PREPARATION FOR COVID-19
Posted on March 20, 2020
At Martin Snow, LLP our top priority continues to be the well-being and health of our employees and clients. We continue to closely monitor developments regarding COVID-19 and we are working hard to follow the guidance of the CDC and other local, state, and national authorities while still conducting business operations. At this time, client meetings, depositions and real estate closings are continuing to take place in our offices. However, in addition to other preventative measures, we are limiting the number of visitors, implementing controlled access to the offices, and working by appointment only for the time being. Given the fluidity of the situation, we may need to take further actions to help prevent the spread of COVID-19 and any updates to the firm’s operations will be communicated as timely as possible.
We also encourage our clients to contact your attorney by phone or email to determine whether scheduling a face-to-face appointment is needed during this period of social distancing or if the matter can be handled via telephone, email or other means.
We appreciate your patience and understanding as we work through these challenging times.
The Best Lawyers in America© 2020
Posted on September 16, 2019
Martin Snow, LLP is proud to announce the selection of three of its partners for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America© 2020 publication in the following categories:
John T. McGoldrick, Jr. in the practice areas of Bet-the-Company Litigation, Commercial Litigation, Banking and Finance Litigation, Bankruptcy Litigation, and Real Estate Litigation.
William H. Larsen in the practice areas of Commercial Litigation, Real Estate Litigation, and Personal Injury – Defendants Litigation.
Cubbedge Snow III in the practice area of Personal Injury – Defendants Litigation.
Two of the firm’s partners were also named Best Lawyers®2020 “Lawyer of the Year” in Macon. William H. Larsen was named the Best Lawyers®2020 “Lawyer of the Year” in the Personal Injury – Defendants Litigation practice area. John T. McGoldrick, Jr. was named Best Lawyers®2020 “Lawyer of the Year” in the practice areas of Bet-the-Company Litigation and Real Estate Litigation.
Since it was first published in 1983, Best Lawyershas become universally regarded as the definitive guide to legal excellence. Best Lawyers lists are compiled based on an exhaustive peer-review evaluation. Almost 87,000 industry leading lawyers are eligible to vote (from around the world).
Martin Snow Obtains Summary Judgment in Premises Liability Case
Posted on August 28, 2018
Mr. Howe also recently obtained a summary judgment on behalf of his client, a retail department store, in a slip-and-fall premises liability action. The plaintiff was seeking to recover damages for alleged personal injuries suffered after she slipped on a puddle of water and fell. Mr. Howe was able to establish that the defendant’s store manager had inspected the area where plaintiff fell only minutes prior to the fall, and there was no water on the floor at that time. Based on that undisputed fact, the plaintiff was unable to establish that the defendant had any knowledge of the water on the floor prior to fall, which is an essential element of the plaintiff’s claim under Georgia law. As a result, the trial court granted the defendant’s motion for summary judgment, absolving the defendant of any liability in the case.
Martin Snow Obtains Defense Verdict in Motorcycle Collision Case
Posted on August 28, 2018
Martin Snow recently obtained a defense verdict on behalf of its client in a personal injury action arising out of a motorcycle/motor vehicle collision. The case was tried by Joe Howe, a partner in the firm’s litigation section. At the time of the subject collision, the plaintiff was operating a motorcycle at considerable speed when it collided with another vehicle in the roadway. He suffered extensive injuries to his face, wrist and leg as a result. The evidence as to how the collision occurred was hotly contested, as the two drivers’ versions of events were in direct conflict. The plaintiff contended that he was attempting to pass the other vehicle in a proper passing zone when the lead vehicle made an unexpected U-turn directly into the path of the plaintiff without signaling his intention to do so. The driver of the lead vehicle testified that he was making a normal left turn while using a proper turn signal, when the plaintiff attempted to make an illegal passing maneuver and collided with the side of his vehicle. The investigating police officer testified that, based on his review of the evidence found at the scene and the statements of both drivers, the plaintiff was in fact attempting to make an illegal passing maneuver and was the cause of the collision. Based largely on the testimony of the investigating officer, the Court, sitting as the trier of fact, determined that the plaintiff’s negligence was the cause of the collision, and returned a verdict in favor of the defendant.
Best Wishes to our 2018 Summer Law Clerks
Posted on August 1, 2018
As fall approaches, Martin Snow will be parting with its summer clerks, Clayton Kendrick, Noah West, and Robert Tanner Johnston. Clayton and Noah will be returning to Mercer for their third and final years of law school. Tanner will be returning to Athens for his second year of law school at The University of Georgia. Martin Snow was privileged to have Clayton for the first half of the summer, Noah for the second half of the summer and Tanner for the entire summer and we wish each of them the best of luck as they return to school.
Martin Snow, LLP Sponsors Medical Residents Reception
Posted on June 29, 2018
Martin Snow was a proud sponsor of this year’s Medical Residents Reception hosted by the Greater Macon Chamber of Commerce at the Sports Hall of Fame on Thursday, June 28, 2018. Our attorneys enjoyed welcoming all of the new medical residents to Macon and were honored to be a part of the first joint medical resident reception between NavicentHeath and Coliseum Heath System. We hope all of the new medical residents enjoy their time in the city we all love to call home.
Martin Snow Attorneys Spotlighted by Macon Magazine
Posted on May 30, 2018
Martin Snow is pleased to announce that two of its attorneys, Jenny Stansfield and Amy Fletcher, were recently spotlighted in the “Women in Business” section of Macon Magazine. Both provide counsel in the fields of estate planning, business organization/litigation and tax services. Jenny also provides counsel in the field of creditor bankruptcy. The write up complete with a photo and interview can be found as the latest post on Martin Snow’s Facebook page linked below:
Martin Snow, LLP Counsels Navicent OBGYNs
Posted on May 4, 2018
Slade Edwards and Taylor Martin of the firm’s Medical Malpractice Section were recently invited to counsel Navicent’s attending and resident OBGYNs. Attended by twenty OBGYNs and four medical students, the two-hour presentation focused on risk awareness and reduction, including best practices in medical documentation and communication, as well as today’s medico-legal trends. The presentation resulted in an open discussion during which Slade and Taylor were able to answer a number of questions posed by the group. Martin Snow is grateful for the opportunity to counsel such a talented group of local physicians.
Passing of Thomas Baldwin Martin, Jr.
Posted on April 27, 2018
The Martin Snow family sadly notes the passing of our long-time partner, friend, and colleague, Thomas Baldwin Martin, Jr., who died on April 24, 2018. Baldwin was a third generation Maconite, where he lived his entire life devoted to his family, his community, and Martin Snow. He was the grandson of Fred Martin who founded the firm in 1890. After graduating from Lanier High School, Baldwin went on to receive a B.A. degree from Mercer University. His J.D. was completed at Walter F. George School of Law and his LLM degree was earned at Northwestern University in Chicago. He practiced with Martin, Snow, Grant, and Napier for 47 years. He took great pride in Martin Snow and considered his law partners and other members of the firm to be part of his family. Even after his retirement and up to his final days, Baldwin came to the office regularly to support, encourage and advise staff and lawyers and he rarely missed Monday lunch with the senior partners.
Baldwin was instrumental in bringing the Macon Mall to our city, having represented the developers and owners for many years. He handled numerous real estate transactions involving thousands of acres of timberlands, especially for Georgia Timberlands. In his practice of law, he had the unique ability and skill to bring hostile parties to the negotiating table to resolve complex legal and factual issues without the need for litigation. His commitment to community is best illustrated by the various clubs of which he was a member. Baldwin was a founding member of Bon Hommes and Macon Civic Club. He also served as the President of Macon Junior Chamber of Commerce. He was the President of Loan Star Corporation and the Martin Foundation. He was Chairman of the Board of Woodland Christian Church, where he and Mrs. Martin were founding members; and he also served on the Knife and Fork Club of the Mulberry Street United Methodist Church. The Shield Club, Senior Civic Club, and Macon Touchdown Club were also very important to him.
It is impossible to overstate how important Baldwin was to this firm and our community. He was beloved by many and will be missed by all.
Martin Snow Congratulates John T. McGoldrick, Jr. on His Induction into the American College of Trial Lawyers
Posted on October 16, 2017
Martin Snow, LLP congratulates John T. McGoldrick, Jr. on his recent induction into the American College of Trial Lawyers, one of the premier legal associations in North America. No more than 1% of lawyers in the State of Georgia are invited to become members. For more information, please click here.
Power Outage Impacts Martin Snow, LLP
Updated on September 13, 2017
Both of our offices will resume regular business hours on Thursday, September 14th, at 8:30 a.m.
Posted on September 12, 2017
Due to the September 11th storm, our power is out and our servers are down. Our offices remain closed and we are unable to send or receive emails. We plan to resume regular business hours as soon as possible once power is restored and our servers are back online. We will update our website when we are fully up and running again.
Martin Snow, LLP Will be Closed on Monday, September 11th
Posted on September 10, 2017
Due to the probability of severe weather, the offices of Martin Snow, LLP will be closed on Monday, September 11th. However, attorneys who feel they can safely come into the office on Monday may do so. Depending on conditions, we expect to resume normal business on Tuesday, September 12th at 8:30 a.m. We will update this post as needed on Monday if a decision is made to close or delay opening on Tuesday.
Martin Snow Obtains Defense Verdict in Medical Malpractice Case
Posted on May 5, 2017
Martin Snow recently obtained a defense verdict on behalf of its client, an orthopaedic spine surgeon and his employer. The case was tried by the father and son team of John Edwards, who is retired from the firm’s partnership but remains “of counsel” with the firm, and Slade Edwards, who is a partner in the firm’s litigation section. John and Slade received significant support from Taylor Martin who is an associate in the firm’s litigation section.
Plaintiff experienced an unstable three column ligamentous spine injury when the bus on which she was a monitor was rear ended by a semi-tractor trailer truck. The injury itself could have paralyzed her, but fortunately, she was neurologically intact after the impact. She was scheduled for a thoracic stabilization and fusion. Plaintiffs alleged that the defendant orthopaedic spine surgeon breached the standard of care by placing pedicle screws into the spinal canal which caused injury to the cord. Plaintiffs also alleged that the defendant orthopaedic spine surgeon inappropriately left the procedure before instrumentation and fusion was complete. Plaintiffs contended that the alleged breaches of the standard of care caused or contributed to plaintiff’s paraplegia resulting from a cord injury sustained during surgery.
The defense contended the injury occurred during placement of the rods by the neurosurgeon after the defendant orthopaedic spine surgeon had left the operating room. The defense also contended it was appropriate for the defendant orthopaedic spine surgeon to leave the surgery with the permission of the neurosurgeon prior to the completion of instrumentation and fusion as the neurosurgeon was competent and qualified to handle the surgery alone. The defense further contended that although the pedicle screws placed by the defendant orthopaedic spine surgeon breached the pedicle wall and caused some canal compromise, the screws did not cause or contribute to any cord injury.
The trial lasted seven days and the jury heard from three different experts. They also heard testimony from the circulating nurse, one of the reading radiologists, and the neurophysiologist who was monitoring the plaintiff’s motor evoked and sensory evoked potentials during surgery, all of whom were called by the defense. The defense successfully convinced the jury that the screws did not cause or contribute to plaintiff’s injury and that it was appropriate for the defendant orthopaedic spine surgeon to leave the surgery in the hands of the neurosurgeon after the placement of pedicle screws. The defense was also able to convince the jury that a decompression was not required prior to stabilization and fusion as the patient was neurologically intact before the surgery.
John and Slade have now won all five medical malpractice cases they have tried together. They have also won the last two since Taylor Martin joined the medical malpractice defense team. The three of them were assisted throughout trial preparation and the trial by Natalie Gibson, Paralegal Lenora Castleberry, and Nurse Karen Wallace.
Associate Named to Leadership Macon Class of 2017
Posted on March 28, 2017
Katie O’Brien Berg is an associate practicing real estate at our Vineville Office. This year, she was selected to be in the 2017 Leadership Macon class. As a member of the class, Katie will have the opportunity to learn more about her hometown of Macon and its areas of need. So far in 2017, she has participated in classes focusing on poverty and healthcare in Macon. She looks forward to future classes and to the project this year’s class will select and complete in order to improve the Macon community. Please join us in congratulating Katie on her acceptance into this year’s Leadership Macon class.
Posted on January 6, 2017
Martin Snow is pleased to announce that Michael E. Mayo has been named the firm’s most recent partner. Michael, who has extensive experience in complex business litigation, insurance defense litigation, construction law, personal injury litigation and property disputes, joined the firm as an associate in 2011. Since that time, he has successfully defended multiple clients in jury trials. He has also successfully represented several plaintiffs though settlement and trial. Michael graduated magna cum laude from Mercer University in 2006 with a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Political Science. In 2009, Michael earned his Juris Doctor from the Walter F. George School of Law at Mercer University, where he received the George W. Woodruff Scholarship.
Michael is a member of Woodfield Academy’s Board of Trustees. He is also a member of the Macon Bar Association, State Bar of Georgia, William Augustus Bootle American Inn of Court, and the Georgia Defense Lawyers Association.
Passing of Cubbedge Snow, Jr.
Posted on January 6, 2017
The Martin Snow family sadly notes the passing of our longtime friend and colleague, Cubbedge Snow, Jr., who died on December 4, 2016. Cubbedge was a lifelong resident of Macon, Ga. He earned his juris doctor from the Walter F. George School of Law at Mercer University in 1952 and was commissioned as a legal officer in the U.S. Air Force after graduation. His illustrious career with Martin Snow began in 1952 immediately after he completed his active duty in the Air Force and he stayed with the firm until he retired in 1997. During that time, he was blessed to practice with both his father, Cubbedge Snow, and his son, Cubbedge Snow, III, who has also been with Martin Snow his entire career and who is currently a managing partner in the firm.
Cubbedge, Jr. was a leader in the Georgia Defense Lawyer Association and he was a member of the American College of Trial Lawyers. He was dedicated to the legal profession on the local, state and national levels, serving as president of the Macon Bar Association in 1967 and the State Bar of Georgia in 1974. He served for many years on the State Bar Board of Governors. On a national level, he served on the American Bar Association Board of Governors and he was in the ABA House of Delegates from 1994-2014.
It is impossible to overstate how important Cubbedge was to this firm and to our community. He was beloved by many and will be missed by all.
Cubbedge Snow, Jr.’s Obituary: https://www.legacy.com/obituaries/macon/obituary.aspx?pid=182991995
Passing of Jerry Harrell
Posted on September 7, 2016
The Martin Snow family sadly notes the passing of our longtime friend and colleague, Jerry Harrell, who died on September 5, 2016. Mr. Harrell’s distinguished career with Martin Snow began in 1969. In 1970, while employed by the firm, he obtained his L.L.M. in taxation from Emory University. His many roles here included leading the firm as a managing partner and as general counsel for the Georgia Community Bankers Association (beginning 1978). In addition, he moderated the Community Bankers Association of Georgia Regulation and Tax Liaison Committee’s quarterly meetings and frequently addressed Georgia bankers. Among his many career achievements, Mr. Harrell was named a Georgia Super Lawyer by Georgia Super Lawyers Magazine, a honor achieved each year by only 5 percent of Georgia lawyers. Mr. Harrell was a leader of our firm and statesman of our community. He will be deeply missed by his family at Martin Snow. A link to his obituary is here.
Martin Snow Gets Summary Judgment Affirmed on Appeal
Posted on August 29, 2016
Martin Snow recently obtained a victory in the Georgia Court of Appeals on behalf of its client, a physician and former bank organizer who had been sued for approximately $500,000 on claims arising out of a bank organization that did not materialize. The trial court granted summary judgment to the firm’s client, and that judgment was affirmed unanimously on appeal. John C. Daniel, Stuart Walker, and Will Davis were responsible for the successful representation.
Martin Snow wins Rezoning appeal in Bibb Superior Court
Posted on August 15, 2016
Martin Snow recently obtained a victory in a certiorari appeal to the Bibb County Superior Court on behalf of its client, a local developer. The appeal was pursued by challengers to a rezoning decision by the Macon-Bibb County Planning and Zoning Commission, which authorized the firm’s client to pursue development plans for an upscale multi-family housing development on Bowman Road. On appeal, Martin Snow established that the challengers lacked standing to appeal the decision and that the Commission did not commit error in rezoning the property. William Larsen and Stuart Walker were responsible for the successful representation.
Partner Sworn in as President of The Macon Bar Association
Posted on July 25, 2016
On May 13, 2016, Stuart Walker was sworn in as the 2016-2017 president of the Macon Bar Association. The Macon Bar Association, a voluntary association consisting of approximately 450 lawyers in Macon and surrounding areas, promotes collegiality among the local bar and strives to encourage civic engagement throughout the community. The MBA plans programs of interest for its members and meets regularly throughout the year for fellowship.
Martin Snow Wins Medical Malpractice Trial
Posted on June 17, 2016
Martin Snow recently obtained a defense verdict on behalf of its clients, an OBGYN, a nurse practitioner, and the practice that employed both of them. The case was tried by the father and son team of John Edwards and Slade Edwards who are both partners in the firm’s litigation section.
Plaintiffs alleged that the nurse practitioner failed to diagnose and treat pre-term premature rupture of the membranes (PPROM) during an unscheduled office visit. Plaintiffs further alleged that the failure to timely diagnose PPROM resulted in pre-term labor and delivery of a stillborn. Defendants contended the mother did not have PPROM on the visit in question and that if she had ruptured on that date as alleged, she would have delivered sooner.
The trial lasted a week and a half and the jury heard from six different experts. The jury deliberated for four and a half hours before returning a verdict in favor of all defendants on all claims. The defense successfully convinced the jury that the mother did not have PPROM on the visit in question and that the treatment provided by the nurse practitioner was at all times appropriate. The defense was also able to convince the jury that a number of other allegations against the physician and practice did not constitute breaches of the standard of care sufficient to warrant a recovery by plaintiffs.
John and Slade have now won all four medical malpractice cases they have tried together.
Martin Snow Counsels Investment Company on Large Out of State Real Estate Acquisition
Posted on May 12, 2016
Martin Snow, LLP, through its partner K. Amber Duff, advised a timberland investment company on the acquisition of 172,000± acres of timberland in Idaho. The transaction was financed by AgSouth Farm Credit, ACA. Amber was assisted by other attorneys and staff in the firm’s real estate section, litigation section, and corporate/business section. Under Amber’s leadership, the team made a complex out of state acquisition a seamless transaction for Martin Snow’s client.
Trial Won by Martin Snow Associate
Posted on May 2, 2016
Michael E. Mayo, an associate in Martin Snow’s litigation department, recently obtained a successful jury verdict in the Superior Court of Cobb County, Georgia. Michael represented a corporation and its owner in defense of a breach of contract lawsuit filed by a former officer/employee of the business. On behalf of the clients, Michael filed a counterclaim against the Plaintiff for breach of fiduciary duty and attorney’s fees.
During the trial, Michael examined several witnesses, including some of the Plaintiff’s past business partners and associates. Defendants’ primary witness was deemed an expert in the field of Business Accounting. Following a four-day trial, the jury deliberated for over five hours before returning a verdict in favor of Martin Snow, LLP’s clients on all claims. The jury returned a defense verdict on Plaintiff’s original breach of contract claim, and the jury awarded Martin Snow’s clients just over $217,000 on the counterclaim for breach of fiduciary duty. The jury also awarded attorney’s fees and costs after finding that Plaintiff’s original lawsuit lacked substantial justification.
Martin Snow Assists in Large Real Estate Closing
Posted on May 2, 2016
Martin Snow, LLP, through its partner Ben McElreath, Jr., assisted in the closing of a $26.5 million sale transaction and the $19.9 million acquisition loan involving an apartment complex in Houston County, GA, roughly 20 miles south of Macon. The complex is a 300 unit Class A facility that was built in 2008. The property features gated access, walking trails, poolside grills, a clubhouse, fitness center, playground, basketball court and a tennis court.
Martin Snow Obtains Successful Court Judgment
Posted on April 4, 2016
Martin Snow recently obtained summary judgment in favor of the Macon Housing Authority. The State Court of Bibb County found that the client was entitled to judgment as a matter of law, and therefore entered judgment in favor of the Macon Housing Authority without allowing the case to proceed to trial. This was a personal injury case involving a “rainy day” fall at McAfee Towers. The plaintiff did not appeal the ruling of the Court, and the decision in now final. The case was handled by partner John C. Daniel, III and associate William J. Davis.
Martin Snow Attorney Recognized as 2015 Legal Elite by Georgia Trend
Posted on March 22, 2016
Martin Snow, LLP is pleased to announce that Blair K. Cleveland, of the firm’s real estate practice group, was recently recognized as 2015 Legal Elite by Georgia Trend—the Magazine of Georgia Business, Politics & Economic Development Since 1985. The listing was published in the annual Legal Elite section, which appears in the December 2015 issue.
Martin Snow Recently Featured In Media Reports
Posted on March 22, 2016
Martin Snow, LLP was recently featured in multiple media reports following oral argument in a Jones County court. Partner, Cubbedge Snow, III and associate, Michael E. Mayo represented the defendant in the case, in which they filed a motion asking the Court to dismiss Plaintiff’s claims as matter of law. Video excerpts from Mr. Mayo’s successful oral argument were featured in local news reports on television and online media. The oral argument and post-interview may be viewed online.
The lawsuit sought $2 million and alleged that the plaintiff was injured and lost a pregnancy following the collision. Martin Snow, LLP’s oral argument focused primarily on the fact that there was no evidence to support Plaintiff’s claims that she was pregnant, though there was also discussion as to whether Georgia law supports a claim for the wrongful death of an embryo at three (3) weeks of gestation. Following oral argument, the Plaintiff dismissed her case before the Court entered its judgment. The Plaintiff has since refiled the lawsuit, and Martin Snow, LLP maintains the defense.
Associates Named To Board Of Trustees For Woodfield Academy
Posted on March 7, 2016
Michael E. Mayo, an associate in Martin Snow, LLP’s litigation department, and Joshua T. Hale, an associate in Martin Snow, LLP’s real estate department, were recently appointed by Woodfield Academy to its Board of Trustees. Woodfield Academy is located in Macon, Georgia and empowers students with diagnosed learning differences or developmental disorders to reach their maximum potential through an individualized education approach
Recent Judgement Affirmed On Appeal
Posted on March 7, 2016
Martin Snow, LLP recently received a decision from the Court of Appeals affirming the previous award of judgment in favor of its defendant client on all claims. The defense was prepared and argued by John C. Edwards and Michael E. Mayo. The lawsuit alleged that plaintiff was entitled to damages relating to various business dealings between the parties and others. Following a lengthy and document-intensive discovery period, Martin Snow, LLP asked the Court to enter judgment on behalf of its client before submitting the case to a jury. The trial court granted judgment in favor of the defendant and concluded that the plaintiff could not prove its case as a matter of law. Martin Snow, LLP successfully defended the judgment in the Court of Appeals.
Posted on February 26, 2016
Martin Snow, LLP recently recovered over $1.7 million on behalf of clients whose funds were wrongfully converted from various trusts and financial accounts. Representing the plaintiffs, the case was tried by Associate Michael E. Mayo and co-counsel from another firm. In addition to compensatory damages, the trial court awarded interest, attorney’s fees, and punitive damages against the defendant following the trial. Firm partner, Stuart E. Walker, joined Michael in successfully defending the judgment on appeal. SeePhillips v. Phillips, 2016 WL 104516. The judgment was collected in full through a series of garnishments and other collection efforts.
Recent Directed Verdict for Martin Snow Client
Posted on February 26, 2016
Joe Howe, a partner in the firm’s litigation section, recently obtained a directed verdict for a client in a motor vehicle collision case in the Superior Court of Houston County. Joe acted as co-counsel for the defendant in the two day trial. The subject action arose out of a three-vehicle collision in which the Plaintiff was the driver of the lead vehicle and the Defendant was the driver of the middle vehicle. The Defendant testified at trial that she came to a complete stop behind the Plaintiff’s vehicle and was pushed into Plaintiff’s vehicle by a third vehicle. The Plaintiff could not testify as to the sequence of events behind him, and, therefore, could not establish negligence on the part of the Defendant. No other eye-witnesses testified. At the conclusion of Plaintiff’s case, the trial court granted the Defendant’s motion for directed verdict and entered a judgment against the Plaintiff.
Recent Defense Verdict
Posted on February 17, 2016
Joe Howe, a partner in the firm’s litigation section, recently obtained a defense verdict in a wrongful death action in the State Court of Houston County, Georgia.
The case arose out of a motor vehicle – pedestrian collision that occurred on a busy, five lane road in Warner Robins, Georgia. The pedestrians were attempting to cross the road near an intersection where the through traffic had the green light. The collision occurred at night, and the pedestrians were wearing dark clothing. The defendant driver was proceeding through the intersection at a speed well below the posted speed limit, when the pedestrians entered the roadway and crossed into the path of his vehicle.
Plaintiffs presented expert testimony that the defendant driver should have seen the pedestrians in time to take evasive action and avoid the collision. However, the defendant driver testified that he simply never saw the pedestrians until it was too late. Defendant argued that it was the pedestrians who failed to yield the right of way to the defendant driver and that the defendant driver did not contribute to the cause of the accident.
Following a three-day trial and deliberating for less than an hour, the jury returned a verdict for the defendant driver and against the plaintiffs.
Recent Defense Verdict
Posted on February 17, 2016
Martin Snow, LLP recently obtained a defense verdict on behalf of one of its clients, a resident of Bibb County. The case was tried before a jury by attorney Michael E. Mayo.
Following a motor vehicle collision, the plaintiff filed suit alleging injuries to her head, neck, back, and hip. Though the defendant admitted rear-ending the plaintiff, there was a dispute as to whether the collision caused the plaintiff’s alleged injuries.
After a two-day trial, the jury returned a verdict in favor of the defendant on all claims, thereby concluding that the plaintiff was not injured as a result of the collision in question. While plaintiff submitted evidence of substantial medical expenses and testimony from one of her providers, the defense successfully argued that the medical expenses were attributable to preexisting injuries unrelated to the collision in question.
Passing of Remer Crum Daniel
Posted on January 25, 2016
The Martin Snow family sadly notes the passing of our friend and colleague, Remer Crum Daniel, who died on January 16 after a battle with cancer. Remer was a lawyer in the firm’s real estate section for nearly 40 years, specializing in commercial real estate and business transactions. Remer was a cornerstone of the firm’s real estate practice. He will be deeply missed by his family here at Martin Snow. A link to Remer’s obituary is HERE.
Martin Snow Adds 10 years of Real Estate Experience to the Firm
Posted on December 11, 2015
JONATHAN D. MOORE
Jonathan Moore has joined the firm’s Real Estate Section. Jonathan’s practice focuses on handling
commercial and residential real estate acquisitions, sale and loan closings, contract negotiations,
contract drafting and review, title examinations, and resolving title issues. Jonathan has been
licensed to practice law since 2005 and brings over 10 years of experience to Martin Snow’s real
estate team. As such, he is joining the firm in an “of counsel” position.
Jonathan received a Bachelor of Business Administration from Mercer University in 1996, and his
Juris Doctor from Walter F. George School of Law at Mercer University in 2005. He is a member
of the Macon Bar Association and the State Bar of Georgia. He is licensed to practice law in the
Georgia Supreme Court, the Georgia Court of Appeals, and Georgia trial courts.
Jonathan grew up in Macon and stayed in the area to obtain his law degree and to practice. He and
his wife, Jennifer, are members of Ingleside Baptist Church and are parents to a beautiful daughter,
Kate. When he is not practicing law, Jonathan enjoys running, playing golf, and reading.
Martin Snow Hires Two Associates
Posted on December 11, 2015
M. CATHERINE O’BRIEN
Katie O’Brien is joining the firm’s Real Estate Section as an Associate. Her practice will be focused
on title examinations and the closing of residential real estate transactions. Katie graduated Summa
Cum Laude with a degree in Biology from Wofford College in 2012 where she was a member of the
women’s track team for one year and the women’s soccer team all four years. Katie made the
Dean’s List all four years, and she was selected for the NCAA Division I Southern Conference
Academic Honor Roll all three years she was eligible.
Katie obtained her Juris Doctor, Cum Laude, from the University of Georgia School of Law. During
law school, Katie served as President of the Health Law Society and President of the Environmental
Law Association. She was also selected to be a member of the Editorial Board for Volume 47 and
an Articles Editor for Volume 48 of the Georgia Law Review. Although she has many other
noteworthy accomplishments, Katie’s favorite honor was Class of 2015 Best Smile, an award given
to her by her fellow third year LawDawgs.
Katie was born and raised in Macon, Georgia. She attended high school at Mount de Sales Academy
where she played soccer and basketball and ran cross country. In 2007, she was part of a state
championship cross country team, and in 2008 she was part of a state championship soccer team,
the first ever state championship in women’s soccer at Mount de Sales. That same year, she earned
the Macon Telegraph’s All-Middle Georgia Women’s Soccer Player of the Year award.
Katie is a member of the State Bar of Georgia and Macon Bar Association. She is licensed to
practice law in Georgia trial courts. She is also a member of the Middle Georgia Association of
Realtors, the Junior League of Macon, Inc., and the Macon Tracks running club.
TAYLOR C. MARTIN
Taylor Martin is joining the firm’s Litigation Section as an Associate. His practice includes the
defense of medical malpractice lawsuits, automobile and premises liability actions, and other
personal injury and wrongful death tort litigation. Taylor graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in
French from Davidson College in 2012 and received his Juris Doctor from Walter F. George School
of Law at Mercer University in 2015.
While at Davidson, Taylor was all-conference in the 400 meter hurdles for the Southern Conference.
He studied abroad in Cambridge, England and Paris, France, and he is fluent in French.
While in law school, Taylor competed on Mercer’s Intrastate Moot Court team and served as the
Moot Court Editor on the Mercer Advocacy Counsel. He also participated in the legal writing
certificate program and the William Augustus Bootle Inn of Court. Taylor is a member of the State
Bar of Georgia and the Macon Bar Association. He is licensed to practice law in the trial courts of
Taylor attended high school at First Presbyterian Day School in Macon, Georgia where he ran track.
He is a member of First Presbyterian Church. When he is not practicing law, Taylor is an avid
runner, and also enjoys playing golf, reading, and traveling.
John C. Edwards Receives Recognition Awarded by EliteAmerican
Posted on September 14, 2015
Martin Snow, LLP is proud to announce that John C. Edwards has been selected to participate in the EliteAMERICAN program. Mr. Edwards was chosen for this honor because of his demonstrated dedication, leadership and longevity in the practice of law.
Passing of Robert R. “Rusty” Gunn, II
Posted on August 12, 2015
The Martin Snow family sadly notes the passing of our friend and colleague, Robert R. “Rusty” Gunn, II, who died on August 10 after a battle with cancer. Rusty was a lawyer in the firm’s litigation section for 38 years, specializing in insurance defense generally and the defense of bad-faith litigation against insurance companies specifically. Rusty was also a well-respected mediator with a reputation for fairness and integrity reaching throughout the State of Georgia. He will be deeply missed by his family here at Martin Snow. A link to Rusty’s obituary is HERE.
Martin Snow Hosts Free Legal Clinic
Posted on May 20, 2015
Through the leadership of its partner Ben McElreath, Jr., Martin Snow, LLP sponsored a free legal clinic in conjunction with Georgia Legal Services Program and Macon Area Habitat for Humanity. While Ben routinely handles real estate closings for the Macon Area Habitat for Humanity, this event gave attorneys in other practice areas the opportunity to share their talents in conjunction with this vital Macon organization. The clinic was held at Southside Community Church the evening of Tuesday, May 19, 2015. Free legal advice was provided to the Macon residents of Lynmore Estates neighborhood in the areas of Bankruptcy/Creditor’s Rights, Taxation, Family Law, Real Estate Law, Corporate Law, Cyber Bullying/Threats, Criminal Law, Wills, Trusts, Probate and Estate Planning. Along with Ben McElreath, Jr., attorneys Jenny Stansfield, Amy Fletcher, and Will Davis participated in the pro bono clinic.
Martin Snow Attorneys Recognized as 2014 Legal Elites by Georgia Trend
Posted on January 12, 2015
Martin Snow, LLP is pleased to announce that eight of the firm’s lawyers were recently recognized as 2014 Legal Elites by Georgia Trend—the Magazine of Georgia Business, Politics & Economic Development Since 1985.This list was published in the annual Legal Elite section, which appears in the December 2014 issue.
- Blair K. Cleveland – Business Law
- Stuart E. Walker – Corporate Law
- John C. Daniel II – Labor Employment Law
- C. Brown Edwards, Jr. – Taxes & Estate
- William H. Larsen – General Trial Practice
- John McGoldrick – Bankruptcy Creditors Rights
- Cubbedge Snow III – Personal Injury Litigation
- Jenny M. Stansfield – Family Law
Posted on January 2, 2015
Martin Snow, LLP is pleased to announce that Benjamin F. McElreath has been named the firm’s most recent partner. Mr. McElreath, who has extensive experience in the real estate field, has been practicing in the firm’s real estate practice group since 2012 and will continue to work with clients at our Vineville Avenue location. Mr. McElreath has practiced law in Macon since 2003.
Martin Snow Lawyer selected for YLD Leadership Academy Class of 2015
Posted on December 4, 2014
Amy Fletcher has been selected to participate in the Young Lawyers Division Leadership Academy Class of 2015. The Leadership Academy of the State Bar of Georgia is a program for young lawyers who are interested in developing their leadership skills as well as learning more about their profession, their communities, and their state. According to the State Bar, participants are selected through a competitive application process and are chosen from every corner of the state and every imaginable practice area. Alumni of the Leadership Academy have gone on to be elected to the Georgia Bar Board of Governors, recognized in the Daily Report’s “On the Rise-10 to Watch,” and Georgia Trend’s “40 Under 40” and a variety of other accolades.
Associate Appointed to Wesleyan Board of Trustees
Posted on October 24, 2014
Amy Fletcher, an associate at Martin Snow, LLP, has been appointed by Wesleyan College to its Board of Trustees. As a 2006 Wesleyan graduate, Ms. Fletcher is the youngest Trustee on the Board. In addition to her endeavors with Wesleyan College, she is an active member of the Junior League of Macon and Northminster Presbyterian Church. Ms. Fletcher practices in the firm’s Taxation, Corporate Law, and Trusts, Probate, and Estate Planning sections.
Third Quarter Contributions by Martin Snow
Posted on October 15, 2014
Martin Snow, LLP makes contributions to many local causes and participates in various charitable community events, including the following events during the third quarter of 2014:
- Lending a Hand to End Hunger – August Food Drive in partnership with AgGeorgia Farm Credit, ACA.
- Georgia Bankers Association BankPac Golf Tournament – Co-Sponsored with McNair, McLemore and Middlebrooks.
- Middle Georgia Regional Commission – Central Georgia Joint Development Authority as well as other Community Development Projects in Middle Georgia.
- Sweet Onion Classic Golf Tournament to benefit Meadows Regional Medical Center.
- Macon’s Young Lawyer Division – benefiting Crisis Line/Safe House for abused women and victims of domestic violence.
- Bragg Jam Arts and Musical Festival – benefiting the Ocmulgee Heritage Trail as well as other nature programs, art and music in the Macon area.
- Chamber of Commerce Golf Outing – Silver Sponsor and participants.
Martin Snow congratulates its summer law clerks on the completion of their summer employment.
Posted on July 31, 2014
Martin Snow congratulates its summer law clerks on the completion of their summer employment.
Rachel Rozier Turnbull, Taylor Martin, and Nicholas Kinsley spent time this summer at the firm working with attorneys and gaining extensive real-world legal experience. Ms. Turnbull and Mr. Martin are rising 3L students at Mercer University Walter F. George School of Law, and Mr. Kinsley is a rising 2L student at the University of Georgia School of Law.
Martin Snow Announces Summer Clerks
Posted on June 2, 2014
Martin Snow would like to welcome their summer clerks.
Katie O’Brien, Trenton Turner and Nicholas Kinsley will spend time this summer at the law firm working with attorneys in order to gain real world experience. Katie O’Brien is a rising 3L student at the University of Georgia School of Law. Trenton Turner is a rising 3L student at Mercer University Walter F. George School of Law. Nicholas Kinsley is a rising 2L student at the University of Georgia School of Law.
Posted on January 3, 2014
Martin Snow, LLP is pleased to announce that J. Slade Edwards has been named the firm’s most recent partner. Mr. Edwards, who has litigation experience in a variety of fields, practices in the firm’s litigation section and focuses principally on the defense of medical malpractice lawsuits against doctors and other health-care professionals. Mr. Edwards joins his father, John Edwards, as a second-generation partner in the firm.
Posted on January 3, 2014
Martin Snow, LLP recently obtained a defense verdict on behalf of one of its clients, a family-practice physician, in a medical malpractice suit in Baldwin County, Georgia. The case was tried by the father and son team of John Edwards and J. Slade Edwards, their first trial together.
The lawsuit alleged that the physician negligently tested for, and failed to timely diagnose, a soft-tissue cancer (synovial sarcoma) that metastasized and eventually resulted in the plaintiff’s death. At trial the defense contended that the plaintiff was properly advised of the need for further testing and that the physician in fact ordered and scheduled a recommended ultrasound.
Following a four-day trial and deliberating for less than three hours, the jury concluded that the physician properly informed the plaintiff of the need for further testing and that the plaintiff failed to follow up on the recommended treatment.
Both John and Slade Edwards are partners in the firm’s litigation section and principally focus on the defense of medical malpractice lawsuits.
Martin Snow Adds New Lawyer
Posted on January 3, 2014
Martin Snow is proud to announce the addition of a new lawyer to its premier team.
Joshua T. Hale has joined the firm’s real estate section. Joshua’s practice encompasses real estate acquisitions, sale closings, contract review, negotiations, document drafting, title examination, and zoning matters.
Joshua graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from Georgetown College and received his Juris Doctor from the Mercer University Walter F. George School of Law.