The Board of Directors for GreenLaw continues to offer their expertise on a variety of issues to the staff and GreenLaw's partner organizations. In addition to assisting GreenLaw, members of the Board have a demonstrated commitment to public service and each has served the community in a variety of important roles. The Board members are:
Albert S. Anderson retired after a twenty-five year career in private law practice as a trial attorney, primarily in the field of patent law. For five years he served as a Special Assistant Attorney General for the State of Georgia in matters involving trade secrets in the University System of Georgia. Prior to his legal career, he obtained a Ph.D. in physics from Stanford University and worked as a scientist and an engineer in industry for ten years. He is a Phi Beta Kappa graduate from Emory University, with an A.B. degree in mathematics. He has served on the boards of a number of non-profit organizations. Recently, Albert has taught several courses on resource depletion and other ecological issues.
David A. Bain is a lawyer whose practice is primarily devoted to business litigation, with an emphasis on class actions and the representation of investors in securities litigation and arbitration, civil fraud litigation, and other complex matters. He has been named one of Georgia's "Rising Stars" by Law & Politics and Atlanta Magazine four times (in 2005, 2007, 2009, and 2010) in the areas of class actions and securities litigation. He often serves as a lecturer at seminars on both topics and has assisted state officials in preparing to testify before Congress concerning securities legislation. Bain received his A.B. degree, magna cum laude, from the University of Georgia in 1994, where he was a Woodruff Scholar and was named to Phi Beta Kappa and Phi Kappa Phi. He was awarded a Chancellors Scholarship to the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Law, where he received his J.D. with honors in 1997. Mr. Bain is active in the leadership of several community organizations, including serving on the Executive Committee for the Atlanta Chapter of the Federal Bar Association and on the Ad-Hoc Committee on E-Discovery Rules for the Northern District of Georgia. He is also a member of the National Association of Securities and Consumer Law Attorneys, the Commerce Club, and the Lawyers Club of Atlanta.
Theodora C. Beck (Theo) is an attorney with the firm, Clements & Sweet, LLP. She practices in the area of employment law representing members of the teacher’s union and claimants in workers’ compensation disputes. Theo has also worked at the Georgia Law Center for the Homeless as an advocate for the homeless. At The Law Center, Theo counseled on police misconduct, public housing, and legislative initiatives affecting the homeless. She also conducted weekly shelter outreach visits educating the homeless on their rights. Theo graduated cum laude from Columbia University and Emory School of Law. She is a is a native of Atlanta and an alum of The Paideia School. Theo has traveled internationally and throughout the country on a nationally ranked Ultimate Frisbee team.
Kenneth M. Henson, Jr. runs his own law firm in Columbus, GA, focusing on real estate law. He is a graduate of Davidson College and University of Georgia Law. He is active in a number of community and civic organizations, including the Community Foundation of the Chattahoochee Valley and the UGA Law School Board of Visitors.
Jewell A. Harper is receiving the Ogden Doremus Award for Excellence in Environmental Law, which recognizes the critical role that lawyers play in protecting Georgia’s natural resources and public health. For the last 29 years, Harper has championed environmental legal and reporting issues throughout the Southeastern United States. Starting as an associate regional counsel and working her way through the ranks up to Deputy Assistant Regional Administrator, Harper has consistently defended environmental issues making great strides in pollution prevention, expanding the environmental sustainability in curriculum and community engagement. Harper currently acts as a visiting professor at Spelman College where she teaches our future environmental professionals on environmental policy, environmental justice, and environmental law. Her teaching has been focused on the college and professional school level.
Nicole G. Iannarone is an assistant clinical professor at Georgia State University College of Law and previously practicing attorney with Bondurant Mixson & Elmore, where she specializes in business litigation, including professional liability involving attorneys and accountants. She was named a “Rising Star” attorney in 2005, 2007 and 2009. Nicole obtained her law degree from Yale Law School, where she was an editor of the Yale Journal on Regulation, and is a summa cum laude graduate of Brenau Women’s College. Active in community and bar activities, Nicole also serves as the Chair of the Southeastern Regional Council of the American Kidney Fund, co-chair of the State Bar of Georgia’s Young Lawyers Division Ethics & Professionalism Committee and member of the board of the Atlanta Council of Younger Lawyers. She is a member of the Lawyers Club of Atlanta, State Bar of Georgia’s Disciplinary Rules and Procedures Committee and Atlanta Bar Association’s Reputation and Public Trust Committee.
Lithonia Mayor Deborah Jackson is the newest member of GreenLaw’s board of directors. Jackson has more than 20 years of experience as an attorney, previously serving as city attorney and city councilwoman for the City of Lithonia. Passionate about community improvement issues, in 2003, Jackson helped the City of Lithonia receive an $85,000 Liveable Communities Initiative grant. A native of Savannah, Jackson holds degrees from Princeton University, Rutgers University and Southern New Hampshire University.
Kelly Jordan is the founder of Point Center Corp, a redevelopment firm which has received two national HUD awards, and awards from the The Georgia Trust for Historic Preservation, the Atlanta Urban Design Commission, and The Georgia Chapter of the American Planning Association. After serving on the Mayor’s Committee for the Great Park (now Freedom Park) in the late 70’s, he was a Trustee of the Big Trees Nature Preserve in Sandy Springs, and later preserved remnants of DeKalb County’s historic Mathis Dairy, now home to Wonderland Gardens and the Porter Sanford Arts Center. In 1998, he founded the Arabia Mountain Heritage Area Alliance which has connected Arabia Mountain in DeKalb to Panola Mountain and the Monastery of the Holy Spirit in Rockdale, forming a world class greenway and trail system. Kelly has served on the boards of Park Pride, The Georgia Conservancy, Altamaha Riverkeeper, Sierra Club Ga, Historic Oakland Cemetery, Georgia Wildlife Federation and Atlanta Wild Animal Rescue Effort, and is a 2006 graduate of The Institute for Georgia Environmental Leadership program.
Michael Kramer (Treasurer) is Of Counsel at the law firm Buckley & Klein, LLP in Atlanta, where he practices trial and appellate litigation in state and federal courts in the areas of employment/labor, education, pension, and workers compensation law. Michael serves as counsel to the Georgia Association of Educators, Fulton County Employees Retirement System, Housing Authority for the City of Atlanta, Service Employees International Union, Mail handlers Local 310, and the Georgia Association of Fire Chiefs. He previously served as an attorney for the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission. Michael received his M.B.A. from Emory University, J.D. from the University of California, Davis, and B.A. from Oberlin College.
Steve LaBriola is a partner with Fellows LaBriola LLP, a law firm devoted exclusively to representation of clients in complex litigation matters in state and federal courts. He represents local and national clients in contract and business tort disputes as well as in a wide variety of complex litigation matters, particularly matters involving allegations of fraud and misrepresentation. He is the current Chair of the Litigation Section of the Atlanta Bar Association and the Immediate Past President of the Lamar Inn of Court (Emory School of Law's Inn of the American Inns of Court). He obtained his law degree from NYU School of Law, then clerked for a Justice on the Colorado Supreme Court. Thereafter, he obtained extensive jury trial experience as a prosecutor in the mid-1980s. He moved to Atlanta in the late 1980s and was a litigator for a large Atlanta law firm before forming his current firm in 1993.
Greg Presmanes (President) is a 1970 graduate of Emory University College and a 1973 graduate of Emory Law School. He has been engaged in the practice of insurance defense and workers’ compensation law since 1973. A partner with the firm of Bovis, Kyle, Burch & Medlin, LLC, he specializes in workers’ compensation defense. He also serves on the Atlanta Bar Association’s Workers’ Compensation Advisory Board and was the 2005 Chairman of the Workers’ Compensation Section of the Atlanta Claims Association. In both 2004 and 2005, he was named as one of Georgia’s Super Lawyers by Atlanta Magazine.
Brian Wellington is an experienced project engineer for NewFields, LLC with expertise that includes environmental statistics, geostatistics, decision consequence analysis, and Geographic Information Systems (GIS) analysis. His strengths also encompass planning and design for the management of stormwater on large scale developments, low impact development design, hydrologic modeling, water quality modeling, erosion and sediment control design. Dr. Wellington is an expert on matters relating to Clean Water Act violations, National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) permits, stormwater management, and erosion and sediment control. He earned a B.Eng with honors in civil engineering, an M.S. in water resources engineering, and a Ph.D. in civil and environmental engineering.
Robert G. Wellon is a sole practitioner in the area of Family Law and Civil Litigation. Rob received the Charles E. Watkins, Jr. Service Award in 1995 and has been Adjunct Faculty Member at the Emory University Law School since 1995. He serves on the Executive Committee and Board of Directors of the Atlanta Foundation for Psychoanalysis, Inc. and is a Founder and First President of the Charles L. Weltner Family Law Inn of Court.
David Worley is an attorney with Harris Penn Lowry, LLP. He concentrates on corporate securities and complex consumer litigation. David graduated cum laude from Harvard University in 1980. After two years as a congressional aide, he attended the University of Virginia School of Law, where he won the Johnson & Swanson Award for excellence in written advocacy and was a member of the National Moot Court Team. He earned a Juris Doctor from the University of Virginia in 1985. Worley has served as Chair of the Labor and Employment Law Sections of both the State Bar of Georgia and the Atlanta Bar Association, and as Co-Chair of the Federal Legislative Developments Committee of the American Bar Association's Committee on Labor and Employment Law. From 1998 to 2001, Worley served as Chairman of the Democratic Party of Georgia. He is a former Democratic nominee for the United States Congress, is a Member of the Democratic National Committee and a delegate to four Democratic National Conventions. He is currently a member of the Georgia State Election Board.