Our History


2024 & Beyond

Future of Stanton Law

We’ve got a good thing going and look forward to what’s coming next. We’re actively recruiting ambitious, ownership-minded attorneys looking for a better way to practice and who are excited to see how we can help them enjoy a more integrated and pleasant way to work. We’ll remain true to our Why – to cultivate a non-traditional, entrepreneurial law firm by which we create and maintain fulfilling and sustainable lives for our team, our clients, and our community.

We’ll also keep emphasizing our practical and business-oriented approach to what other lawyers see as only legal problems, and be on the lookout for forward-thinking clients who appreciate the value we offer. And we’ll continue to take proactive and supportive care of the businesses and individuals who’ve come to trust us over the past decade.

2024 & Beyond

Traction and EOS

We’re continuing to push deeper into Traction and shoring up our operations and business practices, providing a better foundation from which our team can service our growing client roster. A new practice management system will roll out this Spring, led by the efforts of our rational CTO group, CodexTen.

Spring 2024

You Guessed It, Our Team Continues to Expand

Aspirations are high for 2024 and we are headed in the right direction toward our ambitious goals. Sam Mandell came aboard in January, bringing with her Heather Ard to provide the firm with more administrative and paralegal support. We started the year with 17 lawyers, 5 administrative staff, and 1 law clerk.


Final Numbers

Together, we hit our 2023 revenue goal of $3M.


Team and Practice Areas continue to grow

Elijah Davis and Heather Broadwater both moved into Partner roles at the beginning of 2023. We convinced Gabi to come on full-time also. Faz graduated and moved into an associate position. We also signed up Carter Augustine as our new 2L clerk.

After 8 great years, Alex moved back to his former firm, and we filled his litigation shoes with Joe Gleason, another Bulldog from the class of ’02. Sadie, the new Australian Shepherd puppy, livenedd up the office.

Throughout the year, growth remained a priority, both in terms of headcount and revenue. By adding corporate and transactional Partner John Arbogast (with Rachel Vanderpol‘s able recruiting assistance), we hope David will find his business development groove. Vanderpol also helped us land Associate Rob Wheeler to support Joe and Elijah in their litigation practices. Najmah James took a big leap of faith and accepted an Associate position.

Mary Popplewell invigorated the administrative team and made the office as warm as it’s ever been.

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Growth and Outlook

Liz celebrated her 10th anniversary with Stanton Law, proved indispensable as a Managing Partner, and continues to take on increasing responsibility.

The sluggishness from early 2022 turned around and we realized nearly 15% growth to exceed our goal of $2.5M in revenue.

Our brightening outlook led us to engage attorney Gabi Moses to help fill the gap left as Christine transitioned to an in-house role. Sam graduated and is moving to a full-time corporate position and sadly, we said goodbye to Hattie, the awesome dog who started it all with us.

Fall 2022

Operations Paradigm Shift

We recognized our Counsel are more appropriately designated as Partners. Operationally, our newly formed Leadership Committee pushed forward to implement Traction and its Entrepreneurial Operating System (EOS) to lend more efficiency to our practice. 

We finally expanded into additional office space in our building, increasing our footprint to over 4,000 sq. ft. and filling up both suites at 410 Plasters. Capitalizing on our partnership with Peachtree VA, our assistants, Erica McNicoll, Melissa Park, and now Paige Gianfortune are making everyone’s lives better and more focused.

Summer 2022

Dedication to Entrepreneurship

Paul Knowlton founded a new service area, The Toolbox: Life & Career Crossroads, which acts as a balance to provide order for business leaders across their personal and professional lives.

Demonstrating our commitment to the entrepreneur and small businesses, Stanton Law became a Community Partner with Atlanta Tech Village, holding regular programs and office hours to help fast-growth companies get going in the right direction. Our network and our message continued to grow.

Spring 2022

Fresh Faces and Sweet Goodbyes

Our 2022 proved the only constant is change. Josh and Emily decided to explore what we (and they) hope will be greener pastures. We were excited to welcome new attorneys as Evan graduated GSU COL and passed the Bar. We also hired Heather Broadwater, who brings more than three decades of combined HR and employment law experience.

We successfully onboarded Maxine Lawson into her position as our 2L Clerk. Amy relocated to Kentucky.


Revenue Growth

The investments we made in our attorney and staff paid off. Final year-end numbers showed 20% growth in 2021 with revenues coming in right at $2.2M. We finished the year with 13 attorneys, 2 clerks, and 3 staff.

Fall 2021

Expansion and Commitment

We added workstations in our Plasters Ave space, and looked to expand our footprint across the way. We further improved our technology offerings, especially for those who’ve found it more efficient to work from home. Early numbers were on budget and on target for about 10% growth with a steady rise in profit, too.

Our expansion efforts hit a higher gear with the addition of a new marketing partner, See Spark Go. We also launched a new website just in time to celebrate our 10th Anniversary.

Most importantly, we remained committed to our authentic approach and our desire to provide clients with practical solutions, while prioritizing what’s important as a team and as individuals.


Summer 2021

Team and Practice Areas Continue to Grow

Paul Knowlton joined as Counsel, setting high expectations with his IP, business-estate, and asset protection offering, and we engaged Maria King to service clients’ day-to-day HR needs. Another great young Associate, Elijah Davis, was saved from his big-firm languishing, and counsel Quinton Johnson joined in mid-April, supplementing a very busy transactional group. Anna Grant, an experienced ERISA specialist, added this critical asset for our clients, as well as brought our headcount to 14 lawyers. We placed our high hopes on two more GSU students, Evan Alberhasky and Fazeleh Yahyaei-Moayyed, as clerks.

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September 2020

Healthy team and revenues in tumultuous year

David Adams, another of Alex’s and Todd’s law school classmates, brought on board his transaction, regulatory, and loan servicing practice, immediately ushering in several new clients and offering the Firm’s existing clients a unique and diverse service set. The Firm steadied at 10 lawyers, 2 clerks, and 3 administrators, as well as a healthy and respectable $1.8M in revenue, a win for a tumultuous year.

Summer 2020

Recruiting efforts ramp up

Dani Berry joined mid-pandemic and was immediately invaluable as she developed a new Managing Attorney role for the Firm. Josh Joel took the leap from his big-law gig, trusting his litigation skills and inclination for rainmaking to provide a new level of independence. Emily progressed into an Associate position after graduation and we were pleased to welcome Sally Nicholas and Fanny Chac as new law clerks. Sigler returned from maternity leave mid-Summer to join Dani as a co-Managing Attorney, improving our efficiency and getting work into the most capable hands to complete.

Spring 2020

Attorneys support clients with Covid policies

As Covid erupted and the business world devolved into employment-law chaos, Stanton Law leaned in with an unprecedented volume of work as new laws came on the books and companies grasped for answers. Our attorneys churned out volumes of policy guidance for clients and quickly put together several informative webinars, reaching and helping thousands.  

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Georgia State Law served as pipeline for talent

Revenues grew 20% annually, rising over $1.8M for the year. GSU Law students Emily Gaston and Maggie Garrett came on board as 2019-20 clerks and rising associate talent. Jamey Rasnick joined as Operation Director, and along with Beth and Lynda, provided structure, policies, and procedures to the attorneys, that allowed Todd to focus on deepening relationships with existing clients, securing new engagements, and finding other Of Counsel candidates to enjoy the ride.


Named to Bulldog 100 for 4 Years running

We were tapped among the Bulldog 100 in 2016-19 as one of the 100 fastest growing companies owned by UGA alumni. This added to the awards list that already included mentions in the Law Firm 500 in 2017 and 2018, recognizing Stanton Law as one of the 500 fastest growing law firms in the country.

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Transactionals & Contracts and Trusts & Estates practice areas founded

The addition of Lauren Marlow and Erika Pitzel in April expanded the Firm’s service offerings to include a transactional practice, tax direction, and business-oriented trusts, estates, and succession-planning work. Lynda Fink assumed the Administrator role, and Mat Toomey became the 2018-19 law clerk, becoming an associate the following year. Collections were just shy of $1,500,000 thanks to unique marketing initiatives, such as the Busy In-House Counsel avatar and In-House Commiseration Mixers presented with Bondurant Mixon & Elmore and Latitude Legal, raising the bar for Stanton Laws attorneys to be sought after speakers for various events. 


Mergers, Operations and Finances added to growth

The Firms brought in Jessica Winnans to start developing her IP practice and successfully merged Melissa Malcom’s south-side solo employment practice into the mix in March. Beth McCormack joined as Controller, while Heather Obelgoner signed on to clerk for the 2017-18 academic year and picked up the bulk of the administrative responsibilities. Revenues  bounced a healthy 17%, approaching $1,200,000 for the year. 


Revenues first topped $1 million

With the hiring of Todd’s law school classmate Alex Barfield in January, the Firm added a robust litigation offering (and a proven book of business). Mallory Michael joined as its first office administrator a few months later, and Manori de Silva brought her commercial contracts, employment, and international practice onboard in May. Firm revenues rose nearly 75% and cracked $1,000,000 for the year.


Plasters Ave Office Opened

Revenue and profit potential increased as top-shelf counsel embraced the Firm’s self-directed model. Serving as operations consultant, Stephanie Everett helped Stanton Laws lease, design, and build out its 410 Plasters Avenue office, providing Stanton Laws attorneys (and their dogs) a comfortable and hip place from which to work and to entertain. The casual and approachable space mirrors the attitude of the Firm, and the office remains a solid recruiting and business development asset.



Amy Thomson, Melissa Kotun and Christine Green joined the team

After joining as a clerk in the summer 2015, Amy Thomson became the Firm’s second Associate the following year, and long-time friend Melissa Kotun was recruited through a relationship with Newell-Rubbermaid as Of Counsel. Christine Green brought her budding employment and ADA Title III practice in November, eventually relocating to the Atlanta office after starting in Birmingham. Even with the year’s emphasis on operational improvements, Firm collections ticked up about 5% to $585,000.


Revenue nearly doubles in two years

Growth accelerated over the next two years with revenues jumping to $415,000 in 2013, then  again to nearly $560,000 in 2014. The increase was largely attributable to the addition of two  new attorneys, Clancy Mendoza, an ERISA practitioner, and Carrie Young, a former in-house  counsel with Firm client, specializing in commercial contracts and governance.

December 2012

The Firm secured its first small office space

A fishbowl in a contemporary work share office in Virginia-Highland gave Todd and Liz the venue for increased collaboration. Revenues in 2012 were just shy of $300,000.

Fall 2012

Elizabeth Leyda (now Sigler) hired as the Firm’s first associate

Intrigued by Todd’s emphasis on business development, client-facing opportunities, and flexible work arrangement, Liz signed on as the first associate and began assuming increasing responsibility for handbook, policy, and employment agreement drafting, as well as sitting in on Todd’s counseling appointments with his growing list of clients. The Firm paid Liz an hourly rate, as opposed to the more customary salary compensation earned at other firms and was therefore able to offer her a level of autonomy and work/life balance not enjoyed by peers.

November 2011

Todd Stanton founded Stanton Law, LLC

Originally seeking to build a nimble solo legal practice to meet the needs of small and medium-sized businesses and their hard-working owners and entrepreneurs who put it all on the line, Todd provided responsive and practically-minded policy development, counseling and consultation, litigation avoidance strategies, and dispute resolution services. Todd’s wife, Ashley, provided accounting and finance expertise.

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Founded with a Unique Vision

Stanton Law was founded with a vision to practice law from a businessperson's perspective. Frustrated with BigLaw’s focus on billable hours and process over substance, Todd Stanton wanted the Firm to be an end in itself, not just a means to that end. As Stanton Law moves into its second decade, a growing team shares his vision for prioritizing what’s important, framing work around life, rather than vice versa, and a belief that their pragmatic, business-minded legal strategies can truly benefit their clients’ bottom lines. Why? To cultivate a non-traditional, entrepreneurial law firm by which we create and maintain fulfilling and sustainable lives in and out of work.

We find business solutions to minimize legal problems.