Class Notes Reported in October 2015
Zandra V. Hall, '15, joined the Office of the DeKalb County Solicitor-General as Assistant Solicitor General in the Traffic Court Division of DeKalb County State Court.
Bradley M. Harmon, '02, was recognized as one of Georgia Trend's "40 Under 40" for 2015. Harmon, a partner in Hunter Maclean's Savannah office, joined the firm in 2006 and has established a strong practice as a business litigator, representing logistics companies, hospitals, financial institutions, builders, industrial manufacturers, and other businesses in commercial disputes and OSHA claims.
Nigel Phiri, '15, joined the law firm of Elarbee Thompson working closely with the firm's partners and associates in the representation of public and private employers in the areas of complex litigation and labor and employment law.
John M. Wanalista, '07, joined David Pattillo & Associates in Johns Creek as a Senior Vice President. He most recently served as Vice President at a global engineering, consulting, construction and operations firm.
Class Notes Reported in September 2015
Heather Calhoun, '05, was named to the Fulton County Daily Report's "40 on the Rise". Calhoun is the Division Lead Counsel for Aaron's, Inc. and manages legal issues for four geographic divisions of Aaron's as well as HomeSmart, which encompasses more than 500 stores.
Dustin Davies, '11, was named to the Fulton County Daily Report's "40 on the Rise". Davies joined Atlanta's Hasty Pope in 2012, where he practices plaintiffs personal injury, medical malpractice and products liability law.
Raymond C. Mayer, '82, retired from Coweta Judicial Circuit District Attorney's Office after 20 years of prosecuting felonies. Mayer established himself as an expert on the prosecution of gangs and gang-related crimes, docketing 122 cases in two years and closing 49 of them, mostly through guilty pleas.
Zachary McEntyre, '06, was named to the Fulton County Daily Report's "40 on the Rise". McEntyre is a law partner at King & Spalding, where his practice focuses on defending companies against consumer class actions.
Brent Savage Jr., '09, was named to the Fulton County Daily Report's "40 on the Rise". Savage is an attorney for Savage, Turner & Pinckney, where he has been an integral part of the team on plaintiffs cases that led to settlements and verdicts in excess of a million dollars.
Brian R. Smith, '06, was named to the Fulton County Daily Report's "40 on the Rise". Smith is a real estate partner at Arnall Golden Gregory. His practice includes handling commercial lease deals for warehouse, office and retail projects, and restaurant anchor tenant leases in downtown Atlanta.
Darrell Sutton, '03, was named to the Fulton County Daily Report's "40 on the Rise". Sutton is the founding partner of Sutton Law Group, where his practice focuses on defense work for insurers and self-insured companies, particularly workers compensation claims, as well as general business litigation.
Linton "Blade" Thompson, '11, was for the 2015-2016 Leadership Education &Advanced Direction (LEAD) Program, the Georgia Trial Lawyers Association has announced. Now entering its third year, the widely-acclaimed LEAD Program serves to train and equip GTLA members who have been identified as potential leaders in the Association with the necessary tools to take the next steps in their legal careers, both in and out of the courtroom.
Matthew T. Wilson, '07, was selected for the 2015-2016 Leadership Education &Advanced Direction (LEAD) Program, the Georgia Trial Lawyers Association has announced. Now entering its third year, the widely-acclaimed LEAD Program serves to train and equip GTLA members who have been identified as potential leaders in the Association with the necessary tools to take the next steps in their legal careers, both in and out of the courtroom.
Class Notes Reported in August 2015
Andrew Boyd Bowman, '05, and Sarah Marks Bowman, '07, along with their son Henry, welcomed a second son, Paul, in May 2014. Sarah became Products Counsel with Volvo Group in Greensboro, North Carolina, in June.
Dean C. Copelan, '94, joined Spivey, Pope, Green & Greer in August. Copelan practices in the areas of wealth management and probate and estate administration. He is a member of the State Bar of Georgia and has served as Assistant General Counsel at Bank of America and as Vice President and Senior Trust Advisor at Wachovia Bank prior to joining Spivey, Pope, Green & Greer.
J. Jeffrey Deery, '90, was named one of the 2016 Best Lawyers in America for Commercial Litigation - Banking and Finance.
Shania King, '13, opened The Law Office of Shania King, a boutique law firm offering criminal defense and intellectual property protection, in Atlanta. Prior to opening her own law practice, King worked in private law firms specializing in personal injury, entertainment and sports law, and intellectual property where she drafted entertainment contracts and helped individuals trademark and copyright their intellectual property. She has tried many cases in the courtroom as a former prosecutor and has also worked as a public defender.
Jenna S. Matson, '08, and Matthew Matson, '08, announced the birth of their daughter, Martha Irwin, on July 7. She has an older brother, Chip.
Thomas P. Swift, Jr., '03, was recognized as a distinguished member of the "5 Under 40" in Macon Magazine's August/September 2015 issue. Swift is the President and Chief Operating Officer of America's Swimming Pool Company and also serves in positions with various organizations such as Wesley Glen Ministries and Vineville United Methodist Church.
Class Notes Reported in July 2015
Lauren Benedict, '97, was appointed to Administrative Law Judge with the Social Security Administration.
Richard Flournoy, '10, was named Chief of Staff at the United States Department of Agriculture's Risk Management Agency. Also, Flournoy married Michelle Carney in Little Rock, Arkansas on May 16, 2015.
Margaret W. S. Puccini, '99, was recently installed as the secretary of the Savannah Bar Association. Puccini's practice, Bouhan Falligan, focuses on bankruptcy, creditors' rights, construction and commercial litigation, mechanic's and materialmen's liens, representation of condo and homeowner's associations, and landlord/tenant disputers.
Class Notes Reported in June 2015
Ashley A. Akins, '13, received the Award of Achievement for Outstanding Service to the Public from the Young Lawyers Division of the State Bar of Georgia during the organization's Annual Meeting in June.
Meredith Williams Chilausky, '10, married Mat Chilausky at Duke Chapel in Durham, North Carolina on Nov. 22, 2014.
V. Sharon "Sharri" Edenfield, '03, completed her term as the 68th president of the Young Lawyers Division of the State Bar of Georgia during the organization's Annual Meeting in June.
Peter Harrison, '09, along with his wife, welcomed their first child, Simon Whitcomb Harrison, on January 28, 2015.
Robert J. "Bob" Kauffman, '88, was installed as the president of the State Bar of Georgia during the organization's Annual Meeting in June.
John Ryd Bush "Jack" Long, '06, was installed as the 69th president of the Young Lawyers Division of the State Bar of Georgia during the organization's Annual Meeting in June.
Will Mann, '12, and Hadley Hayes Mann, '12, were married April 25, 2015 on Saint Simons Island.
Rizza O'Connor, '10, was installed as the secretary of the Young Lawyers Division of the State Bar of Georgia during the organization's Annual Meeting in June.
Kevin C. Patrick, '08, was installed as co-editor of The YLD Review, the newsletter of the Young Lawyers Division of the State Bar of Georgia during the organization's Annual Meeting in June.
Stephanie D. Powell, '03, received the Friend of the YLD Award from the Young Lawyers Division of the State Bar of Georgia during the organization's Annual Meeting in June. She received the award for working with the YLD to establish the YLD's Succession Planning Pilot Program, which seeks to connect Georgia attorneys who intend to transition out of full-time practice with new attorneys and recent graduates who may be interested in succeeding the attorney.
Joseph C. Sumner Jr., '03, was appointed to serve on the Board of Governors of the State Bar of Georgia during the organization's Annual Meeting in June. Sumner will serve in the Dublin Judicial Circuit post on the board.
L. Rachel Wilson, '11, received the Award of Achievement for Outstanding Service to the Profession from the Young Lawyers Division of the State Bar of Georgia during the organization's Annual Meeting in June.
Class Notes Reported in May 2015
Terri K. Benton, '12, now serves as the Vice President of the Macon Regional Chapter of the Georgia Association of Black Women Attorneys. In her role, she makes sure Macon GABWA members stay connected to each other, Mercer Law GABWA members, and GABWA members across the state.
Robert E. Cabe III, '14, joined Spivey, Pope, Green & Greer as an associate. His practice areas include business and corporate law, business litigation, employment law and estate planning. Robert and his wife, Becky, welcomed their first child, Robert Eugene Cabe IV ("Bobby"), in May 2015.
Lara Thomas Carswell, '08, along with husband Robert and big brother Leland, welcomed twin girls, Charlotte Victoria and Elizabeth Adeline, on December 22, 2014.
Lindsay A. Daniel, '11, was hired as East Tennessee State University's compliance officer in the Office of University Counsel on May 4, 2015.
Tomieka R. Daniel, '02, was awarded the Bensonetta Tipton Lane Award for Commitment to the Family by the Georgia Association of Black Women Attorneys.She will receive her award at GABWA's 2015 Glitter Gala &Auction on July 25, 2015.
Jarome E. Gautreaux, '90, and Richard L. Sizemore, '00, announced the opening of their new firm, Gautreaux & Sizemore, LLC, on December 1, 2014. The firm is located at 778 Mulberry Street in Macon.
Jeannette Lewis Little, '79, was appointed to the State Commission on Family Violence by Georgia Gov. Nathan Deal on May 28, 2015. Little is a Troup County State Court judge. She is a past president of the Council of State Court Judges and has served as a member of Judicial Council. Little received the annual Ogden Dorcmus Award from the Council of State Court Judges in 2003 and was awarded a Distinguished Service Award from the Council in 2011. Little and her husband, Randy, have two children. They reside in LaGrange.
The Honorable Katherine Lumsden, '96, was appointed to the State Commission on Family Violence by Georgia Gov. Nathan Deal on May 28, 2015. Lumsden is a Houston Superior Court judge. She oversees the Day Reporting Center-Lite program for substance abuse offenders and is working to implement a mental health court in the Houston County Circuit. She and her husband, Derek, have two children. They reside in Perry.
Emily E. Macheski-Preston, '10, was appointed as Deputy Solicitor of the City of Brookhaven Municipal Court in April 2015.She practices regularly in local government, constitutional and zoning law and has represented clients across Georgia, including the cities of Valdosta and Brookhaven.
Kenneth D. McArthur Jr., '93, has joined Pietragallo to run the Richmond, Virginia office.He practices in the areas of health care, complex litigation, business and corporate and Federal and State Qui Tam litigation.
Christopher B. McDaniel, '14, has joined the law firm of Butler Wooten Cheeley &Peak LLP as an associate in the Columbus office. McDaniel's practice areas include personal injury, car and trucking cases, wrongful death, auto defects and business torts.
Patrick M. Mincey, '08, Co-Chair of the Criminal Defense Practice Group at Cranfill Sumner &Hartzog, LLP, was named to The National Trial Lawyers Top 100 in October 2014.
Patrick J. Poff, '95, was elected as one of four attorneys nationwide to the 12 person Governing Committee of the ABA Forum on Construction Law on April 16, 2015.He will serve a three-year term. He was the immediate past chair of the Forum's Division on Insurance, Surety and Liens. Poff is employed by Trenam Kemker, in Florida with offices in Tampa and St. Petersburg.
Class Notes Reported in April 2015
Jason Blanchard, '07, was elected President of the Young Professionals of Augusta for 2015.
Megan E. Boyd, '08, will be joining the Georgia State Law faculty as a full-time professor in the Fall of 2015.
Ivy Cadle, '07, was elected as one of 14 new shareholders across Baker, Donelson, Bearman, Caldwell & Berkowitz, PC. Additionally, he will assume the role of New Litigator Advisor for the Georgia offices.
Leslie Cadle, '07, was appointed to serve as the Macon Bar Association's representative on the Board of Directors for the Georgia Legal Services Program.
Gina Ginn Greenwood, '01, was elected as one of 14 new shareholders across Baker, Donelson, Bearman, Caldwell & Berkowitz, PC.
Jonathan W. Hedgepeth, '91, has been selected for Georgia's Super Lawyers list for 2015 by Atlanta magazine.
Dr. Jay A. Sekulow, '80, will be the keynote speaker at Regent University's Commencement Ceremony on May 9.
Robert W. Smith, Jr., '98, joined the Prosecuting Attorneys' council of GA as a State Resource Prosecutor specializing in RICO and Appeals.
Class Notes Reported in March 2015
Richard S. Bergholtz, '84, was appointed to a one-year term on the Mount Dora (Florida) Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors.
The recently formed Georgia Bankruptcy American Inn of Court has been named for the Honorable W. Homer Drake Jr., '56. The Homer W. Drake, Jr. Georgia Bankruptcy American Inn of Court will be a bankruptcy specialty inn. Membership will include bankruptcy and insolvency practitioners, judges, law professors and law students from throughout the state.
Linda Finley, '81, was elected to the Board of Directors of Baker Donelson's Atlanta office.
Kristin S. Gray, '06, was selected as a Rising Star in the area of Employment and Labor Law by South Carolina Super Lawyers Magazine.She also announced the birth of her daughter, Lenora, on October 30, 2013.
Tommy Malone, '66, received a $16.5 million verdict for his client, Albert Dallas, '67. Read more here.
William D. Nesmith, III, '97, became the Deputy General Counsel for the State Bar of Georgia in October 2014.
Shannon M. Sheppard, '04, was appointed Managing Shareholder of Smolker, Bartlett Loeb Hinds & Sheppard, PA of Tampa, Florida.
Class Notes Reported in February 2015
Christopher James Arnold, '08, was named a partner at Jones, Cork and Miller, LLP.
Michael Bender, '04, was appointed to the Board of Directors at Gas Natural Inc.
Brandon C. Jones, '05, welcomed a son, Wes, on November 22, 2014.
Darcy L. Jones, '05, was promoted to partner at Kasowitz, Benson, Torres & Friedman LLP.
The Honorable Randall A. Meincke, '75, was appointed an Associate Juvenile Court Judge in Forsyth County on August 1, 2014.
Notes Reported in January 2015
John G. Breakfield, '01, was appointed by Gov. Nathan Deal to the Georgia Judicial Nominating Commission.
Ryan W. English, '13, joined the law firm of Walker, Hulbert, Gray, & Moore in Perry, where he will handle domestic and family law as well as criminal defense and general litigation.