Ana Maria Martinez
Sr. Staff Attorney
DeKalb State Court
Ana María Martinez received her J.D., cum laude and with Pro Bono distinction, from the Georgia State University College of Law in 2009. She is currently the staff attorney for the Hon. Dax E. López in the State Court of DeKalb County. Prior to working for Judge López, she was a litigator practicing in the areas of consumer warranty law, premises liability, professional liability, products liability, general personal injury defense, and employment law.
Originally from Colombia, South America, Ms. Martinez is fluent in English and Spanish. She received her B.B.A., cum laude, in Marketing from The University of Georgia in 2004. While at UGA, she was Vice-President of Professional Development and Public Relations of Alpha Kappa Psi, Professional Business Fraternity.
Ana María has been very engaged in the legal and Hispanic communities. She is a past president and current board member of the Georgia Hispanic Bar Association, as well as a past Co-Chair of the Multi-Bar Leadership Council. She has also chaired a number o since law school. She has chaired various committees for the Young Lawyers Division of the State Bar of Georgia, and currently serves as vice-chair for the General Counsel Office Overview Committee for the State Bar of Georgia. She is a Barrister in the Lamar Inn of Court and a LEAD Atlanta graduate. She is a board member of the Latino Community Fund. Ana Maria has been recognized as one of the Atlanta Business Chronicle's 40 Under 40 award recipients and was recently selected for Georgia State University's 40 Under 40 Inaugural Class.
She is one of the co-founders of the Georgia Latino Law Foundation.
Stacey Burke is a Senior Attorney in the Securities Department for the Office of General Counsel at Primerica, Inc. She handles regulatory and consumer complaints related to the company’s investment products.
Stacey is a graduate of Atlanta’s John Marshall Law School and received the CALI Excellence for the Future Award for Legal Research and Writing. During law school, she served in various leadership roles, such as President of the Student Bar Association, Editor for the John Marshall Law Journal, and Lead Attorney for the Mock Trial Team. Stacey also served as the South-Atlantic Regional Director for the National Latina/o Law Student Association for two terms.
Prior to becoming an attorney, Stacey served as a victim’s advocate for the Hispanic Interest Coalition of Alabama. She is an avid traveler who has studied abroad in several countries in Latin America, Europe, and the South Pacific. Stacey is of Dominican and Irish descent originally from New York City, but currently resides in Atlanta, Georgia
Sutherland Asbill & Brennan LLP
Lucero Bello’s work routinely involves general corporate representation and advice. She advises clients on mergers and acquisitions, venture capital investments, fund formations, joint ventures and private placements of securities. Her experience includes assisting clients in obtaining Hart-Scott-Rodino clearance from the U.S. Department of Justice and the Federal Trade Commission.
Prior to joining Sutherland, Ms. Bello spent a summer working as a law clerk with the Immigrants’ Rights division of the American Civil Liberties Union Foundation of Georgia. At the ACLU, Ms. Bello researched legal issues, analyzed opportunities for policy reform and assisted in the development of advocacy materials. Additionally, as a Certified Law Student, she worked on matters related to wage and hour claims, unlawful detainers (landlord-tenant law), social security benefits and criminal expungements.
Ms. Bello obtained her B.B.A., summa cum laude, in Business Economics from Georgia State University and her J.D. from Stanford Law School.
King & Spalding LLP
The Eshman Law Firm
Michael is a Hispanic and bilingual attorney who represents individuals and families harmed by the negligence of others.
Over the course of his career, Michael has had the opportunity to represent a wide variety of clients in civil disputes – from children to multi-national companies, doctors to injured patients, large insurance companies to small business owners. Through his practice, he handles all types of personal injury lawsuits, with a focus on serious injury and wrongful death, premises liability, auto/trucking accidents, and construction/work injury cases.
Michael graduated from The University of Georgia School of Law, where he received numerous honors including being inducted into the National Order of Barristers.
He lives in Druid Hills with his wife (Audrey) and their daughter (Nina) and is a member at Decatur Presbyterian Church. In his spare time, Michael enjoys spending time with his family, cheering on the Dawgs and Atlanta United, and teaching his daughter Spanish.
Lin Wood, P.C.
Jonathan D. Grunberg is an attorney in Atlanta, Georgia, where he focuses his practice on complex civil litigation in federal court. Mr. Grunberg has helped secure over $500 million in settlements, litigating cases involving the False Claims Act, defamation, civil rights, personal injury, commercial disputes, and professional negligence. His results include two record-setting Qui Tam settlements for Stark Law violations and Medicare fraud. Mr. Grunberg also has extensive experience in helping high-profile clients protect their reputations from defamatory attacks.
Mr. Grunberg received his J.D. from Duke University School of Law in 2009, where he served as an editor for the Duke Environmental Law & Policy Forum, competed for the Duke Law Moot Court Board, served as the treasurer for the Hispanic Law Student Association, and volunteered as a Spanish translator for Duke’s legal clinics. After law school, Mr. Grunberg clerked for the Honorable Steve C. Jones of the United States District Court for the Northern District of Georgia and the Honorable Graham C. Mullen in the United States District Court for the Western District of North Carolina. Mr. Grunberg earned a B.A. in Sociology from the University of California, Santa Cruz.
Beyond Mr. Grunberg’s service with GLLF, he serves on the boards of KIPP South Fulton Academy and of STE(A)M Truck, a mobile maker space that travels from school to school to close the opportunity gap for technology-based education.
Associate Professor of Law
The University of Georgia
Lindsey Simon joined the University of Georgia School of Law faculty in the fall of 2018 as an assistant professor, after serving as a visiting faculty member. Her research focuses on the bankruptcy system, drawing concepts from bankruptcy structure and procedure to address broader institutional design challenges. Her course load will include Bankruptcy, Secured Transactions and the Bankruptcy Practice Seminar.
Previously, Simon was an associate at Kilpatrick Townsend & Stockton, where her practice involved a mix of commercial litigation and corporate restructuring matters. She represented corporations and individuals in state and federal litigation, both in and out of the bankruptcy context. She also practiced at a litigation boutique in Chicago, Illinois, and served as a judicial clerk for the Honorable Beverly B. Martin on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit. Additionally, she taught as an adjunct professor at the Georgia State University College of Law.
Simon earned her law degree magna cum laude from the Northwestern University Pritzker School of Law and obtained her Bachelor of Music magna cum laude and her Master of Education from Vanderbilt University.
She is an active member of the American Bankruptcy Institute and the Hispanic National Bar Association. She serves as community service co-chair for the Georgia Network of the International Women's Insolvency & Restructuring Confederation.
Carmen Toledo focuses on litigation involving toxic torts, environmental disputes and other complex litigation matters. As a partner in our Environmental and Mass Tort and Toxic Tort practices, Carmen represents large corporate clients in a variety of tort and product liability disputes.
Carmen represents chemical, agricultural and energy industry clients and other corporations in individual, mass joinder and class action cases across the U.S., at both the trial and appellate levels. Her matters involve claims of property damage and personal injuries due to alleged exposures to pesticides; asbestos and silica; vinyl chloride; formaldehyde; dioxin; chlorine; TCE; and other solvents.
In addition, Carmen has been involved in product liability cases for clients in various industries, including the pharmaceutical, automotive, financial services, and food and beverage sectors.
A native of San Juan, Puerto Rico, Carmen is fluent in Spanish as well as English. She has authored articles and presented on various toxic tort and environmental topics, and has been a frequent speaker on diversity, mentoring and women's issues.