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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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Former State Bank Executives Join James-Bates-Brannan-Groover-LLP

January 05, 2016

ATLANTA, GA, January 5, 2016 – James-Bates-Brannan-Groover-LLP, a full-service law firm with offices in Atlanta and Macon, today announced two significant personnel additions. Lisa Lane, former Executive Vice President of State Bank and Trust Company, has accepted the position as the firm’s Chief Administrative Officer. Dan Speight, former Vice Chairman and cofounder of State Bank and Trust Company, has joined the firm’s banking and financial institutions practice group, where he will concentrate in regulatory relations, corporate governance, board counsel services, strategic planning and mergers and acquisitions...


In Loving Memory - Oby Terrell Brewer III

October 08, 2015

It is with great sorrow that the James-Bates-Brannan-Groover-LLP family announces the loss of our partner, colleague, and friend, Oby T. Brewer III.  Oby passed away unexpectedly on October 8, 2015.  Oby embodied the best of what we all strive for as lawyers and people of God – honesty, integrity, and excellence, tempered with wit...


Eleventh Circuit Rules Bank Not a “Debt Collector” Under the Fair Debt Collection Practices Act

September 16, 2015

Authors: T. Daniel Brannan, Whalen J. Kuller, Michael N. White and Thomas A. SimpsonIn a recent decision significant to Georgia financial institutions that acquire defaulted debt, the federal Eleventh Circuit Court of Appeals held, in Davidson v. Capital One Bank (USA), that Capital One did not qualify as a “debt collector” under the federal Fair Debt Collection Practices Act (the “FDCPA”). In 2012, Capital One acquired a portfolio of current and defaulted credit card debt from HSBC Bank Nevada, N.A., including plaintiff’s account, which was in default at the time it was acquired by Capital One.  After Capital One acquired plaintiff’s account, Capital One filed suit in state court to collect the full amount of plaintiff’s original debt to HSBC.  The plaintiff sued Capital One in federal district court, alleging that Capital One violated the FDCPA by, among other things, falsely stating the amount of plaintiff’s debt.  Capital One moved to dismiss plaintiff’s lawsuit on the basis that the FDCPA did not apply, since Capital One was not a “debt collector.”  The district court agreed with Capital One and dismissed plaintiff’s complaint for failure to state a claim.  Plaintiff appealed to the Eleventh Circuit, which affirmed the district court’s dismissal.To coninue readding, click here.


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