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SANDY BURNEY joined the Office of the County Attorney in October 2009 as a Staff Attorney in the  Personnel and Human Resources Division. Prior to joining the County Attorney’s Office, Ms. Burney served as a Staff Attorney to the Honorable Albert L. Thompson in the Fulton County State Court.   She was  previously employed with Fisher & Phillips and King & Spalding in Atlanta.   Ms. Burney graduated from Georgia State University with a degree in Urban Policy and minor in Human Resources.   She earned her Juris Doctorate from North Carolina Central University College of Law, and she is an active member of the Georgia Bar and the Georgia Association of Black Women Attorneys (GABWA).    Ms. Burney is  a registered neural with the Georgia Office of Dispute Resolution,  and she is  admitted to practice law in the federal, state and appellate courts of Georgia.

PAT D. DIXON, JR. joined the Office of the County Attorney in January 2009 ¬†as a Staff Attorney in the Risk Management and Revenue Enhancement Division. He started his legal career in the General Counsel Office of the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) in Washington D.C. ¬† For several years he was a partner in an Atlanta firm specializing in civil trial litigation before becoming General Counsel to a national technology company where he practiced in the areas of government procurement law, employment law, and regulatory law. ¬† Prior to joining the Office of the County Attorney, Mr. Dixon served as Of Counsel to the Atlanta law firm of Johnson and Freeman, LLC. ¬† Mr. Dixon earned a Bachelor of Science degree from Tennessee State University and a Juris Doctorate from Howard University School of Law in Washington D.C. ¬† He has served as Attorney‚ÄďMember of the City of Atlanta License Review Board, Judge Pro Hac Vice in the City Court of Atlanta, and as Special Master in the Superior Court of Fulton County. ¬† He is an active member of the Georgia Bar and is admitted to practice law in the federal, state and appellate courts of Georgia.

DIANA L. FREEMAN joined the County Attorney’s Office in January 2011 as a staff attorney in the Environmental and Infrastructure Division. Prior to joining the County Attorney’s Office, Ms. Freeman served as an Associate Attorney at the law office of Price, Pyles, Dangle & Rooks, P.C. in Carrollton, Georgia where she specialized in family law, real estate law, and civil litigation. Ms. Freeman graduated from the University of Georgia in 2005 with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science, a minor in Religion, and completed a certificate program in Global Studies focusing on the Middle East. She earned her Juris Doctorare from the University of   Mississippi School of Law in 2008 and is an active member of the Georgia Bar.

FRANK GAITHER, JR. joined the Office of the County Attorney in November 2011 as a Staff Attorney in the Public Safety Division. ¬† He has ¬†experience in both criminal and civil trial practice and appellate litigation. ¬† Prior to joining the Office of the County Attorney, Mr. Gaither worked as a trial attorney for the Law Office of Ronnie Moore & Associates, and he served as Staff Counsel for Allstate and Encompass Insurance Companies for five years. ¬† ¬†He also worked as a an Assistant District Attorney for the Fulton County District Attorney‚Äôs Office and as an Assistant Attorney General for the Office of the Attorney General of Georgia. ¬† Mr. Gaither ¬†owned and operated his own law practice from 1999 ‚Äď 2001. ¬† ¬†He graduated from Georgia State University with a Bachelor of Interdisciplinary Studies (pre-law) in 1995, and he received ¬†his Juris Doctorate from Boston College Law School in 1998. ¬† His bar memberships include: State Bar of Georgia/ United States Supreme Court (application in progress)/ 11th Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals, Northern District of Georgia (application in progress)/ 11th Circuit U.S. District Court, Northern District of Georgia Supreme Court of Georgia/ Georgia Court of Appeals/ American Bar Association/ Atlanta Bar Association. ¬†

TERRY J.  GRANDISON joined the Office of the County Attorney in May 2008 as a Staff Attorney in the Infrastructure and Development Practice Division.   Presently, he works in the Public Safety Division. Prior to joining the County Attorney's Office, Mr. Grandison served as an Assistant City Attorney for the City of  Atlanta. He also served as an Assistant District Attorney with the Clayton County District Attorney’s Office, and as an Assistant Public Defender with the City of Atlanta’s Public Defender’s Office.    Mr. Grandison served as the Director of Enforcement for the Professional Licensing Boards Division, Office of the Secretary of State.   He also served as an attorney and lobbyist for a national veterans group in Washington, D.C.   Mr. Grandison earned a Bachelor of Arts Degree from the University of South Alabama, and he  earned his Juris Doctorate from   Mercer University School of Law.   He is an active member of the Georgia and District of Columbia Bars, and is admitted to practice law in all federal and state trial and appellate courts.  He is also a veteran of the United States Navy.

MARVIN J. HARKINS joined the Office of the County Attorney in September 2009 as a Staff Attorney in the Environment and Infrastructure Division. Prior to joining the County Attorney's Office, Mr. Harkins  served as an Assistant County Attorney for Rockdale County, Georgia. Mr. Harkins earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science from Georgia State University where he graduated cum laude. Mr. Harkins received a Juris Doctorate from  Georgia State University College of Law in Atlanta, Georgia and he is an active member of the Georgia Bar, and  is admitted to practice law in the federal, state and appellate courts of Georgia.

LANNA R. HILL joined the Office of the County Attorney in December 2010 as a Staff Attorney in the Personnel, Courts, and Health and Human Services Division. Prior to joining the Office of the County Attorney, Ms. Hill practiced privately for almost ten years, specializing in Commercial Litigation and Labor & Employment matters.   Ms. Hill earned a Bachelor of Science Degree in History from Vanderbilt University where she graduated magna cum laude, and she received her Juris Doctorate from the Vanderbilt University School of Law.   She and is an active member of the Georgia Bar and is admitted to practice law in the federal, state, and appellate courts of Georgia.

LAURA LEWIS joined the Office of the County Attorney in October 2011 as a Research and Trial Assistant.   In March 2012, she became a Staff Attorney in the Risk Management and Revenue Enhancement Division.      Prior to joining the Office of the County Attorney, Ms. Lewis served as an intern with Atlanta Legal Aid and the Women’s Resource Center to End Domestic Violence.   Ms. Lewis has a passion for public service and she earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in International Affairs with a minor in French from the University of Georgia where she graduated cum laude.   She earned her Juris Doctorate from Emory University School of Law, and she is  an active member of the Georgia Bar.

SHALANDA MACON-JALIWA MILLER joined the Office of the County Attorney in 2011  as a Staff Attorney in the Finance, Information Technology, and Taxation Division and works primarily with the Fulton County Board of Tax Assessors’ Office.   Prior to joining the Office of the County Attorney, she worked three years as a litigation associate with a midsized Buckhead law firm; her practice experience includes commercial, employment, and general civil litigation.   Prior to beginning her legal career, Ms. Miller worked for six years as a management consultant, specializing in software design, development and implementation and project management.   She  earned her Bachelor of Science degree from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, where she was a Morehead Scholar, and she earned her Juris Doctorate from the Emory University School of Law, where she was an active member and competitor in Emory’s Moot Court Society.   Mrs. Miller is an active member of the Georgia Bar and is admitted to practice in all federal and state trial and appellate courts.  

DENVAL STEWART is a Staff Attorney within the Office of the County Attorney  where he presently serves as  legal representative within the Finance and Taxation Division.    Mr. Stewart also serves  as Fulton County’s legal representative to the Elections and Registration Board as well as Fulton County Purchasing Divison  where he negotiates and drafts legislation and  complex contracts for major infrastructure projects.    He  has also served as Counsel for the Risk Management and Revenue Enhancement Division,  Fulton County Sheriff,  Fulton County Marshal,  and the Public Works Department.    Mr. Stewart earned his  Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science from Hampton University and a Juris Doctorate from Emory University School of Law. He is an active member of the Georgia Bar and is admitted to practice law in all federal and state trial and appellate courts.

NICOLE M. WARE joined the Office of the County Attorney  in March 2011 as a Staff Attorney in  the Personnel and Human Resources Division and the Environment and Infrastructure Division.   Prior to joining the Office of the County Attorney, Ms. Ware worked for the Council of Superior Court Judges of Georgia.     Ms. Ware earned a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Georgia where she graduated magna cum laude.   She earned her Juris Doctorate from  Georgia State University College of Law in Atlanta, Georgia where she graduated cum laude.   Ms. Ware is an active member of the Georgia Bar and is admitted to practice law in the federal, state and appellate courts of Georgia.

KRISTEN WILLIAMS joined the Office of the County Attorney in March 2012 as a Staff Attorney in the Personnel, Courts, and Health and Human Services Division. Prior to joining the Office of the County Attorney, Mrs. Williams specialized in the Education law where she represented parents of special needs children attending public schools and teachers who faced disciplinary issues. Mrs. Williams received her undergraduate degree in Psychology from Agnes Scott College. She earned her Juris Doctorate from UGA School of Law. Ms. Williams is an active member of the Georgia Bar and is admitted to practice law in the federal, state and appellate courts of Georgia.

WALTER B. YARBROUGH joined the Office of the County Attorney in March 2011 as a Staff Attorney in the Public Safety Division primarily handling 42 U.S.C 1983 Civil Rights cases.  Prior to joining the Office of the County Attorney, he worked as a Prosecutor in the Fulton County District Attorney’s Office and the City of Atlanta Solicitor General’s Office, handling 42 U.S.C 1983 Civil Rights cases. Mr. Yarbrough received his undergraduate degree from the University of Alabama in Early Childhood/Elementary Education, and he  earned his Juris Doctorate from  Mercer University School of Law.    Mr.  Yarbrough is an active member of the Georgia Bar and is admitted to practice law in the federal, state and appellate courts of Georgia.

 

 
 

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