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Marietta Daily Journal – Home to the Best


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Marietta Daily Journal – Home to the Best

  1. 1. By Katy Ruth Camp MARIETTA — Cobb County is home to 70 of the state’s top attorneys, accord- ing to a recent publication called Super Lawyers, which vets nominated attorneys throughout the U.S. for the distinction. According to the publica- tion, Super Lawyers is a rating service of attorneys from more than 70 practice areas who have achieved recognition among their peers and have shown achievement in the practice of law. The multi- phase process includes initial nominations by peers, research by the publication’s staff and feedback from the nominees’ peers. The Super Lawyers maga- zine is sent out to various law schools, while a separate sec- tion appeared this month locally in Atlanta Magazine honoring the selected attor- neys. Super Lawyers spokes- woman Megan Gustafson could not provide the total number of attorneys who were chosen in Georgia, nor how many were selected out of the entire U.S., so that data was unavailable as of press time. The publication splits cate- gorizes the distinctions by Super Lawyers, who are older than 40 years old, and Rising Stars, who are 40 years old and younger. Cobb has 37 Rising Stars and 33 Super Lawyers, according to the list. Marietta law firm Moore, Ingram, Johnson & Steele had the strongest presence on the list with 10 attorneys listed, including Super Lawyers Robert D. Ingram, John H. Moore and Stephen C. Steele and Rising Stars Jeffrey A. Daxe, Alexander T. Galloway III, T. Shane Mayes, Rodney R. McColloch, Christopher C. Mingledorff, J. Kevin Moore and James D. Walker, III. Kevin Moore, who is also president of the Cobb Bar Association, said the strong presence of Cobb attorneys “confirms what a lot of us already know — that Cobb County is home to some of the best lawyers in the state.” Moore said he was unsure of how many times he had received the Rising Star dis- tinction, but said he has reviewed other nominees and that the list is often recognized as a “Who’s Who” type of list for attorneys. “It’s an important recogni- tion from your peers and one that that’s taken as an honor,” Moore said. “It’s considered important, but overall your success is probably best mea- sured by your clients’ happi- ness with your work.” Marietta attorney Mazi Mazloom, who was selected to the Rising Stars list for the third year in a row, said that of the thousands of attorneys in the state, 2 percent are selected as Rising Stars and 6 percent receive Super Lawyer status. “It’s huge. It’s recognition of your work from your peers in the legal community, which is awesome and really impor- tant,” Mazloom said. Mazloom said attorneys are told in December if they made the list but are asked to keep the distinction under wraps until the names are published in March. Other Cobb attorneys rec- ognized as Super Lawyers include: Jimmy D. Berry, R. Scott Berryman, Michael R. Braun, Thomas J. Browning, Evelyn H. Coats, Lance A. Cooper, Charles M. Dalziel, Jr., Richard Paul Decker, Hyl- ton B. Dupree, Jr., Deborah Ebel, Arthur Glaser, Mark D. Gropp, Alexandra O. Haden, Philip A. Holloway, William W. Hopson, Anne H. Jarrett, Andrew W. Jones, Daryl Kidd, Jeffrey R. Kuester, Ronald Arthur Lowry, Joseph M. Murphey, Leo E. Reichert, George C. Reid, Howard D. Rothbloom, Garvis L. Sams, Jr., Robert F. Schnatmeier, Jr., Yehuda Smolar, F. Marian Weeks, Frederick L. Wright, II and J. Diane Woods. Other Rising Stars in Cobb include: Neera A. Bahl, Damon S. Bivek, Tyler J. Browning, Ophelia W. Chan, Valeria R. Cometto, Shane C. O’Connor, Ellen Angel Cor- dle, Jonathan D. Crumly, Layli Eskandari Deal, Randall Carleton Farmer, Michael S. Goode, Ryan Grelecki, John Gunn, Robert C. Harrison, Sean L. Hynes, E. Jewelle Johnson, M. Boyd Jones, Robert D. Leonard, II, John B. Merchant, III, Erica L. Mor- ton, Benjamin S. Persons, IV, William L. Phalen, III, Ryan G. Prescott, Keri Mason Roth, John F. Salter, Jr., William B. Shearer, III, Aaron L. Strim- ban, Amy K. Sullivan and Richard A. Wingate. — Editor’s note: This list was compiled using the data provided by Super Lawyers’ website, which lists thousands of Super Lawyers and Rising Stars by the type of law they practice, because Gustafson said she could not pro- vide a public list; thus, some attor- neys in the Atlanta portion of Cobb may have been unintentionally left out of this report. THEBRIEFCASE We welcome your business news The Marietta Daily Journal wants your business news for our expanded two pages of coverage on Wednesdays, Thursdays, Fridays and Sundays, with an emphasis on Cobb news. Send all news to Business Editor Katy Ruth Camp at We also ask that you include photos with your news and send them in jpeg form, please. COBBBUSINESSMARIETTA DAILY JOURNALWEDNESDAY, MARCH 14, 2012 PAGE 4B EDITOR: KATY RUTH CAMP (770) 428-9411, ext. 219 From staff and wire reports HIRAM — WellStar Paulding Hos- pital has earned The Joint Commis- sion’s Gold Seal of Approval for its Knee and Hip Joint Surgery Program by demonstrating compliance with The Joint Commis- sion’s national standards for health care quality and safety in disease-specific care, spokesman Keith Bowermaster announced this week. The designation means all WellStar hospitals offering knee and hip joint surgery, including WellStar Paulding, WellStar Kennestone, WellStar Cobb and WellStar Douglas, are now certi- fied in joint surgery by The Joint Com- mission, Bowermaster said. A rigorous on-site survey conducted by the Joint Commission in late 2011 evaluated the Hip and Knee Program for compliance with standards of care specific to the needs of patients and families, including infection prevention and control, leadership and medication management. Clean Air plans lunch seminar KENNESAW — The regional pro- grams and services previously provided by LocalZoom are transitioning to The Clean Air Campaign, campaign spokesman Mike Rieman announced this week. Both organizations are hosting a joint event in April to help Cobb County residents learn about the opportunities The Clean Air Campaign provides and how they may differ from those previ- ously offered by LocalZoom. The seminar is open to any employers or employees in the Town Center area of Cobb with an interest in the benefits of commute alternatives. The event will be from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. April 25 from at the Homewood Suites’ Harlequin Ballroom, located at 905 Cobb Place Blvd. in Kennesaw. The event is free to attend and lunch will be provided. To RSVP, contact Brigitte Graham at bgra- or call (678) 244-7701. Survey: Career luck matters ATLANTA — In celebration of St. Patrick’s Day, the social media outlet for business profession- als LinkedIn sur- veyed more than 7,000 people on the role luck plays in a successful career. Globally, 84 percent of professionals believe in career luck, the survey showed. Of the 15 countries surveyed, Japan was luckiest (73 percent of participants considered themselves luckier than others), while the U.S. came in at No. 7 and just ahead of the global average with 49 per- cent considering themselves lucky. The Netherlands finished last, at 31 percent. Group raises tablet forecast NEW YORK — Research group IDC increased its forecast for tablet computer shipments this year after 2011 ended stronger than it had anticipated. IDC said Tuesday that it now expects worldwide shipments of 106 million in 2012, up from the previous forecast of nearly 88 million. The new figure repre- sents 54 percent growth from nearly 69 million shipments in 2011. Retail sales up 1.1 percent WASHINGTON — Americans stepped up spending on retail goods in February, evidence that a stronger job market is boosting the economy. Consumers bought more vehicles, clothes and appliances. They also paid higher prices for gas. Retail sales increased 1.1 percent last month, the Commerce Department said Tuesday. It was the biggest gain since September. The government also revised upward the sales figures for the previous two months. WellStar hospital gets certification COBB NATION Home to the bestHome to the best List: Georgia’s top attorneys can be found in Cobb County By Errin Haines Associated Press Writer ATLANTA — Georgia Labor Commissioner Mark Butler urged legislators Tues- day to salvage a plan to repay $730 million it owes federal government for help covering unemployment benefits in the economic downturn. Butler sent an open letter asking the General Assembly to pass the proposal. If the money isn’t repaid, the unem- ployment trust fund’s debt could grow rapidly, putting it “in peril,” Butler said. “I cannot do this alone,” Butler wrote. “The General Assembly must approve these changes for our Unem- ployment Insurance Trust Fund to become fis- cally sound once again.” A version of the plan has already cleared the Senate. State Sen. Fran Millar, the bill’s sponsor, said the cham- ber had no choice but to act. Butler and others have raised concerns that the bill could face a court challenge because it should have originated in the House, where most revenue- related legislation is generated. “My question is, where has the labor commissioner been?” Millar said Tuesday in response to Butler’s letter. “Would he have taken any action at all if we hadn’t passed the bill?” The commissioner’s agency is set to shrink by about half in next year’s budget as the state consolidates departments. Gov. Nathan Deal set trim- ming state government as one of his priorities for this year’s legislative agenda. Butler said the issues are a difference of opinion and that there is no animosity between him and Deal, who sets the fiscal agenda for the Legisla- ture to approve. “I think it’s just a differ- ence in policy,” Butler said. “That’s part of politics, I sup- pose. I like him and he likes me. Sometimes we agree, sometimes we disagree. But we talk. There is a relation- ship there, and it’s positive.” Deal spokesman Brian Robinson said that while the most substantial changes among state agencies affect the Labor Department, it is not being singled out. Labor commissioner looks to lawmakers for help Mark Butler Staff/File J. Kevin Moore, Cobb County Bar Association president, speaks during the monthly luncheon on Jan. 19 at the Mansour Center. Cobb County is home to 70 of the state’s top attorneys, according to a recent publication called Super Lawyers, which vets nom- inated attorneys throughout the U.S. for the distinction. Cobb has 37 Rising Stars and 33 Super Lawyers, according to the list. Moore is among them.