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Georgia Legal Food Frenzy

Attorney General Sam Olens, Ashley Holland, & Emily Rowell (Host)

Attorney General Sam Olens, Ashley Holland, & Emily Rowell (Host)




OlensSitAttorney General Sam Olens

Attorney General Sam Olens appeared as a Special Guest today on Atlanta Legal Experts Radio.   We are helping him get the word out about his project in fighting against teens abuse of prescription drugs, “We’re Not Gonna Take It,” his fight against the current epidemic of Human Trafficking, and his endorsement of the “Georgia Legal Food Frenzy,” a competition among many attorneys and law firms raising money for the Atlanta Community Food Bank to fight against childhood hunger.

Biography of Attorney General Sam Olens

Sam Olens was re-elected to a second term as Georgia’s 53rd Attorney General on November 4, 2014.

As Attorney General, Olens is committed to serving Georgians by defending the U.S. and Georgia Constitutions and upholding the rule of law.

He has fought for stronger laws to protect Georgians. In 2011, he worked with legislators to strengthen the penalties for sex trafficking, making Georgia’s law one of the toughest in the nation. In 2012, he spearheaded the first comprehensive revision of Georgia’s sunshine laws in more than a decade. In 2013, he led the effort to stem the epidemic of prescription drug abuse with a law that requires pain management clinics to be licensed and regulated.

Olens has also worked to protect Georgia’s rights and natural resources. He led Georgia’s legal challenge against the Affordable Care Act and continues to defend Georgia from federal regulatory overreach. Olens has represented the State in crucial litigation to preserve Georgia’s water rights and removed legal barriers that were delaying the critical deepening of the Savannah Harbor.

In 2013, Olens was elected by his peers to Chair the Southern Region of the National Association of Attorneys General (NAAG). Olens currently serves on numerous NAAG Committees to include Substance Abuse, Human Trafficking, Law Enforcement and Prosecutorial Relations, Elections and Financial Services Consumer Protection.

Prior to being elected to Attorney General, Olens was Chairman of the Cobb County Board of Commissioners, serving from August 2002 through March 2010.

From December 2004 through 2009, Olens served as Chairman of the Atlanta Regional Commission. He was appointed as Vice-Chair of the Metropolitan North Georgia Water Planning District from 2005 through March 2010.

Olens also devotes much time assisting various non-profit organizations.

Olens is the recipient of numerous awards and honors, including the 2013 Emory Law School Distinguished Alumni Award, the 2008 Tom Bradley Leadership Award by the National Association of Regional Councils and the 2007 “Excellence in Public Service Award” by the University of Georgia’s Carl Vinson Institute. For the past 11 years, Georgia Trend magazine has listed Olens as one of the “100 Most Influential Georgians.” In 2011, the Cobb Chamber of Commerce honored Olens for his dedication to community and philanthropic service by naming their annual community service award the “Sam Olens Business Community Service Award.”

Olens graduated from the Emory University School of Law in 1983. He is a registered mediator/arbitrator with the Georgia Office of Dispute Resolution. He has been admitted to practice law in Georgia and the District of Columbia.

Olens and his wife Lisa have two children, Lauren and Jonathan.

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AshleyHSAshley Hollan, Esq. w/ The Hollan Entertainment Law Group

Since birth, Ashley Hollan has been immersed in the arts, defining herself as an artist and advocate for the creative community.  By the time she reached high school, Ashley’s visual artwork had been featured both at the High Museum of Art as well as at the twin towers of the Floyd Building in Atlanta, Georgia.​  Ashley attended college at Duke University where she earned a Bachelor of Arts with a double major in Public Policy and Visual Art/Art History and spent a semester studying art and art history in Florence, Italy at Studio Art Centers International (SACI).  Ashley then matriculated to law school at the University of Denver, where she held various positions to build her business and legal entertainment experience.  In law school, Ashley was the President of the Sports and Entertainment Law Society, Staff Editor for the Sports and Entertainment Law Journal and President of Phi Delta Phi legal ethics honors fraternity.  Her internships included work with two Duke University entities, a start-up company, the Fulton County Conflict Defender, the DeKalb County Public Defender, the United States Fish and Wildlife Service Realty Division, Rock the Earth, a nonprofit environmental advocacy organization that partners with the music industry, a concert promotions internship with AEG Live, an internship with top hockey agents at K.O. Sports, Inc., and work as an Associate with Tennessee Volunteer Lawyers and Professionals for the Arts.    She also served as an Intellectual Property Law Teaching Assistant for a close mentor, Professor Robert Sullivan of Loeb & Loeb, at Nashville School of Law.

Ashley’s extensive legal background as a licensed attorney includes work as a contract Metro Conflict Defender representing indigent clients charged with both complex and noncomplex felonies, a contractor for the Cobb County Circuit Defender representing indigent clients in both State and Superior Courts, employment at international law firm King & Spalding, and employment as General Counsel and Vice President of Business Development for a large chain of boat and recreational vehicle dealerships where she was responsible for both multi-state and international corporate divisions.  She is licensed to practice law in both Georgia and Tennessee.

Ashley focuses her practice on entertainment, music and art clients and serves as a Volunteer Lawyer with Tennessee Volunteer Lawyers and Professionals for the Arts as well as Georgia Lawyers for the Arts.  She is active in multiple bar associations including the Georgia Bar Association where she is a member of the Sports and Entertainment Law Section and the American Bar Association, where she is a member of the Forum on Entertainment and Sports Industries and the Business Law Section.  Ashley is also a member of the National Association of Record Industry Professionals and is currently enrolled in the Berklee College of Music/ SNHU Music Business MBA program.  Ashley has studied French, Spanish, and Italian aside from her native English language, and resides in Atlanta with her fiancé and rescue pets, though she can be found in Atlanta, Athens or Nashville on any given day.


Duke University: Bachelor of Arts in Public Policy and Visual Art/ Art History

University of Denver Sturm College of Law: Juris Doctor

Berklee College of Music/ SNHU: Music Business MBA Candidate


Tennessee, 2009

Georgia, 2010


​”An Overview of Synch Deals” National Association of Record Industry Professionals, Atlanta Chapter, February 18, 2015

“Artist Alert: Covering Your Assets- Litigation in Entertainment” Georgia Lawyers for the Arts, November 19, 2014

Guest Speaker on “Atlanta Legal Experts” Business Radio, April 28, 2015


“Music Lawyers Taking the Rap: The Musicalization of Legal Ethics,” University of Denver Sports and Entertainment Law Journal, 4 U. Denv. Sports & Ent. Law J. 196 (2008)

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BillHSBill Cibulas w/ The Law Office of William C. Cibulas, P.C.

Bill Cibulas is the owner of the Law Office of William C. Cibulas, P.C. Prior to starting his own firm in 2011 he provided legal related services to a local accounting firm, which covered an extensive range of both business and personal tax issues. Even before that, upon graduating from law school in 2008 Mr. Cibulas handled a wide variety of civil litigation cases, along with estate and business law matters throughout New York’s Capital Region as an Associate Attorney with his former employer.

Mr. Cibulas is admitted to practice in the States of Georgia and New York as well as the United States Tax Court.

Prior Employment

Mr. Cibulas previously worked with the CPA firm Capital Accounting & Tax in Atlanta, GA, where he still provides assistance in specific tax controversy matters. As mentioned above, before that he practiced law as an Associate Attorney with the Law Offices of Wood & Seward, LLP in Gloversville, NY.


In 2008 Mr. Cibulas obtained his J.D. from Albany Law School, Union University in Albany, NY , and in 2005 was conveyed a B.S.B.A. degree in Finance from Ohio State University in Columbus, OH.

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Intellectual Property



Sonia Lakhany, Tricia Smith, Jim Johnson, & Emily Rowell (Host)



SoniaLSonia Lakhany Esq. w/ Lakhany Law, PC

Sonia Lakhany focuses her practice on trademark and copyright prosecution, as well as corporate and transactional law matters. In addition to her law practice, Sonia is an instructor at the Trademark Institute of Training, where she lectures on trademark law basics and the mechanics of trademark prosecution. Sonia also speaks and blogs regularly on intellectual property under the name “Lady Lanham, Esq” (a word play on The Lanham Act, which is the federal law that gives trademark protection in the United States). Over the course of her career, Sonia has helped numerous startups and small- and medium-sized businesses secure trademark protection for their names, logos, and taglines.  Prior to founding Lakhany Law, LLC, Sonia practiced at firms in Washington, DC and Atlanta, Georgia.

Sonia stays active in the Atlanta legal community in several ways. For the Intellectual Property Section of the Georgia State Bar, she serves as Co-Chair of the Young Lawyers Division-Intellectual Property (YLD-IP) Lawyers Committee and a member of the Trademark Committee. For the Georgia Association for Women Lawyers (GAWL), she serves on the Mentoring Committee and leads a monthly Breakfast Mentoring Circle. For the South Asian Bar Association of Georgia (SABA-GA), she serves as Co-Vice-President.

Sonia earned her Juris Doctorate at the Emory University School of Law, with a focus on intellectual property. As part of her Juris Doctorate program, Sonia spent her final semester at The George Washington University Law School in Washington, DC completing coursework in the intellectual property LLM program and concurrently held an internship at the United States Copyright Office. She also authored an independent copyright law research paper entitled, “There’s More Than One Way to Skin the Mouse: A Comparative Analysis of Fictional Character Protection”, which won first place in the Emory Law American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers (ASCAP) Nathan Burkan Memorial Writing Competition.

Originally from Orange County, California, Sonia attended the University of Southern California, earning her Bachelor of Arts in Communication at the Annenberg School for Communication and her Minor in Business Administration at the Marshall School of Business.

Sonia is licensed to practice in Georgia, Maryland, and the District of Columbia. She is fluent in Urdu/Hindi. In her spare time, Sonia enjoys running, hiking, and cooking.

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TriciaSTricia Smith w/ Focus Brands

Tricia Smith is an in-house attorney with FOCUS Brands Inc., franchisor of Auntie Anne’s, Carvel, Cinnabon, McAlister’s Deli, Moe’s Southwest Grill and Schlotzsky’s Deli. At FOCUS, Tricia manages the trademark portfolios of all six brands and is responsible for monitoring the use of brand assets online and off, by FOCUS employees and those not associated with the brands, and handles the online enforcement of intellectual property rights when necessary. In addition, Tricia reviews and approves all marketing, advertising and PR communications for each of the six brands and is the legal point of contact for both the Global Channels Group (brand licensing) and International Franchising departments of FOCUS Brands. Tricia joined FOCUS Brands in January 2012, shortly after graduating from Georgia State University College of Law and passing the Georgia bar exam in 2011.

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JimJJim Johnson w/ Sutherland

Jim Johnson cut his teeth as a trademark lawyer by serving as in-house counsel for The Coca-Cola and Kellogg companies and as an examining attorney in the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office. Now a member of Sutherland’s Intellectual Property Practice Group, Jim continues to enforce the trademarks and copyrights of some of the world’s most famous and valuable brands. His practice includes filing oppositions and lawsuits to protect high value intellectual property rights, counseling clients on how to best protect such rights, and managing international IP portfolios. He also advises on unfair competition and domain-name disputes.



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Smart Divorce Solutions


Lisa Decker, Steve Worrall, Soo Hong, Michael Manely, & Emily Rowell




LisaHSLisa Decker w/ DivorceTown USA & Divorce Money Matters

A nationally recognized expert in the financial matters of divorce and author of the new book, How to Divorce Your Spouse, Not Your Money® (available on amazon Kindle), Ms. Decker is also the CEO and innovative mastermind behind several helpful, divorce-related sites including and

Lisa is a sought out national speaker, frequent radio show guest and featured expert on ABC, NBC, and FOX affiliates nationally, along with Oprah magazine, the NY Times, and the Wall Street Journal speaking on topics that help people to be smart from the start and have saner, savvier, money-saving divorces.

Always seeking creative solutions, Lisa holds signature events and offers flat-fee services on her personal mission to Improve the way America divorces, one family at a time™. She specializes in helping people who are struggling with overwhelm and confusion in their divorce to move past it with confidence knowing that they got the best outcome possible for their finances, their family, and their future.  As a part of her divorce financial planning services she also assembles a team of professionals to provide her clients with smart divorce solutions in every aspect of their lives.

Lisa can be reached at:
[email protected]678-562-2599.

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steveHSStephen M. Worrall, The Manely Firm, PC

Steve (Stephen M.) Worrall is an experienced family law and wills, trusts and estate planning attorney in Marietta, Georgia. He concentrates his practice in all areas of family law, including divorce, adoption and prenuptial agreements, and all areas of estate planning including wills, trusts, probate, special needs planning and guardianship.

Steve is committed to being a different kind of lawyer and doing things differently in his areas of practice. He chose to practice in the area of family law because of his desire to help people in a difficult period of their life. Divorce can be a very emotional and trying time. His goal is to guide his clients through the divorce process as efficiently and painlessly as possible, while protecting children from the turmoil of divorce, and to that end, he has been trained in the use of collaborative law. In the estate planning area, Steve is also focused on his desire to fully serve and help his clients make the best legal and financial decisions. He also helps families plan to protect their assets and their children in the event of their death or incapacity, and to transfer their whole wealth – their financial, intellectual, and spiritual assets – to their loved ones.

Steve is an Atlanta native and has lived in Cobb County all of his life. He graduated with honors from the University of Georgia School of Law in 1983. He practiced in the Buckhead area of Atlanta from 1983 until 1995, when he opened his own practice in his hometown suburb in Marietta, which he operated through 2014, when he joined The Manely Firm, P.C.. He is married and is a dad to three children. He is involved in his community in local business groups and local theater and arts organizations.

Stephen M. Worrall, in Marietta, Georgia, represents clients for Wills, Trusts, Guardianships, Estate Planning, Probate, Adoption, Divorce, Alimony, Child Support, Child Custody, Visitation, Property Division, Legitimation, Paternity and More, in cases throughout the North Metro Atlanta region, including Cobb County (Acworth, Austell, Kennesaw, Marietta, Powder Springs and Smyrna and the communities of Mableton, Vinings, Fair Oaks, Cumberland, Town Center, East Cobb, West Cobb, North Cobb, Northeast Cobb and South Cobb), Fulton County (Alpharetta, Atlanta, College Park, East Point, Fairburn, Hapeville, Johns Creek, Milton, Mountain Park, Palmetto, Roswell and Union City), Cherokee County (Ball Ground, Canton, Holly Springs, Sixes, Towne Lake, Waleska, and Woodstock), Paulding County (Braswell, Dallas and Hiram), and Bartow County (Cartersville, Emerson, Euharlee, Kingston, and White) and others throughout metropolitan Atlanta and North Georgia.

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michaelHSMichael Manely w/ The Manely Firm, PC

Michael has practiced divorce and family law for more than 23 years and has handled thousands of family law cases. He is admitted to practice in all Georgia courts and federal courts in the Northern and Middle District of Georgia, the 11th Circuit Court of Appeals and the United States Supreme Court. On December 5, 2012 he appeared and presented oral argument on behalf of Savannah Soldier and father, Sgt. 1st Class Jeffrey Chafin before the Supreme Court of the United States. Michael is one of only a handful of family law attorneys anywhere, anytime to ever argue a family law case before the U.S. Supreme Court and the only one practicing in the Southeastern United States today. Michael has built a progressive practice and a reputation for winning difficult, controversial and high-profile cases. He has successfully represented thousands of mothers and fathers in state, federal and international divorce, custody and child support cases.In the last 10 years, Michael has added six family law associates and six paralegals to his practice. Michael supervises his junior associates and consults with his senior associates. He remains lead counsel on cases of sufficient complexity or at his clients’ request. He has expanded his personal caseload to increasingly handle international family law, particularly Hague Child Abduction and Retention cases, high asset divorce, complex custodial disputes and family law appeals. Michael has become one of the most sought-after international family law attorneys in Georgia and throughout the southeast, representing clients in neighboring states, foreign jurisdictions and before the United States Supreme Court. Michael has handled matters to successful resolution on all continents of the world, with the exception of Antarctica. With the help of his excellent staff, Michael coordinates with the State Department and has always found exceptional cooperating counsel and court systems in jurisdictions throughout the world.Michael has successfully obtained the return of children from foreign lands throughout the world and successfully obtained the return of children abducted to or retained in the United States. He has traveled abroad to argue cases in foreign courts to obtain children’s return.Michael’s professional affiliations include the International Society of Family Law, the American Bar Association Family Law Section and International Section, the State of Georgia Bar Association Family Law Section and the Cobb County Bar Association. He organized the Cobb County branch of the Georgia State University College of Law Alumni Association. He is a past president of the GSU College of Law Alumni Association. He regularly writes and lectures on International Family Law and Hague Abduction and Retention under The International Child Abduction and Retention Act.

Areas of Practice

  • International Family Law
  • Child Support
  • Custody & Visitation
  • Divorce
  • Family Law

Litigation Percentage

  • 100% of Practice Devoted to Litigation

Bar Admissions

  • Georgia, 1989
  • U.S. District Court Northern District of Georgia, 1989
  • U.S. District Court Middle District of Georgia
  • Georgia Court of Appeals, 1989
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 11th Circuit
  • Supreme Court of Georgia, 1989
  • U.S. Supreme Court


  • Georgia State University College of Law, Atlanta, Georgia
    • J.D.
  • Georgia State University, Atlanta, Georgia
    • B.A.
    • Major: Philosophy

Representative Cases

Honors and Awards

  • Georgia Mock Trial Champion, 1988
  • Georgia Mock Trial Champion, 1989
  • Frequent lecturer on International Family Law and Hague actions to family law practitioners

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • State of Georgia Bar Association, Family Law Section and Environmental Law Section, Member
  • Cobb County Bar Association, Member
  • Marietta Business Association, Member
  • Georgia State University College of Law Alumni Association, Organizer, Cobb County branch
  • Georgia State University College of Law Alumni Society, Past President
  • International Society of Family Law


  • Delta Theta Phi

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SooHSSoo Hong w/ Blevins & Hong, PC

Soo has helped hundreds of clients with their financial hardship by zealously representing them and advising them with the best options to rebuild their credit. She has represented clients from simple Chapter 7 cases to complex business Chapter 7 and Chapter 13 cases. Soo has helped many small business clients save their business while getting rid of their debt and rebuilding their credit. Soo has also aggressively and successfully represented many clients in Adversary Proceeding cases. Soo prides herself in being able to provide strong personal relationships to her clients. She understands the importance of the tough issues and decisions that her clients are facing and is available for her clients through each step. She finds that the most important aspect of her role as an attorney is to always be available to answer any questions or concerns of her clients. Soo has also represented clients in traffic and DUI Court. She has completed training with NHTSA’s DUI Detection and Field Sobriety Testing as well as training in Intoxilyzer 5000EN. Soo also serves as a bankruptcy instructor at Chattahoochee Technical College. Soo was born in Seoul, South Korea and immigrated to the United States at the age of 10. She is fluent in Korean and is grateful that she is also able to help the Korean community in Georgia. 


• J.D. at Mercer University Walter F. George School of Law, 2008

• B.S. at Georgia Institute of Technology, 2003 


• Field Sobriety Testing and DUI Detection

• Intoxilyzer 5000EN, understanding the instrument and interpreting the results presented by Forensic Alcohol Consulting and Training, LLC

Professional Memberships:

• State Bar of Georgia

• Atlanta Bar Association

• Cobb Bar Association

• Cobb County Bar Association’s Younger Lawyers Division – Treasurer

• Metro Atlanta Consumer Bankruptcy Association Group (MACBAG)

• National Association of Consumer Bankruptcy Attorneys (NACBA)

• National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers (NACDL)

• National College for DUI Defense

• Georgia Trial Lawyers Association (GTLA)

• Georgia Association of Women Lawyers (GAWL)

Bar Memberships:

• Georgia Supreme Court• Georgia Court of Appeals

• U.S. District Court, Northern District of Georgia

• All Superior, State Magistrate, Probate, Juvenile, and Municipal Courts of Georgia.

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Trial Education & Preparation

Chris S, Heather B, Meredith R, Harmon C, & Alvaro A (Host)

Chris S, Heather B, Meredith R, Harmon C, & Alvaro A (Host)



ChrisSHSChris Stombaugh w/ Stombaugh, Smith & Company

BALTIMORE, Md. (February 23, 2015) – Two of the nation’s leading trial lawyers today launched a new firm, built around cutting-edge research, which will give real people an edge in court. “It’s about telling their stories more effectively and making sure they are truly heard by jurors,” said co-founder, Christoher Stombaugh, “we can use innovative research to help them find justice at a difficult time in their life.”

Named Stombaugh, Smith & Co., the new firm will be a joint venture of Smith, Gildea & Schmidt, LLC and blend the talents of Wisconsin trial thought leader Chris Stombaugh with one of Maryland’s leading litigators, Michael Paul Smith. The alliance will also include Next Research, LLC, (NR), which will use cognitive, social, and behavioral research to create predictive models and personalized trial strategies, as well as Next Trial Innovation, LLC, (NTI) which will train and educate trial lawyers in how to use this advanced research. Stombaugh, Smith & Co. LLC (SS&C) will apply these methods into trial, negotiation and legal consulting services.

“We will teach lawyers how to bring all of the elements together while keeping the focus on the people they are trying to help,” said Stombaugh, “through the research we will better understand what jurors “hear” at critical points so we can reach them on a more engaging, one-to-one level and tell them more.”

Both Stombaugh and Smith have been highly successful in difficult cases in difficult times which has drawn the interest of other trial lawyers nationwide. Their successes have helped countless plaintiffs pursue justice when it’s become increasingly difficult to take a single case to court.

Stombaugh has pioneered many of the cognitive neuroscience techniques the consortium will focus on. As a trial lawyer, Stombaugh has obtained several record jury verdicts, often seven and eight figure, in a variety of diverse cases. The Wisconsin native’s professional passion is to allow deserving people to have their stories be heard by real juries in contemporary courtrooms across America.

A Drake University Law School honors graduate, and faculty member at the Gerry Spence Trial Lawyers College in Wyoming. Stombaugh was, until recently, a partner at the Keenan Law Firm in Atlanta, Georgia.

Stombaugh has earned “Super Lawyer” ratings from Thompson Reuters since 2010, and has a perfect 10/10 rating from the Seattle-based AVVO legal rating service. His practice has concentrated on the areas of personal injury, wrongful death, product liability and medical negligence.




HeatherBHSHeather Brown w/ Brown Law LLC


With more than 14 years of experience, Heather D. Brown is the perfect choice for landlords, financial institutions, and other businesses needing legal assistance with creditors’ rights and bankruptcy matters. Her practice is primarily concentrated on the representation of landlords (retail, industrial and office) and financial institutions in connection with distressed real estate and commercial loans. In addition, Heather represents all creditors in every facet of bankruptcy, workouts and other financial restructuring matters.

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MeredithRHSMeredith Ragains w/ Georgia Lawyers for the Arts

Ms. Ragains is the Executive Director of Georgia Lawyers for the Arts. GLA is a non-profit organization that provides legal assistance to artists to ensure that their life’s work is legally protected. Ms. Ragains is the Bloom Sugarman Everett Fellow at GLA. Through her position at GLA, Ms. Ragains is responsible for every aspect of the organization’s operations.

Ms. Ragains is a former member of the commercial litigation practice group of Bloom Sugarman Everett, a boutique litigation firm. She was formerly a member of the commercial litigation practice group of Robins, Kaplan, Miller & Ciresi, a national law firm, for 11 years.

Ms. Ragains has a deep well of experience in a variety of subject matter areas including, in part: Employment Law; Insurance Defense and Subrogation; Business Torts and Trade Secrets; Restrictive Covenants; Class Action Litigation; Health Care; Securities and Financial; Workout and Lender Liability; Partnership Disputes; Trademark Infringement; and Consumer Protection litigation.

Ms. Ragains represents Fortune 500 companies, small businesses, business owners, developers, contractors, builders, property owners, landlords, tenants, real estate brokers, technology companies, and manufacturers.

Ms. Ragains has significant experience in managing and overseeing associates and staff, as well as litigation management.

Ms. Ragains has provided pro bono assistance over the past 10 years to the Florida Coalition Against Domestic Violence in areas ranging from employment advice to insurance matters.

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HermonCHSHarmon Caldwell w/ Caldwell & Watson

As an Atlanta native, I’m currently managing partner at Caldwell & Watson specializing in family law. In my career, I have tried over 150 civil jury cases through the State of Georgia to a verdict and handled over 70 reported decisions in the Georgia Supreme Court and Georgia Court of Appeals. I have spoken regularly at seminars and have served as an expert witness on the issue of attorney’s fees in a number of cases.

I have recovered numerous verdicts in excess of $1 million, have represented more than 1,000 high net-worth individuals in divorce and have obtained favorable settlements in hundreds of cases.

My accomplishments in law include:

-In 1996, I recovered what was at the time the highest verdict ever in Hall County, Georgia.
-In 2012, I obtained a record settlement in a divorce case after a two-week jury trial in Dougherty County, Georgia.
-In 2012, I obtained a $5,000,000 settlement after a two-week trial in Fulton County, Georgia.
-I obtained the first ever award of punitive damages in a Probate Court case in the United States. The case involved the breach of a fiduciary duty by the executors of an estate.


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AlvaroAlvaro A. Arauz w/ 3a Law Practice Management (Host)

“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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