Steve Lister, Partner
Steven Lister moved to Forest Park in 1968 and has resided in Clayton County ever since. He worked as a uniformed police officer and later as a detective with the City of Forest Park from 1970 until 1973 when he was recruited by then District Attorney William H. Ison as an investigator in the Clayton County District Attorney's Office. While serving Clayton County in this capacity Lister was responsible for and participated in a number of investigations involving public corruption and numerous other major investigations which led to indictments and successful prosecutions in high profile cases.
Attending law school while working in the DA's office, Steve Lister was admtted to the Georgia Bar in 1981. He then began prosecuting cases until going into private practice in November of 1982 with David Harris and now judges John Carbo and Harold Benefield. During tenure in the DA's office as a prosecutor, Lister was the primary prosecutor of Cocaine Trafficking cases made at Hartsfield International Airport. He also successfully prosecuted many other crimes ranging from burglary and theft to rape, homicide and child molestation.
Since leaving the District Attorney's office he has been engaged in the exclusive practice of criminal defense for the past 35 years. He has represented a wide spectrum of persons ranging from doctors, lawyers, police officers, and political figures to indigent individuals.
Lister has served as the Municipal Court Judge for the City of Jonesboro from 1990-1991; again from 2008-2010; for the city of Forest Park from 2006-2010. He has also sat on a pro hac basis in the cities of Riverdale, Lake City, and Morrow and the State Court of Clayton County.
Steve Lister has been a member of the Georgia Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers since 1982, serving a year as vice president; he has maintained membership in the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers; is a member of the Clayton County Bar Association since 1981, serving as vice president and president; he is a member of both the Clayton and Henry County Bar associations as well as an approved mentor through the Georgia Supreme Court in the mentor program of the State Bar of Georgia. He is also admitted to practice in the Georgia Court of Appeals and Georgia Supreme Court; the United States 5th and 11th Circuit Courts of Appeal; and is admitted to practice before the United States Supreme Court.
Timika Dennis, Partner
Timika Woods Dennis was born in Jacksonville, Florida before moving to Decatur, Georgia where she graduated from Southwest DeKalb High School. She received a Bachelor of Arts degree in English Literature from Howard University in 2001 where she graduated magna cum laude. While at Howard, she served as the President of the College of Arts & Science, President of Phi Sigma Pi National Honor Fraternity, Chief of Staff of the Undergraduate Student Association as well as a staff writer for both The Hilltop newspaper and The Bison yearbook. Timika also hosted her very own radio show with WHUR called “Mika in the Morning.”
Timika earned her Juris Doctor degree from The University of Georgia School of Law in 2004 where she clerked for Superior Court Judge Steve Jones who is now a jurist of the Federal Bench. She also had the opportunity to work as a summer associate with the law firm of Dawson Cornwell in London, England where she focused on international child abductions. While at the UGA, Timika served as the President of the Black Law Student Association, Secretary of the Student Bar Association and a member of the Georgia Law Democrats. She was the first recipient of the Larry E. Blount award for scholarship and service.
Timika has practiced with Lister & Holt since 2004 and became a junior partner of the firm in 2009. Her practice is devoted solely to criminal defense where she has actively tried over 80 cases and argued numerous motions. Additionally, she has authored several appellate briefs in addition to training and developing staff attorneys. For years, she has volunteered as an attorney coach for the Georgia High School Mock Trial Competition.
Timika is a member of the State Bar of Georgia, the Clayton County Bar Association as well as the Henry County Bar Association where she serves as the Public Relations Chair. She is admitted to practice law in the Georgia Court of Appeals and the Supreme Court of Georgia.
Timika is married to Patrick Lynn Dennis. They live in Jonesboro with their son, Phillip Benjamin.
Scott Holt, Partner
Scott Holt is a lifetime Georgia resident having lived in Henry/Clayton counties since 1968. He was admitted to the State Bar of Georgia in 2000 and practices exclusively criminal law. He interned in the Clayton County Solicitor General’s office while in law school and is very familiar with the personnel and procedures of the State Court having prosecuted under the Third Year Practices Act. He has likewise built a stellar reputation for competence and zealous representation of his clients. He now practices exclusively criminal law.
Prior to passing the Georgia Bar, Holt received his degree in undergraduate studies from National Lewis University in behavioral sciences with emphasis in business management, communications and supervision of upper level employees. He has twenty four years’ experience in the business world.
From 1979 until 1996 he was vice president of International Processing/Darling International which became a publicly held company. During his tenure there, he negotiated and executed several acquisitions, business mergers and negotiated hundreds of contracts. Holt was responsible for personnel policies for the transportation and engineering/maintenance departments. He was responsible for developing personnel policies, employee assistance programs and benefit packages. These duties also included being responsible for seeing that the company complied with equal employment practices. Holt’s responsibilities included supervision responsibilities of over four hundred employees.
Scott Holt is a member of the Clayton County and Henry County Bar associations as well as the Georgia Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers.
Carrie Richardson Lead Attorney
Carrie graduated from The University of West Georgia, receiving a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Political Science and a Minor in Philosophy. Carrie went on to receive her Juris Doctorate from Atlanta's John Marshall Law School. While attending law school, Carrie interned at the DeKalb County Public Defender’s Office.
Upon graduating from law school in 2013, Carrie managed a successful solo practice concentrating on criminal defense and family law. Carrie is a zealous advocate for her clients.
When not tirelessly advocating for her clients, Carrie enjoys traveling, spending time with family and friends, and taking day trips to the park with her dogs.
Mary Elizabeth Horton Lead Attorney
Mary Beth was born and raised in Augusta, GA where she graduated from Augusta Preparatory Day School. She then attended Oglethorpe University, where she played soccer and was a member of the Southern Collegiate Athletic Conference Academic Team before graduating with a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration in 2011. Mary Beth received her law degree from Atlanta’s John Marshall Law School in 2015.
While in law school, Mary Beth developed a keen interest in criminal law. She interned for the District Attorney’s Office, in Augusta, GA under the Third Year Practice Act, as well the Cobb County Solicitor’s Office in Marietta, GA under the Graduate Act. She received the CALI Excellence Award in Trial Advocacy & Writing her second year in law school. During her time interning, Mary Beth gained valuable experience in criminal law and through these experiences she has developed a strong passion for criminal defense work.
Mary Beth was admitted to the State Bar of Georgia in 2015 and is licensed to practice in all State and Superior Courts. She has a history of working in civil litigation at James Lee Ford, PC.
Mary Beth comes from a military family. Her father is a Colonel in the United States Army. She is interested in advocating for military veterans and families. In her spare time she likes to play soccer at the Atlanta Silverbacks Park, travel, and spend time with her friends and family.
Dane Uhelski Attorney
Dane Uhelski was born and raised in Tennessee. In 2003 he graduated from Collegedale Academy, and in 2007 he graduated magna cum laude from the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga with a B.A. in English and a minor in Philosophy. Subsequently he moved to Atlanta to attend Emory University School of Law, where he earned his J.D. in 2011. He has lived in Georgia ever since.
While at Emory, Dane worked as a legal research assistant for Criminal Law Professor Martha Grace Duncan and taught LSAT classes for The Princeton Review. He also spent a summer in Tennessee as a judicial clerk for Court Director Bowman LeNoir at the Hamilton County Juvenile Court. After earning his law degree, Dane spent several years in education management, teaching the LSAT, MCAT, GRE, ACT, and SAT in various locations throughout the Southeast. More recently he interned at the Office of the DeKalb County Public Defender (Juvenile Division), where he gained substantial litigation experience assisting in the representation of indigent juvenile defendants accused of a wide range of misdemeanor and felony offenses.
Dane was admitted to the Georgia Bar in November 2017. Before joining Lister & Holt as a Staff Attorney in 2018, he represented misdemeanor criminal defendants as an apprentice attorney for the McLendon Law Firm in Atlanta and served as a dispossessory answer clinician at the Fulton County Housing Court Assistance Center. Dane is licensed to practice in the Superior Courts and all lower Courts of Georgia. In his free time he enjoys mountain biking, snowboarding, and composing music on his keyboard and guitar.
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Justin Moore Lead Attorney
Justin grew up in Bullitt County, Kentucky. He graduated from the University of Kentucky in 2003 with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science. In 2008, Justin graduated from the University of Dayton School of Law. While attending the University of Dayton he served all 3 years on the Student Bar Association executive committee and the Student Board of Governors. While attending law school he had the opportunity to work as a law clerk for several criminal and domestic relations law firms as well as the Montgomery County Public Defender's Office in Dayton, Ohio. He also gained experience representing indigent clients at the University of Dayton Law Clinic. Prior to taking the Arizona Bar in 2009, Justin interned with the Office of the Arizona Attorney General. Justin is currently admitted to the practice of law in Kentucky, Arizona, and Georgia.
Before joining Lister and Holt in 2017, Justin worked as a Deputy Public Defender in Maricopa County, Arizona, and as an associate attorney in a private criminal defense firm in Phoenix, Arizona. His practice is devoted solely to criminal defense. Justin is passionate about protecting the rights of indigent clients and the mentally ill.
Justin and his wife moved to Georgia in 2017. They currently live in Atlanta with their two dogs, Leela and Lucy. In his spare time he enjoys playing sports, reading, cooking for his wife, and spending time with his family and friends.
Kim Gross Sr Attorney
Kim Gross is a native of Clayton County, Georgia, growing up in Jonesboro. Kim graduated from Jonesboro High School, participating in the Mock Trial program where the Jonesboro Team competed for the first time in the National Competition in 1987.
Kim received a Bachelor of Arts in English Literature from Georgia State University where she graduated cum laude. She earned her Juris Doctorate degree at Mercer University in Macon, Georgia in 1994. She interned with the County Attorney’s Office in Bibb County during law school and was actively involved with the Christian Legal Society.
After graduation, Kim came back to Clayton County and worked as a Law Clerk for Chief Superior Court Judge William H. Ison. She then became an Assistant Solicitor with Clayton County in 1995, prosecuting cases in Clayton County State Court and handling Appeals in the Georgia Court of Appeals for the next ten years. She returned to the Mock Trial program as a volunteer attorney coach and served on the State Bar Mock Trial Committee, and as a volunteer evaluator for the program.
In 2005, Kim left the Solicitor’s Office and began working with Lister and Holt, conducting training seminars for attorneys. In 2006, she went to work for the Public Defender Standards Council in Spalding County, representing clients in misdemeanor and felony cases in Spalding County Juvenile Court.
In 2018 Kim joined Lister and Holt as a Senior Attorney. Kim trains and develops staff attorneys and searches for ways to better protect the rights of our clients.
Kim is admitted to practice in the Georgia Court of Appeals and the Georgia Supreme Court.
George Graves Attorney
George was born in New Jersey and spent his early years living in Burlington Township, NJ. He moved to Marietta, Georgia when he was 6 years old. He graduated from Sprayberry High School in 2010. While in high school, George was an excellent student and involved in numerous extra-curricular activities, including Freshman Basketball, Student Government, Men of Distinction, S.A.D.D. (Students Against Destructive Decisions), and Mock Trial. He then attended Georgia State University where he majored in Political Science and received his Bachelor of Arts and Sciences Degree in 2014. Immediately following high school, George attended Atlanta’s John Marshall Law School where he was a member of the Criminal Law Society and Sports and Entertainment Law Society. George rigorously pursued his goals and ambitions and earned his Juris Doctor in 2017. George is a member of the Georgia Bar.
George’s earliest influence was his father, who has been an agent with the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) for over 20 years. Respect and an understanding of the law were instilled in him at an early age and from that his desire to pursue law as a career began to grow. His passion was further fueled while participating in Mock Trial at Sprayberry High School. During his years of competition, George was twice awarded Outstanding Attorney and was nominated team captain during his junior and senior year.
Through excellent internship opportunities, George has gained a great deal of exposure to various areas of law, such as Criminal Defense, Family Law, Sports and Entertainment, as well as Employment and Legislative Sessions. He acquired valuable experience while interning at top notch firms such Cohen, Cooper, Estep, & Allen L.L.C., The Mabra Firm, Karen Williams P.C., and with the Minnesota Vikings Legal Department, where George has interned twice. George was also one of a few selected into the highly regarded and coveted Georgia Legislative Internship Program (GLIP) and was a House of Representatives Intern (Judiciary) where he prepared all documents for bill hearings, researched specific legislation and completed memoranda assigned by Legislators. George has experience drafting motions, subpoenas, and memoranda (Brady motions, discovery motions, notice of appearance of counsel, plea in absentia, subpoena duces tecum, and expert witness qualification letters to federal court, etc.). He has successfully completed many legal research projects regarding specific statutes pertaining to family and employment law, prepared legal documents and filings and created discovery indexes. George is proud to be part of the Lister and Holt team.
In his spare time, George enjoys reading, working out, sports, and spending time with family, friends, and his Husky.
Owen Lynch Attorney
Owen graduated from Georgia State University with a Bachelor of Arts Degree in History and a Minor in Political Science. Owen received his Juris Doctorate from Atlanta's John Marshall Law School, graduating Magna Cum Laude. While attending law school, Owen worked as a research assistant for several faculty members and completed two internships under the supervision of Atlanta attorneys practicing criminal defense as well as other areas of law.
After graduating from law school in 2016, Owen worked for legislative session at The Georgia Senate as a Legislative Aide. Afterwards, he took a position as an Assistant Public Defender under the supervision of the Georgia Public Defender Council, working in the Office of the Circuit Public Defender for the Chattahoochee Judicial Circuit. That experience strengthened his resolve to become a successful advocate for people charged with criminal offenses who are unable to afford counsel.
Owen is proud to be a member of the team at Lister and Holt and is committed to working zealously on behalf of the Firm’s clients.
Steven Little Attorney
Steven grew up in Jonesboro, Georgia. He graduated from Lovejoy High School, and while there competed with the school’s Mock Trial team.
Steven graduated from Georgia State University in 2008 with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Philosophy. In 2012, he graduated with honors from Georgia State University College of Law. While in law school, he clerked for the Hon. Judge Wendy Shoob of the Fulton County Superior Court, researching and briefing civil and criminal cases. He also completed an internship with the DeKalb County Public Defender’s Office, Juvenile Division, representing children under the Third-Year Practice Act.
After being admitted to the State Bar in 2012, Steven moved to southeast Georgia and joined the Public Defender’s Office in Reidsville, Georgia. There he represented indigent clients charged with misdemeanor and felony offenses. In 2015, he transferred to the Public Defender’s Office in Newnan, where he continued to represent clients charged with felonies.
In 2017, Steven left the Public Defender’s Office and went into private practice. The focus of his practice was to provide zealous representation to children and adults charged with crimes in the south metro Atlanta area. Steven joined Lister and Holt in 2018 to continue his mission of providing his clients with the best representation possible.
In his free time, Steven enjoys running, listening to podcasts, and spending time with his wife and daughter.
Blake Bennett Sturm Attorney
Blake Sturm earned his law degree from Emory University School of Law in May 2017. He has a substantial working knowledge of Georgia and federal criminal law, both at the trial and appellate levels.
Prior to joining Lister & Holt, Blake worked at a prominent Atlanta criminal defense firm for two years. During that time, he was intimately involved in hundreds of state and federal cases spanning multiple areas of criminal law, including malice and felony murder, armed robbery, assault, battery, sex crimes, unlawful surveillance, extortion, possession with intent to distribute narcotics, possession of a firearm by convicted felon, forgery, fraud, and white collar crimes. Blake also performed research on complex legal issues, and drafted numerous appellate briefs for State of Georgia courts, including the Supreme Court of Georgia. His appellate work has focused on an expansive range of Constitutional issues, and resulted in the reversal of multiple convictions.
Blake earned his undergraduate degree from Vanderbilt University with an English major and a Corporate Strategy minor. At Vanderbilt, he acted as Vice President of the Vanderbilt Prison Project, a student-run organization with the goal of reducing recidivism rates in the Nashville area.
Allison Whitfield Attorney
Allison is a native of Marietta, Georgia and attended Kennesaw Mountain High School. She graduated from Auburn University in 2010 with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science and minors in History and French. After receiving her undergraduate degree, she was honored to serve her country as a political intern with the United States Department of State at the Mission to the European Union in Brussels, Belgium.
Prior to law school, Allison was a paralegal at various civil law firms around Atlanta. She received her Juris Doctor degree from the Georgia State University College of Law in 2018. Allison found her passion for criminal defense in her first semester of law school, and with the intent on being a defense attorney took advanced classes on criminal procedure, forensic evidence, and wrongful convictions. Allison was invited to join the award-winning Georgia State College of Law’s Mock Trial team, in which she competed against other top law schools in the Southeast. During her summers and as a student practitioner, Allison interned at the DeKalb County Public Defender’s Office in both State and Superior Courts, as well as at the Georgia Public Defender Council Appellate Division in Atlanta. She was admitted to the Georgia Bar in 2018.
In her spare time, Allison enjoys baking, traveling, history, and attending Atlanta United games with her husband.
Shalisha Williams Attorney
Shalisha Williams is a native of Miami, Florida and a first-generation college graduate. She received her Bachelor of Arts from the University of Miami in 2014, where she majored in Political Science and minored in History. During her undergraduate career, Shalisha was an active student leader in multiple student organizations such as Strong Women Strong Girls, the Black Female Development Circle, the Pre- Black Law Student Association, and the Iota Nu Chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated.
After graduating from the University of Miami, Shalisha worked for the Miami-Dade County Public Defender’s Office, where she assisted a team of attorneys as they represented indigent clients. Afterwards, she relocated to Atlanta and earned her Juris Doctor from Atlanta’s John Marshall Law School in 2018 where she was an active member of the Black Law Student Association. During her tenure in law school, she acquired significant experience by working for a small estate planning firm for two years, interning with the Honorable Judge Kimberly M. Esmond Adams, and representing indigent clients at the DeKalb County Public Defenders Office. She was admitted to the State Bar of Georgia in 2018.
In addition to her professional endeavors, Shalisha is also dedicated to serving her community through volunteerism and mentorship. To that end, she mentored elementary school girls throughout her undergraduate career and continues to pour into her community by mentoring middle school girls with the Power of Girls Mentoring Program.
On a personal note, Shalisha lives in the Decatur area with her husband Brandon and dog Nina. She loves cooking new recipes, visiting new restaurants in the Atlanta area, and all things Miami Hurricanes.
Aliayah Baaith Attorney
Aliayah Baaith was born and raised in Marietta, Georgia where she graduated from Sprayberry High School. Following high school, she moved to Washington D.C. where she attended Howard University. In 2014, she graduated Magna Cum Laude with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Legal Communications and a minor in Broadcast Journalism. While at Howard, she was involved in the Freshman Leadership Academy, Vice President of Student Affairs Assistantship Program, and was a member of Howard’s nationally ranked mock-trial team. After college, Aliayah returned home to Georgia where she worked at The Law Offices of Williams and Associates, PC, shadowing an attorney known for her zealous representation of personal injury clients.
After a year gaining valuable work experience, Aliayah moved to Macon, Georgia to attend Mercer University School of Law, where she graduated with her Juris Doctor Cum Laude. While attending law school, Aliayah gained a substantial amount of work experience. During her first year of law school, she worked as a summer associate at Owen, Gleaton, Egan, Jones & Sweeney. In addition to her experience handling complex legal matters in the private sector, she worked for the federal government at the United States Department of Labor. Aliayah’s legal experience also includes clerking for Chief Judge Ennis in the Bibb County Superior Court and working as a hearings unit intern for Administrative Judge Justin Evans at the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC).
Alongside her work experience, Aliayah was a member of Mercer’s Advocacy Council where she was selected to compete in four national trial competitions. While competing on the various teams, Aliayah was not only awarded Best Advocate of all sixty-four individual advocates, but she was inducted into a national honorary organization, Order of Barristers, for excelling in oral advocacy. Aliayah also had the unique privilege of serving as President of the Black Law Students Association for the 2017-2018 school year. As President, her primary objective was to further increase the number of culturally responsible attorneys who excel academically, succeed professionally, and positively impact the community. Because of Aliayah’s leadership, Mercer University hired its first-ever Director of Diversity, tasked with fostering a respectful, educational, and unified community.
Aliayah is a member of the State Bar of Georgia, Gate City Bar Association, and the Georgia Association of Black Women Attorneys. In Aliayah’s spare time, she enjoys playing with her dogs Bubba and Poe, discovering new restaurants with other Yelp Elite members, and spending time with her family and friends.
Mickey Evans Attorney
Mickey is originally from Ann Arbor, Michigan but grew up in Dacula, Georgia. In high school, he attended Hebron Christian Academy and graduated in May 2010. In college, Mickey attended Emory University where he studied Political Science and European History. His coursework included courses in Constitutional Law, Civil Liberties, Criminal Justice, and Criminology. Mickey earned his Bachelor of Arts from Emory in May 2014. Before attending law school, he took a gap year to gain work experience in a variety of different settings including work at Hartman Private Law, a trusts and estates law firm.
After this gap year, Mickey began his time at Emory University School of Law. While earning his Juris Doctor, he focused on taking courses related to courtroom advocacy, as well as criminal law and procedure. Mickey briefly worked as a research assistant for Criminal Law Professor Morgan Cloud. His other activities included serving on Emory Law’s Student Bar Association and on the board of Emory Law’s Anti-Corruption Society. Mickey earned his Juris Doctor from Emory Law in May 2018 and became a member of the State Bar of Georgia in November 2018.
Initially, Mickey’s interest in criminal law was focused on criminal prosecution. His first internship in law school was with the United States Attorney’s Office for Northern District of Georgia. Mickey later interned with the DeKalb County District Attorney’s Office where he had the opportunity to practice in court under supervision as authorized by Georgia’s Third-Year Practice Act. He gained even more experience as an apprentice, and later special assistant district attorney, with the Cobb County District Attorney’s Office where he practiced in court under supervision as authorized by Georgia’s Law Graduate Practice Act.
After personal reflection on various issues related to the criminal justice system and its reform, Mickey’s interests ultimately shifted toward criminal defense. His desire to advocate for the rights of the accused brought him to Lister & Holt. Outside of law, Mickey’s interests include, cooking, music, film, and self-improvement. He spends most of his free time with friends, family, and other loved ones.
Dominique Hadley Attorney
Dominique Hadley was born on Fort Bragg Army Base, and is the daughter of two Gulf War Veterans. She lived in Raleigh, NC during her early childhood, then moved to Alpharetta, GA when she was 8 years old. Dominique graduated from Centennial High School as a scholar-athlete who lettered in varsity volleyball.
Following high school, Dominique attended Georgia State University. She was a member of the Political Science Honors Society and was an elected senator in the Student Government Association. She also participated in the European Union Studies Abroad Program. During the program, she lived in Strasbourg, France for five-months and travelled to 7 countries in order to study comparative politics. Upon returning, she was selected for the Georgia Legislative Internship Program and spent her last semester working for the Georgia House of Representatives under then Minority Leader, Stacey Abrams. Dominique graduated with a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Political Science and a Pre-law concentration.
Dominique then moved to Tuscaloosa, Alabama to attend The University of Alabama School of Law. While in law school, she competed for two consecutive years on the Frederick Douglass Trial Advocacy Competition Team, and was an editor on two legal journals, which resulted in the publication of her student note. She also served as Co-Chair of the Black Law Students Association’s Ethics Commission, and was a member of the school’s acapella group – the Footnotes. During her first summer of law school, Dominique studied comparative gender law at Australian National University and completed an externship at the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Northern District of Alabama. She then recognized her interest in criminal law further pursued her interest at the Georgia Public Defender Council, and the Tuscaloosa District Attorney’s Office. Dominique has always had a passion for public service which was reflected through her consistent volunteer efforts and work in both the Domestic Violence Law Clinic and The Criminal Defense Law Clinic. She earned her Certificate in Public Interest and was awarded the Order of the Samaritan, the Dean’s Community Service Award, and the Student Pro Bono Award, before receiving her Juris Doctorate in 2018. Dominique is proud to continue her pursuing her passion for public service as an attorney at Lister & Holt.
Areion Gamble Attorney
Areion is a native of Griffin, Georgia and attended Griffin High School (Go, Bears!). She graduated from the University of West Georgia, Cum Laude, with a Bachelor of Science degree in Political Science, concentrated in pre-law, and a minor in Criminology. After college, Areion returned to Georgia where she interned for a year with the Griffin Judicial Circuit Public Defenders Office.
After her internship, Areion moved to North Carolina to attend Elon University School of Law, where she was on the Dean’s List, a Merit Scholar, and inducted into the Order of Barristers. While attending law school, Areion participated in Mock Trial, the Student Body Association, the Black Law Students Association, and the National Lawyers Guild. While at Elon Law, she gained valuable experience while interning for the Public Defenders Council’s Appellate Division, the Law Office of DeKalb County Public Defender, and the Georgia Attorney General’s Office’s Regulated Industries Division. In 2018, Areion earned her Juris Doctor from Elon Law.
She is licensed to practice law in the State of Georgia. Areion is a proud member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Incorporated. In her spare time, she enjoys reading, traveling abroad, volunteering, and spending time with her niece (Kinsley) and nephew (Kingston).
Breona Ward Attorney
Breona Ward is an Atlanta native, growing up in the metro area, before graduating from Chattahoochee High School. In 2014, she graduated from Georgia State University with a Bachelor Degree in Political Science and Africana Studies. Breona went on to receive her Juris Doctorate from Mercer Law School in 2018.
Breona’s decision to enter law school stemmed from her desire to be an agent of change in her community. While attending Mercer Law School, Breona acted as Vice President of the Legal Aid Volunteer Association (LAVA), as a member of the Jessup International Moot Court Team, and as a member of the Black Law Student's Association. Additionally, she was a recipient of the 2017 Mercer Law Equal Access to Justice Scholarship. Over the next two years, she worked as an intern for the Ocmulgee Judicial Circuit's Public Defender Office in Macon, Georgia and Legal Aid Justice Center-JustChildren Program in Charlottesville, Virginia. As an intern, Ms. Ward provided legal support to attorneys and case managers in representing indigent clients.
Prior to joining Lister and Holt, Breona worked as a law clerk for a private criminal defense and civil rights firm in Decatur, Georgia. During her time as a law clerk, Breona fostered her passion for providing zealous advocacy to the voiceless and discovering ways to serve her community through the legal profession.
Breona is a member of the State Bar of Georgia, Gate City Bar Association, and the Georgia Association of Black Women Attorneys. On a personal note, Breona enjoys spending time with her family, listening to live music, and catching as many sporting events as possible.
Sabah Muhammad Attorney
Sabah Muhammad took an unorthodox route on her journey to becoming an attorney. She was raised in Clayton County and graduated from North Clayton High School (Go Eagles!). She graduated from Georgia State University with a degree in Film Production and Creative Writing. While attending GSU she joined People Store and began a successful professional acting career that would take her to New York City.
As a union actor, she worked with many notable names including Johnson & Johnson, Macy’s, Peachtree Battle (Atlanta’s longest running stage play) and Coca-Coal. In addition, she graced the big and small screen in full feature films for BET, Universal and A&E. After working in the entertainment industry with Christopher Reeve, John Slattery and Eva Marcelle Sabah happily accepted the calling to serve her community.
First, she joined AmeriCorps and dedicated 1700 hours of servant leadership to The New Schools of Carver in Atlanta, Georgia. As a college readiness coach, she helped students to allocate over $1,000,000 in scholarships, including helping two students win the coveted Gates Millennium scholarship. Then she went on to The Scholarship Academy and empowered Atlanta Public High School and AUC students to achieve debt-free education. While working in the public-school system and advocating for severe mental illness rights at the Georgia Capital, Sabah realized that she could do more for the voiceless as a lawyer.
Sabah then went to Florida A&M (STRIKE RATTLERS!) College of Law in Orlando, Florida. While in law school she served as; the President of Stonewall (LGBTQA Student’s Association), a member of BLSA (Black Law Student’s Association) and Secretary of ILSA (International Law Student’s Association). She also interned for the Treatment Advocacy Center (TAC), a D.C. non-profit dedicated to eliminating barriers to treatment for people with severe mental illness. While with TAC she learned to lobby legislators at the federal level and draft lifesaving legislation for people with severe mental illness.
Sabah is currently a member of the Georgia Bar Association and GABWA (Georgia Association of Black Women Attorneys). In her free time, she enjoys creative writing, attending church at Impact in East Point, 5k and 10k training, Brunch, being the eldest sister of seven siblings and Aunt to eleven (or more) nieces and nephews.