Class Notes Reported September 2019
T. Martin Fiorentino, ’83, was recognized in the second edition of Florida Trend's Florida 500 list, which highlights the 500 most influential executives in different economic sectors throughout the state. Fiorentino serves as president of The Fiorentino Group, one of the largest government affairs and business development firms in Florida.
Brittany Adams Lavalle, ’08, began serving as disciplinary counsel for the Board of Professional Responsibility of the Supreme Court of Tennessee in July.
Adam F. Peoples, ’10, and Lucie H. Peoples, ’11, announce the birth of their daughter, Abigail Grace, on July 11. The family resides in Asheville, North Carolina.
Ronald Edward Daniels, ’12, and his wife, Maggie, announce the birth of their daughter, Joanna, on Sept. 6.
David B. Anderson, ’16, joined the Macon office of James-Bates-Brannan-Groover LLP as an associate practicing in all areas of banking and real estate law. Anderson resides in Macon with his wife, Megan, and daughter, Autumn.
Bruce D. Dubberly, ’17, joined the Macon office of James-Bates-Brannan-Groover LLP as an associate focusing in general civil litigation. Dubberly was most recently with Cooper Barton & Cooper in Macon.
Moses M. Tincher, ’17, joined the Atlanta office of Troutman Sanders LLP as an associate specializing in labor and employment litigation. Tincher recently served as a clerk for the U.S. District Court of Middle Georgia.
Class Notes Reported August 2019
Mark W. Clark, ’82, was included in 26th edition of the Best Lawyers in America. Clark, who has been recognized in the publication for more than 10 consecutive years, is the president and managing partner of the firm Clark, Fountain, LaVista Prather, & Littky-Rubin in West Palm Beach, Florida.
Susan P. McWilliams, ’82, was listed in the Best Lawyers in America for employment law - management, labor law – management, and litigation - labor and employment, and has been since 2005.
J. Daniel Speight, ’82, was appointed chief executive officer and general counsel of Planters First Bancorp. Speight was formerly a partner at James-Bates-Brannan-Groover in Macon.
J. Henry Walker, IV, ’86, chair and CEO of Kilpatrick Townsend & Stockton LLP, was named one of Atlanta's Most Admired CEOs by the Atlanta Business Chronicle at an awards dinner on Aug. 22. The award recognizes leaders who demonstrate a strong record of leadership, innovation, stellar financial performance, a commitment to workplace diversity and who have made significant contributions to the community.
Joan G. Crumpler, ’88, was promoted to director of legal services for the Georgia Department of Public Safety (DPS) on Aug. 1. DPS includes the Georgia State Patrol, Georgia Motor Carrier Compliance Division and the Georgia Capitol Police. Crumpler served as DPS deputy legal director for the past six years.
Laura F. Moorer, ’00, was appointed the new librarian for the District of Columbia Court of Appeals, the highest court in the district.
Stacy M. Youmans, ’00, was appointed by Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis as judge on the Fifth Circuit Court in Ocala, Florida. Youmans was most recently with the law firm of Blanchard, Merriam, Adel & Kirkland.
Jennifer Kennedy Coggins, ’04, joined Travelers Insurance on July 16 as senior counsel and claim center general counselor for the Tennessee and Ohio Valley Claim Center located in Franklin, Tennessee. She and her family relocated to the Nashville, Tennessee, area from metro Atlanta.
Adam Peoples, ’10, and Lucie Hartmann Peoples, ’11, announce the birth of their daughter, Abigail Grace, on July 11.
Candice L. Branche, ’10, was appointed associate probate and magistrate judge in Newton County. Branche was previously deputy chief assistant district attorney in the Alcovy Circuit.
J. Micah Dickie, ’16, joined Fisher Phillips' Atlanta office as an associate, counseling clients on best practices for mitigating risk of workplace incidents and defending against OSHA inspections and investigations.
Class Notes Reported July 2019
Kermith Watson, ’63, completed his most recent book, Evil Came A-Calling, the story of Tara Grinstead's disappearance and murder.
G. Neil Skene, Jr., ’77, is now vice president for strategic planning and policy at Pace Center for Girls, a nationally recognized non-residential program helping girls find a better path for their lives after involvement in juvenile justice, human trafficking or academic struggles. He is responsible for national expansion of the evidence-based program now serving 3,000 girls a year with 21 centers and 12 in-school programs throughout Florida. The first expansion will be in Neil’s hometown of Macon – a startup in-school program this fall in cooperation with Macon’s School-Justice Partnership.
Michael S. Pemberton, ’84, District Court Judge for the Ninth Judicial Circuit in Tennessee, was elected secretary for the Tennessee Judicial Conference.
Christina L. Hunt, ’85, will serve as an adjunct professor to lead the Public Defender Externship program at Mercer University School of Law. Hunt is executive director of the Federal Defenders for the U.S. District Court, Middle District of Georgia.
Sandra H. Taylor, ’86, was appointed by Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp as solicitor general for Troup County. Taylor served as the county's chief assistant solicitor since 2013 and serves as vice-chair for the board of the Georgia Department of Juvenile Justice.
Jay D. Mitchell, ’88, joined Jackson Healthcare as general counsel and corporate secretary in December 2018. Mitchell was most recently with King & Spalding in Atlanta.
Elizabeth K. Bobbitt, ’89, received the 2019 Assistant District Attorney Award of the Year by the District Attorneys’ Association of Georgia at the Prosecuting Attorneys’ Council annual summer conference. Bobbitt is chief assistant district attorney for the Towaliga Judicial Circuit.
Thomas R. Burnside, III, ’91, was re-elected to the Board of Governors of the State Bar of Georgia. Burnside will continue to serve in the Post 3 seat from the Augusta Circuit.
Margaret E. Heap, ’92, received the 2019 District Attorney of the Year Award by the District Attorneys’ Association of Georgia and the Georgia Association of Solicitors-General at the Prosecuting Attorneys’ Council annual summer conference. Heap has been district attorney for the Eastern Judicial Circuit since 2013.
Christian E. Hardigree, ’96, was appointed founding dean of the Metropolitan State University of Denver School of Hospitality, Events and Tourism, beginning Jan. 2, 2019. The School has an operating hotel and restaurant, with Tivoli brewery on campus for internships and work experience, and offers degrees in brewery operations, event management, restaurant management, travel and tourism, and hotel operations.
Sandra N. Wisenbaker, ’01, received the 2019 Solicitor-General of the Year Award by the Georgia Association of Solicitors-General at the Prosecuting Attorneys’ Council annual summer conference. Wisenbaker has served as solicitor-general for Coweta County since 2013.
Carl R. Varnedoe, ’03, won a record-setting settlement in the Southern District of Georgia for a deliberate indifference, civil rights claim, wherein a young man died as a result of the denial of life-saving medical treatment while incarcerated at the Chatham County Detention Center.
S. Elizabeth Hall, ’04, joined James-Bates-Brannan-Groover’s Macon office focusing on commercial litigation. Hall was formerly with CarMax Auto Finance in Atlanta.
Ivy Cadle, ’07, was re-elected to the Board of Governors of the State Bar of Georgia and will continue to serve in the Post 3 seat from the Macon Circuit. He was also elected to the State Bar of Georgia Executive Committee. The Board of Governors elects six of its members to serve on the Executive Committee with the organization’s officers. The Executive Committee meets monthly and exercises the power of the Board of Governors when the board is not in session.
Bethany A. Begnaud-Ströberg, ’10, established Begnaud-Ströberg Law Firm focusing on juvenile, real estate and estate planning law. Begnaud-Ströberg was most recently with the Ocmulgee Circuit Public Defender’s Office, where her husband, Kevin D. Ströberg, ’11, was recently promoted to chief assistant public defender. They married on Jan. 25, 2019, and reside in Milledgeville.
Robert A. Divis, ’17, completed his second year as editor of Developments in Administrative Law and Regulatory Practice, an annual publication of the American Bar Association. Divis practices consumer protection, probate/estate planning, and veterans law at Divis Law, LLC in Macon.
Ashley C. Thompson, ’17, joined Brian Douglas & Associates LLC in Atlanta on July 1, 2019, focusing on estate planning and probate law. Thompson was formerly with Dunlap Gardiner of Hiram.
Kelsey L. Kicklighter,’18, joined Hall Booth Smith PC as an associate in its Atlanta office, focusing on medical malpractice, products liability, government liability and long-term care. Kicklighter was most recently with Brown Readdick Bumgartner Carter Strickland & Watkins LLP in Brunswick.
Class Notes Reported June 2019
J. William Pierce, Jr., ’82, is listed as leading U.S. attorney in the area of real estate and secured lending by the Chambers USA 2019 guide. Pierce's firm Glankler Brown PLLC is based in Memphis, Tennessee.
Anton F. Mertens, ’87, started his own firm, The Mertens Firm, focusing on family law issues and family immigration matters. Mertens was previously with Burr Forman in Atlanta.
J. Jeffrey Deery, ’90, was selected as 2019 Florida Super Lawyer in general litigation. Deery is a shareholder with the law firm of Winderweedle, Haines, Ward and Woodman in Winter Park, Florida.
Darrell L. Sutton, ’03, was installed as the 57th president of the State Bar of Georgia at its annual meeting on June 8.
Ashley A. Akins, ’13, was installed as co-editor of The Young Lawyers Division Review, the newsletter of the Young Lawyers Division of the State Bar of Georgia, on June 7, during the organization’s annual meeting. Akins is an associate at Nelson Mullins Riley & Scarborough in Atlanta.
Tamorra Buchanon Boyd, ’13, welcomed her first child, Desmond, with her husband, Lamar, on May 12. Boyd has her own firm, Boyd Legal Counsel LLC, in Duluth focusing on business and intellectual property law.
B. Patrick O’Grady, ’13, joined the law firm of Harman Claytor Corrigan & Wellman as an associate in the firm’s Richmond, Virginia, office. His practice focuses on the defense of individuals, small businesses and insurers in connection with personal injury, premises liability, wrongful death and business litigation. Patrick has tried more than 100 cases to verdict in courts throughout Virginia.
Nyonnohweah S. Seekie, ’16, announced the formation of her own firm, The Seekie Law Firm, which focuses on CrImigration, the cross section of criminal defense, immigration law and the relating social justice issues in Middle Georgia and beyond. Seekie also graduated from the State Bar of Georgia Young Lawyers Division (YLD) Leadership Academy Class of 2019 and was elected to serve on the State Bar of Georgia YLD Representative Council representing the Middle District for the July 2019-July 2021 term.
Graham W. Davis, ’17, joined Progressive Casualty Insurance Company as a house counsel attorney in its Atlanta office. Davis was formerly with Downey & Cleveland in Marietta.
Hannah Beth Reynolds, ’17, joined the Atlanta office of Swift Currie McGhee & Hiers as an associate in its coverage and commercial litigation team.
Class Note Reported May 2019
Wallace E. Harrell, ’54, was appointed chief magistrate judge of Glynn County in April 2019. Harrell was previously deputy magistrate judge and a partner at Gilbert Harrell Sumerford & Martin in Brunswick for 55 years.
W. Joseph Hollis, Jr., ’85, was honored by the Chattanooga Bar Foundation as one of five new Fellows in 2019. The guidelines for selection provide that only lawyers who have “devotion to the legal profession, adhering to the highest standards of professional ethics, and for distinguished service to the organized Bar and the community” are honored as Fellows. Hollis practices civil litigation with the firm of Rainey, Kizer, Reviere & Bell PLC in its Chattanooga location.
Anita Wallace Thomas, ’89, was re-elected to the State Bar of Georgia's Board of Governors representing Atlanta Circuit Post 39. Wallace Thomas is a partner at Nelson Mullins Riley & Scarborough LLP and serves as a member of the law school’s Board of Visitors.
Sally B. Akins, ’90, was elected secretary for the State Bar of Georgia. She was recently a member of the bar's Executive Committee.
Denise D. Dell-Powell, ’91, joined Dean Mead in Orlando, Florida, as chair of the bankruptcy and creditor's rights practice group. Dell-Powell was previously with Burr Forman.
Jeffrey A. Watkins, ’92, was appointed superior court judge on the Cherokee Judicial Circuit by Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp.
Shondeana C. Morris, ’97, was appointed judge on the Stone Mountain Judicial Circuit Superior Court by Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp. Morris is a former deputy district attorney in Fulton County, assistant solicitor for the City of Atlanta, and has been a DeKalb State Court judge since 2017. She is vice president of the Mercer BLSA Alumni Council.
Robin Ann Golivesky, ’01, started her own firm, The Law Office of Robin A. Golivesky LLC, specializing in the area of workers' compensation.
Carl R. Varnedoe, ’03, was re-elected to the State Bar of Georgia's Board of Governors representing Atlantic Circuit Post 2. Varnedoe practices catastrophic injury and wrongful death law at Jones Osteen Jones in Hinesville.
Brandon L. Peak, ’04, was elected to the State Bar of Georgia Board of Governors as representative for Chattahoochee Circuit Post 2. Peak is a partner at Butler Wooten Peak in Columbus.
Phillip Eubanks, ’09, joined the music and technology company Q&A in May 2019 as the company’s chief operating officer. Eubanks was formerly the global head of strategy and operations for the creator services division of Spotify.
Jennifer S. Lowndes, ’09, joined Holland & Knight's Orlando office as a partner in its construction law practice. Lowndes was most recently a partner at Jones Walker in Atlanta.
Sunny R. Sandos, ’09, was hired as staff attorney for Johnson City, Tennessee. Sandos is the first woman to hold that position. She was most recently executive director of planned giving for East Tennessee State University.
Dustin E. Davies, ’11, was named partner at Hasty Pope LLP in Gainesville. Davies is a Young Alumni Council member representing Mercer Law Class of 2011.
Tyler James Oldenburg, ’11, was selected as vice-chair of The Players. The Players annually combines the best field in golf with the world-class venue that is The Players Stadium Course at TPC Sawgrass. Proceeds benefit Northeast Florida charities and have totaled $100 million since the event moved to Ponte Vedra Beach in 1977, including a record $9 million generated in 2018.
Ronald E. Daniels, ’12, was elected secretary of the Young Lawyers Division of the State Bar of Georgia starting June 2019. Daniels practices consumer law in Eastman and Perry.
Norbert D. “Bert” Hummel IV, ’12, will serve as president-elect of the Young Lawyers Division of the State Bar of Georgia starting June 2019. Hummer works at Lewis Brisbois Bisgaard & Smith LLP in Atlanta.
Alisha A. Dickie, ’16, joined the firm of Drew Eckl & Farnham LLP as an associate focusing her civil litigation practice on premises liability and insurance defense. Dickie was formerly with Moore Ingram Johnson & Steele.
Class Notes Reported April 2019
Hugh P. Thompson, ’69, is among 12 individuals who will be awarded the 2019 Lifetime Achievement Award by the Daily Report for leaving a lasting imprint on the legal community of Georgia. Thompson was chief justice of the Georgia Supreme Court and is enjoying retirement in Milledgeville with his wife, Jane.
Ann B. Bishop, ’76, joined Hall Booth Smith PC as of counsel in its Atlanta office. Bishop was formerly with Sponsler Bishop Koren & Hammer PA.
Michael S. Meyer von Bremen, ’83, was appointed to the Dougherty Magistrate Court taking the seat of retiring judge John F. Salter, effective May 24, 2019. Meyer von Bremen is managing partner of Hall Booth Smith PC in Albany.
Sarah S. Harris, ’86, was recognized by the Council of Probate Judges of Georgia with the 2019 Outstanding Probate Judge of the Year Award. Harris served as the Council's president during the 2018-19 term and was instrumental in achieving the Council's goals. Harris is the first female probate judge of Bibb County.
Sally B. Akins, ’90, will be presented the 2019 Distinguished Leader Award by the Daily Report for achieving impressive results in 2018 and demonstrating clear leadership skills that helped them achieve those results. Akins serves on the Executive Committee of the State Bar of Georgia Board of Governors and is a partner at Ellis Painter Ratterree & Adams in Savannah.
J. Jeffrey Deery, ’90, has been named chairman of the Board of Trustees of ELEVATE Orlando, a Central Florida nonprofit organization that equips and empowers underserved youth with in-school instruction, 24/7 mentoring and postsecondary preparation. Deery is a shareholder with the law firm of Winderweedle, Haines, Ward & Woodman P.A. in Orlando, Florida.
Kimberly A. Reid, ’97, was named Sylvester city attorney. Reid served as interim city attorney since July 2018.
Adam M. Walters, ’02, was selected by the American Health Lawyers Association to serve as vice-chair of the Physician Organizations Practice Group for the 2019-2021 term.
Jason E. Downey, ’03, was appointed to the State Board of Education by Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp, representing the 8th Congressional District. Downey is senior trial attorney for the Law Office of Nancy Phillips in Macon.
Rizza P. O'Connor, ’10, will be recognized by the Daily Report with the 2019 On the Rise Award given to promising lawyers under the age of 40. O'Connor is chief magistrate in Toombs County and current president of the Young Lawyers Division of the State Bar of Georgia.
Janene D. Browder, ’12, joined the Georgia Department of Law as assistant attorney general in the Regulated Industries and Professions Division. Browder was previously with the Georgia Department of Community Health.
Class Notes Reported March 2019
G. Douglas Dillard, ’67, established Dillard Sellers, a zoning and land use law firm in Atlanta. Dillard was formerly a partner at Pursley Friese Torgrimson.
D. Fred Lee, ’85, joined Drew Eckl & Farnham as a partner and opened the Drew Eckl Albany location on March 1. Lee is formerly a partner in the Lee Orlowski firm.
Matthew R. Hall, ’00, joined Mercer University as an assistant general counsel. Hall was previously with Spivey Pope Green & Greer in Macon.
Matthew M. Myers, ’03, announced the formation of his new firm, Myers Law Group, which is a dedicated real estate law firm serving Middle Georgia and beyond. Myers Law Group’s practice areas include commercial real estate, corporate transactions, residential real estate and tax beneficial transactions.
Walter B. Yarbrough, ’03, joined Taylor English Duma LLP in Atlanta as part of the firm’s expansion of its insurance defense practice. Yarbrough will focus on transportation and trucking litigation, governmental and constitutional litigation and insurance defense.
Jill U. Edmondson, ’05, joined Georgia Power as the new ethics and concerns manager in January 2019. Edmondson was previously with The Home Depot for 13 years. She serves as a member of the Mercer Law School Alumni Association Board of Directors.
Nicole W. Hull, ’09, was appointed as a member of the Supreme Court of Georgia's Commission on Dispute Resolution. Hull has her own law firm in Athens and is currently director of the Academy of Dispute Resolution.
M. Cayce Myers, ’09, was promoted to associate professor with tenure at Virginia Tech.
Erica L. Opitz, ’10, was promoted to shareholder at Chamberlain Hrdlicka. Opitz practices corporate, securities and finance and often serves as outside general counsel to her clients.
Christopher A. Steele, ’11, was promoted to shareholder at Chamberlain Hrdlicka. \Steele practices trusts and estates in the firm's Atlanta office.
Benjamin A. Vaughn, ’12, was appointed as the new county attorney by the Butts County Board of Commissioners. Vaughn is also the Monroe County attorney and the attorney for the Monroe County school board.
Mattie Hardin Tondreault, ’15, joined the law firm of Hardin & Ball in Lakeland, Florida, as an associate practicing civil litigation. Tondreault was formerly an assistant state attorney in Bartow, Florida.
Kyle C. Owenby, ’16, received the 2019 Public Service Award from the Georgia Chapter of the International Association of Special Investigation Units for his work prosecuting insurance fraud. Owenby is an assistant district attorney in Macon.
Joseph R. Padgett, ’16, joined Roden Law as an associate in its Brunswick office. Padgett was formerly with Hall Booth and Smith.
Class Notes Reported February 2019
Randall A. Jordan, ’76, joined the litigation practice group of HunterMaclean as a partner in its Brunswick office. Jordan is a frequent speaker on issues relating to the transportation industry.
Luanne Clark, ’83, was selected as a 2019 Georgia Super Lawyer. Clark practices alternative dispute resolution at Moore Clarke Duvall & Rodgers in Atlanta.
Sally B. Akins, ’90, was selected as a 2019 Georgia Super Lawyer. Akins is a partner at Ellis Painter Ratterree & Adams in Savannah. She serves on the Executive Committee of the State Bar of Georgia Board of Governors.
Michael P. Boggs, ’90, was appointed by Gov. Brian Kemp to serve on the Judicial Nominating Commission. Justice Boggs is a member of the Supreme Court of the State of Georgia in Atlanta. He serves as a member of the Mercer University School of Law Board of Visitors.
Margaret “Meg" Heap, ’92, was appointed by Gov. Brian Kemp to serve on the Judicial Nominating Commission. Heap is the district attorney for Chatham County. She is the current president of the District Attorney's Association of Georgia.
Gina Naccarato-Fromang, ’92, announced that her son, Mark, signed his National Letter of Intent to play college football at Centre College during National Signing Day in February.
Frank B. Turner, Jr., ’94, was appointed by Gov. Brian Kemp to serve on the Judicial Nominating Commission. Turner is a partner at Greer Stansfield & Turner in Covington.
Ross S. Schell, ’95, was named partner at James Bates Brannan Groover in Macon.
Jonathan J. Tuggle, ’98, was recognized as a Super Lawyer in the area of family law. This is the eighth year in a row for Tuggle, a founding shareholder of Boyd Collar Nolen Tuggle & Roddenberry in Atlanta.
Jeffrey R. Harris, ’99, was named to the Georgia Super Lawyers' Top 100 list of attorneys. Harris, a partner at the Savannah firm of Harris Lowry Manton, is an 11-time Georgia Super Lawyer and a two-time Top 100 honoree.
Bradley M. Harmon, ’02, was selected as a 2019 Georgia Super Lawyer in the area of Business Litigation. Harmon is managing partner at HunterMaclean in Savannah.
Darrell L. Sutton, ’03, was appointed by Gov. Brian Kemp to serve on the Judicial Nominating Commission. Sutton is currently the president-elect of the State Bar of Georgia and serves the Alumni Association Board of Directors as president-elect.
Kathleen B. Connell, ’05, was recognized as a 2019 Georgia Super Lawyer. Connell practices family law at Connell Cummings LLC in Atlanta.
Canon Hill, ’05, rejoined the Macon firm Jones Cork LLP practicing in the areas of education and employment law, following a brief absence when she practiced in Charleston, West Virginia.
M. Anne Kaufold-Wiggins, ’05, was appointed by Gov. Brian Kemp to serve on the Judicial Nominating Commission. Kaufold-Wiggins, a partner at Balch & Bingham in Atlanta and Vidalia, serves as president of the Alumni Association Board of Directors.
Quentin L. Marlin, ’07, was appointed by Gov. Brian Kemp to serve on the Judicial Nominating Commission. Marlin is a partner at Ellis Painter Ratterree & Adams in Savannah. He serves as a member of the Alumni Association Board of Directors.
Brooke Pettis Newby, ’10, was appointed by Gov. Brian Kemp to serve on the Judicial Nominating Commission. Newby is a partner at Walker Hulbert Gray & Moore in Perry.
Corrie E. Hall, ’11, was promoted to partner at James Bates Brannan Groover in Macon.
Jasmin N. Severino, ’17, was selected to serve on the University of Georgia's Young Alumni Council. Severino currently serves as the Leadership Academy co-chair for the Georgia Latino Law Foundation. She is an estate planning and wealth management attorney at Davis Matthews & Quigley in Atlanta.
Class Notes Reported January 2019
John A. Draughon, ’75, formed the Draughon Law Group in the latter part of 2018. The firm, based in Macon, specializes in business litigation with its primary emphasis on eminent domain and hospital law.
Pete Robinson, ’80, joined King & Spalding as a partner in its government advocacy and public policy practice and will be based primarily in Atlanta and Washington, D.C.
Kimberley S. White, ’88, was elected chief judge of the 10th Judicial Circuit, which includes Halifax, Appomattox, Buckingham, Charlotte, Cumberland, Lunenburg, Mecklenburg and Prince Edward counties in Virginia.
Robert S. Register, ’98, was named principal for Beasley Allen Crow Methvin Portis Miles PC. Register practices personal injury law in the firm’s Atlanta office.
Charles G. Warren, ’04, was appointed a military judge in the United States Air Force, effective July 2018. As part of his selection, he also graduated as the Distinguished Graduate of the Joint Military Judges Course, ranking first out of 42 in a class composed of military judge selects from all five military services.
Rachel R. Krause, ’01, was appointed by Gov. Nathan Deal, ’66, to serve as judge on the Fulton County Superior Court, effective Jan. 7, 2019. Krause was most recently a partner with Lewis Brisbois Bisgaard & Smith in Atlanta.
Elizabeth A. Carr, ’10, was named assistant dean of career services at Mercer Law School in December 2018. She served as director of career services for the past three years.
Nicholas E. Kelley, ’10, was named one of four new shareholder partners at Flake & Kelley Commercial and serves as executive vice president. Kelley resides in Little Rock, Arkansas.
Jessica M. Phillips, ’10, was named partner for Swift Currie McGhee & Hiers LLP. Phillips practices commercial litigation in the Atlanta office.
Dustin B. Weeks, ’10, was named partner at Troutman Sanders LLP. Weeks practices intellectual property in the Atlanta office.
Dustin E. Davies, ’11, was selected for the sixth year in a row as a 2019 Rising Star in personal injury by Super Lawyers Magazine. Davies works at Hasty Pope in Gainesville.
Brooke N. Gram, ’11, was promoted as partner at Balch & Bingham in Atlanta. Gram focuses her practice on civil litigation.
Sherry L. Johnson, ’16, established the Law Office of Sherry L. Johnson in Macon, focusing on bankruptcy law.
Danielle M. Tyler, ’14, was named to Knoxville, Tennessee's Top 40 Under 40. Tyler is the manager of legal affairs at Discovery Inc. and an adjunct professor of legal studies at South College.
Lauren E. Bridgers, ’18, and Nathaniel Q. Meyers, ’18, married on Nov. 17, 2018, in Savannah. Bridgers works for Santa Fe College in Gainesville while Meyers is completing his Tax LLM at the University of Florida Levine College of Law.
Class Notes Reported December 2018
Raymond C. Mayer, ’82, a retired Georgia prosecutor, published his first book, From Valor, Triumph, a work of military historical fiction.
Vickie S. McWaters, ’84, was sworn in as chief magistrate for Troup County on Dec. 21, 2018. McWaters was first elected to office in 1986 and was unopposed in the last election.
Jill Anderson Travis, ’86, was named executive director of the Georgia Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers. Travis previously served as deputy legislative counsel for the Office of Legislative Counsel.
Pamela White-Colbert, ’87, was sworn in as chief civil and magistrate judge for Macon-Bibb County on Dec. 28, 2018. White-Colbert is the first female and first African-American to hold the office. She served as an assistant district attorney for 30 years.
James M. Freeman, ’99, and his wife, Leah, announced the birth of their son, Maxwell Drayton Freeman, on Dec. 1, 2018.
Darryl Davis, ’09, was recognized with the Safe and Stable Homes Volunteer of the Year Award by the Atlanta Volunteer Lawyers Foundation at the Atlanta Bar Association Luncheon held on Oct. 19, 2018.
David Cheng, ’12, married Kian Wint on Sept. 18, 2018.
Clayton D. Franklin, ’12, and wife, Allyson, announced the birth of their son, Chandler Franklin, on Nov. 27, 2018.
Eleanor deGolian Kasper, ’13, joined the United States District Court in Colorado Springs, Colorado, as law clerk to the Hon. Kathleen Tafoya. Kasper was most recently with Alston & Bird in Atlanta.
Natasha Sarah-Lorraine Banks, ’16, joined Gordon & Rees Scully Mansukhani as a member of its employment practice group in Atlanta. Banks was most recently with Fisher Phillips.
Brittany E. Bennett, ’16, opened her own practice, Bennett Law & Mediation Services LLC, in Warner Robins focusing on business law. Bennett was most recently with Sell & Melton in Macon.
Alisha A. Humphrey, ’16, and J. Micah Dickie, ’16, married on Sept. 23, 2018, at the Atlanta Botanical Garden. Humphrey works at Moore Ingram Johnson and Steele LLP. Dickie works at Buckley Beal LLP.
Laci P. Kyles, ’16, joined the Fulton County Public Defender’s Office on Dec. 28, 2018. Kyles was previously employed with the Carroll County Public Defender’s Office in Carrollton.
Andrew C. Williams, ’16, joined Garson LLP in April 2018 in Toronto, Canada, exclusively practicing U.S. immigration law. Williams was most recently with Jaime Barron P.C. in Dallas, Texas. He completed his master’s degree in Latin American and International Law in May 2017 at the University of Texas at Austin.
E. Kayla Chiang, ’17, married Fernando Chen on Oct. 6, 2018. Chiang practices insurance defense at Drew Eckl & Farnham in Atlanta.
Trevor J. Vanzant, ’17, married Brittany Byrd on Dec. 28, 2019. Vanzant is an assistant district attorney in Americus.
Class Notes Reported in November 2018
Jack G. Angaran, '75, managing partner at Georgeson Angaran, announced that his firm has joined the law firm of Lewis Brisbois Bisgaard & Smith LLP in Reno, Nevada, beginning Nov. 1, 2018.
William K. Boddie, '03, was elected House Minority Whip for the Georgia House of Representatives. Boddie serves as representative for Georgia District 62.
Margaret Elizabeth Heinen, '11, married Brandon Alexander Bullard on Oct. 28, 2018. Heinen serves as assistant public defender in the Atlanta Circuit.
Randi Adkins-Warren, '12, joined Aflac as corporate counsel. She was also selected as a 2019 Georgia Rising Star.
Kyle C. Owenby, '16, graduated from the inaugural class of the Zell Miller Leadership Institute in October in Savannah. Owenby is an assistant district attorney in Macon.
Jacob S. Langley, '18, joined Buzzell, Welsh & Hill LLP, a personal injury firm in Macon.
Class Notes Reported in October 2018
Jason E. Downey, '03, joined the Law Offices of Nancy W. Phillips, Staff Counsel for Allstate, Encompass and Esurance Insurance Companies as senior trial attorney.
Jarell Williams Oshodi, ’10, joined the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention as associate chief privacy officer. Oshodi was formerly with the Department of Justice in Washington, D.C.
Mary Susan Fitzgerald, ’11, was appointed as Assistant United States Attorney for the Southern District of Georgia. Fitzgerald, who lives in Savannah, was previously employed by the Chatham County District Attorney's Office.
Adam Owenby, ’11, was appointed a member of the board of directors for the Koinonia Foundation, a nonprofit organization in Fairfax County, Virginia, providing assistance to the underprivileged.
Nathaniel E. Edmonds, '13, joined James-Bates-Brannan-Groover LLP’s general litigation practice group as an associate. Edmonds and his family live in Macon.
Steven C. Ouzts, ’15, was appointed Assistant United States Attorney for the U.S. Attorney's Office in the Middle District of Georgia on Oct. 1, 2018.
James F. Banter, ’16, completed a two-year federal clerkship with Federal Magistrate Judge Charles Weigle. In September, Banter joined James-Bates-Brannan-Groover LLP in the commercial litigation and financial institutions practice groups.
Hillary L. Freesmeier, ’16, joined Freeman Mathis & Gary LLP in Atlanta as an associate in the labor and employment practice group. Freesmeier most recently served as clerk to the Hon. Thomas Q. Langstaff, U.S. Magistrate Judge, in the U.S. District Court, Middle District of Georgia.
Jonathan O. Nwiloh, Jr., ’16, joined the tax and wealth planning practice in the Atlanta office of James-Bates-Brannan-Groover LLP. Nwiloh was most recently with Moore Ingram Johnson & Steele LLP.
Roland Weekley, ’17, joined Moore, Clarke, DuVall and Rodgers Law Firm in Albany, concentrating his practice in the areas of taxation and business law.
Class Notes Reported in September 2018
Kenneth A. Jones, ’75, was named among The Best Lawyers in America for 2019 in the areas of eminent domain and condemnation law. Jones is of counsel at Roetzel & Andress in Fort Myers, Florida.
G. Keith Murphy, '74, published his first novel, Where Long Beards Grow: Untold Stories of Full-Timbered Men, Spanish Florida 1819. Murphy lives in Moultrie.
James Freeman, '99, was appointed chief judge for the City of Perry, Georgia Municipal Court.
Jacqueline R. Bretell, ’11, was named to the Top 40 Under 40 in Nevada by the National Trial Lawyers, and was also listed as a 2018 Rising Star by Super Lawyers. Bretell is a partner at Bighorn Law in Las Vegas.
Class Notes Reported in August 2018
David F. Sipple, ’72, was selected as one of the Best Lawyers 2019 in the area of admiralty and maritime law. He has been recognized by Best Lawyers in this area consistently since 1995. Sipple is a partner at HunterMaclean in Savannah.
Robert M. Ott, ’76, rector of St. John's Episcopal Church in Monterey, California, was appointed president of the Episcopal Church Province 8 (Ecclesiastical) Court of Review, which includes Alaska, Washington, Oregon, California, Arizona, Utah, Hawaii and Micronesia.
John C. Carbo, III, ’79, retired after 29 years on the State Court bench in Clayton County. Carbo now serves as a senior judge, filling in Superior and State courts throughout metro Atlanta. He and wife Linda celebrated 40 years of marriage on June 24.
Sarah Stevenson Harris, ’86, judge of the Probate Court of Bibb County, was sworn in as the current president of the Georgia Council of Probate Court Judges and as a member of the Judicial Council of Georgia.
Rebecca L. Grist, ’94, has been named 2018 Solicitor-General of the Year by the Georgia Association of Solicitors-General at the Prosecuting Attorneys Council Annual Meeting in July.
Kevin M. Farmer, ’96, was elected judge for the Fulton County Superior Court in a runoff that was held on July 24. Farmer was senior assistant district attorney for Clayton County in Jonesboro.
Bryan Scott, '98, has stepped away from his law practice to launch a retail business named 'Worthwhile Pursuits' that has produced a popular hide-and-seek game for kids called Find Me Funzy the Fox.
Jonathan J. Tuggle, ’98, was listed as one of the Best Lawyers for 2019 in the area of family law. This is his sixth recognition in this area from Best Lawyers. Tuggle is a founding partner at Boyd Collar Nolen & Tuggle in Atlanta.
R. Ross Burris, ’01, is currently a shareholder in the healthcare litigation group at Polsinelli PC in Atlanta. Burris and his wife, Meredith, have two children, Ben (7) and Caroline Faye (5).
Chad C. Hastings, ’01, is a partner at Lesser, Lesser, Landy & Smith practicing personal injury law. Hastings has been married to Carrie Ann for 11 years and has two children, Landon (6) and Alessandra (2). He recently completed his term as the chair of the Martin County United Way, and he serves on the Martin County Chamber of Commerce Leadership Board as well the Legal Aid of Martin County Board. Hastings lives in Palm Beach Gardens, Florida.
Leslee L. Mitchell, ’01, of Nashville, Tennessee, became a photographer in 2009, specializing in several genres of photography including: interior design, landscape architecture, product, environmental and wedding photography. In addition, she runs an online art store from where she sells her wildly popular Matchbox car series. Her work can be found in Architectural Digest, Better Homes & Gardens, Southern Living, Country Living, and BRIDE magazine. Her work also graces the cover of several books, and she is a bestselling artist on One Kings Lane and has collaborations with Serena & Lily as well as with Crate & Barrel's CB2.
Bradley M. Harmon, ’02, was selected as one of the Best Lawyers 2019 in the area of litigation – construction. This is his second consecutive year to be listed as best lawyer in this practice area. Harmon serves as managing partner of HunterMaclean in Savannah.
John Anderson “Andy” Ramay, ’04, started The Ramay Law Firm in December 2016 with offices in Hazlehurst and Saint Simons Island. The firm handles divorce, personal injury, real estate litigation, probate and criminal law.
Sarah E. White Park, ’05, and husband, Brannen, welcomed twin daughters, Elizabeth Hadden and Mary-Stuart, on Feb. 23. Park is a partner at Westmoreland, Patterson, Moseley & Hinson LLC in Macon.
Jonathan E. Smith, ’05, was promoted to vice president and deputy general counsel of the Atlanta Braves.
Jason T. Allen, ’06, was appointed to the Florida Elections Commission by Gov. Rick Scott for the term starting Aug. 24 and ending Dec. 31, 2020. Allen is a partner at Bass Sox Mercer in Tallahassee.
James A. Robson, ’07, and his wife, Kate, proudly announce the birth of their son, Peter, on Aug. 11.
Michael E. Mayo, ’09, of the Mayo Hill law firm in Macon, is teaching “Introduction to American Government” as an adjunct professor in the Political Science Department of Mercer University.
Brooke Pettis Newby, ’10, has been named managing partner of Walker, Hulbert, Gray & Moore LLP in Perry, as of July 1.
Kristine S. Pham, ’10, joined the Georgia Department of Public Health as associate general counsel focusing on maternal and child health.
Thomas E. Branch, III, ’11, has been named president and chief executive officer of Pineland Paper Company.
Heather K. Hudson, ’11, was named equity partner of the firm Hand Arendall Harrison Sale LLC in Panama City, Florida. She also earned the recognition as a Board Certified Specialist in Education Law by the Florida State Bar.
Elizabeth Pool O'Neal, ’11, was recently appointed to the board of directors for the Georgia College Alumni Association. In April, she and her husband, John, welcomed their first child, Olivia. O’Neal is a partner at Smith, Welch, Webb & White LLC in Atlanta.
J. Daniel Cole, ’12, was appointed to the board of directors for the Young Lawyers Division for the 2018-2019 year and is serving another year on the Young Leaders Council for Big Brothers Big Sisters of Metro Atlanta.
Jonathan S. Futrell, ’12, graduated with an LL.M. in environmental and land use law from Georgia State University College of Law in May. In July, Futrell joined the City of Atlanta administration as assistant city attorney in its infrastructure and real estate group.
J. Travis Griffin, ’12, was named partner at the new Hogue Hogue Fitzgerald & Griffin LLP in Macon. Griffin focuses his practice on criminal defense.
Jessica L. Wallace, '12, was named Pro Bono Champion of the Carolinas Chapter of the American Immigration Lawyers Association. This award recognizes attorneys for their community-mindedness and dedication to the provision of expert immigration legal assistance to underserved members of the immigrant population of this country. Wallace is an associate at Ibrahim & Rao in Greenville, South Carolina.
Bryan S. Wilson, ’12, was promoted to deputy general counsel for the Georgia Department of Corrections.
Walter Booth, Matthew Jones, and Minerva Steele, all members of the Class of 2013, established a law firm, Jones, Steele, & Booth, focusing in the practice areas of plaintiff’s personal injury and workers’ compensation, and wills and probate matters. The firm celebrates its one-year anniversary in September.
Christopher J. Perniciaro, ’14, joined Gray, Rust, St. Amand, Moffett & Brieske in Atlanta as an associate where he will practice in the firm's insurance defense practice group.
Michael S. Weldon, ’14, established his own law firm in Atlanta focused on plaintiff's personal injury and wrongful death.
Ebony J. Brown, ’16, joined the Southern Center for Human Rights as a staff attorney in its Impact Litigation Unit in Atlanta. Brown most recently served as a clerk for the Hon. Leslie J. Abrams, United States District Court, Middle District of Georgia, Albany Division.
T. Alec Chappell, '16, was appointed career clerk for the Hon. Edward J. Coleman III, chief judge of the United States Bankruptcy Court for the Southern District of Georgia.
Anna L. Myer, ’16, and H. Tony Diaz-Caballero, ’18, married on July 2 in Atlanta. Diaz-Caballero joined the in-house legal department at Progressive, and Myer works at Counsel on Call.
Lee A. Hughes, ’16, JAGC, USN, LT, is serving as the sole legal assistance attorney for Naval Station Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, providing support for service members, their families, Department of Defense contractors and civilian personnel.
Christopher J. Lyle, ’16, and Alston Waldrip Lyle, ’16, moved from Gainesville to Columbus to merge with solo practitioner Don Morgan,to create the firm Morgan & Lyle P.C. They specialize in general business law, estate planning and commercial litigation.
Jamilynn Ann Brittain Stribos, ’16, married Michael Stribos on Nov. 4, 2017, and now lives in Houston, Texas. Stribos works as an attorney investigator for Bashen Corporation, a human resources consulting company that investigates employee harassment and discrimination complaints for federal agencies and private companies.
Christopher D. Childress, ’17, founded Childress Law LLC on June 1 in Zebulon. The firm practices criminal defense, construction law and personal injury. Childress was elected vice-chair of Pike County Parks and Recreation.
Robert A. Divis, ’17, founded Divis Law LLC in Macon. Divis is a participant in the Middle Georgia Access to Justice Small Practice Incubator Program.
Matthew W. Padgett, ’17, married Marcie McBride on Sept. 16, 2017. Padgett was appointed member-at-large to the Young Lawyers of Augusta Executive Board and was appointed a Southern District Representative to the State Young Lawyers Division. Padgett works for Huggins Peil LLC.
Class Notes Reported in July 2018
S. Phillip Brown, '67, was awarded for lifetime achievement in the field of law by Continental Who's Who in recognition of his role as a newly-appointed senior superior court judge. Brown has more than 50 years of experience and has been serving in the Macon Judicial Superior Court since 1996.
George A. Shahood Jr., '68, was honored by the Florida Bar Association for his 50 years of membership at the association’s annual luncheon in Orlando on June 16. Shahood served on the appellate court until 2009, the final 18 months of that as chief judge. He is currently serving as a senior judge for the 19th Circuit, which includes the Treasure Coast and Okeechobee County, presiding over civil trials.
Arch W. McGarity, ’77, is retiring Sept. 30 as chief judge of the Superior Court of the Flint Circuit, Henry County, Georgia. Judge McGarity has requested that Gov. Nathan Deal, '66, appoint him senior judge of the Superior Court so he may continue to serve the state in that capacity.
Thomas C. Bobbitt III, '78, was reappointed to the board of commissioners of the Magistrates Retirement Fund of Georgia by Gov. Nathan Deal, '66. Bobbitt is the chief magistrate judge of Laurens County and has served as a municipal judge for 37 years.
Daniel J. "Danny" Craig, '79, earned a Master of Theology from St. Leo University in August 2017. After five years of formation, he was ordained to the Permanent Diaconate of the Roman Catholic Church for the Savannah Diocese in May. Craig is a superior court judge in the Augusta Circuit. He and his wife, Crystal, have three children and seven grandchildren – all living in Augusta.
Lovett Bennett Jr., '83, was appointed superior court judge for Ogeechee Judicial Circuit by Gov. Nathan Deal, '66. Bennett was recently the municipal court judge for the cities of Brooklet and Register.
Maxine C. “Cindy" Morris, ’84, was appointed to the State Commission on Family Violence by Gov. Nathan Deal, '66. Morris is a superior court judge for the Conasauga Judicial Circuit and the presiding judge for its Domestic Violence Accountability Court.
Henry "Chip" Bachara, '86, was reappointed by Florida Gov. Rick Scott to serve the Fourth Circuit Judicial Nominating Commission until July 1, 2022. Bachara has been a member of the commission since 2011 and was served as its chair in 2012. Bachara is the managing partner of Bachara Construction Law Group in Jacksonville, Florida, and was featured in “Hard Hats and Law Books” in the July 2 edition of Jacksonville Daily Report.
Lloyd N. Bell, ‘92, was featured in an executive profile in the Atlanta Business Chronicle in June, which focused on his specialized practice at the Bell Law Firm. He founded his own firm in 1999 and has since recovered more than $100 million for patients and families of people killed or injured due to medical malpractice.
Victoria F. Darrisaw, '93, was appointed superior court judge for the Dougherty Judicial Circuit in July by Gov. Nathan Deal, '66. Darrisaw was formerly chief judge of the Dougherty County State Court in Albany.
Joy R. Parks, '93, was appointed superior court judge for the Enotah Judicial Circuit by Gov. Nathan Deal, '66. Parks was recently chief magistrate of the White County Magistrate Court.
Lauren C. Shurling, '04, married Kelly Paul Kirkland on April 7. The couple resides in Swainsboro. Shurling serves as assistant district attorney for the Middle Judicial Circuit.
Amanda M. Morris, ‘04, married Wendell Russell Trice on April 21. Morris is a partner at Hall, Bloch, Garland & Meyer LLP in Macon.
Amanda E. Meloun Trimble, '04, is serving as an adjunct professor at the University of Georgia School of Law. Trimble is a juvenile court judge for the Western Judicial Circuit.
Matthew P. Cutchen, '05, was promoted to commander in the Navy Judge Advocate General’s Corps. He previously served in the Pentagon and as adviser to the Justice Center in Parwan, Afghanistan. He currently supports the strategic deterrence mission at Submarine Group Ten.
Kevin C. Patrick, '08, wife, Tracy, and son, Michel, welcomed their little girl, Catherine Ann, on June 27. She was born at Piedmont Hospital and weighed 7 lb., 4 oz. In addition, Patrick was awarded the Ethics and Professionalism Award by the Young Lawyers Division of the State Bar of Georgia at its annual meeting on June 8. Patrick's law firm in Atlanta focuses on personal injury and wrongful death.
Jay H. Scholl, ‘08, and his wife, Jessica, welcomed their son, Everett Hayden Scholl, on July 1, 2017.
Susanna G. Patterson, '09, proudly announces the adoption of her fifth child, Charlotte Joy Patterson, on June 18. Patterson serves as court-appointed special advocate for children at the Central Georgia CASA in Macon.
Kathryn L. Powers, '09, was appointed to the State Commission on Family Violence by Gov. Nathan Deal, '66. Powers is a superior court judge for the Clayton Judicial Circuit.
Charles W. Wills, ’09, and his father, John P. Wills, recently formed Wills Law Firm LLC, with offices in Thomson and Augusta. The attorneys in the firm have more than 40 years of combined legal experience focusing in the areas of bankruptcy, real estate, timber law, estate planning, probate and general civil litigation.
Michael A. Coots, '10, and his wife, Jennifer, announce the birth of their daughter, Chloe Haven Coots, on March 30, 2017. She was born in Cuernavaca, Mexico.
Margaret A. Head, '10, gave birth to Harrison on Feb. 23. In addition, Head was appointed associate judge of the Cobb County Probate Court in July.
Matthew N. Massey, '10, and wife, Amy, welcomed their second daughter, Olivia Burke Massey, on Oct. 12, 2017, weighing 6 lb., 12 oz.
Allison C. Monyei, '10, was named staff ombudsman at Clemson University. Monyei was most recently associate ombudsman at the Food and Drug Administration’s Center for Tobacco Products.
Wesley C. Turner, '10, and his wife, Laura Jane, welcomed a baby boy, Daniel Moss Turner, on July 20, 2018.
Janene Browder, '12, received a 2018 Award of Achievement for Service by the Young Lawyers Division during the State Bar of Georgia’s annual meeting in Amelia Island, Florida. Browder was also appointed to the standing committee for Communications/Cornerstones of Freedom by the bar president.
Ashley A. Akins, '13, was recognized with the Award of Achievement for Service to the Bar by the Young Lawyers Division of the State Bar of Georgia on June 8.
Whitney C. Kenner-Jones, '14, opened Kenner Jones Law LLC in Atlanta in February, focusing on family law. Kenner-Jones previously practiced employment law at Portland State University in Oregon. Kenner-Jones and her husband have moved back to Atlanta with their two children.
Danielle M. Tyler, '14, joined the Discovery Inc. legal team as manager of legal affairs. Tyler is also an associate professor at South College in Knoxville, Tennessee.
Kathryn S. Dunnam, '15, and Bryant E. Harden were married. Dunnam works as an attorney in Albany for Hall, Booth, Smith P.C. Harden is pursuing a Ph.D. at the University of Florida in international relations.
Zandra V. Hall, '15, joined Mohawk Industries in Calhoun as an employment and litigation legal associate in July. She was formerly with the Department of Education in Atlanta.
M. Elizabeth “Beth" Gilchrist, ’16, was selected to serve on the editorial board of The Atlanta Lawyer magazine. Gilchrist is an associate at Hill & Watchko LLC in Alpharetta.
Michael S. Gilly, '16, joined the Tennessee Department of Children's Services as an associate attorney in its Knoxville office on July 30.
Nicole E. McQuiston, ‘16, joined Thomas Quinn LLP in its Houston, Texas, office as a first-year associate, specializing in federal workers’ compensation defense. McQuiston was formerly with King & Spalding in Atlanta.
Anelise R. Codrington, ‘17, joined the State Court of Clayton County in February as a judicial clerk for Judge Shalonda Jones-Parker. Codrington currently serves the Mercer Law School BLSA Alumni Council as its secretary.
Hannah M. Couch, ‘18, was named to Atlanta’s Power 30 Under 30, presented by the Apex Society, in June. Couch is currently completing a federal judicial clerkship in the Middle District of Georgia.
Class Notes Reported in June 2018
Donna P. Price, '79, JAGC, USN (Retired CAPT), is serving as an adjunct professor at the University of Richmond School of Law.
Michael F. Kemp, '81, was recently appointed chairman of the Armstrong Foundation of Georgia Southern University Board of Trustees. Kemp is senior vice president at Synovus Trust Company in Savannah.
David A. Phillips, '89, was appointed by North Carolina Gov. Roy Cooper to Superior Court Judge in Judicial District 27A, Gaston County. Phillips has been a criminal defense attorney in private practice at The Phillips Firm PLLC in Gaston County for more than 25 years.
Sally B. Akins, '90, was elected to serve on the Executive Committee of the State Bar of Georgia, where she also serves on its Board of Governors for the Eastern Judicial Circuit. Akins is a partner at Ellis Painter Ratterree & Adams in Savannah.
Kenneth M. Brock, '92, was elected a partner at Swift, Currie, McGhee & Hiers LLP. Brock focuses his practice in the area of worker’s compensation defense, where he represents employers, insurers, self-insurers and third-party administrators.
Brad J. McFall, '92, was reelected to serve on the Board of Governors for the State Bar of Georgia, where he has been serving continuously since 2001. McFall is a partner at Gammon Anderson & McFall in Cedartown.
Richard C. Foster, '95 joined Swift, Currie, McGhee & Hiers LLP as partner. He focuses his practice on motor carrier liability, commercial insurance coverage and general commercial insurance defense.
Elizabeth F. Latta, '08, joined Huff Powell Bailey LLP, as her firm Forrester & Brim announced a merger with Huff Powell Bailey in April 2018. Latta will continue her civil trial practice, including the defense of health care professionals.
Jennifer S. Lowndes, '09, was elected a partner at Jones Walker LLP. Lowndes focuses her practice in the area of construction and represents clients in the United States and abroad.
C. Troy Clark, '10, joined Crowder Stewart LLP as partner. He focuses his practice in the areas of federal criminal and complex civil litigation, including appeals. Clark previously served the Southern District of Georgia as Assistant United States Attorney.
Sarah S. Dumbacher, ’10, joined FisherBroyles LLP as partner in the Atlanta office, defending individuals, health plans and plan administrators in hospital billing dispute litigation. Dumbacher was formerly with Drew Eckl Farnham LLP.
John M. Franklin, '10, and Susan Franklin Phar, '13, along with brother George, announced the birth of Susan Constance on Feb. 4, 2018.
Rizza P. O'Connor, '10, was named one of the 2018 Georgia Asian Times 25 Most Influential Asian Americans in Georgia, chosen for their impact in areas that influence every aspect of Georgian's daily life. She was also recently installed as president of the Young Lawyers Division of the State Bar of Georgia, for 2018-2019. O'Connor is Chief Magistrate for Toombs County.
Bowen Reichert Shoemaker, ’11, has joined the staff of the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Middle District of Georgia, Macon Division. She and her husband Matt Shoemaker ’12 welcomed their second child, a daughter, in April.
Norbert D. “Bert” Hummel IV, '12, of Lewis Brisbois Bisgaard & Smith LLP in Atlanta was installed as treasurer of the Young Lawyers Division of the State Bar of Georgia on June 8 during the organization’s annual meeting. He was sworn in by Justice Keith Blackwell of the Supreme Court of Georgia. Hummel and wife Christina also announced the birth of daughter Mary Olivia on June 22, 2018.
Matt Shoemaker, ’12, is now of counsel to Jones Cork & Miller in Macon, and practices general civil litigation on behalf of individuals and businesses.
Eleanor L. DeGolian Kasper, '13, graduated from the State Bar of Georgia's 2018 Young Lawyers Division Leadership Academy. Kasper is an associate at Alston & Bird's Atlanta office practicing labor and employment law.
Joshua T. Hale, '13, was appointed to serve on the Foundation Board of River Edge Behavioral Health. Hale is the owner of Lighthouse Law Firm in Macon.
Belle-Anne Bowen, '14, joined Drew Eckl & Farnham as an associate. Her practice focuses on civil litigation including general casualty, premise liability and insurance coverage.
Lauren M. Childs, '14, graduated from the State Bar of Georgia's 2018 Young Lawyers Division Leadership Academy. Childs practices personal injury at Adams Jordan & Herrington in Macon.
Warner L. Kennon Jr., '14, graduated from the State Bar of Georgia's 2018 Young Lawyers Division Leadership Academy. Kennon works with Georgia-Alabama Land Trust Inc. in Columbus.
Priya M. Patel, '16, graduated from the State Bar of Georgia's 2018 Young Lawyers Division (YLD) Leadership Academy. Patel practices civil and business litigation at Smith Welch Webb & White LLC in Atlanta.
Nyonnohweah S. Seekie, ’16, married Cecil Richard Jr. on May 26, 2018, in Woodstock. Seekie works at the Macon Circuit Public Defenders Office.
Katelynn N. Henderson, '17, graduated from the State Bar of Georgia's 2018 Young Lawyers Division Leadership Academy. Henderson serves in the U.S. Air Force JAG.
Hannah B. Reynolds, '17, graduated from the State Bar of Georgia's 2018 Young Lawyers Division Leadership Academy. Reynolds is an associate in the Atlanta office of Lewis Brisbois Brisgaard & Smith LLP in the firm’s General Liability Practice.
Class Notes Reported in May 2018
Leonard O. “Pete” Fletcher, ’69, will be inducted to the Academy of Richmond County Hall of Fame in October. Fletcher has served as board counsel for the Richmond County Board of Education for more than 46 years and has represented the Columbia County Board of Education for selected legal matters since 1989 and as board counsel since 2007. Fletcher is a founding partner of Fletcher Harley & Fletcher in Augusta.
Bill Adams, ’77, retired Bibb County State Court judge and currently practicing with his son Brian Adams in the Adams Law Firm in Macon, was recognized by the Macon Bar Association as the Lawyer of the Year. His personal efforts since retirement to provide legal services to needy and low-income residents of Macon-Bibb County and to launch the Middle Georgia Access to Justice legal incubator program were cited among the many accomplishments that made him a worthy recipient of this award.
C. Michael Johnson, '86, judge of the Oconee Circuit Superior Court, married Jennifer McDaniel on May 1.
Chris Wolfe, ’93, a partner at Chambless Higdon Richardson Katz & Griggs LLP of Macon, was awarded the Macon Bar’s William A. Bootle Professionalism Award for his representation of the best of a lawyer’s ideals over the course over his 25 years of practice. Wolfe was lauded as the type of lawyer with whom both plaintiffs and defendants who opposed him would say they enjoyed working, even if they lost a case to him.
E. Trenton Brown, III, ’99 was appointed to serve as a judge on the Georgia Court of Appeals. Brown, formerly served in the Ocmulgee Judicial Circuit Superior Court, replaced Judge Tilman “Tripp” Self, III, who was appointed to the U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Georgia.
V. Sharon “Sharri” Edenfield, ’03, was recognized as a name partner with the renaming of Statesboro law firm Edenfield Cox Bruce & Edenfield.
Christy Crow Childers, ’05, of Childers & McCain LLC in Macon, began a one-year term as president of the Macon Bar Association at the annual Law Day luncheon in May.
Kathleen B. “Katie” Connell, '05, was named a Fellow of the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers. Connell is the youngest attorney in Georgia to receive the distinction of Fellow, and is one of only 32 Fellows in Georgia and 1,650 across the United States. Connell is a founding partner of the Atlanta-based family law firm of Connell Cummings.
Jeffrey H. Perry, '05, and his wife, Elizabeth, welcomed their second son, Jack, in April. He joined his brother, Ben, who is 13 months old. Perry recently joined Nelson Mullins as a member of the firm's premier emerging growth and venture capital practice in Atlanta.
John R.B. “Jack" Long, ’06, was elected to serve on the board of governors for the State Bar of Georgia representing the Augusta Circuit.
Ivy Cadle, ’07, completed his year of service as president of the Macon Bar Association in May and was recognized for his efforts to increase attendance at monthly meetings, accruing a financial surplus in the association’s accounts, and expanding outreach in the community. He practices in Baker Donelson’s Macon office.
Michael E. Mayo, ’09, and Michael B. Hill, ’13, recently formed the law firm of Mayo | Hill based in Macon,. The firm serves clients throughout the state, specializing in cases involving catastrophic injury and/or medical malpractice.
Arthur R. York, 09, joined Atlanta-based Rafi Law Firm in March. He will continue to represent individuals and families impacted by death or catastrophic injuries in cases involving negligent security, car and trucking crashes, and other types of negligence.
Marshall Lee Portivent, Jr., ’12, joined Hasty Pope LLP practicing worker’s compensation law in Canton. He was formerly with Moore Ingram Johnson & Steele LLP.
Jasmin N. Severino, ’17, joined Davis, Matthews & Quigley P.C. in Atlanta as an associate where she will practice in firm’s estate planning and probate, corporate law and taxation sections.
Class Notes Reported in April 2018
Jimmie H. Brown, ’83, was elected to the Superior Court of the Southwestern Judicial Circuit in 2016, and is serving the second year of his term. He and his wife, Tina, live in Leesburg, where he is a deacon and Sunday school teacher in his church..
Dianne Goetz Yamin, ’86, and her husband, Robert Yamin, were recognized with an Official Citation by the State of Connecticut General Assembly during Danbury Day at the Capitol for their considerable civic and philanthropic efforts. She is serving her seventh term as probate judge for the Danbury district.
John D. Mills, ’89, published his seventh novel, Pineland Gold. He lives in Ft. Myers, Florida.
C. Courtenay Miller DuFour, ’08, married Brian Christopher Dufour in Savannah in December 2017. The Dufours live in New Orleans.
Kaitlin and William Hammill, ’13, announce the birth of their daughter, Emery Kate, born April 16.
Class Notes Reported in March 2018
W. Louis Sands, '74, will be recognized with the 2018 Tradition of Excellence Award at the State Bar of Georgia's Annual Meeting in June. The Tradition of Excellence Award is presented to four outstanding Bar members by the General Practice & Trial Law Section.
Mitchell D. Broudy, '85, was named the 2018 recipient of the Family Law Service Award by the Virginia State Bar's Family Law Section. He is a senior assistant attorney general for the Eastern Virginia Regional Legal Division of Child Support Enforcement in Norfolk, Virginia.
Karen Karabinos, ’86, was selected to join the International Association of Defense Counsel (IADC), which is an invitation-only association for lawyers and insurance executives who represent corporate and insurance interests around the world. She is a partner of Drew Eckl Farnham LLP Law in Atlanta.
J. Christopher Clark, '89, will be recognized with the 2018 Tradition of Excellence Award at the State Bar of Georgia's Annual Meeting in June. The Tradition of Excellence Award is presented to four outstanding Bar members by the General Practice & Trial Law Section. He is a partner at Clark & Smith Law Firm LLC in Macon.
Sally B. Akins, ’90, will be recognized with the 2018 Tradition of Excellence Award at the State Bar of Georgia's Annual Meeting in June. The Tradition of Excellence Award is presented to four outstanding Bar members by the General Practice & Trial Law Section. She is a partner at Ellis Painter Ratterree Adams LLP in Savannah
Denise Dell-Powell, ’91, was inducted as a Fellow into the American College of Bankruptcy on March 16 in Washington, D.C., in recognition of professional excellence and exceptional contributions to the fields of bankruptcy and insolvency. Dell-Powell is a partner at the Orlando office of Burr Forman LLP.
Emilie Taylor Cook, ’12, opened Cook Law Firm LLC in Milledgeville to serve the Ocmulgee Circuit in the areas of probate, wills and estate and child dependency law. Cook is formerly a partner at Cansino, Petty & Stribling LLP.
Shannon L. Mills, ’17, was selected as one of 11 Equal Justice Works Fellows serving at Georgia Legal Services Program in Macon, a nonprofit legal organization. Mills will provide support and defense to tenants living in project-based Section 8 and public housing who are facing eviction or living in substandard conditions.
Hannah B. Reynolds, ’17, joined Lewis Brisbois Bisgaard & Smith LLP in Atlanta.
Class Notes Reported in February 2018
Christina L. Hunt, ’85, married Steven Davis on April 22, 2017.
Charles E. Reynolds, II, ’88, was one of two attorneys in the state of Florida appointed by the Florida Bar Board of Governors to serve on the Supreme Court's Judicial Ethics Advisory Committee. The committee issues written opinions regarding judicial conduct both in and out of the courtroom including election issues. His term runs through 2022.
J. Kevin Chason,’87, Chief Judge of the South Georgia Judicial Circuit, was designated to serve on the Supreme Court of Georgia in place of Justice Britt C. Grant on Feb. 5, 2018, in the Appeal of Campaign for Accountability v Consumer Credit Research Foundation (S17G1676) and the Board of Regents v Consumer Credit Research Foundation (S17G1677).
Ann-Marie McGaughey, ’93, was appointed the new managing partner of the Atlanta office of Squire Patton Boggs.
Clayton W. Thompson, II, ’97, joined DLA Piper’s intellectual property and technology practice as a partner in its Silicon Valley office.
Todd Hedgpeth, ’98, joined the public accounting firm MBAF as a director in the tax and accounting department, and will be based in the firm’s Boca Raton, Florida, office.
Kate Cook, ’02, and Matt Cook, ’99, partners of Gainesville’s Cook Law Group, successfully tried a plaintiff’s case wherein a Cobb County jury returned a $2.7 million verdict.
Bradley M. Harmon, ’02, of Hunter Maclean in Savannah, was selected as 2018 Georgia Super Lawyer in business litigation.
Canon B. Hill, ’05, joined the education law team at Bowles Rice in West Virginia after successfully passing the West Virginia Bar. Hill most recently practiced in Georgia and the District of Columbia.
Walter E. Jones, ’05, of Balch Bingham in Atlanta, was selected as 2018 Georgia Rising Star in business litigation.
M. Anne Kaufold-Wiggins, ’05, of Balch Bingham in Atlanta, was selected as 2018 Georgia Super Lawyer in personal injury general: defense. Kaufold-Wiggins received the Rising Star distinction for this practice area in 2017.
Nicholas J. Laybourn, ’05, of Hunter Maclean in Savannah, was selected as 2018 Georgia Rising Star in business litigation.
John H. Cranford, Jr., ’12, was appointed as district attorney of the Coweta Judicial Circuit by Gov. Nathan Deal, ’66, effective Feb. 7, 2018.
R. Matthew (“Matt”) Shoemaker, ’12, formerly with Swift, Currie, McGhee & Hiers, LLP, has joined Jones Cork, LLP, in Macon. Shoemaker has a general civil litigation practice, including insurance defense, premises liability defense, products liability defense, insurance coverage, business litigation and medical malpractice defense.
R. Andrew (Drew) Snider, ’15, was recognized as a 2018 “rising star” in family law by the American Institute of Legal Advocates (AIOLA).
David Greenberg, ’16, recently won the ABA Section of Taxation’s 17th annual Law Student Tax Challenge along with fellow student Dan Masciello. Greenberg is currently an LLM student at Villanova University.
Class Notes Reported in January 2018
Tommy T. Holland, '62, was recognized by the Chief Justice's Commission on Professionalism with the 2018 Justice Robert Benham Award for Community Service in the Jonesboro District.
William “Bill" E. Boyes, '70, was named to the 2018 Florida Super Lawyers in the areas of Estate Planning and Probate. Boyes has been board certified by the Florida Bar in wills, trusts and estates for more than 25 years, and has been AV rated by Martindale-Hubbell for more than 30 years. Boyes is also a Fellow of the prestigious American College of Trust and Estate Counsel (ACTEC) and has been a member of the ACTEC Fiduciary Litigation Committee since 1997.
George C. Reid, '73, launched a new boutique mediation firm, Bridgewater Resolution Group, focusing on high-net-worth families and closely-held businesses.
Ann B. Bishop, '76, was recognized by the Chief Justice's Commission on Professionalism with the 2018 Justice Robert Benham Award for Community Service in the Atlanta District.
Jonathan A. Weintraub, '79, was appointed Chief Judge of the Municipal Court of the City of Stonecrest in September 2017.
Gregory W. Edwards, '83, was recognized by the Chief Justice's Commission on Professionalism with the 2018 Justice Robert Benham Award for Community Service in the Albany District.
Kathryn M. Schrader, '87, was recognized by the Chief Justice's Commission on Professionalism with the 2018 Justice Robert Benham Award for Community Service in the Lawrenceville District.
Lise L. Hudson, '88, joined The Expert Network, an invitation-only service for distinguished professionals. Hudson has been chosen as a distinguished lawyer based on peer reviews and ratings, recognitions and accomplishments achieved throughout her career.
James G. Tunison, Jr., '88, Superior Court Judge in the Southern Judicial Circuit, was designated to serve on the Supreme Court of Georgia in place of Justice Britt C. Grant on Jan. 23, 2018, in the appeal of New Cingular Wireless PCS, LLC et al. v. Georgia Department of Revenue et al. (S17G1256).
D. Jay Stewart, '91, Atlantic Judicial Circuit Superior Court Judge, was appointed as a designee to serve on the Supreme Court of Georgia in place of Justice Nels S. D. Peterson on Jan. 23, 2018, in the appeal of New Cingular Wireless PCS, LLC et al. v. Georgia Department of Revenue et al. (S17G1256).
E. Trenton Brown, III, '99, was appointed the designee to replace Justice Michael P. Boggs '90, on the Supreme Court of Georgia on Jan. 22, 2018, to hear the oral arguments in a case that involves the Georgia Power Company. Brown was appointed to the Ocmulgee Circuit Superior Court in 2012.
Gregory K. Smith, '01, joined Smith Gambrell & Russell LLP as Counsel in its Construction Law practice in Atlanta.
Carl Varnedoe, '03, recently obtained a $2.2 million verdict for a client who sustained major injuries as a result of a fall through an open hatch on a casino ship. The verdict was featured in the Jan. 11 edition of Fulton County Daily Report.
Patrick M. Mincey, '08, was recognized as a 2018 Legal Elite in Criminal Law by Business North Carolina. He was also recognized by North Carolina Super Lawyers magazine as Rising Star in White Collar Criminal Defense. Mincey is the chair of the white collar and criminal defense group at Cranfill Sumner & Hartzog LLP. Mincey and wife, Lydia, are also proud to announce the birth of their daughter, Marielle Poe Mincey, on April 17, 2016.
Emily Macheski-Preston, '10, was named a partner of Coleman Talley LLP. Macheski-Preston specializes in local government law, zoning and affordable housing property management.
Brittany Flowe Reese, '10, and her husband, Matt, announce the birth of their daughter, Lander Elizabeth, on Nov. 22, 2017. She was welcomed with love by big sister Merritt. Reese is associate counsel for Hubbell Lighting Inc. in Greenville, South Carolina.
J. Daniel Cole, '12, joined Parks Chesin & Walbert PC as an associate.
Kyle C. Owenby, '16, joined the Macon Judicial Circuit as an assistant district attorney.
D. Jake Wallace, '16, joined Morris, Manning, and Martin, LLP on Jan. 22, 2018, where he practices residential real estate, business law, and probate and estate planning.
Caitlyn D. Clark, '17, joined James Bates Brannan Groover LLP as civil litigation associate.
Graham W. Davis, '17, started a position as an associate with Downey & Cleveland LLP in Marietta.