Author Archives: Heidi Boe

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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Continuing GTLA’s Legacy of Greatness in 2018 – 2019

BY LAURIE SPEED As I begin my term as the 2018 – 2019 President of the Georgia Trial Lawyers Association, I am reminded of the long lineage of leaders who came before me and the immeasurable success enjoyed by this organization at their hands. I am honored to join the ranks of such esteemed leadership and look forward to continuing ...

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A Case Study in Sexual Harassment Mediation in the #MeToo Era

A Case Study in Sexual Harassment Mediation in the #MeToo Era By Tanya Tate BAY Mediation & Arbitration Services Sexual harassment awareness is undoubtedly increasing in the #MeToo era.  As a result, more and more Plaintiffs are coming forward with complaints about inappropriate conduct in the workplace.  With the extensive media coverage, and the many sexual harassment scandals coming to ...

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Howard Spiva: Protecting America’s Children

BY W. MATTHEW WILSON In this column, Verdict features the great work of GTLA lawyers who are making big impacts in their communities whether through client work or contributing to a social cause. Our GTLA members do incredible work outside their normal casework, and we are honored to share their stories here. Howard Spiva wants to put himself out of ...

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