Paul Durdaller (top row, from left), Christine Tenley and Brian Levy and Valerie Richmond (bottom row, from left) and Nina Maja Bergmar.

A five-lawyer contingent has decamped from Stites & Harbison for Burr & Forman.

Partners Paul Durdaller and Brian Levy with counsel Valerie Richmond and legal assistant Gayla Harrah joined Burr’s creditors rights and bankruptcy practice, while partner Christine Tenley and associate Nina Maja Bargmar joined the labor and employment practice.

“These two teams complement our existing practices and client mix across multiple industry sectors: financial institutions, real estate, retail, technology, health care and manufacturing,” said Burr’s Atlanta managing partner, Erich Durlacher, in a statement.

The additions give Burr 40 lawyers in its Atlanta office. The Southeastern firm is based in Birmingham and has 300 lawyers across 12 offices in Alabama, Georgia, Florida, Tennessee, North Carolina, Delaware and Mississippi.

Their departures leave Stites & Harbison’s local office with nine lawyers. Stites, also a Southeastern firm, is based in Louisville and has 170 lawyers in Kentucky, Tennessee, Indiana, Virginia and Georgia. It opened the Atlanta office in 1999 by merging with local firm Varner, Stephens, Humphries & White.


Greenberg Traurig is expanding its investment management practice to Atlanta with the addition of partner Terry Davis from Holland & Knight, where he co-led that firm’s investment management team.

Davis counsels investment advisers, broker-dealers and fund managers on federal securities laws, particularly the Investment Company Act of 1940, and their compliance programs.

“Terry’s specialization in 1940 Act-registered funds is unique in the Southeast,” said Alan Annex, co-chair of Greenberg’s corporate practice, in a statement. Greenberg has a firmwide investment management practice, Annex said, and Davis “had the specific experience we were looking for, as well as longstanding client relationships in the space.”

Greenberg’s Atlanta-based co-president, Ernest Greer, said in a statement that “it made sense to add an investment management component [in Atlanta], particularly in Terry’s unique line of practice that includes SEC-registered funds and compliance obligations.”

Outside of law, Davis is a longtime volunteer for the Atlanta Humane Society and served as the group’s board chair in 2016.

Jonathan Waldman has joined Meunier Carlin & Curfman as a principal, giving the fast-growing IP firm 28 lawyers. Waldman, who previously had his own firm, Waldman IP Law, handles electrical patents across a range of technologies, including computer hardware and software, telephony and financial services for clients ranging from Fortune 500 companies to individuals.

Two veteran Atlanta lawyers, Joyce Klemmer and Joe Loveland, are starting a new phase of their careers as neutrals at JAMS. Klemmer joined JAMS after more than three decades as an IP litigation partner at Smith, Gambrell & Russell. She is a panelist for the International Trademark Association Panel of Trademark Mediators and a board member of the Atlanta Bar Association’s dispute resolution and IP sections.

Loveland has joined after retiring as a partner at King & Spalding, where he spent more than 40 years as a trial and appellate litigator. He chairs the board of trustees for the National Institute of Trial Advocacy and is on the Southern Center for Human Rights board’s executive committee.

Jeffrey Perry has joined Nelson Mullins Riley & Scarborough as of counsel from King & Spalding, where he was an associate. Perry, a corporate lawyer, has worked with a range of companies at stages from incorporation to exit, advising on corporate finance and other transactions. He also is “crypto-fluent,” according to his Nelson Mullins bio.

Cassandra Gaines has joined Smith Moore Leatherwood as of counsel in the transportation and logistics group from trucking company Schneider National, where she was associate general counsel for risk management. Gaines defends clients in trucking accident litigation.

Intellectual property firm Cantor Colburn has hired Doug Weinstein as counsel. Colburn previously practiced at Merchant & Gould, and before that he spent almost four years in Taipei as Jones Day’s Taiwan IP coordinator. Weinstein handles a range of IP matters, including patent prosecution, licensing negotiations and patent litigation.

Kilpatrick Townsend & Stockton has added Farah Cook as counsel to its tech transactions and global data protection team from Patrick Law Group. Cook handles contracts for supply chain transactions, vendor agreements, marketing, advertising and technology.

Chamberlain, Hrdlicka, White, Williams & Aughtry has added Kevin Langley as an associate in its labor and employment practice from Hawkins Parnell Thackston & Young. Langley is a 2016 graduate of the University of Georgia School of Law.

Blasingame, Burch, Garrard & Ashley has added two lawyers this year, Pam Dillard and Alexandra Hughes, and promoted Sara Schramm to shareholder, giving the Athens personal injury and business law firm 25 attorneys. Schramm handles mass tort litigation, particularly in product liability cases. Dillard, a real estate attorney, joined from Athens firm Cowsert & Avery in January, while Hughes joined the plaintiffs practice in April from Atlanta defense litigation firm Carlock Copeland & Stair.

Locke Lord has promoted Michael Wolak to partner. Wolak is a business litigator who handles product liability cases and other disputes.

The Linley Jones Firm, a plaintiffs firm specializing in legal malpractice cases, has promoted Angela Forstie to junior partner. Forstie is a 2009 graduate of Georgia State University College of Law.

UGA Law professor Lori Ringhand has won a Fulbright Distinguished Chair Award—one of the Fulbright Program’s most competitive grants—to spend the spring 2019 semester at the University of Aberdeen in Scotland, where she will research the approaches to campaign finance regulation taken by the United States and the United Kingdom. Ringhand is UGA Law’s associate dean for academic affairs and a Hosch Professor, teaching constitutional law, election law and state and local government law.

Taylor English Duma partner Matthew Rosenkoff was sworn in as president of the North Fulton Bar Association in May. Rosenkoff has been an NFBA member for seven years, serving as a director since 2012.

Katie Connell, a partner at Connell Cummings, has been named a fellow of the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers. Connell started the family law firm in 2016 with Leigh Faulk Cummings. She is the youngest Georgia lawyer to be named an AAML fellow—one of only 32 in Georgia and 1,650 nationally.

Eversheds Sutherland partner Scott Sorrels has received the Distinguished Eagle Scout Award—the National Eagle Scout Association’s highest honor for extraordinary service—from the Boy Scouts of America and its Northeast Georgia Council. Previous recipients include Neil Armstrong, Stephen Spielberg, Sam Walton and Gerald Ford.

Sorrels is co-chair of the 2019 World Scout Jamboree, a gathering of 50,000 scouts from 200 countries, which will be co-hosted by U.S., Canadian and Mexican scouting groups at Summit Bechtel Reserve in West Virginia.