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> DIG IN TO DO GOOD

MAKING THE WORLD

A BETTER PLACE
BY MADELEINE SIMMONS

AS PLAINTIFF'S LAWYERS WE have the

hearts to help out. I'm really proud of the work

have a legal need we are not competent to

great responsibility and unique honor of help-

we do in our law firm in our birth injury prac-

serve, we call in favors from other lawyers,"

ing those in need as part of our everyday law

tice and I'm really proud of the work we do in

Tyrone said. "If anyone reading this has a

practices. Many lawyers, however, take it

the community."

background in family law, or debt collection/

upon themselves to go beyond the call of duty

Further, the lawyers, paralegals and medi-

bankruptcy, or criminal law and would be will-

and spend their time and resources aiding

cal professionals at Tyrone's firm donate their

ing to handle one pro-bono client a year in

those in our community simply because they

time and fundraise for events that support

Atlanta we could use the help!" ●

care about making our world a better place.

children with disabilities. The most recent

Nelson Tyrone and his team at Tyrone Law

events they have participated in and fun-

Madeleine Simmons is a partner

Firm take giving back to a new level. Tyrone's

draised for are: running in the Publix Half-

based in the Atlanta office of

law practice focuses on birth injury cases.

Marathon with a wheelchair - bound athlete

Morgan & Morgan, P.C. She is the

And, as a result of this practice area, Tyrone

in support of the Kyle Pease Foundation; spon-

outgoing Chairman of the Verdict

devotes a significant amount of time to chari-

soring and running in a 5K road race "Pound

Editorial Board and the incoming GTLA

table work involving children with physical

the Pavement for Peter" for children with

Parliamentarian. Madeleine can be reached

and developmental disabilities.

Paroxysmal Disorders; spending a weekend

at msimmons@forthepeople.com.

Tyrone told Verdict, " I grew up with a father

a year as a caregiver for a wheelchair-bound

who was a doctor who spent his professional

child at Camp Twin-Lakes; and jumping out of

life trying to help people. When I realized that

a plane to help raise money for ESP.

medical school was not my path I looked to

In addition to their work for children with

the lawyers in my family and believed I could

physical and developmental disabilities,

help people as a lawyer. As a birth injury law-

Tyrone and Tyrone Law Firm also provide

yer I am able to help families in a way that

pro bono services to Covenant Community

changes their - and their children's - lives.

Inc. (CCI), a drug and alcohol rehabilitation

But we wanted to give back outside our day-

program for homeless men, operated by All

to-day work as well."

Saints' Episcopal Church in midtown, Atlanta.

In 2017 Nelson and his firm founded

Tyrone is proudly fifteen years sober and rec-

"Tyrone's Tykes," a nonprofit 501(c)(3) organi-

ognizes that drug and alcohol abuse can often

zation that distributes five percent of all profits

hit close to home for lawyers and those in

they make at Tyrone Law Firm to charities that

the legal profession. He and his firm donate

support children with physical and develop-

around 100 hours a year on average to the

mental disabilities. The current charities they

men in the CCI program.

support through an annual gift are: Children's

"The men have the kinds of legal problems

Healthcare of Atlanta (CHOA); Extra Special

you might expect given that they have been

People (ESP); Lekotek; Camp Twin Lakes; and,

homeless (debt collection, minor criminal

The Kyle Pease Foundation.*links below.

issues/probation issues, child support, etc.),"

"My practice as a lawyer is limited to rep-

Tyrone states. "Where we can represent them

resenting families of children injured during

ourselves, we act as their lawyers. Clearing

birth. It feels really good to do the work we

up your past is a necessary step in recovery.

do, but I wanted us to be involved with this

The men come to us voluntarily and ask for

community outside of our day-to-day work as

help. Our run is as long as they are sober, and

lawyers... so, we have done that," explains

in the program, they have a lawyer for free."

Tyrone. "It really feels like a good mix of using

Verdict asked Tyrone how our readers can

our legal skills, and using our hands and our

help his legal efforts with CCI. "When the men

MORE INFORMATION
For more information on the
charities mentioned above,
please visit their websites:
Children's Healthcare of Atlanta (CHOA)
* choa.org
Special People (ESP)
* Extra
extraspecialpeople.com

* Lekotek
lekotekga.org
* Pound the Pavement for Peter

poundthepavementforpeter.com
Family Fun Run for Children with
Diisabilities.

* Kyle Pease Foundation

kylepeasefoundation.org
"Where There's a Wheel There's A Way"

* Camp Twin Lakes

camptwinlakes.org
Camps for Children with Serious Illnesses
and Disabilities.

* Covenant Community, Inc.

covenantatlanta.org
Rehabilitation and Life Stabilization
Program for Homeless Men.
Spring 2018 41


http://www.choa.org http://www.extraspecialpeople.com http://www.lekotekga.org http://www.poundthepavementforpeter.com http://www.kylepeasefoundation.org http://www.camptwinlakes.org http://www.covenantatlanta.org

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Verdict - Spring 2018

President’s Message
How I Obtained Justice: Sudden Emergency Doctrine
Thank You to Outgoing Verdict Chairman, Madeleine Simmons
Look Before You Leap: Conducting Jury Focus Groups Before Trial
Voir Dire In Low Speed, Soft Tissue Injury Cases
Defeating Reptile Theory Motions in Limine
Leading the Jury Down the Right Path: Framing Your Case During Voir Dire
Hernandez v. State: Empowering Jurors to Seek the Truth
Exploding Takata Airbags From Cover-Up To Accountability
Using Simple Technology to Pick a Better Jury
Case Updates: Who Really Loses When Medical Funding Becomes an Issue at Trial?
Professional Practice Pointers: Voir Dire, An interview with Cobb County State Court Judge Allison Barnes Salter
Dig In To Do Good: Making the World a Better Place
Welcome New GTLA Members!
Champion Members
Meet The Experts
Index to Advertisers/Advertiser.com
Verdict - Spring 2018 - Intro
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Verdict - Spring 2018 - bellyband2
Verdict - Spring 2018 - cover1
Verdict - Spring 2018 - cover2
Verdict - Spring 2018 - 3
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Verdict - Spring 2018 - 5
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Verdict - Spring 2018 - 10
Verdict - Spring 2018 - President’s Message
Verdict - Spring 2018 - How I Obtained Justice: Sudden Emergency Doctrine
Verdict - Spring 2018 - 13
Verdict - Spring 2018 - 14
Verdict - Spring 2018 - Thank You to Outgoing Verdict Chairman, Madeleine Simmons
Verdict - Spring 2018 - Look Before You Leap: Conducting Jury Focus Groups Before Trial
Verdict - Spring 2018 - 17
Verdict - Spring 2018 - 18
Verdict - Spring 2018 - 19
Verdict - Spring 2018 - 20
Verdict - Spring 2018 - Voir Dire In Low Speed, Soft Tissue Injury Cases
Verdict - Spring 2018 - 22
Verdict - Spring 2018 - 23
Verdict - Spring 2018 - 24
Verdict - Spring 2018 - 25
Verdict - Spring 2018 - Defeating Reptile Theory Motions in Limine
Verdict - Spring 2018 - 27
Verdict - Spring 2018 - 28
Verdict - Spring 2018 - Leading the Jury Down the Right Path: Framing Your Case During Voir Dire
Verdict - Spring 2018 - 30
Verdict - Spring 2018 - Hernandez v. State: Empowering Jurors to Seek the Truth
Verdict - Spring 2018 - 32
Verdict - Spring 2018 - 33
Verdict - Spring 2018 - Exploding Takata Airbags From Cover-Up To Accountability
Verdict - Spring 2018 - 35
Verdict - Spring 2018 - 36
Verdict - Spring 2018 - Using Simple Technology to Pick a Better Jury
Verdict - Spring 2018 - Case Updates: Who Really Loses When Medical Funding Becomes an Issue at Trial?
Verdict - Spring 2018 - 39
Verdict - Spring 2018 - Professional Practice Pointers: Voir Dire, An interview with Cobb County State Court Judge Allison Barnes Salter
Verdict - Spring 2018 - Dig In To Do Good: Making the World a Better Place
Verdict - Spring 2018 - 42
Verdict - Spring 2018 - Champion Members
Verdict - Spring 2018 - 44
Verdict - Spring 2018 - Meet The Experts
Verdict - Spring 2018 - Index to Advertisers/Advertiser.com
Verdict - Spring 2018 - cover3
Verdict - Spring 2018 - cover4
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