Paul B. Frickey
Paul Frickey’s practice has focused on real estate and land use litigation with particular emphasis on zoning and sign ordinances since 1998. His practice has also included annexation, premises liability, elections, commercial litigation, and quiet title actions. Recently, Mr. Frickey has primarily represented local governments, including numerous cities and counties across the state of Georgia. He speaks regularly at Continuing Legal Education seminars on topics including zoning, sign ordinances, and road and access law. Mr. Frickey received his undergraduate degree from the University of California, Berkeley with a major in Economics and Minor in Business Administration. He graduated at the top of his class while obtaining his Master of Business Administration from Northeastern University. Mr. Frickey received his Juris Doctor from the University of California, Hastings College of the Law, where he was an Associate Editor of the Hastings Law Journal. During law school, he received the American Jurisprudence Award for Corporations and was Magister of the Phi Delta Phi honor fraternity. Mr. Frickey is a member of the State Bar of Georgia and is admitted to practice in all state and superior courts in Georgia, the Georgia Court of Appeals, the Georgia Supreme Court, the Northern District of Georgia and Middle District of Georgia federal district courts, and the Eleventh Circuit Federal Court of Appeals.
G. Aaron Meyer
Aaron Meyer’s practice areas include various facets of local government law with a particular focus on general litigation and ad valorem taxation. Mr. Meyer received his Bachelor of Arts in Philosophy from Georgia State University and received his Juris Doctor from Georgia State College of Law. While attending law school, Mr. Meyer served as a student attorney in the Philip C. Cook Low-Income Taxpayer Clinic and accepted a summer internship with the Fulton County Superior Court, Business Court Division. Prior to attending law school, Mr. Meyer was the program director of a successful men’s gymnastics program in Suwanee, GA. A member of the State Bar of Georgia since 2013, Mr. Meyer is licensed to practice in all state and superior courts in the State of Georgia.
Sarah VanVolkenburgh’s practice focuses primarily on government contracts, zoning, and eminent domain. Ms. VanVolkenburgh received her Bachelor of Arts in Journalism from the Grady College of Journalism at the University of Georgia, and she received her Juris Doctor from the University of Michigan Law School. Prior to joining Jarrard & Davis, Ms. VanVolkenburgh clerked for the Honorable W. Leon Barfield in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Georgia. While attending law school, she served as Associate Editor of the Michigan Journal of International Law, was co-chair of the Environmental Law Society, and served as a student representative on the Law School Building Committee. Ms. VanVolkenburgh is a member of the State Bars of Georgia and Illinois and is admitted to practice in all state and superior courts in Georgia, and the Northern District of Georgia.
Molly N. Esswein
Molly Esswein received her Bachelor of Arts in History and Anthropology from the University of Georgia, where she graduated magna cum laude. She received her Juris Doctor from Mercer University’s Walter F. George School of Law, where she graduated cum laude. Prior to joining Jarrard & Davis, Ms. Esswein clerked for the Honorable Roger W. Dunaway and the Honorable Harold Hinesley for the Superior Courts of the Toombs Judicial Circuit. Ms. Esswein is a member of the State Bar of Georgia and is admitted to practice in all state and superior courts in Georgia.
Sam P. VanVolkenburgh
Sam VanVolkenburgh has a general government practice with a focus on contracts, procurement, and finance. Mr. VanVolkenburgh received his Juris Doctor with high honors from the University of Michigan School of Law, and received his Bachelor of Arts with honors from Williams College. Prior to joining Jarrard & Davis, LLP, Mr. VanVolkenburgh practiced commercial litigation with Morris, Manning & Martin, LLP in Atlanta and clerked for Chief Judge William M. Conley in the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Wisconsin. Mr. VanVolkenburgh is admitted to practice in all state and superior courts in Georgia, the Georgia Court of Appeals, and the Northern District of Georgia.
Jeffrey M. Strickland
Jeff Strickland’s practice includes commercial transactions, government contracting and procurement, policy development and implementation, and legislation. Before joining Jarrard & Davis, Mr. Strickland served as a Senior Assistant City Attorney with the City of Atlanta Department of Law in its Aviation Practice Group dealing with multifaceted issues related to Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport. Prior to relocating back to Georgia in 2012, Mr. Strickland practiced law for nine years in Salem, Oregon, focusing on various matters including, municipal law, transactions, commercial litigation, and real estate. Mr. Strickland has earned two Bachelor of Arts degrees (Criminal Justice and Political Science) from the University of Georgia (Athens, Georgia), a Masters of Public Administration from Georgia College and State University (Milledgeville, Georgia), and a Juris Doctor from Willamette University School of Law (Salem, Oregon).
J. Paul Mitchell
Paul Mitchell’s practice focuses on complex litigation, appellate, and regulatory board matters. Paul graduated with University Honors from Brigham Young University. He then graduated from the University of Georgia School of Law in 2006, cum laude, where he served on the Editorial Board of the Georgia Journal of International and Comparative Law. Following law school, Paul clerked for the Honorable John Simpson and the Honorable Dennis Blackmon in Carroll County. Paul has spoken at various continuing legal education seminars on topics such as professionalism. He is licensed to practice in all state courts in Georgia, the Georgia Court of Appeals, the Georgia Supreme Court, and the Northern District of Georgia.
Patrick Doyle Dodson
Patrick Doyle Dodson’s practice includes various facets of local government law with particular focus on general litigation, commercial litigation, zoning litigation, workers’ compensation defense, and ordinance drafting. Mr. Dodson is an adept litigator with over twenty years of civil litigation experience. Mr. Dodson has received the “Distinguished” designation from the Martindale-Hubbell attorney rating service for Peer Rated High Professional Achievement. He is licensed in Georgia and Tennessee. Prior to joining Jarrard & Davis, Mr. Dodson practiced as a Senior Associate where he specialized in the areas of premises liability, product liability, tort litigation and insurance coverage. Mr. Dodson was born in Charlotte, North Carolina and was raised in Knoxville, Tennessee. He attended undergraduate school at The University of Tennessee in Knoxville where he earned the degree of Bachelor of Science in Business Administration in 1992. Mr. Dodson then attended law school at The Regent University School of Law in Virginia Beach, Virginia where he obtained his J.D. degree in 1996. Mr. Dodson has been admitted to practice in all state courts in Georgia and Tennessee as well as the United States District Courts for the Middle and Eastern Districts of Tennessee. He is also a member of the Georgia, Tennessee, and American Bar Associations.
Jessica Hatcher Thomas
Jessica Hatcher Thomas’s practice includes employment law and general litigation, with a focus on 42 U.S.C. § 1983 and federal civil rights laws, including Title VII and the Americans with Disabilities Act. In 2010, Ms. Thomas received her Bachelors of Science in Marketing from the University of Alabama, where she graduated summa cum laude. She received her Juris Doctor from Vanderbilt University Law School in 2013, where she represented clients through the Civil Practice Legal Clinic, was a mock trial semifinalist, and a member of Phi Delta Phi honor fraternity. Prior to joining Jarrard & Davis, Ms. Thomas worked for a firm in Birmingham, Alabama, where she represented various clients in employment litigation, insurance defense, and local government and municipal matters. Mr. Thomas is a member of the State Bar of Alabama and is admitted to practice in all state courts in Alabama, the Northern District of Alabama and Middle District of Alabama federal district courts, and the Eleventh Circuit Court of Appeals.
Melissa A. Klatzkow
Melissa Klatzkow’s practice area focuses on general and complex litigation, with a particular emphasis on real estate and land use litigation. Ms. Klatzkow received her Bachelor of Arts in History from the University of Florida, where she graduated summa cum laude. She received her Juris Doctorate from William & Mary Law School, where she graduated magna cum laude. Prior to joining Jarrard & Davis, she worked as a Staff Attorney at the 11th Circuit Court of Appeals. Ms. Klatzkow is a member of the State Bars of Georgia and Florida, and is admitted to practice in all state and superior courts in Georgia.