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.

June 1, 2018

6-1-18MSP is proud to give over $2,000.00 its attorneys and staff have donated to support the amazing people at Cancer Navigators, as they make sure every day that cancer patients and their families are given the support they need and deserve “because people shouldn’t have to journey alone.” Please join us this Sunday at Barron Stadium from 2:00 – 4:00 P.M. to honor our community’s cancer survivors and remember those that we have lost. This year we will pay special tribute to two of our own – Tracy Harman (late husband of Virginia Harman, known to his loved ones as Doodad) and Shawn Laney (late brother of Melissa Laney).

May 23, 2018

5-23-18MSP extends its heartfelt congratulations to Kay Ann Wetherington, who last night was elected Floyd County’s newest Superior Court Judge. Kay Ann brings her 25 years of civil and criminal trial experience to the bench when she succeeds Judge Colston upon her retirement at the end of this year. Kay Ann’s new role follows her decades of service to the community, including 20 years of prosecuting criminals as an Assistant District Attorney.

May 17, 2018

5-18-18MSP partners Virginia Harman and Andy Garner have been appointed to the Rome Circuit Public Defender’s Oversight Committee by the Floyd County Board of Commissioners and Governor Nathan Deal, respectively. Virginia and Andy recently participated in the hiring of chief public defender, Sean Lowe, as reported in the Rome News-Tribune article below. The committee also performs yearly evaluations of the public defender’s office and provides support and assistance to the chief public defender. Great job Virginia and Andy! You can read more about their appointment here.