Oliver Maner LLP Celebrates First Anniversary of Associate Attorneys and Announces Two New Hires

(SAVANNAH, Ga.) Oliver Maner, one of Savannah’s most prestigious law firms, is proud to celebrate the first anniversary of associate attorneys Madison E. Perrie, Ben T. Tuten, Wes Rahn and Katie S. Hembree. The four have spent the last year fully immersing themselves in Oliver Maner’s cases and corporate culture, learning from veteran partners and gaining invaluable experience along the way.


Madison E. Perrie (J.D., University of Georgia School of Law, ’22), a former summer intern, joined Oliver Maner as an associate in the tax department. She is also the secretary of the Savannah chapter of the Georgia Association for Women’s Lawyers (GAWL) and the logistics chair for the Young Lawyers Division of the Savannah Bar Association (YLD).

“I am honored to be involved with these two organizations that have been so helpful to me in my first year of practice,” Perrie said. “These organizations have allowed me to better grasp the intricacies of Savannah’s legal community while developing my leadership skills as I collaborate with other board members.”

Ben T. Tuten (J.D., Mercer University Walter F. George School of Law, ’22) is a valuable member of Oliver Maner’s litigation department. He primarily represents municipalities, counties, and quasi-municipal entities in a variety of litigation matters ranging from car accidents to wrongful death claims to federal constitutional claims. Tuten is also actively involved in the Savannah Bar Association Young Lawyers Division, where he serves on the Executive Board.

“Outside of my law practice, I serve as the primary liaison for the local chapter of the Boy Scouts of America’s Exploring Law Careers program, which is hosted by Oliver Maner each school year,” said Tuten. “Through this program, our team gives local high school students an inside look at the life of a lawyer, and we introduce them to influential members of the legal community in Savannah, in hopes of sparking an interest in pursuing a career in law.”

Wes Rahn (J.D., Mercer University Walter F. George School of Law, ’22) is also an associate attorney in Oliver Maner’s litigation department. Working with Partner Ben Perkins, Rahn enjoys engaging with community leaders and policymakers across the state of Georgia.

“I have an undergraduate degree in Political Science, so I immediately developed a passion for municipal law and the work that Ben Perkins performs,” Rahn explained. “Being born and raised in southeast Georgia, I consider it an honor and a privilege to serve these local communities, and we are some of the few attorneys in Georgia specializing in election law challenges, contests, and consultations. Free and fair elections are the cornerstone of our democracy, and I have successfully represented boards of elections and individual candidates against election challenges.”

Katie S. Hembree (J.D., University of Georgia School of Law, ‘22), an associate in the transactional department, specializes in estate planning, corporate law, trusts, probate, business planning and tax planning. As the daughter of Partner Lee A. Summerford, she cherishes the opportunity to work alongside her father.

“It’s hard to put into words how grateful I am. My dad and I have always been close, and being his associate has taken our bond to new heights,” Hembree said. “Seeing how he carefully considers all possibilities and helps clients make decisions that benefit them now and for future generations has had a profound impact on me. I am honored to continue his legacy at the firm, and even if the Summerford legal line ends with me, I will make sure to pass down the values and strong practices that I’ve learned from my father.”

Leadership at Oliver Maner commends the dedication and growth exhibited by these young attorneys, highlighting their commitment to providing exceptional client service and the development of their legal skills.

In addition to the anniversary celebrations, Oliver Maner is pleased to introduce two new talented attorneys to its esteemed legal team. The firm warmly welcomes Kate Daly Cobb and Kelvin Goodson as associate attorneys.

A native of Savannah, Kate Daly Cobb (J.D., Mercer University Walter F. George School of Law, ’23) concentrates on handling disputes related to misappropriation of assets and other misconduct by fiduciaries, including business partners, executors, administrators, trustees, and professionals. In addition, she handles a variety of business and commercial disputes involving contracts and business torts. Her expertise also extends to professional malpractice defense, personal injury defense and creditor representation. Prior to joining Oliver Maner, Cobb dedicated her time as a domestic violence victim advocate intern for the Victim’s Witness Assistance Program in the Savannah District Attorney’s Office.

Kelvin Goodson (J.D., Liberty University School of Law, ’23) joins Oliver Maner after a career in education. He spent four years as an instructor at Pinewood Christian Academy prior to earning his law degree. Goodson’s focuses include legal research, drafting legal arguments and drafting and responding to discovery materials.

By celebrating its associates and welcoming new talent, Oliver Maner showcases its dedication to providing exemplary legal services. For more information, visit www.olivermaner.com.

With a history of over 125 years representing clients in Georgia, South Carolina and throughout the United States, Oliver Maner LLP is a full-service law firm capable of handling a broad range of civil litigation and business law expertise. With a team of more than 30 of the highest-rated trial and transactional lawyers across the state, Oliver Maner possesses the resources and abilities to tackle complex legal problems, including personal injury, estate law, medical and legal malpractice, product liability, civil rights litigation, real estate, transportation and logistics litigation and more. The law firm is proud to have long-standing relationships with its clients, including nonprofit organizations, government entities, business owners and entrepreneurs. Oliver Maner’s office is located at 218 W. State St., Savannah, GA 31401. For more information, call (912) 236-3311 or visit www.olivermaner.com.

Cynthia Cradduck
Cecilia Russo Marketing