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ON THE MOVE: Gainesville Lawyer Goes Solo with Plaintiffs Firm

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R. Shane Lazenby has opened his own plaintiffs firm in Gainesville after a decade practicing insurance defense law.

"I wanted to do my own thing and run things my own way," he said.

Lazenby said the biggest challenge since leaving Gainesville's Forrester & Brim to launch Lazenby Law Group at the beginning of October has been learning to handle a case before a suit is filed, something he didn't encounter on the defense side.

Lazenby started out at Atlanta's Peters & Monyak (at the time, Love Willingham Peters Gilliland & Monyak) a decade ago. His wife is from Gainesville, and he is from the nearby town of Lula, which led him to join Forrester & Brim in 2004.

"I learned a tremendous amount from Weymon [Forrester] and Jim [Brim] through the years, and I consider them outstanding lawyers and close friends," he said.

Gainesville is a conservative venue for plaintiffs, Lazenby said, but he is optimistic about his prospects. He estimated that there are fewer than 10 lawyers in the Gainesville area with exclusively plaintiffs practices. "It's the typical thing in a small town. Everybody has personal injury on their résumé, but very few focus on that."

Most people go to Atlanta to hire a plaintiffs lawyer, he said. "I think we can change that up here. There are some great lawyers experienced in plaintiffs work, and I think folks are going to like having a personal injury lawyer closer by."

Lazenby has also served as a ranger and paratrooper in the Army, the Georgia National Guard and the Army Reserve. He became a JAG officer with the 82nd Airborne Division right after law school at Mercer University in 1999, which led to a tour in Afghanistan after the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks.

Marisa Pins has joined Nelson Mullins Riley & Scarborough as an associate in the health care practice. A 2011 graduate of the University of Georgia School of Law, Pins was previously at Epstein Becker & Green, which has closed its Atlanta office. She has also worked as a risk analyst for Redmond Regional Medical Center.

McGuireWoods Consulting has hired Brian Looby as a vice president for its Georgia government relations team from the Georgia Department of Community Health. It also promoted Ashley Groome to senior vice president. Looby spent two years at the Department of Community Health as chief of the health care facility regulation division. An attorney, he was general counsel for the Medical Association of Georgia in 2011. Groome joined McGuireWoods in 2008 from Waste Management Inc., where she was director of government affairs.

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