Attorney Scott Anderson joins Groth & Makarenko

Groth & Makarenko announces the addition of Attorney Scott Anderson to its growing litigation practice.

Prior to joining Groth & Makarenko, Scott practiced in the area of insurance defense law in house with one of the largest insurance companies in the United States. Scott has an extensive civil litigation background including certification by the NAtional Insititute fo Trial Advocacy (NITA).

Scott is a veteran of the United States Navy and a native of Ohio. His practice will focus primarily on general liability and automobile insurance defense. Read more about Scott

Attorney Joseph Kaiser Wins Summary Judgment in Fulton County


Attorney Joseph Kaiser Wins Summary Judgment in Fulton County

June 15, 2019 – Attorney Joseph Kaiser recently won Summary Judgment in the State Court of Fulton County in a case where the Plaintiff brought suit against a John Doe over an accident that occurred in the State of California. Plaintiff alleged she was a resident of Georgia at the time of the accident and that she could proceed against a John Doe because the Defendant (whose identity was known) was unable to be located in the State of Georgia.

Mr. Kaiser discovered compelling evidence that the Plaintiff was, in fact, a resident of California at the time of the accident as well, but that regardless, the suit was improper because a John Doe suit cannot be filed where the Defendant’s identity is known. Further, Mr. Kaiser argued that the Court had no subject matter jurisdiction over an automobile accident that occurred in California between two California residents and that the Plaintiff was trying to do an “end-run” around the well established John Doe procedures set forth in O.C.G.A. 33-7-11. The trial Court agreed with Mr. Kaiser and granted summary judgment.

Attorney Ashley Scarpetta joins Groth & Makarenko

Groth & Makarenko announces the addition of Attorney Ashley Scarpetta to its growing litigation practice.

Prior to joining Groth & Makarenko, Ashley practiced in the areas of estate planning, guardianship and probate law. For over four years, Ashley served as a guardian ad litem to the Gwinnett County Probate Court dealing with estates and as a Court Appointed Attorney for guardianship cases. Ashley is well-versed in taxation matters concern estates and corporations. While at Syracuse University College of Law, Ashley received a certificate in estate planning. She enjoys drafting and creating complex estate plans for blended families as well as pour-over wills with generational trusts. Ashley has probated several hundred estates in the metro-Atlanta area and has dealt with compromise of minor claims as a guardian ad litem. Ashley was given the esteemed honor to be one of the Top 40 Under 40 Lawyers in estate planning by the American Academy of Attorneys. She specializes in meeting individuals where they are when it comes to planning or administering estates. Ashley has taught several continuing legal education seminars on topics including insolvent estates and marshaling/valuing estate assets. She served as co-chair of Fiduciary Section of the Young Lawyers Division of the Georgia Bar. Ashley understands the delicate manner in which personal finances must be discussed and enjoys helping her clients plan for their families’ future.

At Groth & Makarenko, Ashley’s practice will focus primarily on general liability and automobile insurance defense, but she will also continue to grow her practice in the areas of probate and estate planning. Read more about Ashley