Areas of Expertise:
- Real Estate Litigation
- Construction Litigation
- Foreclosure Litigation (Lender)
- Lender Defense
- Condemnation Litigation
- Complex Civil Litigation
- Probate Litigation
- Mineral Law
AV rating Martindale-Hubbell
- LL.M., in Litigation, Emory University, Atlanta, Georgia, 1986.
- J.D., University of Alabama, Tuscaloosa, Alabama, 1983. PAD
- B.S.B.A., (Marketing/Finance) Auburn University, Auburn, Alabama, 1980, (with honors) (SGA, Senator, Phi Eta Sigma, Lamda Sigma, Squires).
- FEDERAL United States Supreme Court, United States Circuit Court for the 11th Circuit (Atlanta, Georgia), United States Circuit Court for the 4th Circuit (Richmond, Virginia), United States District Courts, Northern & Middle District of Georgia, Southern District of West Virginia, United States Tax Court.
- GEORGIA Georgia Supreme Court and Court of Appeals.
- VIRGINIA Virginia Supreme Court and Circuit Courts.
- WEST VIRGINIA Supreme Court of Appeals and Circuit Courts.
FOCUS OF PRACTICE
- In 2005, the firm settled tax claims associated with commercial property exceeding 30 million dollars of property value..
- In 2004, the firm settled tax claims associated with commercial property exceeding 200 million dollars of property value
- In 2002, (and again in 2003) the firm obtained a multi-million dollar mineral law judgment.
- In 1998, the firm resolved one of the largest multi-million dollar prefiling personal injury settlements in Georgia.
- 1995, the firm completed the then largest partition of real property in Georgia — 7,000 acres.
Real Estate Disputes
- Complex Civil Litigation
- Lender Defense; Foreclosure Defense
- Partition of Lands, Co-Tenancy, Co-Ownership and Boundary Disputes.
- General Contractor defense concerning shopping center buildout in: Georgia, Maryland, Florida, California, Missouri and Minnesota.
- Foreclosure Disputes.
- Condemnation Litigation for the Georgia Power Company.
- Representation of Landowners in Condemnation Disputes
- Landlord Representation
- Title Defects and Disputes, Restrictive Covenant Disputes
- Commercial and Residential Evictions
- Mineral Law, Opinions, Representation
- Trespass, Water & Flooding Problems and Conversion of Property
- Active Georgia Real Estate License.
- Will and Trust Litigation.
- Probate and Estate Administration.
- Probate and Estate Litigation.
- Caveat Litigation.
- Extensive Mineral Representation in Georgia.
- Extensive Knowledge of Marble, Kaolin, and Aggregates in Georgia.
- Extensive Representation of Landowners Concerning the Subsurface Partition of Mineral Lands.
- President, Real Estate Section, Atlanta Bar, 2002, Vice President, 2001, Treasurer, 2000; (Member at Large, 1998-1999); Member Real Estate Section State Bar of Georgia, Real Estate Section Atlanta Bar and Litigation Section of the Atlanta Bar.
- Commissioner to Sell Real Property per Court Order, Appointed by Superior Court of Fulton County
- Fiduciary Law Section of the Georgia State Bar.
- Represented Landowners in the largest court supervised partition of Real Estate in Georgia history — 7,000 acres. Obtained and Managed valuations on the subsurface minerals, fee simple surface and timber rights on 7,000 acres.
- Editor, Georgia Law Monitor, an online publication dedicated to monitoring issues on appeal before the Georgia Supreme Court in the areas of real estate ownership, management, transactions and property taxation.
- Avoiding Civil And Criminal Involvement for Real Estate Appraisers. NBI, April 2004. Atlanta, Georgia.
- Foreclosure Law: Current Legal Issues; Presented to the Georgia Real Property Law Institute, Ameila Island Plantation, Florida. May 9-11, 2002
- City Attorney, City of Lithonia. (2001 to 2003)
- 2004 Resolved property tax claims in excess of 50 Million Dollars.
- 2003 Managed successful annexation of DeKalb County property into the corporate limits of the City of Lithonia.
- American Trial Lawyers Association (ATLA)
- Presiding Judge and Evaluator, Georgia Mock Trial Competition. (1998 – 2001).
- Hugh C. Wood, “Recent ‘Pro Se’ Ruling Affects Most Courts,” Fulton County Daily Reporter, March 27, 1997.
- Co-Chair, Author and Lecturer, Abusive Litigation, ICLE, February 1997, Atlanta, GA; Author and Lecturer, Abusive Litigation, ICLE, February 2002 and February 2003. Presentation of: Rule 11: Landmines for Lawyers in the 11th Circuit. 2003 Rule 11 Update.
- Author, Update on Eckles: Major Changes in “Pro Se” Representation, The Litigator, May 1997.
Author, Metro Probate: Navigating the Jurisdictional Maze, The Litigator, November, 1996.
- Author and Lecturer, 1996 Annual Start to Finish Seminar, “How to Get Around Defendant’s Refusal to Turnover Requested Documents,” GTLA, Atlanta, 1996.
- Co-Author, Residential and Commercial Evictions in Georgia, NBI, Eau Claire, Wisconsin, (1998); CLE, Atlanta, 1998. (Co-Authors: James A. Gober, Arnall, Golden & Gregory, Atlanta, GA; John J. Wiles, Wiles & Wiles, Marietta, GA).
- Author and Lecturer, Handling Problem Tenants and Evictions in Georgia, NBI, Eau Claire, Wisconsin, (1996); CLE, Atlanta, 1996.
- Author and Lecturer, Unintended Mischief: The New Workers Compensation Assignment Statute O.C.G.A. § 34-9-11.1, Ga State Bar Journal, Spring 1995. See, 47 Mercer L. Rev. 405.
- General Counsel, (GFYRC), Georgia Republican Party, 1993 – 1996.
- Co-Author, Textbook, Advanced Trial Problems and Case File, 1st Ed, (NITA, 1988). ISBN 1-55681-121-7.
- Author and Lecturer, Worker’s Compensation for the GP, (Atlanta and Savannah, April 1995) (Lectured on the Statute of Limitation Effects of O.C.G.A. § 34-9-11.1).
- Represented Clients in the first black porn case to apply the offensive use of collateral estoppel in a wrongful death action, Winding River, et al. v. Barnett, 218 Ga. App. 35, 459 S.E.2d 569 (1995), cert. denied.
- Counsel, Co-Counsel or Appellate Counsel on many major cases cited in Georgia with regard to the interpretation of partition of real property, O.C.G.A. § 44-6-166.1.
- Litigation occurs on an event by event basis in the economic life of clients. Litigation representation now, or in the past, has been provided to:
- • Chase Manhattan Bank
- • JPMorgan Chase
- • NationsBank Trust
- • Bank of America
- • BankBoston Mortgage
- • Fannie Mae
- • GE Capital Mortgage
- • Georgia Power Company (Transmission and Condemnation)• Washington Mutual, Inc.
• Homeside Lending
CIVIC AND PERSONAL
- Board of Directors: Northlake Commons (1994 – 2004).
- 2000 Atlanta Half Marathon
- Intern, Hon. Edward Johnson (1986).
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