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Class Notes Reported June 2020

The Hon. J. Nathan Deal, ’66, received the Daily Report Lifetime Achievement Award for his lasting mark on the Georgia legal community.

The Hon. Thomas E. Cauthorn III, ’72, was recognized with the 2020 Tradition of Excellence Award – General Practice at the State Bar of Georgia's annual meeting. This award is presented to four outstanding members of the General Practice and Trial Law Section: one plaintiff lawyer, one defense lawyer, one general practice lawyer and one judge.

Virgil L. Adams, ’80, was recognized with the 2020 Tradition of Excellence Award – Plaintiff at the State Bar of Georgia's annual meeting. This award is presented to four outstanding members of the General Practice and Trial Law Section: one plaintiff lawyer, one defense lawyer, one general practice lawyer and one judge.

Doc Schneider, ’81, of King & Spalding, received the Lifetime Achievement Award from the Daily Report for his lasting mark on the Georgia legal community.

Cindy A. Brazell, ’89, of Holland & Knight was named a Distinguished Leader by the Daily Report for achieving impressive results in 2019 and demonstrating leadership while doing so.

Lori Reese Patton, ’93, was named a new member of the Wesleyan College Board of Trustees starting October 2020.

H. Craig Stafford, ’93, was reelected to serve the State Bar of Georgia's Board of Governors representing the Atlantic Judicial Circuit Post 1.

The Hon. Sara L. Doyle, ’94, received the 2019-20 Distinguished Judicial Service Award from the Young Lawyers Division of the State Bar of Georgia at its annual meeting in June 2020.

The Hon. David L. Cannon Jr., ’95, was reelected to serve the Blue Ridge Circuit Post 1 representing Cherokee County on the State Bar of Georgia's Board of Governors and was installed on June 13.

Christopher D. Huskins, ’97, was reelected to serve the State Bar of Georgia Board of Governors' Post 3 seat from the Ocmulgee Circuit. Huskins practices in Eatonton.

Andrew R. Fiddes, ’00, was promoted to lieutenant commander in the U.S. Coast Guard Reserve.  As a reservist, he is assigned to U.S. Northern Command in Colorado Springs, Colorado, where he serves as a domestic operations officer in support of homeland defense and defense support of civil authorities missions.

Jewel Hanson Scott, ’00, won her bid for Clayton Circuit Superior Court.

Tomieka Richards Daniel, ’02, of the Georgia Legal Services Program was recognized by the Daily Report as Best Mentor for her efforts to mentor less-experienced colleagues to become better lawyers.

Brandon L. Peak, ’04, was one of three finalists for Daily Report's Attorney of the Year Award. Attorney of the Year goes to the attorney who had the biggest impact on the law or the Georgia legal community or who did the most to advance the cause of justice. Peak is a partner with Butler Wooten Peak and won a $280 million verdict in a landmark trucking case.

Charlotte Jenkins Redo, ’06, was selected to 2020 Georgia Super Lawyers in the area of Employment Law. She also served as chair of the Labor and Employment section of the Georgia Association of Black Women Attorneys for five consecutive years.

Mitchell T. Key, ’07, was named a member of the LaGrange College Board of Trustees. Key practices real estate, probate and business law in LaGrange.

James Delroy Mayers Jr., ’07, graduated with a Doctor of Medicine from American University of the Caribbean School of Medicine on May 16. Mayers is currently a resident physician at Augusta University Department of Family Medicine in Augusta.

Megan E. Boyd, ’08, was promoted to senior lecturer at Georgia State University College of Law. Boyd married Commander M. Scott Simmons, U.S. Navy (Retired), and the couple announced the birth of their son, Rowan Grey, in March 2020. 

William P. Horkan, ’09, was named an On-the-Rise Lawyer by the Daily Report, recognizing him as one of Georgia’s most promising lawyers under the age of 40.

Randal M. McGinley, ’11, was sworn in as interim district attorney for the Alcovy Circuit on June 2. McGinley served as chief assistant district attorney since January 2017.

Ronald E. Daniels, ’12, was named as an On-the-Rise Lawyer by the Daily Report, recognizing him as one of  Georgia’s most promising lawyers under the age of 40.  Daniels was installed as treasurer of the State Bar of Georgia Young Lawyers Division on June 12.

Norbert “Bert” D. Hummel IV, ’12, was installed as the 74th president of the Young Lawyers Division of the State Bar of Georgia on June 12 at a swearing-in ceremony conducted by Justice Keith Blackwell. Hummel is a partner in the Atlanta office of Lewis Brisbois Bisgaard & Smith LLP.

Ashley A. Akins, ’13, was reinstalled as co-editor of the State Bar of Georgia Young Lawyers Division newsletter starting June 12.

Bingzi Hu, ’14, was recognized as a 2020 Elite Lawyer for her outstanding performances and contributions in litigation and criminal defense. Hu practices with Lowther Walker LLC in Atlanta.

Erica T. Taylor, ’14, received the 2019-20 Award of Achievement for Service to the Profession from the Young Lawyers Division of the State Bar of Georgia at its annual meeting in June.

Kindall E. Browning, ’15, joined the Macon office of the Georgia Legal Services Program as a staff attorney on June 1.  She was previously with the Houston County Public Defender’s Office.

Nyonnohweah S. Seekie, ’16, was elected a member of the board of directors for the Georgia Legal Services Program, serving a two-year term until 2022. Seekie has a general practice law firm in Macon.

Trevor J. Vanzant, ’17, and his wife, Brittany, proudly announce the birth of their first child, Bentley Reese. She made her grand debut on June 12, weighing 8 pounds, 1 ounce and was 20.5 inches long.

Morgan E. Lyndall, ’18, received the 2019-20 Award of Achievement for Service to the Public from the Young Lawyers Division of the State Bar of Georgia at its annual meeting in June.

Veronica N. Rogusky, ’18, received the 2019-20 Award of Achievement for Service to the Public from the Young Lawyers Division of the State Bar of Georgia at its annual meeting in June.

Maggie L. Conerly, ’19, earned her Master of Laws in international legal studies from American University Washington College of Law in May.  Conerly currently represents asylum seekers in immigration court in Washington, D.C.

Conley J. Scott III, ’19, graduated with a Master of Laws in taxation from the University of Florida – Levin College of Law on May 15.

Class Notes Reported May 2020

J. Christopher Clark, ’89, received the Macon Bar Association William A. Bootle Professionalism Award. The award is given to a lawyer whose conduct and interactions with clients, adversaries, courts and the public demonstrate an ongoing commitment to integrity, to ethics and to promoting respect and collegiality in the profession of the law. Clark, who serves on the Law School's Board of Visitors, is a partner at Clark, Smith & Sizemore, a personal injury law firm in Macon.

Jeffrey R. Hussey, ’89, was promoted to director of public interest and litigation at Community Legal Services of Mid-Florida Inc. (CLSMF) to ensure a strategic focus for program litigation and advocacy and provide technical assistance, co-counsel, training and strategic support on litigation and systemic advocacy and emerging legal advocacy approaches to CLSMF's diverse and highly talented legal team.

J. Jeffrey Deery, ’90, was named chairman of the Lake Highland Preparatory School Board of Trustees.  Deery is a shareholder with the law firm of Winderweedle, Haines, Ward & Woodman, P.A. in Orlando, Florida.

Connie L. Williford, ’00, is this year's recipient of the Macon Bar Association Lawyer of the Year Award. This award is given to a lawyer considered to have a high degree of professional ethics and a reputation within the legal community of a good moral status. Williford practices family law in Macon.

T. Joseph Boyd, ’04, is proud to announce the opening of his personal injury and workers' compensation practice, The Law Office of Joe Boyd. With more than 15 years of experience and $32 million and counting recovered for his clients, Boyd offers services throughout Georgia.

Canon Brown Hill, ’05, was elected president-elect of the Macon Bar Association at the organization’s May meeting.

Freda B. Coleman-Jackson, ’09, joined the Washington and Lee University School of Law as assistant director of its Office of Career Strategy. She was previously with Indiana University Maurer School of Law in Bloomington, Indiana.

William Horkan, ’09, was elected secretary of the Macon Bar Association at the organization’s May meeting. 

Kelsey L. Kicklighter, ’18, married Trey Bartlett on May 23 on Jekyll Island. Kicklighter is an associate at Hall Booth Smith, PC in Atlanta.

Abriana B. Horton, ’19, graduated with a Master of Laws degree in taxation from the University of Florida’s Levin College of Law, where she served as a graduate editor for the Florida Tax Review. Horton will join Grant Thornton as a tax associate in Atlanta specializing in mergers and acquisitions and corporate tax compliance.

Mark E. Beatty, ’98, was recently promoted to the role of senior vice president, global total rewards for ViacomCBS Inc. following the merger of the two media companies.  In this role, Beatty leads all compensation and benefits-related functions for the combined company.

Class Notes Reported April 2020

The Honorable Samuel D. Ozburn, ’76, retired in April 2020 from the Alcovy Circuit Superior Court, after serving since 1995. He has been appointed assenior superior court judge by the governor and will continue to preside over the Newton County Resource Court and other superior court proceedings.

Krishna G. Ramaraju, ’03, joined Syngenta in Durham, North Carolina, as assistant general counsel in February.

Class Notes Reported March 2020

D. Jack Sawyer, Jr., ’77, joined Cresset as managing director in the Atlanta region. He previously served as southeast region president for Wilmington Trust. 

Mark E. Beatty, ’98, was recently promoted to the role of senior vice president, global total rewards for ViacomCBS Inc. following the merger of the two media companies.  In this role, Beatty leads all compensation and benefits-related functions for the combined company.

Jeffrey R. Harris, ’99, was named to Georgia Super Lawyers' Top 100 list of attorneys. Harris, a partner at Harris Lowry Manton LLP in Savannah and Atlanta, is a 12-time Georgia Super Lawyer and three-time Top 100 honoree.

Jed D. Manton, ’06, was named a Georgia Super Lawyer for 2020. Manton, a partner at Harris Lowry Manton LLP in Atlanta and Savannah, is an eight-time Rising Star honoree.

Norbert D. Hummel, IV, ’12, was promoted to partner at Lewis Brisbois Bisgaard & Smith in Atlanta. Hummel is president-elect of the State Bar of Georgia Young Lawyers Division.

Michael G. Kaufman, ’15, married Sophie Loghman of Atlanta in Joshua Tree National Park in California. Kaufman practices personal injury and workers compensation in Atlanta.

Jasmin Severino Hernandez, ’17, joined the Atlanta office of Chamberlain Hrdlicka as an associate in its trusts and estates practice group where she works closely with private wealth clients to establish estate and business succession plans.

Beatrice C. Hancock, ’18, started as associate attorney at Chambless Higdon Richardson Katz Griggs LLP in Macon.  She previously served as law clerk at Dougherty County Superior Court in Albany.

Meagan R. Hurley, ’19, started as Alabama Fellow for the Georgia Innocence Project in September 2019. Hurley also started as adjunct professor of media law and ethics at Reinhardt University in January.

Class Notes Reported February 2020

 Robert A. Mason, ’88, was named to the 2020 edition of the North Carolina Super Lawyers. Mason is one of the first attorneys to be board-certified specialist in elder law by the North Carolina State Bar Board of Legal Specialization. He is also a certified elder law attorney by the National Elder Law Foundation, past chair of the Elder Law Section of the North Carolina Bar Association, and a fellow of the American College of Trust and Estate Counsel.

Jonathan J. Tuggle, ’98, has been recognized by Super Lawyers for 2020 in the area of family law.  This is the ninth year in a row for Tuggle, a founding shareholder of Boyd Collar Nolen Tuggle & Roddenberry in Atlanta.

Bradley M. Harmon, ’02, was selected as a 2020 Georgia Super Lawyer in the area of Business Litigation.  This is Harmon's third recognition as a Super Lawyer.  He is managing partner at HunterMaclean in Savannah.

Kristin Starnes Gray, ’06, was recently promoted to partner at the labor and employment law firm of FordHarrison LLP in Spartanburg, South Carolina. Gray focuses her practice on helping employers navigate human resources-related issues and litigation.

Erica L. Opitz, ’10, was named a 2020 Rising Star in business and corporate law by Super Lawyers.  This is her second year to be recognized. Opitz is a partner at Chamberlain Hrdlicka in Atlanta.

Barclay R. Taylor, ’10, was recognized by Super Lawyers as a Rising Star in the area of tax law. Taylor is an associate at Chamberlain Hrdlicka in Atlanta.

Christopher A. Steele, ’11, was selected as a 2020 Rising Star in the area of estate planning and probate by Super Lawyers.  Steele is a partner at Chamberlain Hrdlicka in Atlanta.

Nicolas D. Bohorquez, ’15, was recognized as a Super Lawyers Rising Star in 2020.  Bohorquez practices real estate law at Williams Teusink, LLC in Decatur.

Morgan G. West, ’16, and husband Eric are happy to announce the birth of their third daughter, Birdie Belle West, on Jan. 17.

Jasmin Severino Hernandez, ’17, was chosen as Latinx Community Impact Award recipient by Emory University's Latin American Law Student's Association.  The award will be given at their annual banquet in April. Hernandez is an estate planning and wealth management attorney at Davis Matthews Quigley, PC in Atlanta.

Class Notes Reported January 2020

Ray S. Smith, III, ’87, was appointed by Governor Brian Kemp, as Chairperson of the Stone Mountain Memorial Association for a term of office ending Oct. 24, 2020.

The Hon. Christopher W. Yokom, ’89, was appointed by the Fulton County Superior Court to be a presiding juvenile court judge in Fulton County.  Judge Yokom was previously a juvenile court associate judge for over 2 years.

Paola Parra Harris, ’96, received the Ultimate Attorney Award in Family Law by the Jacksonville Business Journal. Ms. Parra Harris was also recognized as a Woman of Distinction by the Girl Scouts Gateway Council and received the Business Leadership Award by the Jacksonville Mayor's Hispanic American Advisory Board. She opened her family law litigation boutique firm in Jacksonville, Florida in Jan. 2016.

Mason S. Weiss, ’97, retired from the U.S. Army after spending twenty years in the JAG Corps.

Jonathan J. Tuggle, ’98, founding shareholder of Boyd Collar Nolen Tuggle & Roddenbery, was named Fellow of the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers.

James A.W. Balli, ’99, joined as a partner in the litigation practice group at Taylor English Duma LLP.

Jonathan B. Zeitlin, ’00, was promoted to assistant legal attaché at the US.. Embassy in Sarajevo, Bosnia-Herzogovina.

Gregory K. Smith, ’01, was elected as a new partner at Smith Gambrell & Russell. Smith practices in both the firm’s Atlanta headquarters and its Washington, D.C. office. Smith has government contracts and construction practice, handling procurement and construction contracts as well as dispute resolution and litigation.

Jason E. Downey, ’03, was selected as vice chair of the State Board of Education.  Downey represents the 8th Congressional District of Georgia.

Zachary H. Thomas, ’04, was elevated as a named partner and the firm's name has been changed to Bergen, Bergen & Thomas to represent this appointment. Thomas has been a partner in the Savannah firm since 2013.  He practices medical malpractice and personal injury.

Jeffrey H. Perry, ’05, was elected partner at Nelson Mullins Riley & Scarborough LLP effective Jan. 1, 2020.  Perry practices at the firm's Atlanta office focusing on venture capitals and corporate mergers and acquisitions.

Matthew R. Brooks, ’08, was named partner at Troutman Sanders, LLP as of January 2020.

Patrick M. Mincey, ’08, was listed among the 2020 North Carolina Rising Stars. Mincey is a partner in the Raleigh and Wilmington offices of Cranfill Sumner and Hartzog, LLP.

Amber Aiken Pelot, ’09, was elected partner at Alston & Bird.  Pelot was recently elected as secretary for the Mercer Law School Young Alumni Council.

Adam F. Peoples, ’10, was elected partner at Hall Booth Smith, P.C. Peoples is a civil defense attorney at its Asheville, North Carolina office.

Seth K. Trimble, ’10, was made partner at Taylor English Duma LLP as of Jan. 1, 2020. Trimble focuses his practice in technology litigation and intellectual property disputes involving patents, trade secrets, trademarks and copyrights. He has nationwide experience litigating patent and trademark infringement cases, including cases in federal district courts in Georgia, California, Texas, Pennsylvania, Delaware, Florida, New York and Virginia.

Christopher A. Steele, ’11, shareholder at Chamberlain Hrdlicka in Atlanta, was selected to Georgia Trend’s  2019 Legal Elite in the taxes/estates/trusts category.

Ryan E. Spell, ’11, was elected partner at Coleman Talley LLP effective Jan. 1, 2020. Spell practices in the firm's Atlanta office focusing on commercial real estate and secured real estate lending.

LaToya S. Bell, ’12, was recognized with the ABA Government and Public Sector Lawyers Division’s Dorsey Award, for serving as an outstanding public defender.

 

 

 

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