BKBM Attorneys Obtain Directed Verdict In Cobb County Property Dispute Trial

By Wayne Tartline September 19, 2023 Articles

On September 6, 2023, Wayne Tartline and Chang Zhou concluded a Cobb County jury trial by obtaining a directed verdict judgment from the Court.  As a result, Wayne’s client, a Marietta developer and homebuilder, did not have to await a jury verdict, as the case was summarily dismissed at the conclusion of Plaintiff’s case based upon legal arguments submitted by defense counsel. 

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11th Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals provides detailed instructive opinion on Georgia's bad faith statute

By Gregory R. Veal August 31, 2023 Articles

The 11th Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals has provided a detailed, cogent, and instructive opinion on Georgia’s first-party insurance bad faith statute.  In Turner v. CMFG Life Insurance Co., Case No. 23-11387 (August 28, 2023), the insurer’s investigation began immediately on receipt of the claim for death benefits, continued through the statutory 60-day demand period, and ultimately resulted in full payment under the policy.  The policy beneficiary was not satisfied, though, and sued to recover the bad-faith penalty (up to 50% of the amount owed) and attorney’s fees allowed by O.C.G.A. § 33-4-6.  Under that statute, an insurer may be penalized for failing to pay a claim within 60 days after a proper demand, if the plaintiff can prove the failure was in “bad faith.” Read More

BKBM Welcomes Summer Law Clerks!

By June 21, 2023 News/Events/Seminars

Bovis Kyle is excited to welcome six summer law clerks - Cali Campbell, John Mark Montgomery, Matthew Spencer, Grant Gibbons, Gracyn Heisterberg and Cullen Davis - to our Atlanta office. We’re excited to have them on board and look forward to sharing both law experience and networking opportunities with each of them!

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Partner David Harris Becomes Member of South Carolina Bar

By David A. Harris June 5, 2023 News/Events/Seminars

On May 16, Bovis Kyle partner David Harris took the attorney’s oath and became a member of the South Carolina bar.  Already admitted in North Carolina and Georgia, David took the bar exam and satisfied the several other requirements to become licensed in South Carolina as well.  Now he will be able to leverage the firm’s location in Charleston as well as its staffed office in Greensboro, NC to provide representation to our surety clients in three jurisdictions. Read More

Attorney Marilyn Kapaun says that it’s days like today that it feels good to be a Family Lawyer!

By June 5, 2023 News/Events/Seminars

Attorney Marilyn Kapaun says that it’s days like today that it feels good to be a Family Lawyer! See proud father, AJ Petrangeli, who is showing off his Order of Legitimation at the Fulton County Superior Court with his family law attorney, Marilyn Kapaun. He is now not only the biological father of his son, but the LEGAL FATHER. It is with pride that we do the work that we do. Congratulations, AJ! BKBM was happy to be a part of it.

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Partners Wayne Tartline and Eric Connelly successfully defend a claim of permanent brain injury in Fulton County State Court in a five-day trial.

By Wayne Tartline and Eric Connelly May 17, 2023 Articles

On May 12, 2023, Partners Wayne Tartline and Eric Connelly concluded a trial defending a 16-year-old driver who hit a pedestrian.  The driver had entered a guilty plea to the traffic citation which was issued after her vehicle collided with an 18-year-old boy who was walking his dog within a crosswalk in Alpharetta in 2016.  The impact caused the plaintiff to roll onto the hood of the vehicle and the impact of his head shattered the windshield. 

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