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'They All Started Calling'

L. Chris Stewart never anticipated being a civil rights lawyer; now he’s a face of the movement

Catching the American Dream

Five Georgia attorneys tell their immigration stories

Family Time

Leslie O’Neal on the moral imperative of pro bono work

Speed, Unprecedented Speed

Why Ali Awad says social media is the future of the legal business

Walking the Dark Road

Joanna Delfunt’s summer helping trafficked girls in Cambodia

The Pursuit of Adrenaline and Speed

How personal injury attorney Mark Issa wound up driving for Ferrari

Comfortable Being Uncomfortable

George Koenig comes to the aid of his country

Overturning Quill

Tax attorney Richard Litwin already had a busy practice; then the U.S. Supreme Court changed the way remote businesses worked

Mister Legal Scholar

Don Samuel is the ‘walking legal encyclopedia’ whose cases make headlines

Mind of a Businesswoman, Heart of a Grandmother

Estate planner Mary Burns Galardi sees people at their best and worst

'The World is Not Equal'

Melaney LaGrone uses her police and prosecutor backgrounds to help criminal defense clients

Miss Miracle

Former mentee ShaMiracle J. Rankin pays it forward

From Emergency Room to Courtroom

Registered nurse Tracey Dellacona now reps patients in med-mal cases

'Where Can I Be of Help?'

Amanda Mathis Riedling knows the benefits of pro bono go both ways

The Two Worlds of Tiana Mykkeltvedt

How an orphan from Vietnam wound up reconnecting with her heritage

One in a Hundred

A life lived outdoors has prompted Savannah’s Glen Darbyshire to help protect Georgia’s coast

My Name is My Name

Discovery with Nicholas Bedford

Theater Major

Joyce Gist Lewis uses her acting background to connect with juries

'I Couldn't Get My Kids Out of the Courtroom'

Tom and Jonathan Pope carry on the legal legacy of their famous father

Earning His Stripes

A scene needs conflict, says improv champ (and Adidas defender) Charlie Henn

Home Fires

HOA rep Julie McGhee Howard tries to make sure everyone just gets along

Moving the Needle

From planting trees to challenging the Muslim ban with the ACLU, Gail Podolsky is all in

The Audacity of a HOPE Scholar

Stacey Evans is still looking for ways to lower the ladder

'We Know Our Clients'

The joys and concerns (mostly joys) of being a rural lawyer

Larger Than Life

Remembering Tommy Malone

'Life Feels Different'

Steve Sidman on the questions restaurateurs and chefs have during the COVID-19 pandemic

A Long Way from the Mole Hole

Five legendary Georgia attorneys on practicing law for half a century

Believe Her

Debra Schwartz started fighting inequality at age 12 and never stopped

She Rises Up to the Challenge of her Rival

Discovery with Sarah E. Stottlemyer

A Man with Two Countries

Bryan Ramos works to recognize Filipino WWII vets

The Collegial Court

Bruce P. Brown on clerking for Chief Justice Warren Burger

Nice Being the Boss

“Pay your quarterly taxes” and other lessons from family law attorney Emily Yu

Great Trials, Occasional Errors

Steve Lowry and Yvonne Godfrey’s new podcast delves into the stories, mistakes and risks of notable court cases

The Professor

Chilton Davis Varner lives for teachable moments

Heeding the Call

Why Joe Whitley was tapped to become the first general counsel at the Department of Homeland Security

‘A Hole in the Constitution’

Linda Klein on the story behind the 25th Amendment

Courtroom Confidential

How Steve Sidman serves his celebrity-chef clients

His Father and Atticus Finch

Joseph Beck’s book is more than just family history

The Listening Tours

Linda Klein on her year as ABA president

For Love of Horses

Daryl Buffenstein spends his downtime on the farm

Stockholm Syndrome

Sara Khaki’s journey from Iran to America included a 10-year layover in Sweden

Discovery with N. John Bey

N. John Bey doesn’t believe any victory or loss should be celebrated or mourned for more than a day

Local Counsel with Lisa Collins

IP attorney Lisa Collins tells us what’s good in the neighborhood

Building on the Groundwork

The generation who came along five years after John Lewis and Diane Nash on the progress we’ve made ... and haven’t

A Handshake Lawyer From LaFayette

Zahra Karinshak speaks Arabic with a strong Southern accent

O, Solomiany!

Marvin Solomiany is a family law attorney with a fascinating family history

Post No Billable Hours

FisherBroyles replaces administrative equity decisions with a transparent formula

Practical Applications in Georgia

Handy legal technologies


Ed Buckley helps turn on taps in Haiti

‘A Failure to Communicate’

How to avoid claims for legal malpractice

Discovery with Jane Lamberti

Jane Lamberti on RBG, the BVIs and the joy of trial bags with wheels

Local Counsel with Kathleen Horne

Savannah’s Kathleen Horne tells us what’s good in the neighborhood

The $500 Million Man

Saying “I’ll see you in court” to Pete Law is probably not the best way to start the day

Change Agent

Allegra Lawrence-Hardy was mentored by some of the biggest names in Georgia law; she’s paying it forward with the Sutherland Scholars

Hell Out of Dodge

Jennifer Auer Jordan brings a touch of South Georgia to Atlanta

The ‘Criminalization of Immigration’

‘Destined for death’ in Cambodia, Socheat Chea now helps immigrants make new lives in the U.S.

The Benzo Way

From paralegal to partner to president—and now principal at Benzo Law—it’s been a steady climb for Tracee R. Benzo

The Collector

Rupert M. Barkoff is an introvert by nature, but when he’s passionate about something he goes all in

The Three Lessons of Edward Tolley

The prominent Athens trial lawyer talks about what he’d do to change the justice system

John Mayoue Declines to Comment

The notoriously tight-lipped celebrity divorce lawyer opens up … but not about Jane, M.J. and Usher

The Best Lawyer Bobby Lee Cook Has Seen

What criminal defense attorney Steve Sadow knows can acquit you

The Muckraker

Linley Jones represents the ultimate “little guy”—someone who wants to sue a lawyer

Kathy Portnoy's Complaint

She brought Updike and Mailer to Atlanta, but couldn’t land Philip Roth

Eminent in His Domain

Charles N. Pursley is all condemnation, all the time

Midnight in the Theater of Good Acoustics: A Savannah Story

How T. Mills Fleming gave the Lucas a sequel

When a Cemetery is Not a Cemetery

And other tales from Oliver Maner’s Patrick T. O’Connor

Hugging It Out with Teresa Wynn Roseborough

The self-described Brown v. Board of Education baby embraces The Home Depot

The Wave

An oral history of the first group of female attorneys in Georgia in the 1970s

Two Bobs and a King

How Brinson Askew Berry became the biggest firm in Rome

And the Children’s Lawyer Shall Lead

J.Tom Morgan would like Georgia to rank higher than 49th on everything involving kids

Major, Esq.

Victims of nursing home abuse, Maj. Michael A. Prieto has got your six

Battlefield Norcross

How Rebecca Franklin and Jeff Harris helped close a drug treatment center

GC of the GA GOP

Republican lawyer Anne W. Lewis talks voter ID laws, the state’s political racial divide, and a few social issues—including same-sex marriage—where her position is evolving

One of the Last Southern Gentlemen

Philip C. Henry is the very soul of understatement

The Dealmaker

Don’t misbehave on Aasia Mustakeem’s watch

The Greg Maddux of Georgia Law

Tom Carlock isn’t intimidating; he just beats you

Legal Aide

For more than 40 years, David A. Webster has worked to empower those in need

Doing the Dozens

Professional liability defense lawyer Christine L. Mast juggles dozens of cases—including, recently, Leibel v. Johnson

Feet on the Ground

Teri Plummer McClure ensures that UPS runs smoothly

The Master Storyteller

‘Talk to no one except Edward T.M. Garland!’

First and No Longer Counting

Linda Klein is exemplary; back in the day, she knew she had to be

The Possible Dream

Charles Kuck, lover of both Don Quixote and Atlas Shrugged, has five ways to reform immigration law

New Sheriff in Town

Patricia G. Griffith, a Lady Bulldog at UGA, is also a bulldog in court

David's Song

A college friendship with Brian Piccolo led David Zacks into lifelong pro bono work for the American Cancer Society

Cochran’s Man in Atlanta

Hezekiah Sistrunk Jr. sees lawyering as a service job

Supreme Decision

Leah Ward Sears is off the bench and in the game

Putting the Puzzle Together

Elder law attorney Ruthann Lacey blends professionalism with compassion

Family Matters

When breaking up is hard to do, Randy Kessler is the man to see

The Scout

Jim Matthews uses his ballplayer grading scale for med-mal cases

Scott Schulten’s Bucket List

After an epiphany at 57, the business/corporate lawyer hit the road

Dream Facilitator

What comes after Ph.D.? For Tim Xia, it’s J.D.

C. Neal Pope’s Door-to-Door Advocacy

The class action attorney from Pope, McGlamry, Kilpatrick, Morrison & Norwood on the best mentoring in the world, the greatest tool in cross-examination and what juries can’t forgive

The New King of Torts

Thomas Malone learned from losing; now he rarely does

The Path NOT Cleared

B.J. Bernstein fights mandatory minimums and keeps clients prayed up—and that has made all the difference

Lawyer in the Mist

Richard Horder represents developers, protects gorillas and searches for common ground

The Pilot

Andy Scherffius lands planes, and handles plane-crash litigation, safely 

Baghdad Clarity

Bart Newman grappled with existential questions in Iraq, then published the answers

Speed Racer

Catastrophic injury lawyer Michael L. Werner can’t drive 55

Why Wait?

How a rare disease gave Musa Eubanks perspective

Q&A With Nagendra “Nick” Setty

How Nagendra Setty dropped out (of med school), turned on (to patent law) and set up Fish & Richardson’s Atlanta office

The Man Who Wouldn’t Wait

Why William B. Hill Jr. talks to Juanita

Bright Knight

Why Stephen Bright makes sure no one stands alone

“The Only Thing That Lasts”

Real estate lawyer Carol Clark deals with everything from taxes to termites ... to ghosts

The Triple Threat

Mike Egan fits things together

First-String Attorney

Craig Frankel channels Itzak Perlman for the Atlanta Community Symphony Orchestra

Exhibio Me Argentum

Clint Richardson shows us the (ancient) money

Breaking Away

Ryan Pumpian on teamwork and the joys of finishing 10th

Dirty Harry Holly

How Holly Hempel trained with the Maryland Police Academy

Into Africa

Angela Spivey finds meaning half a world away

This is CNN’s Lawyer

Louise Sams wears many hats at Turner Broadcasting System  

The Squire of Muscogee County

James Butler is as prepared as Winston Churchill and as down-to-earth as Atticus Finch


Lori Cohen, backed by her devoted team, takes a 48-0 record into the courtroom

The Supreme Thrill

Seven Georgia attorneys talk about arguing before the High Court

The Two Lives of Bernard Taylor

The successful trial lawyer was once an undercover narcotics cop in Detroit

It’s Only Rock ’n’ Roll But He Likes It

Workers’ comp attorney Greg Presmanes never let the music die

Top of the World, Ma!

John Thompson climbs stairs to climb mountains

Looking for the Union Label

Jeffrey Mintz defends companies and collects labor history

The Deciders

Phaedra Parks and others talk about being young and hanging a shingle

Georgia's Favorite Nephew

Lawton Jordan grew up at Camp David. So why is he disillusioned with politics?

No Man is an Island

Sea Islander Cal Smith is anything but isolated

Legal Double Eagle

Josh Kamin’s favorite real estate? 18 holes

The Listener

Entertainment lawyer Stephen Weizenecker on the pitfalls of fame

The Bobby Lee Cook Show

Meet the seersuckersuit-wearing, hot-dog-eating, huge-fee-charging Summerville lawyer who may have inspired Matlock

The Storyteller's Story

Atlanta's Ira Genberg isn’t just one of the top lawyers in the country; he’s the next Scott Turow


Whether representing Fortune 500 companies or mentoring young lawyers, W. Ray Persons has the debonair, confident presence of a Nat King Cole

Practice Made Perfect

Beth Tanis’ early fear of failure pushed her to become one of the most successful attorneys in Georgia

Mr. Ethics

Richard Sinkfield quietly wins the day: in court, at the negotiating table, and in his rather remarkable intersection with history

Peripheral Vision

Fine-art photographer Robert West focuses on the timeless

The Art Collector

Lawrence Ashe has an eye for the whimsical

Have Camera, Will Travel

Jim Monacell knows your county courthouse

A Cause to Fight For

Gayle Abramson Csehy talks about that case, and the case for which she'd rather be remembered

Unconventional Wisdom

Lovita Tandy did what everyone told her not to do — and became partner at age 32


Scott Holcomb helped draft the rules of engagement for Operation Iraqi Freedom; now he's bringing the fight home

License to Thrill

Stacey Abrams’ life is Action-Packed! And Spine-Tingling! Even without the spy novels she writes

Swimming with Sharks

Robert Highsmith Jr. navigates between politics, lobbying and ethics

The Lawyer Other Lawyers Made

Robert Jackson IV was an EPA scientist who couldn’t stand having his research abused by lawyers; so he became one

A Hotlantan in Iceland

Marc Douglas Glenn in the land of midnight golf

The Two Sides to the Story

Former prosecutor Noah Pines now works criminal defense

The Greatest Lawyer in the World

Emmet Bondurant isn't the lawyer other lawyers want to hire; he's the lawyer other lawyers want to be

L. Lin Wood Fact-Checks the Media

Why the “attorney for the damned” is not a presidential spokesman

Drawing (Intellectual) Property Lines

Joseph Beck fought to preserve Dr. King’s dream; now he’s fighting for Google’s

The Children's Crusader

Don Keenan almost gave up on the law because he stopped caring; now he cares so much he often lives with his clients before trial

The Lawyer Who Tackled Jim Brown

How Joe Szczecko endured occupied Europe and a Chicago orphanage to become an All-American

Judge, Lawyer, DJ

Althea Buafo explains all—including the Mohawk

Those Magnificent Lawyers in Their Flying Machines

Four attorneys on the best way to avoid Atlanta traffic

Being Ben Affleck

Kodish chose law school over a chance to stand in for Affleck on the set of Forces of Nature

Furcal's Pinch Hitter

Thanks in large part to William Head, the Braves were able to eke out game two of the National League law Division Series

Mr. Reed Goes to Washington?

Thanks to his parents’ sacrifices, Kasim Reed has opportunities in both law and politics

The Child Advocate

Antavius Weems and his 1,300 clients

Regina Molden Won't Wait

The managing partner of Molden Holley acts locally, thinks nationally

Pro on Pro Bono

Courtland Reichman represents the have-nots and the have-lots

Henry Perlowski Fits In

A native New Yorker likes the South just fine

They Got the Funk

Jazz/funk ensemble Cadillac Jones is the real deal

Easy Reader

Ann-Marie McGaughey shows kids that books open doors

The Matchmaker

Ajay Jindia knows someone who knows someone

The Big Brother

William K. Whitner’s schedule makes yours look like a girly-man’s

Corliss in Charge

At first, she just wanted to be a lawyer. Now she’s the first African American to head an Atlanta office of a national firm

Travelin' Man

Tom Harrold has not only picked up 2.3 million frequent flyer miles during his travels, he’s also become friends with Helmut and Mikhail

All the World is Jeff Lewis’ Stage

A former football hero/movie star shines in his role at Holland & Knight

Bill Needle likes the law. But he loves barbecue

Bill Needle likes the law. But he loves barbecue

Al Gore's Lawyer

Who did the former vice president call for help in arguing his case during the battle for Florida? Teresa Wynn Roseborough

The Legal Guitarist

Life is just a song for Doc Schneider

Top Gun

Whether he’s asked to broker a tricky negotiation or land a fighter jet in treacherous waters, Andy Scott never shies from a challenge

The Consigliere

When you're the lawyer for the Godfather of Soul, you have to be fast on your feet. Among many other things, Joel Katz is just that.

Shattering Glass Ceilings

When Mary Ann Oakley began her law career, women were still a rarity in the profession

The Collector

Whether leather-bound sets of books or vintage port, Bob Tanner knows what he likes

Reluctant Hero

Before Richard Deane came along, the Macon school system was segregated and pimps were thriving in Atlanta

Practicing the Law Under the Influence

Robert Chestney and Michael Hawkins take the wheel

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