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FURMAN SMITH previously practiced at King & Spalding before coming to Law-In-Atlanta. Mr. Smith is the Senior member in our organization with over 40 years of practice experience. Furman primarily practices in corporate litigation and landlord-tenant disputes.
SCOTT HALPERN was admitted to the State Bar of Georgia in July of 1979. In addition to the Georgia Bar, Mr. Halpern was admitted to the Illinois CPA Society in November of 1976. Mr. Halpern’s educational credentials include a L.L.M in Taxation from New York University School of Law in 1981, a Juris Doctorate from Emory University School of Law in 1979, a M.S. in Accounting from the University of Missouri in 1974, and a B.S. in Social Science from Michigan State University in 1972. Mr. Halpern practices primarily in corporate representation, estate planning, wills and trusts, real estate and general practice.
BENJAMIN P. ERLITZ graduated from Rutgers School of Law in Newark, NJ and was admitted to the practice of law in the State of North Carolina in 1977 and in the State of Georgia in 1984. He has been in solo private practice in Atlanta since 1984. From 1984 to 2000 he also taught land use law, environmental law, construction contracts, and real estate in the College of Architecture, Department of City and Regional Planning at Georgia Tech.

Mr. Erlitz currently practices in the areas of taxation, real estate and development, construction contracts, small business formation and transactions, general business litigation, wills and estates and  non-profit entities.

BRIAN SPEARS is an expert in the field of Civil Litigation in both Federal and State Court with an emphasis on constitutional law, civil rights, governmental liability, police practices and business litigation. He is admitted to practice before the United States Supreme Court, the federal Courts of Appeal, the federal district courts, and in the State Courts of Georgia and California. Mr. Spears has litigated cases throughout the southeastern United States where the litigation presented issues of liability premised upon 42 U.S.C. 1983 and the United States Constitution. A 1971 graduate of the University of Michigan, Mr. Spears received his law degree from Golden Gate University School of Law in 1975, and practiced law for several years in California, thereafter moving his practice to Atlanta, Georgia, where he was admitted to the Georgia Bar in 1978.

Mr. Spears chairs an annual seminar on civil rights litigation in cooperation with the Georgia Institute for Continuing Legal Education.  He has received service awards from the American Civil Liberties Union of Georgia, the Southern Christian Leadership Conference, and the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People. He is the past Chair of the Board of Directors of the Georgia Law Center on Homeless and Poverty.  He currently serves on the Board of Directors of the National Police Accountability Project of the National Lawyers Guild.

JUSTIN CRITZ is a native of Atlanta, he grew up in the Druid Hills neighborhood and attended Pace Academy. After two years at Emory University, he transferred to Brown University, where he earned his B.A. with Honors in Classics. Justin next spent five years in post-graduate studies in Classics at the University of Pennsylvania and the University of Chicago before opting for law school back at Emory. Justin graduated from Emory Law in 2008 with Honors. Immediately after the bar examination, Justin began work as interim staff attorney to the Honorable T. Jackson Bedford, Jr. of the Fulton County Superior Court where he was exposed to a wide range of civil matters.

After his time with the Court, Justin has been following Judge Bedford’s advice by engaging in a general civil practice. Specifically, his areas of practice include contract and negligence actions, probate, landlord/tenant, transaction closings, collections work. Justin has argued successfully before the Georgia Court of Appeals. More recently, Justin has been engaged in the role of corporate counsel to a logistics firm. In that capacity he has been reviewing and drafting contracts, handling insurance questions, and advising on liability issues.

Justin recently moved back to his childhood neighborhood of Druid Hills, where he lives with his wife and four daughters.