Morris Hardwick Schneider names five new partnersMortgagePress.comMorris Hardwick Schneider, Michael Pierce, Fred Boynton, Dean Talaganis, Howard Delashmit, partners
Atlanta-based Morris|Hardwick|Schneider, one of the largest real
estate closing law firms in the country, recently announced that
five attorneys have been named partner: Michael Pierce, Fred
Boynton, Dean Talaganis and Howard Delashmit have been promoted to
partner, while Shell Rutledge joined M|H|S as partner.
"M|H|S strives to put the right people in the right roles to
ensure that our clients receive an exceptional level of service,"
said Nat Hardwick, M|H|S managing partner. "Michael, Fred, Dean and
Howard have proven themselves capable of handling the additional
responsibilities of being partners. Im as excited to announce their
promotions as I am to welcome Shell to our firm as a partner, who
has equally distinguished himself in our profession."
Pierce managed one of the firms offices prior to assuming his
role as counsel for the firm. With experience in numerous aspects
of real estate law such as residential closings, tax assessment
appeals, and zoning and land use, his practice is now devoted to
internal firm legal matters.
Pierce joined M|H|S in 2001. He earned a Juris Doctor degree
from the University of Pittsburgh School of Law and a bachelors
degree from the Pennsylvania State University. He has served on the
board of directors of the Georgia Real Estate Fraud Prevention and
Awareness Coalition since 2006. Pierce has also served as counsel
to the Georgia Association of Mortgage Brokers. He is the firms
liaison to the Georgia Real Estate Closing Attorneys Association
and is a member of the Real Property Law Section of the State Bar
of Georgia and the American Land Title Association.
Boynton will serve as a partner in the firms Dunwoody Perimeter
office. In addition to his role as partner, he is general counsel
for the firm. Boynton practices in the areas of real estate
litigation, real estate brokerage law, commercial real estate and
Boynton joined M|H|S in 2002. He received a Juris Doctor degree
from Tulane University School of Law and graduated with high honors
from The Citadel. After law school, he served for three years in
the U.S. Army Judge Advocate Generals Corps. He currently serves as
legal counsel for the Atlanta Board of REALTORS, the Atlanta
Commercial Board of REALTORS and the Cobb Association of REALTORS.
Boynton is a member of the Mortgage Bankers Association of Georgia,
the Real Property Law Section and the Administrative Law Section of
the State Bar of Georgia. He is a former Chairman of the
Administrative Law Section.
Talaganis is district president for M|H|S Ohio operations and
managing attorney for the firms Cleveland office. He focuses his
practice on REO closings. In addition, Dean routinely accepts
speaking and writing engagements to educate the REO community. He
regularly lectures about matters related to title insurance,
foreclosure, collections and ethics. Dean also took an active role
in working as a liaison between REO sellers and Cleveland-area
residents seeking affordable housing through the Hough
Talaganis joined M|H|S in 2005. He received a Juris Doctor
degree from Capital University Law School and a bachelors degree
from Youngstown State University. Talaganis is a member of the Ohio
State Bar Association and the Ohio Land Title Association.
Delashmit currently serves as managing attorney of the
Cartersville office in addition to his new role as partner. His
practice is focused on conventional residential closings. In
addition, Delashmit has years of experience assisting REALTORS and
builders in the Atlanta community.
Delashmit joined M|H|S in 1998. He earned a Juris Doctor degree
from Emory University School of Law, where he was awarded the Emory
University School of Law Distinguished Service Award. He received a
bachelors degree from Georgia Institute of Technology. Delashmit is
a member of Georgia Real Estate Closing Attorneys Association and
the Real Property Law Section of the Georgia Bar. Previously,
Delashmit was a licensed real estate associate in Georgia and
served as general counsel for a major Atlanta real estate company
for nine years.
Rutledge joins M|H|S as partner in charge of the firms national
default operations. He has more than 10 years experience practicing
foreclosure, creditors rights and real estate law prior to joining
Rutledge earned a Juris Doctor degree from the University of
Georgia and a bachelors degree from Emory University. He is a
member of the Real Property Law and Creditors Rights Sections of
the Georgia Bar and the Georgia Real Estate Closing Attorneys
Association. Shell holds an appointment as special assistant
attorney general for the state of Georgia and is a frequent
instructor and lecturer for title associations and legal education
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