Update on Guns in the Botanical Garden; Big Honor for Ballard Spahr

Big Local Law News

This week, Justice Carol Hunstein wrote for a unanimous court in holding that a GeorgiaCarry member can proceed with his lawsuit seeking to the right to take his pistol into the Atlanta Botanical Garden. The decision reversed a dismissal of the case by Fulton County Superior Court Judge Gail Tusan. At oral arguments in February, the garden’s attorney, Michael Brown of Alston & Bird, told the justices that, if they ruled in favor of the gun rights group, other private entities operating on public land could be subjected to the same demand to allow weapons.

Big Law Moves

For W. Hunter Holiday, a longtime corporate and securities partner at Alston & Bird, where he served as the firm’s mentoring partner and was once a member of its hiring committee. Holiday left last month to become general counsel of The North Highland Co., a global management consulting firm. 

Big Law Promotions

At DLA Piper, where Jamie Konn was promoted to partner.

At Hunton & Williams, where Brandon A. Van Balen and Joshua M. Kalb were promoted to counsel.

Big Law Honors

For Holland Knight’s Robert Highsmith, who last week took his singing talents to Phillips Arena, as he opened Game 3 of the Eastern Conference NBA Semi-Final game between the Atlanta Hawks and Cleveland Cavaliers by singing the national anthem.

For Ogletree Deakins. The Association of Corporate Counsel (ACC) named the firm as a 2016 ACC Value Champion for the firm’s value-based fee arrangement with hhgregg. The firm’s press release says, “the arrangement, leveraging the tools in Ogletree Deakins Advantage portfolio product, revolutionized hhgregg’s process for labor and employment claims by consolidating outside counsel and selecting Ogletree Deakins as its partner firm.”

For Bryan Cave’s C. Scott Greene, who has become a fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers.

For Ballard Spahr, being named Firm of the Year by Georgia PATENTS, a program that helps solo inventors, nonprofits, and small businesses find lawyers and patent agents to help file patents on a pro bono basis. Charley Brown, a partner in the firm’s Atlanta office, accepted the award on the firm’s behalf. He is part of a team of nine Ballard Spahr lawyers who worked with the program in 2015. The team filed for more patents on behalf of pro bono clients than any other of the program’s participating firms.