2016–2017 Officers and Board of Directors

 
Officers


Kat Schuller, President
katschuller@paulhastings.com

Ms. Schuller is a graduate of Georgia State University’s College of Law, and she has been a member of the Stonewall Bar Association since her first year of law school in 2010. 

Kat currently practices law at Paul Hastings, LLP, primarily in the area of corporate due diligence for the mergers and acquisitions firm-wide.  She also has experience as a business law attorney and strategic adviser who helps to plan, build, and support successful closely held businesses, and is experienced in bankruptcy. While in law school, she worked with clients at the Georgia State University Tax Clinic for two years, and continues to provide tax advice to her business clients. 

Kat also encourages and supports personal wellness for all, especially professionals. In her spare time, she enjoys running in the mountains, outdoor activities, and spending time with her dog.

This is her fourth term on the board of Stonewall Bar Association.  She currently serves on the board of the GAWL Foundation, and has also served two terms on the board of the Georgia Association of Women Lawyers (GAWL).

Practice Website: https://www.paulhastings.com/



Stephen Scriber, Vice President and President-Elect
stephen@scriberlaw.com

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.
 
Practice website:  http://www.scriberlaw.com/


 

Jessica MacAllister, Secretary
jmacallister@jonesday.com

Ms. MacAllister has served on the Board of Directors since 2013.  She is an associate with the law firm of Jones Day, where she 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.  
 
Prior to joining Jones Day in 2015, Jessica represented clients in the leasing, acquisition, and disposition of commercial property, including specifically the leasing of ground, tower, rooftop, and in-building space for a national cellular company.  Jessica is a member of the State Bar of Georgia and Real Estate Section of the Atlanta Bar Association.
  
Practice website:  http://www.jonesday.com/jmacallister/


 

Patrick Becker, Treasurer
pbecker@jonesday.com

Patrick Becker is an associate with Jones Day, where his practice is focused on advising companies with state and federal employee benefits especially as they relate to employee retirement income (ERISA) and tax laws. He works with clients on the full range of benefits, including cafeteria plans, health and welfare benefits, retirement and compensation plans, and severance packages. Patrick helps guide employers in complying with rapidly changing mandates and with plan designs and plan terminations. He advises clients in the contexts of counseling, M&A, and dispute resolution.  Patrick serves as co-chair of the Atlanta Office's Diversity, Inclusion & Advancement Committee and as a member of the Washington and Lee Law Young Alumni Council.

Practice website: http://www.jonesday.com/pbecker/


 

 

Douglas D. Selph, Immediate Past President
dselph@mmmlaw.com
 
Mr. Selph has served on the Stonewall Board since 2012.  He is a partner with Morris Manning and Martin and is a member of the firm’s Commercial Finance, Real Estate Development and Finance and Real Estate Capital Markets Practices.  Mr. Selph has substantial expertise in structuring, documenting, negotiating and closing secured loan transactions for financial institutions, including complex syndicated credit facilities with multi-state collateral.  He is also experienced in representing corporate and real estate borrowers in a wide range of secured and unsecured credit facilities, including working capital lines, acquisition loans and mezzanine loans, and has also been actively involved in debt restructurings and workouts for lender and developer clients.  In addition to his finance practice, Mr. Selph also handles real estate acquisitions and dispositions, commercial leasing transactions, and general real estate development issues.
 
Mr. Selph is a frequent speaker at real estate law seminars sponsored by the Georgia Bar on such topics as real estate finance, legal opinions, ethics, and letters of credit and has published articles in the Georgia Law Review and the Georgia Bar Journal.


Practice Website:  http://www.mmmlaw.com/our-people/employee-directory/attorneys/douglas-d.-selph

 

Board of Directors


Eric Astrin, Annual Dinner Committee Co-Chair
eric.astrin@lidl.us

Eric Astrin is Manager of Real Estate Acquisitions and Development for Lidl US. At Lidl, Eric identifies suitable sites by analyzing zoning, return on investment and other pertinent market information while cultivating relationships with brokers, city representatives, landlords, and the real estate community. In addition, he facilitates the site due diligence process by analyzing site surveys and title reports to ensure that all development risks are identified and quantified, including site specific variances and potential need for rezoning.

Prior to joining the Lidl, Eric was a real estate associate at Troutman Sanders, where he gained extensive experience representing nation and global companies in their acquisition, ground or pad leasing and the development of commercial businesses. Eric also has significant experience representing developers, hotel operators, and national retailers in commercial and mixed-use projects in the acquisition and development of new locations and expansions throughout the Southeastern United States.

This is Eric's second term on the Board of Directors for Stonewall Bar Association.

Practice Website: https://www.lidl.com/


Barret Broussard, Law Student Committee Co-Chair
broussardd@gtlaw.com

D. Barret Broussard has been a member of the Stonewall Bar Association since he was a first-year law student in 2010, and he joined the Board of Directors in 2016.  He is Co-Chair of Stonewall’s Law Student Committee, which connects the bar association with current law students to assist in mentoring and networking.  He is an associate at Greenberg Traurig, LLP, where he focuses his practice on representing both companies and individuals in complex business litigation and appeals.  He handles matters that involve contract disputes, tortious business interference, breaches of fiduciary duty, and product liability.  Barret also serves as the Chair of Greenberg Traurig’s Associates’ Committee on Diversity and Inclusion in Atlanta, as well as the Board of Directors for O.U.T. (the young professional chapter of the Atlanta Gay and Lesbian Chamber of Commerce).  Prior to joining Greenberg Traurig, Barret was a staff attorney at the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit, where he assisted the Court at large in resolving appeals and motions.

Barret graduated with honors from Emory Law School in 2013.  While in law school, 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 received the Myron Penn Laughlin Award 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.

Practice Website: http://www.gtlaw.com/People/D-Barret-Broussard


Rebeccah Bower, Annual Dinner Committee Co-Chair

Rebeccah Bower joined the Board of Directors in 2014.  Rebeccah is a Senior Attorney at the Office of Chief Counsel for the Internal Revenue Service, where she handles tax controversy matters.

Before returning to government service, Rebeccah was a partner with Parker, Hudson, Rainer & Dobbs, LLP’s business litigation practice group.  There, Rebeccah represented clients in in a range of complex civil commercial matters and litigation, including cases involving ERISA, class actions, securities, real estate, contracts, commercial banking fraud, the UCC, business torts, and other business litigation.  Rebeccah began her legal career as a trial attorney in the Attorney General's Honors Program with the United States Department of Justice Tax Division, where she served as lead counsel for the United States in a variety of complex matters involving federal tax issues.  While at the Department of Justice, Rebeccah received the Outstanding Attorney Award twice.

Rebeccah lives in Decatur with her partner and their son.


Joy Edwards, Professional & Public Interest Committee Co-Chair

Ms. Edwards has served on the Stonewall Board of Directors since 2012.  She is the Managing Partner and Owner of The Edwards Law Group. From a young age, Ms. Edwards had the drive and desire to contribute her help to others in the legal arena. Ms. Edwards attended high school at Mount Alvernia High School in Jamaica where she was an avid member of the debate team. Her team made it to the National Competition in 1988 and placed second nationwide. Ms. Edwards received her Bachelor of Arts from Huntingdon College in Montgomery, Alabama in 1996, where she graduated as a Pre-Law Major and a Political Science Minor. After college, Ms. Edwards continued on her path to become an attorney by attending Rutgers University – School of Law in Camden, New Jersey, where she graduated with her Juris Doctorate in 1999.
 
Practice website:  http://www.atlantadivorcelawyerga.com/

  Brandon Goldberg, Outreach Committee Co-Chair

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.


Timothy R. Holbrook, Professional & Public Interest Committee Co-Chair

 

Professor Timothy R. Holbrook, professor of law at Emory University School of Law, is one of the nation’s leading patent law scholars. He has authored over thirty publications and has given over one hundred presentations around the world on patent law. His work has explored the patentability of human genes, the extraterritorial reach of US patent law, and the function of patent disclosures. His work has been cited in briefs before the US Supreme Court, the US Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit (the court that hears all appeals in the US arising under the patent laws), and various district courts. The Federal Circuit and district courts have cited his work favorably, and he has authored or co-authored numerous briefs before the Supreme Court and the Federal Circuit. He is also an elected member of the American Law Institute (ALI).

 

Professor Holbrook graduated summa cum laude and as valedictorian from North Carolina State University, earning a BS in chemical engineering with a life sciences concentration. He received his JD from Yale Law School, where he served as a lead editor and publications director of the Yale Journal on Regulation. After law school, he clerked for the Honorable Glenn L. Archer Jr. of the US Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit. Following his clerkship, Professor Holbrook worked in Budapest, Hungary, with the Hungarian patent law firm Danubia. Upon his return to the United States, he associated with the Washington, DC, law firm of Wiley, Rein & Fielding (now Wiley Rein), where his practice focused on patent and appellate litigation.  He was co-counsel to National Football League players on a brief before the US Supreme Court in Hollingsworth v. Perry, which ultimately restored marriage equality in California. More information is available at www.athletesbrief.com ».  He has served on the Stonewall Board of Directors since 2014.


Doug McKay

Mr. McKay joined the Stonewall Board of Directors in 2016.

He currently practices Patent Law at Dority & Manning, P.A. His experience includes drafting and prosecuting patent applications before the USPTO, as well as preparing opinions regarding patentability and validity.

Mr. McKay received his undergraduate degree in Computer Engineering at the University of South Florida and his law degree at Emory University. He is currently a member of the State Bar of Georgia, the Florida Bar, and the North Carolina State Bar.

Practice Website: http://www.dority-manning.com/


Andy McNeil, Annual Dinner Committee Co-Chair

Mr. McNeil has served on Stonewall’s Board of Directors since 2010 and currently co-chairs the Annual Dinner Committee.  Andy is active in the community.  In addition to his work with Stonewall, he also serves on the Board of Blaze Sports America, a non-profit that provides athletic programs to children and adults with physical disabilities.  He also teaches and coaches Mock Trial at the Georgia Institute of Technology, his alma mater.  Andy previously served as an associate attorney in Morris Manning and Martin, LLP’s Commercial Litigation Practice where he specialized in Intellectual  Property and Technology Litigation.





Molly O'Connor, Law Student Committee Co-Chair
molly@m-mlegal.com

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

She is an active member of the State Bar of Georgia, the Georgia Defense Lawyers Association (GDLA), the GDLA’s Education Committee, and volunteers as a Judge for various mock trial and moot court competitions. Ms. O’Connor is a trial attorney at Mabry & McClelland one of the oldest and most respected civil litigation defense firms in Atlanta, celebrating 50+ years of service to the Insurance and Business community. 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, professional negligence, and related litigation. She has also successfully represented herself as a plaintiff in a real estate suit. She writes for the firm’s blog, which can be found at http://m-mlegal.com/.

Molly has two boxers, Riley and Finley, and a corgi named Dublin. She and her partner live in East Atlanta Village and love exploring all that the city has to offer.

Practice Website: http://m-mlegal.com/attorneys/maureen-oconnor-atlanta-georgia-attorney/

LinkedIn Profile: https://www.linkedin.com/pub/maureen-molly-oconnor/a/451/336/ 


  Matt Ohm
matt.ohm@agg.com

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. 

Practice Website: http://www.agg.com/Matt-Ohm/


Misty Peterson, Outreach Committee Co-Chair
mpeterson@kslaw.com

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.

Practice website:  http://www.kslaw.com/people/Misty-Peterson



Mike Rafter
mrafter@kilpatricktownsend.com

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.

Practice website:  http://www.kilpatricktownsend.com/en/Who_We_Are/Professionals/R/RafterMichaelW11556.aspx


Shelley Senterfitt, Awards Dinner Committee
ssenterfitt@skfamilylaw.com
 
Ms. Senterfitt has served on the Board of Directors since 2011.  She is a partner in the firm of Senterfitt & Knight, LLC.  Her practice focuses on family law matters including divorce, child custody, child support, and modifications. Shelley has extensive experience in representing victims of domestic violence and their children in civil matters. In addition to serving as a guardian ad litem in both superior and juvenile courts, Shelley represents children in delinquency cases and parents in deprivation cases in juvenile court.  In addition to her family law practice, Shelley engages in legislative advocacy during the Georgia General Assembly. Current and past clients include the Georgia Coalition Against Domestic Violence, Georgia Women for a Change, the Georgia Network to End Sexual Assault, and the Atlanta Women’s Agenda. Shelley advocates for substantive legislation as well as budget appropriations that impact women and children in Georgia.
 
Prior to establishing Senterfitt & Knight, Shelley practiced as a solo practitioner, served as a Pro Bono Fellow with Hunton & Williams, and served as a law clerk to the Honorable Orinda D. Evans, Chief Judge of the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Georgia.
 
Shelley is well recognized in the community for her leadership and service. In 2004, the Fulton County Daily Report singled out Shelley as one of the “21 to Watch” in its article on young lawyers “On the Rise.” Shelley has been featured in Georgia Trend’s Legal Elite listing for pro bono representation and has been selected as a Super Lawyer Rising Star. Shelley has received awards from community organizations including the Women’s Resource Center to End Domestic Violence, the National Sexual Violence Resource Center, the National Association of Women Lawyers, the Georgia Association of Women Lawyers, Creative Loafing, and the State Bar of Georgia.
 
Practice website:  http://skfamilylaw.com/shelley-senterfitt/


Ansley Sluss, Communications Committee Co-Chair

J. Ansley Sluss joined the Stonewall Bar Association Board of Directors in 2015.  She practices immigration law at her firm, Sluss Law LLC, where she specializes in pursuing legal status for unaccompanied immigrant youth.  Ms. Sluss, a cum laude graduate of Georgia State University College of Law, also represents undocumented immigrants in pursuing family and humanitarian visa petitions.  Before launching her firm, Ms. Sluss practiced employment law as a contract attorney with Delta Air Lines.  In addition to working with Stonewall, Ms. Sluss serves as Vice Chair of Atlanta Legal Aid Society’s Service Council; Vice President of the Leadership Committee for the Georgia Association for Women Lawyers (“GAWL”); and chairs the Newer Lawyers Affinity Group with GAWL. 

Prior to attending law school, Ms. Sluss received her Bachelor of Science degree with high honors from Georgia Institute of Technology.  In her spare time, Ansley enjoys walking her dogs, biking on the Beltline, and watching Wheel of Fortune and Jeopardy.

Practice Website: https://www.slusslaw.com/about/

John Warchol, Representative to the Multi-Bar Leadership Council

John Warchol first served on the Stonewall Board of Directors in the late 1990s.  John is a senior staff attorney for Atlanta Legal Aid's Health Law Unit.  He received a B.S. in Industrial Design from the Georgia Institute of Technology, after which he worked as a design patent examiner at the U.S. Patent and Trademark office.  He received his J.D. from the University of Georgia School of Law.

John represents low-income persons living with HIV/AIDS, cancer, or ALS in disability discrimination actions, appeals of denials and terminations of Social Security and private disability benefits, and in landlord and tenant disputes.  He helps secure health insurance benefits and reimbursements, advises clients on debt relief issues, and prepares wills and advance directives.  He also provides community education and outreach regarding legal issues faced by persons living with HIV/AIDS, cancer, or ALS regardless of their income.

John is a cyclist who has ridden eight times in the AV200, an annual 200-mile weekend ride, to raise money for Jerusalem House and AIDS vaccine research at Emory University.  He is the 2015 recipient of the Heart for Humanity award from Living Room (an organization that provides housing services to persons living with HIV/AIDS), and the 2007 recipient of the John Kappers AIDS Community Service Award.

Practice Website: https://www.atlantalegalaid.org/


W. Matthew Wilson, Communications Committee Co-Chair 
matthew@akin-tate.com

This is Matthew’s first year on the Stonewall Board.  He is 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 is a member of the 2017 Lead Atlanta Class.

Practice Website: http://www.akintate.com/matthew-wilson/




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