Author Archives: Heidi Boe

3 Tips for Defeating Daubert Motions

In tort cases, courts grant defendants’  (Daubert v. Merrell Dow Pharms., Inc., 509 U.S. 579, 595 (1993) motions almost twice as often as they do plaintiffs’ motions. That’s according to an analysis of more than 2,100 rulings from across the country. Here are three tips for defeating  motions. Daubert was meant to loosen an already liberal policy of admissibility was ...

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Thank You, GTLA Champion Members!

Virgil L. Adams Douglas F. Aholt Stephen Douglas Apolinsky Andrew S. Ashby Thomas J. Ashenden Andrew C. Ausband Arthur Bryan Baer William L. Ballard David B. Bell Lloyd Noland Bell Frank J. Beltran Tracee R. Benzo Frederick S. Bergen Bruce Berger John Bey David S. Bills William Q. Bird M.J. Blakely, Jr. David Wm. Boone Joshua William Branch Michael R. ...

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AAJ Addresses Top Concerns With Congress

BY DREW ASHBY 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 ...

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Cheerless Clarity

The Federal Employees Health Benefits Act’s express preemption prescription overriding state law prohibiting subrogation and reimbursement BY SHAWN OWEN AND WESLEY STARRETT The Federal Employees Health Benefits Act of 1959 (FEHBA), 5 U.S.C. § 8901 ., authorizes the Office of Personnel Management (OPM) to contract with private carriers for federal employees’ health insurance. Additionally, FEHBA contains a provision expressly preempting ...

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Pope Langdale: Community Investigator For a Cause

BY ROSS MOORE II Former GTLA President Pope Langdale has given back to his community in several ways: Most notably by his contributions of scholarships to qualified high school students; cars to deserving teachers; and the organization of “Lawyer for a Day,” a program encouraging attorneys from around the state to donate their time and legal expertise to those who ...

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6 Questions for Verdict

BY JENNIFER KURLE AND AARON MARKS Participants for this feature in order of speaker: Lloyd Bell Bell Law Firm www.belllawfirm.com Terrence Lee Croft CroftADR tlc@CroftADR.com Robby Hughes Robert W. Hughes & Associates hughespclaw.com Michael Rafi Rafi Law Firm www.rafilawfirm.com Nick Schnyder Schnyder Law Firm schnyderlawfirm.com Tom Stubbs Stubbs Law Office stubbslaw.com Ryan A. Johnson Ryan A. Johnson, P.C. ryanjohnsonattorney.com Alex ...

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Note taking for the Digital Lawyer

> Notetaking BY JOSH SILK AND JAMES STONE These days, everywhere you turn, there is now a digital representation for things that historically existed in “real” form. From snail mail to email, parchment paper and Word docs, most productivity items have taken on a digital identity. For those that are not aware, the same can be said for digital notebooks. ...

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Amazing Things That Happen When Women Get Involved

BY TRACEE R. BENZO The fiber of our Constitution, progression of civil and human rights and the unalienable right to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness, is being tested. For this reason, it is our obligation as trial lawyers to defend the Seventh Amendment right to trial by jury. Our calling as lawyers is more important than ever before, ...

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