Miles Mediation & Arbitration Services

ATLANTA OFFICE:
6 Concourse Pkwy., Suite 1950

Atlanta, GA 30328
(678) 320-9118

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Savannah, GA 31405
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April 17, 2017 No Comments
2017 Legal Food Frenzy

Miles is excited to participate in this year’s Georgia Legal Food Frenzy competition.  Our firm goal is to raise $5,000. Online donations may be made on Miles’ team page. To make a donation, click here.

Legal Food Frenzy official description:

The Office of the Attorney General, the Young Lawyers Division of the State Bar of Georgia, and the Georgia Food Bank Association have joined forces to create a friendly food and fund drive competition among Georgia law firms, law schools, legal organizations, and corporate, in-house counsel to support the Georgia Food Bank Association, which is comprised of 8 Regional Food Banks who serve all 159 counties. In its first five years, this competition has raised the equivalent of 5 million pounds of food for the Food Banks.
Georgia’s Food Banks work through a network of nearly 2,400 partner agencies and faith-based organizations to distribute 140 million pounds of food annually to Georgians who need it the most.

The Legal Food Frenzy comes at a critical time for the Food Banks. Nearly 60% of Georgia’s public school children are eligible for free and reduced lunch. The Legal Food Frenzy provides a much needed supply of food and funds to Georgia’s regional Food Banks to help the families of those kids during summer months when schools are closed. The 2017 goal is to raise the equivalent of 1.35 million pounds of food for the Food Banks to distribute.

For more information about the Georgia Food Bank Association and the Legal Food Frenzy competition, click here.

MAKE  A DONATION HERE

 

April 14, 2017 No Comments
2017 Legal Food Frenzy

Miles proud to participate in this year’s Georgia Legal Food Frenzy. The annual competition benefits the Georgia Food Bank Association’s eight regional Feeding America Food Banks. Collectively, the food banks distribute more than 140 million pounds of food each year.

Along with other competing Georgia law firm and legal organizations, Miles is committed to raising as much as possible. We would love to win the competition, but our primary goal is to help those in need and help combat the prevalence of hunger and poverty among our fellow Georgians.

Everything we raise will benefit Atlanta Community Food Bank, the regional food bank that serves our community, and America’s Second Harvest of Coastal Georgia in Savannah.  And for every $1 donated, the food bank can distribute 5 meals worth of food into the community.

How can you help?

1 in 4 children in Georgia live in households that can’t regularly put food on the table. Here’s how you can partner with us to do something about it:

  • Pledge to match monetary donations – you will be recognized on the Legal Food Frenzy website and publications!
  • Drop off canned goods at our offices in Atlanta and Savannah (APRIL 17- APRIL 28 only)

Let’s rise to the challenge and do our part to reduce hunger in our very own community!

MAKE A DONATION HERE

April 13, 2017 No Comments

John Miles was invited to be a panelist at the Liability Claims seminar at the Atlanta Claims Association Annual Conference on April 27 at the Northeast Hilton Atlanta.

John’s panel, “Settling Our Difference in Bad Faith,” also includes distinguished Atlanta attorneys Jonathan Adelman of Waldon Adelman Castila Hiestand & Prout; David Atkinson of Swift Currie McHgee & Hiers; and Jay Sadd of Slappey & Sadd.

The seminar also features panels that will include President of ACA, Pamela Glick; host of the Liability Section, Kim Jackson of  Bovis, Kyle, Burch & Medlin; and the following respected attorneys:

Billy Davis of Bovis, Kyle, Burch & Medlin
Brian Jackson of Drew Eckl Farnham; Mark Levinson of Hawkins
Marty Levinson, Hawkins Parnell Thackston & Young
Drew Timmons, Swift Currie McHgee & Hiers
Dan Prout, Waldon Adelman Castilla Hiestand & Prout
Matt Barr, Hawkins Parnell Thackston & Young
Douglas Chandler of Chandler & Moore
Michael Werner, The Werner Law Firm

For more information about the seminar and ACA, click here.

 

April 7, 2017 No Comments
Mediator Wendy Williamson

Earlier this week, Wendy Williamson appeared on a panel at the University of Georgia’s Law School in celebration of the launch of its newly formed Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) Society. The panel was assembled for the continuing legal education seminar, “Ethics and Professionalism in Dispute Resolution: Where Standards and Practice Collide.”

The event was co-hosted by the Association for Conflict Resolution, and the panel featured Wendy Williamson; Tracy Johnson, Executive Director of the Georgia Commission on Dispute Resolution; and mediation trainer Raye Rawls of the J.W. Fanning Institute for Leadership Development.

Mediator Wendy Williamson appears on ADR and mediation panel

Wendy Williamson shared her thoughts on the honor of being asked to serve on the panel:

The most exciting aspect of my experience was meeting the new generation of future lawyers who are committed to growing ADR and mediation not only in their practices but also in our communities. It was exhilarating to feel hope and excitement about the future of mediation which has come so far in my lifetime but has even greater potential in the courageous and innovative hands of UGA Law School’s future graduates. Thanks to the efforts of Professor Lanier and Jeremy Akin, a 2nd year law student, UGA Law has its first ADR Society linked to the Georgia Chapter of the Association for Conflict Resolution. I watched Jeremy Akin grow up and Jeremy served as an intern at the Mediation Center in Savannah during his college years. Jeremy went on to conduct research as a Fulbright Scholar around mediating land disputes in Uganda for three years. It was especially moving for me to see Jeremy take a leadership role at my beloved alma mater to promote mediation education and community. 


 

To request Wendy Williamson as a speaker at your next event, please email: mdickson@milesmediation.com

March 31, 2017 No Comments

by Burke Johnson, Esq.

Litigation of disputes related to decedents’ estates is increasing.  The assets over which many baby boomers are now fighting, left by frugal depression era parents, can be significant. This older generation saved money and as a result, many estates are larger, and each child wants his or her “fair share.”  Family dynamics have also changed. Families are no longer as close as they once were. Siblings move from their homes of origin across the state or even across the country.  They do not stay in touch.  It is often easier to fight with a family member not seen in years than with one who lives in the same. Similarly, with the increase of divorce and second marriages, there is more willingness to fight with a deceased parent’s surviving second spouse or step-siblings.  Finally, for many people, an inheritance has become something that they expect.  They have been counting on it and will fight for it.

The idea of using “alternative dispute resolution” to settle estate disputes is not new.  Indeed, no less than the Father of our Country, George Washington, included a provision in his own will for resolution of any issues that might arise:

“But having endeavored to be plain, and explicit in all the Devises, even at the expence of prolixity, perhaps of tautology, I hope, and trust, that no disputes will arise concerning them; but if, contrary to expectation, the case should be otherwise, from the want of legal expression, or the usual technical terms, or because too much or too little has been said on any of the Devises to be consonant with law, My Will and direction expressly is, that all disputes (if unhappily any should arise) shall be decided by three impartial and intelligent men, known for their probity and good understanding; two to be chosen by the disputants, each having the choice of one, and the third by those two. Which three men thus chosen, shall, unfettered by Law, or legal constructions, declare their Sense of the Testator’s intention; and such decision is, to all intents and purposes to be as binding on the parties as if it had been given in the Supreme Court of the United States.

The use of mediation to resolve estate disputes is preferable to litigation for many reasons.

  1. Control
    Mediation allows participants to control the outcome.  Litigation puts it in hands of judge or jury.  No matter how experienced the attorney, none has the ability to predict exactly how a judge or jury will find in any given case.  Resolving issues at mediation provides the clients with total control over the outcome.
  2. Time and Expense
    Mediation can achieve results much more quickly than litigation.  As the saying goes, “time is money.”  The longer litigation lasts, the more expensive it becomes. Consider, for example, the “Gaines Cases” rooted in a bigamous marriage that occurred in eighteenth century New Orleans.  The estate litigation spanned approximately fifty years and generated multiple opinions from the United States Supreme Court.  More recently and closer to home, the death of a successful Georgia businessman in  2004 generated litigation that has spanned over seven years and resulted in three opinions from the Georgia Supreme Court.
  3. Privacy
    Except in certain limited cases, documents filed with Georgia’s courts are public record.  Similarly, Georgia’s courtrooms are open, and except in certain limited cases, all of the evidence presented in a trial or hearing is subject to becoming public knowledge.  In estate litigation cases, this can result in the “airing of dirty laundry” that a family might prefer to keep private. In contrast, mediation is a private process.  The parties can control the release of information and the mediation session is attended only by those involved and is not open to the public, provides the advantage of privacy.
  4. Confidentiality
    Similar to the privacy issue, nothing that is contained in public filings or revealed at a hearing is confidential.   Except in very limited circumstances, nothing that is said in the mediation session can be revealed outside of the mediation or used by or against either party at a later date in the event that the mediation does not result in a settlement.  This gives the parties the incentive to share openly.
  5. Preservation of Relationships
    Many estate litigation cases involve parties who are adverse to each other and who have no significant past relationship and no desire to continue in any future relationship.  However, many cases involve siblings or other family members who were fairly close to each other until the death of the family member giving rise to the estate dispute.  In these circumstances, typically, the longer the litigation goes on, and the more negative charges are hailed at each other, the relationship suffers.  Mediation can help avoid this and allow the parties to repair the relationship.


In conclusion, everyone who practices in the area of estate litigation should encourage their clients to use mediation as the preferred method of resolving their disputes.


Mediator Burke JohnsonBurke Johnson, Esq. is a mediator with Miles Mediation in Atlanta.  He has over 30 years of experience handling cases of all complexities and sizes, including  automobile, motorcycle and trucking wrecks; premises liability actions (including cases involving claims of negligent security); product liability claims; construction defect claims; commercial general liability claims; professional liability claims; insurance coverage matters; life, health and disability insurance claims; ERISA benefit claims; business and commercial disputes; elder care and adult guardianships; probate and estate litigation; and family law matters.  

To learn more about Burke or to schedule a mediation, please call 678-320-9118 or visit his online calendar.

March 21, 2017 No Comments

by John K. Miles, Jr., Esq.

Years ago when I practiced law, I worked for a client in the construction industry. The company required claims to be mediated – a fairly new concept at time. When one of their products turned out defective, I often found myself sitting around a table at mediation. Former Georgia Attorney General, Mike Bowers, was the mediator on a number of these cases. After we got to know each other, at one point he suggested that I would be a good mediator. Mike meant it as a compliment but I was offended. I was a litigator. Mediation was for those who couldn’t make it in the courtroom.

I did have a great deal of respect for Mike, so I couldn’t dismiss his suggestion entirely. After thinking it over, I asked why he thought I’d be a good mediator. He said I had the right personality. He explained how successful mediators need to be equal parts people pleaser and closer. He added, “One minute, you have to tell someone they are crazy as hell and the next, be willing to jump up and get them a cup of coffee.”

Over the years I’ve come to realize the wisdom in Mike’s observation. Attorneys do select a mediator based on the mediator’s ability to get a case settled but that mediator also has to be someone the attorney wants to spend the day with. There aren’t many personalities who share this unique blend of characteristics.

I enjoyed success as a litigator but I love mediating. The variety of cases always ensures you are learning new things. I’ve learned how highways and bridges are constructed, the complexities of the human brain and how to take a good idea and build it into a multimillion-dollar company.  Each day, I get to work with fascinating people. I’ve mediated with celebrities, politicians, sports stars and leaders of industry. I’ve even mediated cases for two episodes of reality television.

When practicing law, I loved calendar calls. Going to the courthouse gave me the opportunity to visit with my colleagues. At Miles we have seven to ten cases mediating every day. It’s a pleasure to catch up with old friends in the legal industry and make new ones.

How fortunate for me that I was able to turn a personality disorder – people pleasing — into a career. Every morning I go to work, I count my blessings making a living doing what I love.

 


John Miles is the founder of Miles Mediation & Arbitration Services. He has mediated over 2,000 cases and continues to mediate full-time, handling disputes in areas of personal injury, premises liability, insurance, construction, estates, fiduciary, contracts, commercial, business, employment, and subrogation. For more information about John or to schedule a mediation with him, click here. 

March 20, 2017 No Comments
Why Should Non-Attorneys Complete Mediation Training

by Wendy Williamson, Esq.

I have trained hundreds of lawyers and non-lawyers in civil mediation and participants frequently tell me that they wish they had trained earlier. I encourage you to complete mediator training sooner rather than later for the following reasons:

  1. Practice Enhancement. Any lawyer who represents clients uses negotiating skills in his or her practice. Negotiating skills are like muscles that need training and conditioning. Mediator training is like the P90X for negotiating skills. P90X is an exercise program based upon “Muscle Confusion.” Muscle confusion is the idea that by constantly changing workouts you “confuse” your muscles and thereby increase stimulation and growth. Mediator training uses updated research, hands-on exercises and role plays to exercise different techniques and angles of negotiating skills which will help an attorney find weaknesses, develop additional strengths, open perspectives and grow creativity. Whether you end up in the mediator’s seat or the attorney’s seat, lessons learned through mediator training will enhance your practice.
  1. Client Preparation and Management. My law school education (long ago) was devoted to preparing cases and applying law and precedent. It took years of trial and error to learn how to manage and prepare my clients, which is a whole other skillset. In mediator training, attorneys study how people think and make decisions, how to effectively be agents of reality, how to respectfully deal with emotions and expectations, how to manage their own emotions and how to practice active listening to avoid misunderstandings and develop trust and critical knowledge. In my practice as a mediator, one of the greatest impediments to a healthy and expeditious resolution of a case is a client’s unrealistic expectations of the outcome. The skills honed and practiced in mediator training will help attorneys from the first to the final meetings with their clients. Poorly prepared or unrealistic clients are a predictable source of criticism, disparagement and complaints for attorneys and the legal system when clients believe their attorney or the legal system failed them.
  1. Continuing Education Goldmine. Upon completion of the five-day mediator training and practicum, an attorney receives 28 hours in Continuing Legal Education credit including 3 hours for Ethics and 3 hours of Professionalism. An attorney will be covered for more than two years in CLEs.
  1. Life Management. If you are like me, I find myself having more difficult conversations in my daily life outside of my legal practice. Whether I am dealing with a service provider, my community or government or my family, conflict and negotiation occur with frequency. For example, when I engage with a medical provider or insurance company about an outstanding bill, I find myself practicing de-escalation and active listening instead of screaming [which I would more naturally do]. Have you had a discussion about national politics or the Affordable Care Act lately? Whether we are in parent-teacher conferences, at our bank or dealing with co-workers, we have an increasing need to manage conversations wisely and productively. Mediation training is an invaluable life skill.

I hope I have the privilege to train you in the life skills of negotiation and mediation. Please join a class by clicking here to sign up. 

 


Wendy Williamson, Esq. is a mediator and instructor with Miles in Savannah and Atlanta.  She has over 20 years of mediation experience and is widely considered one of the top mediation trainers in Georgia.  To schedule a mediation with Wendy, please call 678-320-9118 or visit her online calendar.

March 15, 2017 No Comments

John Miles today delivered his presentation “Successfully Presenting Your Case in Mediation and Arbitration” at Proving Damages, an ICLE seminar chaired by Attorney Eric Hertz.

 

John enjoys sharing insights from his extensive mediation career to help attorneys effectively communicate with and manage the expectations of plaintiffs who are emotionally invested in their case. It’s sometimes easy to forget that for the plaintiff the mediation is their day in court. They believe that the mediation will be their opportunity to be heard. This is particularly true for the emotionally motivated plaintiff, as for them the process is as important as the outcome.

 

 

 


John Miles is the founder of Miles Mediation & Arbitration Services. He has mediated over 2,000 cases and continues to mediate full-time, handling disputes in areas of personal injury, premises liability, insurance, construction, estates, fiduciary, contracts, commercial, business, employment, and subrogation. For more information about John or to schedule a mediation with him, click here. 

 

March 15, 2017 No Comments

Wendy Williamson recently delivered a presentation entitled, “Professional Training for Attorneys, Part 1” at the Coastal State Bar of Georgia Office in Savannah. The presentation was also available for participants remotely via web-conferencing. All participants received 1.0 hour of professionalism CLE credit.

Wendy will offer another Professionalism webinar on Tuesday, March 28.
CLICK HERE TO REGISTER.

To view Professional Training for Attorneys, Part 1, CLICK HERE. 

 

February 28, 2017 No Comments

Voting is now open for Daily Report’s 2017 Best Of. For the past three years, Miles has been named the number one Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) firm in Georgia. We take a great deal of pride in those awards. Not just because we’ve won another award but because of what it represents. We’ve earned your trust and respect. We would be honored if you would take time to vote again this year.

Question #57 will allow you to cast your vote for Miles. Question #58 will allow you to vote for the “Best Mediator/Arbitrator” in the state. (NOTE: Miles Mediator & Arbitrator Greg Parent won last year.)

Thanks in advance for placing your trust in Miles.

CLICK HERE TO VOTE

February 28, 2017 No Comments

Miles is proud to support the 24th Annual GAWL (Georgia Association of Women Lawyers) Foundation Art Auction this Saturday- March 4, 2017. The Art Auction is GAWL Foundation’s primary annual fundraiser.

Date: March 4, 2017
Time: 6:30pm to 10pm
Location: Offices of Nelson Mullins Riley & Scarborough LLP at Atlantic Station
Attire: Festive professional attire

For more information and to purchase tickets, click here.

February 28, 2017 No Comments

John Miles was invited again to present “Successfully Presenting Your Case in Mediation and Arbitration” at ICLE’s upcoming seminar, Proving Damages. Attorney Eric Hertz is the seminar’s Program Chair.

The seminar will be held at the State Bar of Georgia and is accessible video conference at the Coastal Georgia State Bar office in Savannah and the South Georgia State Bar office in Tifton. Note: Space at the Savannah and Tifton offices is each limited to 30 attendees.

 

For more information, click here. 

To register for the seminar, click here. 

For more information about John Miles and to view his online calendar, click here.

February 24, 2017 No Comments
Lynn Roberson

Lynn Roberson was recently recognized as a Georgia Super Lawyer in the practice area of Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) and is listed in the most recent edition of Super Lawyers Magazine.

Lynn has been named a Georgia Super Lawyer every year since 2004. She was named as one of the top 50 women lawyers in Georgia in 2007, 2009, 2012-2015, and one of the top 100 lawyers in the state in 2013-2014. She was also selected for inclusion in the 20th and 21st Editions of The Best Lawyers in America.

“This recognition further confirms what we all know about Lynn,” said Team Leader Susan Forsling. “The same level of professionalism, skill, and talent that made her a top trial lawyer is translating to her mediation practice. She is becoming a sought-after mediator, and I’m proud to have her on my team at Miles.”

As a member of Team Forsling, Lynn specializes in premises liability and personal injury cases. She is a past president of both the Atlanta Bar and the Georgia Defense Lawyers Association.

For more information about Lynn or to view her online calendar, click here. 

 

February 22, 2017 No Comments

Miles Mediator and trainer Wendy Williamson will lead a Professionalism CLE on March 14 at the State Bar of Georgia Office in Savannah.

DATE: March 14, 2017
TIME: 12 p.m.- 1 p.m.
LOCATION: Coastal State Bar of Georgia Office, 18 E. Bay St. Savannah, Georgia 31401

Distinction Between Ethics and Professionalism
The Supreme Court has distinguished between ethics and professionalism, to the extent of creating separate one-hour CLE requirements for each.  The best explanation of the distinction between ethics and professionalism that is offered by former Chief Justice Harold Clarke of the Georgia Supreme Court:

“. . . the idea that ethics is a minimum standard which is required of all lawyers while professionalism is a higher standard expected of all lawyers.”

Join Wendy Williamson for a discussion on the Laws and the Rules of Professional Conduct. This CLE is approved by the State Bar of Georgia for 1 hour of Professionalism credit.

NOTE:  Only “Self-Study” CLE credits apply if viewing this presentation via web conferencing.

CLICK HERE TO REGISTER

 

February 22, 2017 No Comments

Team Leader Danny Cohen is taking a rare week off from mediating to focus on one of his longtime passions: singing. Danny will spend this week immersed in the 24th season of the American Traditions Vocal Competition (ATC), as he is the president of ATC’s board of directors. The week-long event is dedicated to singing competitions and educational programming and is held in Savannah every year.

Danny is recognized throughout the Coastal Empire as a talented singer, and he received a much-deserved spotlight on his career in a February 2016 Daily Report article. “I love the vocal arts and every year look forward to my role as the president of the ATC board of directors,” said Danny. “The competition celebrates the diversity of local music and showcases the incredible talents of singers from various parts of the country.”

During 2003-2005 Danny competed in ATC, reaching the semi-finals in 2005. “When I competed back then, I sang in several genres of American music like Broadway and musicals; American opera arias, jazz, folk songs and much more,” said Danny. “And even though I no longer compete, I enjoy every second of my interactions with all involved in this fantastic vocal competition.”

This year, 27 contestants from all over the country will vie for the gold medal prize of $12,000 and placement on the Savannah Philharmonic’s 2017-18 mainstage program.

This year’s competition runs Feb. 20-24. To learn more: click here. 

February 21, 2017 No Comments
Mediator Joe Murphey's head shot

We’re thrilled to announce that Team Leader Joe Murphey was recently selected as one of the 2017 Top 100 Georgia Super Lawyers, a listing comprised of lawyers who obtained the highest votes in the 2017 Georgia Super Lawyers nomination, research, and review process. This is the 11th consecutive year Murphey has been selected as a Super Lawyer.

Murphey was also selected among a handful of other attorneys as a Super Lawyer in the practice area of Alternative Dispute Resolution.

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 patented selection process includes independent research, peer nominations and peer evaluations. The result is a credible, diverse and comprehensive list of remarkable attorneys.

Murphey is a team leader at Miles, where he specializes in complex cases in areas of wrongful death, trucking liability, premises liability, products liability, and personal injury. He is a member of the Georgia Academy of Mediators and Arbitrators, an association recognizing the top 5% neutral attorneys in the state with substantial experience in the resolution of civil/commercial disputes, and is AV rated, the highest rating possible for ability and ethics, by Martindale Hubbell.

In 2016, Murphey was also named an “ADR Champion Trailblazer” by the National Law Journal. He was the only mediator in Georgia to receive this prestigious distinction.

To view the digital edition of Super Lawyers Magazine, click here.

February 17, 2017 No Comments

Miles mediators, Lynn Roberson and Sally Akins are highlighted in today’s “After Hours” section of the Daily Report. The section features additional snapshots from the Georgia Defense Lawyers Association’s 14th annual judicial reception on February 2 at the State Bar of Georgia. More than 175 lawyers and judges were in attendance.

Sally is the President-elect of the Georgia Defense Lawyers Association (GDLA) and Lynn is a past president of the association, as well as a past president of the Atlanta Bar Association. Both Sally and Lynn conduct mediations in Atlanta, with Sally mediating primarily at Miles’ Savannah office.

This year marks the 50th anniversary of the Civil Defense Bar in Georgia, and Miles is proud to support its mission and members.

Click here to view photos from the event.

February 15, 2017 No Comments

John Miles and Miles Mediation & Arbitration Services are featured in the most recent issue of Atlanta Attorney at Law Magazine.

The cover story includes an in-depth interview with John Miles, in which he discusses the firm’s ascent as a premier ADR firm in the Southeast. He sheds light on the expertise of Miles’ team leaders; the opening of the firm’s Savannah office; and the significant number of complex disputes handled by the firm’s experienced panel of neutrals.

The current issue debuted today in digital format and hits newsstands next week. Click here to view the full digital edition.

February 10, 2017 No Comments

Team Leader Joe Murphey recently returned from a trip to the small village of El Rincon in Honduras. Joe traveled as a representative of the Rotary Club of East Cobb, a group with which he is actively involved. While there, Joe met students, parents, and educators who are beneficiaries of Lunches for Learning, a non-profit that provides healthy lunches for elementary school children in rural Honduras. He was accompanied by the nonprofit’s Executive Director, Phil Dodson.

The Rotary Club of East Cobb recently joined forces with Lunches for Learning to sponsor the school, Pedro Nufio. The partnership enables its students to continue receiving daily lunches. Whereas before it had a sponsor, no children attended the school, now Pedro Nufio is overflowing with students and has even added seventh-, eighth-, and ninth-grade classes.

According to Lunches for Learning, “statistics show that a (Honduran) child who earns at least a sixth-grade education has hope for breaking the cycle of poverty because he or she will learn basic reading, writing and math skills that open future doors.”

Honduras is one of the poorest countries in the world, and many children, particularly in rural areas, do not have access to education. Through Lunches for Learning, more than 1700 children in rural Honduras are now able to attend elementary school, because they know they will receive nourishment each day.

“Most of the students at Pedro Nufio walk 1-2 hours per day (each way) to attend the school,” said Joe. “And the seventh-ninth graders travel from farther distances, with some enduring 3-hour walks (each way) on unpaved, volcanic dirt paths.” He continued, “This is an incredible program that efficiently puts starving children, begging on the streets, back into school, breaking a multi-generational chain of poverty.”

Joe recounted a moment about his travels to and from Honduras: When offered a $100 upgrade from coach to first class for the 3-hour flight, he immediately seized on the opportunity to travel first class each way. During the flight there, he ate filet mignon and watched movies in comfort. But on the return flight, he reflected on his time with the families of Pedro Nufio and abstained from a steak and entertainment. “Some students walk 3 hours each way to get to school because they are no longer starving,” he said. “And it only costs $100 to feed one child for a full year; the same cost of my upgrade. That parallel puts so much into perspective, and this entire experience has touched me deeply.”

For more information about Lunches for Learning or how to support its cause, click here: www.lunchesforlearning.org

 

 

 

 

 

February 9, 2017 No Comments

Lynn Roberson recently attended Georgia Defense Lawyers Association’s (GDLA) 14th Annual Judicial Reception, honoring the Atlanta-area bench. The event was held at the State Bar.

Lynn is a former past president of both GDLA and the Atlanta Bar Association. In 2015, the State Bar of Georgia’s Committee to Promote Inclusion in the Profession awarded Lynn with its Commitment to Equality Award.

Lynn is a member of Team Forsling at Miles.

Mediator Lynn Roberson with DeKalb State Court judge Dax Lopez and Anandhi Rajan, partner at Swift Currie McGhee &a Hiers, LLP

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


Lynn Roberson, Esq. is a mediator and arbitrator with Miles in Atlanta.  She has over 35 years of litigation experience, specializing in premises liability and personal injury matters. To schedule a mediation with Lynn, please call 678-320-9118 or visit her online calendar.

 

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