Verdict - Spring 2016 - (Page 8)
GTLA at 60:
with Tommy Malone
In recognition of the 60th Anniversary of the founding of the
Georgia Trial Lawyers Association, the Verdict Board sat down for a
conversation with long-time member Tommy Malone.
Tommy joined GTLA in 1967, served as GTLA President in 1980
and has been - and continues to be - an active member of the
association for the better part of five decades.Tommy received the
inaugural Tommy Malone Award for
Excellence in Advocacy at the
GTLA Annual Convention
on April 28, 2016.
Verdict Board: Mr. Malone, thank you for taking the time to speak with
us today. Could you start by telling us how you first got involved with
the Georgia Trial Lawyers Association?
Tommy Malone: I graduated from law school in 1966, but was admitted
to the Bar a year earlier through the tutelage provision. I didn't have
to get a law degree, but I didn't have an undergraduate degree and
I thought my parents deserved at least one. I opened up my shop in
Albany that year and I heard about this thing called the Georgia Trial
Lawyers Association. Actually, it was the Georgia Chapter of NACCA
- the National Association of Claimants' Compensation Attorneys.
The first President was Roscoe Pickett who, significantly, was the
only Republican that I knew. Eventually the name was changed to
GAPTA (Georgia Association of Plaintiff Trial Attorneys).
This is an interesting part of the story. There were about 100 members,
and the dues were $10. And I heard about this seminar that they were hosting in Atlanta, probably 1967. It was quite a trip from Albany to Atlanta in
those days; I had to save up to get there. By the way, I drew $350 a month
when I started practicing law.
Georgia Trial Lawyers Association
Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Verdict - Spring 2016
GTLA at 60: A Conversation with Tommy Malone
Law Practice and Cloud Computing: Staying Ethical in a Digital World
14 Years in the Making: Justice Delayed, but Not Denied
What is the Plaintiff’s Burden in Proving the Value of Medical Expenses?
An Introduction to Daycare Negligence Cases
Diminished Value Claims: Not Just for Cars Anymore
Seeking Justice for Victims of Child Sexual Abuse
Case Updates: What’s New?
Workers’ Comp: Recent Developments
Civil Justice PAC Contributors
Welcome New GTLA Members!
Notes: What’s New with GTLA Members
Index to Advertisers/Advertiser.com
Verdict - Spring 2016