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> PRESIDENT'S MESSAGE

Building on GTLA's Progress
BY MIKE PRIETO

AS YOUR 2017-2018 Georgia Trial
Lawyers Association President, it is my
honor and privilege to welcome you and
to serve this distinguished organization.
Following such esteemed leaders as my
predecessors, Darren Penn and Pope
Langdale, I am grateful for the path that
they have forged for both GTLA and me
as I attempt to lead one of the finest legal
installations in the nation.
Each year, the GTLA leadership and staff
have goals for the coming year; however,
our unremitting goal has and always will be
the protection of our clients' Constitutional
right to a trial by jury. As the son of a Cuban
immigrant who fought communism during
the Communist Revolution, the rights and
privileges afforded to us through the U.S.
Constitution have been revered and instilled
within me from a very early age. Our job as
plaintiff's attorneys is to give a voice to those
seeking justice, and the right to trial by jury is
the only vehicle in which members of every
walk of society are on equal footing. As such,
it is our obligation to understand the bigger
picture, and I can assure you that there are no
greater advocates for championing our cause
than the talented, passionate and compelling
members we have across this great state.
As we move into this new term, I am
encouraged by the increased interest we
have seen from our membership. Last year,
GTLA implemented the Justice Tour as a
means to visit members in all corners of

Georgia to hear their thoughts and concerns on the current state of the civil justice system, as well as how we at GTLA
could enhance their experience. After visiting with more than 150 members in nine
cities, we not only successfully recruited
new members but also reestablished multiple local TLAs in the process. We hope to
continue building on that progress again
this year as we kick off the second round
of the GTLA Justice Tour at the end of
the summer. Additionally, we will also be
building-out a committee structure for the
first time in years as the result of several
requests by members looking to further
entrench themselves within the association. And finally, we look to continue
offering innovative and engaging events
through CLEs, advocacy opportunities and
community outreach in an effort to provide consummate networking outlets for
our members.
This organization will only grow in number
and influence, and I am so grateful for the
opportunity to serve each and every one of
you for this next year. Please do not hesitate
to reach out to me or any member of your
GTLA leadership or staff if you have any
questions, concerns or just want to get more
involved. With your help, we will continue to
thrive as one of the largest and most effective organizations of its type. Thank you
for your faith in me, and I look forward to
continued work with all of you! ●

This organization will only grow in number and influence, and I
am so grateful for the opportunity to serve each and every one
of you for this next year.

Summer 2017

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Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Verdict - Summer 2017

President’s Message
Don’t Stop Fighting: Overcoming Obstacles Leads to Record Verdict in Camden County
Amazing Things Happen When Women Get Involved!
AAJ Addresses Top Concerns with Congress
Pro Bono Representation: A Bond Forged between a Naval Officer and Trial Lawyer
3 Tips for Defeating Daubert Motions
Common Issues to Stay on Guard in Cases Involving Tortious Security Officers
The Confusing Question of Causation in Criminal Attack Premises Liability Cases
Technology: Notetaking for the Digital Lawyer
New Lawyers’ Corner: 6 Questions for Verdict
Pope Langdale: Community Investments for a Cause
Case Updates: Federal Employees Health Benefits Act of 1959
Workers’ Comp: Standard of Review — “Any Evidence” Rule
Thank You, Civil Justice PAC Contributors!
GTLA Champion Members
Welcome New GTLA Members!
Index to Advertisers/Advertiser.com
Verdict - Summer 2017 - Intro
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Verdict - Summer 2017 - President’s Message
Verdict - Summer 2017 - Don’t Stop Fighting: Overcoming Obstacles Leads to Record Verdict in Camden County
Verdict - Summer 2017 - 11
Verdict - Summer 2017 - Amazing Things Happen When Women Get Involved!
Verdict - Summer 2017 - AAJ Addresses Top Concerns with Congress
Verdict - Summer 2017 - Pro Bono Representation: A Bond Forged between a Naval Officer and Trial Lawyer
Verdict - Summer 2017 - 15
Verdict - Summer 2017 - 3 Tips for Defeating Daubert Motions
Verdict - Summer 2017 - 17
Verdict - Summer 2017 - Common Issues to Stay on Guard in Cases Involving Tortious Security Officers
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Verdict - Summer 2017 - The Confusing Question of Causation in Criminal Attack Premises Liability Cases
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Verdict - Summer 2017 - 27
Verdict - Summer 2017 - Technology: Notetaking for the Digital Lawyer
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Verdict - Summer 2017 - 30
Verdict - Summer 2017 - New Lawyers’ Corner: 6 Questions for Verdict
Verdict - Summer 2017 - 32
Verdict - Summer 2017 - 33
Verdict - Summer 2017 - Pope Langdale: Community Investments for a Cause
Verdict - Summer 2017 - 35
Verdict - Summer 2017 - Case Updates: Federal Employees Health Benefits Act of 1959
Verdict - Summer 2017 - 37
Verdict - Summer 2017 - Workers’ Comp: Standard of Review — “Any Evidence” Rule
Verdict - Summer 2017 - 39
Verdict - Summer 2017 - Thank You, Civil Justice PAC Contributors!
Verdict - Summer 2017 - Welcome New GTLA Members!
Verdict - Summer 2017 - Index to Advertisers/Advertiser.com
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