ROBERT J. (Bob) LIPSHUTZ (1921-2010)
Born in Atlanta, Georgia on December 27, 1921, Robert J. (Bob) Lipshutz had an active career of more than 60 years in the practice of law and in public service to his country, state, and community. Bob died in November 2010.
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 remained 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 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 was 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 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 more recently as a Trustee and National Vice President of “Americans United For Separation of Church and State.” His private law practice was in the areas of corporate, financial, and real estate law; governmental affairs; and federal and state regulatory agencies. He was 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.
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 Bob Lipshutz practiced together as Lipshutz, Greenblatt & King for many years. Ed was an active participation in community activities, from Marching in Americus in the early 1960s to serving on charitable boards and as President of the Temple. Ed’s primary focus was 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 Georgia Commons, 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. He chaired the CAI committee that drafted the Georgia Property Owners Association Act when it was 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 continues to work on legislation to amend the Georgia Condominium Act and the Georgia Property Owners Association Act and affecting community associations, last testifying for CAI before the Georgia House Judiciary committee in 2018. 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
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.
JODY L. PESKIN
As a community association lawyer, Ms. Jody Peskin works directly with boards of directors of homeowner and condominium associations, attending board meetings, annual meetings and covenant violation hearings. She analyzes and drafts declarations of covenants and restrictions, bylaws and amendments to benefit association communities, as well as assisting boards with crafting rules and regulations that guide associations and their members. Ms. Peskin assists boards with covenant enforcement, filing injunctions as needed to enforce compliance with association’s governing documents. She has also successfully defended association boards with city and county code enforcement proceedings. Ms. Peskin has also been involved in the collection of assessments and with post judgment collections, including foreclosures.
Ms. Peskin is involved with in-house board and property manager training, emphasizing association administration and understanding and implementing association covenants and restrictions. She is an active member of the Community Association Institute (CAI), having served on the Membership Committee, the Social Committee and is currently serving on the Education Committee. Ms. Peskin has been published in the CAI quarterly magazine Georgia Commons, and has also taught at the CAI’s annual Community Volunteer Leadership Workshop.
Ms. Peskin graduated from American University in Washington, D.C. and received her Juris Doctor from Georgia State University College of Law. During law school, she was a graduate research assistant to Professor William Gregory and the recipient of a grant from the Carl Duisberg Gesellschaft to study international comparative law in Germany, which resulted in the publication of an article on the harmonization of European business law.
Prior to joining the firm, Ms. Peskin worked as a staff attorney in the Superior Court of DeKalb County, first for the Honorable Curtis V. Tillman, then for the Honorable Michael E. Hancock. Thereafter, she was an Assistant Solicitor General in the Fulton County Solicitor General’s Office. Ms. Peskin was also published in the Prosecuting Attorney’s Council Traffic Newsletter.
Jody L. Peskin is an Atlanta native. As a volunteer through National Council of Jewish Women she has taught ESOL to Russian Refugees. She served on the Board of Directors of the Scottdale Child Development & Family Resource Center. She has been a guest speaker at several high schools teaching about various law topics. Ms. Peskin also serves on her own homeowners association board.