Law Partners Honored By Their Peers:
Law partners Ed Garland (Top 10) and Don Samuel (Top 10) of Garland, Samuel & Loeb, P.C., were once again honored by their peers for inclusion in the 2015 Georgia “SuperLawyers.”Associate John Garland was recognized as a “Rising Star”. Ed Garland and Don Samuel have been honored in “SuperLawyers” 11 times, having been included every year since 2004. Click here to view Ed, Don, and John’s “SuperLawyer” recognitions.
The prestigious Georgia SuperLawyer honor is awarded annually to no more than the top five percent of attorneys in the state. Annual selections for “SuperLawyers” are made through a rigorous, multi-phase process that includes a statewide survey of lawyers plus independent evaluations. Criteria include professional achievement, civic service, and pro bono efforts, as well as peer review by practice area. Selections are made on an annual, state-by-state basis. The objective is to create a credible, comprehensive and diverse listing of outstanding attorneys that can be used as a resource for attorneys and consumers searching for legal counsel.
In 2012 “SuperLawyers” profiled Ed in an article entitled “The Master Storyteller.” Click here to view the article.
Garland honored as law day speaker; critiques overloaded criminal justice system
May 2012 – As reported in the Gainesville Times, Ed Garland was honored as the keynote speaker for the Gainesville-Northeastern Circuit Bar Association’s Law Day banquet. In his speech before fellow attorneys, judges and court staff, Garland noted that, “[w]hen you look at the criminal justice system, it’s true there are major problems. We have a horribly overloaded system.” Not one to be afraid to speak his mind, Garland critiqued overzealous drug laws as the cause for the congested court system, causing some uncomfortable looks. Garland then praised state leaders who passed a reform bill aimed at reducing the prison population by funding programs that treat defendants rather than just imprisoning them.
Click here to read the full article from the Gainesville Times.
Nancy Grace compliments Garland and Samuel
August 2009 – In an interview in the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, HLN host and author Nancy Grace paid tribute to the legal skills of the late Reuben Garland, one of the South’s most successful and flamboyant trial lawyers, and to his son, Ed, and his law partner Don Samuel. AJC reporter Jill Vejnoska talked with Grace about her new crime novel, The Eleventh Victim, and wrote:
“Grace’s main character…suddenly finds herself in need of a lawyer. ‘I want Rube Garland,’ she demands. Grace described that line as a sort of homage to Reuben Garland, the late great Atlanta defense attorney whose son, Ed, has followed in his successful footsteps.
“Grace says, ‘I’ve always said if I was ever charged with murder, I would probably hire Garland,’ Grace said about the man who’s deftly represented the likes of rapper T.I. and NFL superstar Ray Lewis. ‘I don’t get along with any defense attorney, but if I had to call one, it would be Garland and his partner [Don] Samuel.'”
Grace is the host of a legal analysis program on HLN, and this is her second novel.
Social media in the jury room can sabotage trials
May 2009 – Jurors blogging, tweeting and googling inappropriately have created an uproar in the Courts, resulting in motions for mistrials, new trials, curative instructions and other sanctions. How can lawyers ensure a client is getting a fair trial rather than be tried with extraneous material from the Internet? Trial Consultant and Attorney Jana Lauren Harris outlines measures that Courts can use to rein in this kind of behavior and keep the jurors focused on just the evidence presented during trial. Read her full article.
Computers and the right to privacy
February 2009 – In their article “The Fourth Amendment and Computers” in the Georgia Bar Journal, attorney-authors Ed Garland and Don Samuel probe the debate over how to apply the 200-year-old Constitutional right to be free from unreasonable searches and seizures to modern issues of how private is a computer when it contains evidence of criminal wrongdoing. The old days of law enforcement agents searching people’s houses and offices, trying to see if they can find incriminating evidence in file cabinets or briefcases is a thing of the past. Now, searches focus primarily on hard drives, disks and servers. In a matter of minutes, the police can enter your office or home, retrieve the computer equipment and then review literally millions of documents, emails, Google searches, and virtually every other aspect of a person’s life through the use of forensic tools. In this timely article by Ed Garland and Don Samuel, the authors review and analyze the law that governs whether the police may seize a computer; how long the police may keep the computer; and the methods by which the computer can be searched. Read the complete article, which was published in the February issue of Georgia Bar Journal.