In the 2017 edition of the Georgia Super Lawyers magazine, the law firm of Hall Booth Smith (HBS) has once again been recognized for its outstanding legal work as six of its attorneys are on the list of Rising Stars. Attorneys Sean Cox, Nichole Hair, Kawania B. James, Joel McKie, Michael Memberg and Ashley Gowder Mitchell, all of the Atlanta office, have received this honor.
 
Sean Cox was named a Rising Star for his work in civil litigation defense. He is an experienced litigator knowledgeable and comfortable in both state and federal courts. Admitted to practice in both Georgia and South Carolina, Mr. Cox has experience with insurance coverage, employment, transportation and data privacy and security matters. 
 
Partner Nichole Hair was recognized for her work in professional liability defense. This is the fourth time she has been honored as a Rising Star. Ms. Hair focuses her practice on defending companies and individuals in civil tort litigation, primarily medical malpractice and employment law, as well as specializing as outside counsel for the hospitality industry. She is an experienced litigator that has tried cases to verdict in both federal and state courts.
 
Kawania B. James was honored as a Rising Star for her work in general litigation. Ms. James' general litigation experience includes defending cases of retail and hospitality, medical malpractice, general liability and workers' compensation. She always works diligently with clients in order to ensure they are defended and their interests are protected.
 
For the fifth time, Partner Joel McKie is honored as a Rising Star for his work in energy and resources. Mr. McKie has experience representing contractors, subcontractors, developers, and insurance companies in various construction design and defect, delay, change orders and extra work, systems engineering, contract compliance, insurance coverage, personal injury, and property damage matters. Mr. McKie is also active in the Georgia Agribusiness Council, a lifetime member of the National FFA Alumni Association, and a member of the Agriculture Law Section of the Georgia Bar Association.
 
Michael Memberg was named a Rising Star for his work in workers' compensation. Mr. Memberg works with employers, insurers, and TPAs to bring workers’ compensation claims to a successful resolution.  He believes this process begins even before accidents occur and claims are filed, which means working with clients to get proactive policies in place to protect their interests. 
 
Ashley Gowder Mitchell was honored for work in personal injury general defense. Ms. Gowder Mitchell has been recognized four times as a Rising Star. Her general liability practice includes the defense of businesses and individuals in premises liability, subrogation, and motor vehicle accident claims at all stages of litigation. 
 
HBS would like to congratulate the recipients of this year's Rising Star awards. These honors recognize the outstanding legal work performed by HBS attorneys and bolster the firm’s reputation as one of the leading law firms in the Southeast.
 
Hall Booth Smith P.C. is a full-service law firm with 12 regional offices in Georgia, Alabama, Florida, North Carolina, South Carolina and Tennessee. Since 1989, HBS has delivered quality legal services with a mission “to ethically and professionally serve our clients by providing the highest quality legal representation in a personally satisfying firm environment.” With over 200 attorneys and staff members, HBS provides the highest quality legal services to individuals, governmental bodies and agencies, and businesses of all sizes.