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Reese, Judge.The Appellant, Warren Averett, LLC, an accounting firm, appeals from the grant of partial summary judgment to the Appellee, Landcastle Acquisition Corporation. According to the Appellant, the trial court erred in finding, as a matter of law, that a contract provision limiting the amount of damages the Appellee could recover was unenforceable. For the reasons set forth, infra, we affirm.Viewed in the light most favorable to the Appellant,[1] the record shows the following facts. From 2010 through 2014, Morris Hardwick Schneider, P.C., (“MHS”) was a large, multi-state law firm that conducted real estate closings and other mortgage-related services. As a result of the nature and size of its business, MHS had “billions of dollars flowing in and out of its [title] escrow accounts[,]” as well as “ millions of dollars flowing in and out” of its trust accounts, during that time period.In December 2012, the managing partner of MHS,[2] Nathan E. Hardwick, IV, hired the accounting firm of Gifford Hillegass & Ingwersen, LLP, (“GH&I”) to conduct an audit for the prior three years. GH&I drafted an engagement letter that memorialized the scope of the audit and the terms of its contract (“2012 Contract”) and sent it to MHS. According to the 2012 Contract, GH&I was going to “audit the consolidated balance sheets of [MHS] as of January 1, 2010, December 31, 2010, 2011[,] and 2012 and the related consolidated statements of income, comprehensive income, members’ equity, and cash flow for the years then ended.” The objective of the audit was to enable GH&I to express “an opinion about whether [MHS's] financial statements [were] fairly presented, in all material respects, in conformity with U. S. generally accepted accounting principles.”[3] Hardwick signed the 2012 Contract and returned it to GH&I.Shortly thereafter, the Appellant, an accounting firm, acquired GH&I, effective January 1, 2013, and the Appellant took over the performance of MHS’s audit. The Appellant sent a letter to MHS notifying the law firm of the acquisition and asking that a corporate official confirm that the ongoing audit would still be subject to the 2012 Contract. On February 4, 2013, a partner of MHS signed the letter and returned it to the Appellant.In October 2013, Hardwick hired the Appellant to conduct an audit of MHS’s[4] financial statements for the year ending on December 31, 2013. The Appellant memorialized the terms of the audit in a second engagement letter (“2013 Contract”), which contained essentially the same terms as the 2012 Contract. Hardwick signed the contract and returned it to the Appellant.In the meantime, in early 2013, the Appellant issued to MHS Independent Auditors’ Reports for 2010/2011 and 2011/2012. The Appellant subsequently issued its Independent Auditors’ Report for 2012/2013 on April 18, 2014. Each of the reports stated that it “present[ed] fairly . . . the assets, liabilities, and stockholders’ deficit of [MHS]” for the applicable years, as well as the revenues, expenses, and cash flows for those years. However, none of the audit reports addressed or even acknowledged the assets, liabilities, or cash flows for MHS’s trust or title escrow accounts.In the summer of 2014, MHS discovered that Hardwick, MHS’s managing partner, had embezzled at least $20 million from MHS’s trust and title escrow accounts.[5] And, according to the Appellee, Hardwick embezzled at least $11 million of that total after the Appellant had issued its 2010/2011 Independent Auditors’ Report on January 11, 2013.In January 2017, the Appellee[6] filed suit against the Appellant for breach of contract, professional negligence,[7] and gross negligence, seeking at least $17.5 million in damages.[8] The Appellant filed a motion for partial summary judgment, contending that a provision in both the 2012 and 2013 Contracts expressly limited the amount of damages that the Appellee could recover on any claim to the amount of professional fees MHS had paid to the Appellant, which totaled about $87,000. The record shows that both four-page contracts[9] contained the following provision (“Provision”) near the bottom of the third page:Issue Resolution:In the event we are required to respond to a subpoena, court order or other legal process for the production of documents and/or testimony relative to information we obtained and/or prepared during the course of this engagement, you agree to compensate us at our hourly rates, as set forth above, for the time we expend in connection with such response, and to reimburse us for all of our out-of-pocket expenses incurred in that regard.Should you become dissatisfied with our services at any time, we ask that you bring your dissatisfaction to our attention promptly. If you remain dissatisfied, it is agreed that you will participate in non-binding mediation under the commercial mediation rules of the American Arbitration Association before you assert any claim. In any event, no claim shall be asserted which is in excess of the lesser of actual damages incurred or professional fees paid to us for the engagement.In response to the Appellant’s motion, the Appellee filed a cross-motion for partial summary judgment, arguing that the Provision was unenforceable as a matter of law because (1) it was not sufficiently prominent to provide notice; (2) it was ambiguous and insufficiently explicit as to whether it applied to the Appellee’s claims for professional negligence and gross negligence; and (3) even if the Provision was otherwise enforceable, it was still invalid and unenforceable under Georgia law to the extent it purported to limit the amount of recoverable damages for the Appellee’s gross negligence claim.The trial court conducted a hearing on the motions, during which it ruled that the Provision was unenforceable due to its lack of prominence among the surrounding contract terms, the ambiguous scope of the provision, and its invalidity as to the Appellee’s claim for gross negligence. Based on this finding, the court granted the Appellee’s cross-motion for partial summary judgment and denied the Appellant’s motion. This appeal followed.In order to prevail on a motion for summary judgment under OCGA § 9-11-56, the moving party must show that there exists no genuine issue of material fact, and that the undisputed facts, viewed in the light most favorable to the nonmoving party, demand judgment as a matter of law. Moreover, on appeal from the denial or grant of summary judgment[,] the appellate court is to conduct a de novo review of the evidence to determine whether there exists a genuine issue of material fact, and whether the undisputed facts, viewed in the light most favorable to the nonmoving party, warrant judgment as a matter of law.[10]In addition, because this case involves a contract, we note thatan issue of contract construction is usually a question of law for the court to resolve and, as such, it is subject to de novo review. This review is guided by three fundamental principles of contract construction: (1) If the agreement is unambiguous, the court will look to the contract alone to find the intention of the parties; (2) the existence or nonexistence of an ambiguity is a question of law for the court; and (3) the issue of interpretation becomes a jury question only when there appears to be an ambiguity in the contract which cannot be negated by the court’s application of the statutory rules of construction.[11]With these guiding principles in mind, we turn now to the Appellant’s specific claims of error.1. In several related arguments, the Appellant contends that the trial court erred in holding that the Provision in both contracts was unenforceable as a matter of law and in granting partial summary judgment to the Appellee on that basis. According to the Appellant, at the very least, questions of fact existed on this issue for a jury to resolve. We disagree.It is the paramount public policy of this state that courts will not lightly interfere with the freedom of parties to contract. A contracting party may waive or renounce that which the law has established in his or her favor, when it does not thereby injure others or affect the public interest. Exculpatory clauses[[12]] in Georgia are valid and binding, and are not void as against public policy when a business relieves itself from its own negligence. Given this paramount public policy, courts exercise extreme caution in declaring a contract void as against public policy, and should do so only when the case is free from doubt and an injury to the public interest clearly appears.[13]Nevertheless, “because exculpatory clauses may amount to an accord and satisfaction of future claims and waive substantial rights, they require a meeting of the minds on the subject matter and must be explicit, prominent, clear[,] and unambiguous.”[14] These are “strict requirements for [the] enforceability of [an exculpatory] clause.”[15](a) As an initial matter, the Appellant contends that the Provision was not prohibited by statute and did not violate public policy and, therefore, the trial court erred in finding the Provision to be unenforceable.[16] However, pretermitting whether the Provision in this case was the type of standard exculpatory clause that generally did not violate public policy, the trial court was still authorized to rule that it was unenforceable as a matter of law if the undisputed evidence of record[17] showed that the Provision was not explicit, prominent, clear, and unambiguous.[18] Thus, this argument presents no reversible error.(b) The record in this case supports the trial court’s ruling that the Provision was insufficiently prominent among the surrounding text to be enforced. “In determining whether a limitation of liability clause or an exculpatory clause is sufficiently prominent, courts may consider a number of factors, including whether the clause is contained in a separate paragraph; whether the clause has a separate heading; and whether the clause is distinguished by features such as font size.”[19]The record clearly shows that the Provision is the same font size as that used throughout the entirety of the 2012 and 2013 Contracts, and the Provision is not capitalized, italicized, or set in bold type for emphasis.[20] Further, the Provision is not set off in a separate section that specifically addressed liability or recoverable damages,[21] with a bold, underlined, capitalized, or italicized specific heading, such as “Limitation on Liability[22] or “DAMAGES.”[23] Nor is the Provision in a prominent place within the contracts to emphasize the importance of the Provision’s limitation on recoverable damages, such as being adjacent to another similarly significant provision or being next to the parties’ signature lines.[24]Instead, the Provision is included in a section, generically entitled “Issue Resolution,” near the bottom of the third page. The single-sentence Provision appears at the very end of the section, which also contains several unrelated provisions regarding, inter alia, MHS’s responsibility to compensate the Appellant if it should be required to respond to court orders, subpoenas, etc., related to the audit and to reimburse the Appellant for associated expenses; directing MHS to contact the Appellant if it became dissatisfied with its services; and requiring MHS to participate in mediation to resolve any issues before it filed a claim against the Appellant.[25]Under the totality of these circumstances, we conclude that the trial court was authorized to find that the provision failed to meet the prominence requirement and, thus, was unenforceable as a matter of law.[26](c) Given our decisions in the preceding subsections, the Appellant’s remaining arguments are moot.2. The Appellant argues that the trial court erred in denying his motion for partial summary judgment, which was based on his contention that the limitation of damages provisions were enforceable and, as a result, the Appellee was limited in the amount of damages it could seek from the Appellant. Given our decision in Division 1, supra, this claim of error is moot.Judgment affirmed. Barnes, P. J., concurs. McMillian, J., concurs in judgment only.**THIS OPINION IS PHYSICAL PRECEDENT ONLY.  COURT OF APPEALS RULE 33.2 (a).

 
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