By: Carrie Bennice / Date: 02, July 2018
Chris Georgalis was interviewed by cleveland.com reporter Evan MacDonald to provide insight on the recent federal arrest of a man accused of plotting a terrorist attack on the Fourth of July fireworks celebration in Cleveland. The article provides: "'What made the case unique is that it presented investigators with a deadline to make their case, the Fourth of July holiday,' said Cleveland attorney Chris Georgalis, a former federal prosecutor who has worked on terrorism cases. 'There will always be a… Read more
By: Carrie Bennice / Date: 30, June 2018
A few months shy of the one-year anniversary of Flannery | Georgalis, LLC, Cleveland Crain's sat down with Paul Flannery to talk about his and Chris's experience so far, the challenges they've faced in getting a new firm up and running and how having niche expertise has helped them along their path to building a boutique practice. The article provides, in part: "Paul Flannery and Christos Georgalis, former assistant U.S. attorneys in the Northern District of Ohio who have worked… Read more
By: Carrie Bennice / Date: 15, June 2018
Chris was presented with the Director's Award for Superior Performance as an Assistant United States Attorney - Criminal Division, for his work as a former federal prosecutor. The Director's Award was presented at the Great Hall in the Robert F. Kennedy Main Justice building in Washington, DC, by Deputy Attorney General Rod J. Rosenstein, U.S. Attorney for the Northern District of Ohio Justin Herdman, and Director of the Executive Offices for United States Attorneys James A. Crowell IV.
By: Carrie Bennice / Date: 26, May 2018
Paul was interviewed by Crain's Cleveland Business Magazine regarding the threat that cyberattacks pose to businesses, especially small and mid-size businesses. "A lot of these people should've never been victimized," Flannery said. "But the overwhelming theme among all the victims was that they had no idea this was out there." Read the full article here.
By: Carrie Bennice / Date: 16, February 2018
Paul was interviewed by Fox 8 News reporter Matt Wright regarding subpoenas issued to Cuyahoga County by county investigators. Read the full article here.
By: Carrie Bennice / Date: 01, February 2018
Collin v. Comm’r of Soc. Sec., No. 17-3733 (KETHLEDGE, Sutton, Larsen). Plaintiff filed a petition for mandamus asking the district court to order the Commissioner of Social Security to pay a lump-sum payment to her for monies allegedly owed to her because the Commissioner had mistakenly stopped garnishing the pay of Plaintiff’s ex-husband. The district court granted the Commissioner’s motion to dismiss, finding that Plaintiff’s request was one for “money damages,” as to which the United States was immune from… Read more
By: Carrie Bennice / Date: 31, January 2018
In re Black, No. 17-2147 (Guy, Daughtrey, Sutton) (PER CURIAM). Black was convicted on drug charges, and the district court sentenced him to an effective term of life in prison. Black sought relief under § 2255, and the district court denied the motion to vacate and refused to issue a certificate of appealability. Black then filed a motion under Federal Rule of Civil Procedure 60(b), seeking relief from the order denying his § 2255 motion. He argued, among other things,… Read more
By: Carrie Bennice / Date: 29, January 2018
Biestek v. Comm’r of Soc. Sec., No. 17-1459 (COOK, Clay, White). Plaintiff argues that an Administrative Law Judge with the Social Security Administration incorrectly found that he was not disabled for a period of time that he claimed he should be entitled to disability benefits. The district court rejected his claims, and he appealed. The Sixth Circuit affirmed. In evaluating Plaintiff’s appeal, the Court noted that the Sixth Circuit had not yet squarely addressed the extent to which vocational experts… Read more
By: Carrie Bennice / Date: 26, January 2018
Smith v. Comm’r of Soc. Sec., No. 17-5809 (MERRITT, Griffin, Donald). When a Social Security Administration Administrative Law Judge issued an unfavorable decision on Plaintiff’s application for disability benefits, Plaintiff had sixty days to file an appeal. Plaintiff’s attorney claimed he timely mailed a request for review of the decision, but the Appeals Council did not receive the request until four months after the time for appeal had expired. When the Appeals Council denied the request for untimeliness, Plaintiff filed… Read more
By: Carrie Bennice / Date: 24, January 2018
Chris was awarded one of the highest honors in the Department of Justice, the Director's Award for Superior Performance in Criminal Matters, for his work as lead prosecutor in the national security matter United States v. Terrence McNeil. This case involved novel issues related to McNeil's use of social media in support of a terrorist organization and it has served as a model for several successful prosecutions of national security threats since it was charged.