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.
“Trying a Case and Running a Business? As Trial Lawyers, We Do It All”
As I complete my term as president, one word comes to mind — gratitude. I am grateful to each and every one of you for the opportunity to serve as your GTLA president. I am grateful for our dedicated and hard-working executive committee, our tireless staff and our gifted legislative team. Most of all, I am grateful for the support that I have received in pursuing goals for this organization.
“Reflecting Upon a Year of Inspiration”
“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.
“How did Georgia State Law Prepare You for a Career as a Trial Lawyer?”
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.
“Your Client’s Story Doesn’t End When the Trial Does”
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.
“What’s Your Favorite Number?”
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.
“With GTLA Behind You, Going to Trial Doesn’t Have to be so Daunting”
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.
“Insurer Pays $413K Judgment for a 100K Policy Holder”
Two figurines of dogs sit at the corner of Linley Jones’ desk in her high-rise office at the center of Buckhead. One is a boxer, her favorite type of dog. The other – despite acquiring her legal education at Georgia State University – is a bulldog. It has nothing to do with the University of Georgia mascot.
“Linley Jones Named Attorney at Law Magazine’s Attorney of Month (2014)”
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.
“Linley Jones on Atlanta Legal Experts Radio (2014)”
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.
“Linley Jones Repeatedly Named One of Top 50 Women Lawyers in Georgia”