Melissa McMorries, Estate Planning, Corporate Attorney

Melissa E. McMorries

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Taylor English allows me the flexibility to apply my sophisticated skill set to the legal problems and concerns of real people and to reach solutions that work for their particular needs.

Melissa (Missi) McMorries has extensive experience in a variety of corporate matters, both large and small. Her work in corporate governance and transactions, coupled with her trust and estate planning experience, position her to advise both closely held and family businesses in their day-to-day and long-range planning and needs.

Ms. McMorries represents several manufacturing companies, 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 tax planning options. She also counsels same-sex couples on estate planning and cohabitation matters.

Ms. McMorries started her career in-house, first with RJR Nabisco Inc. as counsel and then The Regina Co. as vice president and general counsel. She later went into private practice, first with a business law firm based in Atlanta and then with an international law firm, in their respective corporate and securities groups. After serving as interim executive director of the Atlanta Contemporary Art Center, she formed her own practice, representing start-up companies and estate planning clients. Ms. McMorries has been an adjunct professor of law at Emory University School of Law since January 2012, teaching “deal skills” to second- and third-year law students enrolled in Emory’s Transactional Law Certificate Program.


North Carolina State Bar, 1982-present

Atlanta Bar Association – Estate Planning & Probate Section

Women’s Finance Exchange, Board of Directors

Lost-n-Found Youth, Board of Directors 

Community Involvement

The Atlanta Opera, Board of Directors, 2007-2010

Atlanta Contemporary Art Center, Board of Directors, 1997-2008; President, 2002-2004

Arts Leaders of Metro Atlanta (ALMA), Alumna

Practice Highlights



Community Involvement


Wake Forest University School of Law, JD, cum laude, 1982

Duke University, BA, cum laude, 1973

Bar Admissions


North Carolina


Georgia Trend Legal Elite, Corporate Law, 2013, Taxes/Estates/Trusts, 2012-2016, 2019

Wake Forest Law Review, Executive Editor