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In the 2020 edition of the Georgia Super Lawyers magazine, the law firm of Hall Booth Smith (HBS) has once again been recognized for its outstanding legal work as four of its attorneys are on the list of Rising Stars. Attorneys Joel McKie and Sean Cox of the Atlanta office; Timothy Bishop of the Brunswick office; and Jennifer Herzog of the Tifton office, have all received this honor. For the eighth time, Partner Joel McKie is honored as a Rising Star for his work in energy and resources. Mr. McKie counsels farm and agribusiness clients, both institutional and family-owned, during every
In the 2020 edition of the Georgia Super Lawyers magazine, the law firm of Hall Booth Smith (HBS) will once again be recognized for its outstanding legal work as eight of its attorneys are on the list of Super Lawyers: John E. Hall, Jr., C. Michael Johnson, Thomas Mazziotti, Rush S. Smith, Jr. and Terrance Sullivan of the Atlanta office; John M. Sheftall and Robert C. Martin of the Columbus office; and James B. Durham of the Brunswick office. The list seeks to recognize outstanding Georgia attorneys from a variety of practice areas. HBS attorneys have been recognized on this
In response to the rise in vaping lawsuits for alleged product liability and injury in the fast-growing but loosely regulated marketplace, Hall Booth Smith, P.C. has created a new specialty Vaping/E-Cigarette Practice Group to defend the manufacturers, distributors and retailers who sell vape hardware, pods and related supplies. The new Vaping/E-Cigarette Practice Group is led by James Embrey and Derek Newberry, who are both partners with extensive knowledge and experience in defending clients in a wide range of product liability, injury and health-related cases. HBS’s team understands the complex and interconnected causation issues, scientific and technical matters, and medical considerations that are
Longtime Hall Booth Smith Partner Michael A. Pannier passed away on January 19, 2020, at his home in Roswell, Georgia, and he will be greatly missed by family, friends and colleagues. Mike was 61, and he died from an aggressive form of glioblastoma brain cancer after a brave battle with the disease. Mike had been a partner at HBS for more than two decades, and he played a crucial role in helping the firm build its medical malpractice defense group. He was also a great contributor and leader in establishing the firm’s family-like culture, with internal awards and recognition traditions that leave
ATLANTA – Jan. 07, 2020 – Hall Booth Smith, P.C. has named three new partners as the firm elevates leaders and recognizes their outstanding service to clients. Joining the firm’s partnership ranks are Alex Battey in Atlanta; Shawn J. Brooks in Jacksonville, Florida; and Adam Peoples in Asheville, North Carolina. Battey focuses her practice on professional and medical malpractice defense. She represents physicians, hospitals, nurse midwives, nurses and other health care professionals against malpractice claims and related allegations in cases in Georgia and across the county.  She received her J.D., cum laude, from the University of Georgia School of Law, where she
ASHEVILLE, N.C. – Dec. 17, 2019 – Hall Booth Smith, P.C. welcomes Martha S. Bradley as an Associate in its growing office in Asheville, North Carolina. Bradley counsels clients on a wide variety of business litigation, real estate disputes and construction matters. She also defends clients in medical malpractice and dental claims, professional malpractice and ethics cases, land use and environmental issues, insurance coverage, and liability. Her practice includes arbitration and mediation, and she represents clients all the way through appeal. Before joining Hall Booth Smith, Bradley was the local managing attorney for a firm in Asheville, where she served as counsel-of-record
CHARLESTON, S.C. – Dec. 6, 2019 – Hall Booth Smith, P.C. welcomes associates Daniel Fuerst and Connor E. Johnson to its office in Charleston, South Carolina, as the firm deepens its liability, medical malpractice, insurance and appellate services. Fuerst focuses his practice on general liability, premises liability, products liability, insurance coverage and professional malpractice matters, and he also represents clients in appeals. Earlier in his career, he clerked for the Honorable C. Weston Houck, U.S. District Court Judge for the District of South Carolina, and the Honorable R. Bryan Harwell, Chief U.S. District Court Judge for the District of South Carolina.
BRUNSWICK, GEORGIA – Dec. 5, 2019 – Hall Booth Smith, P.C. is pleased to welcome two new associates as its office in Brunswick, Georgia, grows to meet client needs for medical malpractice defense, liability and variety of other litigation matters. Michael Chas Whitehead defends physicians and other health care providers in medical malpractice cases, and he also represents clients in general liability and governmental liability claims. He was previously a clerk at HBS’s Brunswick office, and he also clerked at another firm in the Brunswick area. Whitehead earned a J.D. from Mercer University, and a B.S. from Georgia Southern University. Matt Balcer
ATLANTA – Dec. 2, 2019 – Experienced litigator Michael Hannan has joined Hall Booth Smith, P.C. as Of Counsel in its Atlanta headquarters office, bringing decades of trial expertise to benefit clients in health care and beyond. Hannan has 30 years of legal experience and represents clients in an extensive array of medical malpractice, health care, insurance coverage, business litigation and appellate matters. He has tried more than 20 medical malpractice and insurance cases to verdict, and he has litigated numerous lawsuits about product liability, Employee Retirement Income Security Act (ERISA) disputes, and other commercial actions including class action cases. Hannan has
In the 2019 edition of the Mid-South Super Lawyers magazine, the law firm of Hall Booth Smith (HBS) has been recognized for its outstanding legal work as five of its attorneys are on the list of Super Lawyers and Rising Stars. Partner David Proctor of the Birmingham office was recognized as a  Mid-South Super Lawyer. Four HBS attorneys are listed as Rising Stars: Andrew Knowlton and Rhett Owens of the Birmingham, AL office and Julia Kavanagh and Sarah Pazar Williams of the Memphis office. The list recognizes outstanding lawyers from more than 70 practice areas who have attained a high-degree
NASHVILLE, TENN. – Nov. 25, 2019 – Hall Booth Smith, P.C. is pleased to welcome Y. Larry Cheng as an Associate in its expanding office in Nashville, Tennessee. Cheng focuses his practice on a wide variety of matters such as business and commercial litigation, general liability, auto accidents and other transportation lawsuits, premises liability and medical malpractice matters. Earlier in his career, Cheng was an associate attorney at a civil defense firm in Nashville, where he litigated breach of contract issues, defended clients in negligence claims including premises liability, handled auto accident cases and defended § 1983 lawsuits alleging violations of Civil
ATLANTA AND ATHENS, Ga. – Nov. 21, 2019 – Hall Booth Smith, P.C. is delighted to add seven new associates at its Atlanta headquarters office and one associate in its office in Athens, Georgia, as the firm invests in its business support and litigation defense capabilities to better meet client needs. Michael Callicutt is based in HBS’s office in Athens, Georgia, and he concentrates his practice on business litigation, general liability, governmental liability, construction, medical malpractice and professional malpractice and ethics. He has been with Hall Booth Smith since 2014, when he was a records clerk. He gained valuable legal experience