a full-service business law firm

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 Rob Swartwood has joined the firm

August 09, 2017

JBBG announces the addition of attorney Robert L. Swartwood II to the firm’s Corporate and Transactional practice group. Rob provides comprehensive corporate counsel to businesses throughout the country, with a specific emphasis on mergers and acquisitions in the middle market. With a breadth of experience leading buy- and sell-side transactions, across a variety of industry verticals, for financial and strategic buyers and sellers alike, Rob brings a wealth of experience that adds value to his clients as a true advisor and trusted counselor. Prior to joining James-Bates-Brannan-Groover-LLP, Rob worked as an Associate Attorney at Eversheds Sutherland (US) LLP in Atlanta, Georgia and Gregory, Doyle, Calhoun & Rogers, LLC in Marietta, Georgia. Prior to becoming an attorney, Rob was an infantry officer in the United States Army, and served his country faithfully for fourteen years, including multiple overseas tours. Rob earned his Juris Doctor with honors from the University of Georgia School of Law in 2009, and his Bachelor of Science in Military Science from the United States Military Academy at West Point in 2001. Mr. Swartwood can be reached at rswartwood@jamesbatesllp.com or 404.844.2756. 


James-Bates-Brannan-Groover-LLP is proud to announce that Chris Conley has joined the firm

July 07, 2017

Mr. Conley’s practice focuses on civil litigation, where he represents clients in business, employment, estate, contract, and personal injury matters. He is also a registered mediator with the Georgia Office of Dispute Resolution. Mr. Conley graduated from Wake Forest University School of Law in December of 2016. While attending Wake Forest, Mr. Conley was heavily involved in the school’s clinical programs. He participated in the Commercial Law and Business Clinic as well as the Micro-Trade and Development Clinic in Nicaragua representing his clients in business planning and international trade. Mr. Conley also studied abroad in London in the summer of 2015 taking classes on the English common law and transnational litigation. In addition to his travels, Mr. Conley was very involved in Wake Forest’s Moot Court program. He was a semifinalist in the class-wide Moot Court Intramural Competition, earning automatic membership into the Moot Court program. He grew up in Jackson, Georgia and currently resides in Macon, Georgia. Mr. Conley can be reached at cconley@jamesbatesllp.com or 478.749.9908. 


James-Bates-Brannan-Groover-LLP is proud to announce that John McMichael has joined the firm

April 14, 2017

McMichael practices in the fields of estate and asset protection planning. He works with clients to design and implement family asset protection plans and business succession plans. In addition, McMichael assists clients with other estate planning matters, including preparing Wills, Powers of Attorney, and Advance Directives in Healthcare. He graduated from Terry College of Business at the University of Georgia with a degree in Economics, and then received his Juris Doctor from the Walter F. George School of Law at Mercer University. He and his wife Kellam reside in Macon with their daughter Charlotte.


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