ATLANTA—The inaugural W. Homer Drake, Jr. Georgia Bankruptcy American Inn of Court has selected Stites & Harbison, PLLC attorneys Melissa Davey and Valerie Richmond as Barristers for the fiscal year 2014-15. Barristers are lawyers with 6-14 years of insolvency experience, have demonstrated excellent character and show the desire to improve and refine their skills.
Both Davey and Richmond are Counsel with Stites & Harbison based in the Atlanta office. They are members of the Creditors’ Rights and Bankruptcy Service Group. Davey’s practice focuses on representing institutional lenders and other creditors in all areas including, bankruptcy, workouts and commercial litigation. Outside of the firm, she serves as the president of the Metro Atlanta Consumer Bankruptcy Attorney Group. She is the vice chair of the Georgia Network of the International Women’s Insolvency & Restructuring Confederation (IWIRC). She is the chairwoman of the Bench and Bar Committee of the United States Bankruptcy Court of the Northern District of Georgia. She was recently appointed as a director at large of the Atlanta Bar Bankruptcy Section. She also serves on the State Bar of Georgia’s Law School Outreach Committee.
Richmond’s practice focuses primarily on representing institutional lenders, including national and regional banks, as well as other creditors, trustees, committees and receivers in all aspects of creditors’ rights and workouts, both inside and out of bankruptcy court. She is a member of the International Women’s Insolvency & Restructuring Confederation (IWIRC) and the American Bankruptcy Institute. She is also a member of the Cobb Justice Foundation, a program that refers civil matters of low income Georgia residents to attorneys for pro bono representation.
The Georgia Bankruptcy American Inn of Court is chartered through the American Inns of Court, which actively involves more than 25,000 state, federal and administrative law judges, attorneys, legal scholars and law students. The mission of the American Inns of Court is to foster excellence in professionalism, ethics, civility and legal skills. Members are divided into one of four categories: Master of the Bench, Honorary Masters, Barristers and Associates. Masters select the new members and place them in the appropriate category.