UGA honors Rountree for service

Sandy Springs resident Neva Rountree, founder of Atlanta-based Rountree Group Communications Management, has been recognized with the highest honor given by her alma mater, the University of Georgia’s Grady College of Journalism and Mass Communications.

Rountree is one of 64 members of the inaugural class of the Grady Fellowship, which recognizes people who have contributed to the positive national reputation of Grady College.

A 28-year public relations veteran, Rountree established Rountree Group Communications Management 23 years ago. She was twice cited as the “best marketing-driven public relations” professional by the Atlanta Business Chronicle and was profiled by Public Relations Journal as the founder of one of the country’s six most outstanding newer PR agencies.

Rountree received public relations’ most prestigious award, the Public Relations Society of America’s Silver Anvil, on two occasions and was a finalist two years for Georgia Entrepreneur of the Year, an award given by Ernst & Young and Inc. magazine.

Rountree co-founded Leadership Sandy Springs in 1986.

Rothman elected to American Law Institute

Sandy Springs resident Robert Rothman, a partner with Atlanta law firm Arnall Golden Gregory, has been elected to the American Law Institute, an organization founded to improve the law and the administration of justice. Rothman is one of three Georgia lawyers included in the newest membership class.

With Arnall Golden Gregory since 1983, Rothman serves as co-chairman of the firm’s business litigation practice group and previously served as a member of the firm’s executive committee. He is the current chairman of the American Bar Association’s Litigation Section, using his term to advance such important legal matters as the right to counsel in civil cases, independence of the judiciary and protection of attorney-client privilege from government agencies.