Meet GTLA’s 2019-2020 LEAD Class




The Georgia Trial Lawyers Association has announced the selections for the 2019-2020 Leadership Education & Advanced Direction (LEAD) Program. Now beginning its seventh 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 six 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:

Dustin C. Banks, H.L. Cromartie, III, P.C., focuses his practice on personal injury and workers’ compensation cases. Dustin received his undergraduate and law degrees from the University of Georgia. In his spare time, Dustin enjoys attending UGA football games, playing golf, and traveling.


Xavier O. Carter, Sr., Watkins Lourie Roll & Chance, focuses his practice on whistleblower litigation and catastrophic personal injury, with a particular emphasis in medical malpractice and nursing home abuse and neglect. After graduating from the University of Virginia School of Law, Xavier practiced for several years as a business litigator at King & Spalding, LLP, before becoming a federal prosecutor at the U. S. Attorney’s Office for the Northern District of Alabama. In his time away from the law, Xavier is a big fan of NBA basketball and is beginning the process of turning his son (5) and daughter (3) into NBA fanatics.

John R. Ebersbach, Kam, Ebersbach & Lewis, P.C., focuses his practice on personal injury, wrongful death, workers’ compensation, and insurance bad faith litigation. John earned his law degree from Atlanta’s John Marshall Law School after earning a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from Auburn University. John serves as President of the Newnan-Coweta Bar Association and has been recognized as a Top 40 Under 40 trial lawyer by The National Trial Lawyers. In his spare time, John enjoys playing golf and mountain biking.

Hannah H. Gabriel, Childers & McCain, LLC, focuses her practice on personal injury, including wrongful death, premises liability, and motor vehicle wrecks. Hannah also speaks Spanish and enjoys helping immigrant families across Georgia on personal injury matters. Hannah attended the University of Georgia School of Law, where she graduated cum laude and served as an Articles Editor for the Georgia Law Review. Hannah is active within the legal community through the Macon Trial Lawyers Association, Middle Georgia Association of Women Lawyers, and William Augustus Bootle American Inn of Court. Hannah also enjoys giving back to her community through the volunteer efforts of Festival of Trees and Champions for Children. In her free time, Hannah enjoys playing sports, gardening, and spending time with family and friends.

Tom Giannotti, Arnold & Stafford, focuses his practice on personal injury, including medical malpractice, premises liability, and motor vehicle cases. Tom graduated from the University of Georgia School of Law, where he served as an editor of the Journal of International and Comparative Law and participated in the law school’s Prosecutorial Justice Program. In his spare time, Tom enjoys running and watching UGA football.

Matt Kahn, Butler Law Firm, focuses his practice on personal injury and wrongful death, including automobile/trucking collisions, negligent security, and auto products liability. Matt received his law degree from Emory University School of Law. In law school, Matt was a managing editor for the Bankruptcy Developments Journal, clerked for the Honorable Sara Doyle on the Georgia Court of Appeal, and worked as an extern in AT&T’s litigation department. In his spare time, Matt enjoys eating his way around Atlanta’s many restaurants, cooking, and running (mostly to allow for hobbies # 1 & 2).

Michael Kaufman, Kaufman Law, P.C., focuses his practice on personal injury. A native Atlantan, Michael earned degrees from Mercer University W.F. George Law School and the University of Georgia. In law school, Michael served as the president of the Mercer Trial Lawyers Association, ABA Chair, and Mock Trial team. He also clerked for the Hon. P. Harris Hines on the Georgia Supreme Court. Michael enjoys being outdoors and reading.

Brady Larrison, The Larrison Law Firm, focuses solely on personal injury law with a special emphasis on auto, trucking, and DUI collisions. Brady graduated from The University of Mississippi School of Law, where he earned membership on to the school’s prestigious and nationally ranked Moot Court Team. Brady has spent his entire legal career representing injured victims in their battles against the insurance companies. Outside of his law practice, Brady enjoys attending UGA Football games, Atlanta United matches, chasing around his three children, and spending time with his wife.

Ben Levy, Wetherington Law Firm, focuses on personal injury cases involving permanent injuries, including disc herniations, disc bulges, and annular tears. He earned his law degree from the University of Georgia School of Law where he was a member of the mock trial team and served as a third-year student prosecutor in the courtrooms of Fulton County and Clarke County. In his spare time, he enjoys gardening, tinkering with cars, and serving on the boards of various nonprofit organizations in Atlanta’s Jewish community.

Allison J. Marani, Roden Law, focuses her practice on personal injury, products liability, premises liability, and auto/trucking collisions. Ms. Marani received her law degree from the Southwestern University School of Law in California, where she received honors in the University’s Moot Court competition and vice-chaired the University’s Street Law outreach program. Ms. Marani joined the California bar upon graduation and cut her teeth doing insurance defense. Upon admittance to the Georgia bar, Ms. Marani found her calling fighting for the rights of injured individuals as an associate at Roden Law. In her spare time, Ms. Marani enjoys playing tennis and spending time tending to her rose garden.

Rep. Josh McLaurin, Krevolin & Horst, focuses his practice on commercial litigation and appeals. Josh completed his undergraduate studies at the University of Georgia and attended Yale Law School. After law school, he clerked for the Honorable Jill Pryor on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit. Josh currently serves as state representative for Georgia’s House District 51.


Prince Njoku, The CP Law Group, as Managing Partner, Prince focuses on personal injury, premises liability, and wrongful death cases. Prince attended and earned his Juris Doctor in law at the University of Georgia’s law school and is licensed in Georgia and Illinois to practice law. Prince is also an advocate for helping his community. He is a board member of Rebuilding Together Atlanta, which ensures that low income families, the disabled, and the elderly can get repairs they need to their homes. Prince enjoys sports, the movies, and golfing.

Thomas (Torrey) Rainey, IV, The Roth Firm, LLC, focuses his practice on personal injury, including trucking, automobile, premises liability, and negligent security. Torrey graduated from Hampden-Sydney College. He then attended John Marshall Law School, where he served as the Executive Articles Editor. He was recently selected as a Georgia Rising Star. In his free time, Torrey enjoys golfing and cooking on The Big Green Egg.

Alex Seay, Bird Law Group, P.C., focuses her practice on medical malpractice and catastrophic personal injury cases. Alex completed her undergraduate studies at the University of Georgia and went on to attend Georgia Law, making her a “Double Dawg.” During law school, Alex was a member of the Moot Court and Mock Trial teams and was selected as a National Member of the Order of the Barristers. Alex is also a barrister in the Joseph Henry Lumpkin American Inn of Court. When she is not practicing law, Alex enjoys spending time with her family on Lake Lanier and cooking.

Brandon Smith, Shiver Hamilton, focuses his practice on wrongful death and catastrophic personal injury cases, including trucking, premises liability, and negligent security matters. Brandon graduated from the University of South Carolina School of Law, where he served as Chief Justice of the Moot Court Bar and Representative to the ABA Board of Governors. Before joining Shiver Hamilton, Brandon practiced at Nelson Mullins Riley & Scarborough on the firm’s trial practice group, representing international and Fortune 500 companies. He also served as a Special Prosecutor for the South Carolina Attorney General’s Office trying numerous cases to verdict. Among his involvement in civic and community organizations, assisting persons experiencing homelessness is a passion, and Brandon helped start South Carolina’s first Homeless Court.

Jillian Todd, Joseph M. Todd, P.C., practices with her father in Jonesboro, Georgia. Jillian focuses her practice on personal injury, workers’ compensation and probate litigation. Jillian received her Juris Doctorate degree, cum laude, in 2009, from Thomas M. Cooley Law School. When Jillian is not busy practicing law, she enjoys spending time with her husband, Daniel, and their chocolate lab, Taylor. Jillian also enjoys all things crafty, including scrapbooking, wreath making, decorating for any holiday, and binge-watching Netflix.

Michael Williford, Butler Wooten & Peak, focuses his practice on product liability, wrongful death, and catastrophic personal injury cases. Michael attended Georgia State University College of Law, where he graduated summa cum laude and was elected to the Order of the Coif. Before joining Butler Wooten & Peak, Michael practiced law at Arnall Golden Gregory as a member of the firm’s litigation group. When he is not in the office, he enjoys spending time with his son playing soccer or building LEGOs®.


Alex Seay is an associate at the Bird Law Group in Atlanta. Her practice primarily focuses on medical malpractice, personal injury, and tax litigation. She is currently serving in the GTLA LEAD Program as a member of the 2019 – 2020 Class and can be reached at


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