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I am a senior litigation associate at Morris, Manning & Martin, LLP. I focus my practice in the areas of commercial and products liability litigation, with a particular emphasis on acting as national coordinating counsel for corporate clients with large dockets of complex, high exposure litigation. I have acquired extensive case management experience in that capacity.
I have also developed essential litigation skills, such as preparing dispositive motions and responsive pleadings, coordinating large-scale document productions across multiple cases, drafting and responding to written discovery, preparing discovery-related motions, defending depositions, engaging in settlement negotiations, and regularly coordinating with clients and local counsel in connection with same.
In addition, I have significant experience representing corporate clients in connection with responding to e-discovery requests, including successfully negotiating with opposing counsel to limit the scope of the discovery requests to minimize costs and managing teams of associates, contract attorneys and outside vendors in connection with review and production of responsive documents.
I have also had the opportunity to represent clients in connection with complex insurance coverage issues related to commercial general liability, professional liability, and D&O liability insurance.
• National coordinating counsel for an international real estate developer in connection with over 100 individual, multi-party, and putative class action lawsuits arising out of the development of residential resort communities. These actions are pending in federal and state courts throughout the United States and involve allegations of violations of RICO, the Interstate Land Sales Full Disclosure Act, state and federal securities laws, state unfair and deceptive trade practices acts, as well as claims for common law fraud, negligent misrepresentation and breach of contract.
•Represented developer in connection with securing over $50 million of primary insurance coverage in connection with the above-referenced litigation.
• National coordinating counsel for a national manufacturer in connection with defending numerous lead-based paint personal injury and public nuisance actions, including a nuisance action filed by the Ohio Attorney General seeking abatement of all lead-based paint in Ohio.
• Defending an Atlanta-based, publicly traded retailer in a putative class action related to the sale of pressure treated wood.
State Bar of Georgia, Admitted 2006
Clemson Calhoun Honors College, Clemson University, B.S. Corporate Finance, magna cum laude, 2002
Recipient of the Wall Street Journal Student Achievement Award
Emory University School of Law, J.D., with honors, 2006
Executive Managing Editor, Emory Bankruptcy Developments Journal
Recipient of the American Bankruptcy Institute Medal of Excellence
Dean’s Awards for Statistics for Lawyers, Bankruptcy, and Legal Writing I & II
Honors and Affiliations
State Bar of Georgia(Litigation and Products Liability Sections)
“A Sigh of Relief for Corporate Defendants: Rhode Island Supreme Court Unanimously Rejects the Application of Public Nuisance in the Products Liability Context,” The Voice, Vol. 8, No. 1, January 2009
"'Trust Me, I'm a Lawyer:' Restoring Faith in Fiduciaries by Dumping Due Diligence and Tolling the Statute of Limitations for PostPetition Breach of Fiduciary Duty in Chapter 11," 22 EMORY BANKR. DEV. J. 637, 2006
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|GA||Active Member in Good Standing||2006||02/04/2017|
|Award name||Grantor||Date granted|
|Rising Star||Super Lawyers Magazine||2015|
|Rising Star||Super Lawyers Magazine||2014|
|Rising Star||Super Lawyers Magazine||2013|
|American Bankruptcy Institute Medal of Excellence||Emory University School of Law||2006|
|Associate||Morris, Manning & Martin, LLP||2006 - Present|
|Association name||Position name||Duration|
|Defense Research Institute||Attorney Member||2010 - Present|
|American Bar Association||Attorney Member||2008 - Present|
|State Bar of Georgia||Member||2006 - Present|
|American Bar Association||Member||2006 - Present|
|Gordon Lawrie v. The Ginn Companies, LLC||plaintiffs' second amended complaint dismissed under Rule 12(b)(6)|
|Baker v. Home Depot U.S.A., Inc.||Motion to strike class allegations granted at the pleading stage|
|Lawrie v. Ginn Dev. Co., LLC||Magistrate Judge Recommended Dismissal|
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|For The Defense (DRI, Defense Research Institute)||• Pre-Discovery Motions to Strike Class Allegations: A First-Round Knockout for Defendants||2015|
|BUS. TORTS & RICO NEWS (American Bar Association)||• Effective Use of Sanctions as a Defense Against Federal RICO Claims||2015|
|The Voice (Defense Research Institute)||A Sigh of Relief for Corporate Defendants: Rhode Island Supreme Court Unanimously Rejects the Application of Public Nuisance in the Products Liability Context||2009|
|Emory Bankruptcy Developments Journal||'Trust Me, I'm a Lawyer:' Restoring Faith in Fiduciaries by Dumping Due Diligence and Tolling the Statute of Limitations for PostPetition Breach of Fiduciary Duty in Chapter 11||2006|
|Emory University||Law||JD - Juris Doctor||2006|
|Clemson Calhoun Honors College, Clemson University||Corporate Finance||BS - Bachelor of Science||2002|
|C.L.E.||Recent Changes to F.R.C.P. 45 Affect the Use of Subpoenas in Civil Litigation||2015|