MidTown, Inc., Columbus, Georgia
Executive Director, June 2007 to March 2010
Interim Director, July 2006 through May 2007
Served as first executive director for MidTown, Inc., a non-profit community revitalization organization committed to re-energizing the economic, residential and civic aspects of MidTown Columbus. MidTown, Inc.’s mission is to support community, conservation and diversity, through education and advocacy and to work to sustain and enhance the neighborhoods and businesses within MidTown Columbus. MidTown consists of a six-mile area, and incorporates six contiguous historic districts, nine public schools, parks, the Columbus Museum, the Columbus Public Library, commercial and retail districts, and the international headquarters of Aflac. Along with an active board of directors, created and staffed the organizational/administrative structure, branded, set a multi-year vision, established the MidTown Merchants Association, created neighborhood associations, coordinated other community stakeholders and led $1.2 million fundraising effort for start-up organization, which continues today as the catalyst for sustainable growth and economic development in Columbus’ in-town suburban community.
Pope, McGlamry, Kilpatrick, Morrison & Norwood, LLP
Atlanta and Columbus, Georgia
Equity Partner, January 1998 – June 2007
Associate Attorney, May 1991 – December 1997
Became the first female partner for civil litigation law firm specializing in complex litigation, class actions, consumer protection litigation, and catastrophic personal injury. Extensive litigation, trial, mediation/arbitration and appellate experience primarily in the federal court system.
Notable cases include:
- Scrushy v. HealthSouth Corporation (led team in $21.5 million award in client’s favor in complex contract dispute involving a publicly traded company, while coordinating with related SEC enforcement and securities/derivative actions)
- AFC Enterprises, Inc. Securities/Derivative Litigation (led team in accounting malpractice claim against Arthur Anderson, while coordinating securities and derivative litigation against publicly-traded company)
- Real Estate Settlement Procedures Act (RESPA) Litigation (led team in nationwide class actions, including multi-district litigation treatment of cases, against the country’s largest mortgage lenders for alleged violations of statutory law)
- 1996 ValuJet air crash cases (led trial team effort to escape pro-longed multi-district litigation treatment and to prosecute claims of multiple surviving families resulting in some of the earliest resolutions in the country)
- Bush Ranch, et al, v. E. I. DuPont de Nemours (assisted in discovery and trial efforts of alleged fungicide contamination for multiple commercial farming clients in nationwide class-action cases)
- Admitted to practice before the United States Supreme Court, Eleventh Circuit Court of Appeals, Eighth Circuit Court of Appeals, Multi-district Litigation Panel, United States District Courts for the Northern and Middle Districts of Georgia, Georgia Supreme Court, and Georgia Court of Appeals. Numerous pro hac vice admissions, including courts in Minnesota, Mississippi and Alabama.
Emory University School of Law, Atlanta, GA, Juris Doctorate, 1991
Honors and Distinctions: American Jurisprudence Award, Civil Damages (spring, 1991); National Institute of Trial Advocacy, graduate, 1990.
Sweet Briar College, Sweet Briar, VA, Bachelor of Arts, 1987 (Cum laude)
Double Major: Government and Economics; Certificate: Business Management.
Chamblee High School, Atlanta, GA, 1983