December 23, 2019
The firm had a great Christmas party at the beautiful home of Andy & Ashley Garner!
The firm had a great Christmas party at the beautiful home of Andy & Ashley Garner!
MSP Partner Lee Niedrach was crowned “The Catfish King” at CRBI’s annual fish fry on Saturday! Lee raised the most money in donations for the local river keeper among the Catfish King contestants!
MSP Partner and Georgia Conservancy Board of Trustees Member Virginia Harman and her daughter Kate were in attendance at the Atlanta History Center where President Jimmy Carter was honored as 2019 Distinguished Conservationist at 26th Annual ecoBenefête on November 7. The Distinguished Conservationist Award, bestowed at that Conservancy’s annual gala, ecoBenefête, recognized President Carter’s profound and lasting impact on the conservation and protection of Georgia’s natural resources.
As one of the Georgia Conservancy’s charter members in 1967, President Carter’s notable environmental legacy in Georgia and beyond merits celebration by all. From his role in preserving the Upper Flint River at Sprewell Bluff, to his establishment of the Georgia Heritage Trust, to his support of significant environmental policy changes and unwavering commitment to our natural resources, President Carter has left our lands and water for the better. President Carter’s childhood experience on his family farm in Georgia and early notions of stewardship contributed to a strong environmental ethic, which was expressed during his tenures as State Senator, Governor, and President of the United States. That environmental awareness and concern bore fruit in Georgia at Panola Mountain, at Sweetwater Creek, and at Sprewell Bluff, along the Chattahoochee River, in the wild and scenic waters of the Chattooga, and on Ossabaw Island.
“My thoughts on conservation are grounded in a lifelong love of the natural wonders of Georgia and our responsibility to pass on the land, water, and forests in a better condition than we inherited them,” wrote President Carter in his acceptance of the Distinguished Conservationist Award. “Growing up on a farm, I understood the protection of the earth was the individuals’ responsibility and that we must carefully manage and enhance nature rather than degrade it. I am proud to have had the opportunity to share these ideals with the Georgia Conservancy. Their leadership in environmental preservation, protection, and policy enactment was helpful to me as State Senator, Governor of Georgia, and then President of the United States.”
“Future generations of conservation leaders must remember that we are stewards of a precious gift, which is not an unpleasant duty but rather an exciting challenge,” wrote President Carter. “We must safeguard our land so that our children and grandchildren can enjoy freshwater, clean air, scenic mountains and coasts, fertile agricultural lands, and healthy save places to live and thrive.”
The 26th annual ecoBenefête was a singular opportunity to honor the legacy of President Carter and his extraordinary impact on Georgia, the Georgia Conservancy, and the environment.
Today at the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11 month, MSP joined a large crowd at the foot of Myrtle Hill to honor our service men and women on Veterans Day. Thank you to all who have served or are serving our Country!
THANK YOU FOR VOTING MSP AS ROME, GEORGIA’S BEST LAW FIRM – 3 YEARS IN A ROW!!!
For the third year in a row MSP has been voted as Rome, Georgia’s BEST Law Firm by Rome News-Tribune’s Rome Life “Best of Rome” Contest. The announcement came last week at the Best of Rome Reception held at the Forum River Center.
With 15 attorneys and growing, MSP practices across a broad range of disciplines and brings a deep set of legal skills and a strong commitment to success for its clients. From personal injury to complex business transactions, MSP is a full service law firm ready to handle any client need. Founded in Rome, Georgia in 1899, we continue to show why our tradition of excellence endures over a century later.
Thank you Rome, and congratulations to all the other winners!
Throwback to last Saturday’s Gary Tillman Memorial Clocktower 5k race and 2-mile health walk in the heart of downtown Rome. Over 500 runners and walkers came together for health, fitness and fellowship, and to raise money for the Exchange Club Family Resource Center. MSP’s Jason Sanker and his wife Kelly are two of three race directors, along with Gail Johnson (unpictured). This year’s race netted over $36,000 for the prevention of child abuse in Rome and Floyd County. Pictured left to right are Jason Sanker, Kelly Sanker, Lee Niedrach, Christine Niedrach, Ann Knight, and Jordan Knight (bottom: Ruby and Lua).
Rob Monroe recently settled yet another a workers’ compensation claim, this one for $112,500.
Workers’ compensation is a no-fault system intended to make sure injured workers are taken care of. Yet all too often employers try to limit or even deny coverage. Rob’s client was working for a local manufacturer and injured his shoulder while hand-carrying supplies on the job. The employee underwent rotator cuff surgery, and may eventually require a total shoulder replacement due to the severity of the injury. The employer fired Rob’s client shortly after the surgery and refused to pay him any weekly benefits. Then Rob stepped in. On top of a substantial lump-sum settlement, Rob was successful in also forcing the employer to begin paying weekly benefits after establishing that his client could not find any other work because of his shoulder restrictions.
This is the latest in a series of successful settlements for Rob over the last several months. If you’ve been hurt at work, call Rob, and he will be glad to talk with you.
We are proud to announce that MSP Partner Virginia Harman has been named as Chair of the Georgia Bankers Association Bank Counsel Board for the 2019-2020 term. The Bank Counsel Board was established for two purposes: To determine unfilled banking-related educational needs that exist among counsel who represent GBA members, and to determine how the GBA can more effectively connect with and engage the large number of bank counsel who represent GBA members. Virginia has served on the Board for over 15 years.
A nationally recognized attorney, Virginia has received numerous awards and accolades throughout her career, including most recently being honored by being named as a 2020 member of Lawyers of Distinction for Excellence in the Practice of Law. Lawyers of Distinction is a national award published annually in the American Bar Association Journal, The American Lawyer and National Law Journal. Virginia is currently Chairman of the Board and legal counsel for Cancer Navigators, Inc., a local nonprofit serving cancer patients and their families in Northwest Georgia. She is also a member of the Board of Trustees of The Georgia Conservancy and has been active in supporting the NW Georgia free legal clinic for US Veterans.
Senior MSP Partner Mike McRae has been re-elected to serve on the Board of Governors of the 50,000-member State Bar of Georgia, and was installed June 8 during the State Bar’s Annual Meeting. The Board of Governors is the policymaking authority of the State Bar, with representation from each of Georgia’s judicial circuits. Mike has been elected to serve on behalf of the Tallapoosa Judicial Circuit representing Haralson and Polk counties.
MSP is honored to announce that Partner Brian Bojo was conferred an LLM in Taxation by New York University School of Law in New York, New York on May 23, 2019. An LLM is a Master of Laws and is obtained by those select few attorneys who wish to pursue a specialized legal field after completing law school. New York University School of Law boasts the #1 ranked tax law program in the country with a very low acceptance rate. During this program, Brian focused on issued related to estate & gift tax, income tax of trusts & estates, generational transfer of business interests, nonprofit organizations, and charitable giving.
Brian focuses his practice on working with families on estate planning and small business succession planning, and enjoys creating unique estate plans that reflect a family’s values, enhance family legacy, preserve assets, and minimize taxes, both during life, after death, and often for many years beyond.
Brian is part of what makes MSP a full service law firm able to help you with any legal need. If you need legal help of any kind, give us a call at (706) 291-6223.
The mission of McRae, Smith, Peek, Harman and Monroe, LLP, is to be available for its clients to respond to their complete legal needs.