This year’s speakers are dynamic and inspiring with diverse backgrounds. You’ll be informed and entertained while earning Free CLE Credits. Please note that this conference is for Georgia attorneys in private practice.

Speakers this year will include:

Read more about Lance Cooper at TheCooperFirm.comLance Cooper thumbail1 Speakers Lance Cooper – Lance is the founding partner of The Cooper Firm and represents clients in catastrophic injury and wrongful death cases. He specializes in product liability cases involving automobile design and manufacturing defects. Lance has been lead counsel for plaintiffs in a large number of jury trials, including trials against General Motors, Ford, Toyota, Kia, Chrysler, Honda, as well as other motor vehicle manufacturers. He has successfully prosecuted hundreds of cases, has received numerous multi-million-dollar jury verdicts and settlements, and has been involved with the opening of Beasley Allen Law Firm’s new office in Atlanta.

His 2011 wrongful death case against General Motors (Melton v. GM, 2011-A-2652) exposed the cover-up of faulty ignition switches resulting in millions of recalled vehicles.

Lance received his law degree from Emory University in 1989 where he was a G. Joseph Tauro Scholar and Editor of the Harvard Journal of Law and Public Policy. He received his Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science and Economics from the University of California at Berkeley in 1985.

Lance served as the 2002-2003 President of the Georgia Trial Lawyers Association and is a Past President of the Cobb County Trial Lawyers Association. He is also a member of the American Association of Justice and was honored to receive the Steven J. Sharpe Public Service Award in 2014. Lance was also a 2014 nominee for the Public Justice Trial Lawyer of the Year award.

In addition to his law practice, Lance is actively engaged in numerous community and charitable activities. He and his wife, Sonja, are the proud parents of five children, Rachel, Rebekah, Michelle, Asa, and Aaron.

Read more about Jere Beasley at BeasleyAllen.com.jere beasley SpeakersJere L. Beasley – In January 1979, Jere Locke Beasley considered his options for making a future in Alabama’s Capital City, Montgomery. With a lifelong love of politics and a spirit for public service, he had served as Lieutenant Governor under Governor George Wallace, and had filled the Governor’s shoes briefly while Wallace recovered from an assassination attempt.

In 1978, Beasley made a bid for the Governor’s spot on a permanent basis, but was defeated in the race. He decided to hang out his shingle as a private practice lawyer. He believed working as a plaintiff’s lawyer would allow him to continue his mission of service. Jere established a one-lawyer firm that officially opened on Jan. 15, 1979, and he filed his first case on behalf of the practice on Jan. 17, 1979. Today, the firm operates as Beasley, Allen, Crow, Methvin, Portis & Miles, P.C., and is one of the country’s leading firms involved in civil litigation on behalf of claimants, having represented hundreds of thousands of people. The firm’s primary offices are based in Montgomery, Alabama, although the firm works work with attorneys and clients throughout the country. In 2017, Beasley Allen opened a branch office in Atlanta, Georgia. Jere was recently named to the Lawdragon Hall of Fame.

Read more about Thomas J. Methvin at BeasleyAllen.com.tom methvin SpeakersThomas J. Methvin – Tom Methvin, an AV rated lawyer by Martindale-Hubbell, earned his J.D. degree from Cumberland School of Law of Samford University in 1988. Since 1998, he has been the managing attorney of Beasley Allen. He has been selected every year for inclusion on the Best Lawyers in America list since 2006. Methvin is also a member of the Million Dollar Advocates Forum and was ranked Band 2 in Chambers USA Plaintiff Litigation section. He is Past President of the Alabama State Bar. Methvin helped organize the firm into sections based on types of cases. This has allowed the firm’s lawyers to concentrate in certain areas and to be on the cutting edge in their fields. He has helped Beasley Allen become a national powerhouse in representing victims of wrongdoing. He was the lead lawyer in a landmark predatory lending case involving a door-to-door sales and finance scam. The verdict of $581 million is the largest predatory lending verdict in American history. In July of 2007, Methvin was featured in Fortune Magazine as one of America’s Premier Lawyers. He was named Beasley Allen’s Lawyer of the Year in 2009.

Read more about Adam Malone at MaloneLaw.com.Adam Malone thumbnail SpeakersAdam Malone, Esq. – Adam Malone is based in Atlanta, Georgia and dedicates his entire practice to helping families in cases involving brain injury, spinal cord injury, burns, amputation and wrongful death. Throughout his career, Adam has litigated and tried these cases to jurors in trial courts all over the state of Georgia.

Adam has obtained record jury verdicts, including a $24.5 million verdict in a case involving an above-knee amputation which is reported to be the largest personal injury verdict ever returned in Albany, Georgia. Adam has also earned a reputation for excellence in the appellate courts. Due to Adam’s work, the Georgia Supreme Court struck down the state’s cap of $350,000 on non-economic damages in medical negligence cases as violating the constitutionally guaranteed right to trial by jury.

Adam recently received the Mel Award from the Melvin M. Belli Society for his creative advocacy, innovation and paradigm-shifting trial techniques. Best Lawyers honored Adam by naming him the 2016 Lawyer of the Year in medical negligence. The Southern Trial Lawyers Association also honored Adam this year for his teaching and writings in the field of trial and appellate advocacy by presenting him with the Professor W. McKinley Smiley, Jr. Lighthouse Award at their annual convention.

Adam is also recognized annually in the peer-reviewed editions of Best Lawyers in America and as one of the Top 100 Lawyers in Georgia by Super Lawyers. Adam is rated by Martindale-Hubbell as AV Preeminent. He is board certified by the American Board of Professional Liability Attorneys and the National Board of Trial Advocates, and he is frequently invited to write, publish and teach continuing legal education to lawyers and professional groups all over the country. Adam served for many years on the Board of Governors for the American Association for Justice and on the Executive Committee and is currently serving as President-Elect of the Georgia Trial Lawyers Association.

Read more about J. Cole Portis at BeasleyAllen.com.cole portis SpeakersJ. Cole Portis – Cole, an AV rated lawyer by Martindale-Hubbell, a “Super Lawyer,” and a “Best Lawyer,” serves as Section Head of Beasley Allen’s Product Liability / Personal Injury section. Cole is the Immediate Past President of the Alabama State Bar. Cole and his staff have successfully handled more than 100 cases that were tried or resolved for more than one million dollars.  He hopes consumer product manufacturers will stop placing profits over safety and safely engineer and manufacture products so that innocent victims won’t be hurt or killed.  In order to prevent needless tragedies, he will continue to prosecute companies that manufacture defective automobiles, aircraft, ATVs, farm equipment, logging equipment, textile machines and other consumer products.   Cole and his staff are blessed to be able to counsel and care for their clients. Cole is married to the former Joy Mikell of Millbrook, and they have four daughters and five sons. Cole and his wife are strong advocates for adoption. They have adopted six of their nine children and are foster parents.

Read more about J. Greg Allen at BeasleyAllen.com.greg allen SpeakersJ. Greg Allen – Greg Allen earned his J.D. from Thomas Goode Jones School of Law in 1983. He was named to Super Lawyers in 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011 and 2012, and was named to the Law Dragon 500 in 2011. He is an AV rated lawyer by Martindale-Hubbell. In addition to his most recent success, he has tried cases which have resulted in verdicts of $114.5 million, $26.25 million, $13.5 million, $12 million and $11.75 million. He has had a number of eight-figure settlements and many seven-figure verdicts and settlements. In 2007 Allen settled two cases for severely injured clients where the total of the two settlements exceeded $30 million. Allen has taught products liability at a number of seminars and at his alma mater, Jones Law School. In 2011, Jones School of Law opened the newest addition to the law school named after him – the Allen Law Center.

Read more about Chris Glover on BeasleyAllen.comCDG Headshot for web SpeakersChris Glover – Chris has dedicated his practice to protecting the rights of survivors of catastrophic personal injury and victims of wrongful death. He has represented injured individuals and their families in a wide range of serious injury and death claims, including those that were the result of defective products, car, commercial truck, and workplace accidents. He has litigated numerous cases that have resulted in verdicts or settlements in excess of one million dollars. Chris graduated from Cumberland School of Law and practiced law in Birmingham, Alabama, for a number of years prior to joining the firm in 2008. He has been recognized by his peers as a leader by being elected officer to numerous professional associations, including the Chair of the American Association for Justice New Lawyer’s Division, and Chair of the Emerging Leader’s Division of the Alabama Association for Justice. He is also a former President of the Southern Trial Lawyers Association. In 2011, Chris was selected as Beasley Allen’s Lawyer of the Year for the Product Liability section. He is a Martindale Hubbell AV Rated attorney, and was named to the Super Lawyers “Rising Stars” list, which recognizes the top up-and-coming attorneys. Chris recently authored a book about heavy truck litigation, Introduction to Truck Accident Claims: A Guide to Getting Started. This book is available free to attorneys. Chris has moved to Atlanta, where he is working in Beasley Allen’s new Atlanta office, which opened in January.

Read more about Navan Ward at BeasleyAllen.com.navan ward SpeakersNavan Ward – Navan Ward, Jr., is a Principal at Beasley, Allen, Crow, Methvin, Portis and Miles, P.C. Currently, Navan is the firm’s lead attorney on metal-on-metal hip implant litigation, which involves thousands of victims who have defective hip implants causing severe pain, metal poisoning, revision surgery, and in some cases permanent injury. These defective hip devices are manufactured by various companies, such as Johnson & Johnson and DePuy Orthopedics, among others. Navan was selected to a team of lead lawyers, called the Plaintiffs Steering Committee (PSC) for the DePuy “ASR” Hip Implant Recall Multi-District Litigation (MDL), as well as to the PSC for the DePuy “Pinnacle” hip replacement MDL. Navan also was appointed as Co-Lead Counsel for the Plaintiffs Executive Committee in the Biomet M2a Magnum Hip Implant Products Liability MDL. He has been instrumental in assisting with the recent global settlements against major hip implant manufacturers, including Johnson & Johnson / DePuy for $2.475 billion, Howmedica Osteonics Corporation / Stryker for over $1 billion, and Biomet Corporation for more than $200 million, as well as additional confidential settlements involving other metal-on-metal and/or modular-neck hip components. Navan has earned a Martindale Hubbell AV Preeminent rating. In 2013, he was selected as Beasley Allen’s Litigator of the Year. In 2011 and 2014, Navan was named Beasley Allen’s Mass Torts Section Lawyer of the Year. Navan has recently moved to Atlanta, where he is working at Beasley Allen’s new office, which opened in January.

Read more about Drew Ashby on The Cooper Firm WebsiteDrew Ashby thumbail Speakers Drew Ashby – Drew Ashby is an experienced litigator specializing in catastrophic personal injury and product liability. Drew has a special expertise in product liability cases involving automobiles, ATVs, boats, industrial equipment, and a variety of consumer/household products. Drew has litigated in over 12 states and attained substantial verdicts and settlements in cases involving product liability, trucking collisions, auto collisions, complex multi-vehicle pileups, industrial injuries, and medical malpractice. Drew’s work has resulted in two eight-figure awards, and dozens of seven-figure awards for his clients. Prior to joining The Cooper Firm, Drew worked for many years defending cases for insurance companies and corporations located both in the United States and overseas.

Drew has served as private civil counsel to the Georgia Secretary of State, the Georgia Securities Commissioner, the Georgia Real Estate Commission, and the Georgia Real Estate Appraisers Board. He has also served as civil counsel to Special Assistant Attorneys General, several large metro-Atlanta cities/counties, various receivers in RICO actions, and several District Attorneys throughout Georgia. Drew helped achieve a victory at the Supreme Court of the United States and various federal Courts of Appeals while litigating first amendment and other constitutional issues with the American Center for Law and Justice. Drew graduated from Auburn University where he obtained a Bachelor’s of Science in Finance with a concentration in Economics. He received his law degree from Regent University School of Law where he served on the Trial Advocacy Board and worked as a legal intern with the Office of the General Counsel for the Department of Homeland Security. Drew and his family live in Smyrna, Georgia and attend Passion City Church.

Read more about Mike Andrews at BeasleyAllen.com.mike andrews SpeakersMike Andrews – Mike Andrews joined Beasley Allen in 1998, working in the Products Liability section. The majority of his practice deals with complex product liability cases involving serious injury or death. He has handled several cases against manufacturers of aircraft, light and heavy trucks, automobiles, and agricultural and construction equipment. He enjoys highly technical cases and has a particular passion for working on behalf of injured children. Several of his cases have resulted in seven-figure settlements. Mike is a Martindale Hubbell AV rated attorney. On Sept. 2, 2015, Mike and partner Kendall Dunson received an $8 million verdict on behalf of a nurse who was seriously injured in a crash involving a 2004 Volkswagen Passat. In that case, a Federal Court jury found that the Honeywell turbocharger in the Passat was defective and dangerous in that it allowed oil to leak through the turbocharger compressor seal. As a result, the diesel engine ingested the oil and resulted in an uncontrolled vehicle runaway. Medical expenses exceeded $650,000. The jury award included $1 million for the husband for loss of consortium. Mike is also heavily involved in litigation related to the General Motors (GM) defective ignition switch. The switch can move from the “run” to the “accessory” or “off” position while the vehicle is in operation, resulting in a loss of power. This disables power steering, brakes, and can disable the airbags, just when a motorist needs them most. Drivers may lose control of the vehicle and crash. GM began recalling cars in February 2014, although evidence indicated the manufacturer knew about the problem as early as 2001. Mike has a particular interest in cases involving Traumatic Brain Injury, or TBI. TBI results from a blow to the head. TBI can result from repeated concussions as well as severe head injuries.

Read more about and/or contact Kendall Dunson on BeasleyAllen.comKCD Headshot  for web SpeakersKendall Dunson – Kendall joined the firm in 1998. He is Past President of the Montgomery County Bar Association, which was formed in 1915. He was the first African American to serve in this role. He is Past President of the Alabama Lawyers Association, and has also served as President of the Capital City Bar Association. He recently completed a term as a Board Member for the National Bar Association. At Beasley Allen, Kendall practices in the areas of Product Liability, General Personal Injury, and Workers’ Compensation cases involving defective industrial machinery. Kendall has worked on numerous cases with goals of compensating clients for their losses and influencing corporations to design and manufacture safer products. Most recently, Kendall has been involved in several multi-million dollar lawsuits, including a $24.75 million verdict in a premises liability case; an $18.79 million verdict in a commercial truck product liability case; a $5.75 million verdict in a maritime lawsuit for children who lost their father; and a $4.7 million verdict in a seat belt failure case. He and his Beasley Allen law partner Mike Andrews also recently secured an $8 million jury verdict on behalf of a woman seriously injured when her Volkswagen suddenly accelerated out of her control and crashed.

Read more about Danielle Mason at BeasleyAllen.com.danielle mason SpeakersDanielle Ward Mason – Danielle Ward Mason was named at Principal at Beasley Allen in 2015. She is the first African-American woman to achieve that status with the firm. She joined the firm as an Associate in 2009 and has spent the past seven years in the firm’s Mass Torts section, investigating claims involving dangerous drugs and medical devices. Currently, Danielle is the lead attorney handling the firm’s Reglan litigation, where she has done extensive work in ensuring the survival of those claims despite the challenges created by the Supreme Court’s generic preemption decision, Pliva v. Mensing, in 2011. Reglan is associated with the development of uncontrolled muscle movements, a permanent and incurable condition known as Tardive Dyskinesia. In addition to being the lead attorney for Reglan claims, Danielle devotes the rest of her time to talcum powder litigation against defendants Johnson & Johnson, Johnson & Johnson Consumer Companies, Inc., and Imerys Talc America, Inc.

In February 2016, Danielle, along with her law partners Jere Beasley, Ted Meadows and David Dearing secured a $72 million verdict against these defendants in St. Louis City Court on behalf of the family of Jackie Fox. The verdict includes $10 million in actual damages and $62 million in punitive damages. The jury found Johnson & Johnson guilty of negligence, conspiracy and fraud. The talc litigation trial team secured a second verdict in May, on behalf of plaintiff Gloria Ristesund. That jury awarded $55 million, which included $5 million in actual damages and $50 million in punitive damages. Five months later, the talc trial team returned to the courtroom where they secured a $70 million jury verdict against Johnson & Johnson and Imerys Talc America for injuries resulting from the use of Johnson & Johnson’s Baby Powder for feminine hygiene. The jury awarded Deborah Giannecchini $2.5 million in compensatory damages and $67.5 million in punitive damages. Six months later, the talc trial team secured a $110 million jury verdict against the same companies. The jury awarded Lois Slemp $5.4 million in compensatory damages and $105 million in punitive damages. Danielle continues to fight on behalf of thousands of women who have filed lawsuits against Johnson & Johnson, blaming the company for their ovarian cancer linked to use of talcum powder products.

Read more about Rhon Jones at BeasleyAllen.com.rhon jones SpeakersRhon Jones – Rhon is head of Beasley Allen’s Toxic Torts Section and also oversees nursing home abuse and neglect cases. Rhon is arguably the top environmental attorney for plaintiffs in the entire country. It is easy to see why. Verdicts and settlements that he has participated in while at Beasley Allen are estimated at a remarkable $30 billion. In a recent Alabama listing of “Super Lawyers” for environmental practice, he was the only lawyer listed that exclusively represents plaintiffs. Holding an AV rating from Martindale Hubbell, Rhon has been named to the 2013-2014 Lawdragon 500 Leading Lawyers, and consistently selected to Alabama Super Lawyers since 2008. He has regularly been selected for inclusion in the Best Lawyers in America list. Since early 2010, he has devoted his law practice to victims of the devastating BP Oil Spill. He currently serves on the Plaintiffs’ Steering Committee (PSC) for the BP Deepwater Horizon MDL, as well as class counsel in the economic and property class settlement against BP. He has served several roles on the PSC, including the negotiation of the method by which all business claims have been paid in the class settlement. That settlement has paid out more than $5 billion in claims to date and has been estimated to eventually pay out approximately $10 billion. Rhon was also heavily involved in the recently announced $18.5 billion agreement in principle to settle Federal, State and local government claims against BP, which will result in more than $2 billion for Alabama. In 2016, Rhon was selected to serve on Beasley Allen’s Executive Board.

Read more about Michael Prieto at PMHPlaw.comPhoto Mike Speakers Michael Prieto – Michael A. Prieto founded Prieto Marigliano Holbert & Prieto’s nursing home wrongful death practice and has developed it into one of the largest Long‐Term Care plaintiffs’ practices in Georgia, recovering millions of dollars for clients in the process.

His litigation work focuses on representing patients and families against assisted living, skilled nursing, acute, sub acute and long‐term care facilities. He advocates for fair compensation when wrongful acts and omissions are discovered, and through aggressive efforts tries to assure that the same thing will never happen to another innocent victim.

He has appeared on numerous television programs, including Larry King, Oprah, Paula Zahn, Today, Good Morning America, Donahue and others. He has been quoted by the Los Angeles Times and other print media.

Prieto cares deeply about his community and has organized many pro bono clinics for the elderly poor throughout the state of Georgia, preparing wills, powers of attorney, and providing general legal advice in senior centers and churches. He has, without compensation, given advice to nursing homes and assisted living facilities with the hope of improving resident care.

Prieto serves as County Administrator in Bartow County, as well as Probate Judge pro tempore. He has also served in the U.S. Army JAG Corps and is a combat veteran of wars in the Middle East. He is an active member of the American Association for Justice and currently serves as the President of the Georgia Trial Lawyers Association. He is a member of the AAJ Nursing Home Litigation Group and Chair of the GTLA Nursing Home Litigation Group.

Read more about John J. Ellington at GAAppeals.usJohn J. Ellington Speakers Presiding Judge John J. Ellington -from Soperton, Treutlen County, Georgia, was sworn in as the 66th Judge of the Georgia Court of Appeals by Governor Roy Barnes on July 12, 1999. He was elected statewide to a full six-year term in 2000 and re-elected in 2006 and 2012.

Judge Ellington graduated from the University of Georgia with a BBA in Accounting in 1982, and from the University of Georgia Law School with a J.D. in 1985. He graduated from Treutlen County High School in Soperton, Georgia, in 1978. He attended Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College and graduated with degrees in Business and Political Science. At ABAC, Judge Ellington served as President of the Student Government Association, and he received the George P. Donaldson Award as the outstanding graduate in the Class of 1980.

In 1991, Judge Ellington became one of the youngest Trial Court Judges in Georgia when he was appointed State Court Judge of Treutlen County, Georgia. Judge Ellington was re-elected State Court Judge in 1992 and 1996. In addition to serving as State Court Judge in Treutlen County – for over six years – Judge Ellington served as a Superior Court Judge by designation in five circuits – 29 counties – throughout South Georgia. He also served as Municipal Court Judge in Soperton, Lyons, Reidsville, Glenwood, Mt. Vernon, and Uvalda, Georgia.

Judge Ellington was admitted to the Georgia Bar in 1985. Before going on the Bench, he had a general trial practice and was a partner in Andrew, Threlkeld, & Ellington in Vidalia, Ga.

Judge Ellington has served in many capacities in business, professional, civic, and religious organizations in south Georgia and metro Atlanta. Among these, he is a member of the Atlanta Lawyer’s Club, and a Fellow of the Lawyers’ Foundation of Georgia. In 2000 Judge Ellington was named to Georgia Trend’s 40-Under-40, recognizing 40 leaders throughout Georgia under 40 who have made significant contributions to the state. In 2001, 2006, and again in 2007, Judge Ellington was awarded the prestigious Distinguished Judicial Service Award by the Younger Lawyers Division of the State Bar recognizing his outstanding service on the Bench and commitment to improving the practice of law. In 2016, Judge Ellington received the Robert Benham Award for Community Service from the State Bar of Georgia.

Judge Ellington was born in Vidalia, Toombs County, Georgia, on Oct. 26, 1960. He and his wife, Sandra Kate, live on a family farm in Treutlen County, Georgia.

Read more about Phillip Miller at PhillipHMiller.comPhillip Miller thumbnail Speakers Phillip Miller – Phillip Miller is a trial lawyer and trial strategist who lives in Nashville.

Phillip is nationally recognized for his work as a deposition/trial strategist and has been hired by firms in 28 states and the District of Columbia to help them prepare their biggest, most significant cases. Miller has helped firms recover hundreds of millions of dollars over for their injured clients by delivering winning strategies for both depositions and trial that he frequently tests with focus groups, and now, deep metaphor elicitation.

Phillip maintains an active practice in Nashville. He has been certified and re-certified as a Civil Trial Specialist, he is AV rated, and has been designated as a Super Lawyer repeatedly.

During the last 34 years before the bar, Phillip has written, published, and presented papers on trial practice from California to Florida. His innovative approaches and case strategy work, including techniques like the “Miller Mousetrap” have earned him recognition among trial lawyers nationally. His two most recent books were work co-authored with Paul Scoptur; Advanced Deposition Strategy and Practice released by Trial Guides in July 2013; and “Focused Discovery” in the newly published Anatomy of the Personal Injury Lawsuit, in 2015. His newest book Focus Groups – Hitting the Bullseye is published by AAJ Press and released in January 2017.

Read more about Robin Frazer Clark at GATrialLawyers.netRobin Frazer Clark thumbnail Speakers Robin Frazer Clark – Robin Frazer Clark is the owner and founder of the law firm of Robin Frazer Clark, P.C., and has practiced law for 29 years. Robin devotes her practice exclusively to plaintiff’s personal injury. Her motto is “A Rising Tide Lifts All Boats.”

Robin was sworn in as the 50th President of the State Bar of Georgia on June 2, 2012, only the second woman ever to serve as President of the State Bar of Georgia and served as President of the 45,000-member association in 2012-2013. One of her initiatives while President was the State Bar of Georgia’s Suicide Prevention Campaign.

Robin is a Past President of the Georgia Trial Lawyers Association, also only the second woman in the organization’s history to lead it. She is a Past President of The Lawyers Club of Atlanta, in which she has been a member for over 20 years. She is also a Fellow of the International Society of Barristers, an Associate of the American Board of Trial Advocates, a member of the Georgia Association for Women Lawyers and a Fellow of the Litigation Counsel of America. She is a Past Chair of the Atlanta Bar Association Litigation Section and serves on the Board of Directors of the Georgia Civil Justice Foundation as well as the Board of Directors of the Commission on Continuing Lawyer Competency.

She received her Bachelor of Science in Biology from Vanderbilt University in 1985 and received her Juris Doctor from Emory University School of Law in 1988.

Robin is admitted to the State and Superior Courts of Georgia, the Georgia Court of Appeals, the Georgia Supreme Court, the United States District Court for the Northern and Middle Districts, the United States Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit and the United States Supreme Court. She has tried over 60 jury trials and has argued before Georgia appellate courts over 35 times. She has given numerous speeches for the State Bar of Georgia, the Institute of Continuing Legal Education of Georgia and for the Georgia Trial Lawyers Association.