Miles Mediation & Arbitration Services

ATLANTA OFFICE:
6 Concourse Pkwy., Suite 1950

Atlanta, GA 30328
(678) 320-9118

SAVANNAH OFFICE:
17 Park of Commerce Blvd.
Suite 301

Savannah, GA 31405
(912) 417-2879
All Fax: (404) 389-0831

May 24, 2016 No Comments

Last week Kay Thompson stepped out of her mediation, flashed a comforting smile to a group of clients waiting for their attorney in the main reception area, then disappeared to another wing of the office. We overheard one of the clients say “what a sweet woman; she just brightened the room with that smile.”  It’s not certain if they knew she was a Miles mediator, but based on their response to her fleeting presence, they would’ve been pleased to know that she was an attorney and mediator, working tirelessly to bring her case to a peaceful resolution.

Kay has an inviting demeanor that draws anyone in. But her reassuring presence is bolstered by strong confidence in her ability to produce results as a mediator. She has 30+ years of experience as an attorney practicing in areas of personal injury, both plaintiff and defense, malpractice defense, domestic, contract disputes, subrogation and insurance coverage, and as house counsel for State Farm Mutual Automobile Insurance Company.

She has tried cases in all levels of the state court system and argued cases in the Georgia Court of Appeals and the Supreme Court of Georgia.

With all this in mind, don’t you want to know more about Kay?

Kay Thompson, Esq.

 

What made you want to become a lawyer?

I read “To Kill a Mockingbird” in elementary school, and I wanted to be an attorney like Atticus Finch.  I have always loved to read, and an attorney career path just seemed what I should do.  My dad always said I would be an attorney because I loved to argue.

Why is mediation an important process?
The mediation process gives the parties a serious shot at a resolution – one in which they have a voice and have certainty – rather than having a jury of strangers decide their case for them.  Mediation is more cost-effective than going to trial – both in the expenditure of time and money.  Many of the courts are overwhelmed, and mediation has an important function in helping to alleviate the caseload.  Mediation gives the parties the opportunity to sit across the table from each other and hear out the opposing side – allowing them to see and hear the strengths and weaknesses of their case.

What are your top five personal values?
Integrity, respect, work ethic, compassion and “the golden rule.”

What’s your favorite book? 
It’s a tie between “To Kill a Mockingbird” by Harper Lee and “Atlas Shrugged” by Ayn Rand.

Who is your Hero?
My husband, Leon, is my hero.  He is a man of integrity and honor.  Without his support throughout 32 years of marriage, I would not have been able to practice law and raise two children.

Do you have a favorite quote?
My favorite quote is “Today is the tomorrow that you worried about yesterday.”

What’s something your clients wouldn’t expect of you? (Humor us….)
I love alternative and indie rock as much as I love classic rock and pop.

What’s an ideal weekend for you?
An ideal weekend is spent hiking for 2-3 miles and having a picnic with family and/or friends.

What are you most thankful for?
I am most thankful for my family and being able to retire from the full-time practice of law.

What is the craziest thing you’ve ever done and would you do it again?
The craziest thing I ever did was to get on the back of a motorcycle driven by Dickey Betts of The Allman Brothers – back when I was young and very stupid.  And, no, I would not do it again.  I’m lucky I’ve lived to tell it.

If you were granted 3 wishes right now, what would you wish for?
My 3 wishes would be to end hunger, for world peace and no hardships for anyone.

What movie or novel character do you most identify with?
The fictional character identified with – Kathy Bates’ role in “Fried Green Tomatoes – because my daughter has always loved that movie and thinks I am Kathy Bates’ twin.

What characteristic do you most admire in others?
Compassion.

What superpower would you like to have?
A superpower I would love to have is to be able to completely heal anyone with a physical or mental illness.

If you could have lunch with anyone living who would it be?
I would love to have lunch with Sir Paul McCartney.

When in your life have you had a “now or never” moment?
When I applied to take the LSAT and start the law school application process.

If you were invisible, where would you go?
If invisible, I would tour the entire Middle East.


To find out more about Kay or to book her for your next mediation, click here. 

There’s no admin fee when you book a mediation with her in May and June. 

Mediator Kay Thompson, Esq.

 

May 19, 2016 No Comments

Gino Brogdon, Jr. Esq.

 

As a member of Team Parent, Gino Brogdon, Jr. has already mediated dozens of cases for Miles Mediation. He handles a range of high-value cases–from Auto and Trucking to Medical Malpractice. He is a board member of the Atlanta Bar Association’s “Litigation Section” and serves on the board of Gate City Bar Association. He recently presented at a Young Lawyers Division CLE on mediation preparation, and this month completed the Georgia Trial Lawyers Association’s 2015-2016 Leadership Education & Advanced Direction (LEAD) Program Class.

In addition to his impressive list of accomplishments, Gino recently received two notable awards: “Top 40 under 40″ by the National Trial Lawyers and “Top 10 Under 40” by the National Academy of Personal Injury Attorneys. 

Get to know another side of Gino, as he opens up and shares some interesting details about his life.

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May 15, 2016 No Comments

 

We recently met with Atlanta Legal Aid Society’s Executive Director,  Steven Gottlieb, who gave us a tour of the organization’s new headquarters. ALAS relocated to 54 Ellis Street NE in Atlanta. If you haven’t had a chance to see the new facility, you should pay a visit.

In 2015, ALAS oversaw 24,631 cases and served over 50,000 people within five counties: Fulton, DeKalb, Cobb, Gwinnett and Clayton. The organization handles cases in Family Law, Domestic Violence, Housing, Healthcare, Employment, Consumer, Education, Juvenile and Individual Rights.

Here are some impressive stats from completed cases in 2015:

$1.5 million+ in child support ordered
991 adults and children protected from violence
1104 provided stability through adoption, visitation, custody, etc.
$220,785 in special education services secured

This is just a snapshot of the favorable outcomes ALAS produces every year. We are fortunate to have a connection with ALAS through Miles mediator, Lynn Roberson, who is an avid supporter of the organization.

If you are interested in volunteering or supporting one of the group’s many projects, contact Angie Tacker, Director of Annual Giving and Communications, at ajtacker@atlantalegalaid.org

 

May 10, 2016 No Comments

 

We recently met with Atlanta Legal Aid Society’s Executive Director,  Steven Gottlieb, who gave us a tour of the organization’s new headquarters. ALAS relocated to 54 Ellis Street NE in Atlanta. If you haven’t had a chance to see the new facility, you should pay a visit.

In 2015, ALAS oversaw 24,631 cases and served over 50,000 people within five counties: Fulton, DeKalb, Cobb, Gwinnett and Clayton. The organization handles cases in Family Law, Domestic Violence, Housing, Healthcare, Employment, Consumer, Education, Juvenile and Individual Rights.

Here are some impressive stats from completed cases in 2015:

$1.5 million+ in child support ordered
991 adults and children protected from violence
1104 provided stability through adoption, visitation, custody, etc.
$220,785 in special education services secured

This is just a snapshot of the favorable outcomes ALAS produces every year. We are fortunate to have a connection with ALAS through Miles mediator, Lynn Roberson, who is an avid supporter of the organization.

If you are interested in volunteering or supporting one of the group’s many projects, contact Angie Tacker, Director of Annual Giving and Communications, at ajtacker@atlantalegalaid.org

May 9, 2016 No Comments

As Miles Mediation continues to grow, we want to make sure you get to know our mediators outside the caucus room and learn how their journey brought them to Miles. We’re excited to welcome Rusty Grant to our group of exceptional mediators. Rusty is accomplished and passionate about his work; find out more about him, from why he believes in the mediation process to what he does in his spare time….

Mediator Rusty Grant

What made you want to become a lawyer?

To be honest, there was no defining moment or defining reason that made me want to be a lawyer. It’s just something I always knew I would do. When I was halfway through college, my options were to pursue a career in journalism or go to law school, and I knew I would rather go to law school.

What are you most proud of on your resume?

I’m proud of the relatively young age at which I have accomplished some of my goals. I joined Cruser & Mitchell with no civil litigation experience and in six years, became the youngest partner in the firm.

Why is mediation an important process?

Mediation is important because, if for absolutely no other reason, it is an opportunity to listen to the other side present its case. It’s a free look at what the other side believes its strengths are. There are obviously numerous other benefits, and it’s an opportunity all litigants should take advantage of to try to resolve their cases. But even when resolution does not occur, both sides leave knowing more about the case than when they began.

Where did you grow up?

I grew up in Atlanta/Buckhead.

What are your top 5 personal values?

  1. Effort – A person can accomplish a lot with effort. Talent gets you nowhere without it.
  2. Integrity – Without integrity, talent and effort are also dead ends. A person needs to have the trust of others to succeed.
  3. Acceptance – People would be a lot better off if they would accept others rather than trying to change them.
  4. Loyalty – I am deeply loyal to those who have been loyal to me.
  5. Efficiency – I strive to be efficient in everything I do. Nothing drives me crazier than when something that can be done in two steps ends up taking 20.

What’s your favorite book?

To Kill a Mockingbird.

If you could change anything about the world, what would it be?

I would make people see other perspectives more clearly. I find that many of our disagreements would be more easily solved if we could see and understand another’s point of view.

What do you like to do in your spare time? How do you unwind?

I exercise every day, sometimes more than once per day.

What would you sing at karaoke night?

Anything from the 1980s.

Who is your Hero?

My hero is my father. I could not have had a better example of how to live my life.

Do you have a favorite quote?

“Get busy living, or get busy dying.”

 


To find out more about Rusty or to book him for your next mediation, click below:
Miles Mediation new mediators

May 6, 2016 No Comments

We’re pleased to welcome the newest mediators at Miles:

Gino Brogdon Jr., Esq.

Kay Thompson, Esq.

Debbie Tarkington, Esq.

Russell “Rusty” Grant, Esq

If you book one of these incredible mediators in May or June, we will waive the administrative fee for your mediation.*

*mediation must take place before September 2016

New Mediators at Miles Mediation