August 23, 2019

Throwback to last Saturday’s Gary Tillman Memorial Clocktower 5k race and 2-mile health walk in the heart of downtown Rome. Over 500 runners and walkers came together for health, fitness and fellowship, and to raise money for the Exchange Club Family Resource Center. MSP’s Jason Sanker and his wife Kelly are two of three race directors, along with Gail Johnson (unpictured). This year’s race netted over $36,000 for the prevention of child abuse in Rome and Floyd County. Pictured left to right are Jason Sanker, Kelly Sanker, Lee Niedrach, Christine Niedrach, Ann Knight, and Jordan Knight (bottom: Ruby and Lua).

August 7, 2019

Rob Monroe recently settled yet another a workers’ compensation claim, this one for $112,500.

Workers’ compensation is a no-fault system intended to make sure injured workers are taken care of. Yet all too often employers try to limit or even deny coverage. Rob’s client was working for a local manufacturer and injured his shoulder while hand-carrying supplies on the job. The employee underwent rotator cuff surgery, and may eventually require a total shoulder replacement due to the severity of the injury. The employer fired Rob’s client shortly after the surgery and refused to pay him any weekly benefits. Then Rob stepped in. On top of a substantial lump-sum settlement, Rob was successful in also forcing the employer to begin paying weekly benefits after establishing that his client could not find any other work because of his shoulder restrictions.

This is the latest in a series of successful settlements for Rob over the last several months. If you’ve been hurt at work, call Rob, and he will be glad to talk with you.

July 23, 2019

We are proud to announce that MSP Partner Virginia Harman has been named as Chair of the Georgia Bankers Association Bank Counsel Board for the 2019-2020 term. The Bank Counsel Board was established for two purposes: To determine unfilled banking-related educational needs that exist among counsel who represent GBA members, and to determine how the GBA can more effectively connect with and engage the large number of bank counsel who represent GBA members. Virginia has served on the Board for over 15 years.

A nationally recognized attorney, Virginia has received numerous awards and accolades throughout her career, including most recently being honored by being named as a 2020 member of Lawyers of Distinction for Excellence in the Practice of Law. Lawyers of Distinction is a national award published annually in the American Bar Association Journal, The American Lawyer and National Law Journal. Virginia 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 is also a member of the Board of Trustees of The Georgia Conservancy and has been active in supporting the NW Georgia free legal clinic for US Veterans.

July 12, 2019

Senior MSP Partner Mike McRae has been re-elected to serve on the Board of Governors of the 50,000-member State Bar of Georgia, and was installed June 8 during the State Bar’s Annual Meeting. The Board of Governors is the policymaking authority of the State Bar, with representation from each of Georgia’s judicial circuits. Mike has been elected to serve on behalf of the Tallapoosa Judicial Circuit representing Haralson and Polk counties.

June 26, 2019

MSP is honored to announce that Partner Brian Bojo was conferred an LLM in Taxation by New York University School of Law in New York, New York on May 23, 2019. An LLM is a Master of Laws and is obtained by those select few attorneys who wish to pursue a specialized legal field after completing law school. New York University School of Law boasts the #1 ranked tax law program in the country with a very low acceptance rate. During this program, Brian focused on issued related to estate & gift tax, income tax of trusts & estates, generational transfer of business interests, nonprofit organizations, and charitable giving.

Brian focuses his practice on working with families on estate planning and small business succession planning, and enjoys creating unique estate plans that reflect a family’s values, enhance family legacy, preserve assets, and minimize taxes, both during life, after death, and often for many years beyond.

Brian is part of what makes MSP a full service law firm able to help you with any legal need. If you need legal help of any kind, give us a call at (706) 291-6223.

June 20, 2019

This week MSP, among other local firms, sponsored a reception and fundraiser to benefit the candidacy of our local Municipal Court Judge Bryan Johnson. Judge Johnson, who is now running for Floyd County Superior Court Judge, gave a heartfelt speech about the role of the court system to safeguard the rights of all citizens without regard to position, wealth or influence. Pictured left to right are Ben Stell, Jule Peek, Judge Bryan Johnson, Ret. Justice Norman Fletcher (of Brinson Askew), and Chris Jackson.

June 3, 2019

Rob Monroe has settled yet another workers compensation claim against a local resort for $95,000 lump sum after his client, a banquet server, injured his shoulder and neck carrying heavy trays of plates and glassware. Rob’s client eventually had to undergo surgery with a specialist at Emory to correct a suprascapular nerve entrapment in the shoulder. The employer fought the claim from the beginning and refused to pay Rob’s client any income benefits or pay any medical expenses, contending that the injury was not related to the client’s job. That’s when Rob got involved and ultimately forced the employer to compensate his client for lost wages and all related medical expenses.

May 17, 2019

MSP this day recognizes and honors those fallen officers who paid the ultimate price in the line of duty. The 23rd Annual Peace Officers Memorial Service was held at the Law Enforcement Memorial Plaza to pay homage to the twenty fallen officers of Rome/Floyd County. We express our deepest gratitude to them, as well as all of our law enforcement offers who fearlessly confront danger to keep us and our community safe.

April 5, 2019

Rob Monroe recently settled another workers compensation claim against a local building contractor for $80,000. Rob’s client was an inspector for the contractor and was seriously injured in 2015 when he accidentally fell eight feet off of a ladder and through the roof of a building he was inspecting. Rob’s client suffered a fractured femur, upper arm, and shoulder, and was out of work for a number of weeks before making somewhat of a miraculous recovery and returning to a light duty. Even after the client returned to work, Rob was able to force the insurance company to continue to compensate him for his wage loss due to the injury. The building contractor eventually went out of business, which opened the door for a settlement of the claim.

March 27, 2019

This week we celebrate the retirement of MSP’s longtime bookkeeper/assistance administrator, Terry Podskoc. Terry joined MSP in 1999, but previously worked with Partner Mike McRae as far back as 1976! Terry’s keen attention to detail has kept the firm in compliance with the multitude of accounting rules and regulations over many years. She has been a remarkable, steady, trustworthy and loyal employee, and we will forever miss her smiling face and upbeat attitude. Thank you Terry!