FordHarrison Opens Charlotte Office; Former GA Majority Whip Joins Dentons

Memo from the Executive Committee

FordHarrison has opened the doors of its new office in Charlotte, North Carolina. The firm now has over 200 attorneys in 30 offices nationwide, including five affiliate firms. The initial attorneys in this office are Angela Cummings, office managing partner and member of the firm’s diversity advisory board, and Julie Adams as partner. Cummings and Adams both come to FordHarrison from Littler Mendelson.

Kilpatrick Townsend led Atlanta-based firms in The American Lawyer’s annual pro bono ranking of the 200 top-grossing U.S. firms, edging out last year’s top-ranked Atlanta firm, Alston & Bird. Kilpatrick and Alston were the only two Atlanta-based firms in the survey with lawyers averaging more than 50 hours of pro bono work annually. They were also the only two where more than half their lawyers spent more than 20 hours on pro bono annually.

Big Law Gets

For Dentons, where Edward Lindsey, a former Republican leader in the General Assembly, joined the firm. Lindsey, who served as majority whip in the Georgia House of Representatives, will become a partner in the firm’s public policy and regulation practice effective July 15.

For DLA Piper, where Steven Park joined in the firm’s intellectual property and technology practice as a partner. Park was previously with Paul Hastings.

Big Law Honors

For Alston & Bird, ranked number six by BTI Consulting under “The Law Firms with the Best Client Relationships.”

For Arnall Golden Gregory, named by BTI Consulting Group as a leading core firm in wholesale trade for client service. A core law firm captures 80 percent of the client’s work. AGG also was named to the honor roll of recommended firms in consumer goods.

For Troutman Sanders litigation partner Ira Genberg, selected to the board of directors of the United Way of Greater Atlanta.

For Sutherland’s Jennifer Wheatley Fletcher, named among the top women litigators in the country by Benchmark Litigation for the fifth consecutive year.

For Kilpatrick Townsend’s Elliott Levitas, honored by the Daily Report with a lifetime achievement award.

For Kilpatrick Townsend’s Kathryn Isted, named to the board of directors of the Georgia Asylum and Immigration Network.

For Chamberlain Hrdlicka’s Annette Idalskd, who has been elected as a fellow to The College of Labor and Employment Lawyers.