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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: integrity, servant leadership, respect for others and the pursuit of excellence. 

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James-Bates-Brannan-Groover-LLP is proud to announce the addition of attorney Amanda M. Morris to the firm’s Commercial Litigation practice group.

May 13, 2022

JBBG is thrilled to announce the addition of attorney Amanda M. Morris to the firm’s Commercial Litigation practice group.Amanda’s practice focuses on business and commercial litigation. She has extensive experience in a wide range of civil actions in both federal and state courts. Prior to joining James Bates Brannan Groover LLP, the primary focus of Amanda’s practice was railroad law, representing Class I and short-line railroads in Georgia and insurance defense matters. She also has experience in employment discrimination and retaliation cases, whistleblower claims, personal injury and wrongful death, tractor-trailer litigation, and Medicare compliance. Amanda also previously served as a judicial law clerk in the Oconee Judicial Circuit.Amanda is originally from Vidalia, Georgia. She earned her B.A. in Political Science from Brewton-Parker College in 2000, where she was a member of the women’s varsity tennis team, and a B.A. in English from The University of Georgia in 2001. Amanda then earned her Juris Doctor as well as an additional certificate in Advanced Legal Writing, Research, and Drafting from Mercer University, Walter F. George School of Law in 2004.James Bates Brannan Groover LLP is excited to have the knowledge, understanding, standards, and dedication that Amanda brings to the team.

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James-Bates-Brannan-Groover-LLP is proud to announce the addition of attorney Greg Sowell to the firm.

April 29, 2022

JBBG is thrilled to announce the addition of attorney Gregory C. Sowell to the firm.While Greg has four decades of legal experience in many areas of law practice, Greg’s practice is focused in the areas of business formations, dissolutions and transfers (and any disputes that may arise), commercial real estate and in providing general counsel and trial services in both state and federal courts to local and state governments, including the Unified Government of Athens-Clarke County, the Georgia Department of Transportation, the Athens Housing Authority, and the Athens Downtown Development Authority.Greg has been involved in many bar-related service activities including a term as President of the University of Georgia Law School Association and membership on the Board of Governors of the State Bar of Georgia and the Disciplinary Board of the State Bar. Greg currently serves as the President of the Western Judicial Circuit (Athens-Clarke and Oconee) Bar Association and as Editor of Calendar Call, the publication of the General Practice and Trial Section of the State Bar.A native of South Georgia, Greg was born in Vidalia and later moved to Tifton. Greg graduated from the University of Georgia College of Business with a B.B.A. in economics in 1980. He then received his Juris Doctor from the University of Georgia School of Law in 1983. Greg and his wife Leah reside in the Athens area. They have three children and six grandchildren.James Bates Brannan Groover LLP is excited to have the commitment, principles, and expertise that Greg brings to the team.

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James-Bates-Brannan-Groover-LLP is proud to announce the addition of attorney Shepard Smith to the firm’s General Litigation practice group

March 31, 2022

JBBG is thrilled to announce the addition of attorney Shepard Smith to the firm’s General Litigation practice group. Shepard’s practice focuses on insurance defense and general civil litigation, including business litigation, tort litigation and probate law. Prior to joining James Bates Brannan Groover LLP, Shepard practiced law in North Carolina where he gained significant experience in insurance defense, workers’ compensation defense, and many other general litigation matters. Shepard earned his B.A. in Political Science from The University of Georgia in 2008 and his Juris Doctor from Charlotte School of Law in 2013. James Bates Brannan Groover LLP is excited to have the understanding, principles, and dedication that Shepard brings to the team. 

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