2018–2019 Officers and Board of Directors
 
OFFICERS



Barret Broussard, President

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D. Barret Broussard is the President of Stonewall Bar Association (SBA), and he has been a member of the SBA since he was a first-year law student in 2010.  He joined the Board of Directors in 2016, and previously served as Co-Chair of the Law Student Outreach Committee and as Vice President/President-Elect.  As President, Barret oversees and coordinates the activities for all of SBA’s committees, as well as manages the relationships between the SBA and other similar organizations, both in Georgia and throughout the United States.  Barret also serves on the Atlanta Leadership Council for Lambda Legal, and he is a member of the LEAD Atlanta Class of 2018. 


Barret is a litigator at Carlton Fields, and his practice focuses on representing clients in a wide range of business disputes involving illegal business practices, unfair competition, theft of trade secrets, counterfeiting, trademark and copyright infringement, tortious interference, fraud, and breach of contract.  Prior to private practice, Barret was a staff attorney for the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit, where he assisted the court at large in resolving appeals.  During law school, Barret worked for judges on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit, the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Georgia, and the Louisiana Fifth Circuit Court of Appeal.

 

Barret graduated with honors from Emory Law School in 2013.  He served as the Executive Articles Editor of the Emory Law Journal and as Co-President of Emory OUTLaw.  He also worked as a teaching assistant for the Advanced Legal Writing and Editing Course, and he received the Myron Penn Laughlin Award for Excellence in Legal Research and Writing from the Emory Law Journal for his student comment.  Before law school, Barret graduated from Brigham Young University with a B.S. in psychology and a minor in philosophy.




Nancy Goodman, Vice President & President-Elect

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Nancy is an attorney specializing in estate planning, estate administration and elder law.  She also represents clients on a wide variety of business matters including the formation of new corporations and limited liability companies, the revision of corporate governance documents, and the preparation and review of contracts, leases, policies, and business succession planning.   She has served as corporate counsel for a large defense contractor, several international manufacturing and import companies, and many closely held corporations.  In the years before she entered private practice, she drafted legislation and served as counsel to the South Carolina Senate Judiciary Committee, the Joint Committee for Judicial Screening and the CSS H.L. Hunley Commission.  She has lots of great Strom Thurmond stories. 


Nancy received her B.A. from Emory University and her J.D. from the University of South Carolina.  She is a member of the Georgia, North Carolina and South Carolina Bars.  She has been a member of the Stonewall Bar since 2017 and is a new member of the Board of Directors. She is a current member of the Emory University Gift Planning Advisory Council.



Brandon Goldberg, Immediate Past President

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Mr. Goldberg focuses his career on professional liability, having experience practicing in both the private and public sector. After spending several years practicing in New Jersey, he returned to Atlanta, where he had studied law. He is involved in numerous community organizations, including alumni clubs, religious organizations, and professional associations.


Mr. Goldberg is a graduate of Cornell University and the Emory University School of Law. While at Cornell, he served as Vice President of his fraternity, Phi Delta Theta, and as Editor-in-Chief of The Research Paper, a publication focusing on the researchers behind the research. During his time at Emory, he held various positions in the Student Bar Association and other student groups and also served as Chief Justice of the university-wide student government.



 


Misty Peterson, Treasurer

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Ms. Peterson joined the Stonewall Board of Directors in 2014.  She currently practices in the Business Litigation Group at King & Spalding LLP.  Her experience includes litigating in state and federal courts, as well as before administrative bodies.     

Misty received both her undergraduate and law degrees from the University of Georgia, and is a member of the State Bar of Georgia.  In addition to her service to the Stonewall Bar Association, Misty is certified as a Mentor through the State Bar of Georgia Transition into Law Practice Program and is a member of the Atlanta Lawyers Club and the Women’s Solidarity Society for the National Center for Civil and Human Rights.




Currey Hitchens, Secretary


Currey Hitchens grew up in Tunnel Hill, GA.  She is currently a child advocate attorney in DeKalb County, working on Atlanta Legal Aid Society's Kinship Care Project. Before joining Atlanta Legal Aid, Currey practiced for nine years at Georgia Legal Services and was a supervising attorney in the Piedmont Office.  She enjoys fighting for access to justice for vulnerable populations.  Currey focuses on helping immigrants with language access and issues surrounding legal status, training legal aid attorneys in LGBTQ cultural competency, working with victims of domestic violence, and representing children.  Practicing for Georgia Legal Services brought Currey to many types of courts (from the Northern District of Georgia to the Office of State Administrative Hearings and the Department of Labor) and to the Superior Courts in many Georgia counties.  

A member of OutLaw at Emory School of Law, Currey received the Kay Young Scholarship and attended Lavender Law for the first time.  She attended the University of Georgia to obtain her master of education in children's literature.  At Agnes Scott College for her undergraduate studies, she quickly realized she belonged and is involved there still as a co-president of her class. 

 

Currey is an avid reader, and not just of children's literature.  She proposed to her wife at mile 7 (or so) of a 20 mile run, and continues to run as much as life allows.  Her wife is also an attorney and they have two wonderful inquisitive and sweet children.  Currey also enjoys hiking and camping and spending time with her family.  A Georgia State Park Pass lives in her car, if you are game for a hike. 

 

Currey joined the Stonewall Board in 2019, but has been a long time Stonewall Bar Member. She is a LGBT Bar Best of 40 under 40 winner for 2018.


BOARD OF DIRECTORS


          

Stephen Scriber, Past President 

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Mr. Scriber is serving his second term as a member of Stonewall’s Board of Directors.  Mr. Scriber, a graduate of Duke University School of Law, is an experienced wills, trusts, and estate planning practitioner based in Midtown Atlanta. He believes in serving his client’s needs with commitment, integrity, and honesty while minimizing costs and stress. In addition to running a growing practice, he has numerous involvements with charitable and nonprofit organizations in Atlanta, serving on the board of the Atlanta Peachtree Lions Club and the Stonewall Bar Association of Georgia. He is also a member of the Atlanta Bar Association, Gate City Bar Association, and the Duke Club of Atlanta. 

In addition to his professional work, Stephen has numerous involvements with charitable and nonprofit organizations in Atlanta. Stephen is an active runner, having completed several half-marathons and marathons, and is slowly picking up rock climbing. He lives in Midtown with his two dogs and a cat. 


Katy Appleby, Law Student Committee Co-Chair

Katy Appleby has been a member of the Stonewall Bar Association since she first moved to Atlanta in 2016, she joined the Board of Directors in 2018. She is Co-Chair of Stonewall’s Law Student Committee, which connects the bar association with current law students to assist in mentoring and networking.  She is an associate at BakerHostetler, where she focuses her practice on healthcare provider transactions and regulatory counseling. Katy also serves on the Board of Directors for Safe Kids Georgia, an organization which promotes childhood safety and works to end preventable childhood injuries.


Prior to moving to Atlanta, Katy graduated with honors from Case Western Reserve University School of Law in Cleveland, Ohio. During her time in law school, Katy spent time as an extern with Honorable Judge O’Malley on the Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit as well as a law clerk with The Cleveland Clinic, a nationally recognized hospital system in northeast Ohio. While completing her studies, she served as an executive editor to Case Western’s Health Matrix: Journal of Law and Medicine as well as co-president of the Moot Court board. While Katy originally hails from Colorado, she completed her undergraduate degree in Molecular Biology and Business Administration at the University of Puget Sound in Tacoma, Washington.




Parsa Garrett, Media Committee Chair

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Parsa joined the Stonewall Bar Association Board of Directors in 2017. Parsa practices business and corporate law, commercial transactions, intellectual property law, and employment and labor at InPrime Legal in Marietta, GA. His practice is focused on helping business owners comply with governmental regulations and navigate legal risks in all areas of business. Parsa has served as a legal intern to the Federal Trade Commission Office of International Affairs Consumer Protection Group. He has also worked with and volunteered for several non-profit organizations dedicated to community building, civil rights, advocacy, education, and civic participation, especially among the Iranian American diaspora community.


Parsa received his J.D. in 2015 from the American University Washington College of Law in Washington, D.C. He also holds a Masters in International Politics and Economics from American University School of International Service and a Bachelor of Science with high honors in International Affairs and Minor in Economics from the Georgia Institute of Technology. Parsa is a member of the State Bar of Georgia and the State Bar of Maryland. In his past life, Parsa toured the country several times as a lead guitarist of a rock band. In his spare time, he enjoys cooking, playing guitar, and tracking down rare Japanese whiskies. 

 

 


Hon. Mike Jacobs, Judge, Dekalb County State Court


Judge Mike Jacobs has served as a judge on the State Court of DeKalb County since June 2015.  Judge Jacobs is the first out bisexual judge (state or federal, trial or appellate) in the United States.  He came out publicly at a Stonewall Bar Association event in April 2018.


Prior to his judicial service, Judge Jacobs served ten and a half years in the Georgia House of Representatives.  He was chairman of the Metropolitan Atlanta Rapid Transit Oversight Committee (MARTOC), the joint House and Senate committee that oversees MARTA’s management, budget, and fiscal affairs.  Judge Jacobs also served as chairman of one of the two subcommittees of the House Judiciary Committee.  In 2010, he received the Allen Thornell Political Advancement Award from Georgia Equality for passing a stronger anti-bullying law for public schools.


Judge Jacobs received his law degree in 2003, magna cum laude, from the University of Georgia School of Law, where he was the executive articles editor of the Georgia Law Review.  He received his bachelor’s degree in 1997 from Georgetown University.

Judge Jacobs is an active member of the International Association of LGBTQ+ Judges, National LGBT Bar Association, and DeKalb Bar Association.  He serves on the board of directors of Leadership DeKalb and chairs Government Day for the program.  He also serves as the Stonewall Bar Association’s representative on the Judicial Council of Georgia’s Committee on Access to Justice.


Judge Jacobs and his wife Evan are the proud parents of three children, Jonah, Eli, and Samantha.

 


Simon Jenner, Communications Committee Co-Chair

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Simon Jenner joined Stonewall Bar in 2012, and began serving on the Board in 2018.


Before forming Baker Jenner LLLP with Rick Baker, Simon was Chief Legal Officer for leading regional generic and branded pharmaceutical companies. In that role, Simon developed a comprehensive and nuanced understanding of the many challenges confronting business, from startup through maturity.

Simon’s focus is on practical and useful advice, that takes into account not just the problem, but the larger organization and business objective. Simon is experienced in those areas critical to corporate clients, including intellectual property formation, preservation, and exercise; mergers and acquisitions; licensing, distribution, and other key agreements; trademarks, unfair competition, and false advertising; business and commercial litigation; and Food & Drug Law. 


Simon received his Bachelor’s in History, Classics and Economics, and JD/MBA, from Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, Ohio. He moved to Atlanta in 2005, and has been grateful for the friends and opportunities the city has provided. Simon is a member of the Appellate Practice, Corporate Counsel, Health Law, and Intellectual Property Sections of the Georgia Bar. Simon is also a member of the British American Business Counsel, which fosters business relationships and opportunities between U.S. and U.K. companies.

 


Hon. Alex Manning, Judge, Fulton County Magistrate Court


Alexandra Manning has served as a judge on the Magistrate Court of Fulton County since August 2016.  She brings a wealth of experience to the bench being, among many other things, a law enforcement veteran of 15 years. 


Most recently, before taking the bench, in 2009, Alex founded Hughes and Manning, LLP in Atlanta, Georgia with her widely respected and veteran attorney partner, Holly Hughes, who she worked closely with at the Office of the Fulton County District Attorney.  Alex focuses her practice on criminal defense, juvenile court representation, family law, and estate planning.  She has been recognized as a Super Lawyer since 2012.


Before co-founding Hughes and Manning, LLP, Alex had a myriad of legal experiences.  She began her attorney career as the Staff Attorney to Judges Osborne and Vinson of the Superior Court of Paulding County.  She then focused her career on criminal law matters at Lister and Holt, LLC. Joining Stearns-Montgomery & Proctor and then Ditchen & Associates she cemented her expertise in complex and contested criminal defense and family law matters. 

 

In April 2016, the Cobb County Bar Association awarded Alex with the Cobb Justice Foundation Richard L. Moore Award, which is given to a Cobb County Bar member who has a strong and lengthy history of providing or promoting pro bono legal services to Cobb County Legal Aid through the course of their career. 


In addition to her law career, Alex is also a highly sought after legal analyst and guest speaker, regularly appearing on major television news networks such as CNN and WSB-TV.

 

Alex is a Georgia native and attended and graduated from Mercer University magna cum laude with a BS in Criminal Justice.  Alex proudly attended law school at Vermont Law School in South Royalton, Vermont.  Among many accolades in law school, Alex is well-known for being a strong and unapologetic spokesperson for the repeal of Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell, until the policy itself was finally repealed in 2011. 

After taking the bench, Alex remains active in her practice and a committed volunteer with the Atlanta Legal Aid Society and the Cobb Justice Foundation.  She is a member of several voluntary bar associations to include, the Cobb Bar Association, the Georgia Association of Women Lawyers, the Stonewall Bar Association, and the Atlanta Bar Association.  Alex lives in Midtown with her FiancĂ©e, an Atlanta lawyer. 

 


Jessica MacAllister, Silver Gala Host Committee Co-ChairProfessional & Public Interest Committee Co-Chair

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Jessica MacAllister is a real estate attorney in Holland & Knight's Atlanta office. Ms. MacAllister represents clients in a variety of complex commercial real estate transactions, including the acquisition, disposition, development, financing and leasing of commercial real estate located throughout the United States.

Ms. MacAllister's practice includes real estate finance experience representing national banks and other financial institutions in connection with acquisition, construction and permanent loans, unsecured and secured credit facilities, and the participation and syndication of loans.


Prior to joining Holland & Knight, Ms. MacAllister was a real estate attorney for a global law firm in its Atlanta office.


Ms. MacAllister has served on the Stonewall Board of Directors multiple times and has served on the Executive Committee as Secretary. 



Harris Mason


Harris Mason has been a member of the Stonewall Bar Association since 2016 and first served on the Board in his capacity as an OUTlaw President. He currently serves on the Professional & Public Interest Committee. 

Harris graduated from the University of Georgia School of Law in 2018 and is currently working as a law clerk for the Alapaha Judicial Circuit Superior Courts. While in law school, Harris served as President of OUTlaw and Communications Chair for the Working in the Public Interest Conference in addition to serving as a research assistant for Professor of Law Hillel Y. Levin. Before law school, he graduated from Young Harris College with a B.S. in Business and Public Policy.  

 


Maureen “Molly” O'Connor, Law Student Committee Co-Chair; Pride Committee Chair

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Molly O’Connor has been a member of Stonewall Bar Association since 2008, also serving as a student mentor for the last several years. She has served on the Board for several years.


She is an active member of the State Bar of Georgia, the Georgia Defense Lawyers Association (GDLA), the GDLA’s Education Committee, Lawyer’s Club, the Atlanta Bar Association, and she volunteers as a Judge for various mock trial and moot court competitions as well as civic organizations. Ms. O’Connor is a trial attorney at Swift Currie McGhee & Hiers. Ms. O’Connor has over 20 years of experience in the insurance claims industry having earned her Associate in Claims in 1997 while working as an Insurance Claims Representative for Federated Mutual Insurance Company and later GEICO. Her practice is primarily concentrated in the areas of premises liability defense, personal injury defense, construction, wrongful death, catastrophic injury, medical malpractice, general liability, professional negligence, insurance coverage, environmental cases, HOA/COA defense, and related litigation. She has also successfully represented herself as a plaintiff in a real estate suit.

Molly has two boxers, Riley and Finley, and is an avid animal lover. She is also an advocate for sufferers of Dysautonomia, Postural Orthostatic Tachycardia Syndrome, and other Chronic Illnesses. She lives in East Atlanta Village and loves exploring all that the city has to offer.

 

Matt Ohm, OUTReach Committee Co-Chair

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Matthias “Matt” Ohm is a German and U.S. Lawyer, holding a U.S. Master of Law (LL.M.) degree from the University of Georgia School of Law. He obtained both his German and U.S. law licenses (New York) in 2015.

Mr. Ohm works for Arnall Golden Gregory LLP and focuses his legal services on supporting foreign-owned business entities and individuals investing in the U.S. in the areas of immigration, corporate, and employment law. He supports companies’ global immigration needs through both U.S. immigration and non-immigration visa processing for businesses and families (temporary work visas and green cards).

Mr. Ohm is also an active member of the Atlanta Sister Cities Commission. 




Mike Rafter

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Mike Rafter has been a member of Stonewall Bar since 2013 and joined the Board of Directors in 2015.  He is partner at Kilpatrick Townsend, where his practice focusses on trademark and advertising law.  He serves as principal trademark counsel for a number of companies with well-known brands and large brand portfolios and manages their trademark portfolios and trademark disputes throughout the world.  Mike also devotes significant time to pro bono matters, serving as trademark counsel for several well-known non-profit organizations.  Mike is a co-leader of KT PROUD, Kilpatrick Townsend’s LGBT employee resource group.  He serves on the Board of Directors of Atlanta Legal Aid Society, and is a past president of Atlanta Legal Aid.  He also serves on the Atlanta Leadership Committee of Lambda Legal. 


Before joining Kilpatrick Townsend, Mike served on active duty as a Judge Advocate in the United States Army.  He received his B.A. in history and philosophy from Mercer University in 1992 and received his J.D. from Mercer in 1995.



The Honorable W. Matthew Wilson

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Matthew Wilson is a State Representative for District 80 in the Georgia House of Representatives. He serves as a member of the House Agriculture & Consumer Affairs Committee, the Education Committee and the Judiciary Committee. He is also recognized as one of Atlanta's top young trial lawyers and is a partner at Akin & Tate, PC.  As a general practice litigator, he has experience in personal injury, wrongful death, medical malpractice, civil and administrative appeals, class actions, multi-district litigation, and complex business litigation cases. 


After graduating the University of Georgia, Matthew taught sixth-graders at an inner-city, low-income public school in Texas as part of the national Teach For America program.  After moving back to Georgia, Matthew spent two years as a political consultant in Atlanta that included working on a gubernatorial campaign and helping the State Bar of Georgia successfully complete a twenty-five year effort to update Georgia’s rules of evidence.

Matthew is an active member of the Georgia Trial Lawyers Association and serves on the boards for Georgia Watch and Red Clay Democrats.  He was a member of the 2017 Lead Atlanta Class.

 

 


Myra Dyer, OUTReach Committee Co-Chair

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Myra moved to Midtown in 2017 and got involved with Stonewall Bar Association shortly after. She is excited to be a non-attorney member of the board and to continue her involvement on the OUTreach committee.


Myra is a client relations manager with Exponent, a scientific and engineering consulting firm, and has a passion for meeting new people and making connections. She joined the firm as a technical expert, licensed professional engineer, and certified welding inspector, supporting investigations for insurance claims, construction defects, product liability, environmental, and intellectual property matters. In her current role, she utilizes her industrial knowledge and firsthand experience as an expert witness to facilitate teamwork and collaboration across various practices to help solve just about any scientific or engineering problem facing the world today.


After graduating with her master’s degree from Colorado School of Mines in Metallurgical and Materials Engineering, Myra worked in the steel industry for both Nucor and Gerdau as a Melt Shop Metallurgist and Process Engineer. She has also worked with Sandia National Lab as a welding engineer, as well as with the failure analysis team within Chevron’s Energy and Technology Company.

 



Austin B. Alexander

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Austin B. Alexander is a member of the board of directors of Stonewall Bar Association (SBA). Austin joined SBA when he moved to Georgia from Mississippi and previously served on the Outreach Committee. 



Kara Tucker

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Kara Tucker brings over 9 years of cross-industry legal, ethics and compliance experience to her current role as First Vice President at SunTrust Banks, Inc., where she is responsible for ethics strategy and governance. 


Ms. Tucker also serves as a Board Member for the Stonewall Bar Association of GA and as a Board member and faculty for the American Bankers Association Compliance Schools, frequently teaching, speaking and writing in industry on risk, ethics, and compliance.


Prior to her current role, Ms. Tucker served as the Head of Consumer Fair and Responsible Banking at SunTrust, led strategic development of the regulatory compliance program at BankUnited, N.A., and served as Associate Counsel at MDO Partners where she concentrated on corporate governance and global compliance and ethics with a focus on anti-bribery, anti-corruption, and the FCPA.




Melissa Fox

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Melissa has been a member of the Stonewall Bar Association since 2012, and joined the Board of Directors in 2019.  She serves as Co-Chair of Stonewall’s Fundraising Committee as well as Co-Chair of the Public Interest Committee.  As an Atlanta native, Melissa has years of experience working with and volunteering for non-profits and other public interest organizations in and around the city.  Melissa also serves as Co-Chair of the Atlanta Leadership Committee for Lambda Legal and is a member of Atlanta Legal Aid’s Service Council. 


Melissa is an associate in the litigation practice group at Eversheds Sutherland, where she counsels clients on a variety of business and commercial litigation matters.  Melissa’s experience includes defending class action lawsuits, advising on regulatory matters and compliance issues, conducting internal investigations, and representing clients in a variety of proceedings in state and local courts.  Melissa graduated with high honors from Emory Law School in 2015, where she served as Notes & Comments Editor of Emory Law Journal and President of OUTLaw.  Prior to law school, Melissa worked as a technical writer for a major logistics company.

 

 


Sean Young

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Sean J. Young is the Legal Director of the ACLU of Georgia and is active in litigating cases involving the First Amendment, voters’ rights, reproductive justice, criminal justice, and other civil rights and civil liberties issues. Since he joined the ACLU of Georgia, the Legal Department has filed a lawsuit challenging Georgia’s ban on abortion, prevented 160,000 voters from being wrongfully removed from the active voter rolls, blocked discriminatory polling place closures throughout Georgia, won the First Amendment right of protestors to carry signs into the Gold Dome during the legislative session, and filed a first-in-the-nation lawsuit challenging a flawed methodology used by the police to throw innocent people in jail on the erroneous belief that they have been smoking marijuana.


Prior to joining the ACLU of Georgia, he was an attorney for the ACLU’s Voting Rights Project at the organization’s national office in New York.Young has also served as a judicial law clerk at both the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit and the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York, and was an associate at Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP. He is a 2006 graduate of Yale Law School and a 2002 graduate from Duke University.


Young was awarded 2019 Attorney of the Year by the Daily Report, Georgia’s leading legal newspaper, and received the Best LGBTQ+ Lawyers Under 40 Award – Class of 2019 by the National LGBT Bar Association & Foundation.







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