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Anita Wallace Thomas:
The Art of Story Telling in Commercial Litigation

July 10, 2014
Anita Wallace Thomas

Reprinted with permission from Mercer Lawyer, Mercer University Walter F. George School of Law

Anita Wallace Thomas loved being an Assistant District Attorney, prosecuting felonies for the Fulton County District Attorney's office starting the year after she graduated from the Law School. "I enjoyed representing the state and representing victims - people who had been aggrieved or whose rights had been violated, people who were victims of crimes," she says. "I enjoyed vindicating them, and I was very passionate about that." 

Well, for the first few years, anyway. By 1995, every time she came to the courtroom, it felt like somebody was hitting a rerun button. The same scene kept replaying, featuring the same tired props: "a trace of cocaine and a 40-ounce bottle of malt liquor." The players changed, though: A witness to a felony would reappear down the road as the victim of a crime. A year or so later, the same person was on trial as a perpetrator.

"I was getting to the point where I had seen the full cycle," Thomas says, "and I felt that I had reached the extent of my effectiveness when all of the cases started sounding alike."

So she looked for a new venue to apply the talents she most enjoyed, and found it as a partner at Atlanta's Nelson Mullins Riley and Scarborough LLP. She specializes in litigation, handling a wide variety of cases - general commercial, franchise, drug and medical device, product liability, employment and toxic tort.

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