Thu., December 12, 2013
In the News
SWF Attorneys successfully represent hotelier
Partners John Christy and Mark Forsling and associate Andrew Lavoie successfully represented a local businesswoman who sought to open a Red Roof Inn franchise off of Fulton Industrial Boulevard in Atlanta. After the Fulton County Department of Health Services denied the client's application for a tourist accommodation permit to open and operate the hotel, administrative appeals were pursued before a hearing officer appointed by the Department; the Fulton County Board of Commissioners; and the Georgia Department of Public Health. In an eight-page written opinion issued by the general counsel of the Georgia Department of Public Health on September 26, 2013, Fulton County's denial of the permit application was reversed. The permit was issued, and the hotel opened, shortly thereafter. The firm continues to pursue damages in the Superior Court of Fulton County on the client's behalf.
SWF Attorneys Achieve Positive Results for Outdoor Advertising Clients
Partners David Flint, Mark Forsling and Scott Peters successfully represented the Outdoor Advertising Association of Georgia and CBS Outdoor in a major case of interest to the outdoor advertising industry. The order entered by the Superior Court of Muscogee County vacated a statewide injunction permitting the State to issue permits to allow the removal of trees and vegetation blocking the viewing zones of billboards along the State's rights-of-way. The order was entered on September 10, 2013, and included a ruling in favor of the Association and CBS Outdoor on the plaintiffs' equal protection claims. Combined with the prior Supreme Court ruling in City of Columbus v. GDOT, 292 Ga. 878 (2013), also obtained by these Schreeder, Wheeler & Flint partners, the order constitutes a favorable ruling on all matters related to the firms' clients in the lawsuit, except issues relating to the removal of trees in the City of Columbus, which remain pending.
SWF Partners named "Super Lawyers" for 2013
Partners David H. Flint and John A. Christy were named 2013 Super Lawyers in the areas of General Litigation and Bankruptcy & Creditors\Debtors Rights, respectively.
SWF Partner named as part of 2012 Legal Elite
Partner John Christy was named by Georgia Trend Magazine as part of the 2012 Legal Elite in Georgia in bankruptcy and reorganization.
SWF attorneys successful in recent cases
Partners John Christy and Debra Wilson along with associate Andrew Lavoie secured a win over a regional bank in a case involving the interpretation of a release. The bank had counterclaimed against our clients for over $92,000,000 of debt. Through the efforts of our lawyers, the court held our client and its affiliates were released from over $92,000,000 of debt owed to the bank.
Partner John Christy and associate Jared Heald obtained a victory for a client in a case of first impression for the United States Bankruptcy Court for the Northern District of Georgia involving marshaling of assets. Our client successfully forced a senior secured creditor to look to other collateral to repay its debt first so our client was able to receive a payment of over $400,000 when it otherwise would have received nothing.
SWF associates named as partners
Schreeder Wheeler & Flint named Amy L. Haywood and Barry L. McGraw as partners effective January 1, 2013.
Amy's practice focuses primarily on commercial real estate matters, representing clients in various transactions, including the acquisition, development, leasing and disposition of commercial real property and the acquisition, servicing and disposition of commercial loans. Amy routinely negotiates and prepares purchase and sale agreements, leases, easements, restrictive covenants and conveyance documents for industrial, retail and office properties.
Barry has extensive experience in complex corporate, tax and estate planning matters since earning his LLM from New York University. He handles challenging estate planning opportunities for clients of the firm. Barry has particular expertise in mergers and acquisitions and business reorganizations.
Carole Hord is speaking at the Annual Meeting of the National Conference of Bankruptcy Judges in Atlanta on October 30, 2013 regarding evidence issues in bankruptcy cases.
Partner Mark Forsling spoke at the Zoning Seminar sponsored by the Institute of Continuing Legal Education in Georgia on October 9, 2013 in Atlanta, Georgia on the topic of special use permits.
Lynn C. Stewart and Scott W. Peters spoke at the Metro City and County Attorneys' Seminar on March 6, 2013 in Atlanta, Georgia on the subject of Stormwater Issues.
Lynn Stewart is a frequent contributor to the Business section of the Urban AG Council Magazine as a member of the Workplace Advisory Program which provides timely, affordable and reliable employment law advise to Georgia urban agriculture and landscape companies.
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