AAJ Addresses Top Concerns With Congress


On March 28–29, 2017, Lance Cooper, AAJ Parliamentarian Navan Ward, Patrick and Emily Matson, and I traveled to Washington, D.C. to meet with the Republican members of the Georgia Congressional delegation. We were there along with approximately 60 other AAJ members who were meeting with members of Congress from their states, where are main focus was to discuss H.R. 1215, a bill severely restricting medical malpractice, pharmaceutical and medical device litigation. That also allowed us to discuss the 7thand the importance of a robust civil justice system. Republicans in Congress are sometimes not well-versed with these issues, and we are eager to start a dialogue about it—one that will better explain how these issues are inextricably linked to constitutional principles that they hold as core values. Our meetings went very well and we are actively engaging in follow-up with a few of the Republican members who were the most receptive to our discussions, but we can only be successful with the support and involvement of everyone.

Visit www.gtla.org to learn more about the Civil Justice PAC and how you can get involved. Together, we can protect the rights of our clients and of all of Georgia’s citizens.


Drew Ashbyis an Associate with the Cooper Firm in Marietta, Georgia. He specializes in catastrophic personal injury, wrongful death, and product liability cases. Ashby has a special expertise in product liability cases involving automobiles, ATVs, boats, industrial equipment, and a variety of consumer/household products. He is a GTLA Champion Member as well as a member of the Verdict Editorial Board. He can be reached at

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