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Associates.

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.

ameyer@jarrard-davis.com

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, the Middle District of Georgia, the Eleventh Circuit Court of Appeals, the Georgia Court of Appeals, and the Supreme Court of Georgia.

messwein@jarrard-davis.com

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.

mklatzkow@jarrard-davis.com

Karen Pachuta

Karen Pachuta’s practice area encompasses various aspects of local government law, with a focus on compliance with Georgia’s Open Records Act and Election related matters.  Ms. Pachuta also represents our clients in the areas of Code Enforcement, Animal Services, and serves as the Forsyth County Magistrate Court Prosecutor for County ordinance violations. 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.  Prior to joining Jarrard &Davis, Ms. Pachuta worked on discovery and pre-trial matters for complex international litigation and class-action cases as part of Alston & Bird’s Special Resources Group.  Additionally, 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.

Kpachuta@jarrard-davis.com

Priya Patel

Priya Patel’s practice areas encompass various facets of local government law with a particular focus on general litigation, ordinance drafting, and providing counsel to municipalities and counties. She has received the distinction of “Rising Star” by Super Lawyers for 2021. As one of a small number of attorneys selected to Rising Stars, she gained this recognition through professional achievement, peer recognition, and other distinguishing criteria. Mrs. Patel received her Bachelor of Arts in History from the University of Georgia and received her Juris Doctor from Mercer University’s Walter F. George School of Law. Prior to joining Jarrard & Davis, Mrs. Patel practiced as a Senior Associate where she specialized in the areas of local government law and estate/probate law. Mrs. Patel is admitted to practice law in Georgia and Illinois, including all state and superior courts in Georgia, the Northern District of Georgia, the Southern District of Georgia, the Georgia Court of Appeals, and the Supreme Court of Georgia.

ppatel@jarrard-davis.com

G.S. Clise

Scott Clise’s practice areas include all areas of employment and discrimination law. Mr. Clise received his Bachelor of Arts degree from Muskingum University and his Juris Doctor from Brooklyn Law School. While attending law school, Mr. Clise served as a Guardian Ad Litem for children’s rights in Brooklyn, NY Family Court, participated in inter-mural moot court, and summered at the Manhattan office of the United States Equal Employment Opportunity Commission.

Prior to joining Jarrard and Davis, Mr. Clise worked as a government civil prosecutor, representing the City of New York, investigating and prosecuting violations of employment, housing, and public accommodation laws.  Mr. Clise also served as a JAG officer with the rank of Captain in the New York Guard assisting military service members of all branches, and their family members, with their legal needs.  After honorable completion of military service, Mr. Clise continued to advocate for military service members and helped write a bill that was passed into law making it illegal in New York City to discriminate against both prior and current military service members. He has trained other lawyers on this law, and on legal issues related to military service members. Mr. Clise has also represented clients, on a pro-bono basis, tenants facing eviction or hazardous and dangerous living conditions, and also worked through a legal services organization representing domestic violence victims in family court.  More recently he advised the City of Atlanta on employment matters, drafted city-wide policies, and trained the Human Resources Department on employment law issues.

Mr. Clise is licensed to practice in the State of Georgia, the State of New York, The United States Federal District Court for the Southern District of New York, The United States Court of Appeals for Veterans’ Claims, and is accredited to appear before the Veterans Administration.

sclise@jarrard-davis.com

Stephanie D. Banks

Stephanie D. Banks’ practice focuses on various facets of local government law with a particular focus on eminent domain, land matters, employment law and litigation.  Ms. Banks received her Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from Auburn University; and she received her Juris Doctor from The University of Alabama School of Law.  She practiced law for approximately 26 years prior to joining Jarrard & Davis.  Her experience includes serving as In-House Corporate Counsel for a major utility company; and managing the Equal Employment Opportunity Office for the Southeast Region of the service subsidiary of one of the largest energy providers in the United States. She also had her own law practice for over 15 years.  During her time in private practice, Ms. Banks served as Outside Legal Counsel and Administrative Hearing Officer for 2 Public School Districts; and represented clients in federal, state and administrative Courts, including litigation, in the areas of eminent domain, employment law, civil rights, fiduciary law, probate law, real estate, education law, estate planning, and dispute resolution. She was also selected to serve as a Court Appointed Attorney for the Probate Court of DeKalb County.  Ms. Banks is a sought-after instructor and public speaker. Her experience in that regard includes speaking at Continuing Legal Education seminars for attorneys and legal professionals; previously serving as an instructor at Miles Law School located in Birmingham, Alabama; and instructing and managing a law student internship for the Federation of Southern Cooperatives located in Atlanta, Georgia.  Ms. Banks is a member of the State Bar of Georgia and is licensed to practice in all state and superior courts in Georgia, as well as the Northern District of Georgia and the Middle District of Georgia.

sbanks@jarrard-davis.com

Jennifer McCall

Jennifer McCall’s practice focuses on commercial transactions, specifically, procurement and government contracting, policy development and implementation, and land use. Ms. McCall has nine years of real estate experience, most skilled in the areas of loan default and title litigation. Prior to joining Jarrard & Davis, Ms. McCall practiced as a Regional Supervising Attorney, representing lenders on creditor’s rights, with a specific interest in foreclosure, replevin, eviction, title, and litigation. She received her Bachelor of Science in Business Management from the Georgia Institute of Technology, where she graduated cum laude in 2003. In 2008, she received her Juris Doctor from Loyola University College of Law in New Orleans. A member of the State Bar of Georgia since 2008, Ms. McCall is admitted to practice in all state and superior courts of Georgia, as well as the Northern District of Georgia, the Middle District of Georgia, and the Southern District of Georgia.

jmccall@jarrard-davis.com

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