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U.S. ambassador to Canada Gordon Giffin,
Ceasar Mitchell, Steve Labovitz, Ashley Bell, Atlanta mayoral candidate Sharon Gay, Lem Ward, Edward Lindsey,
Ben Keane and former state attorneys
general Thurbert Baker and Sam Olens.
John Hall heads the ever-expanding Hall Booth Smith
rm with managing partner Alex Booth,
along with such inuencers in the Atlanta ofce as Matt Towery (also in Florida), Chuck
Clay, former Columbus mayor Teresa Tomlinson, Brad Carver and Alex Kaufman.
Former U.S. Attorney Bobby Christine is back in private
practice and is a new Georgia National Guard brigadier
general. Another former U.S. Attorney, BJay
Pak at Allston & Bird, gained prominence for
successful prosecutions while investigating
Atlanta city hall corruption.
Former U.S. ambassador to Luxemevans
bourg Randy Evans is working in the Atlanta office
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of Squire Patton Boggs. Josh Belinfante
with Robbins, Ross, Alloy, Belinfante &
Littleeld has clout with the Kemp administration. Robert Highsmith (one of
ex-Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed’s attorneys)
is at Holland & Knight along with Keith Wiener and
Alston & Bird boasts of Peter Floyd, Mark Moore
and Michael Tennant. Baker Donelson
has Linda Klein (former president of the
American Bar Association). Prominent at
Balch and Bingham are Josh Archer and
Hugh McNatt. Righton Johnson Lewis
is with Butler Snow. Lobbyists Ragen Marsh and Robb
Willis of Troutman Pepper represent a long client list,
and Charles Peeler joined the rm after
serving as Middle Georgia’s U.S. attorney.
Former Atlanta City Councilman Aaron
Watson and Michael Coleman are with
Thompson Hine. Atlantan Kevin Ross has
managed several successful political campaigns.
Liberal legal warriors Emmett Bondurant, Robert
Ashe, Jason Carter (the grandson of former President
Jimmy Carter) and Sachin Varghese are
high-prole with Bondurant Mixson &
Elmore. And that rm’s Mike Terry is a
skilled appellate attorney, sought after for
his capacity to sustain or dismantle trial
Chalmers & Adams has a team that includes Doug
Chalmers, Michael Adams, Chuck Gabriel and Mark
Wortham. 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. Former U.S. Rep.
Bob Barr of Cobb County heads the Law Enforcement
Education Foundation and another ex-congressman hailing from Cobb is Buddy Darden.
Nelson Mullins heavy hitters include
governmental education guru Glenn
Brock, Stanley Jones, Laura Lashly,
Peter Munk and Suzann Wilcox. Jennidarden
fer Little started her own Atlanta rm and has delved
into political law. Perry McGuire at Smith Gambrell
Russell knows his way around politically as
do colleagues Marsha Ernest, Benjamin
Brooks and David Burge. Veteran Jack
Long in Augusta has represented numerous officeholders and candidates.
Remember Stacey Abrams, who lost the 2018
governor’s race and is devoting time to targeting and
registering new Democratic voters? Bobby Kahn (exGov. Roy Barnes’ chief of staff). Ex-state lawmaker Sam
Nicholson, an Augusta fundraiser for
Democrats and judicial candidates. Republicans Frank Strickland and Bryan Tyson
are partners at Taylor English Duma, Dal
Burton is counsel and Oscar Persons is
senior counsel— and Strickland and Tyson are part of
the governmental affairs arm Taylor English Decisions.
Former U.S. Attorney Joe Whitley as well as civil rights
lawyer O.V. Brantley stay active. And
many prominent attorneys call on Conyers
lawyer M. Qader A. Baig for counsel.
Mark Spix is a 44-year veteran trial
attorney who handles complex alternabaig
tive dispute resolution. Former state Rep. Beth Beskin,
after an unsuccessful Supreme Court campaign, is with
Ben Mathis at Freeman Mathis & Gary.
Cary Ichter of Ichter Davis is the principal author of ABA Guidelines on the use
of special masters. He’s also on the ABA
committee looking at ways to use special
masters to assist courts in dealing with COVID-caused
backlogs. Marietta-based trial attorney Adam Rozen is
a political up-and-comer along with father Roger Rozen
and their rm deals in litigation areas ranging from injury and land use to criminal defense and business.
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 criminal defense
lawyer Bruce Harvey.
Got a DUI in metro Atlanta? PromHarvey
inent in this eld are attorneys and their rm colleagues who especially command the
respect of judges. For several years we
have singled 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.
A key in assessing the 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 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.
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