Class Notes Reported February 2021
The Hon. M. Cindy Morris, ’84, of the Conasauga Judicial Circuit Superior Court, recently became chairperson for the Georgia Commission on Dispute Resolution. She was sworn in by Justice John J. Ellington, Supreme Court of Georgia, at the Feb. 3 Commission meeting.
Jonathan J. Tuggle, ’98, was recognized in the 2021 Georgia Super Lawyers for family law.
Jeffrey R. Harris, ’99, was named to the prestigious Georgia Super Lawyers' Top 100 list, making him a four-time Top 100 honoree. A founding partner at Harris Lowry Manton LLP in Atlanta and Savannah, Harris was also recognized as a 2021 Georgia Super Lawyer in the Personal Injury General: Plaintiff category.
Rosemary M. Green, ’00, was appointed judge on the Cherokee Judicial Circuit Superior Court, which includes Bartow and Gordon counties, by Gov. Brian Kemp. She was most recently the district attorney for the Cherokee Circuit.
Bradley M. Harmon, ’02, was selected as 2021 Georgia Super Lawyer in the area of Business Litigation.
Richard L. Perryman, III, ’02, was appointed judge on the Alapaha Judicial Circuit Superior Court, which includes Atkinson, Berrien, Clinch, Cook and Lanier counties, by Gov. Brian Kemp.
Jed D. Manton, ’06, was named a 2021 Georgia Super Lawyer in the Personal Injury General: Plaintiff category for his exceptional work advocating on behalf of his clients. Manton is a founding partner at Harris Lowry Manton LLP in Atlanta and Savannah.
M. Cayce Myers, ’09, was named director of graduate studies for the Virginia Tech School of Communication, where he is also an associate professor in the Advertising and Public Relations Division. His most recent book, Public Relations History: Theory, Practice, and Profession, was published by Routledge, an imprint of Taylor & Francis, in 2021. He resides in Roanoke, Virginia, with his wife Anne Caroll Myers, '09, and daughter, Cayce Anne.
The Hon. Candice L. Branche, ’10, was sworn in as chief juvenile court judge of Newton County on Jan. 1, 2021. Judge Branche was previously a magistrate judge and associate probate judge for Newton County and was formerly deputy chief assistant district attorney for the Alcovy Judicial Circuit. She is also a trainer for the National Drug Court Institute. She currently resides in Covington with her two daughters, Lexie and Lindsey.
Falen O. Cox, ’10, was named a Rising Star in the 2021 Super Lawyers list for Georgia.
Garon O. Muller, ’11, was listed among the 2021 Super Lawyers Georgia Rising Stars. Muller is a partner at Burnside Law Firm in Augusta, practicing personal injury law.
L. Rachel Wilson, ’11, was elected to serve as a board member of the Girl Scouts of Historic Georgia until 2023.
Doroteya N. Wozniak, ’11, was named partner at James-Bates-Brannan-Groover. Wozniak represents financial institutions and other clients in creditors rights, bankruptcy and other litigation and regulatory compliance matters, with a focus on cannabis banking, government-guaranteed loan workouts and data privacy.
Daniel J. O'Connor, ’12, was named a Rising Star in the 2021 Georgia Super Lawyers list.
Sara Kate Brannan Rumsey, ’13, was named partner at James-Bates-Brannan-Groover. Rumsey practices commercial real estate and banking.
Bryson M. Smith, ’13, was named partner at James-Bates-Brannan-Groover. Smith practices commercial real estate and banking.
Kate Reynolds Kirbo, ’16, and Barret W. Kirbo, ’16, announced the birth of their second son, George Hughes Kirbo, on Feb. 5, 2021.
Priya M. Patel, ’16, was recognized by Georgia Super Lawyers as one of the Rising Stars in 2021.
Jessica Canedo Wallace, ’16, and D. Jacob Wallace, ’16, announced the birth of their daughter, Sara Joy, on Feb. 6, 2021, in Columbus.
Morgan E. Lyndall, ’18, was named a Rising Star in the 2021 Super Lawyers list for Georgia. Lyndall was also awarded the Young Lawyers Division Award of Achievement for Outstanding Service to the Public for the second year in a row in June 2020. Lyndall practices personal injury law at Butler Law Firm in Atlanta.
Aurora Olivia-Lynn Kirbo, ’19, married William Reese Giddens, ’19, on Dec. 24, 2020, in Ashburn.
Clayton T. Kendrick, ’19, and his wife, Morgan, welcomed their son, Joseph Clayton Kendrick, on Feb. 6, 2021, at 6:23 a.m. He weighed 7 lbs., 11 oz., and was 20.5 inches long.
Estefania P. Ramirez, ’19, joined Forward Air Corporation as in-house counsel practicing labor and employment and contracts law. She was most recently an associate at Ford & Harrison LLP.
Anyssa V. Williams, ’20, announced the birth of her son, Caleb, on Jan. 24, 2021.
Class Notes Reported January 2021
Thomas H. Morton, ’49, was recently honored by the Meansville City Council for 23 years of service. Morton is 98 years old and has served as an attorney for 72 years.
Deborah D. Tillman, ’88, retired as chief assistant district attorney for Mobile County in Alabama after 25 years of service. Tillman previously served as U.S. Air Force Staff Judge Advocate (JAG) for five years upon graduation from Mercer and received an honorable discharge.
Margaret Daly Heap, ’92, was appointed to the Georgia Board of Pardons and Paroles by Gov. Brian Kemp.
Mark E. Powell, ’96, joined Holland & Knight's private wealth services practice group in Los Angeles, California, as a partner.
Rebecca McKelvey Castañeda, ’06, was named to the 40 Under 40 list by the Nashville Business Journal. Castañeda is a partner at Stites & Harbison in Nashville and Franklin, Tennessee, practicing family law.
Darryl W. Lunon, II, ’08, was named deputy general counsel and chief ethics and compliance officer at The Georgia Institute of Technology. He was most recently at Pennsylvania State University as associate general counsel and director of compliance.
Patrick M. Mincey, ’08, was listed among 2021 Legal Elite in Criminal Law and Litigation by Business North Carolina. Mincey is a partner in the Raleigh and Wilmington, North Carolina, offices of Cranfill Sumner and Hartzog, LLP.
Michaela Mericle, ’11, joined the family law firm of Naggiar & Sarif LLC as a partner.
Stephen C. Rogers, ’11, was promoted to shareholder at Maynard Cooper & Gale PC. He practices correctional litigation, general litigation, complex litigation and construction law.
Jenna Lasseter Carroll, ’13, was named partner at Nelson Mullins Riley and Scarborough LLP. Her practice focuses on representing commercial lenders, including commercial banks, life insurance companies, CMBS lenders and other fixed-income lenders in real estate finance transactions, and representing real estate developers and investors in commercial real estate transactions, corporate governance, borrower financing, commercial acquisitions and sales and real estate development. She and husband S. Jake Carroll, ’14, welcomed their son, Colton Carroll, on Dec. 26, 2019.
Evan C. Barker, ’16, was named managing partner of Howard Barker Lane, P.C., formerly Howard & Whatley, P.C. The firm handles family law matters throughout Savannah, the Coastal Empire and surrounding areas. Evan and his wife, Sharon Jackson Barker, ’16, welcomed their son, Hendley John Barker, on Nov. 19, 2020.
Hillary L. Freesmeier, ’16, joined BakerHostetler LLP as an associate in its employment litigation practice representing employers and organizations in federal and state litigation and administrative matters.
Ashley Countiss Thompson, ’17, married Nicolas Kammerdiener on Jan. 9, 2021, in Powder Springs.
Trevor J. Vanzant, ’17, joined The Shrable Law Firm PC in Americus.
Hannah M. Couch, ’18, joined Troutman Pepper Hamilton Sanders as an associate attorney in its Atlanta office after completing her clerkship with the Hon. Marc T. Treadwell. She was invited to be a member of the Georgia Bar Young Lawyers Division Leadership Academy Class of 2021.
Jacob S. Langley, ’18, was invited to be a member of the Georgia Bar Young Lawyers Division Leadership Academy Class of 2021.
Robert H. Malone, IV, ’18, his wife, Jessica, and daughter, Kate, welcomed Robert H. “Finn” Malone V, born on Jan. 21, 2021, weighing 9 lbs., 15.9 oz.
Anna G. Mills, ’18, joined Bowers and Gibson in LaFayette as an associate attorney.
Veronica N. Rogusky, ’18, joined the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission as a trial attorney in its Atlanta office.
Monique Jacqueline Bianco, ’18, married Nicholas Michael Shackleford, ’19, on Oct. 15, 2020 in Marble Hill. The Shacklefords met while attending Mercer Law.
Class Notes Reported December 2020
The Hon. R. Violet Bennett, ’81, was sworn in by Judge Tammy Thornton on Dec. 21 to begin her third term as state court judge for Wayne County.
Tyson Blue, '83, announced the release of "Hope and Miracles: 'The Shawshank Redemption' and 'The Green Mile' (Two Screenplays by Frank Darabont)", published by Gauntlet Press. This is Blue's second book and his first as an editor.
Stephanie J. Batcheller, '84, received the 2020 Wells College Association of Alumnae and Alumni Award for Distinguished Career in the Field of Law and Public Service as a Public Defender and Legal Educator.
The Hon. Vincent C. Crawford, ’90, was reappointed chief judge of the DeKalb County Juvenile Court for another two-year term.
The Hon. Lester Miller, ’94, was sworn in as the mayor of Macon-Bibb County on Dec. 30 after being elected to office in August for a four-year term.
Tabitha Ponder Beckford, '99, was appointed magistrate judge for Cobb County. Beckford currently serves as development officer for the BLSA Alumni Council.
Tomieka R. Daniel, ’02, received the Commitment to Equality Award from the Houston County Bar Association at its luncheon on Dec. 4.
Brian M. Jasper, ’11, was named partner at the Thomas Law Offices in Prospect, Kentucky. Jasper focuses his practice in plaintiff’s nursing home and medical malpractice litigation. Jasper and Tad Thomas, the firm's founding partner, won a $2.2 million verdict in August 2019 and a $5 million verdict in January 2020, both in McCracken Circuit Court in Paducah, Kentucky.
Christopher A. Steele, ’11, was named to Georgia Trend's 2020 Legal Elite in the Taxes, Estates and Trusts category. This is his fourth recognition as Legal Elite. Steele is a shareholder at Chamberlain Hrdlicka's Atlanta office.
Rahul Sheth, ’12, married Alice Jablonski in Atlanta on Dec. 6. Sheth was named partner at Bovis, Kyle, Burch and Medlin LLC in Atlanta, where he practices workers’ compensation and subrogation.
S. Jake Carroll, ’14, joined the law firm of Nelson Mullins Riley & Scarborough LLP as an associate in its Atlanta office. Carroll practices construction law and commercial litigation.
Kyle W. Sharry, ’14, was appointed by Gov. Brian Kemp to serve as solicitor general of the Barrow County State Court. Sharry is most recently a partner at Massey & Sharry LLP in Winder.
Amanda M. Morejon, ’17, joined the Macon office of Constangy Brooks, Smith & Prophete LLP, practicing employment and labor law. Morejon serves as Mercer Law’s Young Alumni Council president.
Andrew T. Bennett, ’18, received the President’s Award from the Houston County Bar Association on Dec. 4. This award recognizes a member’s dedication and contributions to the organization throughout the year. Bennett also served as the association’s IT director for the 2020 year and will serve again in 2021.
Samuel M. Lyon, ’20, joined the Sutton Law Group LLC in Marietta as an associate attorney.
Class Notes Reported November 2020
Frederick “Rick” L. Hooper, III, ’88, was elected chair of the Georgia Association of Manufacturers. Hooper is the vice president, chief legal & advocacy officer of Shaw Industries Group, Inc. in Dalton.
R. Hank Pittman, ’95, was named partner at Hall Booth Smith, PC. Pittman practices transportation, education, government, general liability, agribusiness and food and medical malpractice.
J. Felicia LeRay, ’05, was named partner at Hall Booth Smith, P.C. LeRay focuses her practice on healthcare law.
Elizabeth L. Evinger, ’16, and Jacob Daniel Meyer celebrated their wedding on Nov. 14, 2020 at the Country Club of Roswell. Evinger is an associate at Prieto, Marigliano, Holbert and Prieto Law in Atlanta.
Virginia Josey, ’16, joined Buzzell, Welsh & Hill in Macon as an associate attorney practicing personal injury, workers' compensation and family law.
H. Tom Shaw, ’16, joined the Thomasville law firm of Alexander & Vann, LLP, practicing general civil litigation. Shaw was most recently with Alston & Bird in Atlanta and previously clerked for the United States District Court for the Middle District of Georgia in Macon.
Catherine “Cat” Jenkins, ’18, was elected tax commissioner for Meriwether County in Nov. 2020.
Class Notes Reported October 2020
John H. Irby, ’88, was appointed by Gov. Brian Kemp to the Board of Directors of the Georgia Lottery Corporation.
John "Cal" Harris, Jr., ’89, joined the Atlanta business litigation firm Poole Huffman LLC. Harris was most recently with the Law Office of Kenneth Sisco representing Farmers Insurance.
Bryan D. Anderson, ’92, was promoted to executive vice president and president of external affairs for Southern Company.
Lynne Moore Nelson, ’94, was named court administrator for the Magistrate Court of Fulton County. Nelson was most recently chief of staff for Fulton County's District Attorney Paul Howard Jr.
Cheveda Grier McCamy, ’98, was appointed judge on the Alcovy Circuit Superior Court by Gov. Brian Kemp. McCamy was formerly chief assistant district attorney in Henry County. McCamy also serves as Mercer’s Black Law Students Association (BLSA) Alumni Council secretary.
Tomieka R. Daniel, ’02, was appointed a member of the Georgia Commission on Family Violence by Gov. Brian Kemp. Daniel received the inaugural BLSA Alumni of the Year award at the virtual BLSA Alumni Gala on Oct. 23.
The Honorable Robert W. Guy, Jr., ’02, was given the Governor's Award of Excellence by the Rotary International District 6920 for his outstanding service through leadership by example.
Timothy C. Sanders, ’03, was appointed Thomasville city attorney by the city council. Sanders is a partner at Alexander & Van LLP and serves as a member of the Mercer Law Alumni Association Board of Directors.
David Whitlow Frost, LAW ’10, and wife Michelle announce the birth of their son Adams Whitlow Frost on Oct. 3. Adams joins big brother David Brooks Frost.
Dustin E. Davies, ’11, was made a name partner, changing the firm name to Hasty Pope Davies. Davies is the first partner added since Hasty & Pope formed in 2008.
Hayley Strong Hall, ’11, is now a shareholder with the firm Davis, Matthews & Quigley P.C. in Atlanta. Hall focuses her practice on estate planning and wealth management.
Jasmin Morris Robinson, ’16, appeared on “The Afternoon Tea” radio show on REAL 1100-AM in Atlanta, where she discussed her mission to help thousands of black men and women become lawyers that make the justice system better.
Hayley McCoy Kehner, ’19, joined the family law firm Naggiar & Sarif in Atlanta as an associate attorney. Kehner was most recently a law clerk for the Houston County Superior Court.
M. Cole Walker, Jr., ’19, joined Hawkins Parnell & Young as an associate defending corporations and individuals in business disputes and premises liability.
Class Notes Reported September 2020
The Hon. David C. Morgan, ’81, announced his retirement at the end of 2020 after 24 years of service on the Indian River County Court bench. Judge Morgan and his wife reside in Vero Beach, Florida.
T. Martin Fiorentino, ’83, was recognized in the third edition of Florida Trend's Florida 500 list, highlighting 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.
W. Joseph Hollis, Jr., ’85, joined The McMahan Law Firm in Chattanooga, Tennessee.
Wesley T. Leonard, ’87, was elected judge of Troup County State Court, succeeding the Hon. Jeannette L. Little, ’79, who is retiring at the end of her term.
Connie L. Williford, ’00, was named Superior Court Judge for the Macon Judicial Circuit by Gov. Brian Kemp. Williford fills the vacancy left by Judge Verda Colvin, who was recently appointed to the Georgia Court of Appeals.
Scott A. Minot, ’01, announced the launch of Blue Sky Law in Smyrna on May 1, 2020. Minot is a partner of the firm, providing comprehensive employment and business counsel to the Atlanta community and beyond.
Wesley G. Person, ’03, was appointed Gwinnett County Recorder’s Court Judge by the judges of Gwinnett County State Court.
Lauren Shurling Kirkland, ’04, and husband, Kelly, of Swainsboro, welcomed their first child, Cooper Wade Kirkland, on April 24.
The Hon. Amanda Meloun Trimble, ’04, was promoted to full-time presiding judge for the Western Circuit Juvenile Court in Athens. Judge Trimble served as the Juvenile Court's part-time judge since 2016.
D. Barton Black, ’07, announced the launch of Blue Sky Law in Smyrna on May 1, 2020. Black is a partner of the firm, providing comprehensive employment and business counsel to the Atlanta community and beyond.
William E. Carlan, ’09, running unopposed, was named to the Canton City Counsel, representing Ward 2. His term ends in 2021.
Bryan T. Johnson, ’09, was elected Superior Court Judge in the Rome Judicial Circuit in June 2020, and will begin serving in January 2021.
The Hon. Rizza Palmares O'Connor, ’10, was recognized with the Best 40 Under 40 Award from the National Asian Pacific American Bar Association.
Natalia Polukhtin, ’11, was named among the top 25 investment immigration attorneys in the U.S. by EB5 Investors magazine, a leading industry publication. To be eligible, distinguished immigration attorneys must primarily file investor petitions and have their nomination supported by investment advisers, attorneys and clients.
Norbert “Bert” D. Hummel, IV, ’12, wife Christina, and big sister Mary Olivia, welcomed baby girl Harper Blair Hummel on Sept. 16, 2020.
Joshua D. Boyd, ’18, married Jordan on Sept. 12, 2020, in Thomasville. Boyd recently joined the Kelley Law Firm practicing workers compensation and personal injury law.
Class Notes Reported August 2020
David F. Sipple. ’72, was selected as one of the Best Lawyers 2021 in the area of Admiralty and Maritime Law. Sipple is a partner at HunterMaclean in Savannah.
Randall A. Jordan, ’76, was selected as one of the Best Lawyers 2021 in the area of Railroad Law. Jordan is a partner at HunterMaclean in Savannah.
David M. Calhoun, ’88, of Morris, Manning & Martin LLP, was recognized by the Daily Report as Most Effective Deal-Maker in 2020. This award recognizes transaction lawyers who get repeat business for how they achieve their clients’ goals so that both sides sign on the dotted lines.
Lester Miller, ’94, was elected mayor of Macon-Bibb County. Miller will be sworn in at the end of the year.
Jonathan J. Tuggle, ’98, founding shareholder of Boyd Collar Nolen & Tuggle, was once again recognized by Best Lawyers in America 2021 as a leading lawyer in the area of Family Law.
Bradley M. Harmon, ’02, was selected as one of the Best Lawyers 2021 in the area of Litigation - Construction. Harmon is the managing partner of HunterMaclean in Savannah.
Nicholas J. Laybourn, ’05, was selected as one of the Best Lawyers 2021 in the area of Litigation-Construction. Laybourn is a partner and the head of the specialty litigation practice group at HunterMaclean in Savannah.
Philip R. Potter, ’11, was selected as one of 18 Georgia attorneys to participate in the 2020-21 Georgia Trial Lawyers Association's prestigious Leadership Education and Advanced Direction (LEAD) Program. Potter is a partner at Westmoreland Patterson Moseley & Hinson in Macon.
Sheri Bagheri, ’13, announced the launch of her employment law firm, Sheri Bagheri Law, serving employees in all aspects of employment law. Bagheri also offers limited general counsel services to businesses that see the value in providing safe, equal and fair work environments.
Nicolas D. Bohorquez, ’15, joined the real estate practice group in the Atlanta office of Chamberlain Hrdlicka.
Ethan C. Hyde, ’16, accepted a career law clerk position with United States District Court Judge Tilman E. “Tripp” Self III.
D. Jordan Josey, ’16, was selected as one of 18 Georgia attorneys to participate in the 2020-21 Georgia Trial Lawyers Association's prestigious Leadership Education and Advanced Direction (LEAD) Program. Josey practices personal injury with the MacArthur Law Firm in Macon.
Elizabeth Manley Brooks, ’17, was selected as one of 18 Georgia attorneys to participate in the 2020-21 Georgia Trial Lawyers Association's prestigious Leadership Education and Advanced Direction (LEAD) Program. Brooks is an associate at Harris Lowry Manton LLP in Savannah.
Taylor Orgeron, ’17, joined Swift, Currie, McGhee & Hiers as an associate attorney in the firm’s litigation practice group.
Bruna Bretas Rodrigues, ’17, and William Richard Morehead celebrated their wedding on Saturday, Aug. 15, 2020, at Pierce Chapel in Macon.
Nathan R. Nicholson, ’18, was selected as one of 18 Georgia attorneys to participate in the 2020-21 Georgia Trial Lawyers Association's prestigious Leadership Education and Advanced Direction (LEAD) Program. Nicholson practices personal injury with Cook Law Group in Gainesville.
Jordan C. Spivey, ’19, joined the Macon Circuit Public Defender's Office. She was previously with the Georgia Legal Services Program in Macon.
Class Notes Reported July 2020
Jonathan W. Hedgepeth, ’91, was named to the SuperLawyers Top 100 list for the second year in a row. Hedgepeth was also included in the 2021 edition of Best Lawyers in America. He is a founding partner of Hedgepeth Heredia LLC, a family law firm based in Atlanta. He and wife, Jane, ’92, are proud to announce that their son, Warren Hedgepeth, entered Mercer Law as a first-year student in August 2020.
Mark E. Powell, ’96, was appointed to the Orange County Superior Court Mediation Panel. The panel is a collection of highly-accomplished legal professionals to which the court refers mediation work. Powell is a partner at Snell & Wilmer in Costa Mesa, California.
Robert W. Smith, Jr., ’98, was appointed to the Judicial COVID-19 Task Force established by Supreme Court of Georgia Chief Justice Harold D. Melton as an ad hoc committee of the Judicial Council. The mission of the task force is to assist courts in conducting remote proceedings and restore more in-court proceedings, including jury trials and grand jury proceedings, during the COVID-19 pandemic.
L. Scott Mayfield, ’99, was appointed solicitor for the City of Griffin Municipal Court by the Griffin Board of Commissioners. Mayfield is a partner at Smith Welch Webb & White LLC in Barnesville.
Bryan C. Ramos, ’99, was appointed by the United States Commission on Civil Rights to serve on the Georgia State Advisory Committee for four years. The committee will assist the commission with its fact-finding, investigative and information dissemination functions. Ramos practices workers’ compensation in Atlanta.
Jacob E. Daly, ’00, was awarded the 2020 President's Award from the Georgia Defense Lawyers Association. Daly practices tort and catastrophic loss at Freeman Mathis & Gary LLP in Atlanta.
Connie L. Williford, ’00, was honored as one of the recipients of the 2020 Justice Robert Benham Award for Community Service for her significant contributions to her community, demonstrating the positive contributions of members of the bar beyond their legal or official work.
Jad B. Johnson, ’04, was named the circuit public defender for the Lookout Mountain Judicial Circuit covering Catoosa, Chattooga, Dade and Walker counties in the northwestern corner of the state of Georgia. Johnson was most recently chief assistant public defender for the circuit.
Toqeer A. Chouhan, ’05, was appointed a part-time judge to the Cobb County Magistrate Court by Chief Magistrate Judge Brendan Murphy.
Q. Bonita Wang, ’05, has joined Blalock Walters P.A. in Sarasota, focusing her practice on tax, corporate and health care laws.
Emily M. Bradfute-Kolokoff, ’06, and Jeffrey M. Kolokoff, ’06, have welcomed son Isaac Wallace Kolokoff on July 16. He joins six-year-old Abby and two-year-old Jacob.
Afiya Folayan Hinkson, ’09, has received the 2020 Chief Justice P. Harris Hines Child Advocacy Award for her dedication to improve justice for children and families. Hinkson became the first African American special assistant attorney general in Forsyth County in May 2019. She is a certified child welfare law specialist.
Kathryn Smith Willis, ’09, has joined the Macon office of James-Bates-Brannan-Groover LLP as counsel in its general litigation and trial practice.
Margaret A. Head, ’10, was named partner at Cohen & Caproni LLC in Atlanta practicing estate planning, probate litigation, trust and estate administration, tax planning and business law.
Melissa M. Spearman, ’10, has joined Chamberlain Hrdlicka White Williams & Aughtry practicing tax law.
Wesley C. Turner, ’10, was elected partner at Krevolin & Horst LLC practicing commercial real estate and corporate law.
Josanne Celestine, ’11, has joined the Atlanta office of Hall Booth Smith PC as of counsel defending clients in transportation claims.
Elizabeth Pool O'Neal, ’11, was appointed assistant solicitor for the City of Griffin Municipal Court by the Griffin Board of Commissioners.
Devin B. Phillips, ’13, was promoted to partner at the firm Weener Nathan Phillips, which changed its name to reflect his promotion. Phillips focuses on business litigation and also advises individuals on estate planning and tax liability.
Warren M. Tillery, ’14, was elected partner at Smith Welch Webb & White in McDonough. Tillery practices eminent domain and local government law.
Ollena S. Bennett, ’16, has joined Bennett Law and Mediation Service LLC in Warner Robins. She was most recently a staff attorney with the Houston County Superior Court.
Kyle C. Owenby, ’16, was promoted leader of the elder and disabled abuse unit for the Macon Judicial Circuit District Attorney's Office. Owenby will also continue in his role as prosecutor in the general crimes division.
Yoojin Lee, ’17, has joined the Atlanta office of Nelson Mullins Riley & Scarborough LLP as an associate focusing on bankruptcy, creditors' rights and restructuring. Lee previously served as a judicial law clerk with the United States Bankruptcy Courts in New Jersey and Georgia.
Logan Moses Owens, ’17, has joined the Atlanta office of Carlton Fields as an associate focusing on complex torts, products liability, premises liability, transportation, bad faith litigation and business litigation. Owens was a former staff attorney at the Fulton County State Court.
Lauren N. Wortman, ’17, has joined Hall Booth Smith PC as a workers’ compensation associate in its Atlanta office.
Emily R. Wright, ’17, has joined the Adams Law Firm as an associate in March 2020.
Diantha V. Ellis, ’18, has graduated with honors with her Master of Laws in Business and Health Law from Emory University School of Law on May 11, 2020. Ellis currently teaches at Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College in Tifton.
Alex G. Myers, ’18, has taken the oath of office to become an associate magistrate court judge in Dawson County. Myers is currently an associate at Miles Hansford & Tallant in Cumming.
M. Chase Collum, ’19, has joined the McDonough office of Smith Welch Webb & White LLC as an associate practicing general civil litigation.
Brittain Z. Hunt, ’19, has joined DuBose Law Group LLC in Madison.
Meagan R. Hurley, ’19, an Alabama Fellow at the Georgia Innocence Project, has started co-teaching a Wrongful Convictions seminar at Samford University's Cumberland School of Law in Birmingham, Alabama, in May 2020. As a guest lecturer for the course, Hurley teaches students about post-conviction innocence work and Alabama criminal procedure, and she supervises student work on select Alabama innocence cases.
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.
Class Notes Reported in 2019
Class Notes Reported in 2018