Author Archives: Heidi Boe

Employment Aggravation of A Preexisting Condition

By Dylan Bess Ocmulgee EMC v. McDuffie, 
806 S.E.2d 546, October 16, 2017. In this case, the Supreme Court of Georgia considered whether an employer must show the availability of suitable employment to justify suspension of workers’ compensation benefits after already establishing that an employee’s work-related aggravation to a preexisting condition has ceased to be the cause of the employee’s ...

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GTLA Selects its 2017-2018 LEAD Class

By Ryals D. Stone The Georgia Trial Lawyers Association has announced the selections for the 2017-2018 Leadership Education & Advanced Direction (LEAD) Program. Now beginning its fifth year, the widely-acclaimed LEAD Program serves to train and equip GTLA members who have been identified as potential leaders in the Association with the necessary tools to take the next steps in their ...

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Lawyer of the Day Program Helps Everyone Rise

By Wick Cauthorn First and foremost, the Georgia Trial Lawyers Association is a political organization. It is, however, a unique political organization. We have set aside our partisan differences to unite behind one cause: to seek justice on behalf of our clients. By justice, I do not mean any vague sentimental ideas about what is fair or what is righteous; ...

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From GTLA LEAD to Georgia State Legislator: An Interview with State Senator Blake Tillery and State Representative Trey Kelley

By Drew Ashby and Sharon Zinns State Senator Blake Tillery State Senator Blake Tillery was elected to Georgia’s 19th district in 2016. Representative Trey Kelley was elected to represent Georgia’s 16 House District in 2012. Sen. Tillery and Rep. Kelley are both Republicans and trial lawyers. They are also both proud graduates of the GTLA LEAD (“Leadership Education & Advanced ...

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Leaving an Impact Long After Verdict Awarded

BY CHRIS GLOVER The Case The case started much like many automotive product liability cases – a new case with a catastrophic injury or death with the unanswered question of whether the vehicle played a role. This time my client’s wife, Penney Bruner, had died in the crash. It never gets easy to hear. Penney was home with her daughter ...

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Active Engagement Creates Success

BY MIKE PRIETO Each year, on the first Monday after the second Sunday of January, 236 legislators from every corner of Georgia make their way to Atlanta to begin the 40-day legislative session, and 2018 was no different. On Monday, Jan. 8 (while many of us were preparing for the College Football Playoff National Championship game), your legislators began the ...

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Death of A Patriarch Leads To Three Cases In One

By B.J. Survant Carl Reynolds and I recently tried a case arising out of the death of Charlie Moore, the 76-year-old father of our five clients, and we obtained a $9.73 million verdict. The verdict was the largest ever in Twiggs County, Georgia. On Sept. 27, 2007, Mr. Moore was heading to Dublin to go fishing with his lady friend ...

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