GTLA Selects its 2018-2019 LEAD Class

BY SHEILA L. BILIMORIA

The Georgia Trial Lawyers Association has announced the selections for the 2018-2019 Leadership Education & Advanced Direction (LEAD) Program. Now beginning its sixth year, the widely-acclaimed LEAD Program serves to train and equip GTLA members who have been identified as potential leaders in the association with the necessary tools to take the next steps in their legal careers, both in and out of the courtroom.

As it has for each of its first five years, the GTLA LEAD Program received over sixty applications this year from qualified GTLA members with less than 10 years of legal practice experience or those who are 35 years of age or younger. After an extensive application review and selection process, 17 attorneys were chosen by the Selection Committee to participate in this program. They are as follows:

T. Peyton Bell, Harris Lowry Manton, LLP, focuses his practice on medical malpractice, products liability, premises liability, and auto/trucking collisions. Peyton received his law degree from the University of Georgia where he was a member of the mock trial team, President of the Graduate Student Association, and received the William King Meadow Award. Prior to law school, Peyton served as a Legislative Assistant and Press Secretary to U.S. Congressman John Barrow. In his spare time, Peyton can be found taking improv classes at Dad’s Garage Theatre Company.

David Bell, Jr., David Bell Law Firm, focuses his practice on criminal and civil law. David graduated from the University of Georgia School of Law and worked as an Assistant District Attorney and Assistant Solicitor in his hometown of Augusta, Georgia. In his spare time, David is a competitive runner, and is active in civic and community organizations.

Sheila L. Bilimoria, Morgan & Morgan, focuses her practice on premises liability and personal injury. Sheila attended the Georgia State University College of Law where she graduated cum laude. In law school, Sheila was a member of the mock trial team, Associate Research Editor for the Law Review, and clerked for the Hon. Robert Benham on the Georgia Supreme Court. Sheila enjoys exploring new restaurants in Atlanta and painting cityscapes of Georgia skylines.

Natanya Brooks, Brooks Injury Law, LLC, focuses her practice on personal injury. Natanya earned her law degree from Emory University where she was elected Director-in-Chief of the Mock Trial Society. Natanya currently serves as an adjunct faculty member for Emory Law School’s Trial Techniques Program, and she resides in Gwinnett County with her husband and two daughters.

Andre Dennis, The Dennis Law Firm, LLC, focuses his practice on personal injury. Andre received his law degree from Thomas M. Cooley Law School. After loosing his father in an automobile collision, Andre was inspired to become an advocate for other victims. In his spare time, Andre is involved in various community and civic organizations, including coaching a high school mock trial team.

Michael Eshman, The Eshman Law Firm, focuses his practice on industrial/construction liability, premises liability, MVA/trucking, and other serious injury cases. Michael graduated from The University of Georgia School of Law. Michael is a solo/small firm sponsor of the Georgia Latino Law Foundation and partners with the Latino Community Fund – Georgia to bring awareness to legal issues affecting Georgia’s growing Latino population.

The widely-acclaimed LEAD Program serves to train and equip GTLA members who have been identified as potential leaders in the association.

Chad J. Ethridge, Buzzell, Welsh, & Hill, focuses his practice on serious personal injury. Chad received his law degree from Mercer University. Chad is an active member of the William Augustus Bootle American Inn of Court and dedicates a portion of his professional time to pro bono legal services through the Georgia Legal Service Program. When not practicing law, Chad closely follows UGA and Mercer football, as well as the Braves, Hawks, and Falcons.

Jim Jenkins, Jenkins Utley, P.C., focuses his practice on personal injury and workers’ compensation. Jim received his law degree from Atlanta’s John Marshall Law School, and worked as the law clerk /staff attorney for the Superior Courts of the Northern Judicial Circuit, primarily working with Chief Judge John H. Bailey, Jr. Following his clerkship, Mr. Jenkins practiced law with his father at Jenkins Law, LLC, in a general law practice. He spent a great deal of time in the courtroom litigating all types of cases and developing a comprehensive approach to legal matters.

Daniel C. Justus, Lasky Cooper Law, focuses his practice on personal injury litigation, primarily medical malpractice. Daniel earned his Juris Doctor from Atlanta’s John Marshall Law School where he was the Executive Chairman of the Trial Advocacy Team and Executive Vice-Chairman of the Moot Court Honor Board. He is also an adjunct professor at Savannah Law School and serves as the faculty advisor for the Mock Trial Board. Danny has filled various positions on Savannah Trial Lawyers Association’s Executive Board and is currently the treasurer. He has been acknowledged as a “Personal Injury Rising Star” and selected as Top 40 Under 40 by The National Trial Lawyers.

Chinny Law, Ramos Law Firm, focuses her practice on workers’ compensation. Chinny attended Atlanta’s John Marshall Law School and holds a master’s degree in Conflict Management from Kennesaw State University. She is the recipient of the 2018 Workers Injury Law & Advocacy Group (WILG) Leadership Scholarship. Additionally, she currently co-chairs the Women’s Leadership Network for the Georgia Asian Pacific American Bar Association (GAPABA) and serves on the Board of Directors for the State Bar’s Young Lawyers’ Division. Lastly, she co-founded the Women’s Leadership Initiative for the Workers’ Compensation section (WCCL) of the GTLA and currently serves as a co-chair.

Parker Miller, Beasley Allen, focuses his practice on personal injury and products liability. Parker attended Auburn University and received a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration. He then attended Faulkner University’s Thomas Goode Jones School of Law. An interesting fact about Parker is that he was raised on a cattle farm in Dayton, Alabama.

Garon Muller, Burnside Law Firm, focuses his practice on personal injury cases. Garon graduated from Mercer Law School and served as a law clerk to the Hon. Daniel J. Craig and Hon. J. Wade Padgett before working as an assistant district attorney for three years. Garon recently completed his tenure as President of the Augusta Young Lawyers Affiliate and now serves on the Executive Committee of the Augusta Bar Association. As a graduate of Leadership Augusta in 2013, Garon is also dedicated to his community. He serves as the Vice-President of Turn Back the Block, a non-profit dedicated to the revitalization of the Harrisburg neighborhood through home revitalization. He was recently named one of the “Top Ten Young Professionals to Watch” by the Augusta Metro Chamber of Commerce. In his free time, Garon is a member of the local band, Coveralls.

Rebecca “Becky” Payne, Cathey & Strain, focuses her practice on catastrophic personal injury cases, including medical malpractice, car accidents, and mass torts. Becky attended Georgia State University College of Law where she graduated with highest pro bono distinction. Prior to joining Cathey & Strain, Becky clerked for Ragland & Jones, LLP, a firm specializing in medical malpractice and nursing home cases, in Atlanta, Georgia for two years. She also spent her summers interning with the Mountain Judicial Circuit District Attorney’s Office where she was actively involved in several high profile criminal cases.

Davis Popper, Conley Griggs Partin, LLP, focuses his practice on civil tort litigation. Davis attended the University of Georgia Law School where he served on the Editorial and Executive Boards for the Georgia Law Review. Davis’s law review note on design defect litigation was chosen for publication in the fall of his third year. When he is not in the office, Davis enjoys reading, running on the Atlanta Beltline, UGA football, and going to the movies.

Ramsey Prather, Butler Wooten & Peak, focuses his practice on whistleblowers in False Claims Act cases, business torts, truck wrecks, product liability, wrongful death and catastrophic personal injury cases. Ramsey attended Tulane University Law School, where he served as Editor-in-Chief of the Law Review and was elected to the Order of the Coif. Ramsey clerked for Judge William H. Pryor Jr. on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit and for Judge Lance M. Africk on the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Louisiana. Before joining Butler Wooten & Peak, Ramsey practiced law at King & Spalding as a member of the firm’s healthcare litigation group.

Maggy Randels, Shiver Hamilton, focuses her practice on personal injury, including trucking, automobile, premises liability, and negligent security. Maggy graduated from the University of Georgia School of Law, and has served as a guest judge and team coach in the law school’s moot court and mock trial programs. After graduation, Maggy worked as a judicial clerk to The Hon. Thomas W. Thrash, Jr., the Chief Judge for the United States District Court for the Northern District of Georgia. Following the completion of her clerkship, Maggy joined a large international law firm where she worked to defend a corporation facing multiple individual products liability suits as the result of a decertified class action.

Bethany Schneider, Schneider Law, P.C., focuses her practice on personal injury and wrongful death cases. Bethany graduated from the University of Texas, and began her legal career as an associate at King & Spaulding in Atlanta. As a Senior Associate, Bethany spent her time battling smoker suits against R.J. Reynolds. She attended 24 multi-week trials and served as trial counsel for 11 of those trials. ●

ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Sheila Bilimoria is with the Atlanta office of Morgan & Morgan, P.C. where her practice focuses on premises liability and personal injury. Ms. Bilimoria grew up in Macon, Georgia and lived there until she attended the University of Georgia where she graduated cum laude with a B.A. in Philosophy and a B.A.J. in Advertising. Sheila is currently a member of the GTLA LEAD program and also serves on the Verdict Editorial Board.

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