Get to know the GLA Staff!
Directors and Staff!
Meredith Ragains, Esq.Executive Director
Kelly Bray, Esq.Director of Legal Services
Matthew Goings, Esq.Director of Operations
Jayma Leath, Esq.Staff 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.
Matthew has a deep passion for music that started in first grade when he began piano lessons. He later picked up the tenor saxophone and continued playing in marching band through college in the Redcoat Marching Band at the University of Georgia, where he received a Bachelor of Science in Psychology. Matthew is also a Brother of the national music fraternity Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia. He lives in Smyrna with his wife, Ashley, and their dog, Grady.
Sophie is an Arts Fellow for GLA. Sophie graduated from the University of Hull, UK with a Bachelor of Laws degree and she is licensed to practice law in Nigeria. She received her Master of Laws degree from Emory University School of Law, focusing her studies on Intellectual Property Law. Whilst at Emory, Sophie advised and tutored a number of students with regard to Legal Writing and Research. In her free time, Sophie enjoys playing the guitar, reading novels and hanging out with friends and family.
Zach Stevenson, Esq.
Zach is Patents Fellow 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.