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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 Bryson M. Smith has joined the firm

August 29, 2016

JBBG is proud to announce the addition of attorney Bryson M. Smith to the firm’s Financial Institution and Real Estate practice group. Ms. Smith’s practice focuses on commercial real estate transactions, commercial lending, SBA lending, banking and financial institution regulatory compliance, and general corporate matters. Prior to joining the firm, she worked for the Honorable Samuel D. Ozburn of the Alcovy Judicial Circuit. Ms. Smith graduated Magna Cum Laude from Mercer University’s Walter F. George School of Law. She and her husband, Brad, currently reside in Atlanta, Georgia.  


Heather Hestley is Elected to the Board of Directors of The Georgia Lenders Quality Circle

July 01, 2016

ATLANTA, GA– James-Bates-Brannan-Groover-LLP, a full-service law firm with offices in Atlanta and Macon, announces Heather Hestley has been elected to the Board of Directors of The Georgia Lenders Quality Circle (the “GLQC”).  The GLQC was created in July of 2003 as a non-profit association for banks, non-bank lenders, certified development companies, and other associations, professionals, and service providers that are active in the origination, support, management, and liquidation of government guaranteed small business loans. The GLQC has many different networking events throughout the year to create strong training and recognition among the community of small business guaranteed lenders in its District. The members of the GLQC, most of whom are in the banking and legal industries, elect the association’s Board of Directors. Qualified candidates who receive the most votes are elected, making the selection process extremely distinguished. Heather Hestley has practiced law for over 11 years. During the last nine years, she has focused her practice on government guaranteed lending, landing her a strong relationship and trust with the members of the GLQC. Ms. Hestley’s demonstration of determination to perform her best in all aspects of her legal work proves deserving of this honored election. Heather Hestley can be reached at hhestley@jamesbatesllp.com or 404.997.6032. 


James-Bates-Brannan-Groover-LLP is proud to announce that William H. Noland and Lauren N. Schultz have joined the firm

March 16, 2016

MACON, GA, March 16, 2016 – James-Bates-Brannan-Groover-LLP, a full-service law firm with offices in Macon and Atlanta, announces the addition of attorneys William H. Noland and Lauren N. Schultz, formerly of Childs & Noland, to the firm’s litigation practice group.William Noland represents individual, corporate, and government clients in matters involving civil litigation, commercial litigation, insurance litigation, and local government liability. In addition to representing clients in various types of litigation, Mr. Noland also serves as a registered mediator to assist parties and attorneys in resolving their disputes outside of the courtroom. Mr. Noland has previously served as president of the Macon Bar Association and the W. A. Bootle American Inn of Court and currently serves on the Executive Board of the Central Georgia Council of the Boy Scouts of America.Lauren Schultz focuses her practice on general, commercial, and insurance litigation, as well as local government liability defense. After being admitted to the Bar in 2013, Lauren Schultz served as a Staff Attorney for the Honorable Howard Z. Simms and Philip T. Raymond III of the Macon Judicial Circuit before entering private practice in 2014. James-Bates-Brannan-Groover-LLP is excited to have the experience, knowledge, values, and commitment that William and Lauren bring to the team. William H. Noland, Of Counsel, can be reached at 478.749.9975 or wnoland@jamesbatesllp.com and Lauren N. Schultz, Associate at 478.749.9993 or lschultz@jamesbatesllp.com. 


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