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According to the Fulton County Daily Report, Morris, Manning & Martin has joined the growing ranks of Atlanta-based firms cutting associate pay. The firm announced Friday that, effective Aug. 1, pay in the real estate, lending and tax groups will drop by 15 percent and pay for other associates will drop by 10 percent, according to its managing partner, Robert E. Saudek. Bonuses are not affected.

Saudek said a decline in legal work plus the readjustment of the associate salary market prompted the cuts. "Clients are not generating as much legal work, particularly in the real estate and corporate areas, as they do most years," he said in a voice mail. "Billable rates are receiving a lot of pressure, and billable hours are not as high as in prior years."

Saudek added that the market salary for associates is resetting at lower rates. He noted starting salaries increased 45 percent between 2005 and 2008, but now are declining by about 10 percent. "We feel we need to be with the market, but not above it," he said.

Starting pay at Atlanta's big firms jumped to $145,000 at the beginning of 2008. That has been followed by waves of layoffs this year.

Morris Manning has 156 lawyers, with 55 associates, according to the Martindale-Hubbell Web site.




Kothari Law Firm, located in the metro Atlanta, Georgia area, announces the creation of the Atlanta Georgia Bankruptcy Blog.

This weblog focuses on legal analysis of bankruptcy and other financial matters.

"The purpose of this weblog is to provide a varied overview of relevant and topical bankruptcy issues. This weblog will discuss bankruptcy issues currently in the news, as well as providing analysis of personal bankruptcy issues. In addition, other financial issues will be discussed, such as the credit crisis, mortgage issues, and other topics," says Sundeep Kothari, Bankruptcy Attorney.

The weblog is located at www.atlantageorgiabankruptcy.wordpress.com.

Kothari Law Firm is a debt relief agency helping people file for bankruptcy protection under the Bankruptcy Code.



Smith, Welch & Brittain LLP, Attorneys at Law is proud to announce that Tina G. Stanford, a Carrollton native, has joined our firm as an associate. Stanford graduated from Mercer University’s Walter F. George School of Law.

Following law school, Ms. Stanford served as Law Clerk for the Ocmulgee Judicial Circuit and then opened her own law firm as a general practitioner.

Ms. Stanford has been a member of Phi Kappa Phi honor society since attending college and has been a member of numerous community service and professional organizations. She was the first President of the Columbus Association of Women Lawyers and served as President of the Board of the Association on Battered Women of Clayton County, Georgia. She is a member of the State Bar of Georgia, Henry County Bar Association, Clayton County Bar Association, Atlanta Bar Association and the Georgia Association of Women Lawyers.

Smith, Welch & Brittain, LLP was established in McDonough in 1873. The firm currently operates offices in McDonough, Stockbridge, Jackson and Barnesville. SWB includes 20 attorneys and more than 50 support staff.



Watson Spence Lowe and Chambless, a well-established law firm in
Southwest Georgia, announced today it will now be known as simply
"Watson Spence." The name change comes amidst the 60th year of the
Firm's history. During the milestone anniversary celebration earlier
this month, the Firm paid tribute to former partners Stuart Watson,
Norman Spence and Tommy Chambless.

  Dunn Stapleton, the Firm's managing partner, said that the Web
site address will now transition to www.watsonspence.com but will
continue to be available at the old address, as well. Likewise,
attorneys and staff members will be able to receive e-mail at both
their "watsonspence.com" addresses and old e-mail addresses.

  Watson Spence has been firmly rooted in the Albany community for
60 years. The firm provides a broad range of specialized legal
services to large corporations, small businesses, individuals,
professional associations, agribusinesses and health care providers.
The firm's practice includes both state and federal trial and
appellate courts and extends to the state and national capitols before
the legislative, judicial and executive branches of government.


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