Attorneys

Principals

Jennifer L. Dickenson is a founding principal of Dickenson Gilroy. A native of Pleasant Valley, N.Y., she attended the University of Rochester, earning a Bachelor of Arts degree, magna cum laude, with a double major in Political Science/Psychology and a minor in French. Ms. Dickenson attended the Université de Sorbonne, Paris IV, in Paris, France and graduated from Emory University School of Law with her J.D. degree.

Ms. Dickenson has over 20 years of experience and is licensed in both Georgia and New York.  Her primary practice areas include residential and commercial real estate, general real estate law, business law and creditor’s rights.

Ms. Dickenson is active in educating the real estate community on matters related to real estate such as fraud, contracts and professionalism. She is a member of the Real Estate Settlement Providers Council (RESPRO), Atlanta Home Builders Association, Georgia Association of Realtors, Georgia Real Estate Closing Attorneys Association (GRECAA), State Bar of Georgia — Real Estate Section, Mortgage Bankers Association of Georgia and Georgia Association of Mortgage Brokers. Her published articles include Stigmatized Properties in Real Estate Executive Magazine and When to Get Up From the Closing Table in R.E. Magazine.

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Monica K. Gilroy, a founding principal of Dickenson Gilroy, is the firm managing partner and has over 20 years of experience practicing law. She received her Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from the University of Wisconsin and a J.D. from the University of South Carolina School of Law. In addition, Ms. Gilroy attended the Ealing College of Higher Education in a study abroad program. Ms. Gilroy leads the Litigation Department as the focus of her national litigation practice includes all aspects of real estate litigation, including foreclosure and title disputes, broker and agent liability defense, mortgage fraud-related litigation and civil and commercial contract disputes. She also leads the Default Department providing national foreclosure, bankruptcy, loss mitigation and eviction services.

Ms. Gilroy has served as the litigation liaison for leading lending institutions as well as managed their national bankruptcy litigation program. She continues to serve as counsel for many national and local banks, mortgage companies and real estate industry lenders and leaders. She regularly assists closing attorneys, real estate agents, property managers, title companies and brokers when title or other contract issues arise. She practiced for several years in the areas of estate and trust litigation and serves regularly as a Special Master in Fulton County. Ms. Gilroy has extensive lead counsel trial experience and frequently appears in all of the state and federal courts of Georgia, including the state and federal appellate courts.

A long-standing member of the State Bar of Georgia, Ms. Gilroy also enjoys membership with the Lawyers Club of Atlanta, the Georgia Women’s Lawyers Association, Georgia Mortgage Bankers Association and the Atlanta Volunteer Lawyers Foundation. Ms. Gilroy is the elected Secretary Treasurer of the Executive Committee of the Real Property Section of the State Bar of Georgia, where she previously served as the Editor of the RPLS Newsletter. She is a contributing writer to Foreclosure Law and Related Remedies: a State-by-State Digest which is published by the American Bar Association. She speaks and teaches on a regular basis at the state and national level to attorneys, real estate professionals, property managers, and real-estate brokers and agents on litigation and real estate related topics. Ms. Gilroy holds an AV-peer review rating with Martindale Hubbell.

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Partners

deborah_baileyDeborah S. Bailey is originally from English Harbour, Antigua. She earned a Bachelor of Science degree from the State University of New York at Buffalo in 1989 and received her J.D. from the University Of Miami School Of Law in 1998. She was admitted to the State Bar of Florida in 2000 and the State Bar of Georgia in 2001. She practices residential and commercial real estate law in Dickenson Gilroy’s Alpharetta office. She was a member of the University of Miami International and Comparative Law Review and American Bar Association. She is an active member of the Legislative Committee of the Real Property Law Section of the State Bar of Georgia, a former member of the board of directors of The Georgia Real Estate Fraud Prevention and Awareness Coalition (GREFPAC) and a member of the Georgia Residential Closing Attorneys Association (GRECAA). She is a frequent lecturer and educational trainer for attorneys and real estate industry professionals.

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Tania T. Trumble is originally from Middlebury, Conn. She attended Hotchkiss Preparatory School and earned a Bachelor of Science in Management degree from Tulane University. She graduated cum laude from the University of Connecticut School of Law and has been a member of the State Bar of Georgia for over ten years. Ms. Trumble is also a member of the State Bar of Tennessee and manages the Tennessee Division of the Litigation Department. Ms. Trumble’s early years in practice were spent as a prosecutor, where she gained extensive trial and lead counsel experience. Since then, she has concentrated her practice on real estate law, where she focuses on real estate litigation, including foreclosure and title disputes, title insurance disputes, mortgage fraud-related litigation and civil and commercial contract disputes. She is a member of the DeKalb Bar Association and was the Chair of the YLD High School Mock Trial Committee while attending the YLD Leadership Academy in 2007. She is also a member of the Georgia Women’ Lawyer’s Association and a member of the Real Property Section of the State Bar. Ms. Trumble speaks annually at the State Bar of Georgia’s title standards seminar, focusing on the use of litigation to clear title issues. Ms. Trumble is admitted and appears regularly in all of the state and federal courts of Georgia and Tennessee, including the state and federal appellate courts.

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Missy K.  RobinsonMissy K. Robinson, an Atlanta area native, attended Kennesaw State University where she graduated cum laude earning her Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration. Missy received her J.D. from the Walter F. George School of Law at Mercer University and holds membership in the State Bar of Georgia. Prior to joining Dickenson Gilroy, Missy was the founding partner of the law firm Nations & Robinson, LLC, a successful residential and commercial real estate law firm in Georgia. Missy serves on the Executive Committee of the Real Property Section of the Georgia Bar where she serves as the Chair of the Pro Bono Committee and as a member of the Residential Closings subcommittee. She is a frequent speaker to industry professionals and attorneys on topics ranging from short sales, notary laws and best practices for attorneys in title clearance issues. Missy is also a board member of North Cobb Christian School, serving as their Annual Fund Alumni Chair. Missy’s statewide commercial and residential closing practice is based out of the corporate office.

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Associates

Kelsea L. S. Laun

Kelsea L. S. Laun began her legal career representing individuals in landlord-tenant disputes and later co-founded a residential real estate firm in Atlanta. Prior to joining Dickenson Gilroy, she was a senior associate at a large metro Atlanta bankruptcy law firm, where she handled all aspects of the insolvency process, as well as litigation matters. Kelsea is licensed to practice law in Florida and Georgia, and Board Certified as a Bankruptcy Specialist. She practices bankruptcy and real estate litigation in Dickenson Gilroy’s corporate office. Kelsea is Co-Chair of the Public Relations/Marketing Committee of the Georgia Network of the International Women’s Insolvency and Restructuring Confederation (IWIRC) and is an active member of the Metro Atlanta Consumer Bankruptcy Attorneys’ Group (MACBAG). She is also a member of the Atlanta Bar Association and the American Bankruptcy Institute.

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Emily Hart Breece was born and raised in Atlanta, Georgia. She graduated magna cum laude from Wake Forest University with a B.A. in English and a Minor in Violin Performance. She earned her J.D. from the University of Georgia School of Law and is an active member of the State Bar of Georgia. While pursuing her J.D., Ms. Breece served as a summer associate with Dickenson Gilroy and also as the Senior Notes Editor for UGA’s Georgia Journal of International & Comparative Law.

Ms. Breece practices real estate litigation in Dickenson Gilroy’s corporate office.

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Of Counsel

Michael P. BarryMichael P. Barry is senior counsel with Dickenson Gilroy and concentrates his practice in real estate.  Mr. Barry represents lenders and title insurance companies in lawsuits regarding real property disputes, title defects, liens disputes and foreclosure proceedings.  He also has previous commercial and residential transactional experience representing individuals, corporations and lending clients in various acquisition, development and financing projects.

Mr. Barry is a member of the State Bar of Georgia – Real Estate Section, the Real Estate Settlement Providers Council (RESPRO), the Georgia Real Estate Closing Attorneys Association (GRECAA) and is actively involved in the Georgia Association of Realtors.

Mr. Barry attended the State University of New York at Brockport earning a Bachelor of Science with a major in Business Administration and a minor in Sociology. He attended Brunel University of West London and graduated from Loyola University School of Law with a J.D. degree.

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Erin B. NationsErin B. Nations is originally from Opelika, Alabama. She attended the University of Alabama where she graduated magna cum laude as a Marketing major, earning her Bachelor of Science in Commerce and Business Administration. After graduating from the University of Alabama, Erin received both her J.D. and M.B.A. from Cumberland School of Law at Samford University in Birmingham, Alabama. Erin co-founded the Atlanta-based real estate transactions firm, Nations & Robinson, LLC. Erin specializes in all phases of residential and commercial real estate, representing buyers, sellers and mortgage lenders.

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Ike W. CobbIke W. Cobb is originally from Charlotte, N.C. He received his Bachelor of Arts degree from Presbyterian College and his J.D. from Walter F. George School of Law, Mercer University.  Mr. Cobb is an active member of the State Bar of Georgia and a founding partner of McCalla Raymer, LLC.  His practice areas include residential and commercial real estate as well as condominium law. Mr. Cobb is a member of the Atlanta and American Bar Associations, Lawyers Club of Atlanta, American Judicature Society, the Rotary Club and Phi Delta Phi. He is also a board member for the FCS Urban Ministries.

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