Bench & Bar, 0616 GABARJ, GSB Vol. 21, No. 7, Pg. 42

Bench & Bar

Vol. s21 No. 7 Pg. 42

Georgia Bar Journal

June, 2016


> Morris, Manning & Martin, LLP, received the Law Firm of the Year Award from the Pro Bono Partnership of Atlanta (PBPA) at an awards reception in March. PBPA is an organization that matches volunteer lawyers with local nonprofits in need of free legal counsel. The organization honored Morris, Manning & Martin, LLP, for its outstanding work on the many legal matters PBPA matched with the firm's volunteers.

> The Burgoon Law Firm, LLC, announced that Brian D. Burgoon was elected 2016-17 vice president of the University of Florida Alumni Association, a network of nearly 100 Gator Clubs® in Florida, across the United States and internationally.

> Hall Booth Smith, P.C., announced that partner Melanie Slaton was selected to be in the Litigation Counsel of America due to her professional excellence and integrity along with her commitment to diversity. The purpose of the society is to recognize deserving, experienced and highly qualified lawyers.

> Macon attorney Christopher N. Smith was appointed a Knight of the Order of Dannebrogby Her Majesty The Queen, Margrethe II of Denmark in recognition for his valuable services as Consul of Denmark in Georgia.

Taylor English Duma LLP announced that founding partner Joseph M. English joined Kennesaw State University (KSU) Entrepreneurship Center's Executive Advisory Council, a senior-level task force established for the purpose of promoting and advancing the KSU Entrepreneurship Center.

Partner Vivian D. Hoard was elected to the Fellows of the American Bar Foundation. This honor is limited to one percent of the legal profession in each jurisdiction, and represents a group of peer-selected attorneys, judges, law school faculty and legal scholars who have demonstrated outstanding leadership in the profession and service to society.

Senior counsel Michael H. Trotter was honored with a proclamation from the City of Atlanta during the March 21 Atlanta City Council meeting for his significant contributions to the local community.

Counsel David Hricik was named as a member of the American Law Institute, an organization whose members include prominent judges, lawyers and law professors from across the country, that works to clarify, modernize and improve the law.

Attorneys Eric S. Fisher and Alison M. Ballard were honored by the Georgia Appleseed Center for Law and Justice with the 2016 Good Apple Award in recognition of their pro bono efforts in facilitating the Student Tribunal Project/Foster Child Representation. The program assesses the fairness of the administrative hearing (tribunal) used when students and their parents seek review of proposed school discipline involving out of school suspensions of greater than 10 days. Fisher was also named an associate fellow in the Litigation Counsel of America.

> Jackson Lewis P.C. announced that principal Roz Hall was elected to the Anti-Defamation League's Southeast Region Board of Directors. The Anti-Defamation League is the nation's premier civil rights/human relations agency, striving to fight all forms of bigotry and defend democratic ideals.

> Kilpatrick Townsend & Stockton announced that partner Adria Perez was selected as a member of the 2016 Class of Fellows to participate in the landmark program created by the Leadership Council on Legal Diversity to identify, train and advance the next generation of leaders in the legal profession.

> Leadership Georgia announced the election of Joy Lampley-Fortson, U.S. Department of Homeland Security, as the 2016 president of the Leadership Georgia Board of Trustees. Leadership Georgia stands as one of the nation's oldest leadership training programs for young business, civic and community leaders who have the desire and potential to work together to create a better Georgia.

> HunterMaclean announced that partner Mills Fleming was honored by the State Bar of Georgia and the Chief Justice's Commission on Professionalism with the Justice Robert Benham Award for Community Service. The award recognizes judges and lawyers from the 10 judicial districts across Georgia who have made outstanding contributions in the area of community service.

> Smith Moore Leatherwood announced that partner Barry Herrin received the Robert E. Burt Boy Scout Volunteer Award from the National Society, Sons of the American Revolution (SAR). The Burt Award honors members of SAR who act as role models and provide outstanding and continuing dedicated service to the youth involved in the Boy Scouts of America.

> Morris A. Nunes, of counsel to The Silverbach Group of Kennesaw, announced the publication of his sixth book (co-authored with Andrew Pressman), "Designing Profits," a guide to business management for architects, engineers and other design professionals, in line with his practice of counseling private-held businesses, professional practices and nonprofits.


Miller & Martin PLLC announced that the Italian Republic named attorney Ryan Kurtz Honorary Consul General of Italy in Atlanta. The purpose of the office is to develop economic, commercial, scientific and cultural relations between Italy and Adanta and to safeguard the interests of Italy and its citizens traveling or residing in the consular district.

On the Move

In Atlanta

> Nelson Mullins Riley & Scarborough LLP announced the addition of Rusty A. Fleming and David J. Burch as partners, Meena Dev-Sidhu as of counsel, and Jenna L. Lasseter, Seth M. Bloomfield and David E. Weinstein as associates. Fleming represents major commercial banks and other lenders in a variety of single-asset and multi-asset credit facilities, CMBS, mezzanine and other structured debt arrangements. Burch practices in all areas of real estate capital markets and development. Dev-Sidhu focuses her practice on loan originations, assumptions and complex debt restructurings, with an emphasis on CMBS loans and subordinated debt structures. Lasseter focuses her practice on representing lending institutions in a variety of finance transactions, including agented credit facilities, acquisition financings and note offerings in various industries. Bloomfield focuses his practice in the areas of real estate capital markets and commercial finance. Weinstein focuses on real estate with a concentration in commercial development, zoning, land use and leasing. The firm is located at 20117th St. NW, Suite 1700, Atlanta, GA 30363; 404-322-6000; Fax 404-322-6050;

> Lewis Brisbois Bisgaard and Smith LLP announced the addition of Kelly Eisenlohr-Moul as partner. Eisenlohr-Moul's practice focuses on the defense of management clients in employment-related litigation. The...

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