BOUHAN FALLIGANT LAWYERS RECOGNIZED AS 2015 SUPER LAWYERS AND 2015 RISING STARS
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Nine attorneys at Bouhan Falligant LLP have been recognized as 2015 Super Lawyers and 2015 Georgia Rising Stars. Super Lawyers recognizes prominent attorneys who have distinguished themselves in their legal practice. The Rising Stars lawyer selection recognizes the top up-and-coming attorneys in the state — those who are 40 years old or younger, or who have been in practice for 10 years or less.
The attorneys selected as 2015 Super Lawyers are Glen M. Darbyshire for personal injury defense and products liability; Kathleen Horne for business bankruptcy and creditors rights; Carlton E. Joyce for personal injury defense and medical malpractice; Dennis B. Keene for personal injury defense and products liability; B.H. Levy Jr. for workers compensation; and Frank “Sonny” Seiler for general personal injury.
The 2015 Georgia Rising Stars attorneys as are Todd M. Baiad for business litigation; John B. Manly for general litigation; and Gregory G. Sewell for personal injury defense and medical malpractice.
Only five percent of the attorneys in Georgia are chosen each year to be included on the Super Lawyers list and only two and a half percent are named to the Rising Stars list. Super Lawyers is a rating service of outstanding lawyers from more than 70 practice areas who have attained a high-degree of peer recognition and professional achievement. The selection process includes independent research, peer nominations and peer evaluations.
About Bouhan Falligant, LLP
Bouhan Falligant is a full-service Georgia firm of experienced attorneys devoted to finding practical solutions to client issues. Bouhan Falligant’s attorneys handle a broad-range of complex legal needs for financial, corporate, educational, small business and professional clients, as well as individuals, throughout the region and nation. Through 125 years of practicing law, the firm has developed the deep knowledge base and sound judgment that delivers value to the clients. For more information visit bouhan.com.
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Editor’s Notes: The following attorneys were selected as 2015 Superlawyers:
DarbyshireGlen M. Darbyshire is an AV® Preeminent™ rated partner and focuses his practice in the areas of commercial litigation and personal injury defense, particularly product liability and transportation law, as well as appellate practice. He is a sustaining member of the Product Liability Advisory Council, Inc., the Transportation Lawyers Association, the Trucking Industry Defense Association and the Defense Research Institute. He is a member of the Lawyers Advisory Committee for the United States Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit. He is a member of the State Bar of Georgia. Darbyshire received his B.A. degree magna cum laude from Davidson College in 1979 and his J.D. degree cum laude from the University of Georgia School of Law in 1984 where he was a Castellow Scholarship recipient and served on the editorial and managing boards of the Georgia Law Review. Following law school, he clerked for the Honorable Frank M. Johnson, Jr., Circuit Judge on the United States Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit, and for the Honorable Thurgood Marshall, Associate Justice of the Supreme Court of the United States.
HorneKathleen Horne is an AV® Preeminent™ rated partner at the firm and practices primarily in the area of creditors rights and bankruptcy, and she is a frequent lecturer on these topics. Horne has been named a Fellow in the prestigious American College of Bankruptcy, is a member of the American Bankruptcy Institute, co-founder and past director of the Coastal Bankruptcy Law Institute, and past-President of the Bankruptcy Section of the State Bar of Georgia. She served as Chairman of the State Board of Bar Examiners, and as a member of the Formal Advisory Opinion Board, and the Investigative Panel of the State Bar of Georgia. Horne received both her B.A. degree and her J.D. degree, cum laude, from the University of Georgia, where she was a member of several honor societies. She is currently a member of the Advisory Board for Savannah State University College of Business Administration and serves as Chairman of the Board of Trustees of Historic Savannah Foundation. Horne has been named one of the “Top 50 Women Attorneys” in the State of Georgia by Atlanta magazine, a Georgia “Super Lawyer” for eleven consecutive years, and one of Georgia Trend magazine’s “Legal Elite”. She has been awarded the Judge Frank Cheatham Professionalism Award by the Savannah Bar Association. She previously received the Georgia Association of Women Lawyers Achievement Award and was named the Business and Professional Women’s Club Woman of Achievement.
JoyceCarlton E. Joyce is an AV® Preeminent™ rated partner practicing in Bouhan Falligant’s litigation practice group, and has been associated with the firm since 1993. Joyce’s litigation practice concentrates in the areas of aviation law, products liability, insurance defense, medical malpractice defense, and business litigation. He is admitted to practice in all federal and state courts in Georgia, the U.S. Supreme Court, and serves on the Federal Court Advisory Panel for the Southern District of Georgia. He graduated from Emory University in 1986 with a degree in Psychology and a minor in Political Science. In 1989, he graduated from Southern Methodist University School of Law in Dallas, Texas. Joyce is a member of the State Bar of Georgia’s Litigation and Aviation Law Sections, the Savannah Bar Association, the Georgia Defense Lawyers Association and the Defense Research Institute. He is past President of the Emory University Board of Governors and a member of the Emory University Board of Visitors. He has been recognized by Best Lawyers in America, Georgia’s Super Lawyers, and Georgia Trend magazine as one of Georgia’s top lawyers.
KeeneDennis B. Keene is an AV® Preeminent™ rated partner who represents corporations and individuals in tort-based litigation with an emphasis in product liability and trucking law. His diverse client base ranges from international manufacturers and national motor carriers to regional carriers and local businesses. Keene is a member of the State Bars of Florida and Georgia and is admitted to practice in all Florida and Georgia state courts, the U.S. District Courts for the Southern and Northern Districts of Georgia, and the Middle District of Florida, as well as the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit. He has also been admitted on a pro hac basis in a number of jurisdictions. Keene is a member of the American Bar Association, where he serves as a vice chair on its Trial Techniques Committee; the Savannah Bar Association, where he serves on the Bar Grievance and Bench & Bar Committees; and the Defense Research Institute, where he is a member of the Product Liability Committee. Keene received his B.A. in Economics, magna cum laude, from Syracuse University in 1990 and his J.D., cum laude, from the University of Miami School of Law in 1993. He was named the recipient of the General Meyer Leadership Award and, upon graduation, was deemed a Distinguished Military e Netherlands. After law school, Levy served on active duty in the United States Air Force and in the active reserves. He attained the rank of Captain.
LevyFrank “Sonny” Seiler, an AV® Preeminent™ rated partner, joined the firm in 1960 and has an extensive litigation practice which includes defense of personal injury claims, medical malpractice, products liability law, prosecution of serious personal injury claims, white collar criminal cases, and divorce/domestic relations matters. Seiler is well known for serving as lead defense counsel in the Jim Williams murder trials that were later made famous by their inclusion in John Berendt’s book, Midnight in the Garden of Good him since 1983. He is admitted to practice in all federal and state courts in Georgia. Seiler was named to the State Judicial Nominating Commission by Governor Carter in 1973 and served on this Commission under three different governors. He is a Fellow of the American Bar Foundation and is a member of the American Bar and Savannah Bar Associations, as well as the National Association of Railroad Trial Counsel, Insurance Section of the State Bar of Georgia, General Practice Section of the State Bar of Georgia, Georgia Association of Hospital Attorneys, American Counsel Association, and Old War Horse Lawyers Club. He is also a fellow of the International Academy of Trial Lawyers. Seiler graduated from the University of Georgia with a B.B.A. in 1956 and received his J.D. in 1957. Following law school, Seiler was commissioned Second Lieutenant, United States Infantry and served in the United States Army as a First Lieutenant. He also served six years as an officer in the Georgia National Guard, 230th Field Artillery. Seiler’s family has owned the Georgia Bulldog mascot for many years. Seiler has received the University of Georgia School of Law Distinguished Service Award and was the recipient of the William W. Franklin 1998 Volunteer of the Year Award.
The following attorneys were selected as 2015 Georgia Rising Stars:
BaiadTodd M. Baiad is an AV® Preeminent™ rated partner with Bouhan Falligant’s litigation department which he joined in 2000. Baiad focuses his practice on helping clients to solve their most complex and challenging legal problems. He has represented clients in a myriad of subject areas, including business litigation, professional malpractice, construction, employment, class actions and admiralty and maritime matters. Baiad’s broad based commercial and complex litigation practice has enabled him to handle matters at the local, state and federal level. He has been admitted to practice in multiple jurisdictions and has handled matters on behalf of clients in and among the following cities and jurisdictions: Chicago, San Francisco, Charleston, New York and Miami. Baiad is fiercely committed to pro bono service and has represented multiple pro bono clients including the Savannah Book Foundation and the Girl Scouts of America. He currently serves on the Board of Directors for the Georgia Chamber of Commerce where he sits on the law and judiciary committee. Baiad received his bachelor of arts in political science with a minor in economics from the University of Georgia in 1997. He received his Juris Doctor from the Emory University School of Law in 2000. In 2013, Baiad was selected as a Rising Star of Business by Savannah Magazine and Business in Savannah. He is a member of the State Bar of Georgia and is admitted to practice in all state and federal courts in Georgia. He is a member of the American Bar Association, Business Law Section, Maritime Law Association, and is a Port Director for the Southeastern Admiralty Law Institute.
ManlyJohn B. Manly is an associate practicing primarily in the areas of Admiralty and Maritime, Estate Litigation, Transportation Litigation, Personal Injury, Products Liability, Medical Malpractice Defense, and Commercial Litigation. Prior to joining the firm, he served as an Assistant District Attorney for the Augusta Judicial Circuit in Georgia. Manly is a member of the State Bar of Georgia and is admitted to practice before all trial and appellate courts in Georgia, as well as the United States Supreme Court, the Eleventh Circuit Court of Appeals and the United States District Courts for the Northern, Middle, and Southern Districts of Georgia. Manly graduated from The University of Georgia in 2004 with degrees in Political Science and Religion. He graduated from The University of Georgia School of Law in 2008. During law school, Manly clerked for Judge Anne E. Barnes of the Georgia Court of Appeals. He is currently the Savannah Regional Coordinator for the High School Mock Trial Competition. Manly is also a Trustee of the Georgia Legal History Foundation. In addition to his law practice, he is active in civic affairs. He serves on the Board of Directors for the Coastal Center for Developmental Services, and on the Board of Trustees for the Ossabaw Island Foundation. Manly is a 2012-2013 graduate of Leadership Savannah.
SewellGregory G. Sewell is a partner with Bouhan Falligant’s civil litigation department. Sewell focuses his practice on medical malpractice defense, personal injury defense, and business litigation, including non-solicitation covenants, covenants not to compete, and non-disclosure issues. He is a member of the State Bar of Georgia and is admitted to practice before all state trial and appellate courts in Georgia, as well as the United States District Court for the Southern District of Georgia. While an undergraduate at the University of Georgia, he was a Varsity athlete and three-time Varsity Letter winner for the UGA’s Track and Field Team and a scholar-athlete at the University of Georgia. Upon graduation from the University of Georgia in 2004, Sewell attended law school at Georgia State University School of Law. While a law student, he served on the Executive Committee of the Student Bar Association as Community Service Chairman and was awarded the Litigation Honors Designation. Sewell earned his Juris Doctor from Georgia State University School of Law in 2007. He has been selected a Rising Star for four consecutive years.