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Atlanta Legal Nurse Consultant Enjoyed "Main Street Lawyers" In Macon, Georgia


Atlanta, GA -- Atlanta legal nurse consultant Liz Buddenhagen, RN, CLNC traveled to Macon, Georgia to attend a CLE “How to Successfully Open and Maintain a Law Practice in a Small Town” on March 30, 2012 held at Mercer Law School.

Bottom line:

Well attended by lawyers from rural Georgia and Atlanta, it was noted that 72% of the lawyers who practice in Georgia are in Atlanta. This leaves the rest of the state wide open for any lawyer to set up a successful practice outside of Atlanta, particularly in rural areas.
Recent statistics show that of the 10 million people in Georgia, 5 million are in the Atlanta area. Many of the 5 million outside Atlanta are underserved with legal counseling.

About the program:

Gregory C. Sowell of the University of Georgia School of Law in Athens, Georgia, presided.  Kenneth L. Shigley, President of the State Bar of Georgia, gave the welcome opening remarks noting that he was from a small town and was lured to Atlanta with a good job at a young age.

Charles E. Peeler of Albany, Georgia, and specialist in  patent, copyright, and trademark disputes started off. Formerly practicing in Atlanta, he has been successful at retaining clientele from Georgia and nationally since he moved to southeast Georgia.

Joshua C. Bell of Whigham, Georgia, thoroughly engaged the lawyers with tales from his small town law practice experience “Start Up Basics: Turning the Lights on and Keeping Them On.” Bell explained that a small town lawyer learns to grocery shop in the next county over. In the hometown store everyone knows you and wants to chat and get legal advice and it takes a long time to get groceries.

Douglas G. Ashworth of ICLE in Athens, Georgia, and Michael L. Monahan, Director of Pro Bono Project, State Bar of Georgia in Atlanta presented state bar resources that are available to start up and practicing lawyers.

Gregory C. Sowell expanded with “Take a Guru to Lunch.” Cognizant that small town lawyers must learn to practice many types of law, unlike city firms that are largely specialized, he recommended learning how to develop a network of strong mentors to help build and win cases.

A panel of four, M. Tyler Smith of Gainesville, John P. Webb of Stockbridge, Kice H. Stone of Macon and Gregory C. Sowell of Athens, assembled for “Waiting for the Phone to Ring - How to Attract Clients.”

“Common Ethical Challenges Confronting a Sole Practitioner” was covered by Walter J. Gordon, Jr. of Hartwell, J. Alexander Johnson of Baxley and Christina Petrig, Assistant General Counsel of the State Bar of Georgia in Atlanta.

Atlanta Legal Nurse Consultant:

Liz Buddenhagen, registered nurse and certified legal nurse consultant, has 30 years of clinical hospital experience and has been assisting Atlanta attorneys with the medical issues of their legal cases for 6 years. For more information please view website, email or call 770-725-2997. 


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