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Build & Grow Your Practice, DUI, Private Investigation for Attorneys, Compliance Issues

Mike Hawkins, Evan Rosen, Charlotte Merritt (Host), Walt Murray, Alvaro Arauz

Mike Hawkins, Evan Rosen, Charlotte Merritt (Host), Walt Murray, Alvaro Arauz




AlvaroAlvaro A. Arauz w/ 3a Management

“We challenge ourselves with complex assignments of all kinds – it requires us to constantly evolve, which in turn allows us to give better advice.   If you’re a brave attorney putting up your own shingle, a small firm adding more associates and staff, or a mid-size firm that needs infrastructure re-engineering, we can help.  We promote progress through productivity.  It’s about results, not effort.”

In 1997, Alvaro began helping lawyers by teaching them how to achieve the holy grail of greater profits for less work.   Now, Alvaro’s clients ask for his counsel in every facet of their business growth.

He believes lawyers should do two things: represent clients and foster new clients.   Anything that takes them away from that needs to be delegated.  He also believes law firms should inherit the two do-wells:  Do Well By The Client & Do Well By The Employee.   To do so, his clients receive a comprehensive and streamlined set of solutions organized and funneled through a central database.   This lets attorneys  spend less time on administration details or capturing time and more emphasis on clients or at home.

These days he shares his knowledge by speaking at frequent CLE seminars, the Georgia Trial Lawyers Association Annual Conference on Law Practice Management or at solo practitioner boot camps.   Fluent in Spanish, he can assist Latin American attorneys here and other countries.  Aside from helping many of Alabama, Tennessee and Georgia’s Super Lawyers and Rising Stars, he is proud to claim top tier lawyers recognized globally by Chambers, 7 of the Top 100 Georgia Super Lawyers and 3 of US News Best Law Firms in America as clients.    They are also frequent experts on CNN and other national news sources.

When not saving lawyers from inefficiencies, Alvaro would rather spend time with his loved ones, helping his home community or expanding his photography portfolio by traveling around the world. His literature studies in Cambridge, England and creative writing degree allowed him to teach graduate students and help start a screenwriting program at USF in Tampa.  He also contributes his time serving on four operating boards of non-profit organizations here in Atlanta and in his hometown of San Francisco.

“I teach my kids they have to give forward to receive.   If I don’t lead by example, my kids – much less clients – will pay me no mind.”

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Mike HawkinsMike Hawkins w/ The Hawkins Law Firm

Mike Hawkins, Founder of The Hawkins Law Firm, P.C. in Atlanta, Georgia, is one of only five lawyers in the state of Georgia who is Board Certified in DUI Defense as recognized by the American Bar Association. Listed as one of the Top 100 Lawyers in Georgia by Atlanta Magazine and included among their list of “Super Lawyers” for the past 11 years, he is named “2014 Lawyer of the Year” for DUI Defense in Georgia in the latest edition of Best Lawyers in America featured in U.S. News & World Report magazine. He is Vice-Chairman of the DUI Committee for the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers and currently serves as Chairman of the Board Certification Committee for the National College for DUI Defense. Mike has served on the Board of Regents for the NCDD since 2008 and has been invited to teach trial techniques to lawyers and judges in 12 states. In 2009, he created the NCDD Foundation, Inc., the non-profit organization that helps raise funds for public defenders to attend advanced DUI defense training. Hawkins Law Firm was recently featured in the Atlanta Journal-Constitution with 8 other organizations for their recognition at the Brighthouse Global Purpose Summit, an event that recognizes companies that practice business with a purpose.

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Walt MurrayWalt Murray w/ Horizon Background Screening

Walt Murray, Vice President of Horizon Background Screening, has been involved in background checks investigations for more than 10 years.  Walt has worked as an executive in two other companies, and has had to hire and dismiss employees, and so he has handled employment issues from both the on-boarding process side, and from the employer side.

Walt is a graduate of Kennesaw State University, and has lived in the Atlanta area since 1978.  Walt is active in his church and he and his wife have served as foster parents, and adopted two children from foster care.

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Evan RosenEvan Rosen w/ Jackson Lewis P.C.

Evan M. Rosen is a Shareholder in the Atlanta office of Jackson Lewis P.C. He is a litigator and counselor who is committed to the maxim,”Don’t tell me what I can’t do, Tell me how I can legally do want I want to do.”  He approaches the law from compliance and liability perspective,but is also keenly sensitive to the business realities facing companies and aggressively pursues good business results for his clients.

Evan’s practice focuses on representing employers in a wide array of matters within labor and employment law and encompasses:

  • Defending companies against discrimination, harassment, retaliation, wage& hour, breach of contract, Fair Credit Reporting Act, and wrongful termination charges and lawsuits.
  • Counseling companies on an eclectic range of employment policies and practices, including for example, hiring, discipline and discharge, leaves of absence, reasonable accommodation, wage and hour issues, background checks, and other workplace policies.  He also regularly trains managers and employees on a variety of workplace best practices.
  • Drafting agreements and policies, such as employee handbooks, employment agreements, separation agreements,  independent  contractor  agreements,  and employment  policies.
  • Assisting companies with managing their relationship with unions by working to keep companies union free,spearheading the defense of union election campaigns, negotiating collective bargaining agreements, anddefendingcompaniesagainstunfairlaborpracticechargesandgrievances.

Evan is originally from New Jersey, but his wife is a good Georgia Bulldawg. They have two wonderful children.  In addition to spending time with his  family,he enjoys reading both fiction and non-fiction books and is an avid soccer and baseball fan.

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Social Security Disability Law


Sara Khaki, Charlotte Merritt, Erin Elliott, Manal Chehimi, Ben Walden, & Emily Rowell (Host)

Sara Khaki, Charlotte Merritt, Erin Elliott, Manal Chehimi, Ben Walden, & Emily Rowell (Host)



SaraHSSara Khaki /The Khaki Law Firm

Sara Khaki, with The Khaki Law Firm, has lived in Georgia since 1996 when she moved to the United States from Europe. She received her undergraduate degree from Georgia State University, Summa Cum Laude, and went on to law school at University of Georgia School of Law. Since graduating from law school in 2008, Sara has devoted her legal practice solely to Social Security Disability. This is an area of law that is very close to her heart since she witnessed her mom suffer from cancer twice while Sara was a child and then a young adult; this truly opened her eyes up at a young age to the profound effect an individual’s health can have on the quality of life for an entire family.

As an attorney, Sara has represented over a thousand Social Security claimants throughout most of the southeast with a great success rate. She has represented claimants all the way from the initial application process through the U.S. District Court Appeals. She has extensive experience with working with the Social Security Administration, medical providers, educators, employers, and expert witnesses to gain a favorable outcome for her claimants.

Sara often gives presentations to different community organizations that serve the disabled so that she can offer health care providers and social workers more education on the rights of the disabled.

Sara Khaki is admitted to the Georgia State Bar and the U.S. District Court in the Northern District of Georgia.  Sara is also an active member of NOSSCR (National Organization of Social Security Claimant’s Representatives), Georgia Trial Lawyers Association (GTLA), Georgia Association for Women Lawyers (GAWL) and the Atlanta Bar Association.

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ErinHSErin Elliott/ Law Office of Erin Elliott

Erin Elliott, with the Law office of Erin Elliott, focuses her practice 100% on immigration law. She represents individuals, families and companies in obtaining various temporary visas such as fiancé, student, trainee, entrepreneur and employment as well as permanent immigration through family and employers.

After attending Agnes Scott College in Decatur, Georgia, Erin continued her education at Loyola Law School in New Orleans.  Upon her graduation from law school, Erin returned to Atlanta and began her career at a national law firm where she specialized in business and corporate law for clients ranging from Fortune 500 companies to small start-ups. While assisting such clients, she became aware of the difficulties in obtaining and keeping foreign worker employees. Also during this time, Erin met her Turkish husband and was personally exposed to the green card and naturalization process. Based on her experiences, Erin opened her own practice in 2011 to assist businesses, entrepreneurs and individuals in navigating the, often intimidating, U.S. immigration legal system.

Erin is an active member of AILA (American Immigration Lawyers Association) and volunteers weekly for Catholic Charities of Atlanta- Immigration Legal Services, which is a non-profit that provides assistance to immigrants, refugees and those seeking asylum in the United States.

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ManalHSManal Chehimi/ Don Turner Legal Team

Manal Chehimi, with the Don Turner Legal Team, was licensed to practice law in October 2012 after graduating from Atlanta’s John Marshall Law School. She has focused her practice on criminal and DUI defense, defending individuals facing DUI, misdemeanor, and felony criminal charges all over the State of Georgia.

She is a member of the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers (NACDL), the Georgia Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers (GACDL), Georgia Chapter of Defense of Drinking Drivers (DODD) and the National College for DUI Defense (NCDD) at Harvard University. She is certified in field sobriety testing and the Intoxilyzer 5000 breath-testing device.

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BenHSBenjamin Walden, Attorney

Ben graduated from Wingate University with a Bachelor’s of Science cum laude. While attending Wingate University, Ben took part in the Honors Program, was an Irwin Belk Scholar, and a Leadership Fellow. He received his Juris Doctorate from the Georgia State College of Law where he completed an externship with Fulton County Superior Court Judge Thelma Wyatt Cummings Moore.

Ben practices Entertainment Law, Business Law and General Civil Litigation. Ben negotiates and drafts all types of contracts for the Movie, Television, and Music Industries as well as other Commercial Contracts. Ben is a Master Practitioner of NLP and HNLP, which he uses to coach clients and conduct trainings. He uses all of his skills and experiences to act as general counsel and to advise his clients on day to day operations as well as helping them prepare marketing plans and strategies.

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Personal Injury, Worker’s Comp, Trust & Estate Planning Law


Emily Rowell, Carol Allen, Amy Pierson, William Vincent, Jennifer Gore

Emily Rowell, Carol Allen, Amy Pierson, William Vincent, Jennifer Gore, & Charlotte Merritt




JennGCHSJennifer Gore-Cuthbert w/ The Gore Law Firm

Jennifer Gore-Cuthbert is the founder and owner of The Gore Law Firm, LLC, representing individuals and their families in personal injury, wrongful death, dram shop and diminished value cases. She is committed to building a close working relationship with her clients to provide quality, compassionate, efficient and effective legal representation. She works to move cases, to settlement or trial, without sacrificing results. The Gore Law Firm is also particularly attentive to the stress that being injured or in a collision can have on a victims’ overall life and works hard to minimize that stress.  Several years ago, Jennifer herself was seriously injured in a wreck; as a result, she is particularly sensitive to her clients needs.

Ms. Gore-Cuthbert received her Bachelor of Science in Business Management, from the Marist College, in New York and received her J.D. from Atlanta’s John Marshall Law School. Prior to opening her practice in 2013, Jennifer worked under several other personal injury attorneys in Atlanta. Currently, Jennifer is the Chair of the Communications Committee for the Georgia Association For Women Lawyers, a member of the Georgia Trial Lawyers, a member of the North Fulton Bar Association, and a member of the North Fulton Chamber of Commerce.

When Jennifer is away from the office, she enjoys spending her time with her husband and their daughter, traveling, being outdoors and spending time with family.

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workers compensationCarol W. Allen, Attorney at Law

Carol W. Allen is the founder of the law firm Carol W. Allen Attorney at Law, LLC,a firm dealing exclusively in workers compensation and only representing injured workers.  While her practice is located in Dunwoody, GA, she represents clients throughout the state.

Allen brings a unique skill set to the workers compensation arena, in that she was a practicing nurse prior to attending law school. She earned a Bachelor of Science in Nursing, as well as a Master of Science in Nursing from the University of Tennessee Center for the Health Sciences in Memphis, Tennessee.  After working as a practicing nurse for several years, she returned to the classroom, earning her law degree from Fordham University School of Law in New York, New York.  Thus, in addition to being licensed to practice law in the State of Georgia, Ms.Allen is also licensed in New York State.  Ms.Allen is a member of the Atlanta Bar Association, the American Bar Association, the Georgia Association for Women Lawyers, Georgia Trial Lawyers Association, and the Lawyers Club of Atlanta.

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WilliamHSWilliam Vincent w/ The Silverbach Group

William Vincent is an Associate Professor of Management, Entrepreneurship, and Law.  His primary areas of interest, teaching, specialization and practice are entertainment law, entrepreneurship, management consulting, franchise management and law, business law, asset protection, and trust and estate planning.  He has over 30 years of experience as an attorney for the Governor of the State of Georgia, with one of the nation’s largest law firms, with large, medium, and small companies and with state and federal governments in the areas of real estate, estate planning, labor, regulatory, environmental, asset protection, entertainment, corporate, contract, and franchise law along with extensive utilization of his management and finance background.

Currently he serves on the Board of Directors of two international corporations.  He has made numerous presentations to local, regional, national, and international audiences and has published numerous articles in both trade and academic newspapers, magazines, and journals in the fields of entrepreneurship, franchising and estate planning and is the Co-Author of several books.  He is admitted to practice before the United States Supreme Court where he made his first appearance in 2004.  William has a BA in Economics and Business Administration from Furman University and an MBA in Management and Finance and JD from Emory University.

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AmyHSAmy Pierson w/ The Silverbach Group

Amy joined the Silverbach Group after a ten-year career in the corporate accounting world.  Her financial background comes in handy in her practice as an estate planning  and probate attorney.  Amy’s practice also includes family law, criminal and civil litigation, and appeals (criminal and civil).

Amy graduated from The University of Alabama with a Bachelor of Science in Accounting (1997) as well as a Master of Accountancy (1998).  Upon graduation, Amy went to work as an auditor for Ernst & Young, LLP (“E&Y”), in the Birmingham, Alabama office.  Her clients included small to large businesses in the manufacturing industry. Amy left E&Y in 2001 in order to seize an opportunity to work at Delta Air Lines, first as a Senior Financial Analyst and later as a Project Leader in the Technical Operations division.  In late 2004, Amy left Delta and joined the finance and accounting team at what is now BCD Travel as an accounting manager.

Amy left the corporate finance and accounting world in 2009 and began her legal career at Southern Illinois University School of Law in Carbondale, Illinois.  During the summer of 2011, Amy was privileged to intern with the Appellate Division of the Georgia Public Defender Standards Council, where she gained real world experience in the criminal appeals process.  Amy completed her legal education in December 2011 and was sworn in as an attorney in 2012.




Charles Feder w/ The Feder Firm, Tracie Klinke w/ Klinke Immigration, & John Gunn w/ The Gunn Firm

Charles Feder, Tracie Klinke, John Gunn, Charlotte Merritt, & Emily Rowell

Charles Feder, Tracie Klinke, John Gunn, Charlotte Merritt, & Emily Rowell (Host)

Ttracie klinkeracie L. Klinke

Tracie L. Klinke has her own immigration law firm, Klinke Immigration, LLC in Marietta, Georgia. Her practice revolves around family- and humanitarian-based immigration. She is an active member of the American Immigration Lawyers Association, serving on national and local committees. She is Co-Chair for the Georgia Asylum and Immigration Network (GAIN), which provides pro bono immigration assistance for victims of trafficking, and violent crimes, including domestic violence. For the last two years, she has been a member of the Cobb County Domestic Violence Task Force. She often lectures on assisting vulnerable populations – particularly those who have been trafficked or been victims of domestic violence. She has both her B.A. and M.A. from the University of Kansas and her J.D. was obtained at Georgia State University. Tracie is a member of the State Bar of Georgia, AILA, and the Cobb County Bar Association. She is licensed to practice in state and federal courts throughout Georgia, as well as before the United States Supreme Court.

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charles federCharles Feder

Charles E. Feder is an AV-rated attorney with a broad background in commercial real estate, business acquisition and economic development. He has worked with private developers, governments and nonprofits as general counsel, corporate secretary, development director, board member, advisor and consultant. Prior to entering the law, he was also an urban planner, college professor and director of college urban studies programs. His work as an attorney has focused on acquisition and development of real estate and businesses, including multi-family housing, shopping centers, automobile dealerships and restaurants, employing a wide range of public and private financing tools. His clients have included banks, developers, builders, manufacturers, retailers, economic development agencies, non-profit corporations, municipal governments, commercial lenders and professional practices. According to the Martindale-Hubbell directory of lawyers, he carries a peer rating of A-V, meaning he exhibits the highest ability and integrity.

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gunn firm 2John Gunn

Mr. Gunn is the founder of The Gunn Firm, P.C. and one of Georgia’s top divorce lawyers.

He has been ranked by Thompson Reuters as one of Georgia’s “SuperLawyers” for three years in a row. Mr. Gunn was identified for his leadership in the family law legal community in Georgia Trend Magazine’s “Legal Elite”. He has also been awarded AVVO’s “Client’s Choice” award for his work in the family law field.

Mr. Gunn has served as the President of the Family Law section of the Cobb Bar Association, a member of the Board of Trustees of the Cobb County Bar Association and on the Board of the Cobb Justice Foundation. He has been appointed by the Superior Courts of Georgia as an expert in child custody matters through his work as a court appointed Guardian Ad Litem.

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