Author Archives: Heidi Boe

Look Before You Leap: Conducting Jury Focus Groups Before Trial

BY RYALS D. STONE Once you have completed your initial venue research, it can be extremely beneficial to test your case with Jury Focus Groups consisting of similarly situated mock jurors to see how they respond to your various claims of liability against the Defendant(s) for causing your Plaintiff’s injuries as well as your damages presentation. This should be done ...

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Sometimes the Sudden Emergency Isn’t So Sudden

BY MICHAEL L. NEFF An elderly, retired postal worker lives in Ohio. Loving baseball, come March there’s no place he’d rather be than spring training in Florida. So, each year, he packs up his Toyota Highlander SUV and drives south, through Kentucky, Tennessee and Georgia, to reach his destination. Unfortunately, on March 20, 2014, something catastrophic happened. As the man ...

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Slip and Fall Case

Jury award of $600,000 in damages, which was 13 times the special damages, for minor patron who slipped and fell in McDonald’s was not excessive given her persistent pain. By Shaun O’Hara Vineyard Indus., Inc. v. Bailey, 806 S.E.2d 898 (Ga. Ct. App. 2017) In this case, a mother filed a negligence action against Vineyard Industries, Inc., d/b/a McDonald’s on behalf ...

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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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