Directors and Staff!
Meredith Ragains, Esq.Executive Director
Kelly Bray, Esq.Director of Legal Services
Jayma Leath, Esq.Staff Attorney
Zach Stevenson, Esq.Staff Patent Attorney
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.
Kelly oversees the Georgia PATENTS program and manages GLA services. Kelly obtained her LLM from Vanderbilt Law School in 2016 and was the recipient of the Scholastic Excellence Award in Copyright Law. In 2016, she also attended the 17th International Copyright Law Summer Course at University of Amsterdam, Institute for Information Law. Kelly received her JD from Dalhousie University and her MBA from the University of Toronto.
Kelly has over 10 years’ experience in the film and television industry having worked for producers and international distributors of live action and animated productions. She has independently produced two feature films, both of which premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival. Her experience also includes six years with a boutique branding, research and valuation company.
Zach is Staff Patent Attorney for TN PATENTS. Zach graduated from Full Sail University with a Bachelor of Science in Web Design and Development and received his Juris Doctor from Emory University School of Law, focusing his studies on patents. Zach is a member of the Georgia Bar and the United States Patent Bar. In his free time, Zach likes playing board games, playing tennis, and going skiing.
Seokhoon “Brandon” Hong, Esq.Patents Fellow
Benjamin MiddletonLegal Fellow
Xiaotong ShanLegal Fellow
Seokhoon “Brandon” Hong, Esq.
Ben became a percussionist at an early age. As a percussionist, Ben performed in symphonic and marching bands throughout his college years at South Carolina State University where he became a member of the Marching 101 Band and graduated with a B.S. in Psychology. Ben received his J.D. from Michigan State University College of Law. Before law school Ben worked as a software test engineer during the day and spent his nights as a budding music producer and songwriter. As a Broadcast Music, Inc. member Ben continues to engage the creative process through music production. He now lives
in Smyrna, GA with his wife, Andrea, and two daughters, Jeneen and Lana.
Stephen KotterPatents Extern
David RutzPatents Extern