ROBERT J. (Bob) LIPSHUTZ
In Loving Memory (1921-2010)
Born in Atlanta, Georgia on December 27, 1921, Robert J. (Bob) Lipshutz, a senior partner in the Atlanta law firm of Lipshutz Greenblatt LLC, has had an active career of more than 60 years in the practice of law and in public service to his country, state, and community.
After being educated in the public schools of Atlanta, Bob entered the University of Georgia where he was Cadet Colonel commanding the Cavalry R.O.T.C. regiment and Captain of the University Debate Team. He was admitted to the Georgia Bar in 1943. He served as an officer in the United States Army for three years during World War II. In 1947, he began the private practice of law.
Bob Lipshutz gained national prominence as the National Campaign Treasurer and Legal Counsel for Jimmy Carter’s successful 1975-76 Presidential Campaign, both in the Primary Campaign and in the General Election. His most significant public post was Counsel to the President of the United States, a position held from January, 1977 to October 1, 1979. During his years as the Legal Counsel on the White House staff, he was intimately involved with the President’s negotiations that led to the signing of a peace treaty between Israel and Egypt.
Bob Lipshutz remains a close friend and confidante of former President Carter, serving the former President as a Trustee Emeritus of The Carter Center. He was a member of the Georgia State Commission on Compensation from 1971 until 1975, and was Vice Chairman of the Board for Georgia’s Department of Human Resources from 1972 until 1976.
He has served as a director and attorney of financial institutions and private corporations, including banks, savings and loan associations, credit unions, manufacturing companies, and real estate companies. Bob Lipshutz served for three years as the President of Atlanta’s largest and oldest Reform Jewish Congregation, “The Temple,” and is a past President of the Atlanta Lodge of B’nai B’rith. He was honored in 1976 as “Man of the Year” by the Gate City Lodge of B’nai B’rith. He has served on the Board of Trustees of the Atlanta Jewish Federation.
From 1982 to 1984 he served as national Co-Chairman of the “Commission on Law and Social Action” of The American Jewish Congress. From 1983 through 1986 he served as a Trustee of the Union of American Hebrew Congregations (Reform). He has served in recent years as a Trustee and National Vice President of “Americans United For Separation of Church and State.” His private law practice is in the areas of corporate, financial, and real estate law; governmental affairs; and federal and state regulatory agencies. He is the grandson of refugees who fled to America to escape Czarist oppression in Russia in the late 19th century. Both of his parents’ families settled in Georgia upon arrival in America.
He and his wife, Betty, have six adult children. Both of their sons are practicing attorneys, one in Atlanta, Georgia, and the other in Washington, DC. Their four daughters are engaged in the fields of social work, public health, and history education; two live in Atlanta, one in Philadelphia, and one in Brooklyn. He and Betty also currently have nine grandchildren.
EDWARD L. GREENBLATT (1932-2012)
Edward L. Greenblatt was born and reared in Augusta, Georgia. Following Emory Law School (1964) and a stint with the Treasury Department in Washington, Ed returned to Atlanta to practice law. He and President Carter’s counsel have practiced together as Lipshutz, Greenblatt & King for many years. Ed is engaged in the general practice of law
and active participation in community activities, from Marching in Americus in the early 1960s to serving on charitable boards and as President of the Temple on Peachtree Street. Ed’s primary focus has been Wills, Trusts & Estates,bankruptcy reorganization and business-oriented activities.
RANDALL M. (Randy) LIPSHUTZ
Randall M. Lipshutz is managing partner with the law firm of Lipshutz Greenblatt LLC in Atlanta, Georgia. He is a graduate of Dartmouth College and the University of Georgia School of Law. Randy is a member of the bar of the United States Supreme Court and the State Bar of Georgia, and is licensed to practice in the state and federal courts of Georgia. The majority of Randy's practice is in the area of community association law.
Randy is a past member of the board of directors and secretary of the Georgia Chapter of CAI (Community Associations Institute), past member of the nominating committee and program committee for the Chapter, has written articles for Common Ground, and served for many years as chair of the chapter's Legislative Action Committee where he is currently a member. Randy has lectured at various CAI seminars and programs in Atlanta and Washington D.C., and has talked on community association law topics at sessions of the annual Real Property Law Institute sponsored by the Institute of Continuing Legal Education of Georgia. Randy has also helped draft legislation related to community associations and has testified before committees of the Georgia legislature on behalf of CAI on a series of 1990 changes to the Georgia Condominium Act, additional changes to the Condominium Act enacted in 1994, and the Georgia Property Owners Association Act also enacted in 1994. He also was actively involved in CAI's work to shape and model the Community Association Manager Licensing legislation enacted in 1996, and he served on the panel which helped to draft and edit the questions on the state licensing exam for Community Association Manager. He is currently working on legislation to amend the Georgia Condominium Act and the Georgia Property Owners Association Act. Randy was named in Atlanta Magazine as one of Georgia’s 2004 and 2005 Superlawyers. In 2010, Randy was named a member of the national amicus committee of CAI.
TRACY L. LETTSOME (Picture not shown)
Tracy Lettsome is a graduate of University of Virgin Islands and received her Juris Doctor from Emory University in 1995. She is a member of the State Bar of Georgia and the Virgin Island Bar Association. Tracy previously worked in the Fulton County Solicitor's Office, where she primarily worked in the collection of child support. Currently, she works as lead counsel in the assessment collection area. Tracy, is also a member of the DeKalb Bar Association and the Community Association Institute where she is presently on the Fundraising Committee.
JACOB R. DAVIS
After working as a professional musician for several years, Jacob attended law school at the University of Georgia. While in law school, Jacob also worked as a law clerk for various law firms, gaining experience in a variety of civil legal matters, including contract disputes, tort litigation, and real estate. Jacob also worked with the Athens-Clarke County Public Defender’s Office under Georgia’s Third-Year Practice Rule, assisting with the representation of the indigent of Athens-Clarke County in Superior Court, appearing in court and handling arraignments and probation hearings. He also served a term as the Vice-President of the University of Georgia’s chapter of the National Lawyers Guild.
Jacob graduated Cum Laude from the University of Georgia School of Law in 2007. He then worked with other attorneys in private practice. Prior to coming to Lipshutz Greenblatt, his litigation experience included acting as lead counsel in a variety of matters, including insurance litigation, real estate matters, tort litigation, and estate matters, with his primary practice focus on real estate and insurance litigation. This practice included the representation of Homeowners’ Associations.
In addition to his active trial-court litigation practice, Jacob has also participated in a wide range of appellate cases, and has been a member of the Appellate Practice section of the State Bar of Georgia since 2009. He is also a member of the Community Association Institute.
Prior to law school, Jacob graduated from the Hugh A. Glauser School of Music at Kent State University with a Bachelor of Music degree in Music Performance and Music Composition, followed by a Master of Music degree in Music Performance from the University of Georgia. Jacob’s professional credentials on the bassoon and contrabassoon include past appearances with the South Carolina Philharmonic, the Augusta Symphony, the North Canton Opera Orchestra in Ohio, and at the Bowdoin Chamber Music Festival in Maine.
Jacob joined our firm in June of 2010. His practice here focuses on civil litigation, working primarily in the areas of covenant enforcement and injunctive relief, as well assisting with post-judgment collection of assessments. He also actively practices in the area of wills, trusts, and estates. He is married and has one son
JAMES VINCENT (Jim) ZITO, JR.
Jim graduated from Stony Brook University in 1974 with a B.A. degree. He received his Juris Doctor degree from Georgia State University College of Law and was admitted to the Georgia Bar in 1986. He worked as an attorney and later a partner at the firm from 1986 until 1991. In 1991 Jim left the firm to serve as Vice President, General Counsel and Corporate Secretary of Harry’s Farmers Market, Inc., providing legal and business guidance during its IPO and expansion. In 1995, Jim returned to work at the firm, and re-joined as a Partner in 1997.