Bodker, Ramsey, Andrews, Winograd & Wildstein, P.C. (BRAWW) is honored to be ranked in the 2022 U.S. News – Best Lawyers “Best Law Firms” list.
Firms included in the 2022 Edition of U.S. News – Best Lawyers “Best Law Firms” are recognized for professional excellence with consistently impressive ratings from clients and peers. To be eligible for a ranking in the 2022 Edition of U.S. News – Best Lawyers “Best Law Firms”, a firm must first have a lawyer named in The Best Lawyers in America©, which ranking recognizes the top 6% of lawyers in private practice in the United States.
The BRAWW attorneys recognized by Best Lawyers® were:
The U.S. News – Best Lawyers ® “Best Law Firms” 2022 publication can be found here.Read More
Bodker, Ramsey, Andrews, Winograd & Wildstein Principal Harry J. Winograd will present at the 15th Annual Corporate IP Institute (CIPI).
Harry will moderate a panel discussion titled Professionalism Plus: A Practical Guide to Protect IP, Trade Secrets and In-House Counsel Privilege During Litigation. Panelists will include Ritu Kelotra (Rollins, Inc.), Erik Provitt (Equifax Inc.), and Nora Robb (Cox Automotive Inc.). The presentation has been approved for a Professionalism credit for Georgia attorneys.
Find out more about the 15th Annual Corporate Intellectual Property Institute here.
Bodker, Ramsey, Andrews, Winograd & Wildstein, P.C. is pleased to announce that attorney Harry J. Winograd co-authored the 2022 edition of Georgia Business Litigation published by ALM Media and the Daily Report. Harry’s expertise is the chapter on “Limited Liability Company and Partnership Litigation.” Georgia Business Litigation, edited by Robert C. Port, is a one-volume, comprehensive guide used by attorneys and judges for topics including: officer, director, and shareholder matters; partnership and LLC disputes; employment; non-compete and trade secret issues; RICO; intellectual property issues; business torts; insurance liability; fraudulent transfers; and arbitration. Written by a stellar panel of veteran Georgia attorneys, Georgia Business Litigation is in the seventh edition and Harry has been involved with this project from the first publication in 2014.
Harry Winograd concentrates on business litigation with emphasis on trial practice. Harry uses his experience to develop effective solutions to the most complex, difficult, and often contentious business arrangements. He has represented clients in sixteen (16) states, appearing in both state and federal courts and arbitration. Harry serves as an Adjunct Professor at Emory University School of Law in the Kessler-Eidson Trial Techniques Program, and he also serves the Atlanta Bar Association as Co-Chair of the Editorial Board for The Atlanta Lawyer.
Read the Georgia Business Litigation 2022 edition here.Read More
Bodker, Ramsey, Andrews, Winograd & Wildstein, PC is proud to announce that four of the firm’s attorneys were selected by their peers for inclusion in the 28th Edition of The Best Lawyers in America© 2022. The attorneys and their respective practice areas selected for Best Lawyers® inclusion are:
Since it was first published in 1983, Best Lawyers® has become universally regarded as the definitive guide to legal excellence. Best Lawyers lists are compiled based on an exhaustive peer-review evaluation. Almost 108,000 industry leading lawyers are eligible to vote (from around the world), and Best Lawyers received over 13 million evaluations on the legal abilities of other lawyers based on their specific practice areas around the world. , Inclusion in Best Lawyers is considered a singular honor. For more information, please visit https://www.bestlawyers.com/Read More
Bodker, Ramsey, Andrews, Winograd & Wildstein, P.C. celebrates its 35th anniversary this month. In June, 1986, Bodker, Ramsey, Andrews, Winograd & Wildstein, PC (“BRAWW”) was founded by UGA law school classmates who shared a common approach for practicing law, and a passion for providing clients with creative and practical solutions to their legal needs. Founders Brian D. Bodker (corporate), and Timothy J. Ramsey (corporate), met at the University of Georgia Law School and quickly realized that they collectively had the background and business acumen to start their own firm, despite their relative youth. Brian had a background as a practicing CPA; Tim had a background in real estate and an M.B.A. They were subsequently joined by their law school classmate Stephen C. Andrews (family law). Steve later convinced his colleague Harry J. Winograd (commercial litigation), who he knew as a fellow associate at a prior firm, to join BRAWW. Robert D. Wildstein (commercial litigation), another classmate from UGA, joined the firm over a decade later.
Together BRAWW’s name partners built a firm that has grown by focusing on adding seasoned attorneys who excel in their respective areas of expertise, as well as a handful of newly minted attorneys with robust non-legal backgrounds that aid the firm’s clients. Today, BRAWW is a full-service law firm that handles a variety of complex legal matters covering a wide range of practice areas and industries.
Brian D. Bodker, founding member and firm president believes that the firm’s longevity is “due to the support and trust of our loyal and long-standing clients. We believed, very early on, we must focus on the true needs of our clients by maintaining and developing a core group of attorneys and other professionals who best understand the manner by which the client is best served, both in the short term and after, including being nimble and responsive. All of us understand and appreciate the need for knowledge, experience, community, and client focus. This has resulted in significant tenure and satisfaction of our BRAWW community. I am proud of each and every one of my colleagues.”
Tim J. Ramsey, founding member and firm managing partner said, “It has been an amazing 35 years. BRAWW’s success is a testament to our highly talented attorneys, paralegals and staff, and our multigenerational and collaborative culture. Some of our team members are just starting parenthood, while others are grandparents. Two of our attorneys are father and son. Everyone has a unique vantage point to offer our clients. We look forward to continuing to provide unsurpassed legal services and value to our clients, as we look ahead to the next 35 years.”
BRAWW encourages its members to be active in their communities. Firm members have served as a President of a synagogue, a teacher of trial techniques at Emory Law School, a golf officiant, and chairs of numerous committees of various legal and community organizations. BRAWW attorneys have received numerous awards and recognitions, including Volunteer of the Year, Distinguished Service, and Commitment to Equality awards, and have been recognized over the past decade by Super Lawyers, Best Lawyers in America and Georgia Trend’s “Legal Elite.”
The firm looks forward to meeting new challenges and continuing to represent its clients in business planning, business litigation, commercial transactions, corporate organizations, family law, and construction matters, with the intensity, dedication, and creativity that BRAWW clients have come to expect.Read More
Congratulations to our Firm’s Harry Winograd as he accepts the role as Co-Editor of The Atlanta Lawyer magazine. He will serve alongside Judge Diane Bessen and the entire Editorial Board of the magazine. The Atlanta Lawyer is the official magazine of the Atlanta Bar Association and is published digitally six times a year. The magazine serves the Atlanta legal community and the legal profession at large.
Click link to read Harry’s LinkedIn article with more information: https://bit.ly/35fsRZr
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Harry J. Winograd joins the faculty of nationally recognized judges and trial lawyers for the 2021 Emory University School of Law Kessler-Eidson Trial Techniques Program. Initially modeled after the National Institute for Trial Advocacy programs, Emory focuses on integrating second-year law student knowledge of substantive evidence with practical trial skills through a “learn-by-doing” format. The program concludes this week with over 60 court trials which provide students with a foundation in trial advocacy and to develop confidence in their presentation skills. This year’s class includes over 250 students from more than a dozen countries. When founded in 1982, the program was modeled after the National Institute for Trial Advocacy’s program for teaching practicing lawyers. Emory’s Trial Techniques Program is the largest trial advocacy program for law students in the nation and has been recognized by the American College of Trial Lawyers which has twice conferred on Emory’s program the Emil Gumpert Award for excellence in the teaching of trial advocacy. To learn more about this exceptional program, click here.Read More
Bodker, Ramsey, Andrews, Winograd & Wildstein, P.C. is pleased to announce that seven of the Firm’s attorneys have been named to the 2021 Georgia Super Lawyers List.
Brian D. Bodker, Timothy J. Ramsey, Stephen C. Andrews, Harry J. Winograd, Robert D. Wildstein, Jessica J. Wood, and Thomas Rosseland were all recognized by Super Lawyers in their respective practice areas. They were listed under Business/Corporate Law (Brian and Tim), Family Law (Steve) and Business Litigation (Harry, Rob, Jessica, and Tom). No more than five percent of the lawyers in Georgia are selected by Super Lawyers. In addition, Jessica Wood was selected to the Georgia Top 50 Women and the Georgia Top 100 Lists.
Super Lawyers, part of Thomson Reuters, 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 annual selections are made using a patented multiphase process that includes a statewide survey of lawyers, an independent research evaluation of candidates and peer reviews by practice area. The result is a credible, comprehensive, and diverse listing of exceptional attorneys.
The Super Lawyers lists are published nationwide in Super Lawyers Magazines, leading city and regional magazines and newspapers across the country. Super Lawyers Magazines also feature editorial profiles of attorneys who embody excellence in their practice of law. For more information about Super Lawyers, go to SuperLawyers.com.Read More
Privacy protection, as opposed to data security, is an area that is sure to keep growing as our lives become more and more tied to data collection services. Every state and most countries have Data security laws that require notification in the event of a data breach. Privacy protection is a different matter: it involves the right to have personal information protected from unwanted dissemination. As more and more privacy protection laws are being put into place, it is incumbent upon businesses to be sure they are providing notices to their customers that meet the requirements of those laws.
Given the requirements under the law that went into effect in California in January of last year, even if your company does not strictly meet the criteria that would make it directly responsible for compliance, if you are working with a company that does, that company’s obligations may flow through to yours. In addition to California, Nevada and Maine have already enacted privacy laws that require specific opt out terms for the gathering of personal information, and several other states have begun the process of enacting legislation to protect personal information. Likewise, if your company is soliciting business in the European Union or if you are working with a company that does, you may be subject to the GDPR, the General Data Protection Regulation. While it would be terrific if we could have a single national policy on this, it is not likely to be in place any time soon.Read More
by Harry Winograd, Principal
Emory Trial Techniques Program in a Pandemic – Forced Changes Bring Some Unexpected Benefits.
My usual mantra going into pandemic events is to expect nothing. So much can go off track, technology failures, unexpected internet issues, people tired of remote meetings, Zoom-fatigue. This is especially true for those programs we appreciate live and in person which change most when shifted to the laptop screen. Streaming music concerts, birthday parties, and happy hour networking events feel slightly off the mark.
The 2020 Emory Law School Kessler Eidson Trial Techniques Program (KETTP) was like no other. Given my past year of Zoom meetings, I approached this year’s Program with trepidation. The strength of KETTP stems from connections made between students and faculty from all over the country, but this year we were forced apart. Over the past twenty-plus years I have served on the faculty and learned alongside hundreds of law students each year in this mandatory 2L course. The on-campus program is known for using the National Institute of Trial Advocacy (NITA) methods which involve action packed sessions with students on their feet doing cross-examination of witnesses, introducing exhibits into evidence, and closing arguments for trial. Many factors of the usual program were modified for the 2020 pandemic remote process. The typical KETTP ends with each student conducting a jury trial using witnesses and high school students playing the role of jurors. This year, that was scrapped and replaced with final bench trials (Judges only, no jury). The case file involved a police traffic stop with current issues and allegations of unconscious racial bias.
A major contrast is how faculty would typically fly in from around the nation (and some observers from other countries) but this year we all were remote participants, entirely on Zoom, with faculty and students in remote locations across North America and a few extra continents too. One final curveball was that the Spring 2020 program was basically a non-starter due to Covid-related safety concerns. The usual Spring 2Ls (now mature 3Ls) had to complete the program just now in December 2020 starting the day after final exams and pushing into the Winter break.
This recipe for disaster turned into a wonderful surprise. Numerous challenges arose each day and were conquered by a resilient group who adapted on the fly. Some of the challenges are caused by the time – space continuum of students and faculty in at least eight different time zones. For me on the East Coast, starting before 9:00 A.M. was like a regular workday. But the mornings for my team’s co-teachers were wildly off schedule. Our small breakout team of eight faculty and two dozen law students included Judges and attorneys from Seattle, Washington, Los Angeles, California, Boulder, Colorado, and even Alaska. Our team was led by an attorney dialing in (on the Zoom) from Tucson, Arizona. Similarly, some international students were participating at odd times of day or night.
Additionally, KETTP had a few full group sessions (over 350 people), but most of the real work was conducted in the team meetings and the even smaller breakout rooms (breakout Zooms?) with two faculty and eight students. KETTP offered faculty discussions with counsel around the country who are seeing first-hand some inconsistent court system experiences during the pandemic. One highlight was Judge Matthew Williams from King County, Washington who shared with our team that his court hasRead More