Bench & Bar, 0820 GABJ, GSB Vol. 26, No. 1, Pg. 48

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Bench & Bar

Vol. 26 No. 1 Pg. 48

Georgia Bar Journal

August, 2020


The Litwin Law Firm, P.C., announced that Richard C. Litwin was named a 2019 Pro Bono Partnership of Atlanta (PBPA) Volunteer of the Year. Litwin was one of six attorneys recognized for outstanding volunteer pro bono efforts at PBPA’s reception at King & Spalding in March. PBPA matches attorneys based on their particular expertise with local nonprofits in need of free legal counsel. Through PBPA, Litwin helps nonprofits facing state and local tax issues, represents individuals and businesses in state and local tax matters, and deals with a variety of issues that arise during audit and during protest and appeal to the Georgia Tax Tribunal and to local governments.

Taylor A. Samuels announced her commission as a first lieutenant in the U.S. Army Judge Advocate General’s Corps, and graduation from the 210th Judge Advocate Officer Basic Course at The Judge Advocate General’s Legal Center and School in Charlottesville, Virginia. Samuels was placed on the Commandant’s List for her academic achievements and received the American Bar Association’s Outstanding Legal Assistance Student Award.

Lueder, Larkin & Hunter LLC announced that partner Thua G. Barlay was elected to serve a three-year term on the Real Property Law Section Executive Committee of the State Bar of Georgia. The Real Property Law Section provides resources for both commercial and residential practitioners.

The Mabra Law Firm, headed by Ronald E. “Ronnie” Mabra Jr., donated $15,000 and more than 100 masks to King of Pops in support of its Unexpected Moments of Happiness Campaign, an effort to deliver 10,000 King of Pops popsicles to workers on the frontlines of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Carlton Fields, P.A., announced that its chairemeritus, Benjamine Reid, was recognized with a Life Achievement Award by the Daily Business Review in its annual awards in the Miami-Dade County Bar Association.

Baker, Donelson, Bearman, Caldwell & Berkowitz, PC, was named a winner in the second annual USA Middle Market Atlas Awards. The awards, presented by the Global M&A Network, recognize the achievements of influential dealmakers and leaders, outstanding firms and the best growth-delivering transactions. Baker Donelson was honored in the “Deal of the Year” category for its work in the acquisition of STR, Inc. by CoStar Group, Inc., the leading provider of commercial real estate information, analytics and online marketplaces.

Parker Poe Adams & Bernstein LLP announced that Elizabeth Story was elected president of the Georgia Association for Women Lawyers (GAWL) Foundation. In that position, Story will play a leading role in encouraging philanthropy by women lawyers for the benefit of the greater Georgia community. She has served on the board of directors for the GAWL Foundation since 2016, and has also co-chaired its Grants Committee and its Art Auction Committee, which spearheads the foundation’s largest fundraiser each year. The GAWL Foundation helps link women lawyers with community service opportunities and provides grants to 501(c)(3) organizations serving women and children. It also awards scholarships to women at Georgia law schools who are interested in pursuing careers in public interest law.

Additionally, the firm announced that partner David Pardue was elected to the board of directors for EarthShare Georgia. In that position, Pardue will play a leading role in connecting corporations with nonprofits focused on environmental causes. EarthShare Georgia...

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