Matt Coles received his undergraduate degree from Emory University in 1984, where he was the recipient of a National Merit Scholarship in each of his four years. He received his Juris Doctor degree, cum laude, from the University of Georgia School of Law in 1987, where he was the recipient of the Milton Rattner Scholarship for academic achievement. Mr. Coles was also a member of the Moot Court Team, served on the Moot Court Board and was elected to the Order of Barristers.
Mr. Coles practiced in the litigation section of Smith, Gambrell & Russell from 1987 to 2009, where he was an equity partner. While at Smith, Gambrell, Mr. Coles developed a specialty representing hospitals, nursing homes, doctors, and other healthcare professionals in malpractice claims, licensure proceedings and with regard to credentialing issues. In addition Mr. Coles represented a wide variety of entities and individuals in general negligence claims. He also has substantial experience representing clients in courts in other jurisdictions. In 2009, Mr. Coles and his law partner, Tom Barton, left Smith, Gambrell to form the law firm of Coles Barton LLP. Mr. Coles maintains an AV Peer Review Rating from Martindale-Hubbell.
Mr. Coles has tried to verdict many malpractice claims and has successfully defended on appeal numerous favorable trial victories. He also has substantial experience representing clients in mediations and arbitrations. He is pleased to have been recognized for his outstanding defense work by, among other things, receiving several Defense Counsel of the Year Awards from AAOMS National Insurance Company and numerous Continuing Excellence Awards from OMS National Insurance Company. Mr. Coles was named OMS National Insurance Company and Fortress Insurance Company’s 2016 Attorney of the Year.
Tom Barton earned his Bachelor of Arts degree from Presbyterian College in 1986. He received his Juris Doctor degree, magna cum laude, from the University of Georgia in 1989. He served on the Editorial Board of the Georgia Law Review and was elected to membership in the Order of the Coif.
Mr. Barton spent the first 20 years of his career practicing at Smith, Gambrell & Russell where he was an equity partner and headed one of the firm’s business litigation teams. He co-founded Coles Barton in 2009 with his long-time partner, Matt Coles, who likewise had spent his entire career at Smith, Gambrell & Russell prior to founding Coles Barton. Mr. Barton maintains an AV Peer Review Rating from Martindale-Hubbell and has been selected for several years for inclusion in the Georgia Super Lawyers list.
Mr. Barton continues to focus his practice on a variety of business litigation matters, including shareholder disputes, franchise and distribution disputes, trade secrets and restrictive covenants, trusts and estates litigation, software licensing and project management disputes, business contract, tort and RICO disputes, mortgage fraud-related litigation, special assets and workout litigation, and title and real estate-related litigation.
Mr. Barton is admitted to practice in all Georgia state courts as well as numerous federal district and circuit courts. He also has extensive experience handling arbitrations and mediations before the American Arbitration Association, JAMS and other alternative dispute resolution forums.
Aaron Tady received his Bachelor of Arts degree in Economics from Brigham Young University in 1999 and his Juris Doctor degree, cum laude, from Brigham Young University’s Law School in 2002. Mr. Tady served as the Lead Articles Editor for the BYU Law Review and received the John S. Welch Award for Outstanding Legal Writing. Mr. Tady began his legal career at Smith, Gambrell & Russell, where he practiced in the business litigation section. He joined Coles Barton shortly after its formation in 2009.
Mr. Tady specializes in complex commercial litigation. Mr. Tady has extensive experience litigating business contract disputes, commercial lending and workouts, mortgage fraud, closely-held businesses, insurance coverage, and title and other real property disputes. Mr. Tady has also successfully defended many health care professionals and organizations in various types of professional malpractice lawsuits.
Mr. Tady is a member of the Georgia Bar Association. He is admitted to practice in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Georgia, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit, and all Georgia state courts, including the Georgia Court of Appeals and the Georgia Supreme Court.
John Rogers earned his Bachelor of Arts Degree in History and Philosophy from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Returning to his native Atlanta, he earned his Juris Doctor degree in 1994 from Emory University School of Law. Since then, he has tried cases in numerous Courts within Georgia, ranging from Workers’ Compensation, to Criminal, to Professional Malpractice defense.
Mr. Rogers, for the past 23 years, has specialized in the defense of Professional Negligence and Commercial Liability civil actions. Additionally, he has developed expertise representing professionals before various licensing boards. Mr. Rogers has tried numerous cases to verdict in both State and Federal Courts throughout Georgia.
Mr. Rogers is admitted to all Georgia State Courts, all three Federal District Courts within Georgia, as well as the Georgia Court of Appeals, Georgia Supreme Court, and the 11th Circuit Court of Appeals. Additionally, he has represented clients in Commercial litigation in South Carolina, Alabama, and Florida.
Ronald Reemsnyder received his undergraduate degree from Mount Union College in 1971. He received his Juris Doctor degree from Duke University in 1974 and was admitted to the State Bar of Georgia in 1974.
Mr. Reemsnyder is a member of the Atlanta and American Bar Associations; State Bar of Georgia; Lawyers Club of Atlanta; Defense Research Institute; International Association of Defense Counsel; Product Liability Advisory Council (Sustaining Member); Panel Member American Arbitration Association – Commercial Litigation; and International Association of Defense Counsel. He has been selected as “Super Lawyer” in litigation and also has the highest rating by Martindale Hubbell AV for competence and ethics.
Mr. Reemsnyder is admitted to practice in in all Georgia state court was well as the United States District Court for the Northern District of Georgia, United States District Court for the Middle District of Georgia, United States District Court for the Southern District of Georgia. U.S. Court of Appeals for the 11th Circuit. His practice focuses on intellectual property, product liability and commercial litigation.