Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

Merry Christmas, 36 x 36 inch quilt by O.V. Branltey,  2002.

Merry Christmas, 36 x 36 inch quilt by O.V. Brantley, 2002.

May the holiday season bring you

an abundance of joy and contentment!

Governor Nathan Deal Speaks at State Bar

A beautiful view of Hilton Head Island

A beautiful view of Hilton Head Island

Governor Nathan Deal spoke about prison reform at the 2013 State Bar Conference held on Hilton Head Island, SC recently. His speech reflected a progressive approach to prison reform that was well received by the delegates.

The seminars were informative, the networking was fun, and the island was beautiful.

See you next year on Amelia Island!

Willie Lovett Sworn in as Juvenile Court Judge

Judge Willie Lovett

Judge Willie Lovett

There was no one in the audience happier than me when longtime friend and colleague Willie Lovett was sworn in as a Fulton County Juvenile Court Judge May 21, 2013. Willie and I worked together at the City of Atlanta Law Department and at the Fulton County Attorney’s Office. Most recently, Willie was the director of the office of the  Fulton County Juvenile Court Child Advocates.

He is a brilliant jurist, a fun person, and has a strong sense of fair play.  I know he will serve the bench with distinction.

Congratulations Judge Willie!

Best Lawyers

Best Lawyers.2013Thank you to all who voted for me as one of Georgia’s Best Lawyers in the field of Municipal Law for 2013. Public service is a high calling, and I try each day to do it well. The people I serve deserves  no less.

I look forward to  working with you in the future.

March Madness — Are You on the Team?

March MadnessWe are in the throes of March Madness, and I love every minute of it. It’s exciting, unpredictable and fun! More importantly, the lessons on the court are  applicable to our work lives.

Are you part of the team, or are you a ball hog? Are you part of the team, or do you throw your co-workers under the bus? Are you part of the team, or do you seek all the glory?

As you enjoy March Madness, commit to being part of the team.

Newell Named General Counsel For Invest Atlanta

Rosalind Newell

Rosalind Newell

Rosalind Rubens Newell was recently named General Counsel for Invest Atlanta. Before joining Invest Atlanta, Rosalind was Of Counsel at McKenna Long after  having served  in the City of Atlanta Law Department for many years.

One of Rosalind’s first duties at Invest Atlanta  is to make sure our beloved Atlanta Falcons get a new home. She will collaborate with countless bond lawyers, City of Atlanta lawyers, and Falcon lawyers to make sure the deal to build a new stadium comes together. Her work is definitely in the “You Go Girl” category!

In Memory of Oliver Lee

Oliver LeeAttorney Oliver Lee passed away in February, 2013. After graduating  from Vanderbilt University Law School in 1975, he practiced law in Atlanta. He was very skilled at representing his business clients.

Read more about Oliver’s life and contributions to the Atlanta legal community at http://www.legacy.com/obituaries/atlanta/obituary.aspx?pid=163096785#fbLoggedOut.

 

Bishop Retires from Cobb County

Dottie Bishop, Former Cobb County Attorney

Dottie Bishop, Former Cobb County Attorney

Dottie Bishop retired from her position as the Cobb County Attorney at the end of 2012. She served 19 years in that position, which is a major accomplishment. The search for her replacement is underway.

Dottie’s knowledge of local government issues was vast, and she was never too busy to share her knowledge with other local government attorneys. She will truly be missed.

Congratulations, Dottie on a superb career and a well-earned rest.

Get Out of the Office! Network! Celebrate!

Complicated Christmas Star by O.V. Brantley, 2011.

Complicated Christmas Star by O.V. Brantley, 2011.

The holiday season is one of the best times to be a lawyer. Why? There are so many parties!

Try not to miss any. (For you workaholics, it’s a great way to  network).

 

Let’s Pull Together

Let’s Pull Together, quilt by O.V. Brantley, 2009

Many national polls show that most Americans just want our elected officials to get in a room and work something out! I certainly agree with that sentiment. That is why I love mediation.

As you interact with your elected officials, make them understand that you expect solutions — not notches on their belt for petty style points, not ego filled posturing, not long awaited revenge and not self-promotion. Solutions move us forward.

Treating our collective problems like a sporting event is crazy. There are no winners and losers. There is only us.

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