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’s practice focuses on land use matters, including zoning litigation and providing counsel to local planning commissions. Her practice also includes Open Meetings and Open Records Act compliance, ordinance drafting and enforcement, and annexation. She is a regular speaker for the Carl Vinson Institute of Government and the Georgia Clerks Education Institute to provide training on matters relating to local government. Ms. 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, as well as the Northern District of Georgia and Middle District of 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.
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.
Melissa A. Klatzkow
Melissa Klatzkow’s practice area focuses on general and complex litigation, with a particular emphasis on local government law, civil rights litigation, and claims arising under 42 U.S.C. § 1983. Her practice also includes Open Records Act compliance and code enforcement. 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, the Northern District of Georgia, the Middle District of Georgia, and the Georgia Court of Appeals.
Karen Pachuta’s practice area encompasses various aspects of local government law, with a focus on compliance with Georgia’s Open Records Act. Ms. Pachuta received her Juris Doctor from Emory University School of Law and her Bachelor of Arts in Sociology from North Carolina State University. She served four years as an elected Councilmember to the City of Doraville where she gained valuable insight into the numerous issues affecting local government. Ms. Pachuta most recently worked on discovery and pre-trial matters for complex international litigation and class-action cases as part of Alston & Bird’s Special Resources Group. Prior to that position, she practiced general civil litigation for several years with a firm in Gwinnett County. Ms. Pachuta is a member of the State Bar of Georgia and is admitted to practice in all state and superior courts in Georgia and in the Northern District of Georgia.
Kathleen Taylor received a Bachelor of Arts in Sociology with a minor in Criminal Justice from Mercer University. She is also a graduate of Mercer University’s Great Books Program, an advanced alternative core curriculum. Ms. Taylor received her Juris Doctorate from Mercer Law School. At Mercer Law, she served as the president of the American Constitution Society for two years. During law school, Ms. Taylor interned with the Emory Law Veterans Clinic and the Department of Veterans Affairs Office of General Counsel in Decatur, Georgia. Prior to joining Jarrard & Davis, Ms. Taylor was the legal clerk for the Association County Commissioners of Georgia.