Meredith Ragains, Esq.Executive Director
Joshua Aronson, Esq.President
Jonathan Ware, Esq.Vice-President
John Bowler, Esq.Treasurer
Jane Woodruff Blount, Esq.Secretary
Prior to her work at GLA, Meredith was a litigator for 12 years at Robins Kaplan where she was in the Commercial Litigation practice group. In 2009, the State Bar of Georgia awarded Meredith its Pro Bono Project Award for her outstanding work with pro bono clients.
Meredith graduated from Emory University and Mercer Law School. After law school, Meredith clerked for the Honorable G. Ernest Tidwell of the United States District Court for the Northern District of Georgia. In addition to her work at GLA, Meredith is an adjunct professor at Emory Law School where she teaches contract drafting, and she regularly guest lectures at the Georgia State University College of Law on intellectual property-related topics.
Jonathan is an avid meditator and teaches Eastern philosophy and yogic-style meditation to students from around the country. He is passionate about international travel, and his many journeys have included extended trips to India, Egypt, Europe, Latin America and the Far East.
Jonathan and his husband, renowned landscape architect, John Howard, have assembled a growing modern art collection over the course of their 16 year relationship. They count among their collection artists whose works hang in major international galleries around the globe. Jonathan’s passion for the arts called him to begin serving on GLA’s Board in 2017, and he is delighted to support the arts community in this capacity.
John Bowler, Esq.
John’s trial experience includes first-chair jury trials, bench trials, arbitrations, and contested evidentiary and injunction hearings ranging from cases for Fortune 500 clients, to large international concerns, to closely-held businesses and individuals. He also has extensive experience with opposition and cancellation proceedings before the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board of the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, as well as all aspects of domain name and ICANN’s Uniform Dispute Resolution Policy practice before administrative panels and other tribunals.
Prior to joining Troutman Sanders in 1995, John was an associate in the Litigation Section at Winston & Strawn LLP in Chicago, Illinois. He received his Juris Doctor degree from Vanderbilt University and his Bachelor of Arts in English from the University of Notre Dame. John enjoys hiking, backpacking, running, and other outdoor activities.
Jane is Sr. Marketing Counsel at Warner Media. Prior to that, she was outside counsel for global marketing and international licensing for The Coca-Cola Company and in-house marketing counsel for the International Olympic Committee and the American Cancer Society. She has a BA in French and Economics from UGA and a Masters degree and JD from GSU. Jane serves as Secretary of GLA’s board. Jane also serves on the boards of Terminus Modern Ballet Theatre and the Art Farm at Serenbe, as well as on the advisory council of the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra. Jane has served on the boards of the Galloway School, the Georgian Chamber Players, the Georgia Court Appointed Special Advocates for Children, The Atlanta Lawyers’ Orchestra, and on the vestry of St. Dunstan’s Episcopal Church. Jane’s husband is a partner in the environmental firm of Kazmarek, Mowrey, Cloud and Laseter and is a painter. They have twins at George Washington University. She is an avid supporter of the arts in Atlanta and enjoys adventure travel with her family.
Emily Baker, Esq.Jones Day
Lanchi Bombalier, Esq.Arnall Golden Gregory LLP
Charley Brown, Esq.Ballard Spahr LLP
Amy Cheng, Esq.Nelson Mullins Riley & Scarborough, LLP
Peter Duitsman, Esq.Warner Media, LLC
Randall FoxThe Atlanta Foundation for Public Spaces
Brian Hooper, Esq.
Matthew Howell, Esq.Alston & Bird LLP
Kent Jordan, Esq.King & Spalding LLP
Josh Kalb, Esq.Barnes & Thornburg
David KellyBarnes & Thornburg LLP
Maha Khalaj, Esq.Kilpatrick Townsend & Stockton LLP
Alana Kirkland, Esq.Greenberg Traurig
Trey Levie, Esq.Meunier Carlin & Curfman
John LivingstonFinnegan, Henderson, Farabow, Garrett & Dunner, LLP
Charlotte Murphy, Esq.The Coca-Cola Company
Ramsey Prather, Esq.Butler Prather LLP
Bing WangGeorgia Institute of Technology
In addition to her GLA board service, Emily co-chairs the Diversity, Inclusion & Advancement Committee in Jones Day’s Atlanta office, serves on the Emory Law School Alumni Board, and is a Master in the Lamar Inn of Court.
Emily’s husband is also a lawyer, and they have two young children. Outside of work, she enjoys spending time and traveling with her family.
Lanchi obtained her joint-degree in law and public health from Emory University and is also a licensed physical therapist in Georgia. Prior to joining the firm, she was a Georgia Academy of Healthcare Attorneys (GAHA) Fellow with the Georgia Hospital Association. Lanchi also worked for several years as a physical therapist, focusing on the treatment of patients with traumatic brain injuries and related neurobehavioral issues. During that time, she served as a clinical instructor for the physical therapy programs at Emory University and Georgia State University. She also served for four years as an appointee on the American Physical Therapy Association (APTA) Public Policy and Advocacy Committee, which advises and counsels the APTA Board of Directors on public policy and advocacy initiatives to advance physical therapy practice, education, research, and reimbursement.
Charley received his J.D. from Mercer University, a M.S. degree in Bioinformatics from the Georgia Institute of Technology, and a B.B.A. in Computer Information Systems from Mercer University. Outside of work, Charley enjoys spending time with his wife and two children.
Amy Cheng, Esq.
Outside of work, Amy enjoys trying new restaurants and blogging about food on her instagram handle, @hungrysouthernesq!
Peter Duitsman, Esq.
Brian Hooper, Esq.
Matthew Howell, Esq.
Matthew has represented clients in federal and state courts across the country and before the International Trade Commission, Federal Circuit and Patent Trial and Appeals Board. He has significant experience with both enforcing and defending his clients’ intellectual property rights.
Matthew also has a robust pro bono practice, working closely with organizations such as the Atlanta Volunteer Lawyers Foundation, Georgia Legal Services Program, Pro Bono Partnership of Atlanta and other pro bono clients. He currently serves on Alston & Bird’s Pro Bono Committee.
In 2003, Matthew received his B.A. in physics from Washington University in St. Louis, and in 2007, he received his J.D. from Duke University School of Law.
Kent picked up his first camera in 1981, a Minolta 35mm Hi-Matic AF2 and fell in love instantly. Several cameras and a few million photos later, he still actively pursues his first love. Although the iPhone has mostly replaced the camera, and the dark room has given way to Photoshop, the process of seeing an image and attempting to capture that moment in time remains the same.
Josh also has extensive experience in advertising litigation and counseling. He has defended clients against false advertising claims brought between competitors, and by consumers individually and as a class. In addition, Josh routinely advises clients on claim creation and substantiation to help minimize the risk of litigation.
Josh is married to Jennifer Kalb – something he is thankful for every day – and has two amazing kids, Fisher and Sydney, who actually make waking up early on the weekend enjoyable.
David Kelly represents technology companies in intellectual property matters, including counseling, licensing, litigation, contested Patent and Trademark Office (PTO) cases, and appeals. Appreciated for his candor and responsiveness, David is tenacious in protecting and defending his client’s IP rights.
David counsels clients on a range of IP issues and helps manage and protect their valuable IP. And he vigorously defends his client’s IP rights, having successfully litigated matters involving patents, trademarks, trade secrets, false advertising, unfair competition, contracts, and anti-trust.
David serves as lead trial counsel for clients in federal district courts throughout the United States, as well as in contested cases before the U.S. Patent & Trademark Office. He is also an experienced appellate advocate, arguing cases before both the Federal Circuit and the Patent and Trial Board.
Additionally, David manages his clients’ foreign and domestic patent and trademark portfolios, handling prosecution, licensing, and enforcement. He routinely provides opinions on patent validity and freedom to operate, and has conducted dozens of intellectual property due diligence reviews.
David is also dedicated to pro bono work. Recently, he helped secure an inmate’s compassionate release from prison after serving nearly 30 years for a crime committed when he was just a teenager.
A noted thought leader, David has authored dozens of articles, provided commentary in leading business publications, and given dozens of presentations on patent law issues and legal writing.
David was named a ‘Rising Star’ in IP by Georgia Super Lawyers for four years and was one of only a handful of lawyers selected in 2014 by the Daily Report magazine as a ‘Rising Legal Star Under 40.’
An avid hiker and backpacker, David has hiked several sections of the Appalachian Trail and hopes one day to hike all 2,200 miles of the trail.
Maha Khalaj, Esq.
Maha received her J.D. from Mercer University and her M.S. and B.S. degrees in Biology from Georgia State University.
Alana Kirkland, Esq.
Outside of work, Alana enjoys exploring Atlanta’s music scene, running, and spending time with her family and friends.
Alana received her J.D. from Harvard Law School and her B.A. in Political Science from Stanford University with Phi Beta Kappa distinction.
Trey received his J.D. from the Cumberland School of Law at Samford University, graduating Magna Cum Laude and third in his law school class. Trey also served as the Managing Editor to the Cumberland Law Review, where his comment was published. Trey graduated Magna Cum Laude from Vanderbilt University with an undergraduate degree in Civil Engineering and minors in Psychology and Engineering Management. Trey grew up in LaFayette, Georgia, and attended The Baylor School in Chattanooga, Tennessee.
John Livingstone is the managing partner of Finnegan’s Atlanta office. John is a first-chair trial lawyer focusing on complex pharmaceutical, chemical, and biotechnology patent litigation and proceedings before U.S. district courts, the U.S. International Trade Commission (ITC), the Patent Trial and Appeal Board (PTAB) of the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO), and the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit. John is a native of the Southeast, has lived in Atlanta for over 20 years, and was a resident in Finnegan’s Tokyo office for four years.
Charlotte Murphy, Esq.
Prior to joining Coca-Cola, Charlotte was an attorney at Jones Day, where she represented clients in intellectual property and false advertising cases, managed global trademark portfolios, and advised on a variety of copyright and right of publicity issues.
A South Carolina native, Charlotte graduated from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill with a B.A. in English and obtained her law degree from the University of Georgia, where she was an Articles Editor for the Georgia Law Review. Additionally, Charlotte is a member of the International Trademark Association and the IP Section of the State Bar of Georgia. Outside of work, Charlotte enjoys traveling with her fiancé Dulane, spending time with her nieces and nephew, wine tasting, and exploring Atlanta’s restaurant scene.
Ramsey graduated from Tulane University Law School, magna cum laude, in 2010. While in law school, Ramsey served as editor-in-chief of the Tulane Law Review and was elected to the Order of the Coif.
Following law school, Ramsey served as a law clerk to the Honorable William H. Pryor Jr. on the United States Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit and to the Honorable Lance M. Africk on the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Louisiana.
Bing is Advisory to the General Counsel of Georgia Institute of Technology. She serves as a trusted internal advisor and provides insight to the General Counsel on all functions of the organization. She counsels faculty and staff on a variety of legal and policy matters relevant to the University. Her current practice focuses on intellectual property, false claims act, federal grants, investigations, and litigation matters. Bing obtained her J.D. from Georgia State University School of Law. She is a member of the National Association of College and University Attorneys (NACUA), the Society for International Affairs (SIA), and the Georgia Asian Pacific American Bar Association (GAPABA). On behalf of seven Atlanta major universities, Bing also serves on the Governing Board of the Office of the Inspector General for the City of Atlanta.
Solesse “Sunny” AltmanBondurant Mixson & Elmore
Ron Barabus, Esq.Turner Broadcasting
Anne Baroody, Esq.Parker, Hudson, Rainer & Dobbs LLP
Pearson Beardsley, Esq.Beardsley, P.C.
Sean Bedford, Esq.Masten Space Systems
Lohr BeckKing & Spalding
Dr. Joseph Bennett-Paris, Esq.Taft Stettinius & Hollister LLP
David Carpenter, Esq.Alston Bird
Ted Eader, Esq.Conway Eader
Kenny Franklin, Esq.Georgia State Office of Technology Licensing
Katherine Eppley Gruner, Esq.McGuireWoods LLP
Lindsay Mitchell Henner, Esq.Troutman Pepper
Becki LeeIHG Hotels
Counsel McCullen, Esq.Busch Slipakoff Mills and Slomka
Nicole Morris, Esq.Emory University School of Law
Eli Noblitt, Esq.Pacific Law
Brent RadcliffGenuine Parts Company
Chloe Ricke, Esq.McLain & Merritt, P.C.
Julie Kessler Roach, Esq.Brightree LLC
Susan Russell, Esq.Capstone IP Law
Emily SchifterTroutman Pepper Hamilton Sanders LLP
Robert Vann, Esq.Northern Trust Wealth Management
Andy Weeks, Esq.The Coca-Cola Company
Elizabeth Wheeler, Esq.Warner Media, llc
Michelle Wilco, Esq.Kilpatrick Townsend & Stockton
Suzanne WIlliams, Esq.Lawrence & Bundy LLC
Solesse “Sunny” Altman
Solesse Altman represents plaintiffs and defendants in complex trial and appellate litigation.
Before joining the firm in 2018, Solesse served as a law clerk to the Honorable Richard W. Story in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Georgia.
Solesse received her law degree from the University of Georgia School of Law where she received the Jesse & Dan MacDougald Memorial Award for First Honor Graduate and Issac Meinhard Award for Highest Academic Average. She received her Bachelor of Arts degree from Washington & Lee University.
Ron Barabus, Esq.
Anne Baroody, Esq.
Anne is a litigation associate with Parker, Hudson, Rainer & Dobbs LLP where she focuses on complex commercial disputes before federal and state courts. Anne represents clients in a variety of business and intellectual property litigation contexts, including those involving trade secrets, restrictive covenants, trademarks, copyrights, and unfair competition. Before joining Parker Hudson, Anne served as a law clerk to the Honorable Orinda D. Evans in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Georgia.
Anne entered the University of Georgia School of Law with a background in Classical Languages, Art, and Architecture, gained through study and travel at Davidson College. A passion for art, law, and antiquity led Anne to intern during law school with the Ministry of Culture and Fine Arts in Phnom Penh, Cambodia. In addition to her GLA work, Anne serves on the advocacy committee of the Lawyers’ Committee for Cultural Heritage Preservation. Outside work, Anne and her husband love to travel and taste new foods.
Pearson Beardsley, Esq.
Sean Bedford, Esq.
Lohr Beck is a Senior Associate in the Trial Practice Group at King & Spalding. Her practice focuses on commercial litigation with an emphasis on antitrust matters, purported class actions, and matters with complex e-discovery issues.
Lohr grew up on an angus beef farm in North Carolina before getting her undergraduate degree from The George Washington University and attending Emory University School of Law. She lives in Candler Park with her boyfriend Nick and two very spoiled Manx kitty cats (they are born without tails!) named Bibby and Aurora. In her free time, she enjoys traveling, eating ice cream, and reading in her 2 ½ foot above ground swimming pool.
Dr. Joseph Bennett-Paris, Esq.
marijuana and medical devices including dental products. For several years, Joe’s practice has focused on the generic drug industry. Prior to entering law, he served on the faculty of the Wake Forest University School of Medicine. Joe is a graduate of the University of North Carolina School of Law, Loyola University Chicago (Ph.D., Pharmacology) and the University of Southern California (B.S., Biological Sciences).
Besides providing pro bono work to the arts community through the GLA, he also sits on the board of the A5 Volleyball Club, the premier junior club volleyball organization in the Southeast for both girls’ and boys’ volleyball.
In his spare time, Joe plays the guitar and can often be found on hiking trails the world over his wife of 25+ years, Dr. Barbara Bennett.
David has substantial experience representing companies in major consumer class action litigation, including cases involving privacy issues. He has represented a number of Fortune 500 companies in such litigation, moving to compel arbitration on multiple occasions, gaining dismissals through Rule 12 motions, and obtaining favorable settlements for clients in bet-the-company litigation.
David was named to the Georgia Super Lawyers “Rising Stars” list for 2017 in the area of business litigation. He received his J.D. from Vanderbilt University in 2007. Before law school, he worked in the public relations departments for the Colorado Rockies and the Atlanta Braves, providing media relations assistance, statistical research, and support for the baseball operations departments of two Major League Baseball teams. David also worked as a student assistant in the sports information department at Duke University, where he received his B.A. in history in 2002.
Ted Eader, Esq.
Kenny Franklin, Esq.
Lindsay Mitchell Henner, Esq.
As Entertainment Counsel at WarnerMedia, Jasmine is a strategic partner delivering consumer-centric brand partnership opportunities aligned with WarnerMedia’s renowned talent, iconic characters, resounding storytellers and premium brands that drive full-funnel ad partner results. Her work focuses on the protection, maintenance, exploitation, and enforcement of copyright, trademark, and publicity rights, including negotiating and drafting brand and content license agreements, and counseling clients on copyright, trademark, publicity rights, and entertainment-related issues.
She graduated from Florida State University with degrees in Media Communication Studies and English (Editing, Writing, and Media), prior to attending Emory University School of Law. Recognizing the convergent climate of media and technology, she was eager to join Georgia Lawyers for the Arts as an intern in 2014. She went on to represent Emory School of Law in the National Transactional Law Meets competitions and was awarded Best Draft and Best Negotiation.
Jasmine takes pride in sharing her knowledge with others. She started Jasmine Johnson Law in 2018 to equip creatives and entrepreneurs with legal tools they need to scale their business. She released a free e-book, QUICK GUIDE TO BUSINESS PLANS, to help clients develop a business plan to generate a lucrative business.
A devoted community leader, she co-founded Women that Bloom, Inc., a non-profit organization committed to catalyzing personal and professional growth of women becoming powerhouses in their fields. The organization offers grants, scholarships and networking support to women nationwide. She also sits on the board of Georgia Lawyers for the Arts, a nonprofit organization that provides legal assistance and educational programming to creators.
Johnson’s keen ability to connect information to people and has a penchant for helping others.
Becki Lee is an attorney at IHG Hotels. Becki focuses her practice on copyright and trademark counseling. Becki’s practice involves trademark and copyright prosecution and enforcement, IP licensing, domain name enforcement, anti-counterfeiting efforts, Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA) matters, cannabis-related trademark matters, rights of publicity, and various entertainment law issues. Becki has represented clients in disputes in federal district court and in front of the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board (TTAB). Becki is on the Executive Committee of the Atlanta IP Inn of Court. During law school, Becki won Best Brief at the Cardozo BMI Moot Court Competition. She also was an intern at GLA in 2012 and has stayed active with the organization ever since.
Before law school, Becki worked in the entertainment industry for 10 years as a publicist, marketer, and event planner. She also owned her own music-focused public relations firm, so she has firsthand knowledge of the challenges involved in starting and running a creative business.
Becki has two young kids, two dogs, and one spouse, and lives in Decatur. Becki plays the drums when she gets a chance. In 2020, Becki published a children’s book about intellectual property called Do You Draw Pictures?.
Counsel McCullen, Esq.
numerous companies and investment firms for corporate governance, incentive equity, and commercial contracts.
Counsel is also a musician and continues to pursue music production. He particularly enjoys finding ways to provide his services to artists that find themselves in the world of corporate law. Counsel earned his JD and undergraduate degrees at Georgia State University. Prior to beginning his legal practice, he worked with restaurateurs in managing and opening restaurants. He enjoys traveling, hiking, and movies in his spare time.
Prior to joining the Emory faculty, Nicole was the former Managing Patent Counsel at The Coca-Cola Company and was responsible for the development and implementation of the Company’s global patent strategy and providing day-to-day advice and counseling to business stakeholders.
Nicole received her B.S. in Chemical Engineering from Northwestern, her M.S. in Chemistry from University of Michigan, her law degree from the University of Minnesota, and is a registered patent attorney. She has over twelve years of experience practicing patent law in large and mid-sized law firms and has represented clients in patent and trademark litigation matters, as well as patent prosecution matters. She also worked as an engineer for six years with 3M and Eli Lilly and has over twenty years of experience working with consumer products and technology commercialization.
Nicole is a frequent speaker on innovation, technology commercialization, and patent law topics including patent strategy, IP licensing, and the role of corporate counsel in patent transactions. She is heavily involved in the IP community as a member of the American Intellectual Property Law Association (AIPLA), Atlanta IP Inn of Court, Atlanta Bar Association, National Bar Association IP Section, a board member of Georgia Lawyers for the Arts, and Minority In-House Counsel Association. In 2013, Professor Morris was awarded the 2013 “Rising Star Corporate Counsel Award from the Atlanta Business Chronicle and featured in the August 2013 issue of Corporate Counsel magazine.
Eli Noblitt, Esq.
Eli is the Managing Attorney of Pacific Law Group’s Peachtree City office, where he closes residential real estate deals. Prior to his transition into transactional law, he worked as a civil litigator for more than 3 years, resolving real estate, insurance, and transportation disputes.
Eli received his Bachelors of Landscape Architecture and Political Science in 2011 from The University of Georgia and his JD in 2015 from Emory University School of Law. While at Emory, he enjoyed a fantastic semester-long externship with GLA under Meredith, which prepared him for future galas where Meredith would inevitably say, “Pony up.” He is currently pursuing a Masters in Industrial-Organizational Psychology from UGA.
Eli is passionate about learning how people, business, and technology can serve one another to improve and grow the workplace. When he’s out-of-office and the classroom, Eli enjoys spending time with his wife (a fellow Emory Law graduate), finding space in the yard for more plants, and biting off more than he can chew in other home renovation projects.
Brent M. Radcliff is Associate Counsel for Genuine Parts Company (“GPC”). He is responsible for developing, maintaining and enforcing GPC’s intellectual property rights worldwide; negotiating, documenting and providing strategic direction on IP and technology transactions; collaborating with commercial business units, technology, branding, and marketing to promote the discovery, development, management and protection of new ideas; building stakeholder relationships, in particular with intellectual property authorities and professional associations; training internal clients on IP and its implications on various functions within the organization; and providing general legal support on related matters arising in day-to-day operations.
Prior to joining GPC, he served as an attorney for a national firm where he concentrated on brand management, intellectual property counseling, litigation, and enforcement. Before that, Brent worked for several years inside the US Patent and Trademark Office and Customs and Border Protection on IP matters.
Outside of work he has served in leadership positions for several bar associations including the Washington Bar Association, National Bar Association, U.S. Intellectual Property Alliance, and International Trademark Association, finding ways to create programming for the training and betterment of fellow attorneys and education of the community at-large. He also serves on the Advisory Board of the Georgia Lawyers for the Arts and the Board of Directors for KidsGym USA, an organization which aims to provide life skills to children in the Metro Atlanta area through gymnastics. Brent holds a Juris Doctorate and Bachelor’s degree from Howard University.
Chloe now practices as a real estate attorney at McLain & Merritt, P.C. in Buckhead. She lives in Morningside with her fiance, Mason, and enjoys going to concerts, trying out new restaurants and exploring Atlanta with the family dog, Manney.
Julie received her Juris Doctor degree from Emory University School of Law with a certificate in Transactional Law and Skills and is admitted to practice law in the State of Georgia. She graduated magna cum laude from UGA with a B.A. in Political Science and a minor in Music and Philosophy.
Julie has worked at ASCAP, Live Nation Entertainment, The Coca-Cola Company, and with several solo practitioners. She is an active member of the National Association of Record Industry Professionals (NARIP) board. Julie served as a legal extern for GLA during law school, later became Director of Volunteer Services, and now serves on GLA’s Advisory Board. Julie is currently SaaS Legal, Corporate Counsel at Brightree LLC, and Director of Marketing for D. Gonzalez Law Group, LLC presents Letterbox Legal. In addition, Julie is the Principal Attorney and Owner of Julie K. Roach, Esq., LLC. Julie loves seeing live music and has played alto saxophone for over 15 years.
Susan provides collaborative, practical, and actionable counsel to her clients on their trademark, copyright, and trade secret transactions, prosecution, enforcement, and litigation. She also advises clients on complex domestic and international intellectual property law disputes, social media, online legal disputes, as well as right of publicity and advertising law.
Susan earned both her Bachelor and Juris Doctor degrees from the University of Oklahoma, was a Visiting Scholar at Emory University School of Law in Atlanta, at Columbia Law School in New York, and at Max Planck Institute for Intellectual Property in Munich, Germany, and earned her LLM from the University of California, Berkeley. Additionally, she served on the Editorial Board of several academic journals, received the Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft (German Research Foundation Scholarship), was a member of the Order of Barristers, and won the National Best Brief award at the Saul Lefkowitz Moot Court Competition.
Susan is committed to giving back to her community through volunteering her time to working with pro bono clients. Susan has volunteered time to working with a military veteran develop and protect its trademark and copyright portfolio. In addition to serving on the Advisory Board for Georgia Lawyers for the Arts, Susan volunteers more than fifty hours of time each year to helping local artists protect and enforce their IP rights, and navigate all manner of agreements. Susan also dedicates time to working with families who have children with disabilities enforce their Reasonable Accommodation Requests under the Americans with Disabilities Act.
Emily Schifter is an associate in the Labor & Employment section at Troutman Pepper Hamilton Sanders LLP. She represents clients in a variety of labor and employment-related matters, including employment discrimination, leave, disability accommodation, and wage and hour litigation. Additionally, she counsels employers on many aspects of employment law and human resources issues, such as employee handbooks, policies and training and drafts agreements and restrictive covenants for a variety of circumstances, including as part of mergers and acquisitions,.
Emily received her B.A. degree from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and her J.D. degree from the University of Georgia. Before joining Troutman Pepper, Emily served as a law clerk to a federal judge in the Northern District of Georgia in Rome. Emily lives in Atlanta with her husband, Adam, and their rescue dog, Murphy. In her free time, she loves exploring the city’s restaurant scene, live music, spending time outdoors, and reading.
Robert Vann, Esq.
The colorful, soothing images reveal themselves through the artist’s exploration of media and technique. Ice & Heat-fusion methods are used to create highly textured, luminescent, and multi-dimensional masterpieces. The Aquatic world and Stellar universe inspire his work and encompass his native Hawai’i!
MJ graduated from the University of Hawai’i, receiving degrees in Education and Culinary Arts. His training in food preparation taught him the importance of color and texture, as evidenced in the delicious quality of his artwork.
Andy Weeks, Esq.
Prior to launching his legal career, Andy was a high school teacher at the Notre Dame School, an all-girls high school in New York, New York, where he taught art and advanced placement art history for over six years. He was a graduate teaching assistant at the Pratt Institute in Brooklyn, New York, and a middle and high school teacher at The Preuss School UCSD, a charter school for low income, highly motivated students in La Jolla, California, where he taught art and art history. Andy is an accomplished artist with a national exhibition record including solo and group exhibitions.
Michelle Wilco, Esq.
Michelle is active in the Atlanta legal community, serving as a member of the IP Inn of Court, a member of the IP Section of the Georgia Bar Association, and a member of Georgia State University’s Law Alumni Council. Outside of her legal practice, Michelle enjoys traveling, exploring Atlanta’s restaurant and music scenes, running, and spending time with her family and friends.