Fisher Phillips Launches HR Consultancy Practice; A&B and FordHarrison Get Big Honors

Memo from the Executive Committee

Fisher Phillips has launched a wholly-owned subsidiary called Foundations Human Resources based in Lexington, Kentucky. The new company is led by former Toyota Motor Engineering & Manufacturing North America, Inc. executives Carol Sampson and Stephanie Prewire.

Ceasar Mitchell, an attorney at DLA Piper where he practices commercial real estate law and finance law, has announced that he is joining the running for Mayor of Atlanta. Mitchell is also Atlanta City Council President.

Big Deals, Big Wins, Big Clients

A team from Morris, Manning & Martin represented QGenda, the leading provider of cloud-based automated physician scheduling solutions, in a recent deal.  Partner Scott Allen led the MMM team, which also included partner Anthony Boggs.

Smith, Gambrell & Russell served as legal counsel to Heritage Growth Partners in a growth recapitalization of East West Manufacturing, LLC. The purpose of the recapitalization is to support the company’s growing operations and future acquisition initiatives. The SGR legal team included John Ethridge and Nick Rueter of the firm’s corporate practice.

Big Law Gets

For Nelson Mullins, where attorneys Melody Bray and Morgan Cressman have joined the Education Group. Bray joins the firm from the office of the Fulton County attorney where she was a staff attorney in employment and personnel. Cressman previously led the workers compensation section of an Atlanta law firm.

Big Law Honors

For Alston & Bird, which has been recognized as a global leader in patent law in the 2016 edition of Intellectual Asset Management (IAM) Patent 1000 – The World’s Leading Patent Professionals, marking the fifth consecutive year the firm has earned this recognition.

For FordHarrison, which has been named a top firm for immigration in the 2016 edition of The Legal 500 United States.

For Ogletree Deakins’ Kristy Offitt, who has been accepted into the 2017 Leadership DeKalb class.

For Alston & Bird’s Mary Benton, who was the recipient of the Institute for Taxation Professionals’ 2016 award for “Sales Tax Article of the Year.” The article – “A Sticky Situation: Sourcing Sales and Use Tax on Cloud-Based Transactions” – looks at the complexities facing states in taxing cloud-based goods and services and identifying where transactions should be sourced.

For Fisher Phillips’ Managing Partner Roger Quillen, who was, for the seventh consecutive year, selected to “The Top 100 Most Powerful Employment Attorneys” in the United States by Human Resource Executive magazine.

For Morris, Manning & Martin partner Gerald Pouncey, who was named by the National Law Journal as a  2016 Energy and Environmental Trailblazer. Pouncey heads MMM’s environmental, infrastructure and land use practice.

For Greenberg Traurig’s Lori Cohen, who won the Best in Life Sciences Award at the Euromoney Legal Media Group’s annual “Americas Women in Business Law Awards.” Cohen is chair of the firm’s pharmaceutical, medical device and health care litigation practice and its trial practice group. She also serves on the firm’s executive committee.