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Our Team

For decades, our lawyers have handled complex legal cases and matters securing excellent outcomes throughout Atlanta and the state of Georgia. Several of our lawyers have been designated as Georgia Super Lawyers. This designation is based on a recognized peer-review process that produces a list of lawyers who have obtained high recognition in the Georgia legal community for legal achievement and ethical standards. Our mission is to work diligently for our clients and resolve cases and legal matters in the best interests of our clients.

Jefferson M. Allen

Email: jallen@ccealaw.com Phone: 404.814.0000

Jefferson M. Allen works primarily on business and commercial litigation (including shareholder/partner disputes, business torts and employee non-compete litigation), construction and real estate litigation (including negligent/defective construction and mold claims), and creditors’ rights/bankruptcy matters. Mr. Allen also has significant litigation experience involving consumer law issues and consumer protection statutes, including the Federal Truth in Lending Act, the Fair Debt Collection Practices Act and the Georgia Uniform Deceptive Trade Practices Act.

Jeff has developed a broad and wide ranging general commercial litigation practice representing clients in State and Federal Court, as well as private arbitration and mediation, throughout Georgia and the Southeast.

Jeff is a 1998 graduate of Emory Law School, and a 1990 graduate of the University of Michigan. Mr. Allen also obtained a General Course degree in Economic History from the London School of Economics and Political Science in 1989.

Elizabeth A. “Beth” Beskin

Email: ebeskin@ccealaw.com Phone: 404.814.0000

Beth Beskin practices family law and related matters, including custody disputes and adoptions. She has a special interest in dividing complicated financial assets upon divorce, including pensions, stock options and deferred/executive compensation plans. Beth has extensive experience preparing QDROs (Qualified Domestic Relations Orders), which are required to divide pension benefits upon divorce. Beth also has extensive litigation experience regarding pension and employee-benefit matters governed by ERISA (the Employee Retirement Income Security Act of 1974).

Beth is licensed to practice in Georgia and in Louisiana. She is admitted to practice in Georgia Superior Courts, the Supreme Court of Georgia, Louisiana State Courts, Federal District Courts for the Northern District of Georgia, Middle District of Georgia, Southern District of Georgia, Eastern District of Louisiana and Western District of Louisiana as well as the Eleventh and Fifth Circuit U.S. Courts of Appeals.

Beth graduated from L.S.U. Law School (Paul M. Hebert Law Center) in 1989, where she was a member of The Louisiana Law Review and Order of the Coif. She was an associate with the Louisiana law firm of Jones, Walker, Waechter, Poitevant, Carrere and Denegre from 1989 until 1991. From 1995 – 2001, she was a partner in the Atlanta firm Beskin, Levine & Powell, LLC, where she practiced ERISA litigation. From 2001-2003, Beth was Of Counsel with Carter & Ansley (now Smith, Moore, Leatherwood) where she practiced insurance defense litigation. From 2001-2010 she practiced family law Of Counsel with Warner, Mayoue, Bates & McGough.

Darryl Cohen

Email: dcohen@ccealaw.com Phone: 404.814.0000

Mr. Cohen, an Entertainment and Criminal Defense attorney, is a partner of Cohen, Cooper, Estep & Whiteman, LLC, and previously partner with Katz, Smith & Cohen in Atlanta, Georgia. He is a former Assistant State Attorney in Miami, Dade County, Florida, and Assistant District Attorney in Atlanta, Fulton County, Georgia. His Entertainment practice includes representation of television anchors, actors, photographers, models, and talent agencies. Further, he is involved with numerous syndicated television programs. As a criminal defense lawyer, he has represented the entire spectrum of clients for over thirty years. Many of his clients and cases are high profile entertainment related cases covered by the national media.

He is the National 2nd Vice Chairman and current Legal Committee Member of the National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences (NATAS) based in New York; current Legal Chairman of the Northern California Chapter; Trustee and immediate Past President of the Southeast Chapter of NTA; and a member of the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences (ATAS) based in Hollywood, California. Further, he is a voting member of the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences.

An attorney, commentator, master of ceremonies, actor, and model, he has appeared in numerous television commercials, episodic television, industrial films, as well as a principal actor in a daytime soap opera. Further, he hosted a live 2-hour talk show on WTBS-TV. He has served as President and National Board Member of the Screen Actors Guild, Georgia branch, and has served on the Atlanta Board of the American Federation of Television and Radio Artists (AFTRA). Mr. Cohen has co-hosted several local television telethons and has been a regular on-camera spokesperson for WPBA-TV’s pledge drives and Master of Ceremonies for numerous local events. He appeared regularly on WXIA-TV/Channel 11, the NBC affiliate, as the lawyer for their live televised “Noonday” program, and currently provides on-air legal commentary for CNN/HNN and local Atlanta stations, including WXIA TV/Channel 11 and WAGA-TV/Fox 5.

Mr. Cohen is past Chairman of the Entertainment and Sports Law Section of the State Bar of Georgia. He has chaired numerous seminars and other educational programs and is Co-founder and Permanent Chairman of the Annual Southern Regional Entertainment and Sports Law Conference. He is the immediate past and past chair elect, Chairman Elect and past Treasurer of the Entertainment Arts and Sports Law Section (EASL) of the Florida Bar Association. Further, he is a member of the Georgia Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers; the Georgia Trial Lawyers Association; the Lawyers Club of Atlanta; the Cobb Bar Association; the Florida Bar Association and the Georgia Bar Association. Mr. Cohen is listed in Who’s Who in America.

Jeffrey L. Cohen

Email: jcohen@ccealaw.com Phone: 404.814.0000 www.irslawproblems.com

Jeffrey L. Cohen is well respected for his depth of experience in Tax and Corporate/Business law.

In his Tax practice, Mr. Cohen is dedicated to zealous representation before the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) to ensure that his clients are treated fairly by the IRS. The IRS recognizes Mr. Cohen because of his well-earned reputation of over 23 years as a top-rate negotiator with a high command of tax rules and regulations. Because the IRS does not intimidate Mr. Cohen, he resolves most of his client’s issues at the negotiating table, rather than through litigation. If it is necessary to seek resolution in United States Tax Court, Mr. Cohen will pursue and protect your interests with zeal.

Mr. Cohen’s clients receive personal attention, unlike at larger firms where unknown associates manage cases. His commitment to client service means that he is not satisfied until his clients feel comfortable with their understanding of the legal issues they face. Tax-related legal issues create a great deal of anxiety for clients because the rules and regulations are complex. Mr. Cohen is an expert guide. He makes sure his clients are well informed and that there is no ambiguity before any decisions are made. Clients are most impressed with Mr. Cohen’s accessibility. He listens well, answers questions, and returns telephone calls within 24 hours.

A significant portion of Mr. Cohen’s practice is dedicated to representing the small business owner, from incorporating or buying a business, to the many issues involved in operation, and finally to the sale of the business.

Atlanta recognizes Mr. Cohen’s expertise and requests his appearance as a legal commentator on both Tax and Corporate Law. He has been featured on several local radio stations: WSB, WZGC, and WKHX; TV channels 8,11,17, 30, and 46; as well as in the Atlanta Business Chronicle, the Atlanta Small Business Monthly, and Business Atlanta Magazineas an expert on IRS issues.

Jeffrey is a popular speaker on the legal aspects of starting a business and presents programs regularly for SCORE, the Georgia State University Small Business Development Center, the U.S. Small Business Administration, the Georgia Association of Public Accountants, the Georgia Association of Business Brokers, and other groups in Atlanta. Mr. Cohen has also written several articles about leasing strategies for new and small businesses, legal considerations for new businesses, and tax collections, and he conducts many educational seminars for Georgia State University. Areas of Practice:

  • Taxation
  • Tax Controversy/IRS
  • Corporate/Business
  • Contracts
  • Trusts and Estate Planning

Bar Admissions:

  • North Carolina, 1978
  • Georgia, 1981
  • U.S. Federal Court, 1981
  • U.S. Tax Court, 1982

Education

  • Emory University School of Law, Atlanta, Georgia, 1982

L.L.M., Master in Laws in Taxation

  • University of North Carolina School of Law, Chapel Hill, North Carolina, 1978

J.D., Doctor of Jurisprudence

  • Duke University, Durham, North Carolina, 1975

B.A., Bachelor or Arts Honors: Magna Cum Laude Published Works:

  • “You May File April 15, But IRS Works All Year,” Atlanta Business Chronicle
  • “The Legal Corner: Leasing Strategies for New and Small Business,” New and Small Business Journal
  • “A Three-Pronged Look at Setting Up Your Business,” Atlanta Magazine, January 1994

Classes/Seminars Taught:

  • Adjunct Professor, John Marshall Law School 1984-1987
  • SCORE – “Legal Issues in Starting a Business,” 2001 to present

Professional Associations and Memberships:

  • Sandy Springs Bar Association (Vice President 1997-1998)
  • Atlanta Bar Association, 1988- present
  • IRS Liaison Committee
  • State Bar of Georgia, 1981- present
  • Intown Business Association (General Counsel 1985-1986)
  • General Counsel
  • North Atlanta Tax Council, 1995- present
  • Georgia Association of Business Brokers, 1988- present

Please visit Mr. Cohen’s personal website at www.irslawproblems.com

Lawrence A. Cooper

Background/Experience/Cases

2016 TRL Badge - 150Larry Cooper

Email: lcooper@ccealaw.com Phone: 404.814.0000

Lawrence A. Cooper has received the highest rating given (AV) for both competence/skill and professional ethics from Martindale-Hubbell for 25 years, which rates attorneys and law firms nationwide. Larry has also been chosen by his peers as one of the Georgia Super Lawyers®, as published in Atlanta Magazine for 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015 and 2016 and the Journal of Law & Politics®, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015 and 2016. He is an experienced trial lawyer, admitted to the State Bar of Georgia in 1975 and the State Bar of Texas in 1975. He was born in San Antonio, Texas, and moved to Atlanta, Georgia in 1975. Larry’s law firm, Cohen, Cooper, Estep & Allen, LLC, is also rated AV, the highest rating for law firm competence, skill, and professional ethics given by Martindale-Hubbell. Larry is privileged to work with the following law partners: Darryl Cohen, Steve Estep, Jefferson Allen, Jeffrey L. Cohen, Scott Schweber, Erin Lewis, and Elizabeth Beskin. Larry’s practice accepts cases in the following areas:

  • Personal and Catastrophic Injury Resulting from Automobile, Truck, Tractor-Trailer, Motorcycle, and Boating Accidents (Traumatic Brain Injury, Traumatic Spinal Cord Injury, Severe Burn Injury, and Death)
  • Wrongful Death
  • Medical Malpractice
  • Divorce/Family Law (Divorce, Custody, Alimony, Child Support, Contempt, Child Support/Alimony Modification, Paternity, and Collaborative Divorce)
  • Prenuptial Agreements
  • Legal Malpractice
  • Complex Civil/Commercial Litigation (Breach of Contract, Fraud, RICO, Tortious Interference with Business Relations, Restrictive Covenants, Employment and Shareholder Agreements, Conversion of Trade Secrets, and Fiduciary Violations)
  • Civil and Divorce Mediation and Arbitration

Larry is admitted to practice in all state trial and appellate courts in Georgia, the United States District Court for the Northern District of Georgia, the United States District Court for the Middle District of Georgia, and the United States Supreme Court. He is a Registered Neutral in General Mediation, Domestic Relations Mediation, and Arbitration with the Georgia Office of Dispute Resolution. He is a member of the Atlanta Bar Association, the Cobb County Bar Association (President Family Law Section Cobb County Bar Association 2015-2016), Georgia Trial Lawyers Association, Southern Trial Lawyers Association, The National Trial Lawyers (www.TheNationalTrialLawyers.org, membership limited to select premier trial lawyers), the Lawyers Club of Atlanta, and Old Warhorse Lawyers Club. He received his B.A. from Tulane University, his J.D. from St. Mary’s University, and his Master of Laws from Emory University. He has enjoyed teaching for many years at the Emory Law School Kessler-Eidson Trial Techniques Program.

Larry, since his Judicial Clerkship to the Honorable Elmo Holt, Superior Court, Atlanta Judicial Circuit in 1976 and 1977, has represented numerous individuals and businesses in a wide variety of matters, legal problems, and business disputes. Larry has successfully tried significant jury cases involving medical malpractice, wrongful death, brain damage, spinal cord injury, blindness, traumatic injury, and invasion of privacy. Larry will accept challenging cases which are uphill battles that he believes are meritorious. He has had successful jury verdicts in unique cases such as representing the plaintiff in an AIDS invasion of privacy case, and representing the plaintiff in a medical malpractice case concerning a patient who attempted suicide. For more than 40 years, Larry has also tried complex jury divorce cases, non-jury divorce cases, and custody cases. Larry also handles sophisticated and complex business litigation involving breach of contract, fraud, RICO, libel, slander, tortious interference with business relations, restrictive covenants, conversion of trade secrets, and violation of fiduciary duties. Larry does not shy away from going head to head in litigation against the largest law firms and major corporations.

Case Approach

Larry’s goal is to effectively and ethically represent his clients in the pursuit of justice. If Larry accepts your case, he will be empathetic, very available, and provide the attention to detail that your case deserves. His professional staff is also very dedicated and experienced. The law partners he works with are also very experienced, dedicated, and extremely competent. Together Larry and his client will develop a strategy for success, and not only will Larry and his staff work diligently for you, but Larry will draw upon his more than 35 years of legal experience in representing clients in a wide variety of complex civil and domestic litigation cases. Although Larry handles a wide variety of litigation cases, he restricts the number of cases his practice accepts so that he and his staff can provide the utmost personal attention to each case. Larry’s focus from the moment he accepts your case is to prepare for trial, and at the same time to make diligent effort to reasonably settle the case with minimum expense and time to you. This approach has served his clients well in significant and complex cases over more than three decades.

Personal Injury /Catastrophic Injury/ Wrongful Death/ and Medical Malpractice

Larry’s success in personal injury, traumatic personal injury, wrongful death and medical malpractice cases allows him to be very selective in the cases his practice accepts. All his clients receive the highest level of personal attention. The cases Larry accepts are thoroughly investigated, researched, and prepared. He is passionate about representing individuals who have been injured by negligence or wrongdoing. Larry has over 35 years of experience in representing the victims of negligence and intentional wrongful acts. He and his team are devoted to representing clients devastated by severe brain, spinal cord, burn, and physical injuries. Larry handles personal injury cases on a contingency basis and there is no fee due until there is a recovery. If necessary due to your injuries, Larry and his staff will come to you for an appointment.

Family Law/Divorce

Larry has very extensive experience in family law/domestic cases and has been trying domestic/divorce cases since he completed his judicial clerkship in 1977. In divorce cases, Larry strives to provide his clients with effective legal counsel while remaining cost effective. He prides himself on being very available to his clients. He encourages his clients to become involved in their representation in order to develop a solution that will best meet their objectives. Larry understands that divorce is one of the most difficult situations that a person will ever face, and he is devoted to his clients and works diligently to achieve successful results on behalf of his clients. In divorce cases involving custody or visitation, Larry believes the minor children are the most important consideration. He advises parents to carefully consider the impact that the divorce will have on the children involved. He is committed to helping clients develop win-win parenting plans that will be of the most benefit to the parents and, most importantly, the children. Ensuring that children in a divorce case have the means to grow up happy and healthy is a primary goal of Larry’s family law practice. As to the issue of alimony, every case must be analyzed on its own particular merits. Larry is a sympathetic lawyer who understands that circumstances of life change. For example, sometimes it is appropriate to file a child support or alimony modification action when there has been a substantial increase or decrease in the income or financial status of a party. Sometimes a petition to modify custody is in the best interests of the child or children. Larry also handles contempt of court cases and takes those cases very seriously since, for example, a parent behind in child support alimony, or who has violated the visitation provisions of an order of the court may possibly be incarcerated if adjudged in contempt. Larry has handled high profile divorce and paternity cases, and he strives to keep publicity to a minimum.

Prenuptial Agreements

Larry also has extensive experience in drafting prenuptial agreements and speaks at legal seminars on the pitfalls of prenuptial agreement negotiation and drafting. The purpose of a prenuptial agreement is to protect your assets and income in the event of divorce. Before entering into a prenuptial agreement, it is critical that full financial disclosure is made by both parties and there should be no duress. A prenuptial agreement can be found to be unconscionable by a judge and held unenforceable if not handled appropriately.

Legal Malpractice

Larry also accepts meritorious legal malpractice cases on a contingency basis and there is no fee due until there is a recovery. He is very sympathetic to clients that have been damaged by legal malpractice or been the victim of fiduciary violations by a lawyer. As a trial lawyer with more than three decades of experience, Larry believes it is his mission to help his clients. Since Larry believes it is a privilege to practice law and privilege to represent clients in difficult situations, he does not hesitate to accept meritorious legal malpractice cases. If there have been fiduciary violations by a lawyer in the appropriate cases, Larry will seek punitive damages. Larry has disdain for lawyers who intentionally take advantage of their clients and violate their fiduciary duties to their clients. Although Larry is very selective in the cases he accepts, if Larry accepts a legal malpractice or fiduciary violation case against a lawyer, he will diligently and passionately pursue it for the benefit of his client.

Mediation and Arbitration

Larry is a registered neutral with the Georgia Office of Dispute Resolution in General Mediation, Domestic Relations Mediation, and Arbitration. It is usually preferable to settle a case as opposed to trying it. That way you are in control of the results, and you can hold down litigation costs. Although Larry usually represents clients in divorce cases and civil litigation cases, he sometimes acts as a mediator in cases when he does not represent one of the parties. If the case can be resolved in mediation, this is usually less expensive, less stressful, and quicker than a trial. If the parties reach a settlement, an adversarial trial is not necessary. Larry often encourages his clients to attempt mediation.

Commercial/Business Litigation

Larry has a wide breadth of experience representing individuals and companies in complex business/commercial litigation. He has represented companies and individuals in business matters as a legal advisor and as an advocate in litigation for more than three decades. He understands the business objectives of his clients and his goal is to settle business disputes economically and successfully. He sometimes encourages his clients to consider mediation and arbitration. Being an experienced trial lawyer, Larry is able to make plaintiffs’ breach of contract cases, fraud cases, RICO cases, tortious interference with business relations cases, libel cases, and cases warranting punitive damages come alive for the jury. Larry and his staff carefully analyze the facts and research the law related to each case, and sometimes cases being defended can be resolved on Motion to Dismiss or Motion for Summary Judgment. The attributes Larry, his staff, and his partners bring to complex business litigation are preparation, strategy, creativity, knowledge, attention to detail, adaptability, and, with Larry’s more than 35 years of legal experience, how to value the case, when to settle, and when to push to go to trial.

 

Jeffrey D. Diamond

Email: jdiamond@ccealaw.com Phone: 404.814.0000

Jeffrey D. Diamond, an insurance litigation Attorney, is an active member of both the State Bars of Georgia and California, first admitted to the State Bar of California in 1978 before relocating to Atlanta, Georgia from Los Angeles, California in 2007, when he was admitted to the State Bar of Georgia.

He earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science in 1975 from the University of California at Santa Barbara, and went on to earn his Juris Doctor degree from Loyola Law School in Los Angeles in 1978.

During his career, he has represented both policyholders and insurance companies in insurance coverage and bad faith actions.

Jeffrey gained experience as a litigation attorney with various Southern California law firms including Staitman & Snyder, Simon, Buckner, Hale & Migdal and Wasserman, Comden & Casselman and was a partner in the firm of Slott & Diamond before starting the insurance coverage law firm, The Law Offices of Jeffrey Diamond in 1995.

He has been recognized by Martindale-Hubbell as an “AV” rated attorney, the highest rating bestowed upon an attorney for ability and ethics. He has been named as a 2013 Georgia Super Lawyer.

After having taught Insurance Law for a number of years in California at the University of La Verne College of Law and University of West Los Angeles School of Law, Jeffrey joined the Georgia State University College of Law faculty in 2009 as an Adjunct Professor of Insurance Law. In 2012 he joined Atlanta’s John Marshall Law School in a similar capacity.

He is also a law instructor for the National Association of Certified Valuation Analysts, a national educational organization which conducts continuing education programs for financial professionals across the country. In addition, since 2008, Jeffrey has served on the faculty in the widely recognized Kessler-Eidson Trial Techniques Program at Emory Law School in which law students participate in a week long intensive workshop developing trial skills.

www.atlantainsurancelaw.com

Steve Estep

Email: sestep@ccealaw.com Phone: 404.814.0000

Steve Estep focuses his practice on civil litigation. Steve has extensive experience handling a broad range of cases for both plaintiffs and defendants, including:

  • Personal injury
  • Wrongful Death
  • Product Liability
  • Business/Commercial law
  • Intellectual Property
  • Property Tax Law
  • Securities
  • Entertainment Law
  • Defamation
  • Banking Antitrust Litigation

Steve has tried many cases to judges and juries and has handled appeals in both state and federal courts. Two of his jury trial victories were featured in The National Law Journal. He has been appointed lead counsel in high profile securities cases involving major corporations such as Coca-Cola Enterprises and Friedman’s Jewelers. He is currently representing the Atlanta owners of the NBA’s Hawks and the NHL’s Thrashers in a highly publicized $200 million lawsuit. Although the majority of his practice is in Georgia, he has handled cases in fourteen states, from Florida to Alaska. Steve has worked on a wide array of high profile matters, ranging from the investigation of the grounding of the Exxon Valdez to the controversy surrounding the death of NASCAR great Dale Earnhardt. He has represented numerous high-profile entertainers and athletes, including a current well-known case involving Kid Rock. He carries an AV rating from Martindale-Hubbell, the highest rating given. For the last six years running, he has been chosen by his peers as a Georgia Super Lawyer, as published in Atlanta Magazine and the Journal of Law & Politics.

Before becoming a member of what was Cohen, Cooper, & Estep in 2002, Steve spent the first thirteen years of his career at Atlanta’s largest firm, King & Spalding. He was a partner in the tort litigation group from 1996 to 2001. At King & Spalding, Steve specialized in representing multinational corporations in multimillion-dollar product liability lawsuits involving products such as sport utility vehicles, fitness equipment, and silicone breast implants. Steve still represents several large corporations, but he focuses more of his practice on representing smaller businesses and individuals in a wide variety of litigation.

Steve grew up in Florida and earned his undergraduate degree at Florida State University in 1985. He received his J.D., summa cum laude, from Mercer University in 1988. At Mercer, Steve finished first in his class and was awarded the Woodruff Medal, the school’s highest academic honor. He won merit-based scholarships, numerous academic awards, and was a member of the Mercer Law Review.

Steve was admitted to practice in Georgia in 1988. He is admitted to practice in all state trial and appellate courts in Georgia, the Federal District Courts for the Northern and Middle Districts of Georgia, the United States Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit, and the United States Supreme Court.

Steve has served on the Product Liability Committee of the American Bar Association and is a member of the Atlanta Bar Association and the Lawyers Club of Atlanta. He has been a guest speaker at legal seminars in the US and abroad. He teaches each year in Emory Law School’s well-known trial practice program, and he also serves as a volunteer in the Georgia Bar’s High School Mock Trial program.

Steve is married to Dr. Susan Goode Estep, a cosmetic dentist with offices in Roswell and Buckhead. They have two very young children. In his rapidly diminishing spare time, Steve enjoys reading, sports, fitness, travel, cooking, collecting wine, and mowing his lawn. He is a pretty good golfer, a decent surfer, and a lousy but determined downhill skier.

Shuli L. Green

Email: sgreen@ccealaw.com Phone: 404.814.0000

Shuli L. Green joined Cohen Cooper Estep & Allen as a partner in 2016.  Shuli began her legal career as a staff attorney to the United States Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit.  From 2001 to 2013, she practiced with several Atlanta based law firms where she specialized in complex litigation, personal injury, insurance defense, medical negligence, products liability and civil rights litigation.  Shuli started her own firm in 2014, focusing on personal injury, business litigation, intellectual property and entertainment law.

As a practicing attorney for over 17 years, Shuli has been involved in numerous complex and high profile cases.  She represented Richard Jewell in a defamation action against The Atlanta Journal & Constitution and assisted in a copyright infringement action against Warner Bros. arising out of its unauthorized reproduction of her client’s sculpture in the film The Devil’s Advocate.  Shuli was featured on the cover of The Fulton County Daily Report in 2010 after obtaining a jury verdict in excess of $1.4 million in a rear-end car wreck case and again in 2013 after presenting oral argument to the Georgia Court of Appeals in a consumer class action lawsuit against a large multi-national corporation.  Shuli has obtained numerous six-figure settlements for clients in actions involving medical negligence, premises liability and personal injury and recently negotiated a settlement of more than $900,000 on behalf of a client arising from an insurance “bad faith” claim.  She currently represents an international pharmaceutical company in multiple products liability actions.  She has also successfully prosecuted cases before the United States Patent & Trademark Office Trademark Trial and Appeal Board.  Shuli’s practice areas include:

  • Personal injury
  • Wrongful death
  • Catastrophic injury
  • Trucking litigation
  • Employment litigation
  • Products liability
  • Premises liability
  • Business litigation
  • Medical negligence
  • Insurance bad faith claims
  • Consumer class actions
  • Civil rights claims
  • Contract disputes
  • Copyright and Trademark
  • Entertainment law

Shuli is a native of Atlanta, Georgia.  She earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Journalism from the University of Maryland in 1994 and obtained her J.D. from American University, Washington College of Law, in May 1998.  Ms. Green served as a Note & Comment Editor for The ABA/American University Administrative Law Review.  Shuli was admitted to the State Bar of Georgia in 1998.  She is admitted to practice before all Georgia state courts, the U.S. District Court for the Northern and Middle Districts of Georgia, the Georgia Court of Appeals and the United States Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit.  She is a member of the Georgia Trial Lawyers Association and has been published in The ABA/American University Administrative Law Review and The Congressional Record (Fall 1997).  She has been a guest speaker at legal seminars in Entertainment law.

Shuli serves as general counsel to Tapestry Public Charter School, an inclusive charter school in DeKalb County, Georgia, which specializes in serving the needs of children with developmental delays along with their typically developing peers.  Shuli has two young children and lives in Decatur, Georgia.

Email: sgreen@ccealaw.com

Johnna A. Lee

Email: jlee@ccealaw.com Phone: 404.814.0000

Erin Lewis

Email: elewis@ccealaw.com Phone: 404.814.0000

Ms. Lewis’ legal career began with a prominent law firm in Macon, Georgia where she maintained a general practice. Her work included corporate defense, business law, insurance defense, personal injury, real estate and employment matters. Erin then went on to serve as the General Counsel for a technology company which specialized in developing and licensing ground penetrating radar and accompanying software. She managed the company’s litigation, which was spread over multiple states and jurisdictions (Georgia, Massachusetts, Florida, New York and Washington, D.C.), often managing multiple employees and in-house and outside attorneys. Erin also became very experienced in assisting in the prosecution of her company’s patents globally and in litigating multiple intellectual property disputes.

Erin assists clients in the areas of real estate, general litigation, insurance defense, garnishments, bankruptcy, HIPAA policies, employee claims, shareholder derivative suits and other corporate matters. She continues to work closely with businesses in various areas of general business law, negotiations and complex commercial suits. Erin’s clients include boards of education, apartment complexes, land owners, construction companies, electrical contractors, physicians, state and local governmental entities, trucking companies and business owners and officers. Not only has she worked in federal and state courts in various jurisdictions, Erin has also handled alternative dispute matters lasting from half a day to over five days (mediation and arbitration). Due to the broad range of Erin’s experience she is able to work with clients having diverse legal requirements.

Erin is a native of Jacksonville, FL and graduated with honors from the University of Florida in 1996 after obtaining a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science/International Politics with a minor in Religion. During her undergraduate studies, Erin also attended Georgetown University, George Washington University (both in Washington, DC) and the University of Utrecht, Netherlands. Her studies were in furtherance of the educational emphases on international relations and language arts study. Prior to becoming a lawyer, Erin was involved in multiple interesting projects. Not only did she assist several non-profit entities in marketing and fund raising (inner city women’s sports development and Bosnian relief focused on re-building playgrounds), she worked on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C. for a Florida Congressman and assisted paleontologists from the Smithsonian Institute in dinosaur excavations (Maryland and Wyoming). Erin received her Juris Doctor degree in 2002 from Mercer University’s Walter F. George School of Law in Macon, Georgia, where she was a member of the Bootle Inn of Courts and served as the President of the Christian Legal Society. Today Ms. Lewis stays busy at work and at home chasing her two little boys around with her husband.

Areas of Practice:

  • Business and Commercial Law
  • General Litigation
  • Contracts
  • Intellectual Property
  • Alternative Dispute Resolutions (Mediation and Arbitration)
  • Domestic Law
  • Garnishment Law
  • Estate Planning

Education:

  • University of Florida, Gainesville, FL, B.A, honors, 1996
  • Walter F. George School of Law at Mercer University, Macon, GA, J.D., 2002

Admitted:

  • State Bar of Georgia, 2002
  • Georgia Supreme Court, 2002
  • Georgia Court of Appeals, 2002
  • United States District Court for the Northern District of Georgia, 2002
  • United States District Court of the Middle District of Georgia, 2002

Matthew Macy

Email: mmacy@ccealaw.com Phone: 404.814.0000

Matthew Macy is a 1997 graduate of Emory Law School, and started practicing law that same year.

Matthew represents businesses and individuals in Georgia and Colorado in areas such as:

  • Intellectual Property (trademark, copyright, trade secrets)
  • Employment
  • Commercial Litigation
  • Contracts
  • Real Estate (contracts, boundaries, ownership disputes, landlord-tenant)
  • Real Estate Broker Disputes
  • Business Bankruptcy
  • Business Formation and Disputes
  • Estate Planning, Probate, and Probate Litigation

He has a blog that you can read here.  The topics vary, and the blog even has posts about the growing trend of marijuana legalization.

Matthew taught a continuing education course for real estate licensees called “Disclose and Advise,” covering the real estate agent’s duties of disclosure and the pitfalls that come from not complying with that duty.  He is looking to expand his continuing education offerings.

His teaching does not stop there.  He has been part of Emory Law School’s Kessler-Eidson Program for Trial Techniques for the past few years and plans to continue.  Emory Law’s Trial Techniques is a learn-by-doing program for Emory Law students to learn how to represent a client at a trial.  Matthew also has been on the faculty at programs by NITA (National Institute for Trial Advocacy) to teach and hone the deposition and trial skills of practicing lawyers.

Matthew is admitted to practice in the following jurisdictions:

  • Georgia
  • Colorado
  • U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Georgia
  • U.S. District Court for the District of Colorado
  • U.S. District Court for the District of Eastern Wisconsin
  • U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals for the First Circuit
  • U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit

Professional honors include:

Matthew is a member of the following organizations:

Scott Schweber

Scott represents individuals and businesses in trials, appeals, arbitrations, and meditations throughout the State of Georgia. Scott prides himself on the individual attention that he provides to his clients and to the cases that he handles. Scott is an accomplished trial attorney, and has achieved significant success on behalf of his clients throughout his career.

Scott is AV rated by Martindale Hubbell, the highest rating a lawyer can achieve in terms of ethical standards and legal ability. Scott is a certified arbitrator for the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority, and has completed the Arbitration Training program approved by the Georgia Office of Dispute Resolution and the State Bar of Georgia. He is very proud to be included in “Georgia’s Top Rated Lawyers” for Civil Litigation. Scott is a long time resident of Fulton County. He presently resides in Sandy Springs.

Practice Areas

Business Torts; Shareholder and Partnership Disputes, Civil Litigation; Contract Disputes; Insurance Claims and Coverage Disputes; Commercial Collections; Labor and Material Liens; FDIC Claims; Foreclosures and Real Estate Disputes; Premises Liability; Personal Injury; Wrongful Death; Professional Negligence and Sexual Assault.

Bar Admissions

State Bar of Georgia, 1985; United States Court of Appeals for the 11th Circuit; United States District Courts for the Northern and Middle Districts of Georgia; Georgia Supreme Court, as well as all lower Georgia state courts.

Education

Emory University School of Law, Atlanta, Georgia, 1985, J.D. University of Massachusetts, Amherst, Massachusetts, 1982, B.A.

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