By Special to the Daily World
Michael Thurmond, former Georgia Labor Commissioner and Democratic nominee for United States Senate, has joined the law firm of Butler, Wooten & Fryhofer.
Thurmond’s practice will focus on serious personal injury cases, products liability, class actions, and whistleblower claims. Thurmond will also lead the firm’s ongoing efforts to educate and inform the public of their legal rights under state and federal law.
“I am excited about this unique opportunity to work with one of America’s most successful trial law firms,” Thurmond said in a statement. “This will allow me to further my lifelong commitment to helping citizens who have been unlawfully wronged.”
In announcing the appointment, BW&F Senior Partner Jim Butler said, “We are honored to have Michael Thurmond as part of our firm. We believe his decades of public service, legal acumen and communication skills make him uniquely qualified to advocate on behalf of our clients.”
Thurmond recently completed his third term as Commissioner of the Georgia Department of Labor. In 1986, he became the first African American to be elected to the Georgia General Assembly from Athens since Reconstruction. He served as the assistant city attorney for the city of Athens and established the Thurmond law firm in 1979.
Thurmond graduated with honors from Paine College with a bachelor’s degree in philosophy and religion and earned a juris doctorate degree from the University of South Carolina’s School of Law. He also completed the Political Executives Program at the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University.
Butler, Wooten & Fryhofer is a national trial law firm that focuses on representation of injured parties and the pursuit of justice. The firm focuses on serious personal injury cases, business torts, class actions, products liability and environmental cases. BW&F has set Georgia records for largest verdicts in cases involving medical malpractice, trucking liability, products liability and business torts. The firm has offices in Atlanta and Columbus, Ga.