Bench & Bar, 0217 GABJ, GSB Vol. 22, No. 5, Pg. 54


Bench & Bar

Vol. 22 No. 5 Pg. 54

Georgia Bar Journal

February, 2017


Lawrence & Bundy, LLC, announced that partner John Lewis Jr. received the George Washington University Black Alumni Association's (GWBAA) IMPACT Award. The award is the highest form of recognition bestowed on distinguished black alumni by the GWBAA Executive Committee. Through professional endeavors and community engagement, IMPACT Award recipients have made indelible contributions to their alma mater, their local communities and society at large.

Atlanta attorney Laura Lundy Wheale, with Childers, Schlueter & Smith, walked the red carpet at the New York Film Festival for the world premiere of Ang Lee's "Billy Lynn's Long Half-time Walk." Wheale got the attention of Oscar-winning director Ang Lee because of her acting abilities and perfect Southern accent—so genuine, Lee picked Wheale over several Los Angeles-based actors. She was also cast in Clint Eastwood's "Sully" in a supporting role interviewing Tom Hanks as pilot Chesley Sullenberger. Wheale plans to maintain her legal career in mass tort litigation while continuing to pursue her acting career.

Brian D. Burgoon of the Burgoon Law Firm in Atlanta was elected to the University of Florida College of Law's Board of Trustees. The Board of Trustees serves as a primary support and advisory board for the law school, assists in the budgetary process, provides financial and volunteer resources, facilitates student mentoring programs, and supports student and faculty programs, scholarships and activities. Burgoon previously served as president of the UF College of Law Alumni Council.

Patrise M. Perkins-Hooker, the county attorney for Fulton County, was appointed to the Board of Directors of Atlanta's John Marshall Law School. In her capacity as county attorney, she is responsible for all of the civil legal needs of one of the largest counties in Georgia. She supervises a staff of more than 30 professionals and provides legal advice to seven commissioners and more than 40 departments. Perkins-Hooker was the 52nd president of the State Bar of Georgia and the first person of color elected to that position.

Frank O. Brown Jr., a shareholder at Weissman PC, a real estate and litigation law firm, received the Greater Atlanta Home Builder Association's (HBA) top honor, the 2016 Lewis Cenker Award. This is the HBA's most prestigious award honoring an individual's lifetime achievements and contributions to the advancement of the housing industry. Committed to a responsible housing industry, Brown has provided legal counsel to the HBA for more than 25 years.

A ceremony was held in November at the City of Savannah's Daffin Park tennis courts to unveil a dedication plaque and sign officially naming the tennis courts for former Savannah mayor and tennis player Malcolm Maclean. Maclean's son, Judge John Maclean, members of the Savannah City Council and employees of HunterMaclean attended the event where several individuals including current Mayor Eddie Deloach and City Alderman Julian Miller spoke about Malcolm Maclean's impact on the community. Maclean served as mayor of Savannah from 1960-66.

Bouhan Falligant associate Luke Bradley became an associate member of the Maritime Law Association (MLA) of the United States, a national professional organization of lawyers who practice in maritime or admiralty law. The MLA exists as a venue for maritime lawyers to discuss news and issues in the practice, as a source of opinion and information to the public and as a representative to the international legal community. Its members include law students, lawyers, industry representatives and judges.

Kilpatrick Townsend & Stockton, LLP, announced that it received a perfect score of 100 percent on the 2017 Corporate Equality Index (CEI), a national benchmarking survey and report on corporate policies and practices related to LGBT workplace equality, administered by the Human Rights Campaign Foundation. The 2017 CEI rated 1,043 businesses in the report, which evaluates LGBT-related policies and practices including non-discrimination workplace protections, domestic partner benefits, transgender-inclusive health care benefits, competency programs and public engagement with the LGBT community.

On the Move


McAngus Goudelock & Courie, a regional insurance defense firm, opened an office in Atlanta anchored by partners John Campbell, Trula Mitchell and Thomas Sippel. Campbell practices liability and commercial litigation, with a focus on products liability, premises liability and business tort litigation. Mitchell's practice focuses on workers' compensation defense. Sippel brings more than 20 years of litigation and insurance defense experience to the firm. The firm is located at 3399 Peachtree Road NE, Suite 1625, Atlanta, GA 30326; 678-500-7300; Fax 678-669-3546;

Drew Eckl & Farnham, LLP, announced that Bryant G. Speed II joined the firm as of counsel and Colin Bryan, Natalie Clark and Thomas Kegley joined the firm as associates. Speed specializes in workers' compensation law, and has represented parties before the State Board of Workers' Compensation for most of the last 19 years. Prior to joining the firm, Bryan worked for the Atlanta Center for Arbitration and Mediation and continues to be involved with the Atlanta International Arbitration...

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