Taylor English Duma Expands Five Practice Areas with 12 New Attorneys

March 29, 2013

Taylor English Duma is pleased to announce the addition of 12 new attorneys to the firm’s Atlanta office. Continuing their growth as a “New Model” firm and most recently recognized by the Atlanta Business Chronicle as one of the fastest growing law firms in Atlanta, the addition of these attorneys expands Taylor English’s Corporate & Business, Litigation & Dispute Resolution, Intellectual Property, Real Estate, Lending & Finance, and Resort, Hotel & Hospitality practice groups.

The 12 new attorneys are as follows.

Greg F. Belatti joins the Firm as a member of the Corporate & Business and Resort, Hotel & Hospitality practice groups. He is a 2013 graduate of John Marshall Law School in Chicago and earned his undergraduate degree in political science from the University of Notre Dame. Prior to attending law school, Belatti was stationed in San Diego, CA where he served as an officer in the U.S. Navy.

Amy K. Bridwell joins the Firm as a member of the Real Estate, Lending & Finance, and Lending, Workout & Foreclosure practice groups. She represents developers and investors in the acquisition, development, disposition and leasing of commercial real estate projects. With respect to financing, she represents lenders and borrowers in connection with acquisition, construction and permanent loans, as well as lenders in connection with workouts, loan modifications and foreclosures.

Prior to joining Taylor English, Bridwell was a senior associate with Scoggins & Goodman, P.C., a commercial real estate boutique law firm. She obtained her J.D. from the University of Georgia and her B.A. from Agnes Scott College.

Stephanie Ford Capezzuto joins the Firm as a member of the Litigation & Dispute Resolution practice group.

Prior to joining Taylor English, she practiced in the law office of Douglas A. Wilde, where she managed numerous cases involving premises liability, automobile injury, breach of contract and subrogation claims. Capezzuto obtained her J.D., cum laude, from the University of Mississippi School of Law and her B.A., magna cum laude, from the University of Alabama.

Sonnet C. Edmonds joins the Firm as Counsel with the Corporate & Business practice group where her practice focuses primarily on energy transactional matters. She has twenty years experience advising clients in the energy industry, both in the law firm and in-house corporate setting. Edmonds has represented electric generation companies, development companies, renewable energy companies, industrial users of energy, oil and gas exploration, as well as production and services companies.

Prior to joining Taylor English, she served as Vice President & Assistant General Counsel of the independent power generating and trading company, Mirant Corporation where she supported assets located in key energy markets such as California, New England, New York and Texas. She obtained her J.D. from the University of Wisconsin Law School.

Mark E. Florak joins the Firm as a member of the Real Estate, Lending & Finance practice group. He has extensive experience in a variety of commercial real estate transactions, including shopping center acquisition, development and leasing, office leasing, and negotiation of sophisticated easement arrangements. Florak has represented sellers, buyers, landlords, tenants, lenders and borrowers across the U.S.

Prior to joining Taylor English, he was an attorney at Hartman Simons & Wood LLP. Florak obtained his J.D. from the Capital University Law School in Columbus, Ohio and his B.A. from Kent State University.

Emily Stuart Horn joins the Firm as a member of the Corporate & Business practice group. She has extensive experience advising clients in securities, mergers and acquisitions, and general corporate matters.

Prior to joining Taylor English, Horn spent three years with Georgia-Pacific LLC as Division Counsel for the GP professional division and later with the Communication Papers division. She began her career as a CPA with PricewaterhouseCoopers, LLP, then joined Powell Goldstein LLP after graduating from law school. She obtained her J.D. from the University of Georgia School of Law and her B.A. from the University of Virginia.

Michael D. Johnson joins the Firm as a member of the Litigation & Dispute Resolution practice group. Johnson has extensive experience representing corporations whose companies are involved in mergers and acquisitions, airport vending compliance and contracts, business litigation and labor and employment, including race discrimination and sexual harassment challenges.

Prior to joining Taylor English, Johnson served as a Superior Court judge in Fulton County, and most recently was a candidate for U.S. Congress, Georgia’s 5th Congressional District. He has also worked as a prosecutor in DeKalb and Fulton counties and served as an Assistant Attorney General and Specially Appointed Federal Prosecutor for Georgia’s Southern District and practiced in the private sector in a number of Atlanta firms. He obtained his J.D. from Syracuse University College of Law and his B.A. from Morehouse College.

W. Randy King joins the Firm as a member of the Intellectual Property practice group where he focuses on protecting patent rights in the computer arts. Before becoming a patent attorney, King spent 15 years as a consultant in the software and computing field, first with Andersen Consulting and then with his own consulting business, Randall Technology Group, Inc., in Atlanta. He and his team developed software and database solutions, designed enterprise technical architectures, developed IT strategy, and managed critical projects for Fortune 500 businesses in Atlanta and around the country.

Prior to joining Taylor English, King was an associate at Hope Baldauff Hartman, LLC. He obtained his J.D. from Georgia State University College of Law and a B.S. in Industrial and Systems Engineering, as well as a B.S. in Computer Engineering from the Georgia Institute of Technology.

Eric A. Tanenbaum joins the Firm as a member of the Corporate & Business and Resort, Hotel & Hospitality practice groups. Prior to law school, he worked for a hard-money lender in Atlanta focusing on residential real estate transactions.

Tanenbaum obtained his J.D. from Emory University School of Law and his B.A. from the University of Michigan.

L. Kent Webb joins the Firm as a member of the Corporate & Business practice group where he represents technology clients and institutional clients in technology transactions. He has extensive experience representing clients with regards to private equity financings, mergers and acquisitions, and commercialization of intellectual property.

Webb joins Taylor English from Womble Carlyle Sandridge & Rice, LLP where his practice included private equity financings, mergers and acquisitions, and outsourcing. Prior to Womble Carlyle, he worked at King & Spalding LLP and Paul Hastings. Prior to his legal career, Webb worked at BellSouth for 13 years in a variety of capacities. He obtained his J.D., cum laude, and M.B.A. from Georgia State University and his B.B.A. from Mercer University.

Allen S. Willingham joins the Firm as a member of the Litigation & Dispute Resolution practice group where his practice focuses on products liability, toxic torts, professional liability, fraud, RICO and Qui Tam Actions, and insurance and reinsurance matters.

Prior to joining Taylor English, Willingham was an attorney at Powell Goldstein LLP and, most recently, at Troutman Sanders LLP. Between his times at the two firms, he formed Love & Willingham, later known as Love Willingham Peters Gilleland & Monyak. He obtained his J.D. from the University of Georgia School of Law and his B.A., cum laude, from Washington & Lee University.

Jeff D. Woodward joins the Firm as a member in the Corporate & Business practice group where he represents start-up and second-stage entrepreneurs, privately-held companies, and investors in a variety of corporate transactional matters. Woodward has more than 20 years of experience in the non-profit legal community advising private foundations, public charities and schools, business and trade organizations, and social clubs and fraternities. He has counseled non-profit and social-venture boards on governance related issues and has been actively involved in structuring for-profit subsidiaries of tax-exempt organizations, as well as advising clients on the use of Program Related Investments and Mission-Related Investments in for-profit and non-profit social ventures.

Prior to joining Taylor English, Woodward was an attorney at Stites & Harbison PLLC. He obtained his J.D. and B.A. from the University of Notre Dame.

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