Firm Sponsored Athens Area Homebuilders Association Event
Blasingame, Burch, Garrard & Ashley, PC (BBGA) sponsored the Athens Area Homebuilders Association (AAHBA) 6th Annual Awards Banquet on January 23, 2008. AAHBA is a not-for-profit trade association representing and uniting the building industry in Clarke, Oconee, Madison and Oglethorpe counties. Held at the Holiday Inn in Athens, Georgia, the Awards Banquet celebrates and recognizes builders and those other professionals associated with the building industry for their hard work and support throughout the year. As associate members of AAHBA, BBGA, proudly served as sponsors for the Awards Banquet with several firm attorneys attending the festivities including Chip Brown, Russell Wall, Thomas Hollingsworth, Tripp Bridges, Josh Dickinson and Josh Wages. BBGA is proud to not only to support but participate in groups such as AAHBA.
Firm Sponsors Chamber Event
The firm recently sponsored the Eatonton-Putnam Chamber of Commerce's Lunch-N-Learn event, hosted by The Lodge on Lake Oconee, where forty new and sustaining members of the Chamber gathered to share their thoughts about about local businesses and opportunities in the lake area.
Dickinson selected to State Bar's Leadership Academy Class of 2009
Josh Dickinson, of the firm's Lake Oconee office, was recently selected as one of 40 young attorneys who will participate in the State Bar of Georgia's Leadership Academy Class of 2009. As a member of the Class of 2009, Josh will meet with other young leaders from across Georgia to learn about salient issues facing our state and nation with a goal of refining his leadership skills and fostering relationships with other community leaders.
Rogers successful in recent tax litigation and negotiation
Thomas H. Rogers, Jr., a firm shareholder, continues to successfully represent businesses and individuals involved in disputed tax matters with State and Federal Governments. Recently, Mr. Rogers was successful in reducing a $36,000 Georgia Department of Revenue sales tax assessment against a client down to $4,700 through negotiated settlement. Mr. Rogers also represented a firm client in Federal tax court, reducing a $56,000 Federal Income tax assessment, including penalties, to $750.00. Mr. Rogers also obtained innocent spouse relief for the spouse of a deceased taxpayer, relieving her of $37,000 of Federal Income taxes, plus associated penalties and interest.
Hill and Blasingame get medical malpractice verdict for client in South GA
Firm shareholders, Andrew J. Hill, III and Gary B. Blasingame, recently tried a medical malpractice action in the Superior Court of Wayne County in Jesup, Georgia. The lawsuit alleged that the defendant doctor negligently repaired a fractured knee that the firmís client suffered when he fell from a ladder while performing volunteer work at a Jesup church, leaving the client permanently disabled. After a four-day trial, the jury returned a verdict of $450,000 in favor of the firmís client.