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Partner

Location: Cordele, Georgia
Phone: 229-271-9323
Email: Email Me

Born in Warner Robins, Georgia, Rick spent his formative years in Ohio, Pennsylvania and Atlanta. After graduating from Georgia Tech with an Industrial Engineering degree, he received his J.D. with honors from the Rutgers School of Law - Newark. Rick practiced law in New York City, Atlanta, and Albany, Georgia, before settling with his family in Crisp County. He now specializes in residential, commercial, and agricultural real estate transactions, business law, foreclosures, general civil litigation, and estate planning and probate. He also has been the County Attorney for Crisp County since 2008.

Partner

Location: Cordele, Georgia
Phone: 229-271-9323
Email: Email Me

Kimberly is a native of Buena Vista, Georgia, where she was raised on her family's farm with her four sisters. She enjoyed growing up in a small town in South Georgia and graduated summa cum laude from Georgia Southwestern College in nearby Americus. She then attended Mercer University School of Law in Macon where she received her J.D. with honors.

Before coming to Cordele, Kimberly practiced in Albany, Georgia where she was a partner with Gardner, Willis, Sweat, & Handelman, LLP. Her primary areas of practice are government law, commercial litigation, and business law.

Partner

Location: Cordele, Georgia
Phone: 229-271-9323
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Doug Dean is an attorney serving injured people in Southwest Georgia and other parts of the state. He aggressively advocates for his clients by building cases that insurance companies and negligent parties cannot ignore. Doug and the firm’s injury team help clients navigate the complicated web of adjusters, insurers, doctors, medical records, and the court system to achieve the best result. Doug has an extensive track record of quickly obtaining significant results for clients and maximizing their total benefits by ensuring that the outcomes of their injury cases do not negatively affect other sources, such as disability insurance or Social Security benefits.

Attorney

Location: Cordele, Georgia
Phone: 229-271-9323
Email: Email Me

Born into a military family, Terry grew up around the world. Georgia has been her home now for more than three decades and where she raised her four children.

Attorney

Location: Cordele, Georgia
Phone: 229-271-9323
Email: Email Me

Janelle Zabresky, a Pennsylvania native, graduated, magna cum laude, from Clarion University in 2010, with a Bachelor of Science degree in Political Science. While at Clarion, she was a member of the Clarion Women’s Basketball team and the University’s Student Senate. After college, Janelle earned her law degree, cum laude, from the Florida State University College of Law in 2013. In law school, Janelle was a member of the Florida State University Law Review and had her article titled “Creating a Safe Harbor for Florida’s Children: An Overview of Florida’s Legislative Evolution in Domestic Minor Sex Trafficking” published in the Winter 2013 issue.

Associate Attorney

Location: Cordele, Georgia
Phone: 229-271-9323
Email: Email Me

Hayden Hooks serves as general and litigation counsel for governmental entities, currently serving as Sumter County’s attorney. Hayden provides advice to elected officials and government employees on the issues that local leaders face each day including the scope of municipal authority, governmental contracting, employment matters, elections, zoning, and open records. She regularly drafts ordinances and policies to comply with current and best practices.

Legal Assistant

Location: Cordele, Georgia
Phone: 229-271-9323
Email: Email Me

Lana Mays is originally from Americus, Georgia, and joined the firm in 2017. She works primarily on personal injury and workers’ compensation cases providing direct support, including working directly with our injured clients, ordering and organizing medical records and bills, scheduling depositions, preparing court documents and discovery, and researching and organizing evidence.

Real Estate Legal Assistant

Location: Cordele, Georgia
Phone: 229-271-9323
Email: Email Me

Teresa Stanley is the law firm’s real estate legal assistant. She has about 25 years of experience as a legal assistant. She works with lenders, real estate agents, buyers and sellers to prepare closing documents. She also prepares estate documents, wills, powers of attorney and probate documents. She enjoys working with the clients to help meet their legal needs.

Office Administrator

Location: Cordele, Georgia
Phone: 229-271-9323
Email: Email Me

As Firm Administrator, Wendy Martin Cole is tasked with making sure our multi-faceted firm keeps running at peak efficiency.

Records Administrator

Ben joined the staff of Lawson, Reid & Dean in 2022 as Records Administrator. He is tasked with bringing cohesiveness and collaboration to our quickly growing firm by streamlining the availability and flow of information between the attorneys, staff, and our clients.

Paralegal / Receptionist

Mindy Young is from Vienna, Georgia, and joined the firm in 2022 as a Paralegal/Receptionist. She has over 18 years of legal experience.