We want to take a moment to thank all our special clients. So many of them become close like family and life long friends. Williams Oinonen LLC appreciates each one of you who entrusts us with your important case.
Recently, we were able to represent our life-long client, Mr. Lukas Faber who moved us deeply when he named his first born child after Ms. Oinonen. Stated Mr. Faber:
“My gratitude is endless: my daughter Julie 5 years of age is named after you, and I hope she also will be willing to help others in true distress, and will be interested in restoring the nobility in teaching among those who were unjustly beaten down by a broken public school system in GA. You are on my mind as long I teach. I never thought that miracles and hope can be restored by one person. I met Julie Oinonen on the most devastating case in my career, which I thought would finish my employment as a teacher due to lies, distortions and illegal practices. I sat in Julie’s office sharing the most unbelievable story, which took place in a public school system in GA when Julie very swiftly uncovered the wrong doings, put a legal name to them and was able to gradually refute every lie, defamatory statement and question every unethical practice I witnessed in school. Short after her involvement intimidations and threats from admin at school suddenly stopped. I was able to change school districts and have been a happy educator for more than a decade, with good TKES evaluations and no issues. Julie would not only solve the legal issues, her strength was the promptness and speed with her communication during some extremely intense and time-sensitive exchanges where her immediate attention was needed. Her prompt calls returned and very realistic assessment of possible attacks by admin was, what truly gave me hope and kept my sanity.. It is no doubt that she saved my career. She cleared my name and made me more aware of pitfalls lurking in education and the public school system. I became a GAE member since working with her and would recommend to every teacher to have some protection. A “thank you“ and legal fees do not even remotely compensate such an outstanding legal mind who fought like a lioness while nursing an inexperienced novice teacher with so much warmth and kindness that I thought I had a “super mom”. Thank you Julie for guiding me so effectively through so much mess in the past and for giving me strength to fight the wrong in the public school system and continue to remain in education and serve my students.”
Shahnaz Uddin is a civil rights Associate Attorney at the law office of Williams Oinonen LLC. She is currently licensed to practice law in Florida and is going to take the Georgia Bar Exam in February. Prior to her work at Williams Oinonen LLC, she worked as an Assistant Public Defender in Broward County, Florida and was a John Due Fellow with the Florida NAACP. At the NAACP she researched issues affecting marginalized populations in the United States including issues regarding discrimination in property taxes and juvenile justice in the education system. She also has worked as a Judicial Intern for the Southern District of Florida where she researched and presented findings on “Compassionate Release” under the First Step Act and the “Qualified Immunity” doctrine in relation to § 1983 claims.
Don’t jinx our winning streak! Good Georgia Lawyer obtains yet another win in the State Board of Education.
If you are a victim of sexual harassment, sexual assault, discrimination, whistleblower retaliation, civil rights violations, or injury/wrongful death to a family member, call us today at 404-654-0288!
Are you a parent or legal guardian in Georgia who is unable to care for your child for a period of time? Temporary guardianship may be an option for you. In this guide, we will explore the most commonly asked questions regarding temporary guardianship in Georgia.
What is Temporary Guardianship in Georgia?
Temporary guardianship is a legal arrangement that allows a person other than the child’s parent or legal guardian to care for the child for a limited period of time. It is commonly used when a parent or legal guardian is unable to care for their child due to circumstances such as a medical emergency, military deployment, or personal issues.
Our client Dr. Sherilonda Green prevailed at trial and obtained the original court order which directed the Defendant to assume the cost and directed the E-Discovery company to extract and produce all electronic messages, text and emails, sent between Superintendent Lairsey and Board members amongst others January 1, 2020 to present which pertain to or relate to the topics that included:
* Dr. Sherilonda Green
Sexual harassment and sexual assault in the workplace are serious issues that can have a devastating impact on victims. It’s important for employers to take proactive steps to prevent these incidents and to provide support for employees who experience them.
First, employers should establish clear policies and procedures for addressing sexual harassment and assault in the workplace. This includes providing training for all employees on what constitutes sexual harassment and assault, how to report incidents, and what steps will be taken to investigate and address reports.
Second, employers should take all reports of sexual harassment and assault seriously and conduct prompt and thorough investigations. This includes providing support for the victim, such as offering counseling services and time off work if needed.
Attorney Julie Oinonen was recently featured on the news featured here regarding her expertise in educator ethics investigations involving the Georgia Professional Standards Commission (PSC) which is the state agency responsible for licensing, certifying, and disciplining educators in Georgia. Among its various functions, one of the PSC’s most important duties is investigating allegations of educator ethical misconduct.
Any individual, including students, parents, colleagues, or administrators, can file a written complaint against an educator for unethical conduct. The PSC’s Investigative Division then conducts a thorough investigation to determine whether there is sufficient evidence to support the allegations of misconduct.
During the investigation, the PSC may interview witnesses, review documents and records, and make site visits. The investigation aims to determine whether the educator violated the state’s code of ethics for educators.
Winning a Georgia Super Lawyer award is a significant accomplishment that only a select few attorneys achieve. In fact, only 5% of attorneys in the state of Georgia are recognized as Super Lawyers. This fact highlights the exceptional skill and dedication required to be named a Super Lawyer.
The selection process for Super Lawyers is rigorous and involves both peer nominations and evaluations, as well as independent research. Attorneys are evaluated based on a variety of factors, including their professional achievements, peer recognition, and community involvement. This process ensures that only the most outstanding attorneys are recognized as Super Lawyers.
Being named a Super Lawyer is not only a personal achievement, but it also reflects on the law firms entire team and the service we are dedicated to providing our clients. It’s a recognition of our firm’s commitment to excellence and the trust that clients have in the firm’s services.
Esther Moody Graff Radford led oral argument with extremely compelling arguments to her brief. The Court ruled from the bench denying summary judgment on all counts and our client will be now proceeding to trial after this victory.
The Georgia Whistleblower’s Act 45-1-4 is a powerful tool for public employees who report illegal activity in the workplace. Under this law, employees who report or testify about such activity are protected from retaliation by their employers. This means that an employer cannot fire, demote, or otherwise punish an employee for speaking up about illegal activity, as long as the employee has a good-faith belief that the activity is occurring.