State Bar of Georgia

104 Marietta, Street, Suite 100
Atlanta, GA 30303
Telephone: (404) 527-8700
Fax: (404) 527-8717

Overview

Established: 1964
Total Number of Members: 37,305
Membership is: Compulsory
Membership in Other Bar Associations: Southern Conference of Bar Associations

Bar Profile:
Aims of the association:
- To foster among the members of the bar of this State the principles of duty and service to the public;
- To improve the administration of justice; and
- To advance the science of law.

Sections

ADMINISTRATIVE LAW
The Administrative Law Section provides a forum for attorneys to become better acquainted with the Georgia Administrative Procedure Act and the numerous administrative agencies of our state government. The Section holds regular meetings, plans seminars and has a newsletter.
Chair: Hon. Ana-Beatriz P. Kidd Kennedy
Office of State Administrative Hearings
230 Peachtree St., N.W., Suite 850
Atlanta, GA 30303
Phone: (404) 657-2800
Fax: (404) 818-3773
Email: akennedy@osah.ga.gov
Dues: $15/yr

AGRICULTURE LAW
The Agriculture Law Section seeks to increase the awareness and further the knowledge of members of the State Bar and general public in agricultural law issues.
Chair: Mr. Allen H. Olson
Moore, Clarke, DuVall & Rodgers, P.C.
2829 Old Dawson Rd.
P.O. Drawer 71727
Albany, GA 31708-1727
Phone: (229) 226-1011
Fax (229) 226-5744
Email: aolson@mcdr-law.com
Dues: $20/yr

ANTITRUST LAW
The Antitrust Law Section facilitates awareness and compliance with the federal antitrust laws. It does so primarily through meetings and programs that alert Section members to recent antitrust developments and allows them to get together with other antitrust practitioners in the private bar and the Atlanta offices of the Antitrust Division and the FTC.
Chair: Ms. Nezida D. Sherman
U.S. Dept of Justice, Antitrust Division
75 Spring St., S.W., Suite 1176
Atlanta, GA 30303-3308
Phone: (404) 331-7100
Fax: (404) 331-7110
Email: nezida.davis@usdoj.gov
Dues: $20/yr

APPELLATE PRACTICE SECTION
The Appellate Practice Section fosters professionalism and excellence in the appellate advocacy and encourages improvements in the appellate process.
Chair: Ms. Jill Pryor
Bondurant, Mixson & Elmore
1201 W. Peachtree St., N.W., Suite 3900
Atlanta, GA 30309-3417
Phone: (404) 881-4100
Fax: (404) 881-4111
pryor@binelaw.com
Dues: $15/yr

AVIATION LAW
The Aviation Law Section offers opportunities to members of the State Bar to acquire and share knowledge of aviation-related topics in order to foster a better understanding of the issues that are unique to aviation law.
Chair: Mr. E. Alan Armstrong
Alan Armstrong Attorney at Law
Parkridge 85 Office Park, Bldg. 5
2900 Chamblee Tucker Road
Atlanta, GA 30341-4128
Phone: (770) 451-0313
Email: alan@alanarmstronglaw.com
Dues: $15/yr

BANKRUPTCY LAW
The Bankruptcy Law Section serves all members of the State Bar whose practice involves debtor-creditor issues in the consumer or commercial law areas by its sponsorship of seminars, publications and networking opportunities throughout the state. Members are encouraged to become active participants in committees involving continuing education, ethics and judicial support.
Chair: Ms. Nancy Jean Whaley
Standing Chapter 13 Trustee (NDGA)
Suntrust Plaza Garden Offices
303 Peachtree Center Ave., Suite 120
Atlanta, GA 30303
Phone: (678) 992-1209
Fax (678) 992-1202
Email: nwhaley@njwtrustee.com
Dues: $25/yr

BUSINESS LAW SECTION
The Business Law Section (formerly Corporate & Banking) Standing Committees on the Corporate Code, the UCC, Securities, Partnerships, Legal Opinions and Publications will continue to consider legislative proposals and monitor legislative developments in their respective areas. These Committees also conduct CLE programs during the year, and the Section annually sponsors a three-day institute on developments in corporate and banking law. The Section also undertakes in-depth studies of various areas of law or practice, which affect a broad range of corporate lawyers.
Chair: Mr. Paul Marshall Cushing
Alston & Bird, LLP
One Atlantic Center
1201 W. Peachtree St.
Atlanta, GA, 30309-3424
Phone: (404) 881-7578
Fax: (404) 881-7777
Email: pcushing@alston.com
Dues: $20/yr

CONSUMER LAW
The Consumer Law Section fosters professionalism and excellence in consumer law advocacy, both through individual and class actions, and to promote improvements in laws governing consumer transactions and fair or deceptive business practices, including but not limited to, those involving credit, insurance, utilities, sales and warranties, as well as the practices of businesses in connection with those transactions in the state of Georgia.
Chair: Mr. A. Thomas Stubbs, Esq.
Commerce Plaza
755 Commerce Drive, Suite 750
Decatur, GA 30030
Phone: (404) 378-3633
Email: stubbs@trialattorney.com
Dues: $25/yr

CORPORATE COUNSEL LAW
The Corporate Counsel Law Section is comprised of State Bar members engaged in corporate law practice with corporations, associations and law firms. The section annually sponsors a two-Corporate Counsel Institute covering topics of interest to corporate counsel and also co-sponsors an annual holiday party with the Atlanta Bar Association Corporate Counsel Section.
Chair: Mr. Marc Gary
BellSouth Corporation
1155 Peachtree St., N.E., Suite 2002
Atlanta, GA 30309-3610
Phone: (404) 249-2050
Fax: (404) 249-5948
Email: marc.gary@bellsouth.com
Dues: $25/yr

CREDITOR'S RIGHTS LAW SECTION
The Creditors' Rights Section seeks to provide learning opportunities for its members and to serve the needs of attorneys practicing in the area of collections and commercial litigation. Members are encouraged to become active participants through the committees, newsletters and educational programs.
Co-Chair: Ms. Harriet C. Isenberg
Isenberg & Hewitt, P.C.
Attorney at Law
Building 15, Suite 100
7000 Peachtree Dunwoody Rd.
Atlanta, GA, 30328
Phone: (770) 351-4400
Email: hisenberg@isenberg-hewitt.com
Dues: $15/yr

CRIMINAL LAW
The Criminal Law Section conducts activities to help keep members updated in the finer points of criminal law, and disseminates information on matters affecting criminal practice, such as code revision, constitutional revision and legislation.
Chair: Mr. Michael J. Cranford
Attorney at Law
913 Washington Ave
P.O. Box 3324
Macon, GA, 31205-3324
Phone: (478) 746-0704
Email: mike@maconlaw.com
Dues: $20/yr

DISPUTE RESOLUTION SECTION
The Dispute Resolution Section facilitates the methods for resolving legal disputes other than through litigation and plans continuing education seminars.
Chair: Mr. Phillip M. Armstrong
Georgia-Pacific Corporation
2007 Howard Circle, NE
Atlanta, GA 30307-1083
Phone: (404) 228-3620
Fax: (404) 584-1461
Email: pmarmstr@gapac.com
Dues: $15/yr

ELDER LAW SECTION
The Elder Law Section promotes the development of substantive skills of attorneys working with older clients by offering continuing education programs. Through meetings and a newsletter, the Section monitors and reports on legislation, case law and regulations related to elder law. The Section undertakes studies of emerging topics in the field of elder law.
Chair: Ms. Ruthann P. Lacey
Ruthann P. Lacey, P.C.
3541-E Habersham at Northlake
Tucker, GA 30084
Phone: (770) 939-4616
Email: rlacey@elderlaw-lacey.com
Dues: $20/yr

EMINENT DOMAIN SECTION
The Eminent Domain Section is organized to promote education relating to the law of eminent domain in the State of Georgia.
Chair: Ms. Anne W. Sapp
Ann W. Sapp, P.C.
2100 RiverEdge Pkwy, Suite 700
Atlanta, GA 30328
Phone: (404) 892-6668
Email: annewsappc@aol.com
Dues: $35/yr

ENTERTAINMENT & SPORTS LAW
The Entertainment & Sports Law Section is unique in both its membership and its goals. Its goals are to educate and promote networking among Section members and guests. Varied programs include a monthly luncheon lecture series with CLE credits as well as local and international seminars. The Florida and Tennessee Bars have joined forces with this section to provide an international seminar. Members, as well as the Bar at large, enjoy learning and socializing in a relaxed atmosphere.
Chair: Ms. Lisa Moore
Georgia Lawyers for the Arts
Attorney at Law
King Plow Arts Center
Suite J-101
887 W. Marietta Ave.
Atlanta, GA 30318
Phone: (404) 873-3911
Email: lisa@glarts.org
Dues: $25/yr

ENVIRONMENTAL LAW SECTION
The Environmental Law Section, through its monthly brown bag lunches, provides its members with a unique opportunity to get to know other lawyers from industry, federal and state government, public interest organizations and private law firms who practice environmental law on a day-to-day basis. Membership in the Section also enables members to stay informed on current environmental subjects, including legislative and regulatory developments, through its quarterly newsletter. The Section also sponsors semi-annual seminars with CLE credit, as well as field trips and social events.
Chair: Mr. David Michael Meezan
Alston & Bird, LLP
1201 West Peachtree St.
Atlanta, GA 30309
Phone: (404) 881-7000
Fax: (404) 881-7777
Email: dmeezan@alston.com
Dues: $25/yr

EQUINE LAW SECTION
The Equine Law Section is organized as an association of licensed attorneys in the state of Georgia who desire to develop their knowledge and professional abilities in equine matters of law in order to render better service to their clients and the general public.
Chair: Mr. Edward W. Gadrix Jr.
Gadrix & Associates
770 Old Roswell Place, Suite B-200
Roswell, GA 30076-1683
Phone: (678) 461-9525
Fax: (678) 461-9250
Dues: $20/yr

FAMILY LAW SECTION
The primary objective of the Family Law Section is to keep domestic relations practitioners informed of changes in applicable statutory and case law which impact us every day. The Section promotes this continuing education process through seminars, meetings of the Section; and a newsletter which is invaluable to all family law practitioners. The Section also monitors legislation in an attempt to improve the administration of family law justice in Georgia.
Chair: Mr. Shiel G. Edlin
Stern & Edlin
225 W. Wieuca Rd.
Atlanta, GA, 30342-3321
Phone: (404) 256-0010
Fax: (404) 851-9081
Email: shiel@stern-edlin.com
Dues: $35/yr

FIDUCIARY LAW
The Fiduciary Law Section has its primary goal the improvement of skills of lawyers who practice in the fiduciary area by sponsoring seminars such as the Fiduciary Law Seminar, the Estate Planning Institute in Athens, the Basic Estate Planning Seminar and other programs. In addition, the Section monitors legislation in the fiduciary area, helps in drafting fiduciary legislation and works with the probate judges to improve the administration of justiceand seeks to maintain high standards of professionalism and a strong sense of collegiality among the Section Members.
Chair: Mr. Alan F. Rothschild Jr.
Hatcher Stubbs Land Hollis & Rothschild LLP
P.O. Box 2707
Columbus, GA 31902
Phone: (706) 324-0201
Fax: (706) 322-7747
Email: ar@hatcherstubbs.com
Dues: $30/yr

GENERAL PRACTICE & TRIAL LAW SECTION
The General Practice & Trial Law Section proclaims itself ‚??Georgia‚??s Largest Law Firm.‚?Ě It is one of the largest sections of the State Bar of Georgia. Benefits of membership include a new membership directory, Calendar Call, luncheons, liaison to other sections and the American Bar Association, and a Web presence. Section seminars focus on trial practice, law staff training, office technology, mediation and basic corporate practice. Members enjoy inexpensive access to an extensive audio cassette and videotape library. The Section proudly supports the Georgia High School Mock Trial Competition and the Georgia Institute of Trial Advocacy. Through the Tradition of Excellence Awards, the Section annually recognizes outstanding lawyers and judges at its annual June meeting.
Chair: Mr. Jefferson C. "Cal" Callier
Taylor Harp Callier & Morgan
233 Twelfth St., Suite 900
P.O. Box 2645
Columbus, GA 31902-2645
Phone: (706) 323-7711
Fax: (706) 323-7544
Email: calcallier@aol.com
Dues: $35/yr

GOVERNMENT ATTORNEYS SECTION
The Government Attorneys Section was formed in recognition of the significant number of attorneys engaged in government service. The purpose of this section is to provide a forum for government attorneys and to promote their interest before and participation in the State Bar of Georgia.
Chair: Ms. Ann Picket
Secretary of State Cathy Cox
2 MLK Jr. Drive, Suite 820 West Tower
Atlanta, GA 30334
Phone: (404) 656-0990
Email: apickett@sos.state.ga.us
Dues: $10/yr

HEALTH LAW
The Health Law Section deals with a wide variety of health care law issues relevant to attorneys for hospitals, physicians, insurers, employers, patients and government agencies. These issues include Medicare/Medicaid and private insurance reimbursement issues; medical malpractice; certificates of need and state licensure; health care finance, taxation and antitrust; managed care (HMO and PPO); and hospital staff issues and peer review. The Section publishes a newsletter for its members and conducts educational seminars during the year. The Section also sponsors health law projects among the various Georgia law schools, such as the Georgia Advocate's Guide to Health Care, prepared by Mercer University School of Law with funding from the Section. The Section co-sponsors with ICLE an annual Health Care Fraud Institute.
Chair: Mr. William Wright Calhoun
Langley & Lee LI.C
1604 W. Third Avenue
P.O. Box 607
Atlanta, GA, 31702-0607
Phone: (229) 431-3036
Fax: (229) 431-2249
Email: billcalhoun@langleyandlee.com
Dues: $20/yr

IMMIGRATION LAW
The Immigration Law Section provides education, advice and disseminates information regarding current conditions relating to the practice before various government agencies including Department of Homeland Security, U.S. and state Department of Labor, etc., to its members in the area of U.S. immigration law.
Chair: Ms. Layli Eskandari Deal
Levine & Eskandari, LLP
1050 Crown Pointe Parkway, Suite 1460
Atlanta, GA, 30338
Phone: (770) 551-2700
Fax: (770) 551-2701
Email: layli@leimmigration.com
Dues: $15/yr

INDIVIDUAL RIGHTS LAW
The Individual Rights Law Section serves the Bar through educational activities intended to protect and promote the rights of individuals. In recent years the Section has sponsored continuing legal education seminars on such topics as privacy in the information age, environmental justice, and civil rights litigation. During the legislative session the Section monitors legislation likely to have a significant impact on members. The Section sponsors community service projects, hosts informal gatherings for its members and special guests, such as members of the judiciary and legislature, and publishes a newsletter for its members to keep them informed of current developments affecting individual rights.
Chair: Mr. Michael Leo Monahan
State Bar of Georgia
Attorney at Law
Director, Pro Bono Program
104 Marietta Street, Suite 100
Atlanta, GA 30303
Phone: (404) 527-8762
Email: mike@gabar.org
Dues: $15/yr

INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY LAW
The goals of the Intellectual Property Law Section include promoting communication and cooperation among lawyers practicing in the various areas of domestic and international intellectual property law and providing continuing education opportunities.
Chair: Mr. Malvern Ulysses "Griff" Griffin III
Sutherland Asbill & Brennan, LLP
999 Peachtree St., Suite 2300
Atlanta, GA 30309-3996
Phone: (404) 853-8233
Fax: (404) 853-8806
Email: griff.griffin@sablaw.com
Dues: $25/yr

INTERNATIONAL LAW
The International Law Section endeavors to provide a forum for its members to exchange ideas and experiences related to representation of domestic or foreign clients in connection with matters involving more than one national jurisdiction. In addition, the Section keeps its members informed of the latest developments in the areas of international law and practice through an annual continuing legal education seminar, luncheon study groups and periodic presentations by experts in their field.
Chair: Mr. Dominique Marc Henri Lemoine
Sokolow, Carreras, Lemoine & Partners
115 Perimeter Center Place, Suite 495
Atlanta, GA 30346
Phone: (770) 351-0099
Fax: (770) 351-0097
Email: dlemoine@sc-associes.com
Dues: $25/yr

JUDICIAL SECTION
The Judicial Section fosters professionalism and excellence in the judiciary, encourages improvements in judicial process and court operations, solicits input from non-judicial bar members upon judicial procedures and court operations, and encourages interaction between bench and bar of the State Bar of Georgia.
Chair: Hon. Adele L. Grubbs
Judge, Superior Court of Cobb County
30 Waddell St.
Marietta, GA 30090
Phone: (770) 528-1826
Fax: (770) 528-1830
Email: agrubbs@cobbcounty.org
Dues: $10/yr

LABOR AND EMPLOYMENT LAW SECTION
The Labor and Employment Law Section focuses attention on all areas of labor/management-employee/employer relationships through continuing legal education.
Chair: Ms. Jule (Julie) Seibels Northup
Thompson Rollins Schwartz Borowski LLC
160 Clairemont Avenue, Suite 595
Decatur, GA 30030
Phone: (404) 377-7717
Fax: (404) 377-5119
Email: jsn@trsbattorneys.com
Dues: $20/yr

LEGAL ECONOMICS LAW
The Legal Economics Law Section provides information and assistance on the administrative, business and practical aspects of the practice of law. The Section produces a newsletter with the Law Practice Management Program of the State Bar of Georgia and co-sponsors seminars.
Chair: Mr. Robert G. Brazier
Gambrell & Stolz, LLP
Attorney at Law
3414 Peachtree Rd., N.E., Suite 1600
Atlanta, GA 30326
Phone: (404) 221-6506
Email: rbrazier@gambrell.com
Dues: $10/yr

LOCAL GOVERNMENT LAW SECTION
The Local Government Law Section provides a forum for attorneys representing local governments to exchange ideas and experience. The Local Government Institute for City and County Attorneys is held annually in Athens. Speakers are chosen to discuss current legal, practical and ethical problems in defending and advising local governments.
Chair: Mr. John Edward "Ed" Trice Jr.
Mallory & Trice
P. O. Box 832
Thomaston, GA 30286-0832
Phone: (706) 647-1842
Email: etrice@mallorytrice.com
Dues: $10/yr

MILITARY/VETERANS AFFAIRS
The main purpose of the Military Law/Veterans Affairs Section is to keep in touch with Georgia lawyers in the military service. The Section maintains a liaison with judge advocate sections of the different military services.
Co-Chair: Ms. Melinda Kinney Hart
Affleck & Gordon P.C.
Attorney at Law
150 E. Ponce de Leon Ave., Suite 280
Decatur, GA 30030
Phone: (404) 373-1649
Email: mhart@affleckandgordon.com
Co-Chair: Mr. D. Kent Shelton
Law Offices of D. Kent Shelton
5000 Austell-Powder Springs Rd.
Suite 208, Threadmill Complex
Austell, GA 30106
Phone: (678) 945-7550
Dues: $15/yr

PRODUCT LIABILITY LAW SECTION
The Product Liability Law Section co-sponsors two seminars annually. Members receive a quarterly newsletter featuring case summaries, articles, section member profiles and a calendar of section events, which will include meetings in Rome, Savannah and Macon.
Chair: Mr. Lance Alan Cooper
Cooper Jones & Cooper LLP
Building J, Suite 43
701 Whitlock Ave., SW.
Marietta, GA, 30064
Phone: (770) 427-5588
Email: lcooper@cooperjones.com
Dues: $25/yr

REAL PROPERTY LAW SECTION
The Real Property Law Section promotes continuing legal education by co-sponsoring with ICLE each year, a commercial real property law seminar in the fall, a basic real estate practice seminar in the winter, and a Real Property Law Institute in May. The Section is reaching out to all areas of the state by initiating Real Estate Road Shows on hot topics. The Section also monitors and proposes legislative issues. Our newsletter updates practitioners on practical topics and judicial developments three times a year.
Chair: Mr. David J. Burge
Smith, Gambrell & Russell, LLP
Suite 3100, Promenade II
1230 Peachtree St., NE
Atlanta, GA, 30309-3592
Phone: (404) 815-3512
Fax: (404) 815-3509
Email: dburge@sgrlaw.com
Dues: $30/yr

SCHOOL & COLLEGE LAW
The School and College Law Section provides Section members with opportunities to interact with those actively engaged in practicing school and college law. The Section co-sponsors annually, with the ICLE, a seminar on school and college law issues.
Chair: Ms. Mary M. "Peggy" Brockington
Strickland Brockingham Lewis LLP
Midtown Proscenium, Suite 2000
1170 Peachtree St., N.E.
Atlanta, GA 30309
Phone: (678) 347-2200
Fax: (678) 347-2210
Email: mmb@sbllaw.net
Dues: $15/yr

SENIOR LAWYERS SECTION
The goals of the Senior Lawyers Section include informing lawyers of retirement opportunities, options and benefits, support and assistance to senior lawyers in continuing their careers, improved representation for the disadvantaged, increased pro bono work, encouraging the development of alternative provisions of dispute resolution, advancement of substantive elderly law and professional collegiality.
Chair: Mr. Wallace Eugene Harrell
Gilbert Harrell Sumerford & Martin, PC
Attorney at Law
777 Gloucester St., Suite 200
P.O. Box 190
Brunswick, GA, 31521-0190
Phone: (912) 265-6700
Email: wharrell@ghgsm.com
Dues: $10/yr

TAXATION LAW SECTION
The Taxation Law Section actively pursues the continuing education of the members of the State Bar in the field of federal and state taxation; maintains liaison with the Internal Revenue Service, the State Department of Revenue and the Georgia State University Tax Clinic; monitors state legislation affecting taxation; and makes recommendations concerning legislative and administrative rules.
Chair: Mr. Sam Leonard Brannen Jr.
Dekalb County Law Department
1300 Commerce Dr., 5th Floor
Decatur, GA, 30030
Phone: (404) 371-3011
Fax: (404) 371-3024
Email: sbrannen@co.dekalb.ga.us
Dues: $20/yr

TECHONOLOGY LAW SECTION
The Technology Law Section provides a forum for lawyers to discuss in depth the legal issues raised by computer technology.
Chair: Mr. Michael Kevin Stewart
Friend, Hudak & Harris, LLP
Three Ravina Dr., Suite 1450
Atlanta, GA, 30346-2131
Phone: (770) 399-9500
Fax: (770) 395-0000
Email: mstewart@fh2.com
Dues: $25/yr

TORT & INSURANCE PRACTICE SECTION
The Tort & Insurance Practice Section has four main functions: (1) to further the education of its members by providing seminars on insurance-related legal topics; (2) to keep its members abreast of current developments in insurance law, such as case law, legislation or regulations; (3) to provide a forum for the exchange of views on the insurance-related aspects of the practice of law; and (4) to influence for the better, when appropriate, those activities which relate to insurance and affect lawyers; (5) to develop a relationship with the State Insurance Commissioner's Office that will enhance the interests of the members of the Section.
Chair: Mr. David John Forestner
Phears & Moldovan
4735 Peachtree Corners Circle, Suite 375
Norcross, GA, 30092
Phone: (770) 446-2116
Email dforestner@pmlawfirm.com
Dues: $15/yr

WORKERS' COMPENSATION LAW SECTION
The Workers' Compensation Law Section seeks through its work to keep its members fully informed in the area of workers' compensation. The Section works closely with the State Board of Workers‚?? Compensation to convey information regarding new rule changes and statutes to its members. It actively participates in and supports workers‚?? compensation seminars and continuing legal education.
Chair: Mr. Timothy V. Hanofee
Suite 1
1900 Century Blvd.
Atlanta, GA, 30345
Phone: (404) 325-2281
Fax: (404) 325-8487
Dues: $25/yr