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Scoggins, Goodman Close Their Firm, Join Miller & Martin

Other lawyers from real estate boutique find new firms

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Randall Scoggins and Robert Goodman Jr. closed their commercial real estate boutique, Scoggins & Goodman, and joined Miller & Martin as partners on Dec. 1.

Another veteran local real estate lawyer, Julian Nealy, joined the Chattanooga-based firm's Atlanta office as of counsel on Dec. 15 from Bryan Cave.

An associate from Scoggins & Goodman, Jonathan Smith, and a paralegal, LaWanna Dimmerling, also joined Miller & Martin.

Three other Scoggins & Goodman lawyers moved to Weissman, Nowack, Curry & Wilco. Martin Shelton and David Rusnak are partners and Ashley Van der Lande is an associate.

Former Scoggins & Goodman lawyer Suzan Roth went to Thrasher Liss & Smith, and Lou Papera joined Pursley Friese Torgrimson as of counsel.

Scoggins and Goodman said they closed their firm, which they started in 1978, and moved to Miller & Martin because they wanted to offer their clients practices beyond real estate-related law, such as corporate, securities, tax and bankruptcy.

"We are often referring work, so a larger firm is better," Scoggins said.

Goodman said Miller & Martin was large enough to offer full-service capabilities—but not too big.

"We would probably not be as happy in a very, very large national firm. Miller & Martin is large enough to provide the other areas of practice we need without being a mega-firm," he said.

Miller & Martin's Atlanta office has about 50 attorneys with the additions.

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