The Legacy Goes Forward A Long Legacy of Fearless Advocacy
From the 1920s to the 1960s, the firm’s founder, Reuben Garland, was the South’s most successful and flamboyant trial lawyer. He was likely to appear in court in a sky-blue silk suit or a tuxedo with tails, twirling a walking stick, and these appearances were crowd-pleasing events. His cases were covered by magazines and newspapers in Atlanta and across America.
He enjoyed theatrical tactics, and he used them to disarm his opponents and delight juries. Reuben Garland held the record for the largest civil damages verdict in Georgia and was recognized as the premier criminal defense attorney in the southeastern United States
Carrying on that legacy today are firm partners Ed Garland (Reuben's son) and John Garland (Ed's son), along with the rest of the team at Garland, Samuel & Loeb.