February 2023 Newsletter

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Happy Lunar New Year! We just entered the Year of the Rabbit. If you were born in a Rabbit Year (1951, 1963, 1975, 1987, 1999), it promises to be a year of excitement and prosperity — anything but routine for kind Rabbits. Those of us not born Rabbits, they say, can anticipate a year of calm and introspection. However, if your family circumstances do not bring the peace you’re hoping for this year, we at SM&P stand ready to help remedy that as much as possible through unmatched legal assistance and attention to your case.

At the firm, we were off to a good start for 2023 when we learned that, once again, four of our attorneys were recognized for their good work by their colleagues throughout Georgia. Find out more about the honorees — Ryan Proctor, Melanie Prehodka, Dominic Jones, and Myia Robinson. These four standouts are also featured in this month’s Attorney Spotlight.

February is rich in holidays and special recognitions. It’s Black History Month. We commemorate and honor those who have contributed so much to our culture and economy. We will also be remembering past presidents on Presidents Day.

And we wish you and all those you love a Happy Valentine’s Day and remind you it’s a good time to take care of your own heart during American Heart Month.

Despite all there is to celebrate and venerate in February, all our offices will remain open.




Community News



SM&P Attorneys Named Super Lawyers and Rising Stars

Again this year, Stearns-Montgomery & Proctor is proud to announce that their attorneys have been recognized state-wide for their competence and influence in the legal field. Attorneys Ryan Proctor and Melanie Prehodka were named 2023 Georgia Super Lawyers, and Dominic Jones and Myia Robinson were named Rising Stars by Super Lawyers. Only five percent of Georgia lawyers are chosen as Georgia Super Lawyers, and no more than 2.5 percent are recognized as Rising Stars.

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Featured Attorneys



Ryan Proctor

After working several years as an attorney, Ryan was drawn to Stearns–Montgomery because of its reputation for high ethical standards and an exceptional level of client contact. In 2010, Ryan became a partner.

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Melanie Prehodka

For more than 25 years, Melanie (formerly known as Melanie Webre) has worked diligently to represent thousands of men and women in family law matters in courts throughout the Atlanta metro area.

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Dominic Jones

After completing college and law school in Louisiana, Dominic was drawn to metro Atlanta for his law career. While working in Atlanta and throughout the state, he developed deep and broad skills in negotiations, alternative dispute resolution, and mediation in various areas of family law.

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Myia Robinson

Myia describes herself as “a straight-forward person” and says that her clients see her as “genuine, brutally honest, and a realist. I am always honest, and I like getting the best possible result for my client. No two cases are the same and each case and client will need a specific solution that works long term for their family unit.”

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