Seleta Griffin is Of Counsel in the Litigation Practice in the firm’s Atlanta office. She counsels clients in areas of criminal, and personal injury law. Her government experience includes representing clients and the State in legal proceedings including trials, suppression and preliminary hearings, various motions hearings, and probation revocation hearings.
Zulema Laurent Green was born and raised in Los Angeles, CA, and is the youngest of four girls. She graduated from Westchester High School in Los Angeles, CA.
In May 2001, Zulema graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Preventive Medicine from the University of Southern California. After graduation, Zulema attended Southwestern University School of Law in Los Angeles, CA. In May 2005, Zulema graduated with her Juris Doctorate from Southwestern University School of Law. In December 2018, Zulema obtained her Master’s in Health Administration from the University of Southern California.
In June 2006, Zulema moved to Atlanta, GA. Two months later, Zulema began working as a Public Defender in Fulton County. Zulema worked as a public defender for 2 years before joining the firm of Wolpoff and Abramson as an Associate Counsel. Soon thereafter, Zulema became an Associate Counsel for Portfolio Recovery Associates, LLC, which is a publicly traded corporation headquartered in Virginia. Currently, Zulema serves as Portfolio Recovery Associates’ Regional Managing Attorney with a team of over twenty attorneys across 9 states directly reporting to her and numerous law firms of which she offers legal strategy on company-involved litigation.
In 2013, Zulema was recognized by the National Bar Association and IMPACT as a top 40 Lawyer under 40. This is an honor reserved for attorneys with high achievement in their field. In 2017, Zulema presented on State Court Legal Theories in Collection cases at the National Association of Retail Credit Attorney’s conference in Orlando, FL.
Zulema is married with two children and resides in the metro Atlanta area.
Barbara Dorsey Miller is Vice President and Associate General Counsel of the Federal Home Loan Bank of Atlanta (FHLBank Atlanta), which is a U.S. government-sponsored enterprise that provides funding to financial institutions to support housing finance and community investment. Ms. Miller advises FHLBank Atlanta on a variety of complex transactional, regulatory, compliance, and policy matters, including capital markets and securities transactions, secured lending, custodial arrangements, government relations, and corporate governance matters. Ms. Miller is a member of FHLBank Atlanta’s Diversity and Inclusion Council and Development Advisory Council. She joined FHLBank Atlanta in 2010 after previously practicing corporate transactional law at large law firms in New York, California and Atlanta. Ms. Miller earned a J.D. from Columbia University School of Law and a B.A. in History and Science from Harvard University.
Kathleen Barron is Corporate Legal Counsel with The Quikrete Companies and is located in Atlanta, Georgia. In her capacity as Corporate Legal Counsel, Mrs. Barron manages litigation claims, negotiates contracts, and provides general advice on a variety of matters. Prior to joining The Quikrete Companies, Mrs. Barron was an associate with Smith, Currie & Hancock in Washington, D.C. Mrs. Barron received her J.D. from American University Washington College of Law, where she was Managing Editor of the Business Law Review and a member of the moot court team. She received her B.A. from Furman University.
Health care and manufacturer clients nationwide trust Anna to manage risk and forge a pathway for them through their most challenging medical device and toxic tort litigation. Recognizing that a "one-size-fits-all" approach is less suitable for many in today’s dynamic litigation climate, she listens closely to clients and works tirelessly with them to identify creative solutions within and outside of traditional litigation. But when litigation is the chosen route, Anna helps clients navigate successfully to the courthouse and to a verdict.
Anna centers her practice in the areas of mass tort, product liability, clinical trials, professional negligence, medical malpractice and risk assessment. Her trial experience includes a significant defense verdict in an obstetrical malpractice trial, which was profiled in The National Law Journal as one of 10 “Top Defense Wins of 2005.” Her product liability practice centers on medical device and toxic tort litigation.
She also is committed to pro bono services, having co-founded Atlanta Lawyers for Animal Welfare, an organization providing pro bono representation to animal rescue groups. She has also served on the Board of Directors for PAWS Atlanta, Georgia’s oldest nonprofit, no-kill animal shelter, as well as the board of directors of the Grant Park Conservancy.
Debbie Riley is General Counsel for the firm and managing partner of the Atlanta office at Quintairos, Prieto, Wood & Boyer, P.A. She is an accomplished insurance claims and litigation management expert with over 20 years of senior executive experience with industry-leading insurance companies. Ms. Riley is a trained mediator and settlement negotiator. She concentrates in managing complex insurance issues, insurance standards and practices. She has deep insurance and corporate knowledge with experience involving reorganizations, restructures, process and technology improvement initiatives and creating/implementing strategic vision plans. Ms. Riley also focuses in the areas of nursing home and long term care liability, professional liability, auto and premise liability. She counsels Professionals on contractual, licensing, risk management and insurance matters. Her practice also includes consultation and expert services for claim bad faith. She also provides claim and compliance auditing services.
Ms. Riley is involved in the Industry and the firm’s diversity and inclusion initiatives.
Prior to joining QPWB’s Atlanta Office, Ms. Riley managed the firm’s Chicago office for five years. In addition to her work with QPWB, Ms. Riley served as SVP of a national multiline medical mutual claims department. She also served as Vice President of Global Specialty Lines, HealthPro Claims at CNA Insurance, where she focused in management oversight of medical professional claims through a staff of over 100 administering more than 20,000 claims. With oversight of a multi-million dollar budget, she managed the national counsel programs, selected defense counsel, and handled corporate compliance protocols and regulatory matters. Previously, she held various litigation claims management positions and was responsible for the implementation and development of staff counsel, and litigation vendor programs.
Ms. Riley was senior attorney with a Fortune 500 transportation company where she managed automobile, general liability and multijurisdictional claims and litigation, including catastrophic injuries and environmental litigation claims. She advised management on risk exposure and implemented programs involving recoveries, dispute resolution, and alternative billing methods.
Ms. Riley received her Juris Doctor from the University of Kansas in 1989 and Bachelor of Science cum laude from Wichita State University in 1982. While in law school, she served on the Moot Court Council as an appellate advocacy instructor, and received the American Jurisprudence Award in Alternative Dispute Resolution. Ms. Riley was published in the Kansas Law Review while attending law school. Following law school, Ms. Riley practiced with a defense litigation law firm before focusing her career as in house counsel to various insurance companies and corporations.
Pamela Lee is a partner at Swift Currie with more than 10 years of experience practicing
in the firm’s litigation section. Pamela devotes her entire practice to litigation, including various tort liability litigation, insurance coverage disputes and the defense of insurance bad faith matters. Her liability practice is wide and varied, encompassing premises liability, product liability, escalator and elevator liability, automobile liability and general personal injury law. She represents companies in the food, automobile and retail industries.
Pamela counsels clients in all stages of litigation, including trial and appellate work. She has secured victories at the Court of Appeals on a premises liability matter and a sexual assault case, as well as the successful defense of a spoliation claim.
Pamela keeps her clients informed at every step of the process and works with them to create an effective strategy early in the case to avoid wasted time and excessive legal bills Pamela was elected as the vice president of the Georgia Defense Lawyers Association and is a member of the Steering Committees for three Defense Research Institute sections: Retail and Hospitality, Women in the Law, and Trial Tactics. At Swift Currie, Pamela is a member of the Hiring Committee.
Jennifer Snow is a Risk Analyst in the Applications division of the Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta where she analyzes merger and acquisition applications and evaluates proposals involving bank holding companies, state member banks, and other financial organizations in the Supervision and Regulation division. She has also worked in the Consumer Affairs department leading highly complex, risk-focused compliance examinations of large bank organizations.
Prior to her work at the Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta, Jennifer was a securities litigator focusing on plaintiff-side litigation representing an Examiner and a Receiver in federal cases involving the SEC and the FTC and worked in the Securities Division of the Secretary of the State of Georgia’s office as an enforcement attorney and director of the audit-exams program.
Jennifer obtained her B.A. from the University of Florida and a J.D. from American University, Washington College of Law in Washington, D.C.
Jenn Lattimore is Senior Counsel for WestRock, a global packaging company with over 320 manufacturing, design, research and sales locations and 42,000 employees worldwide. Jenn has had the opportunity to wear many different hats during her legal career at WestRock, ranging from managing general liability and commercial claims and litigation to compliance work in the areas of safety, employment and global data privacy. Jenn recently relocated to Atlanta to WestRock’s headquarters and has now shifted her focus to employment matters exclusively. She has responsibility for all home office/headquarters employment matters and litigation for the Company.
Prior to joining WestRock, Jenn was a trial attorney providing advice and counsel to companies on employment compliance and representing employers before regulatory agencies and judicial forums in Virginia and Washington, D.C. She earned her law degree magna cum laude from the George Mason School of Law and holds undergraduate magna cum laude degrees in accounting and information systems from the Boston College Carroll School of Management. Before going to law school, Jenn worked in accounting and computer programming roles for Arthur Anderson and IBM.
Jenn and her husband Gary live in Roswell, GA with their 2 teenage daughters.
Ann-Marie has significant experience in mergers, acquisitions, divestitures, joint ventures, strategic alliances, commercial lending transactions and general contract negotiations. Furthermore, she often serves as lead outside counsel, managing the provision of all legal services required to meet a client's needs.
Ann-Marie also advises clients with respect to analysis under the Hart-ScottRodino Antitrust Improvements Act of 1976, as amended, and the pre-merger notification filings with the Federal Trade Commission and Department of Justice.
Clients have described Ann-Marie as "extremely responsive" and as "a great relationship partner. Her subject matter expertise of M&A is phenomenal. She just brings a lot of value to the table." (Acritas Stars™ Lawyer Survey). Others have commented "her partnership attitude truly makes her a value-add to our relationship" (Chambers USA), and have called her "very efficient, thorough and practical" (Chambers USA). In the most recent Acritas Stars™ Lawyer Survey, she was described by a client as “…extremely collaborative, very successful in getting the deals done, and she works to some very aggressive deadlines.”
Gina M. Vitiello practices contract law and commercial litigation with an emphasis on issues related to the construction industry across a wide variety of projects including hospitals, hotels, courthouses, airports, office buildings, ambulatory surgery centers, prisons, power plants, water treatment plants, manufacturing facilities, educational and military facilities, retail properties and multi-family residential complexes. Ms. Vitiello represents clients in contract negotiation matters, dispute avoidance/resolution and litigation. She has extensive experience in handling large, complex construction claims involving delay and impact damages, as well as design and construction defect issues.
She also assists in drafting construction and commercial contracts, including general contracts, professional service agreements, construction management agreements, design-build contracts, subcontracts, joint venture agreements, energy savings performance contracts, and long-term service and maintenance agreements. She advises clients on state, local and federal government contract and procurement issues, as well as government bid dispute issues.
Ms. Vitiello has served as outside regional construction counsel to one of the largest specialty subcontractors in the country, for which she provided daily counsel on virtually all construction-related issues, from disputed change orders to termination of defaulted subcontractors. She has significant litigation experience, having litigated cases in more than 15 states and having handled matters involving commercial and public projects spanning across the country and internationally.
Gina is a LEED Accredited Professional as certified by the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) and is able to counsel clients on many different aspects of "green building" legal issues.
Linda Seal has over 20 years of experience in providing business and corporate law advice and counsel to public companies, foundations and other non-profit organizations. Linda is currently Associate General Counsel for The Home Depot (NYSE: HD) and as such, she supports the company’s distributor and installation services businesses. As a member of The Home Depot Pro’s Leadership Team, Linda serves as the division’s chief legal advisor. In this role she provides strategic advice and forward-looking guidance for the division’s initiatives, major transactions and operations. Additionally, Linda serves as The Home Depot’s principal Government Relations counsel and is a board member of The Home Depot’s Political Action Committee. She is also responsible for co-leading diversity efforts for the Legal Department. Linda began her career at The Home Depot in 2005 as Corporate Counsel and has since held several positions, each with increased responsibility.
Michelle is Manager & Counsel serving the Global Merchant Services ("GMS") Group at American Express Company supporting the Accertify, Inc. and InAuth, Inc. Business Units. Prior to joining the American Express General Counsel's Organization ("GCO"), Michelle served as Director of Legal Affairs for the Famous Dave’s restaurant chain. She was the sole legal counsel for the company, addressing a broad range of legal matters including contract negotiations and IT and IP matters. Previously, Michelle handled complex contract negotiations for National Express Corp. in the transportation industry, Heartland Food Corp. a Burger King Franchisee where she also served as the sole legal internal counsel and McDonald’s Corp. both in the in QSR/fast food industry, The Rewards Network in the financial and marketing services industry and Gallagher Bassett Services, Inc. in the financial services & risk industry. Michelle has earned international law certificates from the University of Toronto and Oxford University.
Ms. Turner graduated magna cum laude from the University of Alabama School of Law in 2003. During law school, Ms. Turner was an Editor on the Alabama Law Review and served as a member of the Campbell Moot Court Board.
Following law school, Ms. Turner has practiced almost exclusively in the area of labor and employment law. Her practice at Ogletree Deakins includes employment litigation and administrative proceedings involving race, gender, age and religious discrimination, sexual harassment and retaliation, as well as judicial and arbitration proceedings involving the enforcement of restrictive covenants and employment contracts. Additionally, Ms. Turner frequently counsel clients on compliance with state and federal workplace laws. Ms. Turner’s practice is national in scope, but she most frequently handles cases and counsels clients regarding matters in Georgia, Florida, Alabama, Oklahoma and New Mexico.
Victoria Luna devotes her legal career to trial practice, defending cases in state and federal courts throughout the state of Florida. She handles a wide range of matters with a concentration in general liability defense, premises liability, transportation, workers’ compensation and commercial work. Victoria has represented various entities including hotels, shopping centers, national restaurant chains, theme parks and transportation networking companies. Victoria was invited to present on millennials in the workplace at the August 2017 Workers’ Compensation Institute conference in Orlando, Florida.
Prior to joining Wilson Elser, Victoria represented employers and carriers in workers' compensation defense litigation for six years. During that time, she handled a full variety of claims including permanent total disability. During law school, Victoria interned in employment law at a national firm and with the Fifth Judicial Circuit.
Along with persistence and an upbeat attitude, Victoria is an aggressive advocate who believes in active communication with clients. She is the Florida representative to the firm’s WAVE (Women Attorneys Valued & Empowered) initiative and volunteers with the young lawyers division of the Florida Bar and mentors new members of the Junior League of Greater Orlando. She is a marathoner and an active member of the First Presbyterian Church of Orlando.
Crystal Enekwa is an associate in the Atlanta office. Crystal counsels and represents employers before state and federal courts in a broad range of labor and employment matters including trade secret protection, retaliation, discrimination, harassment, employment-related torts, and wage and hour issues.
Crystal received her J.D. from the University of Tennessee College of law, where she was a member of the Tennessee Law Review and Vice-Chair of the College of Law’s Moot Court Executive Board. After law school, Crystal clerked for Chief Judge Thomas A. Varlan on the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Tennessee and the Honorable Bernice B. Donald on the United States Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit. Additionally, she worked as an Adjunct Professor of Law at the University of Memphis School of Law, teaching legal research and writing.
Jennifer Parrott focuses her practice in civil litigation and represents individuals, corporations, and insurance companies in state and federal courts. Her practice includes an emphasis on general liability and insurance litigation, transportation/trucking law, personal injury, products liability, and commercial litigation. She has extensive experience in managing files, interviewing witnesses, preparing discovery, writing and responding to motions and appeals, and taking depositions.
In 2017, the American Bar Association, Tort Trial & Insurance section, appointed Mrs. Parrott to Vice-Chair for both the Cyber Security Data Privacy General Committee and the Commercial Transportation Litigation General Committee and as a member of the Outreach to Young Lawyers Standing Committee. The ABA TIPS Technology section also appointed Mrs. Parrott to Vice-Chair for the Self-Insurers and Risk Managers Committee.
Prior to joining Drew, Eckl & Farnham, Mrs. Parrott served as law clerk to the Honorable Judge Irma B. Glover in Cobb County State Court and as an Assistant Solicitor in the Fayette County Solicitor’s Office. Interestingly, Mrs. Parrott formerly raced cars, competing throughout the United States and in the first women only professional road race (Inaugural Women’s Global GT 1999). Though she still enjoys fast cars she no longer races, her interests outside the office now consisting of hiking and travel with her family. Additionally, Mrs. Parrott also dedicates time to raising funds for cancer research and from 2011-2015, she served on the Board of Trustees for the Ainsley Paige Higgins’ Dare to Hope Foundation, an organization dedicated to improving the quality of life of children with rare diseases and complex medical conditions.
Njeri Nginyo is a trusted advisor and purpose-oriented leader with over 15 years of success guiding transformational initiatives for national leading organizations. She joined ADP in 2006 and currently serves as the Vice President, Assistant General Counsel for the National Accounts division. During her time at ADP, Njeri spearheaded the transformation of the contracting process for ADP’s upmarket clients, designed and rolled out a division-wide compliance program, and helped to assess diversity and inclusion practices at ADP. She is an influential cross-functional change agent known for building top-performing teams and pioneering solutions that drive organizational health, profitability, and sustainability.
Prior to her tenure at ADP, Njeri practiced law at the law firms of Debevoise & Plimpton LLP and Greenberg Traurig LLP where her practice focused on private equity M&A and corporate transactions. Njeri holds an MBA in finance and management and a Juris Doctor from New York University and a joint bachelor’s degree of arts in Psychology and Social Welfare from the University of California, Berkeley.
Njeri sits on the Board of ADP’s Women in Leadership (WIL) and is the co-chair of the WIL Annual Conference. In addition, she also sits on the Steering Committee of Cultivate, ADP’s African American Business Resource Group, and is an active member of ADP Pride, ADP’s LGBT and Ally Business Resource Group, where she is the co-captain of ADP’s participation in Cycle for the Cause, an epic 3-day bike ride from Boston to NYC in the fight to end HIV/AIDS. Njeri has a passion for professional and personal development and is #WorkingFor “Helping people to reveal and achieve what is infinitely possible.”
Seletha Butler is First Vice President and Senior Counsel with SunTrust Banks, Inc. where she supports the wholesale unit on strategic commercial matters and the founder of and advisor at srButlerCo through which she consults with organizations on governance matters, including business ethics and diversity. She is a former co-chair of the Public Sector Initiatives Committee of the Thirty Percent Coalition. Previously, Ms. Butler was a member of the Board of Trustees of the Georgia Tech Athletic Association, an Assistant Professor of Business Law and Ethics at Georgia Tech’s Scheller College of Business, a Fellow with the Harvard Kennedy School, Women and Public Policy Program, and a Network Fellow with the Edmond J. Safra Center for Ethics at Harvard University.
Ms. Butler has a J.D., Harvard Law School, M.B.A. (global focus), Georgia Institute of Technology graduating with a 4.0/4.0, and B.S. (summa cum laude), Corporate Finance, The University of Alabama where she ranked 3rd in class of 236. While at The University of Alabama, Ms. Butler was an Academic Tutor for The University of Alabama’s Athletic Department and The Culverhouse College of Commerce and Business Administration.
At Georgia Tech, Ms. Butler taught courses involving the intersection of business, law, ethics, and policy, including developing a Corporate Governance course for undergraduate students for which she received the Scheller Professor of the Year Award—Elective Business Courses (2013) on her first semester teaching the course. This is an award selected solely by students. Ms. Butler also received other honors recognizing her work at Georgia Tech, including Professor Appreciation recognition from the various programs with the Georgia Tech Athletic Association, and Thank-a-Teacher recognitions from students through the Center for the Enhancement of Teaching and Learning.
Ms. Butler’s research addresses corporate governance and related business ethics issues. Such research includes the structure, obligations, and activities of boards of directors, including (i) the ethical aspects of legislation and regulation around board diversity and regulatory disclosure and (ii) business decision-making with her developed ethic of care and justice framework. Her four articles touching on corporate governance and business ethics include: (1) “All on Board! Strategies for Constructing Diverse Boards of Directors” published in Virginia Law and Business Review; (2) “‘Financial Expert’: A Subtle Blow to the Pool and Current Pipeline of Women on Corporate Boards” published as the lead article in The Georgetown Journal of Gender and the Law; (3) “Business Ethics: Conceptualize Governing with the Ethic of Care and Justice” published in NYU Journal of Law & Business; and (4) “Higher Education Governance: Proposals for Model Child Protection Governance Policy” published as lead article in Brigham Young University Education and Law Journal. Ms. Butler is the co-author of a book chapter—“Using Power and Influence to Create Gender Diverse Boardrooms: the Role of Public Policy”—in the book, More Women on Boards of Directors: An International Perspective. Ms. Butler frequently engaged undergraduate and graduate students to assist her on her research projects, and she sometimes works with industry experts on her research projects.
Ms. Butler is the recipient of the 2015 Leaders and Legends Faculty Award from the Georgia Tech Black Alumni Organization and 2014 Women Out Front Award. In 2011, she was a recipient of the Nation’s Best Advocates: 40 Lawyers Under 40, an honor by the National Bar Association and IMPACT to recognize a cross-section of legal professionals age 40 and under within the African-American legal community who have achieved prominence and distinction in their career.
Prior to joining Scheller, Ms. Butler spent fourteen years, collectively, with global law firms in Atlanta (DLA Piper LLP, Nelson Mullins Riley & Scarborough LLP, and Hunton & Williams LLP) and Chicago (Altheimer & Gray) and one of the nation’s largest commercial banking organizations. During her tenure in private law practice and corporate America, Ms. Butler’s legal practice focused on complex domestic and global commercial transactions, including acquisitions and divestitures, joint ventures, strategic alliances, technology licensing, and outsourcing, and corporate governance matters. She retains close industry relationships and included industry speakers in all of her classes. Ms. Butler also connected students with some of the industry contacts as they seek career advice.
Ms. Butler is a speaker on organizational governance, diversity, professional responsibility, ethics in business, and career development and advancement strategies for corporations, education institutions, professional associations, governmental organizations, and not-for-profit organizations. Among Ms. Butler’s professional and community activities, she is on the Board of Trustees of MedShare International, Inc. (and its Executive Committee (Secretary) and chairs its Nominating and Governance Committee), and co-chair of the Public Sector Initiatives Committee of the Thirty Percent Coalition. She is a former member of the Board of Governors of Tech High School, Inc. Ms. Butler served as a Faculty Associate for the Georgia Tech Grand Challenges Program and the Faculty Advisor for the Scheller Society of Entrepreneurs and the Scheller College of Business Graduate Minorities in Business. She also is an active member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated, and a member of the Georgia Tech Leadership Roundtable, Fall 2011 and the 2005 Class of Leadership Georgia.
Currently, Ms. Butler also is working on The Hayden, Butler and Lovett Family Foundation and the Judge Willie Lovett “IGB” Scholarship (honoring her late husband The Honorable Willie J. Lovett, Jr.) and a book project.
D’Asia Hailey is Senior Counsel serving the GE Gas Power segment at GE Power. Currently, she is the lead legal support for the sale of parts, services and digital solutions to power generation customers in the US South. In her role, D’Asia coordinates with functional groups on a wide range of issues, including long term service agreements, software and cloud-based digital analytics solutions, dispute resolution, internal compliance, training and team management. She also serves on the GE Diversity Legal & Inclusion Council. D’Asia began her career at GE in 2012 as Counsel supporting GE Capital’s equipment leasing business. Prior to joining GE, D’Asia advised global institutions in secured financings, high-yield debt offerings, REIT lending, Islamic financings and other financial transactions at Alston & Bird LLP. D’Asia holds a B.S. in Economics from The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and a J.D. from Howard University. She resides in Atlanta and likes to travel, exercise and spend time with her husband and two sons.
Jennie Cluverius provides daily counsel to employers, including federal contractors, in employment and labor-related, as well as other business-related matters. She represents employers in federal and state court litigation, and before the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, the South Carolina Human Affairs Commission, and the Department of Employment and Workforce. Jennie regularly works with management clients on disputes involving ADA, ADEA, FLSA, FMLA, Title VII, and NLRA claims, as well as claims such as breach of contract, wrongful termination, unlawful disclosure of trade secrets, and workers’ compensation retaliation. Her practice also encompasses representing clients in non-employment related complex civil litigation and commercial disputes. Jennie regularly advises some of South Carolina’s most prominent banks, manufacturers, and other businesses, and also enjoys working with many of the state’s finest home-grown businesses.
Christian Torgrimson is an experienced commercial real estate attorney, focusing on eminent domain and condemnation. She has litigated eminent domain proceedings, private property disputes, and other real-estate-related matters for approximately 20 years.
Christian helps her clients navigate the complexities of eminent domain issues and condemnation procedures, representing a wide spectrum of businesses and property owners as well as governmental entities. Her clients include real estate investors and trusts, large and small businesses, mixed-use and shopping center developers, restaurant franchisors and franchisees, and owners and operators of hotels and convenience stores. Her experience on both sides of the condemnation aisle, particularly with real estate and business damage claims, allows her to reach resolutions that make business sense for her clients. She brings extensive experience to all aspects of condemnation proceedings throughout Georgia, including in jury trials, mediations, acquisitions, closings, and special master hearings.
She helps write the authoritative book on eminent domain laws across the United States, serving as the editor and author of the Georgia chapter in the American Bar Association's national eminent domain compendium. She is a past chair of the Eminent Domain Section of the State Bar of Georgia. A respected national speaker on Georgia eminent domain law, Christian frequently writes and speaks on condemnation issues for various professional organizations, including the American Law Institute. In 2018, Christian was awarded the CRE designation by the Counselors of Real Estate, an international membership of real estate professionals recognized as leading advisors in complex real property matters.
Christian is also a past president of the Georgia Association for Women Lawyers (GAWL), and she served on its executive board for more than 10 years. She was instrumental in creating the GAWL Foundation in 2003, serving as its founding president for two years.
Stacey Wolf is the Vice President of Business Affairs for CNN Worldwide. In this role, she negotiates all development, production, license and distribution deals for CNN Original Series, CNN Films, and HLN Original Series.
Stacey launched the Business Affairs team in 2014 and since then has negotiated deals to acquire or commission more than 20 CNN Original Series, including the critically-acclaimed and Peabody award-winning Anthony Bourdain Parts Unknown, produced by ZPZ Production; This is Life with Lisa Ling, produced by Part 2 Pictures, the Primetime Emmy® Award-nominated The Sixties, The Seventies, The Eighties and The Nineties, executive produced by Tom Hanks, Gary Goetzman and Mark Herzog; and The History of Comedy, executive produced by Sean Hayes, Todd Milliner, Mark Herzog and Christopher Cowen. Stacey and her team have also negotiated deals with Cineflix, Endemol Shine International, Fremantle Media and Kew Media for the global distribution of select CNN Original Series.
Since 2014, Stacey has negotiated deals to acquire, co-produce, or commission more than 30 feature and short documentary films for CNN Films - many of which have screened at the Sundance Film Festival, SXSW Film Festival and the Tribeca Film Festival and went on to have successful theatrical exhibitions. Under her leadership, CNN has partnered with companies including Magnolia Pictures, Paramount, Participant Media, NEON and Universal Pictures for the worldwide distribution of CNN Films.
Before starting the CNN Business Affairs department in 2014, Stacey was in the CNN Legal Department for 15 years, ultimately as Assistant General Counsel, and provided legal advice on newsgathering, production, and copyright issues for CNN. Stacey also created and ran the CNN Rights and Clearances team which handles the licensing and tracking of all third-party material used on CNN networks worldwide.
A graduate of the University of Michigan with a B.A., with distinction, in English, Stacey also holds a law degree from Emory Law School. She was a staff member of the Emory Law Review and graduated in the top 10% of her class. She began her career as a product liability litigation associate at King & Spalding in Atlanta. Stacey is a Turner’s KEYS program graduate and a Turner Volunteer Day Site Leader. She and her husband, Barry, co-run the Wolf household. They are parents to three active kids, Sawyer, Alana and Zachary, and two dogs. Stacey also volunteers on the Board of the Lakeside PTSA and as a committee head and Parent Association Member at The Galloway School.
Kimyatta is Regulatory Investigations Counsel & Head of the Global Investigations Program at McKesson Corporation, where she oversees McKesson’s enterprise-wide internal Investigations Program and provides strategic counseling on a variety of regulatory and compliance matters, as well as risk mitigation activities. Kimyatta sits in the General Counsel Organization—a centralized team of attorneys and compliance professionals who support the entire family of McKesson businesses. Kimyatta is Certified in Healthcare Compliance (CHC).
Kimyatta developed her expertise as a healthcare litigation, compliance, and regulatory attorney representing a variety of plan, payor, and provider clients at Alston & Bird LLP, where she practiced prior to joining McKesson. In private practice, she represented clients in the defense of False Claims Act litigation, whistleblower actions, and government investigations related to alleged fraud and abuse violations of federal and state health care laws. She also assisted clients in conducting internal compliance investigations, as well as with developing and implementing effective compliance programs.
Shiriki Cavitt Jones currently serves as Corporate Counsel for Equifax Inc., focusing on drafting and negotiating complex business-to-business commercial and third-party contracts. She is also an Adjunct Professor at Emory University School of Law, teaching a Corporate Externship Class to second and third-year students. Shiriki has also served as a Term Law Clerk for the Honorable Linda T. Walker, federal magistrate judge for the Northern District of Georgia, Atlanta Division and before clerking, was Counsel for Oldcastle, Inc. where her primary focus was on contractual and labor and employment issues. Her extended practice at Oldcastle covered all of the areas that the business encountered, such as commercial disputes, litigation management, MSHA and OSHA matters, compliance and antitrust issues. Prior to working at Oldcastle, Shiriki was an Associate at Troutman Sanders LLP in the Complex Litigation Practice Group where her focus was on business litigation and product liability matters. Shiriki obtained her Bachelor of Arts in English (cum laude) in 2001 from Dartmouth College and her Doctor of Jurisprudence from Vanderbilt University School of Law in 2004.
Lisa H. Lemke is the National Director of Talent Development for Counsel On Call. She has been with the company since 2004, and has held numerous positions in both talent and business development. She is based in the company’s Atlanta office. Previously, Lisa practiced labor and employment law with Troutman Sanders, LLP in Atlanta. She also practiced labor and employment law with Jackson, Lewis, Schnitzler & Krupman also in Atlanta. She is a cum laude graduate from the University of Georgia School of Law and received her undergraduate degree, magna cum laude, from the Honors Program at the University of Georgia. Lisa is licensed to practice law in Georgia and is a member of the State Bar of Georgia, the Atlanta Bar Association, and the Georgia Association for Women Lawyers.
For over fifteen years, Leigh Tyson has practiced in all areas of labor and employment law, with an emphasis on National Labor Relations Board issues. Leigh is co-chair of Constangy's Labor Relations Practice Group.
The focus of Leigh's practice includes:
In addition to representing clients across the country in a wide range of industries, Leigh is also the host of Constangy's first video series, "Close Up on Workplace Law," where she interviews other Constangy attorneys about current issues affecting employers. She is also a frequent author and speaker on legal issues of interest to employers.
Brooke Gram concentrates her practice in civil litigation. She has extensive experience with matters pertaining to commercial and contract disputes, the acquisition of property rights and property litigation, and construction disputes. She also has experience litigating civil and commercial matters pertaining to transportation and logistics, as well as complex torts. She also regularly represents clients on appellate matters both in state and federal appellate courts.
Janna S. Nugent, Co-Chair of the Atlanta Business Litigation Group, is an experienced litigator, focusing her practice on complex commercial litigation and business disputes, products liability, employment matters, and tort defense. Her experience extends to both state and federal courts in Florida and Georgia, and includes representing pharmaceutical companies and medical device manufacturers in products liability cases and multi-district litigation. In addition, she represents government entities in various administrative hearings and related litigation.
Ariel Zion serves as Deputy General Counsel to Insight Global, a national staffing and servicing company that specializes in sourcing information technology, government, accounting, finance and engineering professionals and delivering service-based solutions to Fortune 1000 clients. Insight Global completes more than 41,000 placements annually in short-term, long-term, contract-to-hire, and direct placement positions through its network of more than 49 regional offices across the United States and Canada. Insight Global has been ranked one of the fastest growing staffing firms for the past 11 years, and named the 3rd largest IT staffing firm in America by Staffing Industry Analysts for four consecutive years.
In her role as Deputy General Counsel, Ariel is responsible for all conflict and litigation-related matters, ranging from contract disputes, employment claims, class action lawsuits, and restrictive covenant enforcement. A litigator at her core, Ariel handles matters as lead trial counsel, appearing in court on behalf of the company all over the United States; as well as managing outside counsel and legal vendors.
Ariel joined Insight Global in 2017 after spending the first ten years of her legal career in private practice, specializing in commercial and real estate litigation, and handling complex matters in both federal and state courts. Ariel practiced in both a large Atlanta law firm and a litigation boutique. It was Ariel’s hands-on trial experience that made her uniquely suited for her current role with Insight Global.
Outside of Insight Global, Ariel is actively involved in Leadership Buckhead and the Anti-Defamation League. She is a wife and mother of two young children.
Ariel received B.A. degrees in Government and History from the University of Texas at Austin. She received her J.D. from Samford University’s Cumberland School of Law in Birmingham, Alabama. She is a member in good standing of the State Bar of Georgia.
Lisa Sims is an Assistant General Counsel for Delta Air Lines, Inc. In that role, she is the chief Intellectual Property attorney for Delta and the head of Delta’s patent program. Previously, she was the Director of Patent Operations & Marketplace for Cisco Systems, Inc., where she founded the Cisco Women Inventors Network, an employee network dedicated to encouraging and supporting women innovators. She also served on the Intellectual Property Owners Association subcommittee for Women in IP law. Outside of work, she is an active wife and mother of four rambunctious children including twin 6 year olds, a 10 year old, and a 13 year old.
Rachel Fox Weitz is an in-house attorney at Delta Air Lines. Rachel handles commercial transactions for many departments across Delta, including Delta TechOps (the airline’s maintenance, repair and overhaul organization), OnBoard Services (including catering), Information Technology, Marketing and Sponsorships, and more. Prior to starting at Delta, Rachel was an attorney in the corporate department at McKenna Long & Aldridge LLP in Atlanta where she focused on mergers and acquisitions, business ventures and corporate governance for private, public and non-profit clients.
Prior to law school, Rachel worked in Washington DC at a political media consulting firm where she managed paid media for campaigns across the country. She also worked on several presidential campaigns and as a communications consultant at a public affairs firm.
Rachel has her bachelor’s degree in political science from the University of Michigan and law degree from Emory University School of Law.
Rachel is the President of the Atlanta Volunteer Lawyers Foundation Junior Board, serves on the Board of Trustees of The Galloway School, and is the Chair of Habima Theatre.
Leslie F. Spasser handles complex technology and related transactions for clients in the media and entertainment, communications health care, automotive and financial services industries. Leveraging eight years of in-house experience as well as her work as outside counsel, Leslie provides practical counsel and guidance to clients on complicated technology and privacy issues. She works closely with their business and legal teams to understand and help them achieve their key objectives.
Typical transactions that Leslie handles involve one or more of the following: Cloud computing/hosted services; technology and media licensing; video programming distribution; outsourcing; advertising and new technology development and deployment. Leslie also provides counseling on privacy and data security issues and compliance with applicable privacy and data security laws as well as industry self-regulatory guidelines (such as for Internet marketing, direct marketing, and mobile marketing).
Natasha L. Wilson is Co-Chair of the firm’s Labor & Employment Practice’s Complex Employment Litigation & Trials group and Co-Chair of the Atlanta Labor & Employment Practice. She focuses her practice on labor and employment law, and devotes her legal practice to representing management in all aspects of employment law, from prevention and compliance issues to arbitration and litigation. She has litigated a wide variety of employment issues on the federal, state and local levels before courts and administrative agencies. Natasha works closely with her clients to provide counseling and consultation on employee matters, policy revisions, litigation prevention and the implementation of sound employment practices.
Prior to joining the firm, Natasha was an associate with one of the largest law firms in the Southeast. Her prior litigation experience includes representation of clients in environmental and toxic tort defense and general business litigation. She also has experience in white collar criminal defense and corporate investigations, electronic discovery and digital information. Before entering law school, Natasha worked as a television journalist for seven years.
Trenika L. Fields is In-House Counsel of Flashpoint based in New York. In her role as head counsel, she provides innovative leadership on legal matters as well as act as a strategist business partner to the organization. Trenika is responsible for overseeing documents in legal review, contract negotiations, intellectual property matters, cybersecurity and privacy, and corporate governance.
Prior to joining Flashpoint, Ms. Fields advised and counseled on commercial agreements for Verint Systems Inc., a $1.3B+ publicly traded technology company where she was the primary lead negotiator for software and services agreements for the Northeast region. Prior to that, she served as Corporate Counsel where she also held numerous positions including director of business and legal affairs. She established the company’s legal department and successfully negotiated an annual revenue of $40M which led to merger and acquisition by a billion dollar publicly-traded organization.
She began her career succeeding in several operational roles within in-house legal departments for corporations across the country, including 21st Century Insurance Company, International Coffee & Tealeaf, Hot Topic, Inc. and a stint at B.E.T. Networks during her law school career. Ms. Fields has had extensive experience in corporate governance, compliance, cybersecurity, data and privacy, franchise, entertainment and insurance law.
Ms. Fields is a Board of Trustee of Hammonds House Museum. She is a member of several professional, including but not limited to, the Corporate Counsel Women of Color, Louisiana Bar Association, Gate City Bar Association, American Bar Association, and Women in Technology.
Ms. Fields received a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from California State University, Long Beach and earned a Juris Doctor from Southern University Law Center. She is authorized to practice law in Louisiana. Ms. Fields is from Berkeley, California and currently resides in Atlanta, Georgia.
Wilma Beaty is the General Counsel, Americas, at allnex. She is a highly accomplished, meticulously organized, and detailed general counsel with a proven track record of leading legal service teams representing private, private equity owned, and public companies. Her experience in providing in-house counsel, risk management, and human resources policy has contributed to a broad-based knowledge of corporate law, regulatory compliance, and mergers and acquisitions.
Additionally, Wilma acquried her law degree from The University of Texas School of Law.
Michelle Ruff’s practice presently centers around licensing and compliance. Since 2012 she has served as a legal advisor to corporate counsel and leaders at Amrock, a title and technology company located in Detroit, Michigan. She is heavily relied upon for matters in Texas and is an expert in all matters pertaining to title, curative, real estate and settlement services for the State of Georgia.
Prior to working for Amrock, Michelle was in private practice handling real estate, family, criminal, unemployment appeals, social security appeals and immigration matters. She is a seasoned family law litigator and believes that her civil litigation practice has helped her to skillfully find creative legal solutions to meet complex compliance issues.
She graduated with her B.A. in Communications from Oakwood University, Huntsville, AL in 1996 and with a M.A. in Communications from Morehead State University, Morehead, KY in 1998. A 2001 graduate of the Louis D. Brandeis School of Law at the University of Louisville, Michelle participated in the Immigration Clinic as a student; received an award for her public service work; and, was an active member of the Diversity Committee. After graduation, she begin her career working with Farmworker Legal Services in Michigan and proudly continued her non-profit service with Cobb County Legal Aid, a division of Atlanta Legal Aid and the Latin American Association before going into private practice. She is a member of the Kentucky, Michigan and Georgia Bar Associations.
Michelle has put together training materials on cultural sensitivity for guardian ad litems and spoken on the impact of natural disasters on immigrants for young lawyers assisting Hurricane Katrina victims.
Most importantly, Michelle has two adult children, who endured college, graduate and law school with her as a single mother. She is an avid fitness enthusiast who volunteers to teach a workout class to senior citizens in Atlanta, Georgia, where she lives.
Natasha has a robust litigation and regulatory practice representing financial institutions, broker-dealers, and investment advisers against consumers and government regulators in federal and state courts. Her experience allows her to comprehend and navigate the complexities of the financial and regulatory landscape and reach the optimal outcome for the client. She has represented the world’s largest broker-dealers and currently serves as outside regulatory counsel to one of the nation’s leading broker-dealers. While attending Emory University School of Law, Natasha worked as a Corporate Counsel extern with The Coca-Cola Company, servicing its North America business unit.Natasha currently serves on the Board of the Pipeline to Practice Foundation and is the Chair-Elect of the American Bar Association, Young Lawyers Division Litigation Committee. In 2019, the National Black Lawyers named Natasha as a Top 40 under 40 Lawyer.
Courtney Cox is an associate in the Complex Litigation and Arbitration practice of Paul Hastings and is based in the firm’s Atlanta office. Her areas of practice include Complex Litigation and Arbitration as well as Investigations and White Collar Defense.
Ms. Cox received her J.D. in 2016 from Georgetown University Law Center, cum laude, where she served as the Senior Online Content Editor for the Georgetown Journal of International Law. She earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in French and International Studies from Spelman College, summa cum laude, where she was inducted in Phi Beta Kappa. Ms. Cox is admitted to practice law in Georgia.
Jennifer Marino is a partner in the Tampa office of Litchfield Cavo LLP. She focuses her practice in all areas of civil litigation, including personal injury defense, premises liability, motor vehicle negligence, retail and hospitality defense, general liability claims, first party claims and construction defect disputes. She practiced in New York for five years before bringing her practice to Florida.
Alison Boyer serves as Vice-Chair of the firm’s Commercial Department and leads the Real Estate Practice Group. Her practice focuses on the representation of institutional investors, lenders and developers in a wide range of real estate matters including financing, acquisition, disposition and leasing transactions. Ms. Boyer handles transactions involving all property types including retail, office, multi-family, industrial and hospitality. Alison is well-rooted in Miller & Martin, having begun her legal career here as a summer intern in 2003. She spent some time away from the firm and, during that time, practiced at an international law firm with the fifth largest real estate group in the country. Alison returned to her Miller & Martin home in 2015.
Nikole Setzler Mergo is a trial lawyer with 20 years of experience representing some of South and North Carolina's largest manufacturers, health care providers and financial institutions, as well as locally-owned businesses. Nikole is also the managing partner of Nexsen Pruet’s Columbia office.
She provides business and employment litigation defense, as well as daily employment law advice and counseling to a number of corporate clients on issues involving virtually all aspects of employment law. She regularly represents companies before the District Courts of South and North Carolina and in federal courts across the country, the EEOC and SHAC, the OFCCP and the Department of Employment and Workforce.
Nikole works for clients in both South Carolina and North Carolina, defending them in litigation across the country. Her engagements are varied, but she regularly provides advice and counsel on issues including:
Eileen Hintz Rumfelt is Vice-Chair of the firm's Litigation Practice and concentrates her practice in the area of complex commercial litigation with a special focus on intellectual property litigation and white collar crime and corporate investigations. She regularly advises her colleagues and clients on the management of eDiscovery issues in commercial litigation. Ms. Rumfelt represents both large and small national, regional and international companies in a variety of industries, including pharmaceutical, consumer products, banking and insurance. Her intellectual property practice spans a wide range of disputes, including trademark and trade dress infringement, trademark dilution, patent infringement, false advertising and unfair competition. Eileen recently served as Chair of the Defense Research Institute's (DRI) 2016 Intellectual Property Litigation Seminar and regularly contributes to the American Bar Association’s Criminal Litigation Committee’s Month in Review. Ms. Rumfelt has practiced in federal and state courts across the country, before the Federal Circuit, and in the increasingly active International Trade Commission.
Before attending law school, Ms. Rumfelt worked in the field of public relations, focusing primarily on health education campaigns and pharmaceutical product launches.
For a number of clients, Nicole serves as an extension of their benefits and rewards department, designing compliant total rewards programs that facilitate her clients’ business objectives. For publicly traded and private companies, predominately in the financial services, healthcare and restaurant sectors, as well as tax-exempt entities, Nicole regularly advises on retirement plans, including 401(k) plans, pension plans and government correction programs for fixing plan operational errors.
Nicole provides counseling on employee benefit plan governance, fiduciary obligations and fiduciary training. She also provides pragmatic advice to plan sponsors and plan committees on the design, operation and tax implications of employee benefit plans, including 401(k) plans, 403(b) plans, deferred compensation plans, 457(f) plans, flexible benefit plans, health and welfare plans, wellness programs, health reimbursement accounts, health savings accounts, retiree health plans and severance plans.
Nicole develops documentation for employee benefit plans, including plan documents, wrap plan documents, summary plan descriptions and plan administrative forms in compliance with the tax code, ERISA and related regulations. She also advises on the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (Health Care Reform), the HIPAA privacy and security rules, COBRA, GINA (Genetic Information Non-Discrimination Act) and the nondiscrimination rules that apply to employee benefit plans.
Additionally, Nicole assists clients with understanding ERISA fiduciary obligations, negotiating third-party administrator services agreements for employee benefit plans, Department of Labor (DOL) audits and Internal Revenue Service (IRS) audits. She also counsels clients on employee benefit issues related to mergers and acquisitions.
Nicole stays abreast of constantly evolving tax, benefits and executive compensation related laws to help her clients adapt their practices, remain compliant and leverage new opportunities. Keeping up-to-date also allows her to continue to be a frequent national speaker on Health Care Reform and a variety of employee benefit topics for clients and professional organizations.
Jennifer is a Partner in the firm's Corporate & Tax practice group where she counsels public and private companies in a number of compliance and transactional matters. She is also experienced in EB-5 regional center formation, structuring and securities offering matters, as well as working with companies who seek investment in connection with the EB-5 visa regional center program under U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) rules and regulations.
Christine is an accomplished 20-year litigator with a winning track record in defending poultry processing facilities and manufacturers in the southeast. Her expertise includes workplace investigations; compliance with federal and state employment laws; risk management of issues specific to food processing facilities, such as the intersection of attendance policies and compliance with the FMLA and ADA, drug use and best practices for testing, responding to repetitive motion health conditions, and prevention of frivolous workers’ compensation retaliation claims; and compliance with DOL, OSHA and USDA regulations.
Adwoa M. Awotwi is General Counsel of LocumTenens.com, LLC, an Atlanta-based company focused on innovative medical staffing solutions. Prior to joining LocumTenens.com, Adj served as Assistant General Counsel of Jackson Healthcare, the parent company of LocumTenens.com. Prior to her work with the Jackson family of companies, Adj was a senior associate with the law firm of Kilpatrick Stockton, LLP (now Kilpatrick Townsend & Stockton, LLP), in its Atlanta office, where her practice focused on securities regulation, corporate finance, mergers and acquisitions, investment management and general corporate advice.
Adj currently serves as the Immediate Past Chair of the Board of Directors of Truancy Intervention Project Georgia, Inc. and is a member of the Board of Directors of both North Fulton Community Charities (NFCC) and Premier Academy. She is also an Advisory Board member of KIPP Soul Primary School. Adj also makes time to serve on the Yale Alumni Schools Committee and relishes the opportunity to interview high school students seeking to attend her alma mater. Adj enjoys community service and pro bono work and, in 2005, was named the Kilpatrick Stockton Pro Bono Associate of the Year and was also nominated for the Truancy Intervention Project’s “Volunteer of the Year” honor that same year. In June 2008, Adj was profiled as an “Up & Comer” by Atlanta Woman Magazine. In May of 2018, Adj was honored as the “Volunteer of the Year” by the Truancy Intervention Project.
Raised in New Orleans, Louisiana, Adj received her undergraduate degree from Yale University and her J.D. from Duke University School of Law. She currently resides in Atlanta, Georgia and is seeking out a fun new hobby after recently retiring from playing semi-contact flag football. In her spare time, Adj likes to watch sports and cheer on the New Orleans Saints, the LSU Tigers’ football team and the Duke Blue Devils’ basketball team. She also enjoys traveling, reading and listening to music.