Author Archives: Heidi Boe

Unleashing the Power of Mediation in Professional Liability Cases

BY LEE WALLACE Professional liability cases ought to mediate regularly and successfully. After all, trial is an unsavory option in a malpractice lawsuit, given the high costs of experts, the complex subject matter that is difficult to explain to a jury, and the lengthy trial time. Furthermore, mediation can be very effective at resolving cases. For example, in the medical ...

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Thoughts from Psychiatrist Michael Prudent, M.D.

As professionals, a lot is expected of us. It is assumed that we are tough, can handle almost anything, can persevere more than the “average” person. All those things might be true, but we are also human. It is very common for professionals like physicians, nurses, attorneys, etc. to experience symptoms of depression and possibly suicidal ideation. It might be ...

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Emergency Vehicle Tort Liability Due Regard V. Reckless

BY LEE GUTSCHENRITTER AND GARY THOMPSON In an urban environment, it is almost an everyday occurrence to witness a first responder emergency vehicle (typically with lights and sirens flashing and blaring) speeding through city streets. The more prudent drivers of these emergency vehicles remain aware of their surroundings and slow down as they approach intersections to make sure they are ...

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Justice For Sarah Jones

BY JEFFREY R. HARRIS AND YVONNE S. GODFREY On February 20, 2014, 27-year-old camera assistant Sarah Jones reported to work on the movie “Midnight Rider,” a film based on the life of Southern rocker Greg Allman, on location in a rural area near Jesup, Georgia. On the first day of shooting, Sarah and the rest of the film crew set ...

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GTLA Involved at Local, State and Federal Levels

BY LAURIE SPEED Fall is always a busy time of year for our political team, and this year has been no exception. The midterm election cycle has kept most of us pretty busy this year (as I’m sure it has many of you, as well!), and the Civil Justice PAC had another record-setting year in terms of money taken in and ...

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Privilege Logs: What Are They and What is Required?

BY ROSS MOORE AND JAMES STONE As a general rule in Georgia for both federal and state courts, the scope of discovery is limited to “any matter, not privileged, which is relevant to the subject matter involved in the pending action,” and relevancy is defined as anything “reasonably calculated to lead to the discovery of admissible evidence.” O.C.G.A. § 9-11-26(b). ...

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Protective Orders: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love O.C.G.A. § 9-11-26(c)

BY ALYSSA BASKAM It’s go time. You’ve filed your case. You served discovery with the complaint. You are ready to move. Forty-five days pass and you receive in response—Defendant will produce responsive requests subject to a protective order. Most trial lawyers have received this response and felt their case’s momentum dwindle as they begrudgingly negotiate protective order provisions. It is ...

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