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Christopher L. Meacham

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 M. Earley

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.

Marie Taylor Pardue

Marie Taylor Pardue

Marie Taylor Pardue was born in Alabaster, Alabama, and grew up in Auburn. She received a B.A. in Spanish and an M.A. in Hispanic Studies from Auburn University where she was a member of the Spanish Honor Society. She taught Spanish for 6 years prior to enrolling in Law School.

Marie attended Thomas Goode Jones School of Law. As a law student, she clerked for Judge Fellows at the Lee County Family Court. She has experience in immigration, domestic, employment, and criminal law. She joined our firm in April 2013 and maintains offices in Phenix City and Columbus.

Cody B. Gillies

Cody Blake Gillies

Cody was born and raised in southern Utah. He is a veteran of the war in Afghanistan where he served several combat tours with the U.S. Army’s 75th Ranger Regiment. After receiving an honorable discharge Cody attended Columbus State University and graduated Magna Cum Laude with a Bachelor of Business Administration in Business Management. He then went on to receive his J.D. from Mercer University's Walter F. George School of Law and is licensed to practice law in the state of Georgia. He joined our firm in November 2013 and maintains offices in Columbus and Hamilton where he practices domestic, corporate, business, employment and labor law.