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Barret Albritton, ’03, Named Young Lawyer of the Year

Barret Albritton, ’03, was named Young Lawyer of the Year by the Chattanooga Bar Association. The annual award is given to an outstanding attorney in Chattanooga, Tennessee who has shown excellent service and commitment to the Young Lawyers Division of the Chattanooga Bar Association and the community.

Albritton is an attorney in the Chattanooga office of Leitner, Williams, Dooley, and Napolitan, PLLC. He advises clients primarily in insurance defense litigation. His community involvement includes Leadership Chattanooga and Big Brothers Big Sisters. He is a past president of the Young Lawyers Division of the Chattanooga Bar Association.

Sally M. Bowman, ’07, Joins Gallivan, White & Boyd

Sally M. Bowman, ’07, joined the Charlotte, N.C., office of Gallivan, White & Boyd, P.A as an associate. She will work in the firm’s Complex Litigation practice group, where she will focus on Products Liability, Toxic Tort, Construction Defect, and other complex litigation. She is experienced in asbestos, construction defect, and transportation litigation.

Catherine Mitchell, ’11, Joins Smith Moore Leatherwood

Catherine Mitchell, ’11, joined the Charlotte, N.C. office of Smith Moore Leatherwood as an associate. She will focus her practice on commercial real estate transactions, representing both lenders and developers. Prior to joining Smith Moore Leatherwood, she represented national lenders in mortgage-related litigation.

R. Keith Kelly, ’87, Named South Carolina Seventh Circuit Judge

R. Keith Kelly, ’87, was elected judge of South Carolina’s Seventh Judicial Circuit. Beginning on July 1, he will fill one of nine new judge seats in the state that were approved by the South Carolina legislature to relieve a backlog of criminal and family court cases. Kelly is a partner at Spartanburg, South Carolina firm Lister, Flynn & Kelly, where he specializes in family, criminal and personal injury law. He has formerly served as a representative in the South Carolina House of Representatives.

Frank McKay, ’91, Named Chairman of State Board of Workers’ Compensation

Frank McKay, ’91, was appointed chairman of Georgia’s State Board of Workers’ Compensation by Georgia Governor Nathan Deal in early February 2013. McKay is a partner in the Gainesville law firm Stewart, Melvin & Frost and has practiced law before the Board of Workers' Compensation for 22 years. He has also served as a Georgia special assistant attorney general and served on the State Board’s Advisory Council.


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