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Melissa (Missi) McMorries is a member of the Corporate and Business practice group of Taylor English and has extensive experience in a variety of corporate matters, both large and small. Her practice includes Estate Planning, with experience assisting owners of closely-held businesses transition their holdings to the next generation.

Ms. McMorries represents several technology start-up businesses, health care management companies and event planning, production and public relations firms. She has extensive experience in mergers and acquisitions, public and private offerings of debt and equity securities, corporate finance and restructuring, negotiating complex corporate and commercial agreements and negotiating disputes between business owners.

Ms. McMorries’ estate planning practice includes preparation of wills, trusts and related documents, including counseling clients on related tax planning options. She also counsels same-sex couples on both estate planning and cohabitation matters.

Ms. McMorries started her career in-house, first with RJR Nabisco, Inc. as counsel and then joined The Regina Company as Vice President and General Counsel. She later went into private practice, first with Rogers & Hardin, LLP and then with Paul Hastings, LLP, in their respective corporate and securities groups. After serving as interim Executive Director of the Atlanta Contemporary Art Center, she formed McClure & McMorries, PC, representing start-up companies and estate planning clients.  Currently Ms. McMorries is an Adjunct Professor of Law at Emory University School of Law.

Presentations & Speaking Engagements

  • "Building Professional Presence: How’d You Do That?" Institute of Continuing Legal Education in Georgia Program, Atlanta, GA, April 23, 2015.
  • "Succession Planning," Cobb Chamber Business University, Atlanta, GA, March 6, 2014.
  • “Building Professional Presence: How to Talk (and Act) Like a Lawyer," Institute of Continuing Legal Education in Georgia Seminar, Atlanta, GA, April 18, 2013.


  • Georgia Trend Legal Elite, Taxes/Estates/Trusts 2012-2014
  • Georgia Trend Legal Elite, Corporate Law 2013