Robert T. Trammell, Jr.

Bob Trammell has substantial experience in handling a wide range of complex legal issues on behalf of clients.  He frequently serves as counsel for the receiver in both state and federal receivership cases, assisting the court-appointed receiver with the sale of businesses, the sale of assets, liquidation of assets, collection of accounts receivable, and various litigation related to the entity in receivership.

Bob also has substantial experience both serving as a fiduciary and advising fiduciaries in probate related matters.  He has served as fiduciary in over 25 matters, ranging from being appointed conservator for minors and incapacitated adults, to serving as Administrator or Executor for decedents’ estates, and to serving as Trustee in both testamentary and inter vivos trusts.

Bob regularly consults with business clients as a de facto general counsel on a range of issues including ordinary course business transactions, personnel issues, contract matters, risk mitigation, and litigation issues.

He also has substantial local government experience.  From 2011 to 2014, Bob represented Meriwether County as County Attorney.  Bob has served as counsel to the Meriwether County Water & Sewerage Authority since 2011.

Bob has handled a variety of litigation matters in Magistrate Court, Probate Court, State Court, Superior Court, U.S. District Court, U.S. Bankruptcy Court, the Georgia Court of Appeals, and the Supreme Court of Georgia.  These cases include criminal cases, estate litigation, contract disputes, land use matters, personal injury, divorce, employment litigation, and consumer fraud cases.

Bob graduated from the University of Virginia School of Law in Charlottesville, Virginia in 1999.  After law school, he clerked for the Honorable Jack T. Camp in the United States District Court, Northern District of Georgia.  Bob then practiced law at King & Spalding in Atlanta in the Financial Restructuring practice group before founding The Trammell Firm in 2003.

Bob served three terms as the State Representative for House District 132 (covering portions of Troup, Coweta, and Meriwether counties) in the Georgia House of Representatives from January 2015 through January 2021, including serving as House Minority Leader from 2017 until the end of his term in elected office.  In 2018, Bob was named as one of the 100 most influential Georgians by Georgia trend magazine (

Kathleen G. McBride

Drawing on more than 20 years of legal experience, Katie McBride provides strategic counsel in a wide variety of business transactions- ranging from helping families and individuals with estate planning to assisting entrepreneurs and established businesses with complex commercial transactions.

Katie has extensive experience in office, retail and industrial leasing (representing both tenants and landlords), purchase and sale
transactions, business sales and acquisitions, corporate mergers, franchise purchases and transfers, and asset purchases and sales.  She reviews and prepares employment, non-competition, non-solicitation, and non-disclosure/confidentiality agreements.  Katie serves as outside counsel to a number of small to medium sized businesses, providing the highest level of expertise and care in advising them on their day-to-day legal needs, including corporate governance and operations.

Whether negotiating or engineering a deal, Katie provides thoughtful leadership that ensures deals get done right.

Katie graduated from the College of Charleston with a Bachelor of Arts degree in 1993, earning Departmental Honors, and received her Doctor of Jurisprudence from the University of Georgia School of Law in 1997, graduating cum laude.  Katie was a member of the Georgia Law Review. Prior to joining the Firm, Katie clerked in the United States District Court, Southern District of Georgia, for the Honorable James E. Graham, United States Magistrate Judge and later practiced with the international law firms of Hunton & Williams and Jones, Day, Reavis & Pogue.  Ms. McBride joined the Trammell Firm in 2009 where she is of

Katie serves on the City of Newnan Convention Center Authority and volunteers in many public service areas in the local community, including Leadership Coweta and the Angel’s House children’s shelter.

Melissa M. Sams

Melissa M. Sams is a litigator who represents clients on a wide range of cases from criminal traffic tickets to serious felonies; domestic matters such as divorce, child custody, and legitimation; probate disputes; and car wreck and personal injury suits.

Prior to joining the Trammell Firm she was the law clerk for the Coweta Judicial Circuit working with 7 judges in a five county circuit – Troup, Meriwether, Heard, Coweta, and Carroll.

Melissa received her J.D. from Georgia State University College of Law in Atlanta.  She also has a B.A. in Political Science and a Masters of Public Administration from the University of West Georgia in Carrollton.  Melissa recently joined the LaGrange Lions Club and is in charge of new media outreach.   She grew up in Fayetteville and now resides in Newnan with her husband and two daughters.