Chris Lightner, senior associate in Alston & Bird’s Intellectual Property Group, has been honored as “Volunteer of the Year” by Georgia Lawyers for the Arts (GLA) for his work on behalf of the organization and Georgia PATENTS (Pro bono Assistance & Training for Entrepreneurs and New, Talented, Solo inventors).
Lightner was recognized for taking on the greatest number of cases among GLA’s volunteers, in addition to his service on Georgia PATENTS’s advisory board and his ongoing advocacy for the program, which he was instrumental in creating in 2015. As an advisory board member, Lightner provides strategic counsel on how GLA should implement the program and plays a critical role in GLA’s fundraising.
Lightner was previously recognized for his work with Georgia PATENTS by the Atlanta Bar Association in 2015 when he received the “Celebrating Service Award.”
Georgia Lawyers for the Arts is a nonprofit organization that provides legal assistance and educational programming to artists and arts organizations. Georgia PATENTS, a program that connects low-income inventors with volunteer patent prosecution attorneys, is operated through GLA and overseen by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office.