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I am a native of Gwinnett County, Georgia and have extensive litigation experience in representing individual, corporate, and institutional clients in a variety of legal disputes. I initially started my legal career at a very well-respected insurance defense firm in Atlanta, Swift Currie McGhee & Hiers. After practicing for several years in Atlanta, I moved back to Gwinnett County and worked with Webb, Tanner, Powell, Mertz & Wilson, LLP for 10 years before moving to Andersen Tate & Carr in January 2014.
My practice primarily focuses on disputes involving wills, trusts, and estates. I represent clients in all phases of litigation, including filing pleadings, conducting discovery, and preparing for hearings and trial. I also engage in settlement discussions and negotiations with my clients in an effort to resolve their disputes prior to lengthy litigation in an attempt to preserve client resources. My practice also includes assisting families with guardianships, conservatorships, and all aspects of probate administration.
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Robert Carlson, Litigation Attorney
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Melody is a first class lawyer. We have worked together on a number of cases. She is aggressive, competent and well-liked by virtually everyone in this area of practice. I have the highest respect for Melody, and unqualifiedly endorse her.
|GA||Active Member in Good Standing||2002||02/04/2017|
|Associate and Partner||Webb Tanner & Powell, LLP||2004 - 2014|
|Associate||Swift, Currie, McGhee & Hiers, LLP||2002 - 2004|
|Association name||Position name||Duration|
|Gwinnett County Bar Association||Section Chair, Estate Planning & Probate||2014 - Present|
|Community Foundation for Northeast Georgia||Professional Advisor||2013 - Present|
|Gwinnett Council for Seniors||Professional Advisor and Patron||2013 - Present|
|State Disciplinary Board - State Bar of Georgia||Investigative Panel Member||2013 - Present|
|Georgia Association for Women Lawyers||Gwinnett Chapter, Treasurer||2013 - Present|
|Senior Resource Partners||Professional Advisor||2012 - Present|
|State Bar of Georgia||Member||2002 - Present|
|Leadership Gwinnett||Alumni||2013 - 2014|
|Bruner v. Key Safety Systems, Inc.||$4,639,000 jury verdict|
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|Mercer University - Walter F. George School of Law||Law||JD - Juris Doctor||2002|
|University of Georgia, Athens||Psychology||BA - Bachelor of Arts||1996|