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Tommy Malone, Trial Lawyer: And the Light Shone Through...The Guiding Hand Shaping One of America's Greatest Trial Lawyers

Tommy Malone, Trial Lawyer: And the Light Shone Through...The Guiding Hand Shaping One of America's Greatest Trial Lawyers

by Vincent Coppola

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The core question of this book: how a great lawyer who comes to represent important causes, emerges out of the racist, paternalistic, and self-perpetuating establishment of rural Georgia in the 1950s? What about Tommy Malone led him to take on the power structure in his community and begin representing people who were injured against prominent doctors and hospitals? It wasn't money because there wasn't any money to be made at that time. There is nothing specific in his background that would cause anyone to predict that he'd become one of the first white lawyers in the Deep South to represent the black community and reach out to a struggling handful of African American attorneys and ease their passage into the mainstream. A kid who grew up in the Jim Crow era in Dougherty County, who went off to college--not an especially progressive young man--came back home after he finished law school and began representing African Americans against the ruling class? It just wasn't done. Somehow, this same young man went on to become one of the greatest trial lawyers of his generation, representing those who had their lives turned upside down--the catastrophically injured and the families whose loved ones needlessly lost their lives and futures due to the failures of others. The answers are as varied as human experience, but undoubtedly, Malone sensed a "guiding hand" directing him to the good. There was no teacher or mentor to illumine the path forward, just the gradual accretion of experience, knowledge, insight, and pain on a sensitive soul, kindling fierce passion and righteous anger. Viewed through this lens, Tommy Malone becomes a very important figure in the history of the South, and in some respects, the history of the country.

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ISBN-13: 9780881466850
Publisher: Mercer University Press
Publication date: 04/09/2018
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
File size: 3 MB

About the Author

Vincent Coppola has written five non-fiction books, THE SICILIAN JUDGE, AN AMERICAN HERO, UNEASY WARRIORS, DRAGONS OF GOD, CHARLIE, and THE BIG CASINO. He co-wrote GRANDFATHERED IN with oncologist Stanley Winokur and RISK REVOLUTION with ChoicePoint CEO Derek V. Smith, a road map for risk reduction and prudent policy-making in the Information Age. A former Newsweek reporter, Coppola has written feature stories for Talk, Esquire, Rolling Stone, Men's Journal, Worth, and Atlanta magazines. Coppola's story of his mother's battle against cancer was awarded the William Allen White Gold Medal by the University of Kansas. He is a 1977 honors graduate of the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism.

Table of Contents

Foreword vii

Acknowledgments xi

Part I A Guiding Hand 1

Chapters 1-4 3

Part II Beginnings 27

Chapters 5-21 29

Part III In the Arena 109

Chaptets 22-26 111

Part IV Gone Fishing 133

Chapters 27-28 135

Part V The Company He Keeps 145

Chapters 29-33 147

Part VI Giving Back 165

Chapters 34-35 167

Part VII Snapper Point 173

Chapters 36 175

Part VIII Ties That Bind 179

Chapters 37-39 181

Part IX Organization Man 191

Chapter 40 193

Part X Rosser Malone 199

Chapter 41 201

Part XI Closing the Circle 205

Chapter 42 207

Epilogue 215

Vitae of Thomas William Malone 217

The Author 255

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