My name is Brantley Rowlen, and I write to ask for your support and your vote in the election for Secretary of the Young Lawyers Division of the State Bar of Georgia. I am running for Secretary because the YLD has benefited me as a person and lawyer in so many ways and strong leadership is necessary to ensure the organization’s continued success so that others have the same opportunities.
I have been actively involved with the YLD since 2009. I graduated from the YLD Leadership Academy in 2010 and have served as a Director of the YLD Executive Committee for the past three years. I have also served in leadership positions on several YLD committees, including as the 2014 YLD Signature Fundraiser Sponsorship Chair that raised over $65,000 for the Public Interest Internship Program.
I am a frequent contributor to the YLD newsletter, volunteer as an Evaluator for the Georgia Mock Trial Competition and participate in the Georgia Legal Food Frenzy, Wills Clinics for First Responders, and Suit and Cell Phone Drives.
The opportunities to lead within the YLD and serve Georgia’s legally underprivileged have not only instilled in me a deeper sense of responsibility for our profession, but they have also afforded me the opportunity make life long friends, build my practice and meet other YLD members from around the state.
I have visited Gainesville, Rome, Athens, Macon, Columbus, Albany, Valdosta, Augusta, Brunswick, Savannah and St. Simons over the past few months and met some amazing young lawyers. I look forward to continuing to serve the young lawyers of Georgia as Secretary of the Y Lawyers Division through sustained outreach to ensure the continued success of this very special organization.
I sincerely appreciate your support and your vote.
University of Georgia, B.A., Political Science and Sociology (2001)
University of Memphis, J.D. (2005)
I am a Partner in the Atlanta office of Lewis Brisbois Bisgaard & Smith, LLP
I live in Brookhaven, Georgia and am an avid outdoorsman and golfer
Professional Background, Bar Activities, Civic Activities:
Member of the State Bar of Georgia, State Bar of Tennessee, State Bar of Kentucky
Georgia YLD Leadership Academy Graduate (2010)
Georgia YLD Executive Committee Director (2011-2012, 2012-2013, 2013-2014)
Georgia YLD Membership Chair for the Litigation Committee (2010-2014)
Evaluator for Georgia Mock Trial Competition (2010-2014)
Georgia Defense Lawyers Association (2010-2014)
YLD and Professional Liability Steering Committees for the Defense Research Institute (2011-2014)
Atlanta Council of Young Lawyers (2009-2014)
Atlanta Bar Association (2005-2014)
Lawyers Club of Atlanta (2011-2014)
Practice areas are product liability, medical malpractice, transportation and premises liability defense
Serve as local counsel in several states and as a member of national trial teams for multiple clients in the defense of claims involving asbestos, silica, benzene and other mixed solvents.
Selected by Law and Politics and Atlanta Magazine as a Georgia Super Lawyers Rising Star in 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013 and 2014
Main issues facing the State Bar/position:
Strong and effective leadership is necessary to guarantee the Young Lawyers Division of the State Bar of Georgia continues to impact the lives of many legally underserved Georgians. The State Bar of Georgia is unique in that it is a mandatory bar, but the YLD is not a mandatory program of the Bar. Instead, YLD leadership must request the annual funding it needs to support its operation from the Bar. Recent YLD leadership has done an extraordinary job of building a vast amount of goodwill with the Bar leadership, but strong leadership moving forward is necessary to promote the continued success of this very special group and the vitality of its statewide membership.
The YLD has historically been recognized as the service arm of the Bar. The lawyers involved with the YLD impact the lives of many underprivileged and deserving Georgians by raising hundreds of thousands of dollars each year for charitable causes through events like the Signature Fundraiser and carrying out countless service projects like The Legal Food Frenzy, Wills Clinics for First Responders, Suit and Cell Phone Drives or those local projects associated with the YLD business meetings held throughout the year. These and other programs such as the Georgia Legal Services Program and Public Interest Internship Program would not exist but for the YLD.
The YLD is only as strong as its membership. I have attended dozens of committee meetings and traveled to Rome, Valdosta and everywhere in between over the past few months meeting with fellow YLD members to encourage increased participation in YLD and State Bar events and associated outreach programs. As YLD Secretary, I will continue to engage more young lawyers throughout the state to safeguard the perpetuation of the YLD and its special impact upon Georgia’s disadvantaged.