Phillip Bond and Richard Gerakitis Receive Alumni Awards

Phillip Bond and Richard Gerakitis Receive 2015 Alumni Awards

March 9, 2015

Two Mercer Law alums, James Phillip “Phil” Bond (’83), and Richard Gerikitis (’81), were honored during the First Annual Mercer Law Alumni Dinner on Friday, March 6, in Atlanta. 

Bond, who received the Outstanding Alumnus Award, is a Senior Attorney at Georgia Legal Services Program in Macon. Bond is a worthy recipient of this award, which is presented to a Mercer Law graduate for service to humanity and dedication to the legal profession, which have fostered the ideals of Mercer Law School. He has influenced hundreds of Mercer Law students by giving generously of his time to speak in law school classes and by regularly supervising student externs in the Macon office of GLSP. He is a role model and mentor for those law students and also for members of the middle Georgia bench and bar, demonstrating the highest level of professionalism and an ethic of care for his clients. Bond gives voice to those who might otherwise be voiceless and is a powerful advocate for increasing access to justice for all Georgians.


Gerakitis, who received the Alumni Meritorious Service Award, is a partner in the Labor & Employment practice at Troutman Sanders in Atlanta and handles a variety of complex commercial litigation matters. He has more than 30 years of experience in litigation, mediation and arbitration. Gerakitis currently serves as a member of the Board of Visitors for the Law School and has previously served the Law School’s Alumni Association Board of Directors for two terms, 1986-1988 and again from 2005-2012. He served as the President of the Alumni Association in 2011-2012 and has made countless contributions to the Law School over the years. Additionally, Gerakitis has mentored numerous Mercer Law students and graduates, supported the Office of Admissions by hosting recruiting events at Troutman Sanders for prospective students, and participated in a variety of Career Services activities to help enrich the lives of students. Gerakitis is enthusiastic and always goes above and beyond to give his time, talent and support back to Mercer Law School, which makes him the ideal recipient of the Alumni Meritorious Service Award.