Sometimes it’s easy to forget that professional athletes are people, too. We see them from such distance, and their talent so outstrips most of our own, that they can sometimes seem invincible, emotionless, and unassailable. But in light of the recent death of former Atlanta Falcon’s defensive tackle Jesse Mahelona, it’s important to remember that, as his fellow football player Stephen Tulloch put it, Mr. Mahelona was more than just a competitor, but a “great friend” as well.
Mr. Mahelona died in a car crash approximately a mile away from his house Kailua-Kona, on the Big Island of Hawaii. He is survived by one child and his pregnant wife, Brandi. His agent, Chad Speck, assured the public that there are plans to support the family in the father’s absence. Mr. Mahelona was only 26 years old.
A partner with Childers, Schlueter & Smith, LLC,, Brandon Smith has devoted his practice to pharmaceutical litigation, mass torts, products liability and serious personal injury. A frequent guest speaker at legal seminars all over the country—Brandon is focused on helping injured victims nationwide, however possible. Named a SuperLawyer again in 2019, he has also been called out as one of 10 Best Attorneys For Georgia by the American Institute Of Personal Injury Attorneys and a Top 100 Lawyer in Georgia by the National Trial Lawyers in 2019.