Get to Know Our Trusted Attorneys in Lawrenceville, GA

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

Paul E. Andrew - Partner

pandrew@amrslaw.com

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).

Mark D. Merritt - Partner

Mark D. Merritt - Partner

MMerritt@amrslaw.com

Mr. Merritt has handled cases involving catastrophic personal injury, including claims for wrongful death. These types of cases frequently are the result of vehicular collisions but may also involve claims of medical malpractice. At the present time, however, Mark is not accepting new cases.
Mark received his undergraduate degree in Mathematics from the University of Georgia in 1983 and earned his law degree from Georgia State University in 1986. He is a member of the State Bar of Georgia and the Gwinnett County Bar Association. Mark is a native of Gwinnett County, born in Buford in 1962. He previously was vice-president of the Georgia Trial Lawyers Association and also was elected and served eight years on the State Bar of Georgia's Board of Governors. He also was a member of the State Bar of Georgia's Review Panel.

Steven M. Reilly - Partner

Steven M. Reilly - Partner

SReilly@amrslaw.com

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

Michael T. Smith - Partner

MSmith@amrslaw.com

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.

Emily R. Yost - Attorney

Emily R. Yost - Attorney

eyost@amrslaw.com

Emily is a native of metropolitan Atlanta. She received a Bachelor of Business Administration Degree, Cum Laude, in Finance from Kennesaw State University in 2000. After working as a consultant in the Right of Way Department of Colonial Pipeline Company for two (2) years, Emily attended Georgia State University College of Law where she obtained a Juris Doctor, Magna Cum Laude, in 2005. Emily has been with the firm since 2006 and practices primarily in the areas of Wills, Trusts and Estates. Emily is admitted to practice in all courts in the State of Georgia, including the Court of Appeals and Supreme Court of Georgia. Emily’s attention to her clients’ needs keeps them coming back and often results in referrals of their family members and friends. She has served on the Advisory Board for Sullivan & Schlieman Wealth Management, LLC, a wealth management firm located in Alpharetta. Emily lives in Dacula with her husband, Matt, and their two (2) daughters.

Raymon D. Burns - Attorney

Raymon D. Burns - Attorney

rburns@amrslaw.com

Raymon has 32 years of experience in the legal community. He is from Atlanta and has lived in Georgia all of his life. He majored in Finance at Georgia State University in 1978. He then attended Emory University College of Law where he received his Doctor of Law With Distinction in 1981. While at Emory, Raymon was a Member of the Board of the Emory Law Journal and he was a member of The Order of the Coif. Raymon was admitted to the Bar of Georgia in July 1981 and has been practicing law in the metropolitan Atlanta area ever since. Raymon has considerable experience with business and corporate legal issues, including contested probate matters. Raymon also has significant trial experience and now spends most of his time in court protecting his clients’ interests. Although Raymon’s primary focus is handling the litigation needs of our clients, he also enjoys helping our probate clients with their non-contested needs as well. Raymon currently resides at Lake Oconee where he and his wife, Jeanette, and their lab Sarah, all enjoy the beauty and relaxation afforded them by the lake.

Andrea Wagner - Paralegal

Andrea Wagner - Paralegal

awagner@amrslaw.com

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.

Jan Jones - Administrative Assistant

Jan Jones - Administrative Assistant

jjones@amrslaw.com

Jan is a resident of Gwinnett County, Georgia. Jan has been a member of our firm since 2002. She assists with guardianship and administration matters.

Katy Clarke - Paralegal

Katy Clarke - Paralegal

kclarke@gmail.com

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.

Morgan Russell – Forensic Paralegal

Morgan Russell – Forensic Paralegal

mrussell@amrslaw.com

Morgan is a resident of Barrow County in Winder, Georgia. She earned a Bachelor Degree in Criminal Justice with a concentration in Forensic Science from the University of North Georgia. Morgan serves as one of attorney Mike Smith’s paralegals and assists him with cases involving estates and probate matters. She is also a resource for Mike’s private clients who have been tasked with managing their loved one’s affairs after they have passed. Morgan is a Texas native but was raised in Cumming, Georgia. She enjoys spending time outdoors with her husband, either shooting her bow or just sitting on the back porch with a book.

Amy Mack – Paralegal

Amy Mack – Paralegal

amack@amrslaw.com

Amy is a resident of Buford, Georgia, and has been a member of the firm for approximately fifteen (15) years. She graduated from Collins Hill High School in 1998 and attended Gainesville State College. She serves as paralegal to attorney Emily R. Yost, and has significant experience dealing with private probate, estate, guardianship and conservatorship matters, in which she assists and gently guides clients through the probate process. She has been married since 2008, and has a son and daughter. When not working, she enjoys spending time with family and friends, and is actively involved as a parent in the Buford City school system.

Christie Kesler- Comptroller

Christie Kesler- Comptroller

ckesler@amrslaw.com

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.

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