ATLANTA (April 23, 2002) – Sutherland Litigation Partner William D. Barwick has been elected President of the State Bar of Georgia for a one-year term beginning June, 2003. He will serve a one-year term beginning this June as President-Elect. Additionally, the State Bar of Georgia has appointed Allegra J. Lawrence, a litigation associate at Sutherland, to the Bar's Board of Governors for a two-year term also beginning June 2002.
Mr. Barwick served as State Bar Secretary in 2000-2002 and previously served as President of the Atlanta Bar Association from 1992-1993. Ms. Lawrence will serve on the Bar's Board of Governors.
Mr. Barwick has been involved in bar activities at every level. In addition to his officer positions with the State and Atlanta Bar Associations, he has served on both the State Bar Disciplinary Board and the Judicial Nominating Commission. He was also elected President of the Younger Lawyers Division of the State Bar in 1984. Mr. Barwick concentrates his practice in the areas of product liability, toxic tort, telecommunications, insurance coverage and commercial litigation.
Ms. Lawrence focuses her practice on commercial litigation and labor and employment law. She has extensive experience defending claims brought under Title VII, the Americans with Disabilities Act, the Fair Labor Standards Act, the Worker Adjustment and Retraining Notification Act, the Family Medical Leave Act, state discrimination laws and federal and state wage-and-hour laws. She also counsels clients in various aspects of labor and employment law. Ms. Lawrence is President Elect of the Georgia Association of Black Women Attorneys and chairs the Women and Minorities in the Profession Committee of the State Bar of Georgia.
Sutherland Asbill & Brennan LLP is a national law firm known for solving challenging business problems and resolving unique legal issues for many of the nation's largest companies. Founded in 1924, the firm has grown to more than 350 lawyers with offices in Atlanta, Austin, New York, Tallahassee and Washington.