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Ford & Harrison's Hit Blog That's What She Said Names New Editor


Contact: Maggie Schmerin

Atlanta, May 8, 2008 - Julie Elgar has gone corporate. After more than a year as editor of the popular legal blog, That's What She Said (http://hrheroblogs.com/thatswhatshesaid/), based on the hit NBC show The Office, Julie has accepted an in-house position with Georgia-Pacific Corporation. Succeeding her as editor of the blog will be Troy Foster, a partner in the Phoenix office of the national labor and employment law firm, Ford & Harrison LLP. An avid fan of The Office, Troy has previously served as a guest-blogger for the site.

Named after Michael Scott's trademark punch line, That's What She Said puts a price tag on each episode of The Office, estimating how much the politically incorrect behavior of Michael Scott and Dunder Mifflin would cost real-life companies to defend.

Troy's first post as editor will be published following Thursday's episode.

"As the first editor of That's What She Said, Julie helped create a unique channel for discussion of important HR issues our clients face every day. While we're sad to see her go, That's What She Said will continue to provide HR executives and managers, as well as fans of the show, with a light and fun, yet educational take on today's workplace under Troy's direction," said Lynne Donaghy, the firm's Director of Marketing.

That's What She Said was started by Ford & Harrison in 2007, as a light-hearted, intellectual exercise, but has since snowballed into a critically acclaimed unofficial extension of the show and receives more than 20,000 hits a week. It was recently named "Best Legal Blog" by PR News and has also garnered awards for its ingenuity from the American Bar Association, the Legal Marketing Association, PR Week, MarCom, and Bulldog Reporter.

"While he often means well, Michael Scott's poor judgment and ignorance of company policy is precisely what every employer needs to avoid," said Troy Foster. "As editor of That's What She Said, I look forward to assessing what I'm sure will be millions of dollars in damage to come."

Troy focuses his practice on defending management and individuals in discrimination and wrongful termination claims. He has defended employers, including school districts and tribal clients, against claims of sexual harassment and age, race, gender and disability discrimination. His practice also encompasses review of and revisions to company handbooks and policies and day-to-day counseling on hiring, discipline and termination practices. He has represented management in municipalities at all stages of the process - from drafting meet and confer/meet and discuss ordinances, to implementing those ordinances through the certification and decertification processes, negotiations and drafting memoranda of understanding. A graduate of Arizona State University College of Law, Troy also serves as editor of the Arizona Employment Law Letter.

About Ford & Harrison LLP: Ford & Harrison is a national labor and employment law firm with close to 200 lawyers in 18 offices nationwide: Atlanta, Asheville (NC), Birmingham, Chicago, Dallas, Denver, Jacksonville, Los Angeles, Miami, Melbourne, Memphis, Minneapolis, New York, Orlando, Phoenix, Spartanburg (SC), Tampa and Washington, DC. The firm strives to provide clients with sound legal advice, practical counseling and excellent client service. For more information, visit www.fordharrison.com.

About HRhero.com: That's What She Said is hosted by HRhero.com, the online resource owned by M. Lee Smith Publishers LLC, for 33 years a provider of print, electronic, and live-event information resources to the corporate Human Resources and legal markets. Their list of largest clients closely matches the FORTUNE 500 while their overall customer base includes managers in every industry sector.

Contact: Pete McPherson, 615-661-0249, ext. 8057 or pmcpherson@mleesmith.com


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