2017–2018 Officers and Board of Directors

 
Officers


Stephen Scriber, President
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/



Brandon Goldberg, Vice President and President-Elect

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.


W. Matthew Wilson, Secretary 
matthew@akin-tate.com

This is Matthew’s second 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 was a member of the 2017 Lead Atlanta Class.

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


 

Misty Peterson, Treasurer
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



Kat Schuller, Immediate Past President; Representative to Committee to Promote Inclusion in the Profession; Representative to National LGBT Bar Association
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/

 

Board of Directors


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

Eric Astrin is In-House Counsel, Real Estate Acquisitions and Development for Lidl US. At Lidl, Eric is is responsible for providing legal advice to all areas of the company, with a specific focus on real estate and company expansion goals, counsel internal stakeholders during the negotiations and agreement process with external parties and advise on all interactions with governmental entities. Eric is in charge of advising Lidl US and its Board on all corporate, legal, and regulatory matters and will direct the company's response to any actual or alleged violations of the law.

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; Sponsorship Committee Co-Chair; Representative to the National LGBT Bar Association
BBroussard@carltonfields.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 Carlton Fields, 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 on the Board of Directors for O.U.T. (the young professional chapter of the Atlanta Gay and Lesbian Chamber of Commerce).  Prior to entering private practice, 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: https://www.carltonfields.com/bbroussard/


Sedric BaileyProfessional & Public Interest Committee Co-Chair
sbailey@kslaw.com

Sedric Bailey practices employment law as an associate at King & Spalding. Sedric’s practice covers a broad range of employment-related issues, including both litigation and employer counseling.

The bulk of Sedric's litigation practice involves representing employers in complex collective and class action lawsuits. Sedric routinely litigates wage and hour, discrimination, and restrictive covenant cases in state and federal courts throughout the country. In addition to litigation, Sedric maintains a robust counseling practice in which he provides practical guidance, conducts compliance audits and facilitates various trainings for his clients.

Sedric is a graduate of William & Mary Law School. At William & Mary, he served as a staff editor of the William & Mary Bill of Rights Journal and was recognized as an H. Stewart Dunn, Jr. Civil Rights fellow for his achievements in constitutional law.

Practice Website: https://www.kslaw.com/people/sedric-bailey


Rebeccah Bower
rebeccah.l.bower@gmail.com

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.


  Dennis Collard, Professional & Public Interest Committee Co-Chair
Dennis.Collard@csfamilylawyers.com

Mr. Collard is a founding partner of Collard Shockley LLC, a boutique law firm specializing in complex divorce and family law mediation and litigation. For fifteen years, Mr. Collard has represented members of the LGBT community involved in family law issues, including those in which a litigant seeks advantage over an LGBT party due to their sexual orientation or gender identity (such as contested child custody proceedings). Mr. Collard also serves as a registered mediator and arbitrator in family law matters.

Mr. Collard moderated and presented the first ever panel discussion at the annual ICLE Family Law Institute that addressed same sex legal issues; and then for five consecutive years, co-chaired ICLE’S annual Same Sex Legal Issues continuing legal education course (also the first of its kind in Georgia).

In addition to serving on the Stonewall Board, Mr. Collard sits on the Board of the Victory Fund’s Southern Caucus and recently served on the LGBT Steering Committee of Cathy Woolard’s Campaign for Mayor of Atlanta. Mr. Collard is also a post seat holder with the Fulton County Committee of the Democratic Party of Georgia.

Mr. Collard is an honors graduate of the Florida State University College of Law, where he was a member of the Law Review and a teaching assistant in the trial practice program. Mr. Collard lives in Midtown Atlanta with his partner Stephen and their dachshund, Dillon.

Practice Website: http://csfamilylawyers.com/dennis-collard/


Joy Edwards, Professional & Public Interest Committee Co-Chair
edwards.joy@gmail.com

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/


Parsa Garrett
parsa@inprimelegal.com

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, developing hot sauce recipes, and tracking down rare Japanese whiskies.

Practice Website: http://inprimelegal.com/your-legal-team/parsa-garrett/




Nancy Goodman
nancy@nancybgoodman.com

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.

Practice Website: http://www.nancybgoodman.com/about.html


  Simon Jenner, Annual Dinner Committee Co-Chair; Communications Committee Co-Chair
simon.jenner@bakerjenner.com

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.

Practice Website: http://bakerjenner.com/your-team/simon-jenner/


Doug McKay, OUTReach Committee Co-Chair
dougengr@gmail.com

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
mcneil.andy@gmail.com

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; Pride Committee Chair; Representative to the Multi-Bar Leadership Council
molly.o'connor@lewisbrisbois.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 second 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 Lewis Brisbois. 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.

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://lewisbrisbois.com/attorneys/oconnor-maureen-molly

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


  Matt Ohm, OUTReach Committee Co-Chair
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/


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


Robert Dale Vann, Annual Dinner Committee Co-Chair; Sponsorship Committee Co-Chair
rdv2@ntrs.com
 


John Warchol, Professional & Public Interest Committee Co-Chair; Representative to the Multi-Bar Leadership Council
jrwarchol@atlantalegalaid.org

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/


Emily Wright, Communications Committee Co-Chair; Law Student Committee Co-Chair
emily.wright@troutman.com

Emily Wright has been a member of Stonewall Bar Association since her first year in law school and joined the Stonewall Board of Directors in 2017.  She graduated magna cum laude from Mercer University School of Law in 2017 and began her career as an associate in the Business Litigation practice at Troutman Sanders LLP.  Her practice includes pro bono immigration work on behalf of detained asylum-seekers.

While in law school, Emily served as Vice President of Project Equality, Mercer’s organization for LGBTQ law students and as president of Mercer’s chapter of American Constitution Society.

Prior to law school, Emily obtained her undergraduate degree, summa cum laude, in history from East Tennessee State University after many years in the workforce.  She enjoys spending time outdoors with her partner and their four dogs.

Practice Website: https://www.troutman.com/emily-wright/






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