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Barry Fleming (who took the lead in passing the new
electronic voting machine legislation).
Democrat lawyers at the Capitol include House Minority Leader Bob Trammel, Minority
Whip William Boddie and Reps. Mary
Margaret Oliver, Dar’shun Kendrick,
Josh McLaurin, Beth Moore, Sam Park,
Mike Wilensky, Pam Stephenson and
Brenda Lopez. There’s also Scott Holmoore
comb along with David Dreyer. Democrats on the Senate side include Elena Parent, Curt Thompson, Zahra
Karinshak and Jen Jordan.
THE FEDERAL LEGISLATIVE BRANCH
Four of Georgia’s 14 members of the
U.S. House of Representatives are attorneys: Rep. Sanford Bishop of Albany;
retiring Rep. Doug Collins of Gainesville;
Rep. Hank Johnson of Lithonia; and retiring Rep. Rob Woodall of Lawrenceville.
GOVERNMENTAL AFFAIRS ATTORNEYS
There are a wide variety of lawyers (some are registered lobbyists) who move easily in the corridors of
politics and law “taking care of business.”
Consider these high-prole lawyers and
Josh Belinfante with Robbins, Ross,
Alloy, Belinfante & Littleeld has clout
with the Kemp administration and
serves on the selection committee for federal judges and
United States Attorneys. . . . Robert Highsmith (former
counsel to Gov. Sonny Perdue and attorney to ex-Atlanta
Mayor Kasim Reed) works at Holland &
Knight along with Keith Wiener and
The Atlanta office of Dentons—
the world’s largest law rm— boasts a
high-level roster including U.S. Co-CEO
Jeff Haidet, Gordon Giffin, Thurbert Baker, Keith
Mason, Steve Labovitz, Sam Olens, Sharon Gay, Lem
Ward, Edward Lindsey and Ben Keane. . . . John Hall
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heads the ever-expanding Hall Booth Smith rm with
managing partner Alex Booth along
with such inuencers as Matt Towery,
Chuck Clay, Brad Carver and Scott
Alston & Bird boasts of Peter Floyd,
Mark Moore and Michael Tennant . .
. Baker Donelson has Linda Klein (former President of
the American Bar Association) . . . Balch and Bingham
has Josh Archer, Mike Bowers, and Hugh McNatt . . .
Righton Johnson Lewis is with Butler Snow . . . Lobbyists Ragen Marsh, Robb Willis and Kade Cullefer
of Troutman Sanders represent a long
client list . . . Former Atlanta City Councilman Aaron Watson and Michael
Coleman are with Thompson Hine.
Atlantan Kevin Ross has managed
several successful political campaigns .
. . liberal legal icon Emmett Bondurant, Robert Ashe,
Jason Carter (the grandson of former President Jimmy
Carter) and Sachin Varghese are with Bondurant Mixson & Elmore . . . Chalmers & Adams has a team consisting of Doug Chalmers, Michael Adams and Chuck
Gabriel . . . Atlanta’s Greenberg Traurig office has Ernest
Greer, Christopher Walker, Lori Cohen and Joel Katz
. . . International business-connected
Tom Harrold is at Miller and Martin.
Nelson Mullins heavy hitters include
governmental education guru Glenn
Brock, Stanley Jones, Laura Lashly,
Peter Munk and Suzann Wilcox . . .
Andrew Ekonomou of Brunswick joined President
Trump’s personal legal team . . . Perry McGuire at Smith
Gambrell Russell knows his way around politically as do
colleagues Marsha Ernest, Benjamin Brooks and David
Burge . . . Ray Smith of Smith & Liss is well-connected
in GOP circles, as is Jack Long in Augusta who has represented officeholders and candidates.
Then there’s Stacey Abrams, who
lost the 2018 governor’s race and who
is always angling for higher public
office . . . Bobby Kahn (ex-Gov. Roy
Barnes’ chief of staff) . . . ex-state
lawmaker Sam Nicholson, an Augusta fundraiser for
Democrats and judicial candidates . . . Democrat Stacey
Evans (a candidate for a state House
seat) is at Wargo French . . . Republican
Alex Kaufman (also running for a state
House seat) is with Fox Rothschild.
Taylor English Duma’s founding
partner is Marc Taylor. Republicans
Frank Strickland and Bryan Tyson are also partners,
and Oscar Persons is senior counsel. Strickland and
Tyson are part of the governmental affairs arm Taylor
English Decisions. . . . And we mustn’t forget former
U.S. Attorney Joe Whitley as well as civil rights lawyer
O.V. Brantley . . .
Mark Spix has a regulatory practice and does alternative dispute resolution . . . Cary Ichter with Ichter &
Davis represents former state Rep. Beth
Beskin (Freeman Mathis & Gary) in election litigation over the Supreme Court
seat currently occupied by Justice Keith
Blackwell. Ichter was also the principal
author of recently-adopted ABA Guidelines on the appointment and use of Special Masters by
courts . . . Solo practitioner Bruce P. Brown has led the
ght in federal court concerning electronic voting in
Georgia as well as the election challenge of the lieutenant
governor’s race that went to the Georgia Supreme Court.
criminal defense lawyer Bruce Harvey.
Got a DUI in metro Atlanta? Prominent in this eld are attorneys and their
rm colleagues who especially command
the respect of judges. This year we again
single out two high-prole metro Atlanta
examples: William “Bubba” Head and Bob Chestney.
There are obviously others in Georgia’s major cities, but
Head is a well-known author on the subject.
Craig Gillen of Gillen Withers & Lake has represented many of the politically-connected accused
of crimes. Other attorneys with tremendous impact
include David Worley at Evangelista
Worley and David Moskowitz . . . Harry MacDougald of Caldwell Propst is a
constitutional law expert . . . Lee Parks
is known for winning “whistle-blower”
cases . . . Lin Wood received kudos for
suing media giants that smeared a pro-President Trump
high school student.
THE PROMINENT PRACTITIONERS
A key in assessing impact of a practitioner is the extent to which they are in demand in multiple courts, trials and appeals and how much they are sought to teach
and instruct in multiple venues and diverse segments
of the bench and bar. In other words, a criminal defense
lawyer who lectures to defense attorneys is impressive,
but one who is asked to lecture to judges is more likely to
make this list. Not surprisingly, these attorneys usually
have signicant political/business ties.
In this regard, criminal defense attorney Don Samuel is exemplary. Recognized as a top trial and appellate advocate, Samuel authors books on evidence
law and trial practice for both federal and
Georgia courts. The renowned Ed Garland practices at Garland Samuel & Loeb. And lawyers of
all stripes have been trained in cross-examination by top
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