Get to Know Our Trusted Attorneys in Lawrenceville, GA

You can rely on Andrew, Merritt, Reilly & Smith Attorneys at Law

It's important to build a trusting relationship with your attorney, no matter the legal service. Our firm has been serving Lawrenceville since 2002. In nearly 15 years of experience, we've handled all sorts of personal and commercial legal services.

Combined, our partners have more than 100 years of experience in the legal field. Check out our team bios below to see which attorney is best suited to serve your legal needs.

Paul E. Andrew - Partner

Mr. Andrew practices in contracts, corporate law, business litigation, employment litigation and business organization. A 1987 graduate of the University of Georgia, Paul earned his law degree with honors from Georgia State University in 1990. He is a member of the State Bar of Georgia (Member, Sections on: Labor; International Law) and the American Bar Association (Member, Section on Labor and Employment Law). Paul was born in Decatur, Georgia on January 19, 1963 and has previously practiced law as an Associate with Fisher & Phillips (Atlanta, Georgia), as well as with Thompson & Sweeney, P.C. (Lawrenceville, Georgia).

Steven M. Reilly - Partner

Mr. Reilly's legal expertise lies in divorce/family law and criminal defense. In addition, he represents clients in other areas of civil practice, including small business and personal injury matters. Steve graduated from law school at the University of Georgia in 1986, having received his bachelors degree from Mercer University in Macon, Georgia three years earlier. He is a member of the State Bar of Georgia, the Gwinnett County Bar Association and the Georgia Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers. He is also a certified mediator, handling cases in the Gwinnett Judicial Circuit.

Steve has been a resident of Gwinnett County since 1975. After graduating from law school, he became an officer in the United States Army Judge Advocate General's Corps, where he practiced law as a military attorney. In 1990, Mr. Reilly was honorably discharged from the Army and entered private law practice in Lawrenceville.

Steve Reilly has been active in the Gwinnett County community, having previously served as a board member of the Gwinnett United Way and the Gwinnett County Boys & Girls Clubs. He is a 1996 graduate of Leadership Gwinnett. Also active in politics, Steve was the Democratic nominee for the United States Congress in Georgia's 7th U.S. House district in 2012.

Michael T. Smith - Partner

Mike is a life-long resident of Dacula, Georgia, having graduated from Dacula High School in 1985. He has a bachelor's degree from the University of Georgia in Geography (1989), and a Juris Doctorate degree from Georgia State University College of Law (1992). His practice is concentrated in probate/estate and conservatorship/guardianship work. Mike represents individuals, beneficiaries and fiduciaries, estates, trusts, conservatorships and guardianships in probate and superior courts around the State of Georgia. He also serves as executor, administrator and trustee in more than 300 cases per year on a continuing basis. In 1993, Mike was appointed to serve a four-year term as County Administrator/County Guardian by the Probate Court of Gwinnett County to represent estates and conservatorships in both legal and fiduciary capacities. Since then, Mike has been appointed to six additional terms, and is now in his 23rd year serving Gwinnett County estates and conservatorships as County Administrator/County Conservator. In both his private practice and in his official appointed capacity, Mike and his staff provide detailed legal service from beginning to end, including not only initial filings and formation, but also estate and trust administration, asset management, gift and estate tax planning, post mortem tax planning and drafting wills and trusts. He is also a speaker at seminars each year regarding probate estates, conservatorships and guardianships.

Mike grew up in Gwinnett County, attending his entire primary school years in the Dacula schools, and continues to live in the Dacula community. Mike is married to wife Jennifer, and has three children, Austin, Landon, and Morgan. The family attends Hebron Baptist Church in Dacula, Georgia. Hobbies include farming, basketball and motocross.

Hillary Cranford - Attorney

Hillary is a resident of Suwanee, Georgia and a native of metropolitan Atlanta. She graduated Magna Cum Laude from the University of Georgia in 2004 with degrees in both English and Advertising. Hillary attend the University of Georgia School of Law, where she obtained a Juris Doctor in 2007. From 2007 to 2014, Hillary served as staff attorney for the Gwinnett County Probate Court and law clerk for Judges Walter J. Clarke and Christopher A. Ballar. In November, 2014, Hillary was sworn in as the first Associate Judge of the Cobb County Probate Court, as appointed by Judge Kelli Wolk. In 2015, Hillary returned to Gwinnett and was sworn in as the first Associate Judge of the Gwinnett County Probate Court, where she served alongside Judge Ballar until June, 2019. Hillary joined the firm in July, 2019 and practices in the areas of fiduciary services, trust services, guardianships and conservatorships, and probate and estates. Hillary enjoys spending time with her husband, Brian, and two sons.

Ali Grant - Attorney

Ali is a resident of Gwinnett County, Georgia. She graduated Magna Cum Laude from the University of Georgia in 2012 and earned her Juris Doctorate from Georgia State University in 2018. Ali joined Andrew, Merritt, Reilly, and Smith in 2018 and practices in the areas of fiduciary services, trust services, guardianships and conservatorships, and probate and estates.

Ali currently resides in Buford, Georgia. In her spare time, she enjoys traveling, running, playing with her dogs, and spending time with her friends and family.

Andrea Wagner - Paralegal

Andrea is a resident of Gwinnett County, Georgia. She graduated from Norcross High School in 1994. She holds a Bachelors Degree in Business Administration from Georgia State University, and serves as the senior Paralegal to attorney Mike Smith. Andrea has worked with private practice and court directed probate matters, guardianship, administrations and estate planning since 1995. Responsibilities include fiduciary oversight and management of case files, court planning, comptroller of fiduciary accounts and management of junior level assistants and related employees. Andrea also serves as the firm administrator.

Katy Clarke - Paralegal

Katy is a resident of Lawrenceville, Georgia, and has been a member of our firm since 2002. She serves as assistant to Steve Reilly, dealing with domestic relations and criminal defense matters.

Christine Kendall - Legal Assistant

Christine Kendall joined our firm spring 2015 as Legal Assistant to partner Paul Andrew assisting in the daily running of his busy litigation practice. Arriving in the Atlanta metropolitan area in 2000 she worked several years at Womble Carlyle Sandridge & Rice in product liability, employment and business litigation. Christine is a long-ago New York transplant journeying through Chicago, Charlotte, Raleigh and even Pasadena always working in civil & business litigation. She is now sold on the milder winters and the smaller law firm environment.

Christie Kesler- Comptroller

Christie is our Financial Comptroller for the estate and conservatorship accounts. Christie was born and raised in Gwinnett County, Georgia. She graduated from Meadowcreek High School. Christie and her husband live in the Hoschton area with their two children. Christie is an active volunteer with Gwinnett Sexual Assault Center and attends Free Chapel Worship Center. She enjoys spending time with family and watching her son's sporting events.