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Meet Our Georgia Personal Injury Attorneys

9 Georgia offices throughout the state

Each of our nine Georgia offices includes local personal injury attorneys, paralegals, case managers, and administrative staff with strong professional and educational backgrounds. Our legal teams have the broad experience that can only be gained from exclusively focusing on personal injury law. When Kenneth S. Nugent, P.C. takes your case, this team approach ensures you always receive responsive, personal, and compassionate attention.

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Founder

Kenneth S. Nugent

  • Undergraduate: State University of New York at Albany – 1977
  • Law School: Emory University School of Law, Juris Doctor Degree -1980
  • Admitted to Practice: State of Georgia
  • State Bar of Georgia, 1980
  • Georgia Trial Lawyers Association
  • Atlanta Bar Association
  • Atlanta Trial Lawyers Association
  • American Bar Association
  • Supporter of Atlanta Legal Aid Society

 

Ken became a member of the Georgia Bar Association in 1980. He has practiced personal injury law since that time. In 1989, he formed Kenneth S. Nugent, P.C., now with offices in eight Georgia cities. Kenneth S. Nugent, P.C. has attorneys licensed in Georgia, Florida, Alabama, North Carolina, South Carolina, Texas, West Virginia and Tennessee, and handles cases in those jurisdictions.

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Director of Litigation

Jan P. Cohen

  • Undergraduate: University of Georgia – 1981
  • Law School: Mercer University School of Law – 1984
  • Admitted to Practice: State of Georgia

 

Jan Cohen has more than thirty-five (35) years’ of experience in all aspects of litigation. Jan’s primary focus of practice is in the area of personal injury, wrongful death, professional negligence, products liability and premises liability. Jan has extensive trial experience as well as a background in assisting clients with resolving matters through alternative dispute resolution.

Prior to joining Kenneth S Nugent as Director of Litigation, Jan previously served as partner with, McConnell, Sneed & Cohen and managing partner of the Atlanta law firm of Weinstock & Scavo, P.C., where he aggressively represented the interests of his clients within Georgia and in other jurisdictions. Prior to that, Jan served as managing partner at the Atlanta litigation law firm of Chambers, Mabry, McClelland & Brooks, where he focused his practice on the representation of insurers and their insured’s as well as self-insured corporations, in the defense of liability claims. Jan’s diverse background in representing insurance companies, insured’s’ and injured parties, provides him with the unique ability to apply his experience in practicing on both sides of the aisle in effectively representing his clients.

Jan and his wife, Heidi are both natives of Atlanta with strong ties to the Atlanta community. They live in the Sandy Springs area and are active in many local organizations. Jan is a member of Ahavath Achim Congregation where he has served on the Board of Trustees, as well as The Standard Club. Jan enjoys spending time with his two daughters and playing golf in his leisure time.

Admitted / Affiliations and Memberships

State Bar of Georgia
Supreme Court of the State of Georgia
Court of Appeals for the State of Georgia
United States District Court for the Northern District of Georgia
United States District Court for the Middle District of Georgia
United States Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit
American Bar Association
Atlanta Bar Association
Standard Club

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General Counsel

Stephen J. Anderson

  • Location: Duluth, GA
  • Undergraduate: Haverford College, BA with Honors – 1975
  • Law School: Emory University School of Law -1980 (Editor-in-Chief, Emory Law Journal)

 

Prior to joining the Nugent law firm as General Counsel in 2019, Mr. Anderson worked as a business lawyer whose primary focus was resolving business disputes, through counseling, negotiating, mediating, arbitrating and litigating. He is a registered General Mediation Neutral, and he has served as Special Master to the Superior Court of Fulton County, Georgia. He is an AV Preeminent lawyer, the highest rating issued by the LexisNexis / Martindale-Hubbell sponsored peer review.

Upon graduation from law school, Mr. Anderson clerked for The Honorable James C. Hill of the United States Fifth and Eleventh Circuit Courts of Appeals. Prior to law school and after graduating from college, Mr. Anderson worked for two years as a Corrections Officer at the State Prison, Trenton, New Jersey. He was captain of his college lacrosse team, and honored as a member of USILA and conference All-Star teams. He remains active in youth sports, and serves as an officer and board member of Atlanta Youth Rugby, Inc., a nonprofit corporation enabling hundreds of boys and girls throughout metropolitan Atlanta to play rugby. He is married, and has two sons.

As General Counsel, Mr. Anderson supervises the firm’s attorneys, and also represents the firm in all legal matters impacting the firm.

Admission/Affiliated Memberships

State Bar of Georgia, 1980
Supreme Court of Georgia, 1981
Georgia Court of Appeals, 1981
Fulton County, Georgia Superior Court, 1980
Supreme Court of the United States, 1990
United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit, 1981
United States Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit, 1981
United State Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit, 1992
United States District Court, Northern District of Georgia, 1981
United States District Court, Middle District of Georgia, 1998
United States Tax Court, 1987
United States Court of Federal Claims, 1997

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Albany Office

 

Matt Kirtlink graduated from Drake University in Des Moines, Iowa with a B.S. in Political Science and History. He went on to receive his J.D. from Mercer University School of Law. Admitted to both the Georgia and Florida bar, Matt has practiced in South Georgia since law school and focuses his career on litigating cases for people who are injured as a result of automobile collisions, tractor-trailer crashes, work-related accidents, and medical malpractice. Matt was formerly Secretary/Treasurer of the Dougherty County Bar Association and served as an adjunct professor at Valdosta State University where he taught courses focusing on civil procedure, business law, family law, and real estate transactions. He also coached the Valdosta State Mock Trial team.

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Atlanta Office

Michael C. Cherof

 

Mike Cherof served as a Superior Court law clerk and an Assistant District Attorney for the Conasauga Judicial Circuit prior to entering private practice. He has extensive civil and criminal trial experience and handles litigation in numerous counties throughout Georgia. In 1995, Mike was admitted to the Florida State Bar. In addition to handling personal injury cases for Kenneth S. Nugent, P.C., Mike is a General Civil and Domestic Relations Mediator for Cobb, Dekalb and Gwinnett counties.

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Ahkibah Khan

 

Ahkibah Khan is a member of State Bar of Georgia, member of the Georgia Trial Lawyers Association, and member of GABWA. She is admitted to practice before the Supreme Court of State of Georgia and Georgia Court of Appeals.

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Christopher Adams

  • Location: Atlanta, GA
  • Undergraduate College: West Virginia University
  • Juris Doctorate: John Marshall Law School
  • Admitted to Practice: State of Georgia and State of West Virginia

 

Chris Adams received his Bachelor of Arts degree from West Virginia University and his Juris Doctorate from John Marshall Law School. Prior to joining the firm, Chris was a state prosecutor in Georgia and handled felony cases as well as DUI and serious injury by motor vehicle prosecution. He also practiced civil litigation and insurance defense with the law firm of Schrader Byrd and Companion of Wheeling, West Virginia. He is licensed to practice in both West Virginia and Georgia and in both state and federal jurisdictions.

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Kumi Rizvi

  • Location: Atlanta, GA
  • Undergraduate: University of Georgia, 2015
  • Law School: Michigan State University College of Law, 2018; University of Georgia School of Law
  • Admitted to Practice: State of Georgia

 

Kumi graduated from The University of Georgia in 2015 with a B.A. in Political Science and a B.A. in International Affairs. Kumi obtained his Juris Doctorate degree from Michigan State University College of Law, where he was on the executive board for the Student Bar Association and founded the Food Law Society.

Before graduating from Michigan State University College of Law in 2018, Kumi spent his last year of law school at The University of Georgia School of Law. Throughout this year, Kumi was involved in the Corporate Counsel Externship Program and spent time as an extern for The Coca-Cola Company.

Prior to joining Kenneth S. Nugent, P.C., Kumi was a litigator in private practice in Alpharetta. He worked with criminal law, family law, and personal injury matters. Kumi was admitted to practice in the State of Georgia in 2019. His primary focus is the plaintiff’s personal injury litigation.

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Mary Lynn Paulson

  • Location: Atlanta, GA
  • Undergraduate: Salem College – 2011
  • Law School: University of Memphis – 2014

 

Mary Lynn Paulson dedicates her practice to representing injured people and accident victims throughout Georgia. She focuses her practice on car accidents, premise liability, trucking accidents, and all cases involving catastrophic injuries. Mary Lynn has a passion for helping injured people after she was hit by a car when she was walking.

Mary Lynn has successfully handled cases in Georgia with the Georgia Court of Appeals, United States District Court for the Northern District of Georgia, state courts, superior, and magistrate courts. Mary Lynn began her legal career by working as an Assistant Public Defender and an Assistant District Attorney which gave her extensive courtroom experience. In college Mary Lynn was elected Student Government Association President (2010-2011) and Student Government Association Treasurer (2009-2010).

Mary Lynn has received numerous legal awards and has been selected multiple times as a Rising Star Honoree in Georgia which only 2.5% of attorneys in Georgia under the age of 40 receive this honor. Mary Lynn was also selected as a member of the 2022-2023 Georgia Trial Lawyers Association Lead Program. The Georgia Trial Lawyers Association Lead Program selects lawyers from a competitive pool of applicants with less than 10 years of experience or attorneys who are 35 years of age or younger throughout the state. In her free time Mary Lynn loves spending time with her family, reading, cooking, or traveling.

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Augusta Office

Michael G. Orr

  • Location: Augusta, GA
  • Undergraduate: Michigan State University
  • Graduate School: Miami University
  • Law School: Emory University – 1999
  • Admitted to Practice: State of Georgia

 

Michael Orr spent his early years in Michigan. He attended Michigan State University as an undergraduate, earning a Bachelor of Arts degree in Education. He earned a Master of Business Administration degree from Miami University in Oxford, Ohio, and spent the next decade as a management consultant for multi-national corporations. He attended law school at Emory University and has worked for Kenneth S. Nugent, P.C. in the law firm’s Atlanta, Augusta, and Savannah offices since graduation from law school.

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Jenna Matson

  • Location: Augusta, GA
  • Undergraduate: The University of Mississippi – 2005
  • Law School: Mercer University, Walter F. George School of Law
  • Admitted to Practice: State of Georgia – 2008

 

Jenna was born and raised in Columbus, Georgia. She earned a B.A. in Journalism and Public Relations from the University of Mississippi in 2005.  She attended Mercer University’s Walter F. George School of Law for her legal education, earning her J.D. in 2008. She was admitted to the State Bar of Georgia in 2008.

Jenna began her legal career as a law clerk to the Honorable J. David Roper and the Honorable J. Wade Padgett in the Augusta Judicial Circuit. Prior to joining the firm, she was practicing bankruptcy, personal injury, and domestic relations law in Augusta and Evans.

As an active member in the CSRA legal community Jenna volunteers on the Law Day Committee and has professional memberships in the Augusta Bar Association and the Young Lawyers, Division.  Jenna was named one of Augusta’s Top Ten Young Professionals in 2012.

Jenna and her husband Matthew reside in Augusta, Georgia with their two children.

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Marcus Roberts

  • Location: Augusta, GA
  • Undergraduate: University of Georgia – 2007
  • Law School: University of Georgia School of Law – 2010
  • Admitted to Practice: State of Georgia

 

Marcus Roberts focuses his practice on helping injured people involved in automobile accidents in Georgia. Prior to joining Ken Nugent’s Augusta office, Marcus spent his time representing indigent clients in Albany, GA for six and a half years as an Assistant Public Defender in the Dougherty Judicial Circuit Public Defenders office. There Marcus litigated numerous trials before the State and Superior Courts.

Marcus graduated from the University of Georgia School of Law in 2010. Before law school, Marcus graduated cum laude from the University of Georgia with his B.A. in Criminal Justice and Spanish. Marcus was admitted to practice in Georgia in 2010 and in South Carolina in 2016.

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Columbus Office

Staci L. Alexander

  • Location: Columbus, GA
  • Undergraduate: Georgia State University – 1993
  • Law School: Georgia State University College of Law – 2002
  • Admitted to Practice: State of Georgia and State of Alabama

 

Staci Alexander received a Bachelor of Science as well as her Juris Doctor from Georgia State University. Prior to joining Kenneth S. Nugent, P.C., she worked in Atlanta, Georgia for an insurance defense firm. Prior to obtaining her JD, Staci served as a paralegal to several personal injury law firms in Atlanta. She is licensed to practice law in all Georgia and Alabama Courts, as well as Federal District Courts. Staci Alexander has tried cases in several judicial circuits throughout Georgia.

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Duluth Office

William D. Holman

  • Location: Duluth, GA
  • Undergraduate: Tennessee Technological University
  • Law School: Cumberland School of Law – 1990
  • Admitted to Practice: State of Georgia and State of Tennessee

 

William Holman graduated from Tennessee Technological University. He graduated in the top 10 percent of his class from Cumberland School of Law at Sanford University in 1990. He was admitted to practice law in Tennessee in 1990, and worked primarily in general practice, which included the areas of civil litigation, criminal defense, bankruptcy and insurance law, among others. He relocated to the Atlanta area in late 1992 after he was admitted to practice law in the State of Georgia. He is admitted to all state courts in Georgia as well as Federal District Courts in both Tennessee and Georgia. Since he moved his practice to Georgia, he has continued to focus on plaintiffs’ personal injury and other areas of civil litigation in the courts of both Georgia and Tennessee.

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Casey L . Ford

  • Location: Duluth, GA
  • Undergraduate: East Tennessee State University—2013
  • Law School: Savannah Law School—2016
  • Admitted to Practice: State of Georgia

 

Casey Ford graduated Summa Cum Laude from East Tennessee State University with her Bachelor of Arts degree in Mass Communications with a minor in Legal Studies. She continued her education at Savannah Law School, where she received her Juris Doctor. Prior to graduating law school, she worked as an extern with Georgia Legal Services Program and the JAG Corps. Upon bar passage, Casey practiced at a personal injury firm in Statesboro, Georgia. She joined Kenneth S. Nugent, P.C. in May 2018. She is licensed to practice in all Georgia courts, as well as the United States District Court for the Southern District of Georgia.

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Russell T. Deutschman

 

Russell T. Deutschman is admitted to practice in all Georgia venues, Georgia Court of Appeals, Georgia Supreme Court and the Federal District Court for the Northern District of Georgia. He has been with the firm since 1997 and focuses his practice on litigating complex cases.

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Matthew C. Richardson

  • Location: Duluth, GA
  • Undergraduate: University of Alabama – 2003
  • Law School: Michigan State University School of Law – 2006
  • Admitted to Practice: State of Georgia

 

Matt Richardson’s primary focus of practice is in the area of personal injury, wrongful death, professional negligence, products liability and premises liability. Matt has extensive trial experience as well as experience in assisting clients with resolving matters through alternative dispute resolution.

Prior to joining Kenneth S Nugent, P.C., Matt previously served as an associate in the law firm McConnell, Sneed & Cohen and for Weinstock & Scavo, P.C., where he aggressively represented the interests of his clients in all aspects of litigation. Prior to that, Matt was an associate at Weinberg Wheeler Hudgins Gunn & Dial, LLC, where he focused his practice on the representation of insurers and their insured’s in high stakes litigation throughout the country. Matt’s extensive experience in representing both Plaintiffs and Defendants provides him with the ability to effectively strategize the best manner in which to pursue a timely and effective resolution to a client’s conflict or claim.

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Kaitlin Nugent Hammill

  • Location: Duluth, GA
  • Undergraduate: The University of Georgia – 2010
  • Law School: Mercer University: Walter F. George School of Law – 2013
  • Admitted to Practice: State of Georgia

 

Kaitlin Nugent Hammill graduated from The University of Georgia in Athens, Georgia with a B.A. in Management. She then attended the Walter F. George School of Law at Mercer University in Macon, Georgia. While at Mercer, Kaitlin was very active in student organizations. She served as the Vice President of the Student Bar Association, President of the Association of Women Law Students, and was a member of the Student Chapter of the Georgia Trial Lawyers Association. Kaitlin graduated Cum Laude from Mercer in 2013 and became admitted to practice law in Georgia later that year. Her primary focus is in plaintiffs’ personal injury litigation.

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William G. Hammill

  • Location: Duluth, GA
  • Undergraduate: Wofford College – 2009
  • Law School: Mercer University: Walter F. George School of Law – 2013
  • Admitted to Practice: State of Georgia

 

Will Hammill graduated from Wofford College in Spartanburg, SC with a B.S. in Business Economics. After working for Kenneth S. Nugent, P.C. for a year, he attended the Walter F. George School of Law at Mercer University in Macon, Georgia. While at Mercer, Will was very active in student organizations. He served as the President and Treasurer of the Student Bar Association and Vice President of the Student Chapter of the Georgia Trial Lawyers Association. Will graduated Cum Laude from Mercer in 2013 and became admitted to practice law in Georgia later that year. His primary focus is in plaintiffs’ personal injury litigation.

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Barton H. Goode

  • Location: Duluth, GA
  • Undergraduate: Rhodes College – 2009
  • Law School: Mercer University, Walter F. George School of Law – 2012
  • Admitted to Practice: State of Georgia

 

Barton Goode graduated from Rhodes College in Memphis, Tennessee with a B.A. in History. He then attended the Walter F. George School of Law in Macon, Georgia. Barton was very active in multiple student organizations and the Student Bar Association. He also co-founded the Mercer Law Free Press; an online publication which serves as a voice for the students of Mercer Law and gives those interested in the school a personal look into the lives of Mercer students. Barton graduated and received his J.D. from Mercer in 2012 and passed the Georgia bar later that year. His primary area of focus lay in personal injury litigation.

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Matthew A. Harris

  • Location: Duluth, GA
  • Undergraduate: John Jay College of Criminal Justice – 2005
  • Law School: Mississippi College School of Law – 2013
  • Admitted to Practice: State of Georgia – 2014

 

Matthew A. Harris received his Bachelor of Arts degree in Government from John Jay College of Criminal Justice in New York City and his Juris Doctorate from Mississippi College School of Law in Jackson, Mississippi. Prior to joining the firm, he served as the Staff Attorney for the Honorable Tangela M. Barrie of the DeKalb County Superior Court. He was admitted to practice law in Georgia in 2014.

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Brad G. Valentine

  • Location: Duluth, GA & Athens, GA
  • Undergraduate: University of Georgia, summa cum laude
  • Law School: University of Georgia School of Law, cum laude
  • Admitted to Practice: State of Georgia

 

Brad Valentine dedicates his practice to representing injured people and accident victims throughout Georgia. He focuses his practice on car accidents, trucking accidents, premises liability, and all cases involving catastrophic injuries. He uses his diverse and well-rounded legal experience to obtain excellent results for his clients, both inside and outside of the courtroom. In the last 3 years alone (since 2020), Brad has recovered – by settlement and at trial – nearly $23 million for his clients.

Brad began his legal career by serving as a law clerk for the Honorable Dudley Hollingsworth Bowen, Jr. in the United States District Court for the Southern District of Georgia, where he gained expertise on how lawsuits are handled by the federal court system. He then worked at Troutman Sanders (now Troutman Pepper), where he advised large companies about employment laws and litigated high-dollar disputes. Brad continued his career at a business and construction litigation firm, and he represented plaintiffs and defendants in various federal and state courts across the country. Through his experience, Brad discovered that individuals were generally underrepresented and without adequate legal counsel. He now provides them with the access to justice that they deserve.

Brad graduated cum laude from the University of Georgia School of Law, where he was selected and served as Managing Editor of the Georgia Law Review. Before law school, Brad graduated summa cum laude from the University of Georgia with a Bachelor of Business Administration in Finance.

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Eric A. Sterling

  • Location: Duluth, GA
  • Undergraduate: American University – 2013
  • Law School: University of Georgia School of Law – 2017
  • Admitted to Practice: State of Georgia

 

Eric Sterling graduated from the American University in Washington, D.C. with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Communications, Legal Institutions, Economics, and Government.  During his time there, he studied abroad at the Free University in Berlin.  Eric graduated from the University of Georgia School of Law in 2017 where he was a member of the Mock trial team, an Executive Editor of the Georgia Journal of International and Comparative Law, and a Student Ambassador for the Dean Rusk International Law Center.

Eric began his practice in 2017 with Palmore, Boenig & Associates, P.C. in Athens, Georgia where he worked primarily on personal injury and criminal defense cases, but he also litigated in the areas of medical malpractice, employment discrimination, premises liability, family law, and contract law.  With courtroom experience involving cases where Plaintiffs have suffered millions of dollars in damages, Eric is experienced in maximizing his clients’ recovery.

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Michael H. Ruder

  • Location: Duluth, GA
  • Undergraduate: University of Michigan – 2008
  • Law School: Loyola University Chicago School of Law – 2011
  • Admitted to Practice: State of Georgia and State of Illinois

 

Michael Ruder graduated from the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor, Michigan with a Bachelor of Science in Political Science. He then moved to Chicago, Illinois, where he received his Juris Doctorate from Loyola University Chicago School of Law. He was admitted to practice law in Illinois, where he worked primarily in personal injury law, both for plaintiff and defense. He also has experience in various other matters, including medical malpractice, criminal law, immigration law, and family law. He relocated to the Atlanta area in early 2020 after being admitted to practice law in the State of Georgia. His primary focus is plaintiffs’ personal injury litigation.

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Anthony Scott Perez

  • Location: Duluth, GA
  • Undergraduate: Georgia Institute of Technology – 2017
  • Law School: Mercer University School of Law – 2020
  • Admitted to Practice: State of Georgia, Georgia Court of Appeals, Supreme Court of Georgia, United States District Court – Middle District of Georgia, and State of Florida

 

Anthony is an Atlanta native and attended the Georgia Institute of Technology. While at Georgia Tech, he finished his baseball career with the Ramblin’ Wreck and graduated with a B.S. in Business Administration with a concentration in Finance. Anthony went on to receive his J.D. from Mercer University School of Law. While at Mercer, Anthony was the President of the Sports and Entertainment Law Society, Captain of the Arbitration Competition Team, and was an Assistant Coach for the Mercer University baseball program. At Kenneth S. Nugent P.C. Anthony’s focus is personal injury litigation and medical malpractice.

Prior to joining Kenneth S. Nugent, P.C. Anthony worked as the campaign manager for the successful re-election bid for Georgia House Representative and the Head of the Georgia House Judiciary Committee. Anthony also worked in the sports industry in player representation, specifically baseball and now owns a family business in the Marine industry.

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Callan Hamby

  • Duluth, GA
  • University of North Georgia – 2017
  • Louis D. Brandeis School of Law, University of Louisville – 2020
  • Admitted to Practice: State of Georgia

 

Callan graduated from the University of North Georgia in Dahlonega, Georgia with a Bachelor of Science in Political Science. During college, Callan had the opportunity to work with renowned trial lawyer Mr. Bobby Lee Cook in his hometown of Summerville, Georgia. Callan’s time with Mr. Cook inspired him to pursue a career as an attorney, and to devote his life to advocating for the injured. In 2020, Callan graduated from the Louis D. Brandeis School of Law at the University of Louisville. Soon after, Callan was admitted to practice law in the State of Georgia.

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Kathryn B. Reddy

  • Location: Duluth, GA
  • Undergraduate: Green Mountain College
  • Law School: Georgia State University College of Law
  • Admitted to Practice: Georgia, Maine, New Hampshire, and Massachusetts

 

New England native Kathryn ‘Kate’ Reddy attended Green Mountain College in Poultney, Vermont, beginning in 2007. After her junior year, Kate moved to New York City and began a career in healthcare practice management consulting, working with doctors in New York, New Hampshire, and Georgia. Between consulting contracts, Kate pursued her love of the sea and became a PADI-certified scuba instructor; teaching in Honduras and Florida. In 2015, Kate earned a B.A. in Interdisciplinary Studies with concentrations in Business Administration and History from Green Mountain College. Immediately thereafter, Kate entered Georgia State University College of Law, in pursuit of her childhood dream of becoming an attorney. Kate graduated Cum Laude from GSU Law in December 2017, completing law school a semester early, and began practicing in May 2018.

Prior to joining Kenneth S. Nugent, P.C., Kate represented plaintiffs in catastrophic personal injury and professional negligence suits, focusing primarily on malpractice claims against attorneys. Her unique background allows her to connect with clients and colleagues from all walks of life. When Kate is on a case, her clients reap the benefit of her diverse background, fierce personal investment, and first-rate sense of humor.

Kate is actively involved with the Young Lawyers Division of the State Bar of Georgia, with which she has held a number of leadership positions including Chair of the Litigation Committee. Kate is a Registered Neutral with the Georgia Office of Dispute Resolution and is admitted to practice law in Georgia, Maine, New Hampshire, and Massachusetts. Kate’s practice is devoted to representing injured plaintiffs.

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Hal Higgins

 

A North Georgia native, Hal attended the Georgia Institute of Technology chasing his childhood dream of playing football for the Yellow Jackets. Upon graduating with the highest honors and a B.S. in Business Management, Hal finished his football career and earned his MBA with a concentration in finance.

After working several years in real estate as an analyst and data modeler, Hal attended the Walter F. George School of Law at Mercer University in Macon, Georgia. While at Mercer, Hal served the student body as the ABA liaison. Hal was admitted to the GA bar after receiving his Juris Doctorate from Mercer in 2012, and began his career with an Atlanta boutique business and construction litigation firm. He then dedicated his practice to healthcare law advising medical providers on a national scale about regulatory laws and litigating hospital lien cases. Hal’s practice now focuses on personal injury cases.

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Basil “B.J.” Buchanan Jr.

  • Location: Duluth, GA
  • Undergraduate: Middle Tennessee State University 2004
  • Law School: John Marshall Law School 2013
  • Admitted to Practice:  State of Georgia

 

Basil “B.J.” Buchanan Jr.  received his Bachelor of Arts Degree from Middle Tennessee State University. Before attending law school, he was a claims adjuster handling both bodily injury and property damage cases with two large insurance companies.  B.J. received his Juris Doctorate from John Marshall Law School.  Prior to joining the firm, B.J.  practiced criminal defense as well as insurance defense with both GEICO and Loya Insurance Companies.  He has been admitted to practice in the State of Georgia since 2013.

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Delia Williams Carroll

  • Location: Duluth, GA
  • Undergraduate: Armstrong Atlantic State University, magna cum laude – 2005
  • Law School: Georgia State University College of Law, cum laude – 2018
  • Admitted to Practice:  State of Georgia

 

Delia Williams Carroll graduated from Armstrong Atlantic State University in Savannah, Georgia with a degree in Criminal Justice.  Following college, she spent time working in the business sector before joining Kenneth S. Nugent, P.C. as a case manager and legal assistant.  Finding a passion for law with the firm, Delia left to pursue her law degree from Georgia State University.  While in law school, she spent time externing with the Internal Revenue Service’s Office of Chief Counsel and researching national historic preservation policies along with modernization of legal education practices as a graduate assistant.  After three years in private tax law practice, Delia has returned to the firm that ignited her passion for law in the first place.

She resides in Atlanta with her husband and three labrador retrievers.  Zealously committed to ending hunger in her community, she and her family spend time volunteering for the Atlanta Community Food Bank and Meals on Wheels Atlanta whenever possible.

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Lucas W. Griffin

  • Location: Duluth, GA
  • Undergraduate: University of Georgia – 2003
  • Law School: Cumberland School of Law – 2009
  • Admitted to Practice: Georgia and Alabama

 

Lucas Griffin is a graduate of the University of Georgia and prior to law school, he spent several years as a high school teacher and coach. Lucas received his law degree from Cumberland School of Law and was a multi-year member of the school’s nationally ranked trial advocacy team. Lucas has been representing injured clients since 2009 and is licensed in Georgia and Alabama. His practice areas include both personal injury and workers’ compensation.  Lucas is committed to helping those who have been injured and is a relentless advocate for his clients.

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Kent T. Kelso

  • Location: Duluth, GA
  • Undergraduate: Chadron State College – 2012
  • Law School: Georgia State University, College of Law – 2018
  • Admitted to Practice: Georgia

 

Kent Kelso graduated from Chadron State College in Chadron, Nebraska with a B.A. in Literature. He went on to earn his J.D. from Georgia State University College of Law. Kent focuses his practice on automobile accidents, premises liability, and workers’ compensation cases. Kent has successfully litigated claims in front of the Georgia State Board of Workers’ Compensation at both the Trial and Appeals level and has experience representing both employers and insurance companies as well as injured employees and plaintiffs. Kent’s diverse background gives him a more complete perspective of injury claims, which allows him to better represent hurt clients. Kent is a member of the Georgia Trial Lawyers Association and the State Bar of Georgia, Workers’ Compensation Section. In his free time, Kent enjoys spending time with his daughter and their dog, Knight.

Admitted / Affiliations and Memberships

  • State Bar of Georgia
  • Georgia Trial Lawyers Association

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Macon Office

 

Jason Downey

  • Location: Macon, GA
  • Undergraduate: Marshall University – 2000
  • Law School: Mercer University School of Law – 2003

 

Jason Downey has extensive trial experience throughout Georgia in the area of personal injury throughout his nearly 20 years of law practice. He previously worked in the Macon office of Morgan and Morgan and was in-house counsel for Allstate Insurance Company. Jason also was a sole practitioner and small business owner for a number of years where he represented injured individuals, and also served as a Certified Civil and Domestic Georgia Mediator with South Georgia ADR. His experience defending insurance companies, as well as families, provides him with unique insight to effectively represent those who have been hurt by the wrongdoing of others.

He also currently serves on the Georgia State Board of Education as Chairman, a position he was appointed to in 2019 by Georgia Governor Brian P. Kemp. Jason previously served as Vice-Chairman of the State Board and represents the residents of the 8th Congressional District of Georgia. He was also appointed by Governor Kemp to the Georgia Behavioral Health Reform and Innovation Committee. Prior to his service on the State Board, Jason was elected to the Macon-Bibb County Board of Education where he served for four years in a variety of capacities as treasurer, vice-chairman, and legislative liaison. Jason also serves on the Board for Middle Georgia Elite Fastpitch, Inc., a girls’ tournament softball organization based out of Perry, Georgia. He graduated from Marshall University in Huntington, West Virginia with a B.A. in Communication Studies and from Mercer University Walter F. George School of Law in Macon, Georgia with his Juris Doctorate.

Jason was born and raised in and near Charleston, West Virginia, and has called Middle Georgia his home for the past 23 years. He and his wife Connie, a native South Georgian, and their daughter Cate, live in Jones County, Georgia, where Connie has been an elementary school counselor for nearly 25 years. In their spare time, they can be found watching Cate play softball for her school and her travel ball team, traveling and spending time on Lake Sinclair.

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Savannah Office

M. Brian Clements

  • Location: Savannah, GA
  • Undergraduate: University of Arkansas – 1995
  • Graduate: Kansai Gaidai University, Osaka, Japan – 1995
  • Law School: University of Georgia School of Law – 1998
  • Admitted to Practice: State of Georgia

 

M. Brian Clements is admitted to practice in United States District Court for the Southern District of Georgia. He serves as judge for the High School Moot Court Competition sponsored by Young Lawyers Division of the Savannah Bar Association. During law school, he served as a third year clerk to Multi-County Public Defender’s Office researching death penalty issues, defenses, and appeals.

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James J. Kasprzycki

  • Location: Savannah, GA
  • Undergraduate: Kent State University – 1993
  • Law School: University of Toledo College of Law – 1996
  • Admitted to Practice: State of Georgia, State of South Carolina and State of North Carolina

 

Jim Kasprzycki received a Bachelor of Arts from Kent State University and a Juris Doctor from the University of Toledo College of Law. Prior to joining Kenneth S. Nugent, PC in 2001, he worked at a general practice firm with a focus on personal injury, criminal defense, and domestic law. He was a college instructor in Charlotte, North Carolina teaching law and procedure to aspiring paralegals. He is licensed to practice law in Georgia, South Carolina, and North Carolina.

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Angela Gore

  • Location: Savannah, GA
  • Undergraduate: Vanderbilt University – 2003
  • Law School: Mercer University School of Law – 2007
  • Admitted to Practice: State of Georgia

 

Angela Gore graduated from Vanderbilt University in Nashville, Tennessee with a B.A. in Economics. She went on to receive her J.D. from Mercer University School of Law. Angela has been practicing in Savannah, Georgia since law school and currently focuses her practice on plaintiff’s personal injury.

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Valdosta Office

 

Matt Kirtlink graduated from Drake University in Des Moines, Iowa with a B.S. in Political Science and History. He went on to receive his J.D. from Mercer University School of Law. Admitted to both the Georgia and Florida bar, Matt has practiced in South Georgia since law school and focuses his career on litigating cases for people who are injured as a result of automobile collisions, tractor-trailer crashes, work-related accidents, and medical malpractice. Matt was formerly Secretary/Treasurer of the Dougherty County Bar Association and served as an adjunct professor at Valdosta State University where he taught courses focusing on civil procedure, business law, family law, and real estate transactions. He also coached the Valdosta State Mock Trial team.

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In Memoriam

Ryan Horn

A guy who never met a stranger, a friend to everyone, a devoted father, and a loving husband – the world lost a great man in Ryan Horn on Thursday afternoon, December 23rd, 2021. Ryan was playing golf when he suffered a cardiac event. He is survived by his wife, Kristie Horn, and their three sons, Oliver, Harris, and Brooks; his parents, Nita and Jimmy Horn; and his siblings and their families, Logan and Taylor Horn and Taylor and Riley Rocha, along with their daughters, Lyla and Etta Rocha; Kristie’s parents, Karen Sinyard and Ken Nugent; and her siblings and their families, Kaitlin and Will Hammill, Cal Nugent and Reed Jones, Durham and Tianzi Goode, and Barton Goode and Rebecca Klischer, along with their daughters and sons, Kennedy Hammill, Emery Hammill, Liam Hammill, and Caleb Goode.

Ryan had an awesome ability to connect with anyone on any level. He was always quick to be silly and playful with his kids, siblings, nieces, and nephews. He was loving and strong for his soul mate Kristie. He was best friends with co-workers, neighbors, clients, and so many others. Only in his passing has it become evident how many people he regularly kept in contact with as only a best friend would do.

Ryan will be so dearly missed, but his memories will live on through his family, his three sons, his many friends, and all those he met and spent time with.

Ryan Horn graduated from Texas A&M University in College Station, Texas with a B.S. in Sport Management and a minor in Business. He went on to receive his Juris Doctorate from South Texas College of Law. Ryan started practicing in Atlanta in 2013 and his focus was on personal injury and Social Security Disability claims. He was licensed to practice in both Texas and Georgia.

9 Georgia offices throughout the state

 

Each of our nine Georgia offices includes local personal injury attorneys, paralegals, case managers, and administrative staff with strong professional and educational backgrounds. Our legal teams have the broad experience that can only be gained from exclusively focusing on personal injury law. When Kenneth S. Nugent, P.C. takes your case, this team approach ensures you always receive responsive, personal, and compassionate attention.

Please select the office most convenient for you:

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Ken Nugent

Founder

  • Undergraduate: State University of New York at Albany – 1977
  • Law School: Emory University School of Law, Juris Doctor Degree -1980
  • Admitted to Practice: State of Georgia
  • State Bar of Georgia, 1980
  • Georgia Trial Lawyers Association
  • Atlanta Bar Association
  • Atlanta Trial Lawyers Association
  • American Bar Association
  • Supporter of Atlanta Legal Aid Society

 

Ken became a member of the Georgia Bar Association in 1980. He has practiced personal injury law since that time. In 1989, he formed Kenneth S. Nugent, P.C., now with offices in eight Georgia cities. Kenneth S. Nugent, P.C. has attorneys licensed in Georgia, Florida, Alabama, North Carolina, South Carolina, Texas, West Virginia and Tennessee, and handles cases in those jurisdictions.

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Jan P. Cohen

Director of Litigation

  • Undergraduate: University of Georgia – 1981
  • Law School: Mercer University School of Law – 1984
  • Admitted to Practice: State of Georgia

 

Jan Cohen has more than twenty-five (25) years’ of experience in all aspects of litigation. Jan’s primary focus of practice is in the area of personal injury, wrongful death, professional negligence, products liability and premises liability. Jan has extensive trial experience as well as a background in assisting clients with resolving matters through alternative dispute resolution.

Prior to joining Kenneth S Nugent as Director of Litigation, Jan previously served as partner with, McConnell, Sneed & Cohen and managing partner of the Atlanta law firm of Weinstock & Scavo, P.C., where he aggressively represented the interests of his clients within Georgia and in other jurisdictions. Prior to that, Jan served as managing partner at the Atlanta litigation law firm of Chambers, Mabry, McClelland & Brooks, where he focused his practice on the representation of insurers and their insured’s as well as self-insured corporations, in the defense of liability claims. Jan’s diverse background in representing insurance companies, insured’s’ and injured parties, provides him with the unique ability to apply his experience in practicing on both sides of the aisle in effectively representing his clients.

Jan and his wife, Heidi are both natives of Atlanta with strong ties to the Atlanta community. They live in the Sandy Springs area and are active in many local organizations. Jan is a member of Ahavath Achim Congregation where he has served on the Board of Trustees, as well as The Standard Club. Jan enjoys spending time with his two daughters and playing golf in his leisure time.

Admitted / Affiliations and Memberships

State Bar of Georgia
Supreme Court of the State of Georgia
Court of Appeals for the State of Georgia
United States District Court for the Northern District of Georgia
United States District Court for the Middle District of Georgia
United States Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit
American Bar Association
Atlanta Bar Association
Standard Club

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Stephen J. Anderson

General Counsel

  • Location: Duluth, GA
  • Undergraduate: Haverford College, BA with Honors – 1975
  • Law School: Emory University School of Law -1980 (Editor-in-Chief, Emory Law Journal)

Prior to joining the Nugent law firm as General Counsel in 2019, Mr. Anderson worked as a business lawyer whose primary focus was resolving business disputes, through counseling, negotiating, mediating, arbitrating and litigating. He is a registered General Mediation Neutral, and he has served as Special Master to the Superior Court of Fulton County, Georgia. He is an AV Preeminent lawyer, the highest rating issued by the LexisNexis / Martindale-Hubbell sponsored peer review.

Upon graduation from law school, Mr. Anderson clerked for The Honorable James C. Hill of the United States Fifth and Eleventh Circuit Courts of Appeals. Prior to law school and after graduating from college, Mr. Anderson worked for two years as a Corrections Officer at the State Prison, Trenton, New Jersey. He was captain of his college lacrosse team, and honored as a member of USILA and conference All-Star teams. He remains active in youth sports, and serves as an officer and board member of Atlanta Youth Rugby, Inc., a nonprofit corporation enabling hundreds of boys and girls throughout metropolitan Atlanta to play rugby. He is married, and has two sons.

As General Counsel, Mr. Anderson supervises the firm’s attorneys, and also represents the firm in all legal matters impacting the firm.

Admission/Affiliated Memberships

State Bar of Georgia, 1980
Supreme Court of Georgia, 1981
Georgia Court of Appeals, 1981
Fulton County, Georgia Superior Court, 1980
Supreme Court of the United States, 1990
United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit, 1981
United States Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit, 1981
United State Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit, 1992
United States District Court, Northern District of Georgia, 1981
United States District Court, Middle District of Georgia, 1998
United States Tax Court, 1987
United States Court of Federal Claims, 1997

Albany Office

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Matthew Kirtlink

Albany Office

 

Matt Kirtlink graduated from Drake University in Des Moines, Iowa with a B.S. in Political Science and History. He went on to receive his J.D. from Mercer University School of Law. Admitted to both the Georgia and Florida bar, Matt has practiced in South Georgia since law school and focuses his career on litigating cases for people who are injured as a result of automobile collisions, tractor-trailer crashes, work-related accidents, and medical malpractice. Matt was formerly Secretary/Treasurer of the Dougherty County Bar Association and served as an adjunct professor at Valdosta State University where he taught courses focusing on civil procedure, business law, family law, and real estate transactions. He also coached the Valdosta State Mock Trial team.

Athens Office

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Brad G. Valentine

Duluth Office

  • Location: Duluth, GA & Athens, GA
  • Undergraduate: University of Georgia, summa cum laude
  • Law School: University of Georgia School of Law, cum laude
  • Admitted to Practice: State of Georgia

 

Brad Valentine dedicates his practice to representing injured people and accident victims throughout Georgia. He focuses his practice on car accidents, trucking accidents, premises liability, and catastrophic injuries

Brad uses his diverse and well-rounded legal experience to obtain excellent results for his clients both inside and outside of the courtroom. He began his legal career by serving as a law clerk for the Honorable Dudley Hollingsworth Bowen, Jr. in the United States District Court for the Southern District of Georgia, where he gained expertise on how lawsuits are handled by the federal court system. He then worked at Troutman Sanders, where he advised large companies about employment laws and litigated high-dollar disputes. Brad continued his career at a boutique business and construction litigation firm, and he represented plaintiffs and defendants in various federal and state courts across the country. Through his experience, Brad discovered that individuals were generally underrepresented and without adequate legal counsel. He now provides them with the access to justice that they deserve.

Brad graduated cum laude from the University of Georgia School of Law, where he was selected and served as Managing Editor of the Georgia Law Review. Before law school, Brad graduated summa cum laude from the University of Georgia with a Bachelor of Business Administration in Finance.

Atlanta Office

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Michael C. Cherof

Atlanta Office

 

Mike Cherof served as a Superior Court law clerk and an Assistant District Attorney for the Conasauga Judicial Circuit prior to entering private practice. He has extensive civil and criminal trial experience and handles litigation in numerous counties throughout Georgia. In 1995, Mike was admitted to the Florida State Bar. In addition to handling personal injury cases for Kenneth S. Nugent, P.C., Mike is a General Civil and Domestic Relations Mediator for Cobb, Dekalb, and Gwinnett counties.

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Ahkibah Khan

Atlanta Office

 

Ahkibah Khan is a member of State Bar of Georgia, member of the Georgia Trial Lawyers Association, and member of GABWA. She is admitted to practice before the Supreme Court of State of Georgia and Georgia Court of Appeals.

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Christopher Adams

Atlanta Office

  • Location: Atlanta, GA
  • Undergraduate College: West Virginia University
  • Juris Doctorate: John Marshall Law School
  • Admitted to Practice: State of Georgia and State of West Virginia

 

Chris Adams received his Bachelor of Arts degree from West Virginia University and his Juris Doctorate from John Marshall Law School. Prior to joining the firm, Chris was a state prosecutor in Georgia and handled felony cases as well as DUI and serious injury by motor vehicle prosecution. He also practiced civil litigation and insurance defense with the law firm of Schrader Byrd and Companion of Wheeling, West Virginia. He is licensed to practice in both West Virginia and Georgia and in both state and federal jurisdictions.

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Mary Lynn Paulson

Atlanta Office

  • Location: Atlanta, GA
  • Undergraduate: Salem College – 2011
  • Law School: University of Memphis – 2014

 

Mary Lynn Paulson graduated from Salem College, in Winston Salem, North Carolina with a B.S. in Accounting and a B.A. in Economics. While at Salem, Mary Lynn was active in student organizations. She was elected Student Government Association President and Treasurer. In law school Mary Lynn interned for a civil court Judge in the Shelby County Fifth Circuit Court. Mary Lynn graduated from the University of Memphis Law School in 2014 and passed the Georgia bar that same year. Prior to joining Kenneth S. Nugent, P.C., Mary Lynn served as an Assistant Public Defender and then an Assistant District Attorney. Her primary focus is plaintiff’s personal injury litigation.

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Kumi Rizvi

Atlanta Office

  • Location: Atlanta, GA
  • Undergraduate: University of Georgia, 2015
  • Law School: Michigan State University College of Law, 2018; University of Georgia School of Law
  • Admitted to Practice: State of Georgia

 

Kumi graduated from The University of Georgia in 2015 with a B.A. in Political Science and a B.A. in International Affairs. Kumi obtained his Juris Doctorate degree from Michigan State University College of Law, where he was on the executive board for the Student Bar Association and founded the Food Law Society.

Before graduating from Michigan State University College of Law in 2018, Kumi spent his last year of law school at The University of Georgia School of Law. Throughout this year, Kumi was involved in the Corporate Counsel Externship Program and spent time as an extern for The Coca-Cola Company.

Prior to joining Kenneth S. Nugent, P.C., Kumi was a litigator in private practice in Alpharetta. He worked with criminal law, family law, and personal injury matters. Kumi was admitted to practice in the State of Georgia in 2019. His primary focus is the plaintiff’s personal injury litigation.

Augusta Office

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Michael G. Orr

Augusta Office

  • Location: Augusta, GA
  • Undergraduate: Michigan State University
  • Graduate School: Miami University
  • Law School: Emory University – 1999
  • Admitted to Practice: State of Georgia

 

Michael Orr spent his early years in Michigan. He attended Michigan State University as an undergraduate, earning a Bachelor of Arts degree in Education. He earned a Master of Business Administration degree from Miami University in Oxford, Ohio, and spent the next decade as a management consultant for multi-national corporations. He attended law school at Emory University and has worked for Kenneth S. Nugent, P.C. in the law firm’s Atlanta, Augusta, and Savannah offices since graduation from law school.

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Jenna Matson

Augusta Office

  • Location: Augusta, GA
  • Undergraduate: The University of Mississippi – 2005
  • Law School: Mercer University, Walter F. George School of Law
  • Admitted to Practice: State of Georgia – 2008

 

Jenna was born and raised in Columbus, Georgia. She earned a B.A. in Journalism and Public Relations from the University of Mississippi in 2005.  She attended Mercer University’s Walter F. George School of Law for her legal education, earning her J.D. in 2008. She was admitted to the State Bar of Georgia in 2008.

Jenna began her legal career as a law clerk to the Honorable J. David Roper and the Honorable J. Wade Padgett in the Augusta Judicial Circuit. Prior to joining the firm, she was practicing bankruptcy, personal injury, and domestic relations law in Augusta and Evans.

As an active member in the CSRA legal community Jenna volunteers on the Law Day Committee and has professional memberships in the Augusta Bar Association and the Young Lawyers, Division.  Jenna was named one of Augusta’s Top Ten Young Professionals in 2012.

Jenna and her husband Matthew reside in Augusta, Georgia with their two children.

Marcus Roberts

Augusta Office

  • Location: Augusta, GA
  • Undergraduate: University of Georgia – 2007
  • Law School: University of Georgia School of Law – 2010
  • Admitted to Practice: State of Georgia

Marcus Roberts focuses his practice on helping injured people involved in automobile accidents in Georgia. Prior to joining Ken Nugent’s Augusta office, Marcus spent his time representing indigent clients in Albany, GA for six and a half years as an Assistant Public Defender in the Dougherty Judicial Circuit Public Defenders office. There Marcus litigated numerous trials before the State and Superior Courts.

Marcus graduated from the University of Georgia School of Law in 2010. Before law school, Marcus graduated cum laude from the University of Georgia with his B.A. in Criminal Justice and Spanish. Marcus was admitted to practice in Georgia in 2010 and in South Carolina in 2016.

Columbus Office

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Staci L. Alexander

Columbus Office

  • Location: Columbus, GA
  • Undergraduate: Georgia State University – 1993
  • Law School: Georgia State University College of Law – 2002
  • Admitted to Practice: State of Georgia and State of Alabama

 

Staci Alexander received a Bachelor of Science as well as her Juris Doctor from Georgia State University. Prior to joining Kenneth S. Nugent, P.C., she worked in Atlanta, Georgia for an insurance defense firm. Prior to obtaining her JD, Staci served as a paralegal to several personal injury law firms in Atlanta. She is licensed to practice law in all Georgia and Alabama Courts, as well as Federal District Courts. Staci Alexander has tried cases in several judicial circuits throughout Georgia.

 

Duluth Office

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William D. Holman

Duluth Office

  • Location: Duluth, GA
  • Undergraduate: Tennessee Technological University
  • Law School: Cumberland School of Law – 1990
  • Admitted to Practice: State of Georgia and State of Tennessee

 

William Holman graduated from Tennessee Technological University. He graduated in the top 10 percent of his class from Cumberland School of Law at Sanford University in 1990. He was admitted to practice law in Tennessee in 1990, and worked primarily in general practice, which included the areas of civil litigation, criminal defense, bankruptcy and insurance law, among others. He relocated to the Atlanta area in late 1992 after he was admitted to practice law in the State of Georgia. He is admitted to all state courts in Georgia as well as Federal District Courts in both Tennessee and Georgia. Since he moved his practice to Georgia, he has continued to focus on plaintiffs’ personal injury and other areas of civil litigation in the courts of both Georgia and Tennessee.

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Russell T. Deutschman

Duluth Office

 

Russell T. Deutschman is admitted to practice in all Georgia venues, Georgia Court of Appeals, Georgia Supreme Court and the Federal District Court for the Northern District of Georgia. He has been with the firm since 1997 and focuses his practice on litigating complex cases.

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Matthew C. Richardson

Duluth Office

  • Location: Duluth, GA
  • Undergraduate: University of Alabama – 2003
  • Law School: Michigan State University School of Law – 2006
  • Admitted to Practice: State of Georgia

 

Matt Richardson’s primary focus of practice is in the area of personal injury, wrongful death, professional negligence, products liability and premises liability. Matt has extensive trial experience as well as experience in assisting clients with resolving matters through alternative dispute resolution.

Prior to joining Kenneth S Nugent, P.C., Matt previously served as an associate in the law firm McConnell, Sneed & Cohen and for Weinstock & Scavo, P.C., where he aggressively represented the interests of his clients in all aspects of litigation. Prior to that, Matt was an associate at Weinberg Wheeler Hudgins Gunn & Dial, LLC, where he focused his practice on the representation of insurers and their insured’s in high stakes litigation throughout the country. Matt’s extensive experience in representing both Plaintiffs and Defendants provides him with the ability to effectively strategize the best manner in which to pursue a timely and effective resolution to a client’s conflict or claim.

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Casey L . Ford

Duluth Office

  • Location: Duluth, GA
  • Undergraduate: East Tennessee State University—2013
  • Law School: Savannah Law School—2016
  • Admitted to Practice: State of Georgia

 

Casey Ford graduated Summa Cum Laude from East Tennessee State University with her Bachelor of Arts degree in Mass Communications with a minor in Legal Studies. She continued her education at Savannah Law School, where she received her Juris Doctor. Prior to graduating law school, she worked as an extern with Georgia Legal Services Program and the JAG Corps. Upon bar passage, Casey practiced at a personal injury firm in Statesboro, Georgia. She joined Kenneth S. Nugent, P.C. in May 2018. She is licensed to practice in all Georgia courts, as well as the United States District Court for the Southern District of Georgia.

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Kaitlin Nugent Hammill

Duluth Office

  • Location: Duluth, GA
  • Undergraduate: The University of Georgia – 2010
  • Law School: Mercer University: Walter F. George School of Law – 2013
  • Admitted to Practice: State of Georgia

 

Kaitlin Nugent Hammill graduated from The University of Georgia in Athens, Georgia with a B.A. in Management. She then attended the Walter F. George School of Law at Mercer University in Macon, Georgia. While at Mercer, Kaitlin was very active in student organizations. She served as the Vice President of the Student Bar Association, President of the Association of Women Law Students, and was a member of the Student Chapter of the Georgia Trial Lawyers Association. Kaitlin graduated Cum Laude from Mercer in 2013 and became admitted to practice law in Georgia later that year. Her primary focus is in plaintiffs’ personal injury litigation.

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William G. Hammill

Duluth Office

  • Location: Duluth, GA
  • Undergraduate: Wofford College – 2009
  • Law School: Mercer University: Walter F. George School of Law – 2013
  • Admitted to Practice: State of Georgia

 

Will Hammill graduated from Wofford College in Spartanburg, SC with a B.S. in Business Economics. After working for Kenneth S. Nugent, P.C. for a year, he attended the Walter F. George School of Law at Mercer University in Macon, Georgia. While at Mercer, Will was very active in student organizations. He served as the President and Treasurer of the Student Bar Association and Vice President of the Student Chapter of the Georgia Trial Lawyers Association. Will graduated Cum Laude from Mercer in 2013 and became admitted to practice law in Georgia later that year. His primary focus is in plaintiffs’ personal injury litigation.

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Barton H. Goode

Duluth Office

  • Location: Duluth, GA
  • Undergraduate: Rhodes College – 2009
  • Law School: Mercer University, Walter F. George School of Law – 2012
  • Admitted to Practice: State of Georgia

 

Barton Goode graduated from Rhodes College in Memphis, Tennessee with a B.A. in History. He then attended the Walter F. George School of Law in Macon, Georgia. Barton was very active in multiple student organizations and the Student Bar Association. He also co-founded the Mercer Law Free Press; an online publication which serves as a voice for the students of Mercer Law and gives those interested in the school a personal look into the lives of Mercer students. Barton graduated and received his J.D. from Mercer in 2012 and passed the Georgia bar later that year. His primary area of focus lay in personal injury litigation.

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Matthew A. Harris

Duluth Office

  • Location: Duluth, GA
  • Undergraduate: John Jay College of Criminal Justice – 2005
  • Law School: Mississippi College School of Law – 2013
  • Admitted to Practice: State of Georgia – 2014

 

 

Matthew A. Harris received his Bachelor of Arts degree in Government from John Jay College of Criminal Justice in New York City and his Juris Doctorate from Mississippi College School of Law in Jackson, Mississippi. Prior to joining the firm, he served as the Staff Attorney for the Honorable Tangela M. Barrie of the DeKalb County Superior Court. He was admitted to practice law in Georgia in 2014.

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Eric A. Sterling

Duluth Office

  • Location: Duluth, GA
  • Undergraduate: American University – 2013
  • Law School: University of Georgia School of Law – 2017
  • Admitted to Practice: State of Georgia

 

Eric Sterling graduated from the American University in Washington, D.C. with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Communications, Legal Institutions, Economics, and Government.  During his time there, he studied abroad at the Free University in Berlin.  Eric graduated from the University of Georgia School of Law in 2017 where he was a member of the Mock trial team, an Executive Editor of the Georgia Journal of International and Comparative Law, and a Student Ambassador for the Dean Rusk International Law Center.

Eric began his practice in 2017 with Palmore, Boenig & Associates, P.C. in Athens, Georgia where he worked primarily on personal injury and criminal defense cases, but he also litigated in the areas of medical malpractice, employment discrimination, premises liability, family law, and contract law.  With courtroom experience involving cases where Plaintiffs have suffered millions of dollars in damages, Eric is experienced in maximizing his clients’ recovery.

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Michael H. Ruder

Duluth Office

  • Location: Duluth, GA
  • Undergraduate: University of Michigan – 2008
  • Law School: Loyola University Chicago School of Law – 2011
  • Admitted to Practice: State of Georgia and State of Illinois

 

Michael Ruder graduated from the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor, Michigan with a Bachelor of Science in Political Science. He then moved to Chicago, Illinois, where he received his Juris Doctorate from Loyola University Chicago School of Law. He was admitted to practice law in Illinois, where he worked primarily in personal injury law, both for plaintiff and defense. He also has experience in various other matters, including medical malpractice, criminal law, immigration law, and family law. He relocated to the Atlanta area in early 2020 after being admitted to practice law in the State of Georgia. His primary focus is plaintiffs’ personal injury litigation.

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Anthony Scott Perez

Duluth Office

  • Location: Duluth, GA
  • Undergraduate: Georgia Institute of Technology – 2017
  • Law School: Mercer University School of Law – 2020
  • Admitted to Practice: State of Georgia, Georgia Court of Appeals, Supreme Court of Georgia, United States District Court – Middle District of Georgia, and State of Florida

Anthony is an Atlanta native and attended the Georgia Institute of Technology. While at Georgia Tech, he finished his baseball career with the Ramblin’ Wreck and graduated with a B.S. in Business Administration with a concentration in Finance. Anthony went on to receive his J.D. from Mercer University School of Law. While at Mercer, Anthony was the President of the Sports and Entertainment Law Society, Captain of the Arbitration Competition Team, and was an Assistant Coach for the Mercer University baseball program. At Kenneth S. Nugent P.C. Anthony’s focus is personal injury litigation and medical malpractice.

Prior to joining Kenneth S. Nugent, P.C. Anthony worked as the campaign manager for the successful re-election bid for Georgia House Representative and the Head of the Georgia House Judiciary Committee. Anthony also worked in the sports industry in player representation, specifically baseball and now owns a family business in the Marine industry.

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Callan Hamby

Duluth Office

  • Duluth, GA
  • University of North Georgia – 2017
  • Louis D. Brandeis School of Law, University of Louisville – 2020
  • Admitted to Practice: State of Georgia

 

Callan graduated from the University of North Georgia in Dahlonega, Georgia with a Bachelor of Science in Political Science. During college, Callan had the opportunity to work with renowned trial lawyer Mr. Bobby Lee Cook in his hometown of Summerville, Georgia. Callan’s time with Mr. Cook inspired him to pursue a career as an attorney, and to devote his life to advocating for the injured. In 2020, Callan graduated from the Louis D. Brandeis School of Law at the University of Louisville. Soon after, Callan was admitted to practice law in the State of Georgia.

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Kathryn B. Reddy

Duluth Office

  • Location: Duluth, GA
  • Undergraduate: Green Mountain College
  • Law School: Georgia State University College of Law
  • Admitted to Practice: Georgia, Maine, New Hampshire, and Massachusetts

 

New England native Kathryn ‘Kate’ Reddy attended Green Mountain College in Poultney, Vermont, beginning in 2007. After her junior year, Kate moved to New York City and began a career in healthcare practice management consulting, working with doctors in New York, New Hampshire, and Georgia. Between consulting contracts, Kate pursued her love of the sea and became a PADI-certified scuba instructor; teaching in Honduras and Florida. In 2015, Kate earned a B.A. in Interdisciplinary Studies with concentrations in Business Administration and History from Green Mountain College. Immediately thereafter, Kate entered Georgia State University College of Law, in pursuit of her childhood dream of becoming an attorney. Kate graduated Cum Laude from GSU Law in December 2017, completing law school a semester early, and began practicing in May 2018.

Prior to joining Kenneth S. Nugent, P.C., Kate represented plaintiffs in catastrophic personal injury and professional negligence suits, focusing primarily on malpractice claims against attorneys. Her unique background allows her to connect with clients and colleagues from all walks of life. When Kate is on a case, her clients reap the benefit of her diverse background, fierce personal investment, and first-rate sense of humor.

Kate is actively involved with the Young Lawyers Division of the State Bar of Georgia, with which she has held a number of leadership positions including Chair of the Litigation Committee. Kate is a Registered Neutral with the Georgia Office of Dispute Resolution and is admitted to practice law in Georgia, Maine, New Hampshire, and Massachusetts. Kate’s practice is devoted to representing injured plaintiffs.

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Hal Higgins

Duluth Office

 

A North Georgia native, Hal attended the Georgia Institute of Technology chasing his childhood dream of playing football for the Yellow Jackets. Upon graduating with the highest honors and a B.S. in Business Management, Hal finished his football career and earned his MBA with a concentration in finance.

After working several years in real estate as an analyst and data modeler, Hal attended the Walter F. George School of Law at Mercer University in Macon, Georgia. While at Mercer, Hal served the student body as the ABA liaison. Hal was admitted to the GA bar after receiving his Juris Doctorate from Mercer in 2012, and began his career with an Atlanta boutique business and construction litigation firm. He then dedicated his practice to healthcare law advising medical providers on a national scale about regulatory laws and litigating hospital lien cases. Hal’s practice now focuses on personal injury cases.

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James C. Berrigan

Duluth Office

  • Location: Duluth, GA
  • Undergraduate: Fordham University – 2018
  • Law School: University of Georgia School of Law – 2021
  • Admitted to Practice: State of Georgia

 

James graduated summa cum laude from Fordham College Lincoln Center with a double major in history and Spanish studies. He continued his education at the University of Georgia School of Law, graduating cum laude. While at UGA, James worked in the law school’s immigration clinic for over a year. James speaks fluent Spanish and enjoys advising his clients in their preferred language.

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Basil “B.J.” Buchanan Jr.

Duluth Office

  • Location: Duluth, GA
  • Undergraduate: Middle Tennessee State University 2004
  • Law School: John Marshall Law School 2013
  • Admitted to Practice:  State of Georgia

 

Basil “B.J.” Buchanan Jr.  received his Bachelor of Arts Degree from Middle Tennessee State University. Before attending law school, he was a claims adjuster handling both bodily injury and property damage cases with two large insurance companies.  B.J. received his Juris Doctorate from John Marshall Law School.  Prior to joining the firm, B.J.  practiced criminal defense as well as insurance defense with both GEICO and Loya Insurance Companies.  He has been admitted to practice in the State of Georgia since 2013.

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Delia Williams Carroll

Duluth Office

  • Location: Duluth, GA
  • Undergraduate: Armstrong Atlantic State University, magna cum laude – 2005
  • Law School: Georgia State University College of Law, cum laude – 2018
  • Admitted to Practice:  State of Georgia

 

Delia Williams Carroll graduated from Armstrong Atlantic State University in Savannah, Georgia with a degree in Criminal Justice.  Following college, she spent time working in the business sector before joining Kenneth S. Nugent, P.C. as a case manager and legal assistant.  Finding a passion for law with the firm, Delia left to pursue her law degree from Georgia State University.  While in law school, she spent time externing with the Internal Revenue Service’s Office of Chief Counsel and researching national historic preservation policies along with modernization of legal education practices as a graduate assistant.  After three years in private tax law practice, Delia has returned to the firm that ignited her passion for law in the first place.

She resides in Atlanta with her husband and three labrador retrievers.  Zealously committed to ending hunger in her community, she and her family spend time volunteering for the Atlanta Community Food Bank and Meals on Wheels Atlanta whenever possible.

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Lucas W. Griffin

Duluth Office

  • Location: Duluth, GA
  • Undergraduate: University of Georgia – 2003
  • Law School: Cumberland School of Law – 2009
  • Admitted to Practice: Georgia and Alabama

 

Lucas Griffin is a graduate of the University of Georgia and prior to law school, he spent several years as a high school teacher and coach. Lucas received his law degree from Cumberland School of Law and was a multi-year member of the school’s nationally ranked trial advocacy team. Lucas has been representing injured clients since 2009 and is licensed in Georgia and Alabama. His practice areas include both personal injury and workers’ compensation.  Lucas is committed to helping those who have been injured and is a relentless advocate for his clients.

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Kent T. Kelso

Duluth Office

  • Location: Duluth, GA
  • Undergraduate: Chadron State College – 2012
  • Law School: Georgia State University, College of Law – 2018
  • Admitted to Practice: Georgia

 

Kent Kelso graduated from Chadron State College in Chadron, Nebraska with a B.A. in Literature. He went on to earn his J.D. from Georgia State University College of Law. Kent focuses his practice on automobile accidents, premises liability, and workers’ compensation cases. Kent has successfully litigated claims in front of the Georgia State Board of Workers’ Compensation at both the Trial and Appeals level and has experience representing both employers and insurance companies as well as injured employees and plaintiffs. Kent’s diverse background gives him a more complete perspective of injury claims, which allows him to better represent hurt clients. Kent is a member of the Georgia Trial Lawyers Association and the State Bar of Georgia, Workers’ Compensation Section. In his free time, Kent enjoys spending time with his daughter and their dog, Knight.

Admitted / Affiliations and Memberships

    • State Bar of Georgia
    • Georgia Trial Lawyers Association

Macon Office

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Jason Downey

Macon Office

  • Location: Macon, GA
  • Undergraduate: Marshall University – 2000
  • Law School: Mercer University School of Law – 2003

Jason Downey has extensive trial experience throughout Georgia in the area of personal injury throughout his nearly 20 years of law practice. He previously worked in the Macon office of Morgan and Morgan, and was in-house counsel for Allstate Insurance Company. Jason also was a sole practitioner and small business owner for a number of years where he represented injured individuals, and also served as a Certified Civil and Domestic Georgia Mediator with South Georgia ADR. His experience defending insurance companies, as well as families, provides him unique insight to effectively represent those who have been hurt by the wrongdoing of others.

He also currently serves on the Georgia State Board of Education as Chairman, a position he was appointed to in 2019 by Georgia Governor Brian P. Kemp. Jason previously served as Vice-Chairman of the State Board, and represents the residents of the 8th Congressional District of Georgia. He was also appointed by Governor Kemp to the Georgia Behavioral Health Reform and Innovation Committee. Prior to his service on the State Board, Jason was elected to the Macon-Bibb County Board of Education where he served for four years in a variety of capacities as treasurer, vice-chairman, and legislative liaison. Jason also serves on the Board for Middle Georgia Elite Fastpitch, Inc., a girl’s tournament softball organization based out of Perry, Georgia. He graduated from Marshall University in Huntington, West Virginia with a B.A. in Communication Studies and from Mercer University Walter F. George School of Law in Macon, Georgia with his Juris Doctorate.

Jason was born and raised in and near Charleston, West Virginia, and has called Middle Georgia his home for the past 23 years. He and his wife Connie, a native South Georgian, and their daughter Cate, live in Jones County, Georgia, where Connie has been an elementary school counselor for nearly 25 years. In their spare time, they can be found watching Cate play softball for her school and her travel ball team, traveling, and spending time on Lake Sinclair.

Savannah Office

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M. Brian Clements

Savannah Office

  • Location: Savannah, GA
  • Undergraduate: University of Arkansas – 1995
  • Graduate: Kansai Gaidai University, Osaka, Japan – 1995
  • Law School: University of Georgia School of Law – 1998
  • Admitted to Practice: State of Georgia

 

M. Brian Clements is admitted to practice in United States District Court for the Southern District of Georgia. He serves as judge for the High School Moot Court Competition sponsored by Young Lawyers Division of the Savannah Bar Association. During law school, he served as a third year clerk to Multi-County Public Defender’s Office researching death penalty issues, defenses, and appeals.

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James J. Kasprzycki

Savannah Office

  • Location: Savannah, GA
  • Undergraduate: Kent State University – 1993
  • Law School: University of Toledo College of Law – 1996
  • Admitted to Practice: State of Georgia, State of South Carolina and State of North Carolina

 

Jim Kasprzycki received a Bachelor of Arts from Kent State University and a Juris Doctor from the University of Toledo College of Law. Prior to joining Kenneth S. Nugent, PC in 2001, he worked at a general practice firm with a focus on personal injury, criminal defense, and domestic law. He was a college instructor in Charlotte, North Carolina teaching law and procedure to aspiring paralegals. He is licensed to practice law in Georgia, South Carolina, and North Carolina.

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Angela Gore

Savannah Office

  • Location: Savannah, GA
  • Undergraduate: Vanderbilt University – 2003
  • Law School: Mercer University School of Law – 2007
  • Admitted to Practice: State of Georgia

 

Angela Gore graduated from Vanderbilt University in Nashville, Tennessee with a B.A. in Economics. She went on to receive her J.D. from Mercer University School of Law. Angela has been practicing in Savannah, Georgia since law school and currently focuses her practice on plaintiff’s personal injury.

Valdosta Office

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Matthew Kirtlink

Valdosta Office

 

Matt Kirtlink graduated from Drake University in Des Moines, Iowa with a B.S. in Political Science and History. He went on to receive his J.D. from Mercer University School of Law. Admitted to both the Georgia and Florida bar, Matt has practiced in South Georgia since law school and focuses his career on litigating cases for people who are injured as a result of automobile collisions, tractor-trailer crashes, work-related accidents, and medical malpractice. Matt was formerly Secretary/Treasurer of the Dougherty County Bar Association and served as an adjunct professor at Valdosta State University where he taught courses focusing on civil procedure, business law, family law, and real estate transactions. He also coached the Valdosta State Mock Trial team.

In Memoriam

Ryan Horn

A guy who never met a stranger, a friend to everyone, a devoted father, and a loving husband – the world lost a great man in Ryan Horn on Thursday afternoon, December 23rd. Ryan was playing golf when he suffered a cardiac event. He is survived by his wife, Kristie Horn, and their three sons, Oliver, Harris, and Brooks; his parents, Nita and Jimmy Horn; and his siblings and their families, Logan and Taylor Horn and Taylor and Riley Rocha, along with their daughters, Lyla and Etta Rocha; Kristie’s parents, Karen Sinyard and Ken Nugent; and her siblings and their families, Kaitlin and Will Hammill, Cal Nugent and Reed Jones, Durham and Tianzi Goode, and Barton Goode and Rebecca Klischer, along with their daughters and sons, Kennedy Hammill, Emery Hammill, Liam Hammill, and Caleb Goode.

Ryan had an awesome ability to connect with anyone on any level. He was always quick to be silly and playful with his kids, siblings, nieces, and nephews. He was loving and strong for his soul mate Kristie. He was best friends with co-workers, neighbors, clients, and so many others. Only in his passing has it become evident how many people he regularly kept in contact with as only a best friend would do.

Ryan will be so dearly missed, but his memories will live on through his family, his three sons, his many friends, and all those he met and spent time with.

Ryan Horn graduated from Texas A&M University in College Station, Texas with a B.S. in Sport Management and a minor in Business. He went on to receive his Juris Doctorate from South Texas College of Law. Ryan started practicing in Atlanta in 2013 and his focus was on personal injury and Social Security Disability claims. He was licensed to practice in both Texas and Georgia.

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