Politics & Government

Lawyers with midstate ties to help challenge health-care reform

Two men with Macon ties will be part of Georgia’s legal group that will challenge the federal health-care legislation.

Gov. Sonny Perdue named Frank C. Jones as a special attorney general Tuesday to direct the state’s participation in the challenge. Georgia will be joining 18 other states in a federal suit in Florida.

“The importance of this legal challenge demands the very best representation possible, and that is exactly what the state is receiving from Frank C. Jones,” Perdue said in a release. “Frank is one of the best and most respected lawyers in the state. We are grateful he recognizes the importance of this challenge and is taking up the cause on behalf of Georgians.”

Jones practiced at the Macon firm of Jones, Cork & Miller from 1950 to 1977, when he joined King & Spalding in Atlanta as a partner. He is now “of counsel” at Jones, Cork & Miller, meaning that although he’s retired, he remains associated with the firm and is available for consultation and occasional cases. He will serve the state on a pro bono basis.

“I am honored by Governor Perdue selecting me to lead Georgia’s team, and I look forward to adding our state’s perspective to the others that have joined this challenge,” Jones said in the statement.

Perdue also appointed the following Georgia attorneys as deputy special attorneys general: Mercer University law professor David Oedel; Mike Russ, retired partner at King & Spalding; Jason Alloy and Josh Belinfante of RobbinsLaw LLC; Pitts Carr of Carr & Palmer; John Parker and Keith Blackwell of Parker, Hudson, Rainer & Dobbs LLP. These lawyers also will serve the state on a pro bono basis.

Other states involved in the lawsuit include Florida, South Carolina, Nebraska, Texas, Utah, Louisiana, Alabama, Colorado, Michigan, Pennsylvania, Washington, Idaho, South Dakota, Indiana, North Dakota, Mississippi, Nevada and Arizona. Virginia is pursuing its own litigation.