Hello! I'm an attorney with Caldwell, Carlson, Elliott & DeLoach (formerly known as Caldwell, Propst & DeLoach) focusing my practice on all types of trust, estate, fiduciary, and business litigation. My firm is one of Georgia's premier fiduciary and probate litigation firms, and I and my colleagues have handled cases both big and small all over metro Atlanta and all over the state of Georgia. I only handle matters in Georgia (Georgia estates, Georgia state and/or federal courts).
I represent clients in a wide variety of fiduciary and business litigation matters in both state and federal courts. If you are dealing with a will contest, a guardianship or conservatorship case, a dispute over executor/ trustee mismanagement or malfeasance, breach of fiduciary duty and fraud claims, corporate ownership, contract, and business partner disputes, or an appeal involving any of these types of cases, I would be thrilled to help you. If you need a referral for estate planning or family law matters, I can also assist you by connecting you with my colleagues!
While my expertise is primarily in cases involving complex, high-asset estates, trusts, and business entities, I also love working with clients on simple and straightforward estate and trust administrations. Don't hesitate to contact me whether your matter involves thousands or millions.
In my career, I have represented any and all parties to a litigation matter, including plaintiffs, defendants, executors, trustees, other fiduciaries, beneficiaries, and third parties in related litigation. No matter what side you fall on, I'd be glad to talk to you.
I have experience with jury trials, bench trials, and appeals, and I'm admitted to practice in all Georgia state and superior courts, the Georgia Supreme Court, the Georgia Court of Appeals, the U.S. District Courts for the Northern and Middle Districts of Georgia, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 11th Circuit, and the U.S. Supreme Court. If you have a matter pending in any of those courts, I'm familiar with their procedures and ready to hit the ground running immediately.
As examples of some of my experience, I have conducted or co-chaired jury trials resulting in a collective $8.5 million in verdicts for my clients--including $5 million in punitive damages. I have also presented oral argument in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Georgia and obtained summary judgment for my client on all claims in a complex, multimillion dollar corporate ownership dispute. I've argued and won significant motions for my clients in state and federal courts.
For 5 years in a row (2018-2022), I have been selected by Georgia Super Lawyers as a "Rising Star" in trust and estate litigation, a distinction given to only 2.5% of Georgia attorneys.
I received my bachelor's degree, magna cum laude, from Washington and Lee University in Lexington, Virginia, where I was a member of Phi Beta Kappa. I obtained my J.D., magna cum laude, from Mercer University's Walter F. George School of Law in Macon, Georgia, graduating in the top 5% of my class. Prior to joining Caldwell, Carlson, Elliott & DeLoach, I practiced family law with another established firm in Atlanta.
I was raised in Asheville, North Carolina, and moved to Atlanta in 2014. I enjoy hiking in the north Georgia mountains, cooking, and photography. I am an avid traveler, and my favorite destinations in the world so far include Iceland, Norway, Morocco, and South Korea.
|GA||Active Member in Good Standing||2014||08/09/2022|
|Award name||Grantor||Date Granted|
|Rising Star in Trust & Estate Litigation||Super Lawyers||2021|
|Rising Star in Trust & Estate Litigation||Super Lawyers||2020|
|Rising Star in Trust & Estate Litigation||Super Lawyers||2019|
|Rising Star in Trust & Estate Litigation||Super Lawyers||2018|
|Custer-Tuggle Award for Excellence in Family Law||American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers (Georgia Chapter)||2014|
|Certificate in Advanced Legal Writing, Research, and Drafting||Mercer University - Walter F. George School of Law||2014|
|CALI Award for Excellence in Topics in Modern Family Law||Mercer University - Walter F. George School of Law||2014|
|Faculty Award for Outstanding Achievement in Legal Writing||Mercer University - Walter F. George School of Law||2012|
|CALI Award for Excellence in Legal Writing||Mercer University - Walter F. George School of Law||2012|
|CALI Award for Excellence in Contracts||Mercer University - Walter F. George School of Law||2011|
|CALI Award for Excellence in Criminal Law||Mercer University - Walter F. George School of Law||2011|
|Attorney||Caldwell, Propst & DeLoach, LLP||2016 - Present|
|Attorney||Davis, Matthews & Quigley, P.C.||2014 - 2016|
|Association name||Position name||Duration|
|Georgia Association for Women Lawyers||2019 - Present|
|Atlanta Bar Association||2014 - Present|
|American Bar Association||2014 - Present|
|State Bar of Georgia||2014 - Present|
|State Bar of Georgia, Family Law Section||2014 - Present|
|Phi Beta Kappa||2011 - Present|
|Mercer University - Walter F. George School of Law||Legal Ethics and Professionalism Moot Court Competition Problem||2013|
|Mercer Law Review||Administering Mayo to Patents in Medicine and Biotechnology: Appropriate Dosage or Risk of Toxic Side Effects?||2013|
|Mercer University - Walter F. George School of Law||J.D.||2014|
|Washington and Lee University||B.A.||2011|
|Contempt Proceeding||Favorable Outcome|
|Will Contest||Summary Judgment Granted|
|Wrongful Death Case||Favorable Jury Verdict|
|Supreme Court Appeal||Favorable Outcome|
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