Butler Kahn Attorney Matt Kahn Interviews Judge for GTLA’s ‘Verdict’ Magazine

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matt kahnThe Summer 2021 issue of Verdict, the Georgia Trial Lawyers Association’s magazine, featured an interview of Judge Diane Bessen written by Matt Kahn. Kahn is an attorney with Butler Kahn, an Atlanta-based personal injury practice.

The interview was the first installment of “View from the Bench.” The series is a new feature of the GTLA’s Verdict magazine that spotlights trial and appellate judges from across Georgia.

In his Q&A with Judge Bessen, Kahn posed a series of cordial questions to the Fulton County State Court Judge. The interview focused on Judge Bessen’s background as a lawyer and judge, as well as her personal interests and her advice to practicing attorneys.

The interview revealed how Judge Bessen found her way onto the bench without a “master plan” to do so. When Kahn asked her what advice she would give to her younger self, she said, “I would say expect the unexpected. I never imagined I would end up as a judge, but when opportunities present themselves, be open to paths you never could have imagined.”

On a personal note, Judge Bessen’s love of cooking became evident during the exchange. When Kahn asked her what she would do if she weren’t in the legal profession, she replied, “Even today, my husband and I joke about retiring to some Caribbean island and opening a beach bar. I would work the kitchen and he’d schmooze with the clientele. It wouldn’t be profitable, but we would each be in our element.”

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Jeb Butler’s career as a Georgia trial lawyer has led to a $150 million verdict in a product liability case against Chrysler for a dangerous vehicle design that caused the death of a child, a $45 million settlement for a young man who permanently lost the ability to walk and talk, and numerous other verdicts and settlements, many of which are confidential at the defendant’s insistence. Jeb has worked on several cases that led to systemic changes and improvements in public safety. He has been repeatedly recognized as a Georgia SuperLawyer and ranks among Georgia’s legal elite. Jeb graduated in the top 10% of his class at UGA Law, argued on the National Moot Court team, and published in the Law Review. He is the founding partner of Butler Kahn law firm. Connect with me on LinkedIn



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