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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.

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


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.

Patrise Perkins Hooker Wins Treasurer of State Bar

Patrise Perkins-Hooker

Patrise Perkins Hooker won her recent campaign for Treasurer of the State Bar of Georgia. She will be sworn in during the annual meeting of the State Bar which will be held May 31, 2012 – June 3, 2012  in Savannah, GA.

Patrise currently serves as General Counsel for the Atlanta Beltline.

Congratulations to Patrise!

Nina Hickson Named Atlanta Ethics Officer

Nina Hickson

Nina Hickson was recently confirmed as the Ethics Officer for the City of Atlanta. Nina will start her duties in late June.

Nina currently serves as the Interim City Manager of East Point, GA. She assumed that post in January after serving six years as the City Attorney of East Point.

Congratulations to Nina on her new position!

Brantley Appointed Interim City Attorney of East Point

The Mayor and Council of the City of East Point appointed me to served as Interim City Attorney. Nina Hickson, the former City Attorney, was appointed Interim City Manager in January.

This appointment is temporary, and I expect it to last no longer than July 1, 2012. The City will not need my services full-time, so I will maintain my local government practice.

I am deeply humbled by the confidence the Mayor and City Council have placed in me. I am looking forward to my next adventure in public service.

Nina Hickson Named East Point Interim City Manager

Nina Hickson

East Point City Attorney Nina Hickson was recently named Interim City Manager for the City of East Point. Crandall Jones, the foremer City Manage, left at the end of the year. Nina will serve as the Interim City Manager until the Mayor and City Council choose a permanent City Manager.

Susan Garrett,  who is Nina’s assistant in the City Attorney’s Office, will perform the duties of the City Attorney during this period of transition. I will assist the City Attorney’s Office during the transition.

Congratulations to Nina! Earning the confidence of elected officials speaks volumes about her legal and interpersonal skills.

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