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Copeland Stair Announces Attorneys Elevated to Partner

January 1, 2020

Copeland, Stair, Kingma & Lovell, LLP is pleased to announce six attorneys in our Atlanta office have been elevated to partner effective January 1, 2020.  We congratulate each of them for this achievement and couldn’t be prouder of the manner in which they have distinguished themselves, both in the courtroom and within the community.

“As we begin 2020, I am excited to announce our first class of new partners this decade.  Our newest partners each exhibit our Firm Fundamentals in all that they do.  We are proud to see them continue to grow and help the Firm achieve our ultimate goal of superior client service.”

~Managing Partner, Shannon Sprinkle~



Melissa Bailey serves as the Chair of the CSKL Insurance Coverage and Bad Faith Practice Group, as well as Co-Chair of the General Liability Practice Group. She represents her clients in complex trial and appellate litigation across Georgia and also advises clients in pre-suit matters. Prior to joining Copeland Stair, Melissa was an attorney with a litigation firm in Savannah where she practiced in the areas of municipal and county liability defense, commercial litigation, and legal malpractice defense. Melissa received her J.D. from the University of Georgia School of Law and was inducted into the National Order of Barristers during graduation. In her third year of law school, she was one of only two students to argue in front of Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas as part of the Gray’s Inn exchange. Melissa was recently selected as Barrister of the Joseph Henry Lumpkin American Inn of Court. This esteemed title is given to only ten members a year that are in their first eight years of practice and possess the potential to move into the top echelon of the bar.

John C. deMoulpied, of our Atlanta office, concentrates his practice in commercial litigation, including professional liability claims against attorneys, accountants, directors and officers as well as insurance brokers. John has significant experience in the defense of intellectual property claims, franchise disputes, and class-action suits involving multi-million dollar corporations. As a former Assistant Attorney General in the Civil Rights Division, John has successfully handled numerous federal jury trials and appeals. John attended Vanderbilt University graduating cum laude with his undergraduate degree and received a Ph.D. from Purdue University. He graduated with his J.D. from the University of Chicago Law School and is a member of both the Georgia and Illinois State Bars.

Ryan A. Kolb  graduated cum laude with his law degree from Georgia State University College of Law, and received his undergraduate degree in International Business  from Auburn University. Prior to joining CSKL, Ryan served as an Assistant Attorney General in the post-conviction litigation section of the Georgia Attorney General’s office. While at the Attorney General’s office, he was responsible for litigating cases in superior courts across the state. Ryan’s current practice is concentrated in general liability defense and he is admitted to practice in all Georgia Courts, including the northern, middle, and southern district courts as well as the Eleventh Circuit Court of Appeals. Ryan has substantial appellate experience, handling dozens of cases in the Georgia Supreme Court and arguing before the Court on multiple occasions.

Tawny D. Mack graduated cum laude from the University of Georgia School of Law. Following law school and prior to joining CSKL, Tawny practiced with a firm in Savannah, Georgia in the areas of construction litigation, commercial litigation, and employment law. Tawny brought her litigation experience to CSKL, where she currently leads the Atlanta Design Professional Practice Group in addition to managing her employment litigation practice. While Tawny’s practice primarily focuses on the representation of architects and engineers in a variety of design and construction-phase disputes, she counsels all design professionals on best practices for contract formation, administration, and digital practice. Tawny is also a frequent speaker for conferences and events and also hosts seminars tailored to keep employers up-to-date on hot topics in employment law that impact their workforce. In 2019, she was elected to the Board for the Atlanta Chapter of the National Association of Women in Construction (NAWIC), selected as a Barrister of the Joseph Henry Lumpkin American Inn of Court, and appointed to the State Bar of Georgia’s YLD Board as the Director of Health and Wellness.

Jay M. O’Brien’s practice focuses on catastrophic injury, premises liability and transportation litigation. His extensive litigation experience includes defending individuals, corporations and retailers in a variety of general liability matters, frequently handling from initial investigation through trial and appeal. Mr. O’Brien regularly practices in all state and appellate courts in Georgia and Florida and has been named to the Georgia Super Lawyers Rising Stars® every year since 2014. He earned his J.D. from Nova Southeastern School of Law graduating magna cum laude and was a member of both the Nova Law Review and Moot Court.

Stephanie Vari is a member of CSKL’s health care and general liability practice groups. She currently focuses on defending medical providers and organizations against allegations of medical negligence. Prior to joining the firm, she practiced with an insurance defense firm in Denver, Colorado, where she represented physicians, nurses, hospitals and other health care organizations in the defense of allegations of medical negligence. Stephanie graduated from Piedmont Hospital School of Nursing and later received her Bachelor in Science from University of Phoenix. After earning her law degree from the University of Denver Sturm College of Law, she was admitted to practice in Colorado in 2005. Stephanie relocated to Georgia in 2015 and was admitted to the State Bar of Georgia. Stephanie’s background and experience as a registered nurse and nurse paralegal provides her with a unique perspective and familiarity of the issues faced in medical negligence cases.