Location: Rome, Georgia
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Virginia came to the firm in 1991, and became a partner with McRae, Smith, Peek, Harman & Monroe (formerly Smith, Shaw and Maddox) in 1993. Virginia was previously associated with the firm of Hine and Carroll in Rome. She also served as Assistant District Attorney for the Lookout Mountain Judicial Circuit in Lafayette, Georgia from 1982-1983.
Virginia’s practice is centered upon assisting business and banking clients with all aspects of their legal needs including but not limited to business formation and operations, contracts, mergers or asset sales, employment law including personnel matters of all types, employment contract drafting and litigation, construction contract negotiation and arbitration and environmental issues. She has experience advising business clients and individual employees regarding employment discrimination and harassment claims, Fair Labor Standard Act claims including class actions, ADA and FMLA claims and virtually all aspects of the employer/employee relationship. She also has assisted clients mergers and acquisitions and in raising capital through Reg. D private placements. She is a member of the firm’s conservation easement practice section representing land trusts and land owners in the important process of land conservation.
Virginia has handled complex civil litigation in most United States District Court Divisions, State and Federal Appeals Courts and in Superior Courts all over the State of Georgia. She is also a member of the Bar of the U.S. Tax Court.
Virginia is a member of the Board of Directors of the Legal Counsel Section of the Georgia Bankers Association and was elected vice-chair of the Legal Counsel Section for 2018-2019. She has served as a Special Assistant Attorney General for the State of Georgia since 2006. She has been recognized by Georgia Trend Magazine as one of Georgia’s “Legal Elite” and in addition to her “AV” rating, Martindale Hubbell has named her in its inaugural class of the “Southeast’s Leading Women Lawyers”. Virginia was named by CEO Monthly “Leading Business Women of the Year” for 2018.
Virginia lives in the rural Cave Spring area of Floyd County with their horses, dogs, cats, snakes and other various critters. Both avid outdoor enthusiasts, the Harman’s enjoy hiking, kayaking, horseback riding, fishing and adventure travel, often accompanied by their three children and two grandchildren. Virginia has been active in supporting the local free legal clinic for US Veterans and has actively supported numerous community not for profit organizations. She is currently Chairman of the Board and legal counsel for Cancer Navigators, Inc., a local nonprofit serving cancer patients and their families in Northwest Georgia. She serves on the Board of Trustees of the Georgia Conservancy.
Areas of Practice
- Banking Law
- Commercial Law and Litigation (with emphasis on Secured Transactions)
- Employment Law
- Trust and Estate Litigation
- General Trial Practice
- Appellate Practice
- Environmental Law
U.S. District Court Northern District of Georgia, 1982
U.S. Tax Court, 1988
U.S. Court of Appeals 11th Circuit, 1988
University of Georgia School of Law, Athens, Georgia
J.D. – 1982, With Honors
LaGrange College; Georgia State University
B.A. summa cum laude – 1979
Mortar Board, Assistant District Attorney, Lookout Mountain Judicial Circuit, LaFayette, Georgia 1982-1983
Professional Associations and Memberships
Rome , Secretary/Treasurer, 1995-1996; Vice-President, 1996-1997, President, 1997-1998
American Bar Association, Member, Litigation Section
Federal Bar Association, Atlanta Chapter
State Bar of Georgia, Member, Sections on Banking, Commercial Law, Environmental Law
Disciplinary Board Review Panel, 1991-1994, Member
Disciplinary Board Investigative Panel, 1997-1999, Member
Judicial Qualifications Committee, 2000-present
Georgia Indigent Defense Council, Chairperson, 1991-1992
Georgia Bankers Association (Legal Counsel Section), Board Member
Phi Beta Kappa