ATLANTA (March 1) – Kilpatrick Townsend & Stockton announced today that Michael Tyler was one of the 10 recipients of the 13th Annual Justice Robert Benham Awards for Community Service presented February 28 at a special ceremony. Since 1998, these awards have honored lawyers and judges in Georgia who have made significant contributions to their communities and demonstrate the positive contributions of members of the Bar beyond their legal or official work.
These honorees have served a wide range of community organizations, government-sponsored activities, and humanitarian efforts outside of their professional practices and judicial duties. Their fields of service include: youth athletics and mentoring programs, literacy programs, social services, church and religious activities, politics, promotion and support for legal aid programs, community development, education, sports, recreation, and the arts. These awards recognize the commitment of Georgia lawyers to volunteerism, encourage all lawyers to become involved in community service, improve the quality of lawyers’ lives through the satisfaction they derive from helping others, and raise the public image of lawyers. All honorees are members of the State Bar of Georgia.
Mr. Tyler is active in a host of community and pro bono activities including Kilpatrick Townsend’s award-winning Booker T. Washington Freedom Writers Program, the new $5 million Providence Manor Senior Center for which he and the firm have provided significant pro bono services and whose board Mr. Tyler chairs. He also recently completed his term as Chair of MARTA. Other community leadership includes:
Mr. Tyler, who joined Kilpatrick Townsend in 1982, focuses his practice on commercial litigation, franchise litigation, products liability and land use litigation. He has extensive experience representing significant corporate clients in a wide variety of cases in federal and state courts both at the trial and appellate level.
Other dignitaries who received a Robert Benham Award for Community Service include:
The awards presentation was held at the State Bar of Georgia in downtown Atlanta. Awards were presented by Georgia Supreme Court Justice Robert Benham. Chief Justice Carol W. Hunstein provided special remarks and Bill Liss, Financial and Legal Editor with WXIA-TV in Atlanta participated in the ceremony.
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