Pope McGlamry Hosts Appreciation Reception for Justice Carol W. Hunstein

Pope McGlamry had the incredible honor of hosting an appreciation reception for Justice Carol W. Hunstein last night. Justice Hunstein has been an integral part of Georgia’s judicial community for over 30 years.

Justice Hunstein was appointed to the Supreme Court in November 1992 by Governor Zell Miller, becoming the second woman in history to serve on the Court. She served as Chief Justice from 2009-2013. Justice Hunstein ran for election in 1984 in DeKalb County, becoming the first woman elected as a Superior Court judge in the Stone Mountain Judicial Circuit.

We appreciate her service to the State of Georgia and we were privileged to host an event that celebrated her 30+ years of service.

Michael J. Moore

Former U.S. Attorney Michael Moore joined Pope McGlamry in December 2015. Moore’s practice focuses in the areas of: Qui tam & false claims litigation Significant fraud Class actions Tort cases White collar matters Moore was appointed by President Obama in 2010 to serve as the United States Attorney for the Middle District of Georgia. As […] Full Bio

George W. Darden

George (Buddy) Darden joined Pope McGlamry in February 2018 where he became a member of our qui tam/false claims practice. Mr. Darden focuses on the areas of significant fraud, class actions, tort cases and white collar matters. Darden was first elected District Attorney for Cobb County in 1972 and next elected to the Georgia State House of representatives. In […] Full Bio

R. Timothy Morrison

Tim Morrison graduated from the University of Alabama in Birmingham with a B.S. in 1972 and a J.D. from the University of Alabama in 1976. He was a member of the University of Alabama Law Review from 1975-1976. Following his graduation from the University of Alabama, Morrison clerked for Justice Janie L. Shores, Alabama Supreme […] Full Bio

BREAKING: Georgia Voters’ Lawsuit Forces Brian Kemp to Resign Secretary of State Role

BREAKING: Georgia Voters’ Lawsuit Forces Brian Kemp to Resign Secretary of State Role

ATLANTA – Moments ago, Georgia gubernatorial candidate Brian Kemp resigned his office as Secretary of State in response to a lawsuit brought by Georgia voters.  The move came moments after a hearing was about to commence in Federal Court in Atlanta on a lawsuit seeking to force Kemp’s removal from any role in overseeing a governor’s race that is still too close to call and has not yet been decided.  Kemp claimed the move was to allow him to begin working on a transition to the governor’s role, but the timing made clear that his move was prompted by the lawsuit.

Larry Schwartztol, Counsel for Protect Democracy, the nonpartisan nonprofit that brought the suit on behalf of five Georgia voters said:

“This is a huge victory for democracy and the rule of law. It is a basic constitutional principle that a person may not be a judge in their own case and that’s what Brian Kemp was attempting to be here. It was manifestly unfair and it is a credit to the voters who stepped forward: LaTosha Brown, Candace Fowler, Jennifer Ide, Chalis Montgomery and Katharine Wilkinson whose bold stand in defense of democracy forced Secretary Kemp’s hand.

It is now critical that the votes be counted fairly and any other irregularities caused by Secretary Kemp’s conflicted role and multiple egregiously unethical and unlawful acts in the management of this election be addressed to the degree that Georgia voters can have full confidence in the result.

And let this be a lesson for the future: government officials may not misuse their offices to unfairly tilt the playing field in elections in which they are a candidate.  Doing so violates the Constitution, and today proves that Americans and our court system stand at the ready to stop that from happening should it ever be attempted again.”

The emergency legal papers in this case, Brown v. Kemp, were filed at 5 PM Tuesday on behalf of five Georgia voters: LaTosha Brown, Jennifer N. Ide and Katharine Wilkinson of Fulton County, Candace Fowler of Dekalb County, and Chalis Montgomery of Barrow County. They are represented in the matter by the nonpartisan nonprofit Protect Democracy, former United States Attorney for the Middle District of Georgia Michael J. Moore, Chuck Byrd, Caroline McGlamry and Wade Tomlinson of Pope McGlamry, and former Department of Justice Voting Rights Section attorney Bryan L. Sells of the Atlanta Law Office of Bryan L. Sells.

More information about the lawsuit is available at protectdemocracy.org/brown-v-kemp/

Protect Democracy is a nonpartisan nonprofit dedicated to preventing American democracy from declining into a more authoritarian form of government.

Michael J. Moore, Chuck Byrd, Caroline McGlamry and Wade Tomlinson are attorneys at the law firm of Pope McGlamry, which has offices in Atlanta and Columbus, Georgia. Mr. Moore previously served as the United States Attorney for the Middle District of Georgia from 2010 to 2015.  He is also a former member of the Georgia Senate, where he served on the Appropriations, Judiciary, Transportation, and Defense Committees.

Bryan L. Sells is the Principal at The Law Office of Bryan J. Sells in Atlanta, Georgia. Before launching his own practice, Bryan served as Special Litigation Counsel in the Voting Section of the Civil Rights Division of the United States Department of Justice from 2010 to 2015.

For press inquiries, contact press@protectdemocracy.org

Georgia Voters File Emergency Lawsuit Seeking to Have Secretary of State Kemp Barred From Presiding Over His Own Election

Lawsuit Alleges Kemp’s Conduct Violates Constitutional Right to Due Process, Seeks Restraining Order

ATLANTA – Today, a group of Georgia voters filed a federal lawsuit asking the United States District Court in Atlanta to enjoin Secretary of State Brian Kemp from exercising any further powers of the Secretary of State’s Office in presiding over the 2018 general election, in which he himself is a candidate.

The emergency legal papers were filed at 5 PM today on behalf of five Georgia voters: LaTosha Brown, Jennifer N. Ide and Katharine Wilkinson of Fulton County, Candace Fowler of Dekalb County, and Chalis Montgomery of Barrow County. They are represented in the matter by the nonpartisan nonprofit Protect Democracy, former United States Attorney for the Middle District of Georgia Michael J. Moore of Pope McGlamry, and former Department of Justice Voting Rights Section attorney Bryan L. Sells of the Atlanta Law Office of Bryan L. Sells.

The plaintiffs are seeking a temporary restraining order barring Secretary Kemp from being involved in the counting of votes, the certification of results, or any runoff or recount procedures that would normally be exercised by the Secretary of State’s Office or the Board of Elections, on which he also sits.

Counsel for Protect Democracy Larry Schwartztol said, “That no person should be a judge in their own case is about as basic a rule of fairness as you can get. That principle, embodied in the Constitution’s Due Process Clause, applies with special force to Secretary Kemp, who has misused his official position to try to tilt the playing field of the election in his favor. The extreme facts of this case warrant emergency relief to protect the rights of Georgia voters.”

The lawsuit cites a recent effort by the Secretary of State to use the Secretary of State’s Office’s official powers to make an unfounded accusation against the party of his opponent and post that accusation on the Secretary of State’s official website, then promoting it through the Kemp campaign’s political channels. The lawsuit alleges that this is merely the latest and most extreme misuse of the Secretary’s position to try to give himself an unfair advantage in his race for governor.

Previously, two federal courts ruled against the Secretary in prior matters in which he was accused of violating the law. Two weeks ago, a federal judge ordered Secretary Kemp to instruct election officials to stop summarily discarding absentee ballots that contained signature discrepancies. And as recently as Friday, a federal judge struck down a restrictive “exact match” policy implemented by Secretary Kemp that had jeopardized the ability of over 3,000 individuals to vote because their voter registrations had minor discrepancies with their official identification documents.

Secretary Kemp is not the only Secretary of State presiding over his own election this cycle. In another high profile contest in Kansas, Secretary of State Kris Kobach is presiding over an election in which he is a candidate for governor. Although they are not the first or only government officials to have presided over elections in which they were candidates, the extreme actions both men have taken to use their office in ways that appear designed to advance their campaigns’ chances have drawn strong rebukes from experts.

The prominent election law scholar Rick Hasen described Secretary Kemp’s actions as “perhaps the most outrageous example of election administration partisanship in the modern era.”   And the election law expert Michael McDonald described Mr. Kemp’s conduct as “an appalling abuse of power” that “undermines democracy and hurts confidence in the work done by professional election officials across the nation to run fair elections.”

“Whoever you support in an election, we should all be able to agree that it’s essential for a democracy for that election to be administered fairly,” said Moore, former United States Attorney for the Middle District of Georgia, who is co-counsel in this case. Co-counsel Bryan L. Sells added: “Allowing one of the candidates to not just preside over their own election but misuse their office to give them an unfair advantage is just anti-democratic and unlawful.”

The complaint can be found here: https://protectdemocracy.org/brown-et-al-v-brian-p-kemp-complaint/

The legal memorandum seeking a temporary restraining order can be found here: https://protectdemocracy.org/brown-et-al-v-brian-p-kemp-memorandum-of-law/

Protect Democracy is a nonpartisan nonprofit dedicated to preventing American democracy from declining into a more authoritarian form of government.

Michael J. Moore is a partner at the law firm of Pope McGlamry, which has offices in Atlanta and Columbus, Georgia. He previously served as the United States Attorney for the Middle District of Georgia from 2010 to 2015.  He is also a former member of the Georgia Senate, where he served on the Appropriations, Judiciary, Transportation, and Defense Committees.

Bryan L. Sells is the Principal at The Law Office of Bryan J. Sells in Atlanta, Georgia. Before launching his own practice, Bryan served as Special Litigation Counsel in the Voting Section of the Civil Rights Division of the United States Department of Justice from 2010 to 2015.

Press inquiries can be directed to: press@protectdemocracy.org

Caroline G. McGlamry

Caroline McGlamry graduated cum laude with a B.A. from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 2009. Caroline spent a year working in Washington, D.C. before furthering her studies at the University of Georgia School of Law where she graduated with a J.D. in 2013. While in law school, Caroline served as the […] Full Bio

Chuck W. Byrd

Chuck Byrd joined Pope McGlamry in July 2016. Byrd’s practice focuses in the areas of qui tam/false claims litigation, personal injury, significant fraud and tort cases. Byrd has maintained a trial practice for over 35 years. For many of these years, Byrd has been in private practice handling both civil and criminal cases. He also […] Full Bio

Michael J. Moore

Former U.S. Attorney Michael Moore joined Pope McGlamry in December 2015. Moore’s practice focuses in the areas of: Qui tam & false claims litigation Significant fraud Class actions Tort cases White collar matters Moore was appointed by President Obama in 2010 to serve as the United States Attorney for the Middle District of Georgia. As […] Full Bio

Settlement Reached in Stryker LFIT Hip Replacement Lawsuit

Pope McGlamry is pleased to announce that they have reached a confidential, private settlement in the Stryker LFIT Cobalt Chromium V40 Femoral Heads litigation along with multiple firms from across the country. The litigation involved the recalled hip component used in hip replacement surgeries. The devices, manufactured by Howmedica Osteonics Corp., were subject to two separate recalls after patients complained of pain, difficulty walking, disassociation of the femoral head, and tissue and muscle damage from corrosion products of the cobalt and chromium femoral head requiring revision surgery.

Numerous individual lawsuits were centralized in two jurisdictions. Lawsuits from both jurisdictions are included in the confidential private settlement.  All federally filed Stryker LFIT V40 lawsuits were located in the District of Massachusetts as a Multi-District Litigation (MDL) in April of 2017. Lawsuits filed in state court, New Jersey, were also consolidated as a Multi-County Litigation (MCL) in New Jersey’s Superior Court in Bergen County on May 16, 2017.

The settlement was announced this morning in court before the MDL Judge Indira Talwani in Boston. An order was issued by the Honorable Judge Rachelle Harz of the New Jersey Superior Court applying procedures to support the settlement, as well.

The Plaintiffs’ negotiating team jointly comment that “we are pleased we were able to bring a speedy resolution for our clients and are happy they will receive compensation for both the pain these devices caused and the surgeries they had to endure to attempt to undo the damage caused by these faulty implants.”

The attorneys in the leadership of these coordinated litigations who negotiated this settlement are Michael L. McGlamry and M.J. Blakely of Pope McGlamry Kilpatrick Morrison & Norwood, Peter J. Flowers of Meyers & Flowers, Brenda S. Fulmer and C. Calvin Warriner, III of Searcy Denney Scarola, Barnhart & Shipley, Walter Kelly of Bernheim Dolinsky Kelley, Joseph Osborne of Osborne & Francis, Ashley Raso of Meshbesher & Spence and Ellen Relkin of Weitz & Luxenberg.  Negotiating Counsel for Stryker were Kim Catullo and Nora Wolf of Gibbons, P.C.

Michael L. McGlamry

Michael L. McGlamry is and has been actively representing plaintiffs in personal injury, wrongful death, products and pharmaceutical liability, class actions and mass torts actions that have resulted in verdicts or settlements approaching a billion dollars. Many of these cases were the first such cases in the nation and many involved innovative, ground-breaking legal strategies. He […] Full Bio

Michael J. Blakely, Jr.

Michael J. Blakely, Jr. is a shareholder at Pope McGlamry in Atlanta, Georgia. He attended Oxford College and Emory College of Emory University where he obtained his Bachelor of Arts in 2002. Blakely earned a Juris Doctorate from the University Of Georgia School Of Law in 2006. Immediately after law school Blakely began pursuing his […] Full Bio

$31 Million Verdict in Botched Circumcision Case Won by Pope McGlamry P.C. and Jonathan W. Johnson, LLC

$31 million awarded to 4 year old child in medical malpractice case against multiple healthcare professionals and clinics

ATLANTA, Georgia. — Pope McGlamry P.C. is pleased to announce that on Friday, September 21, 2018, their clients, Stacie Willis and her 4 year old son, referred to as Baby D due to privacy reasons, were awarded $31 million in a botched circumcision case in the State Court of Clayton County, Georgia before the Hon. Shalonda Jones-Parker. The malpractice suit was against Melissa Jones, Dr. Brian Register, Anne Sigouin, Life Cycle OB/GYN, LLC, Life Cycle Pediatrics, LLC, Dr. Abigail Kamishlian and Daffodil Pediatric and Family Medical Services, LLC.

 The botched circumcision, performed by Certified Nurse Midwife Melissa Jones, took place in October of 2013 at Life Cycle OB/GYN. The end of the child’s penis was caught in the Mogen clamp, causing the tip of the glans to be amputated. Dr. Brian Register, an OB/GYN and supervising physician, was then called in to help stop the hemorrhaging from the end of Baby D’s penis. The clinic’s owner, Anne Sigouin, who also owns Life Cycle Pediatrics, was called for assistance. Rather than provide critical information, Sigouin advised Dr. Register and Nurse Jones to call the boy’s pediatrician, Dr. Abigail Kamishlian. Dr. Kamishlian advised that Ms. Willis should take her child home and go to the emergency department if the bleeding re-started.

None of the medical professionals informed Stacie Willis of the amputation or that the severed glans tissue had been preserved in a saline solution and stored in the lab refrigerator at Life Cycle. Multiple expert witnesses testified that a pediatric surgeon could have successfully reattached the tissue, if the procedure had been performed within 6-12 hours after the amputation. The tissue was discarded months later, still without informing Stacie Willis.

The first negligent act was the severing of the tissue and the second was failing to send Baby D and the tissue for emergency reattachment while the tissue was still viable. Baby D, who will turn 5 next month, has had four subsequent surgeries to attempt to mitigate the damage, both functionally and cosmetically, to his penis and urethra. Pope McGlamry fought for a comprehensive reward which would not only help cover medical expenses but for any and all pain and suffering that was inflicted on the child during the procedure.

“Baby D had the chance to have a normal childhood and life,” Neal Pope said. “That chance was stolen from him when the defendants performed a botched circumcision, [and] withheld key information, including the preserved tissue, from his mother, sealing his fate. The physical and psychological effects from this procedure will be life-long for Baby D.” The $31 million award includes $780,000 for past and future medical expenses, as well as $30M in past, present and future pain and suffering, and will help provide counseling and support for Baby D to handle the trauma throughout his childhood and adulthood. Pope McGlamry was honored to represent Stacie Willis and Baby D, and is dedicated to providing the best possible results for all of their clients.

 

Pope McGlamry Trial Team:

Neal Pope, MJ Blakely, Jay Hirsch, Kim Johnson, Caroline McGlamry, Courtney Mohammadi

 Co-Counsel:

Jonathan Johnson of Jonathan W. Johnson, LLC

 

Michael J. Blakely, Jr.

Michael J. Blakely, Jr. is a shareholder at Pope McGlamry in Atlanta, Georgia. He attended Oxford College and Emory College of Emory University where he obtained his Bachelor of Arts in 2002. Blakely earned a Juris Doctorate from the University Of Georgia School Of Law in 2006. Immediately after law school Blakely began pursuing his […] Full Bio

Jay F. Hirsch

Jay Hirsch graduated from Tulane University in 1983 and from the University of Georgia School of Law in 1986.  Mr. Hirsch joined Pope McGlamry (originally Pope, Kellogg, McGlamry, Kilpatrick & Morrison) in August 1986 and practices primarily in the areas of personal/financial injury and wrongful death arising from negligence, product liability and fraud. Hirsch’s current […] Full Bio

Wright Conserve Hip Litigation, Settlement & Product History

The settlement programs spearheaded by Pope McGlamry’s leadership are in full swing. Nearly 2,000 Wright Medical Conserve claims have or are being settled through three (3) separate and staged settlements with Wright Medical, totaling approximately $340 million.

Wright Conserve MDL

The Wright Conserve Multi-District Litigation (MDL) was created in February 2012, consolidating all federal court cases in the Northern District of Georgia before United States District Judge William S. Duffey, Jr. Additionally, a Judicial Council Coordination Proceeding (JCCP) petition was approved in May 2012 before Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Jane Johnson. It consolidated California state-court cases involving Wright Medical hip replacement and revision matters, including Wright Medical’s Conserve, Lineage, and Dynasty hip implants. The Honorable Judge Ann Jones has since taken over this JCCP. The Hon. Diana M. Welsh (Retired) led the extensive settlement negotiations and has tirelessly worked with the parties to help facilitate the settlement. Pope McGlamry’s Michael McGlamry serves as Co-Lead Counsel in both consolidated litigations and led the settlement negotiations.

                “These cases involved the failure of Wright Medical Metal-on-Metal (“MoM”) hip devices, primarily the Conserve device.”

Wright Conserve Product History

The mid-1990s was a pivotal time for orthopedic hip devices. The Charnley metal-on-poly (MoP) devices had been the gold standard for hips implanted since the 1950s. These devices utilized a poly liner between the metal head and the cup components to prevent metal articulating against metal. Several attempts to manufacture and market MoM hip devices had failed miserably in the 1950s and 1970s. Those failures resulted from the fact that metal components (cup and head) were articulating against each other, generating metal wear debris and metal ions along with causing cup loosening, tissue damage, inflammation, tumor formation, and other metal metal-related horrors resulting in revision rates of up to one half of all implants.

Yet, Wright Medical was willing to try MoM a third time, although they knew that surgeons were reluctant to utilize MoM due to these well-published issues. Because Wright Medical recognized that surgeons were their primary customers and the lifeblood of the company who were essential for the promotion of its products, but they knew that the surgeons’ greatest reluctance to use MoM was the metal-ion problem. Somehow they needed to make the issue go away.

Wright Markets to Baby Boomers

Wright Medical quickly recognized the perfect market for the MoM Conserve: Baby Boomers. Marketing recognized that with an aging, athletic population of men and women with a more active lifestyle, Baby Boomers were increasingly more likely to suffer hip injuries need hip replacements. Wright Medical marketed the Conserve devices to last 25-30 years, eliminate dislocation and, because they are metal components, charge the Baby Boomers more money. A perfect storm was born.

Wright Medical vigorously marketed the Conserve Total BFH and Conserve Total A-Class, total hip replacement version of the Conserve. Wright Medical undertook this marketing program without addressing and resolving the myriad of problems associated with MoM – primarily those related to metal ion release.

Conserve & MOM Devices Move Forward Without Testing

There were no biocompatibility tests or studies conducted or contracted for by Wright Medical to find out if this MoM articulation was safe or effective. There was absolutely nothing done at Wright Medical to study, test, or analyze metal ions.

Wright Medical charged ahead with the MOM hip devices, despite the clear red flags that came up, including:

  • Knowing that the Conserve was going to generate metal debris (Cobalt and Chromium)
  • Cobalt and Chromium debris generated toxic metal ions
  • Toxic metal ions can cause cup loosening, tissue damage, necrosis, metallosis, tumors and worse
  • They had no idea what levels of Cobalt and/or Chromium ions in the blood/urine were safe, acceptable, toxic, dangerous, injurious
  • Strenuous physical activity increased the generation of metal ions
  • Lack of clarity on whether Cobalt and Chromium could cause long term damage, even systemic damage

Knowing that it had to overcome one overriding and critical concern from its surgeons for MoM, Wright Medical implemented a plan to drive sales through the decriminalization of metal ions. So they trained their sales reps, the closest liaisons to their surgeons, that the effects of metal ions are known and have been demonstrated to be safe, when in fact, Wright Medical did no tests to determine at what level metal ions would be harmful to patients.

                The result was disastrous. Patients began to present to their surgeons with pain, swelling, and in some cases, unexplained reaction in other parts of their bodies. Surgeons found high blood levels of cobalt and chromium, inflammation, pseudo tumors and adverse local tissue reactions, metallosis, and bone resorption.

Wright Medical Conserve Settlements

When combined, the 3 settlement programs cover almost all “eligible” claims in the MDL, JCCP, and on the tolling agreements. However, even with the third and final settlement program, there remained approximately 70 outstanding cases/claims that did not become part of any settlement program. Those cases must be individually litigated.

As a result of the law two settlements, the MDL is being closed and any cases that opted out of the settlements, and any cases that did not otherwise become part of a settlement, have been remanded to the respective federal district court of the Plaintiff’s residence.

Contact Pope McGlamry

In addition, Pope McGlamry continues to be contact by clients who have had their Wright Medical MoM hip devices removed/revised. Pope McGlamry continues to investigate these new claims and to take these cases, filing them individually and prosecuting them individuals against Wright Medical. If you or your loved ones have experienced complications or pain due to a Wright Medical Conserve MoM defective hip device, please contact our team at Pope McGlamry.

 

Michael L. McGlamry

Michael L. McGlamry is and has been actively representing plaintiffs in personal injury, wrongful death, products and pharmaceutical liability, class actions and mass torts actions that have resulted in verdicts or settlements approaching a billion dollars. Many of these cases were the first such cases in the nation and many involved innovative, ground-breaking legal strategies. He […] Full Bio

N. Kirkland Pope

N. Kirkland Pope joined Pope McGlamry in 2006 and practices out of Pope McGlamry’s Atlanta office. Pope graduated from Auburn University in 1992 with a degree in Finance and accepted a commission in The United States Marine Corps the same year. He served as an infantry officer with the Second Marine Division and the Fourth […] Full Bio

Atlanta False Claims Lawyers Wary But See Little Threat in DOJ Whistleblower Memo

An internal Justice Department memo that spells out specific, new criteria for federal prosecutors to use in determining whether to dismiss a whistleblower case may be more defense-oriented but, while a reason for caution, raises no immediate alarms.

Atlanta False Claims Lawyers Wary But See Little Threat in DOJ Whistleblower Memo

Michael J. Moore

Former U.S. Attorney Michael Moore joined Pope McGlamry in December 2015. Moore’s practice focuses in the areas of: Qui tam & false claims litigation Significant fraud Class actions Tort cases White collar matters Moore was appointed by President Obama in 2010 to serve as the United States Attorney for the Middle District of Georgia. As […] Full Bio

4th Annual Wishing Tree Challenge Goes the Extra Mile

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Now in its fourth year, Pope McGlamry has successfully completed its 2017 Wishing Tree Challenge, an annual Christmas program that benefits Atlanta-area victims of domestic violence and human trafficking. This year, the program granted the holiday wishes of more than 45 women and children—and then took its philanthropic challenge one step further.

The International Women’s House (IWH) shelter sent Christmas wish cards that were displayed on the firm’s Wishing Tree. The attorneys, firm staff and other members of the legal community selected wishes from the tree to fulfill each resident’s wish. In addition to granting each wish from the tree, the firm extended its act of kindness by sponsoring the shelter’s newly implemented Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) yoga program. PTSD yoga programs are becoming a growing trend across the country in helping women heal from the trauma of domestic abuse while reclaiming their lives through yoga. “The women residents at IWH will certainly benefit from this program and appreciate this very kind gesture. We are forever grateful for Pope McGlamry’s generosity for sponsoring our PTSD yoga program and for ensuring that each Christmas wish from the Wishing Tree was granted” said Anna Blau, Executive Director for the IWH.

“We were especially pleased to be able to go beyond our original goal of fulfilling Christmas wishes, and purchase yoga equipment for the shelter residents,” said attorney Mike McGlamry. “Yoga exercise and mindfulness training are very beneficial in helping to address the emotional issues of PTSD for victims of domestic abuse and we are delighted to contribute to those efforts.”

“We were very happy to have delivered on the wishes of each and every resident at the shelter this year,” said attorney Kirk Pope. “The firm extends its warm thanks and appreciation to the Atlanta-based State Bank & Trust Company as well as Webb & Taylor, LLC for partnering with the firm this year to bring each Christmas wish to life. We look forward to next year’s challenge and hope to have additional partners.”

As the only domestic violence shelter in Georgia equipped to provide services uniquely tailored to various backgrounds and cultural needs, IWH has helped care for over 3,000 refugees from more than 35 different countries. The Wishing Tree Challenge provides an opportunity for the legal community here in Atlanta to combine their efforts to share joy and the holiday spirit with those at IWH who have faced considerable hardship and loss, many of whom spend their first holiday season in the United States at the shelter.

N. Kirkland Pope

N. Kirkland Pope joined Pope McGlamry in 2006 and practices out of Pope McGlamry’s Atlanta office. Pope graduated from Auburn University in 1992 with a degree in Finance and accepted a commission in The United States Marine Corps the same year. He served as an infantry officer with the Second Marine Division and the Fourth […] Full Bio

Michael L. McGlamry

Michael L. McGlamry is and has been actively representing plaintiffs in personal injury, wrongful death, products and pharmaceutical liability, class actions and mass torts actions that have resulted in verdicts or settlements approaching a billion dollars. Many of these cases were the first such cases in the nation and many involved innovative, ground-breaking legal strategies. He […] Full Bio

Michael J. Blakely, Jr.

Michael J. Blakely, Jr. is a shareholder at Pope McGlamry in Atlanta, Georgia. He attended Oxford College and Emory College of Emory University where he obtained his Bachelor of Arts in 2002. Blakely earned a Juris Doctorate from the University Of Georgia School Of Law in 2006. Immediately after law school Blakely began pursuing his […] Full Bio

Josh A. Karr

Josh Karr was born in Miami, Florida and graduated summa cum laude with a B.A. from the University of Central Florida in 2013. Karr then attended Emory University School of Law where he graduated with honors in 2016. While in law school, Karr was an active member of the Emory Moot Court Society. While in […] Full Bio

Caroline G. McGlamry

Caroline McGlamry graduated cum laude with a B.A. from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 2009. Caroline spent a year working in Washington, D.C. before furthering her studies at the University of Georgia School of Law where she graduated with a J.D. in 2013. While in law school, Caroline served as the […] Full Bio

It’s The Most Wonderful Time of the Year

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Over the river and through the woods, to a family member’s house many of us will go during this holiday season. While some can afford the luxury of air fare for the entire family, most of us will take to the highways as we pack up our gifts and good wishes for the holiday season.

Getting on the “Holiday Road”

When travelling for the holidays it is important to ensure that you do everything possible to avoid mechanical failures that could put you into harm’s way. As you prepare to travel, particularly if long distances are involved, here’s a quick list of items that demand your attention:

  • Check your tires. Blowouts are a common cause of highway accidents—so make sure your tires are in good working condition, and that they are appropriate for the type of climate you’ll be traveling to for your visit. Checking the tire tread and tire pressure is mandatory; it’s recommended that tires be kept at the manufacturer’s recommended pressure level for safety reasons and also to increase fuel efficiency for each mile traveled. To check if your tires need to be replaced, insert a quarter into the tire treads with the Washington head toward the tire. If no portion of the head is covered, the tire is below 1/8 of an inch and it is recommended that you replace your tire immediately. It is also recommended that you register your tires with their manufacturer to ensure that you will promptly receive any safety recall
  • Don’t over-pack the sleigh. Vehicles actually have a payload capacity, and that should not be ignored. Check your owner’s manual to determine your vehicle’s maximum weight—and make sure your vehicle isn’t so full that you cannot see clearly out of all windows. Use an external luggage carrier or rack to carry larger items that might otherwise obstruct your view.
  • Keep an eye on the weather. A “White Christmas” is lovely to look at—from the safety of a nice, warm home or hotel. However, winter weather often presents challenging driving conditions, as there can be black ice or ice hidden beneath the glimmering, snow-covered roads. Always check the weather conditions before you embark on a holiday road trip, even if it seems like it’s just a quick jaunt down the road for more eggnog.
  • Pack an emergency kit. Always have an emergency kit in your car, complete with a blanket, flashlight, a first aid kit, snacks, bottled water, and a cellphone charger. Including a card with emergency contact information in your emergency kit is essential, if you lose complete battery power with no way to charge your cell phone. You never know when or how long you might be stuck in inclement weather situations—so best to be prepared.

Learn More

At Pope McGlamry, we want you and your family to stay as safe as possible at all times when you are on the road—but particularly during the heavily traveled holidays. If you or someone you love has been involved in an accident during the holidays call 877-285-7656 for a case review with our legal experts, or submit your case online.

R. Timothy Morrison

Tim Morrison graduated from the University of Alabama in Birmingham with a B.S. in 1972 and a J.D. from the University of Alabama in 1976. He was a member of the University of Alabama Law Review from 1975-1976. Following his graduation from the University of Alabama, Morrison clerked for Justice Janie L. Shores, Alabama Supreme […] Full Bio

Caroline G. McGlamry

Caroline McGlamry graduated cum laude with a B.A. from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 2009. Caroline spent a year working in Washington, D.C. before furthering her studies at the University of Georgia School of Law where she graduated with a J.D. in 2013. While in law school, Caroline served as the […] Full Bio

Credit Fraud: The Gift That Keeps on Taking

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Black Friday. Small Business Saturday. Cyber Monday. All can be fantastic shopping days, full of amazing deals. But the single biggest deal during the holidays could actually be someone else’s—if they are successful in stealing your credit cards or identity.

Identity theft is the fastest-growing crime in America, impacting more than 10 million victims per year. In fact, according to the Identity Theft Resource Center, the holidays offer thieves the greatest opportunity to steal your credit, turning it into a gift that keeps on taking from you in terms of time, energy and anguish all year long.

Be Proactive About Your Credit

Here are just a few good ways you can be more proactive about protecting your credit during the busy holiday shopping season:

  • Use credit monitoring. Monitoring your credit reports is always a good idea, as mistakes can be made and easily corrected if you are vigilant. If you notice any unusual purchases or activity on your credit report, you can minimize the damage if you act quickly so that a fraud alert may be placed on your credit report with all three major credit reporting bureaus. Report any unauthorized purchases or new accounts to all three credit bureaus immediately—and file an identity theft report with the police as well.
  • Freeze it. If you have lost your credit cards, or they have been stolen, report the incident to each of your creditors immediately. They will send you a new card in a matter of days—and freeze or cancel your old ones. If you wish to proceed using only cash during the holidays, you can temporarily freeze your credit until you feel safe enough to use it again.
  • Make secure purchases. Online deals are great, but not if they put your credit at risk. Look for the TRUSTe privacy seal at the bottom of a secure website—and make sure that the URL contains “https” as a prefix to indicate encrypted data security.
  • Avoid public Wi-Fi. Your data can be seen or swiped from public Wi-Fi data connections, so you should only make purchases on a secure network. You should also use care when making purchases over the phone, as others may be close enough to capture your credit card details without you even noticing.
  • Use “See ID” as your signature. Instead of signing your name on the back of each credit card, consider using the phrase “See ID” instead. This will force a thief to produce a photo identification card that will not match—and likely result in their being caught red-handed.

Most of all, you should pay attention during your holiday shopping adventures. With all of the sales and distractions—not to mention bumping into people you haven’t seen in a while—it’s easy to become disoriented or forgetful, leaving your credit cards vulnerable to thieves.

Thieves could be several purchases in before you even realize your cards are missing, so stay alert and keep your cards close by in a cross-body bag, hip sack or front pants pocket. That way, you can best ensure that your holidays will also bring the gift of peace of mind.

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