Bench & Bar, 0821 GABJ, GSB Vol. 27, No. 1, Pg. 58

PositionVol. 27 1 Pg. 58

Bench & Bar

No. Vol. 27 No. 1 Pg. 58

Georgia Bar Journal

August, 2021


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The Georgia Defense Lawyers Association (GDLA) announced George R. Hall of Hull Barrett, PC, Augusta, was sworn-in as president during the 54th GDLA Annual Meeting held at the Omni Amelia in June. Other officers installed included President-Elect James D. "Dart" Meadows of Balch & Bingham LLP, Atlanta; and Treasurer Pamela N. Lee and Secretary William T. "Bill" Casey Jr., both of Swift Currie McGhee & Hiers, LLP, Atlanta. Tracy O'Connell of Ellis Painter, Savannah, was promoted to vice president and Mary Elizabeth "Libby" Watkins of Levy Sibley Foreman & Speir, LLC, Augusta, was elected to the board of directors. Walter B. McClelland of Mabry & McClelland, LLP, Atlanta, was honored with the Distinguished Service Award, the highest accolade given by GDLA. The President's Award was presented to Past President JN. Staten Bitting Jr. of Levy Sibley Foreman & Speir, LLC, Augusta, and his wife, Cindy, for their combined efforts in helping organize and manage GDLA conference arrangements for the past decade. GDLA is committed to advancing the civil defense bar by providing training and resources, facilitating communication, and offering networking to more than 950 members.

Merchant & Gould P.C., announced Partner Lo-retta L. Freeman will co-chair the Patent Design & Trade Dress Group, demonstrating a forward-looking view of the firm's more-inclusive leadership team. The Patent Design & Trade Dress Group serves all clients, regardless of industry or specific technical needs, helping obtain and enforce utility patents, utility models, design patents, trademarks, trade dress, copyrights and trade secrets. Intellectual property spans a wide group of disciplines, as does Merchant & Gould's Patent Design & Trade Dress Group, providing a holistic and integrated approach to help clients secure their protected position in the marketplace.

Bouhan Falligant announced partner Dennis Keene was named to the Georgia Motor Trucking Association's Board of Directors at the organization's annual meeting. The Georgia Motor Trucking Association (GMTA), founded in 1933, is the only organization in the state that provides full-time service and representation for the trucking industry. GMTA serves as the "voice" of the trucking industry in Georgia, representing for-hire carriers, private carriers and affiliate members.

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