Don Turner June 2019


JUNE 2019


When I was in seventh grade, my parents and I moved in with my grandparents after a house fire left us homeless and in need of support. Despite losing everything to the fire, some of my favorite childhood memories happened during this time because I was able to spend every day with my hero. A true American cowboy, my grandfather spoiled me every chance he could. I was the only child of his youngest son, so you can imagine the kind of treatment I received! While living with my grandparents, I remember following him around wherever he went. On more than one occasion, he was probably annoyed with a preteen shadowing him around the cattle farm all day, but I couldn’t wait to wake up and see what Grandpa was doing. Our adventures often included rabbit hunting, caring for the cattle and chickens, venturing off to the sale barn, and tending to his large garden. My grandfather also helped me pick out my first horse. I remember coming down the stairs that Christmas and seeing a saddle sitting on the back of the couch. Quizzically, I asked my parents what was going on. Casually, they both responded, “Oh, that goes to this thing outside.” When I opened the door, there was my first horse, the same one Grandpa helped me pick out. I ended up racing that horse at the fairgrounds and came in third for my efforts. I spent so many hot and sticky days on the fairgrounds. We’d show our hogs and cattle, then fill out the rest of our time traipsing around the carnival with endless amounts of cotton candy, shows, and rides.

long as you were willing to put in the work, and he supported his farm with hard work and dedication. Today, I strive to match his work ethic, something his own children embody every day. My dad was quieter than his father, although I suppose being the youngest of 11 children will do that to you! Dad was in the trucking business with his brother, and there were days when he would be on the road and away from the family. But sometimes I would join him on his trips up to Chicago, and I can still remember the lap of luxury I thought the road encompassed. Where else can you get hamburger steak for breakfast, lunch, and dinner? I thought I had hit the big time. My dad was a kind, dedicated man. I can remember him attending and cheering me on at all the football games and karate matches he could. Together, we were a close-knit family, and we remained close with Dad’s parents and siblings as well.

Grandpa will always be my hero. It’s because of him that I had a cowboy upbringing. Grandpa believed anything was possible as

Looking back, I was blessed to grow up in my dedicated ranching family. Whether it was cattle or trucks, my grandfather and father

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taught me the value of working hard for what you want. I’ll forever be grateful for those lessons and the memories they conjure up.

–Don Turner

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Kids often look up to their father as one of their greatest heroes. There are the long drives to sports tournaments, the late- night movies, and the sweets when Mom isn’t looking. We probably all

Just as he’d intended, Brad absorbed most of the blow. While Oscar sustained serious wounds, his father’s injuries were more severe. Brad was left fighting for his life in the ICU, with severe fractures to his skull and vertebrae. Thankfully, Brad is expected to make a full recovery and has made serious strides since the accident. He and his son will live to play another day. Greg Alexander: Couldn’t Bear to See His Son Hurt While camping in Great Smoky Mountains National Park in June 2015, Greg Alexander awoke to the sound of a nightmare. The screams of his son intermingled with the roars of an unknown assailant, beckoning Greg to his son’s tent. There, he found his son Gabriel being attacked by a bear. The bear had his son by the head and was dragging him away. Greg jumped on the bear’s back, desperately trying to take attention away from Gabriel. Amazingly, it worked, and in the end, the bear ran away. Gabriel was left with serious cuts to his head, but thanks to his dad’s heroism, the two were able to walk away from that campsite and back to their lives together. The important thing to remember is that you don’t have to take a leap of faith or fight a bear to be a hero in your family’s eyes. Just be yourself, show some support, and do the best you can. Happy Father’s Day, everybody.

There’s nothing quite like the bond between National Football League (NFL) alumni, and the decades they played or the accolades they achieved don’t diminish that special bond. This spring, Don Turner was able to connect with well-known NFL alumni and Heisman Trophy winner George Rogers. The duo met for lunch while supporting their friend and restaurant owner at the grand opening of My Stir Fry in Alpharetta, Georgia, in late April. George and Don had met before, and they even played a few rounds of golf together in the past. However, this was the first chance they had to sit down and really get to know each other. As clients may know, Don played with the New York Jets and the Atlanta Falcons. He brought the discipline, teamwork, and dedication the NFL taught him to the legal arena, but football is still a large part of Don’s life. He enjoyed spending time with a fellow professional player, and he is always impressed with the legacy and discipline players like George Rogers bring to the game. Brad Lewis: Over the Ledge Life can change in a split second, and how you choose to react in a moment of peril can define your legacy forever. Few people know this as well as Brad Lewis. When Brad and his young son, Oscar, were deeply entrenched in an intense Nerf battle, he surely didn’t think the situation would turn as dangerous as it did. When a few darts missed his father and landed on the balcony, Oscar ran after them but soon found himself teetering on the balcony’s ledge, 12 feet above the ground. Thinking fast, Brad grabbed his son just before he fell over, both taking the plunge while Brad protected his son with his own body. MEETING WITH HEISMAN TROPHY WINNER GEORGE ROGERS DON TURNER IN THE COMMUNITY have some reason to look up to our dad as one of our biggest influences. It’s Father’s Day this month, a special time of year when we take a moment to think about the sacrifices the father figures in our lives have made for us. Most dads are pretty great, but some go above and beyond the fatherly call of duty. Let’s take a look at some heroic dads who risked everything to keep their families safe.

back with the New Orleans Saints and the Washington Redskins. His professional career included a Super Bowl win, Pro Bowl honors, and the NFL Rookie of the Year designation. In addition to supporting the opening of My Stir Fry and chatting with George Rogers this spring, Don Turner Legal Team was also engaging with community members at Taste of Alpharetta and Roswell’s Alive After Five. We have enjoyed meeting and getting to know each one of you better, and we hope you visit us at the remaining Alive After Five events this season. Keep up with all our events and activities in the local community by liking us on Facebook, and learn more about our team at

After a lustrous college career ended with a Heisman Trophy designation in 1980, George spent seven years as a running

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Meet Our Determined Attorney, Lisanne Edelman FIGHTING FOR YOU

Lisanne Edelman has wanted to be a lawyer since she was 12 years old. Her growing interest in shows like “Law & Order” signaled that a career in prosecution may be in the cards, but her first criminal law class at John Marshall Law School shifted her focus. Students were tasked with researching and presenting a particular case from the Innocence Project. To this day, Lisanne can remember the case she chose. In 1999, Clarence Elkins was convicted of the murder of his mother-in-law, Judith, and the assault of his 6-year-old niece. Clarence maintained his innocence, but his niece’s testimony that the intruder looked like her uncle sealed his fate. In 2002, his niece officially recanted her claim, and Clarence was ultimately freed in 2005 based on an alibi witness and a DNA hit off a cigarette butt Clarence collected from a fellow inmate —who was ultimately found guilty of the attacks. “That triggered something in me,” Lisanne recalls about this case. “If the defense attorney had explored this [alibi witness] avenue, he could have avoided X amount of years in prison … It really is a system of checks and balances.”

her passion for helping others facing legal charges. Lisanne passed the bar exam in October 2017 and assumed full attorney duties. In her tenure, she has been instrumental in getting clients’ charges reduced or dismissed, including this past spring, when she had a very successful run of cases. Lisanne continues to work with our local justice system to help her clients avoid life-altering consequences for their perceived mistakes. “It’s been a really amazing feeling to help clients avoid felony convictions because of the fight we’ve put up,” Lisanne says, later adding how excited she is to continue advancing her education. “I sense that I’m very hungry for more,” Lisanne says.

When she isn’t fighting for her clients, Lisanne can be found attending Major League Soccer’s Atlanta United FC games with her family, or enjoying a local brewery with friends. Having immigrated from the Netherlands when she was 9 years old, Lisanne remains close to her family and regularly ventures back to Europe. We are incredibly proud of Lisanne, and we are grateful to have her on our team. Keep up the great work, Lisanne!

Since joining Don Turner Legal Team as an intern in October 2016, Lisanne has continued to develop



Nothing says Georgia summer like fresh peaches. Take advantage of the plentiful harvest we enjoy at the height of peach season with this amazing peach cobbler recipe.


3 cups all-purpose flour

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1 1/2 tsp salt

3/4 tsp baking powder 3/4 cup shortening

1/2 cup ice water

Filling: •

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1 tsp ground cinnamon

8 cups fresh sliced peaches 1/3 cup all-purpose flour

1 cup water

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1/2 cup butter, melted 1 tsp almond extract

2 cups sugar

DIRECTIONS 1. Combine all dry pastry ingredients, then cut in shortening using a pastry blender. Mixture will resemble a coarse meal. 2. Sprinkle ice water evenly over surface of pastry mixture, then stir with a fork until moistened. Shape dough into a ball and set aside. 3. Dredge peaches in flour. Add remaining filling ingredients and mix well.

4. Roll 3/4 pastry dough to 1/8-inch thick and fit into a 13x9 inch baking dish. Spoon in peach mixture. 5. Roll the remaining dough to 1/4-inch- thick and cut into 1/2-inch strips. Carefully arrange in lattice fashion over peaches. 6. Bake at 350 F for 1 hour. Serve warm with a scoop of vanilla ice cream, if desired.

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1 My Cowboy Upbringing 2 A Few Dads Who Went Above and Beyond the Call of Duty In Our Community 3 Get to Know Lisanne Edelman Hash Browns for the Best Dad 4 Athletes Who Fought Their Way to the Top

Unlikely Pro Athletes Who Beat the Odds

The life of a professional athlete can seem like all glitz and glamour, shaking hands, kissing babies, and occasionally performing in the spotlight under a little bit of pressure. But for every athlete you see on your television screen, there are actually hundreds more in the minor leagues fighting against all odds to make it to the big stage. And some of those athletes have disadvantages that mean they have to work twice as hard just to get the same respect as those who’ve had an easier road. These professionals prove that sometimes all it takes to see your dreams come true is an ability to block out the noise, put your head down, and keep your disabilities from holding you back. Here are two athletes who did just that. Billy Miske: Fighting for His Life Boxing is a sport of extreme violence and diligent strategy. To be a winner, you must be smart and physically capable. For a while, Billy Miske was both of those things — until he was diagnosed with the life-threatening Bright’s disease that severely affected his kidneys. Already considered a bit of an underdog, he chose to keep fighting to pay off his increasing medical debts and give his family a shot at a better life. As his disease progressed and he realized his days were numbered, fate pitted him against heavyweight Bill Brennan. Despite his doctor’s orders, and despite facing a much larger opponent while he was literally at SOMETIMES ALL IT TAKES IS THE POWER OF WILL

death’s door, Miske shocked the world by knocking Brennan out and delivering the dream Christmas that he’d promised his children in the process. He died a few days later, immortalized by his fighting spirit and refusal to quit. Jim Abbott: Never Needed a Hand After being born without a right hand, the odds of Jim Abbott playing baseball in any capacity seemed slim, but Jim Abbott didn’t care about the odds. After developing a one-of-a-kind fielding routine where he would switch his glove from his shorter arm to his dominant one, Abbott took his talents all the way to the major leagues. Fans around the world watched as he turned his disability into a 10-year MLB career that included throwing a no-hitter in 1993 against the New York Yankees, which was one of the most remarkable accomplishments in baseball.

Sometimes the sky isn’t enough. Ultimately, the only limits that hold you back are the ones you set for yourself.

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