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Spring 2014 Alumni Magazine

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Catherine Mitchell, ’11, Joins Smith Moore Leatherwood

Catherine Mitchell, ’11, joined the Charlotte, N.C. office of Smith Moore Leatherwood as an associate. She will focus her practice on commercial real estate transactions, representing both lenders and developers. Prior to joining Smith Moore Leatherwood, she represented national lenders in mortgage-related litigation.

R. Keith Kelly, ’87, Named South Carolina Seventh Circuit Judge

R. Keith Kelly, ’87, was elected judge of South Carolina’s Seventh Judicial Circuit. Beginning on July 1, he will fill one of nine new judge seats in the state that were approved by the South Carolina legislature to relieve a backlog of criminal and family court cases. Kelly is a partner at Spartanburg, South Carolina firm Lister, Flynn & Kelly, where he specializes in family, criminal and personal injury law. He has formerly served as a representative in the South Carolina House of Representatives.

Frank McKay, ’91, Named Chairman of State Board of Workers’ Compensation

Frank McKay, ’91, was appointed chairman of Georgia’s State Board of Workers’ Compensation by Georgia Governor Nathan Deal in early February 2013. McKay is a partner in the Gainesville law firm Stewart, Melvin & Frost and has practiced law before the Board of Workers' Compensation for 22 years. He has also served as a Georgia special assistant attorney general and served on the State Board’s Advisory Council.

Georgia Governor Nathan Deal Named Georgian of the Year

Georgia Governor Nathan Deal, a double graduate of Mercer (B.A. '64 and J.D. '66), was named Georgian of the Year by Georgia Trend magazine in its January issue. Mercer is well represented in the latest Georgia Trend listings of the most influential Georgians. In addition to Governor Deal, Mercer University President William D. Underwood was named one of the 100 most influential people in the state.


Anton F. Mertens, ’87, Joins Burr & Forman LLP

Anton F. Mertens, ’87, joined the Atlanta Office of Burr & Forman as a partner in December 2012. Burr & Forman, a Southeast regional firm with over 300 attorneys, represents clients in numerous practice areas, ranging from commercial litigation and class actions to corporate transactions, including bankruptcy and restructurings. Mertens advises clients in several immigration matters, including visas, labor certifications, compliance procedures, consular representation and citizenship for foreign executives, managers and professionals.


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