November 9, 2018

11-9-18THANK YOU FOR VOTING MSP AS ROME, GEORGIA’S BEST LAW FIRM – 2 YEARS IN A ROW!

MSP has again been voted as Rome, Georgia’s Best Law Firm in the 2018 Rome News-Tribune’s Rome Life “Best of Rome” Contest. The winner was announced at last evening’s Best of Rome Reception held at the Forum River Center.

Partner Scott Smith accepted the award on behalf of the firm. He said “We are grateful for the support of the community and very humbled by this recognition. We are blessed to be among so many skilled attorneys and law firms in Rome.”

With 15 attorneys practicing across a broad range of disciplines, MSP brings a deep set of legal skills and a strong commitment to success for its clients. From personal injury to complex business transactions, MSP is a full service law firm ready to handle any client need. Founded in Rome, Georgia in 1899, MSP continues to show why its tradition of excellence endures over a century later.

Thank you Rome, and congratulations to all the other winners!

Pictured left to right are Lint Johnson, Ben Stell, Lee Niedrach, Jason Sanker, Chris Jackson, Jordan Knight, Scott Smith, and Andy Garner.

October 29, 2018

MSP partner Andy Garner has been appointed a Special Assistant Attorney General (SAAG) by Georgia Attorney General Chris Carr. Andy will represent the State of Georgia in various legal matters including the condemnation and acquisition of right of way by the Department of Transportation as well as the purchase of forest land and other greenspace by the Department of Natural Resources. Andy has assisted firm partner Virginia Harman, who is also a SAAG, in similar matters and transactions since 2004. He joined the firm in 2001 and has been a partner since 2007.

October 22, 2018

10-22-18Five MSP attorneys spent Thursday afternoon honing their shooting skills at the SpringBank Sporting Club at Barnsley Resort as they participated in the 12th Annual Boys & Girls Clubs of Northwest Georgia Sporting Clay Tournament. The fundraiser had a fantastic turnout as 28 teams competed over the course of the afternoon, with Team MSP taking 2nd place in their Flight! MSP partners Scott Smith and Jordan Knight currently serve on the Board of Directors for the Boys and Girls Club.

Pictured left to right are Scott Smith, Jule Peek, Lint Johnson, Chris Jackson, and Ben Stell.

September 21, 2018

Partner Virginia Harman was recently featured in a publication by the Georgia Banker’s Association. Virginia’s passion for environmentalism was a prominent feature in the article.

When she’s not helping her bank clients avoid legal issues, you might find Virginia Harman in a neighbor’s back yard peacefully scooping up a snake to relocate it. “A life-long interest in snakes and turtles has led me to pursue, with my two daughters’ help, becoming a licensed rescue and rehab facility for wild life specializing in herpetology. I am already called on quite often to come move and relocate snakes for local folks who are scared but have learned that killing snakes is NOT a good or necessary thing,” she tells us in this week’s GBA member profile. Harman, partner at McRae, Smith, Peek, Harman & Monroe, LLP and vice chair of GBA’s Bank Counsel Section, shares her views about her work for her financial industry clients, how bankers have adjusted since the downturn, two very important people in her life and the value of GBA’s Bank Counsel Section.

You can read the full profile here.

September 11, 2018

Over the weekend MSP participated in the Floyd Fights Hunger food drive. Benefiting the Rome-Floyd United Way, approximately $53,000 in meals meals were distributed to organizations aiding those in need!

August 22, 2018

Attorney Scott Smith facilitated the Southeastern Mills expansion as counsel for the Development Authority of Floyd County. The plans call for the construction of a 120,000 square foot warehouse and distribution facility sitting upon 15 acres of land located in South Floyd Industrial Park.

August 17, 2018

MSP is excited to have at least 18 staff, family and friends participating tomorrow in the Gary Tillman Memorial 5k and 2 mile health walk, and our very own Jason Sanker is race director. The event benefits the Exchange Club Family Resource Center for the prevention of child abuse in Floyd County and surrounding areas. We encourage everyone not already signed up to do so tomorrow morning after 6:30 a.m. at Heritage Park! The race begins at 8:00 a.m. Have a great run!

August 8, 2018

8-8-18Great firm and great get together last night at Linde Marie’s Steakhouse On The Square, located in downtown Cave Spring.

August 1, 2018

8-1-18Jordan Knight and Lee Niedrach recently represented a retired married couple and successfully resolved a lawsuit brought on their behalf against a Fortune 100 telecommunications giant. The telecommunications company had plans to put up a cell phone tower on neighboring property. The vesting deed to the adjacent property stated that it could only be used for residential purposes. Jordan and Lee took the company to court for an injunction, damages, and attorneys’ fees, arguing that the installation of a cell tower would be a violation of the deed covenants. Before ever having to appear in court, Jordan and Lee exceeded their clients’ expectations by securing a significant settlement from the company to permanently resolve the matter.

June 27, 2018

6-27-18Lee Niedrach resolved a lawsuit brought against a major box retail store for a highly favorable amount 75 TIMES the long-standing offer that had been on the table. Lee’s client, a customer, slipped on water that had been on the ground all day that the store failed to clean up. The customer had soft tissue injuries only, mostly hip pain that began a week after falling. The store denied liability and filed a motion for summary judgment, asking the judge the throw the lawsuit out. The judge sided with Lee that the case should go to a jury. Unhappy with that prospect, the store appealed to the Court of Appeals in Atlanta. The 3-member panel of judges again sided with Lee that the case should go to a jury. At that point, with a jury trial looming, the store finally agreed to a confidential settlement.