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Holly Hempel: Taking Up the Torch

August 10, 2015
Holly A. Hempel

The most challenging situation that attorney Holly Hempel ever faced in her career was speaking at the funeral of her mentor, Sara S. Turnipseed. “It was tough,” she recalls, “but not for lack of words.” Indeed, since Turnipseed, senior partner at Nelson Mullins Riley & Scarborough LLP and the only woman then on the firm’s Atlanta executive committee, died in November 2013, there have been no lack of accolades awarded to Turnipseed.“As one of Georgia’s best known and most successful litigation attorneys, Sara could have easily sat back and concentrated on her own practice,” said James K. Lehman, managing partner of Nelson Mullins. “But, remembering the obstacles she overcame as a female attorney, she continued as a consistent and effective advocate for other women lawyers and all female staff.”

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