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James-Bates-Brannan-Groover-LLP is a full-service business law firm delivering high-quality, cost-effective legal services for individuals and businesses throughout Georgia. Our firm believes in Southern values and represents Southern progress. As Georgia’s Law Firm, James-Bates-Brannan-Groover-LLP is here to help grow and protect our clients’ interests — and to deliver an entrepreneurial, creative approach designed to help our clients throughout Georgia succeed in achieving their goals. We do so with a non-negotiable commitment to our core values: excellence, integrity, honesty, client driven, Scriptural principles and respect for families and staff.

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James-Bates-Brannan-Groover-LLP is proud to announce that Lyn Schroeder has joined the firm

March 22, 2018

ATLANTA, GA– James-Bates-Brannan-Groover-LLP, a full-service law firm with offices in Macon and Atlanta, announces the addition of attorney Lyn Gunter Schroeder, formerly with Bryan Cave LLP, to the Firm’s Financial Institutions practice group. Ms. Schroeder’s practice focuses on advising financial institutions and their boards regarding strategic corporate transactions, federal and state security law matters and regulatory compliance.  She has represented financial institutions in numerous capital transactions, including the issuance of secured debt, subordinated debt, preferred stock and common stock. Ms. Schroeder also routinely advises clients on corporate and securities matters, including public offerings, private placements, “going private” transactions, reorganizations, tender offers, recapitalizations and proxy solicitations. She represents buyers and sellers in public and private mergers and acquisitions of financial institutions, including branch acquisitions and the sale of business units.  Ms. Schroeder also advises financial services companies regarding reporting and compliance obligations under securities laws and regulations, including periodic reporting, insider trading issues and fair disclosure. She frequently counsels boards of directors regarding corporate governance issues and director’s fiduciary duties and provides advice on regulatory and compliance matters related to financial institutions. She also provides advice regarding employment agreements and incentive plans and tax and business strategies. Prior to joining James-Bates-Brannan-Groover-LLP, Ms. Schroeder worked as an attorney at Bryan Cave LLP in Atlanta, as an auditor at Grant Thornton, LLP and as a banking officer at SouthTrust Bank of Georgia. Ms. Schroeder earned her Bachelor of Arts degree in Accounting from Georgia State University in 1993 and her Juris Doctor from the University Of Georgia School Of Law in 1998. Ms. Schroeder can be reached at lschroeder@jamesbatesllp.com or 404.978.7810.


James-Bates-Brannan-Groover-LLP is proud to announce that Joe Potente has joined the firm

January 31, 2018

James-Bates-Brannan-Groover-LLP is proud to announce that L. Joseph Potente has joined the firm as an Associate. Mr. Potente is an associate in the Firm’s Commercial Litigation Group. His practice focuses on representing individual and corporate clients in commercial and business litigation. Mr. Potente graduated from the University of Tennessee with a B.S. in Economics in 2014. He then graduated cum laude from the University Of Georgia School Of Law in 2017. While attending law school, he served as the executive editor of the Georgia Journal of International & Comparative Law. He was also the Vice Chair of the Georgia Law Business Negotiations Team and won a National Title at the 2017 Energy Law Negotiation Competition. Mr. Potente is originally from Kingsport, Tennessee and currently resides in Atlanta, Georgia. Mr. Potente can be reached at jpotente@jamesbatesllp.com or 404.978.7965.


James-Bates-Brannan-Groover-LLP is proud to announce that Michael Seymour has joined the firm

January 30, 2018

James-Bates-Brannan-Groover-LLP is proud to announce that Michael L. Seymour has joined the firm’s Corporate and Transactional practice group as an Associate. Michael focuses his legal practice on business and corporate transactions including mergers and acquisitions and corporate formation. Originally from Woodstock, Georgia, Michael graduated cum laude from the University of Georgia in 2014 with a B.A. in Political Science. Michael earned his Juris Doctor with honors from Georgia State University College of Law in 2017. While at Georgia State, Michael was a member of the Georgia State Moot Court Team and the Georgia State University Law Review, where he served as associate articles editor. While in law school, Michael also served as the President of the Sports & Entertainment Law Society and Vice President of the Business & Law Society. Michael currently resides in Atlanta, Georgia. Michael can be reached at mseymour@jamesbatesllp.com or 404.978.7966.


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