Walt Murray, Vice President of Horizon Background Screening, has been involved in background checks investigations for more than 10 years. His expertise ranges from pre-employment screening (including criminal and civil background checks, drug screening, motor vehicle and credit history, to surveillance and other field investigations. 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.
Jeff Melcher is a partner in the firm’s Atlanta, Raleigh and Birmingham offices, and serves as the managing partner for the Birmingham office. Mr. Melcher specializes in commercial and insurance litigation. He has more than 25 years of litigation experience, which includes varied representation of civil trucking and transportation clients, and matters involving D&O and commercial litigation claims, insurance coverage/bad faith matters, business disputes, general liability, commercial liability, professional malpractice, real estate, premises and casualty, appellate, and domestic litigation. He has tried numerous civil cases in state and federal courts, and is admitted in Georgia, Alabama, Tennessee, and North Carolina.
Mr. Melcher also has an extensive background in employment law litigation. He has successfully defended employers in a wide range of employment claims, including restrictive covenant litigation and negotiating employment contracts.
U.S. District Court, Northern and Middle Districts of Georgia
U.S. District Court, Middle, Western and Eastern Districts of North Carolina
U.S. District Court, Northern and Southern Districts of Alabama
Court of Appeals, 11th Circuit
Defense Research Institute (DRI)
American Bar Association
Atlanta Bar Association
Lawyers Club of Atlanta
Trucking Industry Defense Association (TIDA)
Alabama Defense Lawyers Association
Claims & Litigation Management Alliance
Atlanta Bar Association Volunteer Lawyers Program
Shean Decarlos Williams is a Partner and trial Attorney in the Atlanta office of the Cochran Firm – Cochran, Cherry, Givens, Smith, Sistrunk, & Sams. Mr. Williams pursued an academic and football career at Miami University in Ohio, where he received a Bachelor’s degree in Finance in 1993. He obtained his Juris Doctorate from Georgia State University College of Law in 1996. Mr. Williams is currently licensed to practice law in the federal courts, as well as the trial and appellate courts of the State of Georgia.
Shean Williams has been a member of the State Bar of Georgia since 1996. He is also a member of such professional organizations as the American Association for Justice (formerly the Association of Trial Lawyers of America), the Georgia Trial Lawyers Association, Gate City Bar Association, National Bar Association, and the Association of Plaintiff Interstate Trucking Lawyers of America (formerly the Association of Interstate Trucking Lawyers of America).
During his legal career, Mr. Williams has been committed to fighting for injured people and their families in areas of Trucking Litigation, Premise Liability, Medical Malpractice, Nursing Home Litigation, Products Liability, and Business Litigation. His tenacity and work-ethic are key factors in his ability to get full value settlements and jury verdicts for his clients in even the most complex cases. Mr. Williams is proud to have obtained many multi-million dollar verdicts and settlement for his injured clients. Specifically, Mr. Williams was one of the lead attorneys that obtained a $20 million dollar wrongful death verdict in Clayton County, Georgia and a 17.5 million dollar verdict in Fulton County, Georgia.
In addition to his legal career, Mr. Williams is firmly committed to helping build a strong community, donating time and money to many diverse civic groups, including: New Mercies Christian Church, Project Destiny, Inc., Green Pastures Christian Church, The Winning Circle, and Star Struck Foundation.