Attorneys

Professional Development

"To render the highest quality legal services to clients in the most efficient manner possible while maintaining the highest ethical and professional standards." This excerpt from the Firm's Purpose Statement reminds us of the Firm's core values, including the importance of continuing professional development.

Professional development is integral to productivity and quality legal services and the resulting client satisfaction and authentic business relationships. Professional development is intertwined with interviewing, orientation, continuing legal education, mentoring and evaluations, among other aspects of the Firm's business.

The goal of the Firm's professional development efforts is to work together in developing and maximizing talent to achieve professional satisfaction at all levels of our practice.

A Glance at the Firm's Professional Development Program

Current Professional Development Initiatives

  • New attorney orientation for all incoming attorneys
  • The attorney Mentoring Program, matching associates in their early years at the firm with partner and senior associate mentors
  • Associate performance evaluation process

Industry/business training

  • Georgia Appellate Practice featuring Justice Keith Blackwell
  • Business Development "boot camp" presented by Deb Knupp, Partner at Akina
  • Seminars in accounting for attorneys, taught by accountants


In-house CLE-accredited programs, panel discussions and firm-produced webinars available to clients and attorneys

  • Essentials of Commercial Lending
  • How attorneys and assistants can work best together

Presentations

  • Enhancing Professional Development Through Bar Association Involvement
  • Client Perspective on Attorney Expectations
  • Use of social media for attorneys' business development purposes

Programs and meetings addressing attorney-generated questions

  • Path to Partnership "How do I get there?"
  • Monthly associate "town hall" meetings with the managing partner
  • In-house practice group-specific CLE programs such as mediation and e-discovery technology

Each partner at the Firm commits to professional development - not only to develop continually their individual legal expertise and business acumen, but also to participate actively in the training and development of the Firm's associates and paralegals.

 
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