Georgia Trial Lawyers Association Selects Inaugural LEAD Program Class

Posted by Cindy Nations

October 23, 2013 – I am so proud to announce that our own Buck Daniel has been chosen to participate in a highly coveted leadership program offered by the Georgia Trial Lawyers Association.  This is a real honor and one which he most definitely deserves.  Congratulations, Buck!!

georgia trial lawyers assoc logoATLANTA, GA – This year, the Georgia Trial Lawyers Association launched the Leadership Education & Advanced Direction (LEAD) Program. Designed to identify those with leadership potential from among the Association’s younger lawyers, the LEAD Program will train and equip those members to serve in future leadership roles in both GTLA and in the community. In order to qualify, applicants must have less than 10 years of practice experience or be 35 years of age or younger.

After a rigorous application and selection process, 16 attorneys were chosen to participate in the 2013-2014 GTLA LEAD Program. They are as follows:

Adam Beecher
Powers Law Group, Macon

Tracee Benzo
Hasner Law, Atlanta

N. John Bey
Bey & Associates, Atlanta

Jennifer Coalson
Parks, Chesin & Walbert, Atlanta

Buck Daniel
The Nations Law Firm, Atlanta

 Ron Daniels
Burke Lasseter, Warner Robins

 Jed Douglas
Adkins & Douglas, Valdosta

 Morgan Duncan
Butler, Wooten & Fryhofer, Columbus

 Tedra Hobson
Butler, Wooten & Fryhofer, Atlanta

 Jennifer Ivey
Linley Jones, Atlanta

 Michael Ruppersburg
Simon Law Firm, Atlanta

 Fareesh Sarangi
Sarangi Law, Atlanta

 Madeleine Simmons
Morgan & Morgan, Atlanta

 Kelley Simoneaux
Harris, Penn & Lowry, Atlanta

 L. Chris Stewart
Stewart, Seay & Felton, Atlanta

 Brian Worstell
Phillips, Branch & Hodges, Columbus

 “I would like to congratulate all sixteen attorneys who were selected as a part of our inaugural LEAD Program class. The qualifications of this year’s applicants were truly impressive, and as a result the selection process proved to be an enormous undertaking. With aspiring leaders such as these, I have no doubt that the future of our Association is bright,” stated Buck Rogers, President of the Georgia Trial Lawyers Association.

“These participants represent a diverse group of GTLA members from firms, big and small, located all over the state and in a variety of practice areas,” continued LEAD Program Co-Chairmen Ryals Stone and Michael Geoffroy. “The goal of the GTLA LEAD Program is to challenge our participants to think critically about our organization, the practice of law and their personal role as a leader in their communities. Through participation in our program, these young attorneys will be poised for success, both in the courtroom and the community.”

The 2013-2014 LEAD Program consists of five sessions, and will begin on November 22-23 in Athens, Georgia. The program concludes with graduation at the GTLA Annual Convention & Gala in Atlanta on April 24-25, 2014.