Michael T. Nations  is a lawyer with years of experience in business litigation, corporate law, and general problem-solving. Mr. Nations, who grew up in Macon, Georgia, graduated from Duke University in 1967. He and his wife, Mary Jane (also a Duke graduate), served together as Peace Corps Volunteers for two years in Venezuela. Mr. Nations then attended Harvard Law School, graduating cum laude in 1973. He began his practice as an associate with the Atlanta office of Sutherland, Asbill & Brennan LLP. 
     Mr. Nations has handled a number of complex commercial litigation matters from trial through appeal in both state and federal courts. He has also drafted many contracts, employment agreements, licensing agreements, and loan agreements, sometimes with the specific aim of curing problems that had been the source of litigation and always with the general aim of expressing the parties’ understandings in clear and succinct language. In addition, since his initial years of practice with the Sutherland firm, he has always maintained an estate planning and fiduciary law practice, including at times will contests and other forms of estate litigation. 
      In all areas of his practice, Mr. Nations sees the unifying theme of helping clients to figure out what their real interests are, assisting them in making an honest assessment of the strengths and weaknesses of their positions, evaluating with them the potential benefits and possible risks of proposed actions, and working with them to reach acceptable resolutions of their problems at a cost which is both reasonable and proportionate. 
      Mr. Nations has served as an Adjunct Professor of Law at Emory Law School, and taught for many years in Emory’s Kessler-Eidson Trial Techniques Program. He is a Fellow of the Georgia Bar Foundation, and has twice been selected as a Super Lawyer by Atlanta Magazine, based on a survey of Georgia attorneys. He served as President of the Atlanta Legal Aid Society in 2007, and in 2009 was appointed by the Supreme Court of Georgia as a Trustee of the Georgia Bar Foundation, which oversees the distribution throughout the state of funds collected through the IOLTA (Interest on Lawyer Trust Accounts) program. 
     Mr. Nations and his wife Mary Jane (an educational consultant who obtained her Ph.D. from Georgia State University) live in Atlanta’s Peachtree Heights East neighborhood. They have four children and a number of grandchildren.
Business, Corporate and Regulatory Law  
Bar Member of the State of Georgia
 Harvard University Law School 
 Cambridge, Massachusetts, 1973



 Duke University

 Durham, North Carolina, 1967 


Past Employment Positions:
 Sutherland, Asbill & Brennan
Classes/Seminars Taught:
 Emory Law School
 Adjunct Professor

Honors: Cum Laude
Member of the Board of Student Advisors
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