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ERIK J. BROEL is the founder and CEO of Georgia Probate Law Group. Mr. Broel sees it as his personal mission to demystify the process of handling an estate or trust, and to help people by making the complex estate process simple and accessible. He believes there is always a better way to do things and loves finding new and innovative ways to deliver better, more effective service that solves the client’s key problem or issue, and improves the client’s life. He is a member of the State Bar of Georgia and the Atlanta Bar Association (member, Estate Planning and Probate Section). Mr. Broel earned his B.B.A. degree from Georgia State University and his J.D. degree from Georgia State University School of Law.
TIMOTHY J. BURSON is a partner in the Atlanta law firm of Bovis, Kyle, Burch & Medlin, LLC. He is a trial lawyer whose primary area of practice is probate litigation involving claims against commercial surety bonds, but also includes general litigation involving estates, wills, trusts, conservatorships and breach of fiduciary duty claims. These practice areas naturally lend themselves to indemnity, salvage and subrogation collection litigation for firm clients. Mr. Burson serves as general counsel for Financial Asset Management Systems, Inc. These practice areas have been mainstays of his practice for more than 30 years as a lawyer licensed in Georgia and Louisiana. Mr. Burson writes and frequently prepares topics for surety and fidelity groups and other commercial concerns, at seminars and continuing legal education presentations in-house for industry clients and through larger industry associations, including National Business Institute, as well as local bar associations and committees. Mr. Burson is a member of the State Bar of Georgia and the Louisiana State Bar Association. He has been admitted pro hac vice in every state from Texas to Virginia and the District of Columbia. He earned his B.A. degree from the University of Alabama and his J.D. degree from the University of Alabama School of Law.
NANCY B. GOODMAN is a sole practitioner and the owner of Nancy B. Goodman, PC. She practices in the areas of estate planning, estate administration, elder law, contracts and closely held corporate entities. She is admitted to practice in Georgia, North Carolina, and South Carolina. Ms. Goodman works as a volunteer with the Atlanta Volunteer Lawyers Foundation and is on the Board of Directors for the Stonewall Bar Association. She is a member of the Emory Gift Planning Advisory Board, O4W Business Association, State Bar of Georgia, North Carolina State Bar, and South Carolina Bar. Ms. Goodman earned her B.A. degree from Emory University and her J.D. degree from the University of South Carolina. She is a frequent speaker on topics related to estate planning, estate administration, elder law and advanced healthcare directives.
BRENT W. HERRIN is a partner with Small Herrin, LLP, in Atlanta, Georgia, where he divides his practice between litigation and transactional matters. His litigation practice is concentrated in bankruptcy and creditors' rights matters, including advising clients regarding out of court workouts and representing clients before state and federal courts. Mr. Herrin concentrates his transactional practice in the areas of federal taxation, state and local taxation, estate planning, deferred and executive compensation, and business planning, including advising clients on the tax implications of merger and acquisition transactions. He received his B.B.A. degree from the University of Georgia, his J.D. degree from Samford University's Cumberland School of Law, and his L.LM. degree in taxation from the University of Alabama. Mr. Herrin previously served as counsel to U.S. Senator Jeff Sessions and as counsel to the U.S. Senate Committee on the Judiciary Subcommittee on Administrative Oversight and the Courts in Washington, D.C. Mr. Herrin has previously served as an adjunct instructor at the J. Mack Robinson School of Business at Georgia State University, teaching a course in business law. He is a member of the State Bar of Georgia, the Alabama State Bar, and the American and Atlanta bar associations.
JOHN H. KILLEEN is a shareholder and principal in the litigation section of Bodker, Ramsey, Andrews, Winograd & Wildstein, P.C., where his areas of practice include estate and probate litigation, divorce and family law, commercial litigation and civil litigation. He is a member of the State Bar of Georgia, and the New Jersey State and New York State bar associations. Mr. Killeen earned his B.A. degree from Vanderbilt University; his J.D. degree, cum laude, from Syracuse University College of Law; and his M.B.A. degree from Emory University.
HEATHER D. NADLER is an attorney at the law firm of Nadler Biernath, LLC, and is one of just seven attorneys in the state of Georgia to be certified as an elder law attorney by the National Elder Law Foundation, as accredited by the American Bar Association. Her practice is concentrated in the areas of special needs law, elder law, and estate planning. Ms. Nadler earned a B.S. degree from Auburn University and received her J.D. degree from Tulane University School of Law. While in law school, she also clerked at the Supreme Court of the State of Georgia for the Honorable Justice Hugh P. Thompson. Every year since 2009, Ms. Nadler was selected by her peers and Atlanta Magazine as a Rising Star in the field of elder law. Articles she has authored on the topics of elder law and special needs law have been published in the Family Law Quarterly, published by the American Bar Association; the Georgia Bar Journal; and Atlanta Lawyer Magazine. Ms. Nadler is a member of the Special Needs Alliance, the National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys (NAELA) and the Georgia Chapter of NAELA, the State Bar of Georgia, and the Atlanta Bar Association. She is past chair and served on the Board of Directors of the Elder Law Section of the Atlanta Bar Association. She also served as secretary of the Georgia Chapter of NAELA, was on the Steering Committee, and was awarded an outstanding achievement award by the Georgia Chapter. In addition, she served on the editorial board of The Mortmain, the newsletter of the Estate Planning Section of the Atlanta Bar Association. Ms. Nadler frequently speaks and lectures to professional and community groups on the topics of elder law, special needs law, and estate planning. She has also served as an instructor for the Emory University Academy for Retired Professionals, the Emory University Center for Lifelong Learning, and as a guest lecturer to law students at John Marshall Law School.
DEBRA L. SCOTT is the sole practitioner with The Scott Practice, LLC, where she represents clients concerning estates and trusts matters and fiduciary disputes. With more than 19 years of experience handling fiduciary matters, in 2014, Ms. Scott introduced a new nonprofit consulting division to the law firm called SP Consulting. She has a law, public health and accounting background. Ms. Scott earned her bachelor's degree from the University of California, Riverside; her law degree from Syracuse University College of Law; and her master's degree from Emory University.