Name: Mr. C. 'Knox' Withers
Grad Year: 1996
Mr. Withers is a member of the Litigation Practice Group and the Business Litigation Team, with a particular focus in real estate litigation. He assists clients in protecting their business assets through the litigation and trial of complex business disputes. Mr. Withers has represented owners, developers, landlords, and tenants in connection with legal issues related to real estate. He has handled dispossessory proceedings, construction contract litigation, lease disputes and loan default matters. Mr. Withers also has experience representing media companies in defamation litigation and first amendment issues.
Awards and Recognitions
- 2010 “Breaking the Cycle” Award, Atlanta Volunteer Lawyers Foundation
- Georgia State Bar, Young Lawyers Division, Litigation Committee
- YLD Leadership Academy, 2010
- Henry Joseph Lumpkin Inn of Court, 2009–10
- Lawyers Club of Atlanta
- J.D., University of Georgia School of Law, 2005
– Cum laude
– Student Bar Association, President, 2004–05
– Managing Editor, Journal of Intellectual Property Law
- B.B.A., International Business, University of Georgia, 2000
– Summa cum laude
Admitted to Practice
- State Bar of Georgia, 2005
- Georgia Court of Appeals, 2006
- Georgia Supreme Court, 2006
- U.S. District Court Northern District of Georgia, 2006
- U.S. Court of Appeals 11th Circuit, 2008
- Represented technology manufacturing company in successfully resolving contract dispute, including recovery of attorney’s fees;
- Counsel to contract manufacturer in resolving contract dispute through arbitration;
- Represented landlord in obtaining judgment against tenant for failure to pay rent;
- Counsel to landlord in connection with tenant’s misuse of tenant improvement allowance;
- Represented skilled nursing facility in resolution of contract dispute;
- Counsel to commercial tenant in connection with lease dispute;
- Counsel to investment banking firm in connection with securities litigation;
- Represented medical billing company in successful resolution of contract dispute;
- Represented municipal housing authority in tenant disputes;
- Counsel to food service logistics company in action against warehouse landlord; and
- Represented real estate developer in construction contract dispute.
Mr. Withers is also involved in the firm's pro bono efforts and has represented victims of domestic violence and has assisted low income tenants engaged in lease disputes with landlords.
- "An Uncertain Heritage: Tinker, Fraser, and the Confederate Flag," Education Law & Policy Forum, Volume 1 (January 24, 2006)
- “Sine Qua Non: Trademark Infringement, Likelihood of Confusion, and the Business of Collegiate Licensing,” Journal of Intellectual Property Law, Volume 11, Number 2, Spring 2004.
- Marist School Alumni Association, Executive Board and Membership Chair
Name: Mr. Joseph 'Bernard' Mannelly, III
Grad Year: 1988
Bernard Mannelly joined Worthing Southeast Corporation in 2006. As the Senior Development Manager, Mr. Mannelly is responsible for the origination of new developments and all other development related activities. These include pre-construction, design development, zoning, entitlement, and permit activities and all other duties and responsibilities required prior to the beginning of construction. Prior to joining Worthing, Mr. Mannelly was a managing director at Bullock Mannelly Partners, a boutique real estate brokerage firm specializing in capital formation and land brokerage. Previously, he was with Bank of America as a part of their Structured Debt Group, which provided structured finance products for some of the country’s largest and most successful REITs, and as an originator for their Permanent Loan Group, which provided fixed rate, non-recourse mortgages throughout the Southeast.
Mr. Mannelly received a BBA from the University of Notre Dame in 1992 and received his MBA from Georgia State University in 2002.
Name: Mrs. Kimberly 'Kim' (Yahr) Verska
Grad Year: 1986
Kim Verska serves as the Atlanta Office Managing Partner of FSB FisherBroyles, LLP, a law firm of 60+ partners that was recently honored in the Atlanta Business Chronicle as one of Atlanta’s fastest growing top firms. In addition to management responsibilities, her practice at the firm encompasses business and technology law with a special focus on data privacy and security. Kim joined FSB in 2004 from Alston & Bird, where she had been practicing international business and technology law. Prior to becoming a lawyer, Kim had worked in the area of refugee policy and human rights, having worked both as a liaison to Congress for the State Department’s Soviet refugee program and as Director of a Moscow-based human rights organization concerned with Soviet Jewry. Kim graduated summa cum laude from Georgetown University in 1991 with degrees in languages and Soviet Area Studies, and from Harvard University in 1995 with her J.D. cum laude. Kim met her husband Steve while at Marist, and they live in Sandy Springs with their two children. Kim joined Marist’s Alumni Executive Board in 2006 as Chairman for Reunion Planning.
Name: Mrs. Natalie (Kelly) Challen
Grad Year: 2003
Natalie Kelly Challen works with Balentine, an investment management firm in Atlanta as a Client Relationship Manager. She began her career at Willis Investment Counsel as an Associate working with institutional clients.
She is a member of the Marist Alumni Board, and she serves on the Young Professionals Advisory Committee for Friends of Atlanta Youth Academy. Natalie graduated from the University of Georgia with a degree in Finance.
Name: Ms. Dee Lane Eades
Grad Year: 1979
Dee Lane Eades was raised in Atlanta and has stayed loyal to her town. Loyalty is her second name. She is loyal to her friends and family and even maintains close ties to friends from as far back as kindergarten. Her involvement for her family is close to her heart.
She and her friends all attended Montgomery Elementary School in the Brookhaven/Atlanta area of DeKalb County and then split up as the friends went to one high school and Dee Lane attended Marist School in Atlanta, Georgia and graduated in 1979. In the fall of 1979, Dee Lane went off to Athens, Georgia where she attended the University of Georgia and had a full social and academic career. She joined Delta Gamma Fraternity and was initiated in the winter of 1980. She graduated from the University of Georgia in winter of 1984 with a Bachelors of Science degree in Education with a concentration in Commercial Recreation. If you are doing the math, she stayed for one extra football season and finished up one quarter behind her scheduled graduation date but not without honors, she made Dean’s List once more, even in her final term! This degree objective led her to begin her work career in the country club arena where she was an assistant Club Manager responsible for all Club activities and private events in north Fulton County.
As her love for the special events portion of her career expanded, so did her want to move forward with bigger and more spectacular events being produced. In 1990, Dee Lane joined the sales and event planning team of Events Catering located in Inman Park and had a ten year successful run producing and executing events of all sizes and in both the social and corporate world. With her expertise of organization and salesmanship, she was asked to join the Atlanta TEAM of sales people at BBJ Linen. In addition to the linen sales, she formed her own privately owned and operated event planning company of Atlanta Classic Events and still keeps her hand in the full on production of event planning of events through Atlanta Classic Events.
In January 2010, the yen to do something bigger again struck and Dee Lane joined with co-owners of Graceful Tables, a specialty linen rental company catering to the special events industry, as an owner/investor and part of the large network of the sales team of Graceful Tables. The new endeavor is off and running and growth and expansion are the word of the day.
Along with her work career, Dee Lane participates in community work through her Marist Alma Mater as Vice-President Special Events for the Alumni Association where she assists in producing events to create an atmosphere to bring other alums together for fellowship, fun and fund raising. In addition to activities to assist the school, the Alumni Association also participates in community assistance through clothing drives, monetary donations to needy groups and tuition assistance for those students in need. Along with helping out her community through her Marist ties, Dee Lane donates time, energy and efforts through her Delta Gamma Alumni Association. Through these philanthropies, there are annual drives for clothing donation and many other community service opportunities where involvement for Dee Lane is a fulfilling part of her life.
Additionally, Dee Lane assists her community through her ties with the National Association of Catering Executives where she currently holds a local position on the Atlanta Board as the Vice-President of Education. As the VP of Education, she is responsible for overseeing the production of programs for the special events industry to further enhance education opportunities for members as well as community service projects for the members to participate in. These community service projects include monetary and food donations to Atlanta’s Table, Back to School supplies for children in the community as well as clothing and coat drives in the winter months. She also volunteers her time to NACE on the national level by sitting on several committees to assist in maintaining the high standards and ideals of the industry she has aligned herself with.
Another association that receives Dee Lane’s attention is the Atlanta Convention and Visitors Bureau where she has been sitting on the boards for the last several years as both a membership volunteer through the “Bureau Buddies” program where she received the Bureau Buddy of the Year award twice as well as on the membership committee for the ACVB. The belief that personal growth as well as professional growth is a large part of the reason behind volunteering is a belief that Dee Lane shares with her peers and associates by assisting all to reach for the highest potential.
All in all, Dee Lane Eades tries to be an integral part of all teams she involves herself with. Be it family or friends, work or social, Dee Lane is there to get the job done in a nurturing, timely, organized and professional way. Loyalty is her second name.
Name: Mrs. Caitlin 'Caitlin' (Mizell) Hamilton
Grad Year: 2005
Caitlin Mizell graduated from Marist in 2005 and in May 2010 from UGA with a degree in sociology. Throughout college she worked and continues to work some with Atlanta Classic Events. ACE does everything from corporate parties to weddings. Using her degree and history with ACE she volunteers as the social events chair for the Marist Alumni Executive Board. She also works part time for a neighborhood HOA as the administrator to the board. She work with volunteers of the community as they work on various activities for the community as well as managing their community. Caitlin enjoys working with people on their events and has always loved the events industry.
Name: Mr. John Rahiya
Grad Year: 2003
John works for AGCO Corporation, a leading global manufacturer of agricultural equipment based in Duluth, Georgia. In the role of Pricing Manager, he oversees all pricing related activities for the High Horsepower, Track & Articulated and Seeding & Tillage lines in the North American market. John received his Bachelor’s degree from the University of Georgia, and is currently attending Emory University’s Goizueta Business School as an MBA candidate for the Evening MBA class of 2013. In his free time, John enjoys spending time at the lake, traveling and playing golf.
Name: Mrs. Carrie (Brady) Faletti
Grad Year: 1997
Carrie is an Atlanta native who graduated from Marist in 1997. She went on to earn Bachelors in Biology from the University of Georgia where she was President of Alpha Omicron Pi sorority. Shortly after graduation, she married Paton Faletti (’95) and the couple spent several years in Germany and in England before moving back to Atlanta where she realized a career in real estate. On her return to Atlanta, Carrie spent 6 years coaching the Marist 8th grade cheerleading squad. She serves as a Provisional Advisor for the Junior League of Atlanta, on the alumni board for the UGA Honors Program and is a member of the Buckhead Professional Group.
As a real estate agent at Atlanta's premiere real estate firm, Atlanta Fine Homes Sotheby’s International Realty, Carrie helps her clients buy, sell and lease residential property. Her number one priority is to provide exceptional service before, during and after each transaction in order to build lifelong relationships with her clients. By concentrating on building her business on word-of-mouth referrals, she has more time to devote to each and every buyer and seller and has enjoyed great success regardless of market conditions.
When representing a seller or landlord, Carrie works diligently on both pricing and marketing to ensure the house is perfectly positioned in the market place. As part of the service she provides, she offers honest and valuable staging advice for sellers so that the home will appeal to the broadest possible buying/leasing audience. When helping her buyers find their ideal home, Carrie’s attention is focused on the client’s short and long term goals of home ownership. She stays in daily contact updating each buyer on current market conditions, including new listings and price reductions in their areas of interest, and assists the buyers see both the pros and cons of each property.
Name: Mr. Bryan Hutchinson
Grad Year: 1983
Bryan C. Hutchinson, AIA - Current Occupation: Architect at Emory University's Office of Campus Planning and Design. I recently accepted a permanent employment position at Emory University after having been self-employed since 1995 in the commercial design and construction industry with an emphasis on hospitality / resort hotel / mixed-use development. I am certified by the National Council of Architect's Registration Board (NCARB), and graduated from Auburn University with a Bachelor of Architecture and a Bachelor of Science in Building Constrction. My wife DeLancy and I are active members at St. Jude the Apostle Church where I serve as an extraordinary minister, am involved in Parish Renewal, and other outreach ministries. Our children also attend school at SJA - Calle (9) Roscoe (6) and Carder (3). We live in Sandy Springs where I have been an active community volunteer, responsible for implementing capital improvements at our neighborhood swim and tennis club facility. I enjoy being a husband and a dad, canoeing, camping, architecture, and construction.
Name: Mr. Mark Galvin
Grad Year: 1985
Mark Galvin brings more than 25 years of experience and knowledge from the hospitality industry to his role on the Service and Spirituality committee. He spent 13 years with Hyatt Hotels, where he was appointed both Front Office Manager and Executive Housekeeper at two Grand Hyatts in San Francisco and Atlanta. Since then he developed sales skills at the following Atlanta hotels: The Emory Conference Center, Chateau Élan, Omni Hotel at CNN Center and most recently the Atlanta Marriott Marquis, where he held the position of Director of Corporate & Competition Sales. He is with the firm, Collinson Media & Events which is locally based and Mark directs their division that serves as travel consultants to large groups and conventions. Additionally, Collinson publishes 5 magazines and owns 3 tradeshows. Mark attended Georgia State University and majored in marketing.
Name: Ms. Katherine 'Katie' Caperton
Grad Year: 1998
Katie Caperton is happy to be serving the Marist community as Vice President of Communications on the Executive Board. Katie will use her professional experience working as a journalist to help the Marist alumni utilize social and new media to reconnect and support the school. Katie is currently an editor at CNN Digital, overseeing all entertainment content for CNN.com and the CNN mobile platforms. Prior to this, Katie lived in New York City for 12 years. She was the Editor-in-Chief of OK! Magazine, former Managing Editor at Star Magazine, and has written for numerous weekly and monthly magazines. She graduated with a bachelor's degree in journalism from New York University. She currently lives in Brookhaven.
Name: Ms. Lauren McJenkin
Grad Year: 1998
After graduation from the University of Georgia and completing an internship with Walt Disney World in Orlando, Lauren returned to Atlanta to begin a career in the mortgage industry in 2003. AN entry level position with Wells Fargo Home Mortgage eventually led to an opportunity with a new mortgage company founded by several colleagues. In 2004, Lauren became the Director of Operations for Lincoln Capital Advisors who were honored as #7 in Atlanta Business Chronicle’s Top Mortgage Broker Firms in Atlanta for their first year of business. Continuing to grow in her field, but noticing a down trend in the mortgage industry, Lauren was honored with the offer to become the Southeast Regional Operations Manager for Keller Williams Realty in 2006. Keller Williams Realty maintains a top 3 position among the most successful real estate companies in Atlanta. During her time there, Lauren helped serve the region that grew from 35 offices to 50 by 2009. In 2010, Lauren became the Membership Director at the Ravinia Club in Dunwoody where her energy and enthusiasm is best used to attract and retain members at an exclusive private club. Lauren is a parishioner at All Saints Catholic Church in Dunwoody and teaches 7th grade students at the Parish School of Religion.
Name: Mr. Richard Reynolds, III
Grad Year: 1952
Richard Reynolds is a native of Atlanta where he was born on September 26, 1934.
Richard enrolled at Marist College for its seventh grade in 1946 and was graduated there in 1952. He holds a Bachelor’s (BBA) and Doctor of Law (JD) degrees from Emory University(1955 and 1958). As an attorney he practiced law in Atlanta for 33 years, including 19 years as a partner in the Firm of Troutman Sanders.
Richard married Delia Bridwell of Springfiels, Georgia in 1959 at the Cathedral of Christ the King. They have three sons, Richard J. Reynolds, IV (Marist ’78), Michael E. Reynolds (Marist ’81), and Timothy B. Reynolds (Marist ’87) all of whom live in Atlanta. Delia and Richard have five grandchildren.
At an early age, Richard developed a keen interest in history. He serves as historian for Marist School and has written extensively for Marist Matters. Richard served as President of the Marist Alumni Association in 1982-83 and served on its Board. He was Marist’s 1991 Distinguished Alumnus, in 2004 was named to its Blue and Gold Athletics Circle, and its 2005 Football Program was dedicated to him. In 1970 he was a founding Trustee of the organization known today as Zoo Atlanta and has served as its official historian. He has served on the Editorial Advisory Committee of the New York Zoological Society’s Animal Kingdom. He is a Trustee of the Circus Historical Society and has served as its President.
Sports, circuses, animals, zoos, local history, and railroads are some of the subjects about which Richard has written. Overall, some 100 of his papers have appeared in journals and periodicals here and abroad. He has appeared in TV documentaries produced locally, nationally, and in Europe.
Delia and Richard reside at 1186 Warrenhall Lane, NE in the Hampton Hall neighborhood, located between Marist and Brookhaven.
Name: Mr. James Roberts
Grad Year: 1999
James began his career in the financial services industry in 2003. In 2005 James formed The Limberis-Roberts Group at Merrill Lynch. The Limberis-Roberts Group provides tailored financial advice and personalized services through wealth management, retirement planning, college planning, portfolio development, and customized investment strategies. They currently oversees in excess of $200 million of corporate and individual assets and liabilities held with Merrill Lynch. Their clientele is comprised of affluent families, corporate executives and successful business owners who value the customized planning, professionalism, and resources that the team provides in wealth management services. James graduated cum laude from the University of Georgia with a Bachelor of Business Administration with a focus in finance and banking. James also holds the advanced certifications of Certified Financial Manager (CFM) awarded by the College of Financial Planning and Certified Special Needs Advisors (CSNA). James was named a Best Personal Wealth Manager by Atlanta Magazine for 2009, 2010, & 2011. James was also ranked #4 in the University of Georgia’s Bulldog 100 for top alumni businessmen in 2010. James is a native Atlantan who attended Our Lady of the Assumption School and Marist School, where he has served on the alumni executive board for the last 7 years, including co-chairing fundraising for 2 years. James currently resides in Dunwoody.
Name: Mr. R. 'Sean' S. McEvoy
Grad Year: 1986
Sean graduated Marist in 1986 and attended the University of Georgia, receiving a Bachelor of Arts Degree in 1991. He attended Samford University’s Cumberland School of Law in Birmingham, Alabama, receiving his J.D. degree in 1995. In 2000, Sean married Emily Young, who graduated Marist in 1990. Sean has been an active participant in the Marist Alumni Association volunteering on various committees and serving as a Class Delegate and a Half Decade Chair. Sean was the Vice President of the Alumni Annual Fund for the 2009-2011 term. He has served on the Executive Board since ????. Sean also coaches youth soccer and softball.
Name: Mr. Robert 'Bob' S. Klingensmith
Grad Year: 1960
Bob Klingensmith is a certified residential appraiser and owner/president of Atlanta Residential Appraisals, a company he started in 2001.
After graduating from Marist, Bob attended Belmont Abbey College on a partial athletic scholarship and then transferred after two years to the University of Georgia, where he majored in public relations and received a Bachelor of Arts in Journalism degree. He later received a Juris Doctorate degree from the Woodrow Wilson College of Law.
His professional career included managerial positions in advertising and public relations with Bell & Stanton, Tucker Wayne & Company, Hill & Knowlton, and N.W. Ayer. He also served as deputy press secretary for Governor Jimmy Carter and press secretary for U.S. Congressman Fletcher Thompson. Other career activities included president of Klingensmith & Associates, a sports promotion and public relations firm, and co-owner of Huey’s a Cajun restaurant in Atlanta.
Bob has been very active at Marist by serving on several committees. He was been a member of the Marist Alumni Executive Board for several years, and currently serves as the Ivy Street Chairman. He is on the annual Marist Alumni Golf Tournament committee, on the board of directors of the Marist School Parents Club serving as its board liaison, a member of the New Parent Volunteer Committee, Career Connections, the Marist internship program and the Men’s Shelter program. Bob was also co-chairman of the Class of 1960’s 50th Reunion Committee.
Bob lives in Dunwoody with his wife, D.G., a fifth grade teacher at Kingsley Charter School, and their daughter, Dani, a member of the Marist Class of 2014.
Name: Mr. Richard 'Dick' S. White, , Jr.
Grad Year: 1952
Richard (Dick) S. White, Jr.
2660 Peachtree Road, NW. #22F
Atlanta, GA 30305
Home 404 261-3609
Retired from Southtrust Bank (now Wachovia/Wells Fargo)
Last position held – President of Capital Management Group
(Private Bank, Trust Department, Broker Dealer Company,
Capital Markets Division and Insurance Division)
Member of Board of the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra
Committees: Finance, Appassionato and Corporate Giving (fund-
raising), Planned Giving
Member of Board of the Georgian Chamber Players
Member of Board and Executive Committee of Georgia Council for the Arts
Member of Board of Park Place on Peachtree Condominium
Committees: Finance, Security, and Property
Active member of Cathedral of Christ the King: Stewardship Committee,
Cathedral Fund Committee
Married to former Adair Roberts
Three grandchildren currently attending Marist, and one who graduated 2 years ago.
Name: Mr. Michael G. Walsh
Grad Year: 1960
Michael is a retired commercial real estate developer having spent over 35 years with PC Associates, the Buckhead developer of Piedmont Center. In addition to the 2.2 million square foot Piedmont Center, PC Associates developed several other office buildings in Atlanta, New Orleans, and Gainesville, Georgia.
After graduation from Marist, Michael attended the University of Georgia on a swimming scholarship, was a member of the Chi Phi fraternity and graduated in 1964 with a Bachelor of Science degree. At Georgia, he was elected swimming team captain twice and was a member of the Gridiron Secret Society, Omicron Delta Kappa, Blue Key, and X Club.
After graduation, Mr. Walsh attended Naval Officer Candidate School in Newport, Rhode Island, and was commissioned an Ensign in June 1965. After two tours of duty in Vietnam aboard the USS George K. MacKenzie (DD836), he completed active duty in June 1968 and joined the active reserve. Mr. Walsh retired from the Naval Reserve in 1989 as a Captain.
Mr. Walsh’s civic activities include various positions with the Woodruff Arts Center, Neighborhood Planning Unit B, United Way of Atlanta, Boy Scouts of America, Chi Phi Fraternity, Catholic Archdiocese of Atlanta, YMCA, Catholic Archdiocese Charities, Christ the King Church, St. Vincent DePaul, Marist School, Optimist Club of Buckhead, Serra Club of Atlanta, Atlanta Vietnam Veterans Business Association, and Cherokee Town & Country Club. Michael attends Holy Spirit Catholic Church, Atlanta, and St. Helena Church, Clayton, Georgia where he is currently on the Parish Hall Building Committee.
Since its begininning, Mr. Walsh has been active in the Marist Alumni Association being elected the Association’s first president in 1973. In 1982, he was presented the Distinguished Alumnus Award by the Association and in 2004, he became a member of the Blue & Gold Circle. He has been active in the association in many different capacities throughout the years and involved with the school’s most recent fundraising drives, “Second Century Campaign” and “Poised for the Future.” He has also been involved in several reunions throughout the years including serving as co-chair for the Class of 1960’s 50th reunion in 2010.
Michael and his wife, Jane, live in Sandy Springs. They have three grown children, Kevin ’91, Clare, and Megan ’95 and they also have seven prospective Marist Student grandchildren.
Name: Mr. R. 'Bill' W. Murray, III
Grad Year: 1965
A Commitment to Excellence
Bill Murray’s commitment to unsurpassed customer service has been his career hallmark. As an Atlanta native, Bill has over 20 years of sales and sales management experience in addition to a B.S. Degree in Urban Life from Georgia State University. He offers real estate agents, their clients and customers, sound business expertise as they navigate though their real estate transactions. Whether their clients are buying or selling, residential real estate agents can rely on Bill’s dedication to serving real estate needs with confidence, commitment, and dedication.
-President, Brookhaven Club Neighborhood Association (1989-1991)
-President, Marist Alumni Association (1981-1982)
- Board of Trustees, Marist School (1983-1998)
-Marist School Alumni Service Award (1990)
-President, Contract Furnishings Council (1985-1986)
-Paul Harris Fellow
-Chairman, Board of Education, Christ the King School (1987-1988)
-Atlanta Board of Realtors Leadership Class (2008)
-Georgia Association of Realtors Leadership Graduate (2009)
A Personal Note
Bill is devoted to his family and his community. He is married to Newbie and they have two grown children. Bill has been and is currently active in various community service organizations including: the Midtown Atlanta Rotary Club, Patron Donor to the High Museum, Marist School Board of Trustees, City of Atlanta NPU-B Board and Board of Directors Brookhaven Park Place Homeowner’s Association. In his leisure time, he enjoys traveling, cycling, cooking, yoga, and as the 15th Baron of Dunerne Fifeshire in his lineage he enjoys genealogy.
Name: Mr. Hall F. McKinley, III
Grad Year: 1974
Hall McKinley has been an active Alumni Board member since 1980 serving many roles from Vice President of Membership, to Generations Chair, as well as Class Delegate for 1974. He currently serves on the Alumni Executive Board. Hall is a 1974 graduate of Marist. While at Marist, he played varsity soccer and tennis, and was two time State tennis champion. Hall’s three children all graduated from Marist, Allison ’03, Hall, IV ’06, and Caroline ’09. Following his graduation from Marist, Hall attended Princeton University and then the University of Georgia Law School. He has practiced law with Drew, Eckl & Farnham, LLP, in Atlanta for the last 30 years.
Name: Mr. Thomas 'Tom' H. Platford
Grad Year: 1976
Owner, Platford Properties
As a prominent real estate executive in Atlanta for the past 25 years, Tom formed his own firm in 1991 focusing on brokerage and development of office properties. Throughout his career he has been involved in all aspects of real estate including acquisitions, office development, investment sales, syndications, financing and lease negotiations.
Prior to starting Platford Properties, Tom was a development executive with The Carithers Company, an office building developer in Atlanta and Manager of the real estate practice at the public accounting firm of Cooper, Worsham & Brooks.
Tom received B.S. degrees in Accounting and Finance at Florida State University.
Name: Mrs. Wynn (Bowman) Sowersby
Grad Year: 1984
Wynn Sowersby is a native of Atlanta who currently works as a Staff Attorney for Judge Diane E. Bessen in Fulton County State Court. After graduating from Marist in 1984, Wynn attended Davidson College and graduated from there in 1988, magna cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa. She then returned to Georgia to attend University of Georgia School of Law from 1989 through 1992, graduating cum laude and Order of the Barristers. After graduation from law school, Wynn returned to Atlanta, working in private practice and then moving into the government sector as a Staff Attorney, where she currently works.
As a Marist alumnus, Wynn began volunteering for the school after her return to Atlanta, working the Annual Fund drive regularly. She has also worked on the reunion planning committee for every reunion since graduation, including chairing the committee for their most recent 25th Reunion. As an alumnus, Wynn also served on the committee for the golf tournament, and acted as a Class Delegate for the class of 1984 for several years before joining the Marist Executive Board as a Half-Decade Chair. Outside of Marist, Wynn has volunteered extensively with Hands on Atlanta, regularly mentors young lawyers and law students, and teaches Continuing Legal Education classes to other staff attorneys.
Wynn is married to James Sowersby, and they reside in Brookhaven with their three children, Cate, Wil and Alice, who all attend St. Martin’s Episcopal School.
Name: Mr. James 'Jim' E. Platford
Grad Year: 1984
After graduating from Marist in the Spring of 1984, Jim attended both Georgia Tech, and the University of Georgia (BBA, Economics). His career path has been in the financial services industry, working for several wholesale mortgage lenders, and currently as a mortgage banker. Jim and his wife, Daphne, live in Vinings, and stay busy raising their two sons, Banks (11), and Brooks (8). He coaches his sons in both baseball and football, and is a parishioner at Christ the King.
Name: Mrs. Emily Y. (Young) McEvoy
Grad Year: 1990
Emily graduated Marist in 1990 and attended Arizona State University, receiving a Bachelor of Science Degree in 1994. She earned her Masters in Occupational Therapy from Brenau University in 1999 where she served as President of the Brenau OT Student Association. Emily married Marist alum Sean McEvoy '86 in 2000.
Emily has been employed as an OT by Gwinnett County Public Schools Special Education Department for the past 12 years where she continues to provide therapy for children with special needs.
Emily has been an active participant in the Marist Alumni Association serving as a Class Delegate since 2000? and a Half Decade Chair since 2009. She also helped coordinate her class 10 year, 15 year, and 20 year reunions. She has served on the Executive Board since ????.
Emily and Sean have two kids, Emma age 9 and Hudson age 7.
Name: Mr. Brent W. Lane
Grad Year: 1995
Brent joined the Private Banking Division at Credit Suisse in 2009. Prior to Credit Suisse, Brent was a Vice President in the Private Wealth Management Division at Goldman Sachs since 2004. Prior to Goldman Sachs, Brent spent four years as a consultant at Accenture. He graduated from Miami University of Ohio with a degree in accounting and completed his MBA at the Goizueta Business School (Emory University). Brent and his wife, Colleen, live in Atlanta with their two children. Brent stays involved with Marist and his church, Christ the King.
Name: Ms. Helen Tarleton
Grad Year: 1990
Helen Tarleton is a senior level marketing and communications professional with more than fifteen years of experience leading cause marketing as well as external and internal communications initiatives for consumer products, pharmaceutical, healthcare and patient advocacy organizations. Helen joined The Coca-Cola Company in 2006 and in her five years with TCCC, she has acted as an internal and external communications manager for the Coca-Cola North America (CCNA) business unit with specific expertise in policy, corporate reputation and issues communications, especially with regards to the Live Positively initiative and other health & wellness efforts. In June 2010, Helen accepted the position as the Director of Living Well where she manages the Company’s partnerships with medical organizations as well as provide strategic support and management to the overall Live Positively program. Helen is an Atlanta native and a graduate of Miami University with a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science.
Name: Mr. Justin Williams
Grad Year: 2000
Justin graduated with a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration in Marketing from the University of Florida. In 2004, he began his business career at the award-winning Morrison Agency in Atlanta planning advertising campaigns for two Fortune 500 clients. In 2006, Justin moved to Boston to pursue a career in technology sales, selling integrated circuits to many of the region’s top engineering firms.
Justin began his career with Peachtree Planning Corporation in 2008 and enjoys establishing meaningful relationships with his clients. He invites the challenge of matching their financial intentions with their financial actions. He believes that one of most important steps towards financial security is organization. Justin teaches every one of his clients how to create more wealth so they can spend more in their lifetime and leave more for their loved ones.
Name: Ms. Claire Long
Grad Year: 2006
Claire Long graduated from Marist school in May of 2006. She attended the University of Dayton and graduated Magnum Cum Laude. She received her BS in Early Childhood Education and Special Needs Pre-school. During her undergraduate studies, she was a member of the Urban Teacher Academy. She currently lives in Atlanta and works at St. Martins Episcopal School as a lead third grade teacher.
Name: Mrs. Dana (Madonia) LeTourneau
Grad Year: 1996
Dana graduated from Vanderbilt University in 2000 with a B.A. in Economics. Shortly after graduation, she began working for IBM as an inside sales representative in their Personal Computing division. In 2005, IBM sold the division to Lenovo. Dana has continued to work for Lenovo for the past 6 years and is now a field account executive for the public sector covering Georgia and Alabama. She is an active member of the OLA parish and lives in Ashford Park with her husband Scott and their daughter, Mary Anne.
Name: Mr. Michael 'Mike' Reeves
Grad Year: 1967
PRACTICE AREAS: Litigation: Mr. Reeves represents small and large businesses and individuals involved in civil litigation. He has been practicing for more than thirty years with a wide range of litigated matters, including: business (shareholder disputes, "dissenter's rights," valuation, officer & director liability, breach of contract, indemnification and other issues arising from Asset Purchase Agreements, lien foreclosure); professional liability (medical and legal), securities litigation (liability of secondary actors, litigation concerning private offerings, allegations of the sale of unregistered or non-exempt securities, etc.); employment agreements (outside sales, independent contractor, covenants: non-competition, non-solicitation, etc.); employment (discrimination, harassment, Family & Medical Leave, personnel policies and procedures; plant closings, unemployment, wage and hour); insurance coverage; personal injury and wrongful death; premises liability. For six consecutive years (2004-2009), Mr.
Reeves was listed among the best civil litigation defense lawyers in Georgia in Law & Politics Magazine and Atlanta Magazine. Mediation. Mr. Reeves has acted as a neutral and facilitated resolution of cases involving employment law, contractual disputes, personal injury, etc.
AUTHOR: ELDER LAW AND NURSING HOME LITIGATION IN GEORGIA, Thomson-West Publishing Co., 2000.
LECTURER AND PAPERS PUBLISHED: “Ethics and Professionalism Issues Raised By The Mortgage Crisis,” Mortgage Meltdown Crisis, Institute of Continuing Legal Education (ICLE), Atlanta, August 29, 2008; Overview of Administrative and Business Risks - Outsourcing, Part of a presentation to the Association of Corporate Counsel, Georgia Chapter, December, 2006; Deposition of Experts, “Taking and Defending Effective Depositions in Georgia”, Lorman Education Services (Lorman), Atlanta, January 2003-2006; “Electronic Discovery,” Client Seminar, Atlanta, January 27, 2005; “Nursing Home Litigation,” Insurance Law Institute, (ICLE), St. Simons Island, September 28, 2002; “Nursing Home Litigation,” Georgia Trial Lawyers’ Assn., Atlanta, June 20, 2001; Nursing Home Risk Management in the Information Age“, Georgia Defense Lawyers Assn., Atlanta, March 2, 2001; Deposition Strategy: “Using Documents, Using Depositions at Trial,” Professional Education Systems, Inc. (PESI), November 19, 1999; “Writing The Employment Policy Manual and The Employee Handbook,” co-author, Lorman, Atlanta, 1998 and 1999; Cross Examination, “Civil Litigation for Younger Lawyers,” (ICLE), May 1, 1998.
Member: American Bar Association, Sections: Litigation; Business Law, Tort and
Insurance Practice; State Bar of Georgia; Atlanta Bar Association; Defense Research Institute (DRI); Georgia Defense Lawyers Association; Lawyers Club of Atlanta; Fellow, Lawyers Foundation of Georgia.
University of Georgia, B.A., 1971; University of Georgia School of Law, J.D., 1974.
ADMITTED TO BAR:
1974, Georgia (State and federal, trial and appellate courts, including United States Supreme Court, Eleventh Circuit Court of Appeals, District Courts in Georgia, Colorado and Texas and numerous pro hac vice admissions).
MARIST SCHOOL: Atlanta: Rev. James L. Hartnett Service Award, 2008; Alumni
Association: Director 2005-2011, President, 2002-03; Annual Fund Chair 1999-2002; Vice President, Membership, 1997-99; Development Committee: Chair, Alumni Lead Gifts Committee; "Second Century Fund" (Capital Campaign), Current Parents Phase, Class-Co Chair, 1998-99. CATHOLIC ARCHDIOCESE OF ATLANTA: Study Committee on School Financing, 1992-94. ST. JUDE CATHOLIC SCHOOL, Atlanta: Principal Search Committee, Chair, 1993-94; Board of Education, 1989-1992 (Chairperson, 1990-1992); School Committee, 1988-1990 (Chairperson, 1989-1990); Home and School Association, Executive Board, 1988-1992 (Co-President with wife, 1991-1992).
Married to Mary Capo Reeves. Six children.
(home) 8075 Innsbruck Dr. N.E., Atlanta, Ga., 30350; (770) 394-0904
(office) Three Ravinia Drive, Suite 1450, Atlanta, Ga., 30346
Telephone: (770) 399-9500 Fax: 770/395/9500