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Washington, Dreyer & Associates Soft Launch

In a momentous event for the legal industry, Quinton Washington, Esq. and David Dreyer have joined forces to launch Washington, Dreyer & Associates LLC, formerly known as Bell & Washington LLP. This merger marks a significant milestone for both parties and has already generated high anticipation within the legal community. To commemorate this achievement, Washington and Dreyer celebrated the soft launch at their Buckhead headquarters, surrounded by their dedicated staff, esteemed business associates, and supportive family and friends. The partnership between Washington and Dreyer brings together a wealth of experience and expertise in various legal domains. With Washington’s background in family law and Dreyer’s specialization in business litigation, the new firm is expected to offer an unparalleled range of legal services. Clients can now benefit from a diverse set of skills, as Washington, Dreyer & Associates LLC navigates complex legal challenges, ensures compliance, and advocates for their clients’ interests. During the soft launch event, the ambiance was filled with excitement and optimism for the future of the firm. The partners expressed their gratitude towards their staff, without whose support this merger would not have been possible. They eagerly shared their vision for Washington, Dreyer & Associates LLC, highlighting their commitment to excellence, strategic thinking, and solution-oriented approaches to legal matters. As the firm accepts new clients and further establishes its presence in the legal landscape, the partnership’s synergy is expected to set new standards of innovation and success in the industry.
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Why Complex Litigation and the Allen v. Milligan Case Matter

By David Dreyer, Esq. Edited by Anana Harris Parris & Nadia Lowe Managing Partner On June 8, 2023, the U.S. Supreme Court held that Alabama’s Congressional maps violated Section 2 of the 1965 Voting Rights Act (Voting Rights Act of 1965 – Wikipedia) because the Alabama Legislature impermissibly packed Black voters in one congressional district, diluting their power to decide two or more congressional seats. The decision in Allen v. Milligan (21-1086 Allen v. Milligan (06/08/2023) (supremecourt.gov) was surprising because two conservative judges, who had previously shown hostility to claims of racial gerrymandering, decided that the Alabama Legislature went too far. NPR1 covered the decision and its impact on civil rights. This decision proves the old legal adage: alarming facts make good law. Specifically, conduct carried to an extreme can create a cause of action or expand on a cause of action. If something seems manifestly unjust, odds are there is a remedy in the law. This remedy has a price when the road to prosecuting the case is complex. The impact of litigating complex cases with societal justice hanging in the balance is a journey worth taking. Consider the following observations I have made after trying complex cases and learning of the decision in Allen v. Milligan. Along the journey of litigating a complex case, the dissection of the law and how it was accurately enforced or violated can not only shines a light on injustice, but the journey also allows many to follow the breadcrumbs directly to those culprits who routinely use the law as a tool of oppression rather than equality. Conduct carried to an extreme in cases addressing equality can cause societal, communal, familial, and personal damage. This damage, this injury, is so harmful that the result of the extreme conduct can force a person, a family, a community, or even a society to want to give up on justice. We must advocate zealously for all complex litigation issues so those harmed can be simultaneously healed. Complex litigation that requires long hours of research and sometimes years of investigation and trial prep can test the stamina of even the most experienced lawyers. The resources needed and the personal and family time invested can strain any legal team into a disadvantage. Intimidation can be intellectual. I have never run from a case because it was complex, and I would never teach my sons to run. The Allen v. Milligan decision happened because the legal team was not intimidated intellectually.  It is critical that, as attorneys, we review the details of decisions like Allen v. Milligan. Read more than the final decision. Track the case’s journey and discuss the outcomes so you can learn what resources and stamina you need to begin building throughout your legal career. National Public Radio LAW Section “Supreme Court unexpectedly upholds provision prohibiting racial gerrymandering” June 8, 2023, by Nina Totenberg https://www.npr.org/2023/06/08/1181002182/supreme-court-voting-rights
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