Meet The Attorneys
Christopher L. Meacham
Chris was born in New Jersey and raised both there and in Charlottesville, Virginia. He graduated from Seton Hall University with a Bachelor's of Arts degree in English. Later, he attended the University of Maryland School of Law and graduated second in his class. Subsequently, he completed a one-year course of study at the Judge Advocate General School at the University of Virginia and received the civilian equivalent of a Master of Laws degree.
Chris was commissioned in the United States Army and served in several overseas commands. His last duty assignment was the Deputy Staff Judge Advocate/Acting Staff Judge Advocate at Fort Benning, Georgia. Chris left the military for a position as Vice President and General Counsel for Martin Theaters, Inc., now known as Carmike Cinemas, Inc., a subsidiary of Fuqua Industries, Inc.
In 1984, Chris entered the private practice of law and shortly thereafter established the law firm now known as Meacham & Earley, P.C. Since that time, he has worked in numerous areas of law with an emphasis on corporate, business, employment and labor law. Chris was appointed by Governor Joe Frank Harris as Special Master to hear and adjudicate labor and employment claims filed against the State of Georgia, and was also appointed the Chairman of the Personnel Review Board for the Consolidated Government of Columbus, Georgia. He is presently licensed to practice law in the States of Georgia, Maryland, and New Jersey.
Chris has two children. He is a member of Saint Patrick's Catholic Church and is involved in several activities within the community. Chris is committed to using his broad range of experience and extensive community contacts to fully represent the best interests of his clients.
Karen Marie Earley
Karen was born in Aurora, Illinois, and then relocated to Moline, Illinois, as a teenager. She attended Illinois State University on an athletic scholarship, receiving her Bachelor's of Science degree in Business Administration in 1979. Karen later attended Depaul University College of Law in Chicago and graduated in 1982 with a Doctor of Jurisprudence degree.
After graduation from law school, Karen worked as an associate attorney with the firm of Guerard, Kalina, Musial, and Varchetto concentrating her practice in residential and commercial real estate. She moved to Columbus in April 1990 and joined the law firm of Meacham and Flowers, as an associate. In January 1992, she became a partner specializing in residential and commercial real estate. Karen is currently licensed to practice law in Georgia and Illinois and frequently attends continuing legal education programs in real estate and related areas.
Karen has two children. Karen and her family are members of St. Anne's Catholic Church. She is involved in the real estate community in Columbus, and she is a regular speaker and panelist for civic programs involving real estate financing and home ownership.
Cody Blake Gillies
DONOVAN "JAKE" WALLACE
Jake was born in Columbus, Georgia and grew up in Harris County, Georgia. He graduated Magna Cum Laude with a B.A. in Political Science from Columbus State University where he was a member of Pi Sigma Alpha and the National Political Science Honor Society. Jake graduated from Mercer University’s Walter F. George School of Law, where he attained his Juris Doctor degree. Jake’s practice is primarily focused in real estate law and estate planning. He is an avid outdoorsman and a woodworker since 2011.
KATHERINE M. HOYT
Katherine was born and raised in Opelika, Alabama. She attended Auburn University for her Bachelor’s degree in Criminology. After graduating Auburn University, Katherine went work in the Juvenile Court system in Anne Arundel County, Maryland and in other criminal justice positions. Katherine went on to attend the Thomas Goode Jones School of Law at Faulkner University. She graduated with both her J.D. and a Master of Laws degree in Trial Advocacy and Alternative Dispute Resolution and is licensed to practice law in the state of Alabama.
After graduation from law school, Katherine worked as an associate attorney with a domestic relations firm in Montgomery, Alabama prior to joining our firm. Katherine maintains offices in both Columbus and Phenix City. Her practice includes real estate law, business law and transactions, corporate law, general civil litigation, collections and creditor’s rights, labor and employment law, wills, trusts and administration of estates, and family law, including divorce, custody, paternity, and adoption.