Firm and Attorney News
The Atlanta Business Chronicle’s annual ranking of Atlanta law firms listed FMG as the second fastest growing law firm in 2015 in Atlanta as measured by revenue increase. This marks the fifth consecutive year that FMG has been ranked among the fastest growing firms in Atlanta as ranked by the Chronicle.
Brad Adler and Matt Foree successfully defended an educational institution in a claim by its former CFO that the company had breached its employment agreement with him when it terminated his employment with cause. The plaintiff claimed that the company orchestrated his termination with cause to avoid a severance obligation and demanded over $245,000 as a part of his lawsuit. After several depositions and the close of discovery, the plaintiff accepted a nominal amount of money to resolve the matter.
Brian Dempsey, Sun Choy, and Kevin Stone recently prevailed before the Eleventh Circuit Court of Appeals, which affirmed a grant of summary judgment in favor of police officers who were accused of using excessive force while arresting a nurse at a mental hospital. The officers had explained to the nurse that they had a warrant to arrest a patient accused of sexually assaulting another patient. Still, the nurse refused to allow the officers access to the patient. After several warnings, the officers arrested the nurse for obstruction. The district court found that the officers were entitled to qualified immunity because the officers did not violate clearly established law. The Eleventh Circuit agreed and upheld the judgment in favor of the officers.
Neil Wilcove and Brian Lake recently secured an arbitration award for its client, a DeKalb County real estate developer. The opposing side sought half the profits and assets of a partnership he previously initiated with the client in 2003, and further alleged that the client had committed fraud and wrong-doing in the handling of the business. In response, the client filed a counterclaim alleging that the claimant had abandoned the partnership, and sought to recover half the net cash capital contributions she had committed to the business since its inception. The arbitrator found in our client’s favor on all counts and denied claimant’s demand for damages in its entirety. The arbitrator further agreed that the client had complete authority to manage the partnership and entered an award in her favor in the amount of $292,226.70.
Seth Kirby won summary judgment on behalf of an insurance agent sued in Liberty County Georgia. The suit alleged that the agent had misrepresented the costs and terms of a flexible premium life insurance policy , thereby inducing his customer to purchase a policy he could not afford. Through extensive discovery efforts Mr. Kirby was able to establish to the trial court that the terms of the policy had been accurately provided to the insured at the time of the transaction and the plaintiff’s claims were barred on both procedural and substantive grounds.