laude


  • Georgia, 2006
  • U.S. District Court Eastern District of Tennessee, 2010


  • Attorney

Mr. Johannes S. Kingma Related Seminars and Products

Stites & Harbison PLLC

Joe Kingma represents international, national, and regional accounting and law firms in professional liability litigation. He also represents a variety of business entities in commercial litigation. Joe's practice focuses on cases involving audit, secured lending, real estate, corporate governance and tax. He has substantial involvement in matters involving trusts and estates, conservation easements, mergers and acquisitions, captive insurance companies, local government, and election law contests. He has represented auditors in proceedings before the SEC (Washington, Fort Worth, and Manhattan), the FDIC, and the IRS. Joe has more than 45 appellate decisions reported by Westlaw along with more than 100 more trial court decisions issued in the Bankruptcy and Federal District Courts of Georgia, South Carolina, North Carolina, and Tennessee.


Arbitration, Mediation & Alternative Dispute ResolutionLitigation & AppealsProfessional Liability Litigation

Bar Admissions

Admitted Pro Hac Vice in Florida, Alabama, New York, Tennessee, North Carolina, and South Carolina



American College of Trial Lawyers, Fellow

Professional Liability Underwriting Society, Member

State Bar of Georgia, Member

Atlanta Bar Association, Member

American Bar Association, Standing Committee on Lawyers Professional Liability (2014-18)

Community Involvement

Intown Collaborative Ministries, Board Member (2014-18)

Druid Hills Golf Club, Member


University of Pennsylvania Law School


Grinnell College

  • Varsity Basketball

Ms. Carol V. Clark Related Seminars and Products

The Law Offices of Carol V Clark, LLC

Carol is founder of Carol Clark Law, is a trial lawyer with more than thirty years of experience, specializing in mortgage banking, construction and lease contracts, and other real estate related matters.  A “Double Dawg” graduate of the Honors Program at the University of Georgia and its law school, Ms. Clark currently serves on the Board of Governors for the State Bar of Georgia and is a Director for the Mortgage Banking Association of Georgia.  She is also Past President of the Atlanta Lawyers Club, served as chairperson of the 2000+ member Real Property Section of the State Bar of Georgia, is a member of the American College of Real Estate Lawyers, has presented papers at the Real Property Law Institute, Mortgage Bankers Association Legal Issues Conference, and has made occasional televised appearances, including The Layman’s Lawyer. 

 Her publications include the 4th and 5th Editions of Padrick’s RESPA, TILA HOEPA and ECOA in Real Estate Transactions, and the contribution of several chapters in Pindar's Georgia Real Estate Law and Procedure, Civil Procedure and Georgia Procedure, Property.  She feels the secret to her many blessings is an old fashioned commitment to provide top service to her clients by a practical approach to dispute resolution with minimal expense.  Her faith and philosophy of giving back to the community have been a hallmark of her career, and her awards for leadership and board service are many.  She is proud of her A.V. rating from Martindale-Hubbell but is most proud of her clients’ continuing confidence.  Carol has been named as a Georgia Super Lawyer and repeatedly as one of Georgia’s Fifty Top Female Lawyers by Atlanta Magazine, and also as one of Georgia's Top 100.

 In May, 2008, Carol was awarded the prestigious George A. Pindar Award for lifetime achievement in real estate law.  She was the first woman so honored and also the youngest ever named.

Ms. Kyla Suzanne Lines's Profile

Ms. Kyla Suzanne Lines Related Seminars and Products

Bloom Lines Alexander LLC

Top-Rated Divorce Lawyer in Atlanta

Kyla Lines is a Managing Member of Bloom Lines  Alexander in Atlanta. Kyla has practiced exclusively in the area of Family Law for the entirety of her legal career. She is a Past Chair of the Family Law Section of the State Bar of Georgia.  Kyla has been recognized by her peers as a Georgia SuperLawyer since 2015, and she has been selected as one of Georgia’s Top 50 Women Lawyers since 2019.

Prior to her employment with BLA, Kyla spent nine years as the Staff Attorney to the Honorable Cynthia D. Wright in the Superior Court of Fulton County’s Family Division. Kyla’s tenure as a judicial staff attorney provides her with a unique perspective, allowing her to advise her clients effectively and strategically while evaluating potential outcomes.

Kyla’s goal in handling her cases is to make a difficult situation better for her clients. When custody is an issue, she keeps the best interests of the children as her priority. When complex financial issues arise, Kyla strives to provide her clients with strategic, realistic, solution-focused advice.

Kyla handles all aspects of complex divorce cases, including child custody disputes, modification of child support, and modification of custody in Atlanta. She is a mediator and serves as an arbitrator. 

Kyla is certified to practice Collaborative Law and also frequently serves as a court-appointed Guardian ad Litem in contested custody cases. She is often invited to speak to peers, other professionals, and law students regarding various Family Law issues. 

Georgia Trend Magazine has recognized Kyla as “Legal Elite” in the area of Family Law, and she has been selected for inclusion as a “Super Lawyer” and a “Rising Star” in Family Law by Law & Politics and Atlanta Magazine for the last four consecutive years. Kyla is a Past Chair of the Family Law Section of the DeKalb Bar Association and currently serves on the Board of the State Bar of Georgia’s Family Law Section and on the Board of the DeKalb Volunteer Lawyers Foundation.

Kyla is a native of Marietta, Ohio. She graduated from Rutgers College in New Brunswick, New Jersey with Bachelor’s degrees in Political Science and Philosophy. She went on to obtain her law degree from the Georgia State University College of Law. While in law school, she was an active member of the Moot Court Board.

Mr. Arthur H. Glaser Related Seminars and Products

Henning Mediation & Arbitration Service

Arthur Glaser has practiced law for over 26 years and is listed in the “Who’s Who in American Law.” To Henning Mediation, Arthur brings ample expertise in personal injury, insurance law/coverage, product liability, labor and employment, civil rights, libel/slander, construction, consumer law, excess/umbrella insurance, legal negligence, trucking, education and medical negligence.


  • Hampden-Sydney College, B.S. (1968)
  • University of Virginia, J.D. (1973)

Bar Admission

  • Georgia (1973)

Legal Employment & Experience

  • Glaser, Currie & Bullman, LLP (Partner, 2003 - 2005)
  • Self, Glaser & Davis, LLP (Partner, 1999 - 2005)
  • Drew, Eckl & Farnham (Partner, 1983 - 1998)
  • Swift, Currie, McGhee & Hiers (Partner, 1979 - 1983)
  • Swift, Currie, McGhee & Hiers (Associate, 1973 - 1978)

Professional Affiliations

  • Atlanta Bar Association
  • State Bar of Georgia
  • American Bar Association
  • Best Lawyers in America - ADR
  • Super Lawyers - ADR
  • Fellow, American College of Civil Trial Mediators
  • Who's Who in America
  • AV Rating in Martindale-Hubbell

Mediation/Arbitration Training

  • Basic Mediation, Ordover (1999)

Professional Experience

  • Over 26 years as trial counsel, predominantly as defense counsel for insurers and self-insureds
  • Has tried plaintiff's cases, including 1984 - $1.75 million verdict in three-week gasoline tank truck turnover case
  • Tried over 100 jury trials
  • Counsel of record in over 45 reported appellate decisions
  • Lecturer: Georgia State Patrol Academy, ICLE, Atlanta Bar Association
  • Bought, developed, and operated three office buildings which housed law firms

Areas of Expertise

  • Personal Injury
  • Libel/Slander
  • Trucking
  • Insurance Law/Coverage
  • Construction
  • Education
  • Product Liability
  • Consumer Law
  • Medical Negligence
  • Labor & Employment
  • Excess/Umbrella Insurance
  • Civil Rights
  • Legal Negligence
  • Employment
  • Sexual Misconduct
  • Church Liability

Mr. Norman Andrew Crain's Profile

Mr. Norman Andrew Crain Related Seminars and Products

Thomas Horstemeyer LLP

Andrew Crain is the Managing Partner of the intellectual property firm of Thomas Horstemeyer, LLP, Andrew leads the firm's litigation practice group but is involved and has experience in all areas of intellectual property law, including patents, trademarks, trade secrets, copyrights, and unfair competition, both in litigation and prosecution.


Andrew represents clients in litigations involving all types of intellectual property issues, having appeared in district courts throughout the United States and having represented clients at the appellate court level, particularly the United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit and the U.S. Supreme Court.   

Bar Admissions

  • Georgia
  • United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO)

Court Admissions

  • U.S. Supreme Court
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit
  • U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Texas
  • U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Georgia
  • U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Georgia
  • U.S. District Court for the Western District of Texas

Mr. Philip Robbins Green's Profile

Mr. Philip Robbins Green Related Seminars and Products

King & Spalding LLP

Philip Green is a partner in King & Spalding's Atlanta office, and he is a trial lawyer specializing in the trial of high exposure product liability cases. He has represented a variety of clients in federal and state courts, and he has tried dozens of multi-million dollar cases to verdict. He has tried 12 multi-week jury trials in the last five years, including first-chairing two trials in the last year in which he secured complete defense verdicts. He has been recognized by Best Lawyers in America’s “Ones to Watch” list and Benchmark Litigation’s “40 and Under Hot List.”

Philip has extensive experience not only at trial, but in coordinating defense team efforts, including leading the management of cases on behalf of industry teams from the filing of the complaint to trial and through the appeal process. His trial experience and knowledge of strategies employed by the plaintiffs’ bar informs his case management and discovery practice. He represents clients in personal injury and products liability litigation in the transportation, consumer products, agricultural, and medical device industries. He also manages litigation in Hawaii, Georgia, Florida, Missouri, and Pennsylvania on behalf of his clients.








J.D., University of Georgia, cum laude

B.A. Political Science, University of Georgia

Mr. Robert C. Port's Profile

Mr. Robert C. Port Related Seminars and Products

Gaslowitz Frankel LLC


Robert Port is a business litigation attorney with extensive experience in general commercial litigation and fiduciary disputes involving wills, trusts, estates, guardianships and conservatorships. Mr. Port also has significant experience representing investors harmed by the misconduct of their stockbroker, investment advisor, insurance agent, or other trusted advisor. This includes matters arising from inappropriate investment strategies, unsuitable sales of annuities and life insurance products, failed or unlawfully offered private placements, real estate investment trusts (REITs) and other complex investment products, excessive trading (churning), unauthorized trading, sale of unregistered securities, and losses suffered as a result of Ponzi schemes.

Mr. Port graduated with honors from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill with Bachelors of Science in Political Science and Psychology. He then went on to receive his J.D. with honors from University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

Mr. Port is “AV” rated by Martindale-Hubbell and has been repeatedly selected as a Georgia “Super Lawyer.” As a widely published expert in his field of practice, Mr. Port’s articles have been featured in the Georgia Bar Journal, the Atlanta Business Chronicle, the Daily Report (an ALM publication), and the Public Investors Arbitration Bar (PIABA) Journal. Mr. Port is the editor of Georgia Business Litigation, a one-volume, comprehensive guide to matters business litigators encounter. Additionally, he has been interviewed and quoted by a variety of media outlets, including the Wall Street Journal, The Atlanta Business Chronicle,, the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, and the Daily Report.

Mr. Port’s passion for law is rooted in the thoughtful analysis of legal issues, the challenges associated with understanding issues from multiple perspectives, and the rigorous debates over disputed issues of law and fact. He thrives on taking complex legal arguments and presenting them in ways that simplify the complexity and create compelling cases for his clients.

Bar Admissions and Court Memberships

  • State Bar of Georgia
  • State Bar of Tennessee
  • United States Supreme Court
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit
  • U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Georgia
  • U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Georgia
  • U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Georgia
  • Supreme Court of Georgia
  • Georgia Court of Appeals


University of North Carolina, Juris Doctor with Honors, 1983

University of North Carolina, B.A. with Honors in Political Science, 1979

Professional Associations

  • Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA), Arbitrator (Chair Qualified)
  • Member of National Roster of Arbitrators for Consumer Arbitrations, American Arbitration Association
  • American Bar Association, Member, 1984 – Present
  • Atlanta Bar Association, Member, 1984 – Present
  • Public Investors Arbitration Bar Association, Member, 2000 – Present
  • Small Firm and Sole Practitioner Section Atlanta Bar Association, Member of the Board of Directors, 2001-2008
  • Atlanta Bar Association, Chair, Law School Outreach Committee, 2001-2002
  • Atlanta Bar Association, Member, Nominating Committee, 2002
  • Fulton County State Court, Member, Technology Committee, 1999-2000
  • Lawyer’s Club of Atlanta, Member, 2000 – Present
  • Public Investors Arbitration Law Association Amicus Committee, Co-Chair, 2016-2017
  • Public Investors Arbitration Law Association Amicus Committee, 2016 - Present
  • Estate Planning and Probate Section of the Atlanta Bar Association, Board Member, 2022-2023


Mr. Charles B. Lee Related Seminars and Products

Miller & Martin PLLC

Charles (Chuck) Lee, Vice-Chair of the firm's Litigation Practice and Co-Chair of the firm's Labor & Employment Practice, has been with Miller & Martin since 1985 and concentrates his practice primarily on employment law, corporate/commercial litigation and federal agency investigations.

In the employment law practice area, Chuck is lead defense counsel for a number of major companies and other employers in connection with wrongful discharge, discrimination, retaliation, FLSA, ADA, FMLA and whistleblower claims. He has coordinated responses to charges of employment discrimination filed with EEOC and analogous state and local agencies, including on-site investigations by agency investigators. He advises employers with respect to minimizing exposure in connection with reductions-in-force (RIFs), workforce restructurings and day-to-day employment issues. He assists employers in designing, implementing and enforcing alternative dispute resolution (ADR) programs, including mandatory pre-dispute arbitration agreements. He also advises clients on conducting corporate and workplace investigations, including federal and state agency investigations.

In connection with commercial litigation, he served as lead counsel for the FDIC as receiver of a number of failed financial institutions in connection with multi-million dollar commercial disputes as well as professional liability investigations, lawsuits and related insurance coverage issues. He has handled insurance coverage disputes pertaining to D&O insurance and fidelity bond claims.

Chuck also is a Rule 31 certified civil mediator and has served as an advocate in over 100 successful mediations. He has been AV® Peer Review Rated by Martindale-Hubbell® and is admitted to practice in Tennessee and Georgia state and federal courts. He has been listed in The Best Lawyers in America© for Labor and Employment Law since 2010 and was selected in the 2020 Edition of Best Lawyers®  as Labor & Employment Litigation "Lawyer of the Year" for the Chattanooga, Tennessee market.


    • 34 years of helping clients avoid court but winning if a court battle is necessary.


  • J.D., University of Georgia School of Law, 1985
  • A.B., University of Georgia, 1982
    • Phi Beta Kappa

Bar Admissions

  • Tennessee
  • Georgia

Court Admissions

  • State Court of Tennessee and its federal district courts
  • State Court of Georgia and its federal district courts


  • Rule 31 Certified Civil Mediator


  • Martindale-Hubbell® - AV Preeminent® Peer Review Rated
  • The Best Lawyers in America© - Employment Law-Management; Labor Law-Management; and Litigation-Labor and Employment Law since 2010
  • Best Lawyers®  "Lawyer of the Year" (Chattanooga, Tennessee) - Labor Law Management; Employment Law Management, 2023
  • Best Lawyers®  "Lawyer of the Year" (Chattanooga, Tennessee) - Labor & Employment Litigation, 2020


  • American Bar Association
  • Chattanooga Bar Association
  • Tennessee Bar Association
  • National Institute for Trial Advocacy - Advanced Advocate
  • Atlanta Bar Association
  • State Bar of Georgia


  • Metropolitan Ministries - Pro Bono Legal Work
  • St. Peter's Episcopal School - Board of Trustees

Hon. Brian M. Rickman's Profile

Hon. Brian M. Rickman Related Seminars and Products

Georgia Court of Appeals

2015 – Present

Chief Judge Brian M. Rickman was appointed to the Georgia Court of Appeals in November 2015 by Governor Nathan Deal and took office on January 1, 2016.


Born in Madison County, Georgia, Judge Rickman was a jailer working in the Rabun County Detention Center before entering Piedmont College where he graduated cum laude with a Bachelor’s degree in 1998. He earned his Juris Doctor from The University of Georgia School of Law in 2001. While in law school he was a member of the Mock Trial Board and was involved in the Prosecutorial Clinic. Judge Rickman was admitted to the State Bar of Georgia on October 29th, 2001. He began his legal career as an Assistant District Attorney for the Alcovy Judicial Circuit and then the Mountain Judicial Circuit. In 2004 he left the District Attorney’s Office to become a partner in a small town law firm in Rabun County, Georgia. He was a partner at Stockton & Rickman. At Stockton & Rickman, in addition to taking on whatever clients came through the door, including several pro bono cases, he was involved in civil litigation and was defense counsel in several cases including murder cases. In 2008, Judge Rickman was appointed by Governor Sonny Perdue to be the District Attorney for the Mountain Judicial Circuit and this was the position Judge Rickman held prior to taking office at The Georgia Court of Appeals.


In 2004, Judge Rickman became an adjunct professor at Piedmont College. He has taught several courses, including, American Government, Criminal Law and Procedure, and Courts and Society. He is a member of the Piedmont College Board of Trustees.


Judge Rickman was involved in several Professional Organizations as District Attorney. He was a member of the Georgia Board of Public Safety. The Georgia Board of Public Safety has statutory oversight over the Georgia Bureau of Investigation, the Georgia Department of Public Safety, and the Georgia Public Training Center. He was elected to be Secretary of the Georgia Board of Public Safety. Judge Rickman also served on the Criminal Justice Coordinating Council as the Board of Public Safety representative. Judge Rickman was elected by colleagues to serve on The Prosecuting Attorney’s Council of Georgia. The Prosecuting Attorney’s Council has statutory oversight over the State budget and training of Georgia’s District Attorney’s Offices. He served as chairman of the Personnel Committee.


In 2008, Judge Rickman was a recipient of the Piedmont College Alumni Association’s Pacesetter Award. In 2013 he was named by the Fulton Daily Report as a “40 under 40 On the Rise,” selection.



Hon. Paige Reese Whitaker's Profile

Hon. Paige Reese Whitaker Related Seminars and Products

Judge, Fulton Superior Court


  • 2017 - present: Superior Court of Fulton County


  • Juris Doctor: Duke University School of Law (1992)
  • Bachelor of Arts, magna cum laude, Political Science: College of Charleston (1989)


  • Deputy District Attorney, Appeals Division, Fulton County District Attorney's Office
  • Senior Assistant Attorney General, Criminal Justice Division, Georgia Department of Law
  • Board of Governors, State Bar of Georgia
  • Chair, Georgia Commission on Family Violence
  • Fellow, Georgia Womens' Policy Institute
  • Leadership Academy Alumnus, Georgia Association of Women Lawyers
  • Master, Bleckley and Weltner Inns of Court
  • Treasurer, Lawyers Club of Atlanta
  • Executive Committee, Old War Horse Lawyers Club
  • Member, Atlanta Bar Association, Federalist Society, St. Thomas More Society, Stonewall Bar Association
  • Past Chair, Fulton County Juvenile Court Citizens' Review Committee
  • Ambassador, Pink Ribbon Story Foundation
  • Sustainer, Junior League of Atlanta

Hon. Warren P. Davis Related Seminars and Products

Gwinnett County Superior Court

Most lawyers and litigants want to know more about the judge before whom their case is assigned. Judge Davis began his judicial career as a magistrate in 1984 serving in the Gwinnett Magistrate Court. In 1987 he became Chief Magistrate where he served for over twenty-one (21) years supervising 26 magistrates in the court which operated 24 hours/day, 365 days per year. In 2008 he was appointed to the Superior Court. He earned his Master in Judicial Studies Degree from the National Judicial College/University of Nevada. He also earned a B.A. and LL.B. Judge Davis has authored numerous legal articles for training both judges and lawyers. He has received state and national bar association awards for court innovation and public service.

  • Thomas R. Burnside, Jr., - Excellence in Bar Leadership Award – State Bar of Georgia (2009)
  • William R. McMahon Award from the American Bar Association, New York City Annual Convention received the annual award for technical innovation in a court of limited jurisdiction. (2000)
  • Georgia Council of Court Administrators, for help creating video warrant system. (1998)
  • National Association of Counties, Achievement Award Winner for pioneering court innovation. (1998)

Prior to admittance to the Georgia Bar in 1979, Judge Davis was a Gwinnett County police officer and detective.

Community Service Presentations:
You be the Judge - a series of role playing scenarios based upon common criminal sentencing issues where participants portray the prosecution, defense, defendant culminating with the 'sentence' imposed by the participant judge. Age appropriate for high school or above. 60 min.

Mr. Michael J. Gorby, Founder / Partner's Profile

Mr. Michael J. Gorby, Founder / Partner Related Seminars and Products

Founder / Partner

Gorby Peters & Associates LLC


Mike Gorby has tried hundreds of cases and handled thousands of matters for corporations and individuals across the United States throughout his three- decade legal career. Mike’s practice focuses on Insurance Coverage Disputes, Commercial Litigation and Liability for Owners and Managers of Property. He is also a certified mediator.

Mike is a passionate teacher. He’s chaired the Premises Liability Seminar for the Institute of Continuing Legal Education of Georgia (now a Division of the Georgia State Bar) for over twenty years. He is a frequent speaker for state and national legal education programs including ICLE, the National Business Institute and the Georgia Tech Procurement Assistance Center (GTPAC), which helps businesses identify, compete for, and win government contracts.

Mike is the author of Premises Liability in Georgia, which was originally published by Thomson-Reuters® in 1998 and which is now in its Second Edition. Mike is a graduate of the University of Georgia School of Law. Before attending law school, Mike served as an Artillery Officer with the U.S. Army.

Mike is rated AV-Preeminent ® (the highest level of professional excellence) by the Lexis-Nexis Peer Review Ratings™ system, and has been selected as a Super Lawyers® by the Thomson Reuters® peer review system.

Ms. Mary Donne Peters Related Seminars and Products

Gorby Peters & Associates LLC


Mary Donne Peters represents high-growth, closely held companies, often serving as outside general counsel. Mary Donne has handled litigation matters in over thirty states, taking a proactive, integrated problem solving approach to guide her clients through the challenges that arise with rapid corporate expansion and changing markets. Mary Donne served as an Assistant U.S. Attorney for the District of South Carolina, an Honors Attorney for the Antitrust Division of the U.S. Justice Department and a law clerk for a federal appeals court judge (Hon. Emory Sneeden, Fourth U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals), before entering private practice.

Mary Donne is a frequent lecturer for legal and business groups. She chairs a litigation seminar for the Institute of Continuing Education in Georgia (now a division of the State Bar of Georgia) and is the author of Expert Testimony in Georgia, published by Thomson Reuters®. A passionate entrepreneur, Mary Donne is a member of the Atlanta chapter of the Women President’s Organization, a non-profit organization for women presidents, CEOs and managing directors of privately held, multimillion dollar companies.

Mary Donne has served on Metropolitan Atlanta Red Cross Boards since 2008. She is a past board member and officer for Girls Inc. of Greater Atlanta.

Mary Donne holds licenses to practice law in Georgia, Alabama and South Carolina. She is rated AV-Preeminent® (the highest level of professional excellence) by the Lexis-Nexis Peer Review Ratings™ System, and has been selected as a Super Lawyer® by the Thomson Reuters® peer review system.

Mr. Christopher Baker Hall Related Seminars and Products

Hall & Lampros LLP

attorney Christopher B. Hall

My work focuses on helping people injured in car crashestrucking accidents, and other incidents causing personal injury; and helping others who have been victimized at work by overtime and wage violations, harassment, and discrimination. I also work in class actions on behalf of thousands of people who have suffered harm from insurance companies and corporations. I have been practicing law in Atlanta, Georgia for over 25 years, but I have litigated matters in 20 states.

I love the practice of law because it allows me to help people in need. I believe that helping people involves more than getting the largest possible recovery. It also includes listening to and responding to your needs, making you as comfortable with the process as possible, and helping you deal with medical bills, creditors, employers, and anything that adds stress to your situation. I also know that delay is one of the most frustrating things about lawsuits for people who have been injured. The firm is dedicated to never be the cause of delay.

In addition to representing people who need our help, I love working with our younger lawyers and staff mentoring them to be the best people and lawyers they can be. I am happy to say that our lawyers and staff are smart and talented but also great people and a lot of fun to be around.

Outside of work, I love spending time with my wife, two children, and dog Lulu. Some of our best family time includes walks, biking, swimming, good food, playing with Lulu, and cheering for the Bulldogs, Braves, Falcons, Hawks, and Atlanta United!

Here are some of my successes. Although some of the amounts below are large, I get great satisfaction and work just as hard on any case where someone needs help. It does not matter how big the case is.

  • $13 million recovery for construction accident
  • $5.1 million recovery for industrial explosion
  • $2.9 million trial verdict in personal injury lawsuit for back injury
  • $2.6 million recovery for trucking accident
  • $1.77 million trial verdict in business tort dispute relating to breach of fiduciary duty and breach of contract
  • $1.42 million recovery for injuries caused by boat engine explosion
  • $1.5 million recovery for construction accident
  • $1.25 million recovery for work-related back injury
  • $825,000 recovery for pelvic fracture
  • $684,000 trial verdict, including punitive damages, on behalf of individual against corporation for breach of contract, breach of fiduciary duty, intentional infliction of emotional distress and fraud
  • $675,000 recovery for leg injury
  • $550,000 recovery in car crash involving back injuries
  • Many personal injury recoveries for car crashes, motorcycle crashes, and trucking cases
  • Many recoveries under the Fair Labor Standards Act for unpaid overtime and other wage violations, and employment claims for sexual harassment and racial discrimination
  • $180 million class action settlement against Sirius XM radio for antitrust violations
  • $53 million class action settlement relating to USAA insurance companies’ failure to pay sales tax
  • $30 million settlement of class action against GEICO for title and tag fees on first party total loss auto insurance claims
  • $43 million settlement of class action against GEICO for sales tax, title fees, and tag fees on first party total loss auto insurance claims
  • $8 million as appointed Special Assistant Attorney General representing state against Wells Fargo alleging antitrust violations relating to insurance practices
  • $5.5 million as appointed Special Assistant Attorney General in pharmacy benefits management litigation representing public health insurance agency with approximately 180,000 covered lives
  • $6.8 million antitrust settlement against multi-national corporation
  • Appearing in state and federal court proceedings in Georgia, Tennessee, North Carolina, Ohio, Texas, Utah, Louisiana, West Virginia, Michigan, Virginia, Alabama, South Carolina, Florida, New York, Oklahoma, Nevada, Illinois, Colorado, California, and Minnesota


  • University of Georgia (J.D. 1996, with honors)
  • University of Virginia (B.A. 1991) (4-year letterman/team captain, tennis)


  • Georgia, 1996


  • State Bar of Georgia
  • Atlanta Bar Association
  • American Bar Association
  • American Association of Justice
  • Georgia Trial Lawyers Association


Mr. Peter Andrew Lampros Related Seminars and Products

Hall & Lampros LLP

Andrew Lampros has an active trial and litigation practice representing plaintiffs. Andrew has litigated and tried matters in a variety of settings, including Federal Employers Liability Act (FELA), Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA), products liability, wrongful deathtruck accidentsautomobile accidents, motorcycle crashes, consumer fraud, civil rights, negligent security, nursing home and assisted living negligence, insurance bad faith, business torts and commercial litigation.

Andrew has experience litigating and trying cases for individuals and small businesses and has recovered millions of dollars on behalf of his clients, which include:

  • Confidential 8 figure settlement arising from construction accident
  • $7.05 million settlement against a multi-national petrochemical company for product liability arising out of explosion that resulted in worker fatality
  • $2.905 million verdict against a major railroad for a trainman injured when thrown from a train due to excessive slack action
  • $2.56 million jury verdict against a major railroad for a conductor who suffered a torn rotator cuff and injury-related post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
  • $1.9 million settlement on behalf of a worker injured as a result of being electrocuted at a paper mill
  • $1.5 million settlement for worker injury and wrongful death with multiple construction companies for liability arising out of a construction accident
  • $1.4 million jury verdict against a major railroad for a conductor who suffered a back injury as a result of a defective derailer
  • $1.4 million for an elderly resident who was assaulted in an assisted living facility that failed to provide adequate security
  • $1.25 million settlement for a railroad conductor who injured his back in an accident due to excessive slack action
  • $1.0 million verdict for railroad worker who injured knee pulling spikes
  • $950,000 settlement for worker injured by forklift
  • $900,000 settlement for a railroad worker who injured his back requiring surgery on a slip, trip, fall accident
  • $670,000 settlement for client injured by defective chair
  • $500,000 for a railroad engineer who was injured in a tractor trailer/automobile accident
  • $500,000 for a railroad trainman who injured his foot in an industrial yard accident
  • $475,000 for a restaurant supply sales representative injured in a rear-end auto collision
  • $450,000 for a railroad engineer who injured his back in a railcar collision
  • $400,000 for a railroad conductor who suffered post traumatic stress disorder and related injuries
  • $370,000 verdict against MARTA for client injured in bus crash
  • $250,000 settlement for nursing home resident who suffered from bed sores
  • Numerous car crash verdicts and settlements


  • Wake Forest University School of Law (J.D., 1999)


  • Georgia, 2000
  • Tennessee, 1999


  • Supreme Court of Georgia
  • Court of Appeals of Georgia
  • U.S. District Court Northern District of Georgia
  • U.S. District Court Middle District of Georgia
  • U.S. District Court Southern District of Georgia
  • U.S. District Court Eastern District of Tennessee
  • All Tennessee Trial and Appellate Courts


  • State Bar of Georgia
  • American Association of Justice
  • Georgia Trial Lawyers Association
  • Academy of Rail Labor Attorneys

John Ellington Related Seminars and Products

In 1991, Justice Ellington became one of the youngest trial court judges in Georgia when he was appointed State Court Judge of Treutlen County. In addition to serving as State Court Judge for more than six years, Justice Ellington served as a Superior Court Judge by designation in five judicial circuits (29 counties) throughout South Georgia. He also served as Municipal Court Judge in Soperton, Lyons, Reidsville, Glenwood, Mt. Vernon, Ailey, and Uvalda, Georgia.

Justice Ellington graduated from the University of Georgia with a B.B.A. in Accounting in 1982, and from the University of Georgia School of Law with a J.D. in 1985. He attended Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College and graduated with degrees in Business and Political Science. At ABAC, Justice Ellington served as President of the Student Government Association, and he received the George P. Donaldson Award as the outstanding graduate in the Class of 1980.

Justice Ellington has served in many capacities in business, professional, civic, and religious organizations in South Georgia and metropolitan Atlanta. An Eagle Scout, Justice Ellington served as Eagle Scout Alumni Chairman for Troop #56, Boy Scouts of America. He is a past President of the Vidalia Rotary Club, and he is a Paul Harris Fellow Rotarian. He is former Chairman of Four Rivers Ducks Unlimited, past President of the Soperton Lions Club, and former President of the Treutlen County Sportsman’s Club. He served as a Director of Swainsboro Technical College. Justice Ellington is a member of the Lawyers Club of Atlanta, and a fellow of the Lawyers Foundation of Georgia.

In 2000, Justice Ellington was named to Georgia Trend’s “40-Under-40,” recognizing 40 leaders throughout Georgia under the age of 40 who have made significant contributions to the state. He was a member of the 2001 Class of Leadership Georgia.

In 2001, 2006, and again in 2007, Justice Ellington was awarded the prestigious Distinguished Judicial Service Award by the Young Lawyers Division of the State Bar of Georgia, recognizing his outstanding service as a judge and his commitment to improving the practice of law. In 2016, Justice Ellington received the Robert Benham Award for Community Service from the State Bar of Georgia.

Justice Ellington was named the Outstanding Young Alumnus at Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College in 1994. He is a member of the Presidents’ Club at ABAC and serves on the ABAC Foundation. Justice Ellington is a member of the First Baptist Church in Soperton, where he has taught Sunday school and is a former Chairman of the Board of Deacons.

Justice Ellington was born in Vidalia, Toombs County, Georgia, the son of the late Charles E. Ellington, Sr. from Laurens County, Georgia, and Nan Davis Ellington from Johnson County, Georgia.

Beth Reeves Related Seminars and Products

Briefeasy addresses the needs of small to medium sized legal firms who find themselves short on resources and expertise needed for handling unique case-specific issues, discovery and pretrial motions, trial preparation and post-trial motions, including appeals.  Briefeasy also provides assistance with insurance coverage matters, including coverage position letters and responses to coverage denials.  Briefeasy offers affordable and expert legal intelligence, specialty brief development and strategic collaboration that make litigation management and trial preparation much easier and far more efficient.

Briefeasy is led by Beth Reeves, a Georgia attorney with extensive experience in civil litigation, handling both defense and plaintiff work on a broad array of personal injury, insurance coverage, and commercial litigation matters, as well as criminal litigation.  Ms. Reeves offers special expertise on insurance bad faith litigation. She is passionate about researching and developing top-flight legal intelligence and strategy.

Ms. Reeves believes that collaborating early in case development allows firms to arrive at positive results more efficiently, because all efforts are directed towards a strategic goal.

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