Board of Directors

President

Atlanta employment attorney Paul Sharman received his undergraduate degree from the University of Florida and law degree from Georgia State University. Prior to entering law school, Paul enjoyed a successful career in project management for a large consulting firm. Paul attended law school part-time while continuing his consulting career. In law school, Paul was an associate editor for the Georgia State University Law Review. Following law school, Paul worked as an associate at a midsize Atlanta law firm, specializing in litigation, corporate law and employment law. Paul later joined a prominent midtown Atlanta employment law firm and focused full time on representing plaintiffs in employment law matters.

In 2011, Paul opened The Sharman Law Firm LLC to serve clients in overtime, employment discrimination, employee benefits and other employment-related disputes, as well as appellate clients. Paul is admitted to the State Bar of Georgia, United States District Court for the Northern District of Georgia, United States District Court for the Middle District of Georgia and the Eleventh Circuit Court of Appeals. In addition to his practice as an Atlanta employment attorney, Paul is also an active member of the Atlanta Bar Association, American Association for Justice and the National Employment Lawyers Association, Georgia chapter. Paul is married to a fellow attorney and takes great pride in the accomplishments of their two daughters.


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President Elect Matthew Rosenkoff

Matthew R. Rosenkoff is a partner at Taylor English Duma LLP as a business litigator and trial lawyer. Mr. Rosenkoff’s practice extends to all phases of representing businesses and business people, from pre-suit dispute resolution to litigation. Specifically, Mr. Rosenkoff’s experience includes representing individuals, companies, and condominium/homeowners associations in litigation matters concerning, for example, contractual disputes; business torts; construction matters; labor and employment issues; real estate disputes; resort and hospitality disputes; and Fair Debt Collection Practices Act allegations.

Mr. Rosenkoff also has extensive experience representing those who are the subject of complaints and claims under various consumer protection statutes throughout the United States. Mr. Rosenkoff has also submitted numerous articles on various topics concerning consumer protection statutes. Mr. Rosenkoff is licensed to practice law in Georgia as well as in Florida and has experience practicing in federal courts in both Georgia and Florida, before the Eleventh Circuit Court of Appeals, in appellate courts, and in American Arbitration Association proceedings. Named a Rising Star by Georgia Super Lawyers’ Magazine for 2012-2017, Georgia Trend Legal Elite 2014-2015 (Business Law) and 2016 (General Practice/Trial Law), and member of the Anti-Defamation League Glass Leadership Institute, 2015-2016.


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Secretary

Tamar Faulhaber


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Immediate Past President Todd Ashley

Todd Ashley is the Deputy Director of the Prosecuting Attorneys’ Council of Georgia. He joined PAC on July 15, 2013 and his duties include oversight of the agency’s training division, internal affairs and special projects. He also prepares training materials, legislative analyses, reports to the council and agency responses to constituent inquiries.

Prior to joining PAC, Todd served for nearly 12 years in the Fulton County District Attorney’s Office under District Attorney Paul Howard. He rose to the level of Executive Assistant District Attorney responsible for community prosecution in North Fulton County. He also served as Deputy DA of the Fulton County Juvenile Court for two years and as a Trial Division DA for six years, trying cases ranging from stolen autos to murder. He received multiple awards for his trial advocacy skills and for his service to the DA’s Office and the citizens of Fulton County. Twice he has been nominated for judgeships on the Fulton County Superior Court.

He also served for two years as an Assistant Solicitor General in the Cobb County Solicitor General’s Office under Solicitor General Barry Morgan. Over that two year period, he conducted over 30 jury trials and dozens of bench trials primarily on DUI, domestic violence and shoplifting cases. He also prepared and prevailed in two appellate cases, Brison v. State, 248 Ga. App. 168, 545 SE2d 345 (2001), and Hill v. State, 252 Ga. App. 473, 556 SE2d 545 (2001).

Todd has taught various subjects at multiple police academies and he is an annual contributor to PACGA’s Basic Litigation and Fundamentals of Prosecution courses. He has also lectured at Georgia State University, Georgia Perimeter College and he is a regular participant in Professors Ron and Michael Carlson’s “Carlson on Evidence” continuing legal education programs.

He received his undergraduate degree from Georgia State University and his law degree from Atlanta’s John Marshall Law School. He is also a graduate of the Coverdell Leadership Institute. He is active in the State Bar of Georgia, the North Fulton Bar Association and has previously served as the Chairman of the City of Milton Ethics Board. He was appointed to the Criminal Justice Coordinating Council by Governor Sonny Perdue from 2007 – 11 where he served as Vice Chair of the Crime Victims Compensation Board. When not working, he can likely be found on a golf course.


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Director Michael Penn

Michael A. Penn is a partner at Briskin, Cross & Sanford, LLC in Alpharetta, GA and has been an practicing member of the State Bar of Georgia since 1993. Mr. Penn's practice focuses on matters involving (i) Business Law, including general for-profit and not-for-profit corporate transactions, mergers & acquisitions, partnership and LLC law, business contract drafting and litigation, exit strategy planning and execution, and commercial litigation; (ii) Intellectual property law including trademarks, service marks, copyrights and trade secrets; (iii) Employment Law, including executive employment agreements, independent contractor agreements, employment manuals, and employment litigation; (iv) Franchise law, including representing franchisors and franchisees; and (v) Commercial Real Estate, including commercial lease preparation and negotiation, sales, acquisitions, and construction litigation.

Michael is admitted to practice before all state and local courts throughout Georgia, including the Supreme Court of Georgia, the Georgia Court of Appeals, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 11th Circuit, and the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Georgia. Michael received his J.D. from the Widener University School of Law in Wilmington, Delaware in 1993, and received his B.A. from the University of Maryland, College Park in 1990.

Michael currently serves as the Treasurer and President-Elect of the North Fulton Bar Association. Michael has been volunteering as an attorney coach with the Johns Creek H.S. Mock Trial team and is a graduate of Leadership North Fulton. Michael lives with his wife and four children in Alpharetta, Georgia.


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Director

Debra A. Robinson, J.D., is the senior attorney in the Alpharetta law firm of Debra Robinson Law, P.C. Debbie graduated from Adelphi University, cum laude, in 1973, and The University of Chicago Law School in 1979. She has been practicing law in Atlanta since 1985.

Debbie concentrates her practice on estate planning, probate, guardianships, elder law and veterans benefits. Debbie is a member of the Fiduciary and Elder Law Sections of the State Bar of Georgia, the National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys, the Real Property, Probate and Trust Section of the American Bar Association, and the Atlanta Estate Planning Council (former Board member). Debbie has been accredited by the Veterans Administration to assist veterans in benefits planning. Debbie is a frequent lecturer and author on estate planning and elder law issues.


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Director

Christopher McCormick is a Georgia resident, and received his Bachelor Degree in Political Science, Masters in Public Administration, and Law Degree from the University of Georgia. McCormick is an accomplished and compassionate attorney with a storied career and history which includes: Graduated Summa Cum Laude from the University of Georgia holding the Degrees of Bachelor of Arts in Political Science, Master of Public Administration, and Juris Doctor. Mr. McCormick clerked at the United States Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of Georgia as well as the District Attorney’s Office in Athens, Georgia. Mr. McCormick served as Senatorial Intern for United States Senator Johnny Isakson. He taught undergraduate courses in American Government at the University of Georgia and became fluent in Spanish by Living abroad in Mexico and Costa Rica.

Christopher McCormick is an attorney licensed to practice in the United States Northern and Middle District Courts of Georgia, Supreme Court of Georgia, Court of Appeals of Georgia, State Board of Worker’s Compensation, Superior Courts of Georgia, State Courts of Georgia, Magistrate Courts of Georgia, Juvenile Courts of Georgia, and Probate Courts of Georgia. Attorney McCormick is a member with the State Bar of Georgia, Forsyth County Bar Association, Sandy Springs Bar Association and North Fulton Bar Association.


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Director

Linda Borsky


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Director

George Sewell is a graduate of Emory University School of Law. His career--all of which has been in or around the construction industry--is widely varied, with experience as a JAG officer in the US Air Force, working for an oil company in Saudi Arabia and Europe, practicing law in Atlanta with Smith Currie & Hancock and working as an in-house lawyer with several different companies. positions. George spent 10 years at The Facility Group, a design-build construction company in Smyrna, Georgia and during his tenure there was promoted to positions of increasing responsibility to eventually become the Executive Vice President, General Counsel & Secretary with responsibility for corporate governance matters, all of the company's contract matters, compliance, insurance/risk management, claims and litigation management, office leasing and subleasing, HR matters, and trademark registration. George also was the corporate secretary responsible for the corporate books and records and all registrations and licensing. Currently, George provides in-house counsel services as an outside resource for manufacturing and construction companies. George is currently on his second assignment as the Atlanta General Counsel of ThyssenKrupp Industrial Solutions (USA), Inc., a ThyssenKrupp AG subsidiary that supplies and installs heavy equipment to the cement and mining industries.


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Director

Dan Kent is the co-founder of Kent & Risley LLC in Alpharetta, a trial practice and litigation firm focusing on intellectual property and complex civil litigation throughout the United States. Dan has more than 25 years of litigation and trial experience with some of the most highly respected intellectual property litigation firms in the world, including Fish & Richardson (where he was a founding partner of the firm's Atlanta office), Jones Day, and Alston & Bird. Dan is an experienced trial lawyer, having successfully tried a wide variety of complex, technical matters ranging from patent, trademark, and copyright infringement cases, to cases of alleged defamation and medical malpractice, and having successfully briefed and argued appeals involving complex scientific, technical, and legal issues. Dan is admitted to practice in the United States Supreme Court, the United States Courts of Appeal for the Eleventh and Federal Circuits, and the United States District Courts for the Eastern District of Texas, Northern District of Georgia, and Middle District of Georgia. Dan received his J.D. from Duke University School of Law in 1990, and his B.S. in communications from Grace College in 1986. Dan regularly speaks about intellectual property topics relevant to lawyers and business leaders, and he is active in the State Bar of Georgia’s Intellectual Property Section and the Atlanta Bar Association.


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Director Ex Officio

Judge Christopher S. Brasher has served on the Superior Court of Fulton County since 2006. Previously, Judge Brasher served as an Assistant District Attorney in the Alcovy Judicial Circuit, and then at the Georgia Attorney General’s Office. As part of his practice, Judge Brasher has tried cases in the courts of more than 110 of Georgia’s counties, and had a significant appellate practice, including arguing dozens of cases before the Georgia Supreme Court and Georgia Court of Appeals, arguments before the Eleventh Circuit Court of Appeals, and an argument before the United States Supreme Court.

Judge Brasher serves as an elected member of the Executive Committee of the Fulton County Superior Court, as well as the Joint Governance Committee along with colleagues from the Fulton State Court Bench. In addition to regularly speaking to professional, civic, and community organizations, Judge Brasher has served for several years as a High School Mock Trial attorney coach. Judge Brasher received his Bachelor of Arts Degree from Furman University, and earned his juris doctor degree from the Georgia State University College of Law. Judge Brasher, his wife and two children make their home in Johns Creek.


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Judge Shawn LaGrua


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Director Ex Officio

Rick Walker practices Intellectual Property (IP) and Corporate Law. He serves clients ranging from small startups to Fortune 100 companies. He is a Registered Patent Attorney. He is also an experienced CEO, COO, and Independent Corporate Director, and has a proven track record in generating profits for shareholders. His background and experience include 14 years as a top corporate executive in a NYSE-listed company, and over 12 years as a partner in a law firm. Rick has both undergraduate and graduate engineering degrees, and very broad experience in corporate management, operations, technology, and international matters including China. He was named one of the "Latest Generation of Atlanta CEOs and Power Brokers" by the Atlanta Journal Constitution. Rick is also President, CEO, and Founder of the Georgia Automotive Manufacturers Association (GAMA).

Rick is a former President of the North Fulton Bar Association. He is AV® Preeminent Peer Review Rated by Martindale-Hubbell legal directory (highest ranking), and rated as one of the "Top Lawyers of Georgia - 2013" by the National Law Journal. He was also just recently named an NACD (National Association of Corporate Directors) Governance Fellow, the highest level of credentialing for corporate directors and corporate governance professionals.


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Director Ex Officio

J Thomas Salata is Thomas Salata is an Alpharetta-based attorney with years of experience in family law, criminal law, bankruptcy law and mediation.

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