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Ragsdale, Beals, Seigler, Patterson & Gray, LLP
Atlanta Office: Dawsonville Office:
2400 International Tower, Peachtree Center 135 Prominence Court
229 Peachtree Street, N.E. Suite 160
Atlanta, Georgia 30303-1629 Dawsonville, Georgia 30534
Bill is originally from Mt. Airy, N.C. He attended Davidson College, graduating with honors in history in 1968. He received his Master's in international relations from The Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies in 1970 before returning to North Carolina to manage his family's newspaper. During this time, he served as campaign manager in a U.S. Congressional race, taught economics and government at a community college, and completed his active duty training as a 1st Lieutenant and then Captain in the U.S. Army Reserves.
Bill completed his legal education in two years, receiving a J.D. with honors from The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 1975, having been elected to the Order of the Coif and Moot Court Bench, and having studied at Oxford, U.K. He practiced with Hansell & Post in that firm's corporate and tax section before forming his own firm. He joined us in 1981.
While his practice is varied, Bill's primary focus is on the representation of closely-held businesses and family enterprises, assisting his clients in the formation of new ventures and the operation of their ongoing enterprises. In many ways Bill functions as "house counsel" for a number of small to mid-size firms, as well as serving his larger clients. He assists the principals of those firms in other areas such as real estate including ad valorem tax matters and appeals, estate planning, personal property tax matters, entertainment law, raising additional capital and shareholder/owner/employee relationships. He has served on the Atlanta Committee on Foreign Relations and has served on the advisory board to a financial institution acquired by a major bank and as an officer in the Tuxedo Park Civic Association Bill has also served as special assistant at the request of the Georgia Attorney General and the Georgia Insurance Commissioner, helped form a small firm law economics group and has lectured on the formation and economics of small firm law practices.
Bill and his wife Emily are active golfers. They have two grown daughters, and reside in the Buckhead area of Atlanta.
Russell was born and raised in Atlanta. He was admitted to the Georgia bar in 1985, having graduated summa cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa from the University of Georgia with an A.B. degree in 1981, and a J.D. degree in 1985, and has been with the firm since that time. Russell specializes in commercial litigation in state and federal courts with particular emphasis on bankruptcy litigation. He has extensive experience representing trustees, creditors, and debtors in all types of bankruptcy cases. Russell has also served as state court receiver, as litigation counsel for Federal Trade Commission Receivers in national telemarketing practices enforcement actions, and as a special assistant attorney general at the request of the Georgia Attorney General and the Georgia Insurance Commissioner in various receivership affairs.
Russell and his wife Debbie enjoy tennis and play competitively. They have two grown children and reside in Gwinnett County.
Hal grew up in Atlanta and Mt. Lebanon, PA, a suburb of Pittsburgh. He received his A.B. degree from The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, then earned his J.D. from the Emory University School of Law, where he and our retired partner Ed Mangiafico were classmates. Hal practiced with Powell, Goldstein, Frazer & Murphy (now Bryan Cave LLP) and was subsequently a partner with Varner, Stephens, Wingfield & Humphries, LLP before joining this Firm in 1999. He currently serves as our Managing Partner.
Hal has over thirty-five years of experience in construction law and litigation, complex commercial/business law and litigation, real estate matters including ad valorem tax appeals and title claims, and environmental-related disputes. Additionally, he has a very active practice in alternative dispute resolution.
Hal's construction law practice involves advising and representing clients in all phases of development and construction from project design through dispute resolution regarding all types of projects, including commercial high-rise office buildings, hospitals and medical office buildings, regional malls and shopping centers, heavy and highway construction, bridge construction, federal government construction and contracting, mass transit construction, condominiums, apartments and dormitories, hotels, industrial and manufacturing plants, fuel storage facilities, parking decks, churches, stadiums and schools and universities. He regularly represents owners, developers, design professionals (architects, engineers, interior designers and landscape architects), general contractors, program and construction managers, subcontractors, sureties, insurers, suppliers and materialmen.
Hal is engaged in alternative dispute resolution as both an arbitrator and mediator. He has served as a neutral arbitrator for over thirty years. During that time, he has served in over 250 construction, commercial, real estate and environmental cases as a single arbitrator, panel member or panel chair. He has also served as a construction, real estate and commercial mediator for over fifteen years and has mediated hundreds of disputes. Hal has also served as a court-appointed Special Master and Auditor, and a construction project neutral and evaluator.
Hal is a member of the American Arbitration Association's Commercial, Construction/Real Estate/Environmental, and Large and Complex Case Panels of Arbitrators, and has been selected as a member of the Master Mediator Panel of Mediation.org, the American Arbitration Association's mediation division. He is also a member of the Arbitration and Mediation Panels of the International Centre for Dispute Resolution, and the Roster of Distinguished Neutrals of the International Institute for Conflict Prevention and Resolution serving as both a Mediator and Arbitrator on its Construction, Insurance and Insurance Policyholder Panels. He has also been certified as a Mediator by the International Mediation Institute. Hal has recently been appointed by the Supreme Court of Georgia to the Georgia Commission on Dispute Resolution.
He is a Fellow, President-Elect and Director of the College of Commercial Arbitrators and a Member of its CLE, Judicial Education and Legislation Committees. He is also a Fellow of the American College of Civil Trial Mediators, a Fellow and Officer of the Georgia Arbitrators' Forum, and a Fellow of the Georgia Academy of Mediators and Arbitrators, the National Academy of Distinguished Neutrals and the Construction Lawyers Society of America. Hal has been recognized as one of Georgia's "Top 100 Lawyers" by Atlanta Magazine. He is one of only two lawyers recognized as a "Georgia Super Lawyer" in both Construction Litigation and Alternative Dispute Resolution by Atlanta Magazine and is listed in "The Best Lawyers in America" for Construction Law. He is a registered Mediator and Arbitrator with the Georgia Office of Dispute Resolution.
Hal is a Past Chair of the Atlanta Bar Association Construction Law Section, a Past Chair of the Atlanta Bar Association Dispute Resolution Section, and a Past Chair of the State Bar of Georgia Dispute Resolution Section. Hal has served on several occasions as the Chair of the Georgia State Bar's Annual Arbitration Institute and as Chair of the State Bar's Annual ADR Institute and Neutrals' Conference in Atlanta. He is a member of the Atlanta International Arbitration Society and serves on its International Mediation Committee.
A member of the Lawyers Club of Atlanta, having served on its Executive Committee and as its President, Hal has also served as a Trustee and as Chairman of the Atlanta Lawyers Foundation. He is a Fellow of the American Bar Foundation and a Founding Donor of the AAA/ICDR Foundation.
Hal is the author of numerous published works on construction and alternative dispute resolution topics. He often lectures both legal and industry professional groups on construction law and ADR matters of interest.
Hal and his wife Mayme have three grown children. Hal enjoys playing Blues and Rock guitar, and he and Mayme are enjoying once again picking up golf. They reside in the north Fulton County suburb of Roswell.
Brian graduated from Davidson College in 1978 with an A.B. in Economics. He then attended law school at The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill obtaining his J.D. degree in 1981. Brian practiced with several firms in south Florida and metropolitan Atlanta before joining this Firm in 2006. He is the author of numerous articles and publications and speaks to professional and industry groups on insurance coverage and on construction law topics. He represents clients in a wide-range of business and litigation matters and is admitted to practice in the States of Florida and Georgia. His practice areas are construction, insurance and business law, and commercial litigation.
Brian has two grown daughters and resides in the Old Fourth Ward area of Atlanta.
Ed is an Atlanta native, and he lives in Sandy Springs. Ed has been engaged in an active civil litigation practice since 1978. He is admitted to practice in all state and federal courts in Georgia, the Eleventh Circuit Court of Appeals, the United States Claims Court and the Supreme Court of the United States. He specializes in tort, business and insurance litigation and alternative dispute resolution, including personal injury (product liability, premises liability, motor vehicle liability and general liability), professional liability, insurance coverage, and contract matters, representing plaintiffs as well as defendants and their insurers. Prior to joining this firm as a partner in January 2007, he was a shareholder in Duncan & Mangiafico, P.C. He is rated “AV” by the Martindale-Hubbell Law Directory. Ed obtained an A.B., cum laude, from Georgia State University in 1975, and his J.D. from the Emory University School of Law in 1978, where he and Hal Gray were classmates. He was trained as a mediation and arbitration neutral through Resolution Resources, Inc. in 1998, and he has over 35 years of trial and appellate litigation experience as well as alternative dispute resolution. He has authored numerous publications, including three chapters of the Insurance volume of Georgia Jurisprudence, and he is a frequent presenter at seminars on tort and insurance topics.
Ed has a son in college and a daughter just out of college.
Ron received his B.A. at Mount Union College graduating cum laude with Honors in 1971. He then attended Duke University where he received his J.D. in 1974. He has been a member of the Georgia State Bar since 1974, and has been admitted to practice before the Georgia Court of Appeals, the Supreme Court of Georgia, U.S. District Courts for the Northern, Middle and Southern Districts of Georgia and the U.S. Eleventh Circuit Court of Appeals. He belongs to the Atlanta and American Bar Associations, Defense Research Institute, International Association of Defense Counsel and Product Liability Advisory Council (Sustaining Member). He has been selected as a "Georgia Super Lawyer" in Litigation by Atlanta Magazine from 2005 through 2013. Ron's practice area is civil litigation including personal injury, product liability (including asbestos), wrongful death, commercial litigation, insurance and wills and probate. He is also active in dispute resolution including arbitration and mediation. Ron and Joyce Reilly are resident in our North Metro office located in Dawsonville.
Ron and his wife live in Big Canoe, Georgia, and are the parents of three grown daughters.
Bob joined the firm on January 1, 2010. He received his B.A. degree from Yale University in 1966. He then received his J.D. degree from the George Washington University National Law Center in 1969. He was admitted to practice in Virginia in 1969, and served four years on active duty in the Army JAG Corps. In 1973, Bob moved to Atlanta and was admitted to practice in Georgia.
Bob practiced with Heyman & Sizemore for almost four years, and in 1977 was one of the six co-founders of Hicks, Maloof & Campbell. When HMC merged with Long, Aldridge & Norman (now McKenna, Long & Aldridge) in 1998, Bob became a partner in the merged firm and remained so until his departure to join our firm.
In his forty years of practice, Bob has accumulated a wealth of knowledge and experience in complex corporate reorganizations and bankruptcies; commercial litigation at the trial and appellate levels; and related non-litigation matters.
Bob has represented debtors, creditors and court-appointed fiduciaries in a substantial number of bankruptcy cases. Recently, Bob represented the Examiner appointed in the Refco bankruptcy case (one of the 10 largest cases ever filed), led the team investigating the activities of Refco’s outside counsel, and co-authored the Final Report of the Examiner.
Bob also has extensive experience in many varied areas of commercial litigation, including defending and pursuing professionals in malpractice/breach of fiduciary duty/securities fraud cases, and pursuing and defending many types of business-related torts including: complex contractual claims, conversion of assets, fraud and misrepresentation, civil and criminal asset forfeiture and related matters under the Patriot Act, misappropriation of trade secrets, tortious interference with contracts, wrongful solicitation of employees, and copyright infringement.
Bob has successfully argued cases before the Eleventh Circuit Court of Appeals, the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals, the Georgia Supreme Court and the Georgia Court of Appeals, and has authored amicus briefs filed with the United States Supreme Court (bankruptcy) and the Supreme Court of Alabama (mass torts). A number of his bankruptcy and commercial litigation cases have involved “cutting-edge” issues reflected in reported decisions at the trial and appellate levels.
Bob has also practiced transactional law in matters related to litigation or bankruptcy, including: out-of-court financial restructurings; sales or transfers of assets in bankruptcy and otherwise to resolve potential litigation; mediation to find creative solutions to legal disputes, and other alternative dispute resolution mechanisms, including arbitration.
Away from the practice of law, Bob is a sports enthusiast. He plays competitive baseball, rides a mountain bike, and golfs “occasionally.” He and his wife Kerry have three children and several grandchildren, and reside in the East Cobb area of Marietta.
Lisa received her B.A. in 1983 and her J.D. in 1986, both from Mercer University. After her graduation from law school, she clerked for two Superior Court Judges in Douglas County, Georgia. In 1987 Lisa went to work as staff attorney for DeKalb County, Georgia where for several years she represented the county in ad valorem tax disputes. She then went into private practice first with Dearing & Klauber then Jones, Morrison, Womack & Dearing before joining Ragsdale, Beals, Seigler, Patterson & Gray, LLP in 1999. Lisa is the Chair of the Firm's Ad Valorem Tax Practice and frequently writes and speaks both to lawyers and laymen on that topic. She is also the Firm's "Designated Representative" to American Property Tax Counsel.
Lisa and her husband Jay have two children. They live in Lawrenceville, in Gwinnett County.
Joyce earned an A.B.J. from the Grady College of Journalism at the University of Georgia in 2003, graduating summa cum laude. She then continued her education at the University of Georgia where she received her J.D. in 2006. After several years of practice in the north Atlanta suburbs, she joined our Firm in 2009.
Joyce works alongside Ron Reemsnyder in the Firm's Dawsonville office. Her practice focuses on civil litigation including personal injury, product liability, wrongful death, commercial litigation, insurance, wills and probate.
Joyce lives in Athens, Georgia and recently purchased her first home there. She enjoys spending her free time reading and painting.
Lisa obtained her B.S. with honors from the University of South Carolina in 1989. She then attended Emory University, where she was conferred both M.B.A. and J.D. degrees in 1993. While at Emory, she served as the Executive Editor of the Bankruptcy Developments Journal. Lisa’s practice areas include Bankruptcy, Creditors’ Rights, Reorganization, Civil Litigation and Business Law.
Lisa lives in the Inman Park section of Atlanta, where she is active in the neighborhood civic association.
1934 - 2009
1936 - 2007
Our Firm originated when Kent Beals and Bill Ragsdale, classmates at the University of Virginia Law School, began practice together on January 2, 1980. Ellis Hooper and Bill Seigler joined the Firm in 1981, with the partnership of Ragsdale, Beals, Hooper & Seigler formally created in January 1982. Russell Patterson began his practice with the Firm in 1985. Hal Gray joined the Firm in 1999; Brian Morrissey and Ed Mangiafico joined in 2006. As of September 2006, the name of the Firm was changed to Ragsdale, Beals, Seigler, Patterson & Gray, LLP. Our founding partner Kent Beals passed away in 2007. In 2009, our remaining founding partner Bill Ragsdale passed away, and Ron Reemsnyder joined the Firm as a partner. Bob Bartlett joined us as a partner as of January 1, 2010.
We bring together experiences from many different legal backgrounds: large national firms, medium-sized regional firms and local Atlanta law practices. Our diverse nature is a tremendous asset, in that we have the expertise found in larger legal organizations combined with the knowledge of exactly what our clients need in the way of representation. Unlike many law firms, we understand and appreciate the differerence between answering a client's question and embarking on a major client representation. We have the experience and knowledge necessary to address legal problems as they arise in many different substantive areas.