For over twenty years, at about this time of year, I wrap up my law firm’s year-end finances. I meet with my bookkeeper (repeatedly), coordinate with my CPA, ensure the books are balanced and pay all my remaining taxes. As I discharge these mundane annual duties, I am reminded once again that we trial lawyers are not only full-time attorneys but also employers, taxpayers and small business owners or employees of small business owners.
“The energy to succeed was palpable.” As a second-year in 1990, I decided to try for Law Review. I spent weeks researching my topic, carefully crafting each sentence and shepardizing each citation. The night before the 9 a.m. deadline, I spent the evening on my massive Mac polishing and proofreading my paper.
Long before I thought of being a trial lawyer, I wanted to be a newspaper journalist. I studied journalism in college but when I graduated, I couldn’t find a writing job. As a reader of my president messages, perhaps you’re not surprised to hear this. At any rate, I went to law school as a fallback option, fell in love with trial work, and the rest is history.
What’s your favorite number? Is it seven? Alex Bellos, a math blogger (yes, there is such a thing) recently set out to answer this question with a poll. The results confirmed that the number seven is, in fact, the most popular number in the world – at least among the poll participants. Here at GTLA, seven is our favorite number because it is the Seventh Amendment to the United States Constitution that protects our right to jury trial.
As a young lawyer, more than twenty years ago, I shared a low-rent, midtown office building with a motley crew of small-time, real estate investors, non-profit employees, insurance agents and, yes, lawyers. These lawyers, many of whom became dear friends and mentors, ran the gamut of practice areas from real estate closings to social security appeals to personal injury. But they all had one thing in common—they did NOT want to go to trial or, for that matter, be involved in trial work in any way.
An insurance company has paid a $413,543 judgment from a Henry County trial for a customer who held a $100,00 insurance policy, according to lawyers on both sides. Although the payment concludes three years of litigation over a wreck, attorneys from both sides have different views of what happened.
Georgia Trial Lawyers Association, President Linley Jones has an AV rating, the highest professional rating available from the Martindale-Hubbell Lawyers Directory. Linley Jones, P.C. handles serious personal injury and wrongful death cases that involve brain and spinal cord injuries.
FULTON COUNTY JURY AWARD of $250K triggered offer of judgment provision . An elderly woman who was knocked down by a neighbor’s bulldog as she walked her own small dog has collected about $360,000 in a post-trial settlement.
December 10, 2011, Atlanta, Georgia – Atlanta Magazine has once again named Linley Jones as one of the Top 50 Women Lawyers in Georgia. She was selected by the magazine for her extensive work in the areas of brain and spinal cord injury, wrongful death, and legal malpractice. Ms. Jones has an extensive record of successful jury verdicts, settlements and appeals and has represented hundreds of victims in litigation cases in Georgia and around the nation.
The daughters of a woman killed by her live-in boyfriend, who later took his own life, have been awarded a $5.2 million default judgment against the man’s estate following a daylong bench trial in Monroe County.
An off-duty police officer who suffered severe wrist and ankle injuries after being hit head-on by a drunk driver has reached a $500,000 settlement with the driver’s insurer— $400,000 more than he originally asked for, according to plaintiff’s lawyer Linley Jones.
A woman who settled an age and sex discrimination suit against her former employer this year has set her sights on recovering $230,000 in fees, plus other damages, from her former law firm.
Six plaintiffs’ lawyers have started the Atlanta Trial Lawyer’s Society, an invitation-only group for seasoned courtroom combatants. Although it sounds like an exclusive old boy’s club, it’s not. Rather, it’s an exclusive old girls’ club the city’s first for women trial lawyers.
Attorney Linley Jones of Brookhaven was elected last month to serve as the 59th president of the Georgia Trial Lawyers Association at the group’s annual convention in Atlanta.