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Newsmakers in Business, Aug. 25
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Financial advisor Brian Byars, founder of Advanced Retirement Planning.

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Gainesville’s Pope named among top 100 trial lawyers

Hasty Pope partner Jonathan Pope of Gainesville has been named a member of the National Trial Lawyers Top 100 Trial Lawyers.

The National Trial Lawyers is a professional organization of the country’s top trial lawyers. Selection is based on a thorough multiphase process, with membership is extended to attorneys who have exemplified superior qualifications, trial results and leadership.

“Being invited to join the National Trial Lawyers group is a great opportunity for me and our firm,” Pope said. “It will give us additional access to advocacy training, networking and education with the best trial lawyers around the country.”

Pope is also a member of the State Bar of Georgia Legislation Advisory Committee and the Georgia Trial Lawyers Association Civil Justice Political Action Committee. He was recognized as a “Super Lawyer” by Atlanta Magazine and was named one of Georgia Trend’s “Legal Elite” earlier this year.

Hasty Pope LLP operates offices in Gainesville, Canton and Atlanta; visit

Financial adviser earns magazine honor

Financial advisor Brian Byars, founder of Advanced Retirement Planning, recently received an honorable mention in Financial Planning Magazine’s Pro Bono Awards.

This annual awards program, conducted in partnership with the Foundation for Financial Planning, recognizes the community service of advisers across the country.

Byars operates an office at 723 Washington St., Gainesville.

Byars was selected for his work as a certified police instructor conducting training programs and financial planning seminars for public safety departments throughout Georgia. ARP has also pledged that veterans will never be turned away.

“This award hits at the core of ARP’s values: quality service, compassion and community involvement,” said Byars. “We are honored to have been selected as an Honorable Mention for an award that truly captures the heart of our business: helping people.”