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Jenna Melton Fowler (’13) — We extend a huge congratulations to Jenna for being named partner at Wood, Smith, Henning & Berman LLP.
Billy Collins (’17) — Congratulations to Billy on embarking on a new journey as an attorney at Morgan & Morgan, P.A.
Jessica Melgarejo Devins (’20) — Congratulations to Jenna on joining The Manely Firm, as a new associate attorney.
Brittany Larcart (’21) — Congratulations to Brittany for becoming the newest personal injury attorney at Schnyder Law Firm.
Randy Fry (’99) — Congratulations to Randy for being selected as a 2023 Georgia Super Lawyer, his fourth straight year in a row!
Jason Shepherd (’10) — Congratulations to Jason Shepherd on his appointment to the Board of the Development Authority of Cobb County by District 1 Commissioner Kelli Gambrill. He was approved by a 5-0 vote by the full County Commission on February 28, 2023, and began his four-year term on March 14, 2023.
Mariette Clardy-Davis (’13) — Congratulations to Mariette on joining the home office of Primerica as the Assistant Vice President, Assistant General Counsel where she provides strategic guidance to support their overall securities business including their broker-dealer and registered investment advisor.
Tom Kirkbride (’19) — Congratulations to Tom B. Kirkbride on his appointment as Municipal Court Judge for the City of Morrow, GA. Judge Kirkbride was sworn in during the Marrow City Council session on March 14, 2023.
Adam Malone (’99) — Congratulations to Adam for being ranked as #1 in the 2023 Georgia Super Lawyer’s list. Additionally, Adam was recognized in The Best Lawyers in America 2023 for his work in Medical Malpractice Law – Plaintiffs and Personal Injury Litigation – Plaintiffs.
Alpa Amin (’10) — Congratulations to Alpa on being awarded the Unsung Devotion to Those Most in Need awarded by the Emory Public Interest Committee (EPIC) for her work as Executive Director of Georgia Asylum and Immigration Network.
Jenna Fowler (’13) — Congratulations to Jenna Fowler on being named partner at Wood, Smith, Henning and Berman. Jenna works at the Atlanta office of the firm, where she focuses on complex civil litigation.
Bryan Dayton (’19) — Congratulations to Bryan Dayton on joining the firm of Wilson, Elser, Moskowitz, Edelman & Dicker, LLP on February 23, 2023, as an associate attorney. Wilson Elser is a preeminent defense litigation firm in the United States.
Maria McCoy (’19) — Congratulations to Maria for being selected as a 2023 Georgia Super Lawyer’s Rising Star and for making the Best of Georgia’s list in family law.
Renee Richardson (’21) — Congratulations to Renee for being selected as a 2023 Georgia Super Lawyer’s Rising Star. Renee works for the Manely Firm, P.C. where she focuses on family law.
Steven V. Bennett (’94) — Congratulations to Judge Bennett for being sworn in on January 3, 2023, as only the third ever “elected” juvenile court judge in the state of Georgia. Floyd County is unique as being the only county in the State that allows citizens to choose their juvenile court judge.
Timothy White (’98) — Congratulations to Timothy on celebrating his 25th year of private practice in Jasper, GA.
Wes McDaniel (’10) — Congratulations to Wes on his recent promotion to equity partner at The Hansford Law Firm. The firm will now be known as Hansford McDaniel, LLC, and will continue to exclusively represent injured workers throughout Georgia and Alabama.
Nick Schnyder (’11) — Congratulations to Nick and his firm, Nick Schnyder Law Firm, on opening their 4th location in Buckhead.
David Windecher (’12) — Congratulations to David for being awarded the very first NFL Inspire Change – Changemaker Award for his work with his non-profit Rehabilitation Enables Dreams (RED). David was presented the award at the annual Falcons Community Honors Dinner, surrounded by his RED staff, board members, and even a few former participants.
Raina Spencer (’16) — Congratulations to Raina and her new firm the Law Office of Raina Spencer, LLC. Her firm’s primary practice area is personal injury representing clients who are involved in car accidents, slip & falls, wrongful death, and catastrophic accidents.
Narissa Juitt-Jackson (’13) — Congratulations to Narissa and her firm, Juitt-Jackson Law Firm, for being named the 2022 Best in Georgia Family Law Firm by the Georgia Business Journal.
Alexandros Cornejo (’17) — Congratulations to Alexandros and his firm, The Cornejo Law Firm, on opening their 4th location in Newnan, GA. Alexandros is excited about this location because it is “literally home and it is an honor and a privilege to help my community in this part of town”.
Shiela Guider (’18) — Congratulations to Shiela on her promotion to Assistant Attorney General at the Georgia Department of Law, representing State Licensing Boards. She previously worked in the areas of Elections, Education, and Local Government as a paralegal for over 17 years.
Lisanne Edelman (’17), Meaghan Eustice (’15), Randy Fry (’99), Jennifer Gore-Cuthbert (’12), Fernanda Hottle (’10), Shilpa Jadwani (’12), Megan McClinton (’13), Calina Plotkey (’12), Mary-Anne Uzoka (’14) — Congratulations to these nine alumni for being sworn into the Supreme Court of the United States Bar during our annual trip!
Matthew Momtahan (’09) — Congratulations to Matthew for being selected by the Newspapers of West Georgia as one of the 40 Under 40, West Georgia’s Rising Stars!
Ginger Arnold (’11) — Congratulations to Ginger as she joins the firm of Deming, Parker, Hoffman, Campbell, & Daly, LLC, as Associate Attorney where she will focus on estate planning!
Lauren Boone (’11) — Congratulations to Lauren on her appointment as a Judge to the Cobb County Magistrate Court Bench! Lauren will serve part-time on the bench while still continuing with her corporate practice.
Gulliana Goehring (’21) — Congratulations to Gulliana on being named partner at The Fry Law Firm! The firm will now be known as Fry | Goehring!
Boris Milter (’11) — Congratulations to Boris on starting his new position as a Personal Injury Attorney with Bader Scott Injury Lawyers
Alexandria Barron (’22) — Congratulations to Alexandria on starting her new position as an Appellate Division Staff Attorney with the State Board of Worker’s Compensation
Brianna Smith (’22) — Congratulations to Brianna on starting her new position as Associate Attorney with the Arrington & Phillips, LLP.
Mats Rosen (’22) — Congratulations to Mats on his promotion from Legal Extern to Associate Attorney with Atlanta Personal Injury Law Group Gore LLC
Beau Worthington (’08) — Congratulations to Beau on starting his new firm The Law Office of Beau Worthington.
Ntazyel Mufwene (’13) — Congratulations to Ntazyel for starting her new position as Assistant Director of Legal Contract Counsel at Ernst & Young.
Nickolas Kitchens (’14) — Congratulations to Nickolas for his promotion to Senior Vice President, Deputy General Counsel at Georgia’s Own Credit Union.
Alix Orlando (’20) — Congratulations to Alix for starting her new position as a law clerk for Leidos. Alix assists the Department of Justice in analyzing representation requests for federal employees.
Jennifer Gore-Cuthbert (’12) — Congratulations to Jennifer’s law firm, Atlanta Personal Injury Law Group – for being ranked on the Inc. 5000 list as one of the fastest growing companies in the United States in 2022!
Stephanie Garner Thompson (’12) — Congratulations to Stephanie for being sworn in as the new Chief Assistant for the Hall County Solicitor’s Office!
Katie Emig Wright (’20) — Congratulations Katie on your new position as Assistant District Attorney at the Lookout Mountain Judicial Circuit District Attorney’s Office!
Joshua Elbaz (’22) — Congratulations Joshua on your new position as Assistant District Attorney at the Gwinnett County District Attorney’s Office!
Barry Morgan (’87) — Congratulations on retirement! After 25 years as the elected Solicitor General of the Cobb State Court, Barry has announced his retirement as of December 31, 2022. Morgan was appointed in 1998 by Governor Zell Miller and has been re-elected 6 times. In retirement, Barry will teach legal courses/business law/copyright at Troy University and serve as a part-time magistrate judge.
Dr. Megan Hodgkiss (’12) — Congratulations to Megan for being reappointed Editor-in-Chief of the Georgia Bar Journal. The Journal, a bi-monthly publication, is circulated to every attorney licensed in the state of Georgia.
Samantha Megan McClinton (’13) — Congratulations! Samantha Megan McClinton is excited to announce the opening of her law firm, The McClinton Firm. Based out of Gwinnett County, Georgia, The McClinton Firm is a general practice committed to swift, compassionate, and client-centered legal services. The McClinton Firm is proud to assist in areas of estate planning, traffic and criminal defense, family law, animal law, and personal injury.
Lance Houston (LL.M ’15) — Congratulations! Lance recently joined Adelphi University as the Title IX coordinator and director of equity and compliance. We wish you the best of luck in your new position.
Stephanie Kozol (’17) — Congratulations to Stephanie Kozol as she joins Troutman Pepper as senior government relations manager in the state attorneys general department.
Elizabeth Chapman (’20) — Congratulations to Elizabeth for her new role as an Assistant District Attorney with the Douglas County District Attorney’s Office.
Ashley Drake (’11) — Congratulations to Judge Ashley Drake for being selected as Vice Chair of the Judicial Section of the Atlanta Bar Association for 2022-2023!
David Windecher (’12) — David was recognized as the Lawyer of the Year by the Georgia Hispanic Bar Association. Congratulations David!
Lina Lozano Oviedo (’13) — Congratulations to Lina for being recognized as the In-House Counsel of the Year by the Georgia Hispanic Bar Association!
Imani Redd (’21) — Imani has joined the law firm of Williams Teusink, LLC. Congratulations and best of luck in your new position!
Sonja Brown (’04) — Congratulations to Judge Brown on winning her election for Cobb County Superior Court Judge. Judge Brown previously served as a Magistrate Court Judge for the county.
Megan Hodgkiss (’12) — Dr. Megan Hodgkiss has been appointed Secretary of the Atlanta Bar Foundation’s Board of Directors. The Foundation is the charitable arm of the Atlanta Bar Association. This is the first year that Secretary has been a standalone role on the Board’s Executive Committee. Congrats and best of luck Megan.
Reece Riden (’18) — Congratulations to Reece on his recent appointment to the Board of the ACLU of Georgia.
Ashley Lewis (’21) — Congratulations to Ashley on joining the law firm of Weinstein & Black, LLC as an associate attorney.
Matthew Repella (’21) — Congratulations to Matthew on joining the law office of Hunter Maclean in Savannah. Matthew’s practice will focus on all aspects of general corporate representation, including business formation, mergers and acquisitions, shareholder rights, and contract drafting/negotiation.
Adam Malone (’99) — Adam was sworn in as the Georgia Trial Lawyers Association’s 67th president. Congratulations Adam, we know you will do an amazing job.
Alpa Amin (’10) — Congratulations to Alpa for being recognized by the Georgia Asian Times as one of the 25 Most Influential Asian Americans in Georgia. Alpa is the Executive Director of the Georgia Asylum and Immigration Network (GAIN).
Jennifer Gore-Cuthbert (’12) — Congratulations to Jenn for being selected for The National Trial Lawyers Top 40 Under 40! Great work, Jenn!
Marquis L. Malloy (’13) — Congratulations to Marquis for being recently named, for the second consecutive year, a Billboard Magazine Top Music Lawyer.
Kevin Fogle (’17) — Kevin has joined the law firm of Polsinelli PC, M&A Associate, where he focuses on a variety of complex business transactions and corporate matters. Congratulations and best of luck at the new law firm.
Jake Nguyen (’17) — Congratulations to Jake on joining fellow alumnus Ethan Pham (’13) at the Nguyen & Pham LLC. Jake joins the firm after being a prosecutor in Gwinnett County both as an assistant solicitor and assistant district attorney.
Ray Farmer (’73) — The South Carolina Governor’s Office has announced the retirement of Ray Farmer, the state’s insurance director. Director Farmer has spent over 53 years in the insurance industry. In 2012, he was appointed as the state’s insurance commissioner. We wish him all the best in his retirement.
Shaun Adams (’11) — Congratulations to Shaun on his new position as counsel at Parker Poe Adams & Bernstein LLP. Shaun focuses his practice on state and local government relations, land use and zoning, and commercial real estate.
Vinny Lotti (’12) — We are proud to announce Judge Lotti has been promoted to Chief Judge of Henry County State Court. Congratulations on your promotion.
Andrienne K. McKay (’19) — Congratulations to Andrienne on being selected for The National Trial Lawyer Top 40 under 40 for 2022.
Stephanie Dennis (’20) — We are happy to announce Stephanie has started a new position as Associate Attorney in the Commercial Real Estate group at Andersen, Tate & Carr, P.C.
Renée Richardson (’21) — Congratulations to Renée on joining the The Manely Firm, P.C., where she will focus on Family Law and International Family.
David Yount (’06) — We are proud to announce David has recently taken on the position of Vice President and Head of Business Licenses at Wolters Kluwer.
John Ebersbach (’15) — Congratulations to John on becoming Partner at Kam, Ebersbach & Lewis, P.C.
J.J. Poole (’18) — Congratulations to JJ for extending his practice as a newly certified Player Agent for the National Basketball Players Association (NBPA).
Hon. Charles M. Williams (‘70) — On January 27, 2022 the Gordon County Bar Association recognized the Honorable Charles M. Williams for his 52 years outstanding service to the legal profession and the community. Thank you Judge Williams for your service, we are honored to have you as an alumnus of Atlanta’s John Marshall Law School.
Nick Schnyder (’11) — Congratulations to Nick on being sworn into the State Bar of Texas. His admission required a lot of preparation and we salute him on his achievement of adding another state bar to his accomplishments.
Jenna Melton Fowler (‘13) — Congratulations to Jenna on her new role as senior counsel in our Atlanta offices of Wood, Smith, Henning & Berman where she focuses her practice on complex civil litigation.
Reece Riden (’18) — Congratulations to Reece on joining the Nick Schnyder Law Firm as their newest Associate Attorney. Nick Schnyder (’11) is also a fellow AJMLS graduate. It is so great seeing two amazing alumni members working together. Reece previously worked for one of the state’s largest insurance defense firms representing various insurance providers and large corporations.
Diana Simmons, Class of 2009
Diana Simmons (nee Sturgis) won the run-off election on August 11, 2020, becoming the next State Court Judge in Cobb County. She ran against fellow AJMLS alumni, Mazi Mazloom and David Willingham, as well as candidates Trina Griffiths, Scott Halperin, and Joseph Atkins.
Ben Musgrove, Class of 2013
Musgrove was sworn in as a Magistrate Court Judge for Forsyth County on July 16, 2020 by Judge Lynwood D. Jordan, Jr., Probate Judge for Forsyth County. He was appointed by Judge Walker Bramblett, Chief Magistrate, on July 1, 2020 and confirmed by all judges of the Forsyth County Superior Court.
While continuing to serve his clients with their personal injury needs, Ben will be taking on the additional responsibility of holding a seat in the Magistrate Court and will be reviewing warrant applications, and presiding over certain criminal and small claims matters.
Amanda Perez, Class of 2009
Perez was appointed as part-time judge to the Magistrate Court of Cobb County. The appointment was made by Chief Magistrate Judge Brendan Murphy and unanimously confirmed by Cobb County Superior Court.
Perez has been practicing law since 2009, with a focus in domestic, civil litigation, immigration and criminal defense work. She has a private practice in which she represents injured people who are seeking to recover payment for work and clients who want to negotiate with creditors.
Rita Cherry, Class of 1996
Cherry was appointed as part-time judge to the Magistrate Court of Cobb County. The appointment was made by Chief Magistrate Judge Brendan Murphy and unanimously confirmed by Cobb County Superior Court.
Cherry previously served as a Magistrate Court judge in 2015. She practiced law in employment and labor cases, served as a defense attorney in the Cobb County Circuit Defender’s office, worked as an assistant district attorney in Fulton County and as a senior assistant city attorney for the city of Atlanta.
Neera Bahl, Class of 2004
Governor Brian P. Kemp announced his selection of Neera Bahl to serve on the State Board of Workers’ Compensation.
Erik Provitt, Class of 2016
Appointed to the Board of Directors of the Atlanta Bar Association for the 2020-2021 Bar Year.
Kyle M. Moore, Class of 2013
Helped a fellow lawyer obtain a 21 million dollar verdict in north Georgia federal court this year as a first run at being a trial consultant.
Nick Schnyder, Class of 2011
The Nick Schnyder Law Firm is hiring on a monthly basis, is in the third building in only four years of practice, and expanding the parking lot for the growing firm.
Kenneth French, Class of 2018
As Legal Counsel at T. Rowe Price, French was recently appointed to serve as a board member on the University of Maryland’s School of Law’s Diversity Scholars program. This initiative focuses on introducing UM Law students from diverse backgrounds into the day in the life of corporate counsel. In addition to mentoring the students, the students are also brought on site to participate in programs sponsored by participating firms. The students are identified and brought into the program by the Development & Alumni Relations department at the law school during their 1L year and many participate in the program throughout their time in law school.
Wellington Tzou, Class of 2012
Wellington founded Taiwanese American Professionals (TAP) of Georgia, where Taiwanese Americans and Americans, who are interested Taiwanese culture and professional development, joined to support one another. The organization started out with only about a handful of members, but now the Georgia organization proudly has over 100 members. Stemming from this success, Wellington was asked to join the National Taiwanese American Professional, where he now sits as the national President. Further since his tenure, TAP has hosted national conventions in Atlanta and led the initiative with voting rights, national census, and Asian community interests in the justice system. His success still continues on where he is frequently asked to join the Taiwanese government officials in Taiwan and hosts several Taiwanese leaders and politicians to Georgia to enrich the Taiwanese Americans’ lives in the United States and bridge the two nations together closer.
In addition to the development of TAP, Wellington was part of Georgia Asian Pacific American Bar Association, where he served as its Community Service Chair. During his tenure, he led the state-wide effort of serving the community at large by partnering with ServiceJuris, AVLF, Food Bank, and many other non-profit organizations.
Lastly, Wellington has led a successful professional career where he served corporate clients such as IBM, Coca-Cola, and WebMD as their counsel. Currently, he leads a global data privacy compliance team in Deloitte. Prior to COVID19 pandemic, Wellington frequently visited offices in China and New York working on global initiatives for Deloitte.
Fariba Bayani, Class of 2004
Bayani was invited and taught a personal injury CLE at a punitive damages seminar regarding DUI cases that cause accident and thus are subject to punitive damages. After graduating from John Marshal Law, I was immediately hired as a Prosecutor at Fulton County and prosecuted DUI cases, among other kind of criminal cases. After several years, I started Bayani Law Group in Sandy Springs. Since 2010, I have been practicing personal injury cases, criminal defense, and family law.
Michelle Reilly, Class of 2016
Michelle Reilly Law Group LLC – Opened in June 2020
Areas of practice: Personal Injury, Estate Planning, Family Law, Elder Law, General Civil Litigation
Michelle Cross, Class of 2019
Atlanta’s Law Firm – Opened in June 2020
Areas of practice: criminal defense, personal injury, contract dispute, incorporating businesses, and helping people get economic injury disaster loans through the Small Business Administration.
Gabrielle Bloodsaw, Class of 2016
Gabrielle graduated in 2016 and was quickly employed as a public defender for the city of Atlanta. A year later she achieved greater heights as a Public Defender in Fulton County working for the Metro Conflict public defenders. In January of 2019, she was accepted to be a JAG officer in the US Army. After completing basic training in Fort Benning, GA and graduating JAG school in Charlottesville, SC she was sent to Fort Hood, TX for her 3 year term. After only a few months LT Bloodsaw was promoted to CPT. Recently, she was deployed to assist in a mission overseas. In only a few short years since graduation, CPT Bloodsaw has dedicated her time to serving some of this county’s most vulnerable populations.
Mariette Clardy-Davis, Class of 2013
Mariette Clardy-Davis was invited to be a panelists for AwareHealth’s CLOSING RACIAL DISPARITIES IN MENTAL HEALTH AT THE WORKPLACE.
Mariette will share her tips and recommendations as well as her personal journey as a black female attorney living and working with a bipolar depression diagnosis.
Alpa Amin, Class of 2012
Alpa Amin was named the Executive Director for Georgia Asylum and Immigration Network.
Paul Nam, Class of 2012
Job placement at InComm as Associate General Counsel in Oct 2019.
Sara Wardlow, Class of 2016
Cain Injury Law has hired Sara Wardlow as of counsel from the Rebbeca Kay Sapp Law Firm. Wardlow is handling all types of personal injury law at her new firm.
Naja Burroughs, Class of 2019
Job placement at Kenny Leigh and Associates in its Atlanta office.
Taylor Newell, Class of 2019
Job placement at Cohen and Sinowski, a Personal Injury Law Firm in Atlanta.