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Our own Michael Thurmond was honored at the State Bar of Georgia by Chief Justice Hugh Thompson, Justice Robert Benham and the Commission on Professionalism as one of the recipients of the 2016 Justice Robert Benham Award for Community Service.
This is well-deserved recognition for Mike. His lengthy recognition biography included the following: “Thurmond has made his outstanding, legendary public service to Georgians his professional priority for more than three decades. He is a well-known role model and highly respected for his contributions and successes.”
One endorser said, “As a professional and a public servant, Mike Thurmond has the Midas touch. He has found success at every level and is truly a household name around our state.”
Congratulations to Mike and to Zola for a lifetime of public service to the citizens of Georgia. We are proud of you!
Here is the link to the CJCP video from the Benham Awards presenting Mike

https://youtu.be/1hhK7SR0OYg

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Butler Wooten Cheeley & Peak LLP is honored to announce that BWCP Attorney Michael Thurmond was inducted into the Gate City Bar Association Hall of Fame at its gala on November 7. The Gate City Bar Association is the oldest African-American Bar Association in Georgia. BWCP is proud to support the mission of the Gate City Bar Association, which includes ensuring that young people of outstanding promise have the means to obtain a quality legal education so that they can return to their communities and serve others. At the event, Mike Thurmond & BWCP Managing Partner Joel Wooten presented a scholarship to Dakini C. Fields, a third year law student.
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BWCP is pleased to report that the firm, along with the firm of Farrar, Hennesy & Tanner, LLC was able to resolve a disputed liability trucking case involving the death of 91 year old JD Gibbs for the trucking company's $2 million policy limits. This was a very hard-fought case proceeding in rural Worth County, GA and is believed to be a record settlement for that county. Mr. Gibbs, a retired farmer and former Army medic, was killed when a speeding bobtail tractor crossed the center line and struck his pickup truck. We appreciated the opportunity to work for such a fine family who wanted to clear JD's name and encourage the trucking company involved to increase safety. Brandon Peak Buddy Morrison, and David Rohwedder of BWCP worked on the case with Matthew Hennesy of Farrar, Hennesy & Tanner of Douglas, GA.
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BWCP is pleased to welcome Mike Thurmond back to the firm after serving temporarily as DeKalb County's interim superintendent
Left to right: Buddy Morrison, Bob Cheeley, Jim Butler, Mike Thurmond, Joel Wooten & Brandon Peak.
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Getting Results Against General Motors
In 35 separate cases, dating back to 1991, our law firm has asserted the rights of individuals and families who have been harmed by General Motors vehicles and we have won every case. We have reached settlements and achieved verdicts on behalf of clients in #wrongfuldeath  and serious injury lawsuits against General Motors. 

As more information continues to be revealed about GM putting profits over consumer safety related to the latest #autodefect  - a delayed ignition switch recall - consumers with questions about their rights if they've lost a loved one in a GM vehicle accident or suffered serious injury in any of the affected models should speak to an experienced products liability attorney. 

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In the United States, twelve people have been killed because of an #autodefect  in certain GM vehicles. The defect involves the ignition switch, a problem that is avoidable according to GM's CEO if nothing is hanging from a key while it's in the ignition switch. No key rings, no house keys, no trinkets, nothing. 
The ignition switch has been found to switch to the aux position while affected vehicles are running. This effectively eliminates power to the steering system and the braking system. It's also been asserted that the lack of engine power will disengage the air bag systems, leaving a driver powerless and without key safety protections in the event of a crash. 
The first death related to a defective GM ignition switch was reported in 2007. Today, the recall of affected GM vehicles is still expanding.
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