Alan G. Gorman, an attorney in the Atlanta office of the law firm of Barnes & Thornburg LLP, has been appointed honorary consul of Namibia for Georgia.

In his announcement of Mr. Gorman’s appointment, Martin Andjaba, the Namibian ambassador in Washington, said that a U.S. trade mission to Namibia is being organized to take place from Oct. 21-25 and he encouraged representatives of Georgia companies to join him on the mission.

Mr. Gorman’s responsibilities as honorary consul include facilitating and promoting trade and investment and bilateral relations between the U.S. and Namibia.

He also is to provide assistance to Namibians living in Georgia and promotional materials to Georgians wishing to visit Namibia.

The republic of Namibia is located in southern Africa and is a member of the South African Development Community (SADC), and the Southern Africa Customs Union (SACU).

Prior to entering into the legal profession, Mr. Gorman was an electrical engineer at General Electric Medical Systems where he designed digital and analog electrical circuits in GE’s X-Ray and Ultrasound Technology Groups.

At Barnes & Thornburg, he is a partner in the Atlanta and Minneapolis, Minn., offices where he is a member of the firm’s intellectual property department and leader of its Africa practice team.

He may be reached by calling (404) 264-4022 or by email at