Diversity executive Lori Garrett has left the Minority Corporate Counsel Association for executive recruitment boutique BarkerGilmore. Garrett will head the Atlanta office and co-chair the women and diversity initiative for the New York-based recruiter, which handles in-house counsel, compliance officer and board of director placements. She joined as a managing director.

Garrett had been vice president and managing director of the Southeast since 2009 for the MCCA, which advocates for the hiring, promotion and retention of minority attorneys in corporate legal departments and their law firms.

“Joining a firm that is consistently advancing diverse executive level candidates into the most profitable companies in the country just made sense for me,” Garrett said in a statement. She added that of BarkerGilmore’s placements for legal, compliance and board positions, 41 percent have been women and 23 percent have been minorities.

“Lori has extensive experience working with corporations challenged with building a senior team of diverse professionals,” said Bob Barker, BarkerGilmore’s managing partner, in a statement.

Garrett was the associate director of career services at Emory University School of Law before joining the MCCA. A Spelman graduate, she has a law degree from the University of Southern California.

Garrett was recognized in 2012 for her work advancing diversity in the legal profession with the Multi-Bar Leadership Council’s Seth Kirschenbaum Diversity Award.

Litigator LeeAnn Jones has left Bryan Cave for Taylor English Duma, giving Taylor English seven attorneys in its product liability practice. Jones was counsel at Bryan Cave and a partner at predecessor firm Powell Goldstein from 1994 to 2008. Several Powell Goldstein alums are Jones’ new colleagues in the product liability practice at Taylor English, including Foy Devine, Jay Patton and Allen Willingham.

Jones is registered as a neutral with the Georgia Office of Dispute Mediation and will continue her mediation practice at Taylor English. She serves on the board for Jerusalem House, an Atlanta nonprofit that provides housing to homeless and low-income people affected by HIV and AIDS.

Kate Lewis has joined Nelson Mullins Riley & Scarborough as of counsel. Lewis’ practice focuses on commercial real estate, financial services and workouts and restructurings of distressed property loans. She was a partner at McKenna Long & Aldridge until 2011, then took a sabbatical. She represents lenders, loan servicers, investors and developers.

Family law firm Stearns-Montgomery & Proctor has opened a Buckhead office, its fourth. The firm has offices in Marietta and Dunwoody, and opened an Alpharetta office in July. One of the firm’s partners, Ryan Proctor, will work out of the Buckhead location.

Greenberg Traurig shareholder David Kurzweil has been chosen to serve on the Commercial Finance Association’s national executive committeeand will co-chair the CFA Education Foundation. He is also a board member of the CFA’s Atlanta chapter. The CFA is a trade group for financial institutions doing asset-based lending and related services. Kurzweil is co-chairman of Greenberg’s national commercial financial institutions practice and its practice group leader for the Atlanta office.

Brian McEvoy has become the chairman of the State Bar of Georgia’s health law section. McEvoy is a partner at Chilivis, Cochran, Larkins & Bever.