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!

March 16, 2019

Today we mourn our dear friend and partner Jo H. Stegall, III on the fifth anniversary of his passing. Jo was as good a person as this firm has known. He was a devoted husband and father. For those lucky enough to have known him, Jo exemplified what it means to live a life guided by unwavering faith. Please keep Jo’s family in your prayers today as we honor and remember his legacy.



February 25, 2019

MSP participated last Friday in Rome High School’s “The Amazing Handshake” Career Day. The junior and senior classes networked with numerous local businesses such as MSP to learn about different career paths and what it takes to get there.

December 21, 2018

MSP’s Chris Jackson serves on the Heart of the Community Board which honored 11 unsung heroes in our community this past weekend for their service. The annual event also promotes heart health in support of February as Heart Month. Chris was the Chair of the Heart of the Community Heart Walk-Cycle-Paddle which is a healthy kick-off to the Heart of the Community where participants may walk, cycle or kayak through downtown Rome. Despite the chilly temperatures on Saturday morning, a large crowd gathered for the Heart Walk-Cycle-Paddle which also serves as a fundraiser for the organization. The Heart of the Community Foundation awarded over $61,000.00 in grants to local non-profits this weekend so that they can continue to do great work in Rome and Floyd County.

January 9, 2019

MSP is pleased to announce the election of Lee Niedrach as Partner at the firm as of January 1, 2019. Lee’s practice focuses heavily on litigation and he advises clients on a wide range of disputes, from personal injury to complex contract disputes to domestic relations. He routinely handles cases all the way from seeking efficient resolution at the negotiation phase through trial and, when necessary, the appellate court level. Lee’s client-focused mentality has resulted in numerous 5 and 6 figure settlements for injured victims. Lee holds an AV Preeminent Peer Review rating by Martindale-Hubbell.

Lee is a “double dawg” having earned both his undergraduate and law degree at the University of Georgia. Lee was a summer associate at MSP during law school. After graduating, Lee joined MSP as a full-time associate in 2012.

Lee is a graduate of Leadership Rome, Class XXXIV, and he was chosen as one of Rome Life’s 2017 20-Under-40. Lee is an avid volunteer with several non-profits throughout Rome, and regularly serves in leadership roles in organizations such as the Family Resource Center and the Hospitality House for Women. Lee and his wife Christine enjoy hiking, traveling and exotic food.

December 21, 2018

Virginia Harman spoke this week at the retirement party held for the Honorable Tambra P. Colston, Superior Court of Floyd County. Virginia recounted the strong leadership exhibited by Judge Colston across her storied career, from arguing (and winning) a case before the Supreme Court of the United States to serving as District Attorney of Floyd County to her election as Superior Court Judge. Judge Colston’s crowning achievement on the bench is undoubtedly the founding of the Floyd County Drug Court, which provides a unique and effective approach to those afflicted with addiction problems resulting in criminal charges. Congratulations to Judge Colston, and thank you for your career of service to our community. MSP wishes you the best of luck in the many meaningful endeavors that lie ahead!

November 30, 2018

Rob Monroe recently settled a workers compensation claim for $70,000 on behalf of a client who was injured after being struck by a forklift while working for a subcontractor of a local tire manufacturer. The claimant was also a forklift driver who suffered a significant back injury in the incident, and is permanently restricted to light duty work. Prior to resolving this claim, Rob also obtained a $100,000 settlement for a long-log truck driver who seriously injured his shoulder in a work-related trucking accident that occurred in April of 2016. The claimant in this case had driven log trucks his entire life, but was unfortunately unable to go back to work after his injury. Please call or email Rob if you or someone you know needs assistance with a work-related injury.

November 27, 2018

In honor of the life of Tracy Harman, the MSP family planted a Red Maple tree at the Harman home in Cave Spring. Scott Smith and Jule Peek shared stories of their fond memories of Tracy. Tracy loved all things outdoors and it is only fitting to plant a tree as a living memorial to the enduring legacy that he has left to his friends and family.



November 9, 2018


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.