Wes grew up in Mableton. He graduated from Kennesaw State with a business degree,
and then graduated from Georgia State Law in 2007, magna cum laude. During college, Wes operated a lawn maintenance company.
Prior to starting Dunlap Gardiner, Wes
worked at an auto finance company.
Wes represents clients across Georgia. These clients include finance companies, car dealerships,property management companies, homeowner’s associations, and individuals.
Wes has negotiated thousands of settlements for clients, and has tried several hundred cases in courts across the state. He also represents creditors in bankruptcy proceedings,
and advises clients on compliance issues
related to their industry.
Wes is licensed in the Supreme Court and Court of Appeals of Georgia, along with the Superior
and lower courts in the state. He is also
licensed in the Northern, Middle, and
Southern Districts of Georgia.
Wes lives in Powder Springs with his wife, Angeleah, his sons Zade and Ty, and
his daughter, Marlee.
DUNLAP GARDINER LLP
BRIAN M. GARDNER, PARTNER
Brian M. Gardiner graduated from Clayton State University with a Bachelor’s of Science, Cum Laude, in 2003. Brian then began working full-time for the Clayton County District Attorney’s office as a Victim Witness Coordinator, and began law school at the Georgia State University College of Law at the same time. While attending law school, Brian began working in Employee Relations for the Georgia Department of Human Resources conducting internal investigations, dealing with employment law matters, and assisting the Department in Administrative Hearings. In 2007, Brian graduated with a Juris Doctor from the Georgia State College of Law.
While working full-time and attending the Georgia State College of Law, Brian was a member of the College of Law Moot Court Board, was a Teaching Assistant for Property I & II, received the CALI Award for Academic Excellence (the top student in the class) in Litigation, and was elected as an Honor Court Justice by his peers.
Brian also worked as a Staff Attorney in Henry County Superior Court where he assisted in drafting and researching opinions on a variety of subjects including the following: the applicability and interpretation of covenants that run with land, Homeowner Association matters, vicarious and secondary liability in tort cases, employer liability in discrimination cases, and the applicability and interpretation of the law pertaining to business disputes.
Since joining Dunlap Gardiner LLP, Brian has focused his practice on representing Community Associations in the enforcement of covenants and in the collection of past due association assessments. Brian has also represented lenders, car dealerships, and a variety of companies in defending claims and pursuing collections on delinquent accounts. Some of the types of companies he has worked for include bail bond companies, medical companies, and landlords. In representing Community Associations Brian has drafted covenants, drafted bylaws, defended suits filed against his Association clients and has filed thousands of cases collecting passed due association assessments. Brian currently represents hundreds of community Associations all over the metro area in litigation involving the validity of covenants, and has authored two bills presently pending in the legislature that deal with the transfer of community common areas and the statute of limitations pertaining to covenant violations.
Brian is admitted to practice law in the Supreme Court of Georgia, the Court of Appeals of Georgia, the Superior and lower courts in Georgia, and the Northern and Middle Districts of Georgia. During his practice Brian has appeared in State, Superior, and Magistrate Courts all over the state and has practiced before the Georgia Court of Appeals. He has also practiced in the federal court in the Northern District of Georgia. He has been lead counsel in over 4,000 cases across the state. He has also been the featured speaker at HOA Lunch and Learns and has been a featured speaker at HOA Boot Camp conducted by Commissioner Shana Rooks in Clayton County.
Brian currently resides in McDonough, Georgia, with his wife Stephanie and is the proud father of son Jackson, daughter Hayden, and son Holden. Brain enjoys baseball, golf, tennis, reading, coaching, and spending time with his family. Brian has served as President, Secretary, and Treasurer of the Henry County Bar Association. Brian also served as a Mock Trial Coach for the Regional Champion Ola High School Mock Trial Team for the 2007-2008 and 2008-2009, school years and in 2011, and 2012 served as regional coordinator for the Henry County Mock Trial Competition. Brian also serves as an Assistant Coach for his son’s baseball team (the 6U MYA Bulldogs, 2015 Turkey Shootout Champions) and is an assistant parent-coach at the Compound Wrestling Facility in McDonough. Brain’s favorite book is Atlas Shrugged, by Ayn Rand .
Rob grew up in the Lawrenceville area of Gwinnett County and graduated from Georgia College & State University in 2010 with a Bachelor of Business Administration in International Business. Rob attended law school at Georgia State University College of Law. During his law school career, Rob had the opportunity to participate in the HeLP Clinic where he worked in an effort to secure benefits for children in need. In 2014, Rob received his Juris Doctorate from the Georgia State College of Law.
Since joining Dunlap Gardiner, LLP, Rob has engaged in multiple practice areas including drafting wills, healthcare directives, powers of attorney, engaging in collections matters on behalf of homeowners’ association, automobile finance companies, and other small businesses. He has defended homeowners’ associations and other businesses in lawsuits filed against them and their employees or Board Members. He has appeared in court to represent homeowners' associations and finance companies in counties across Metro Atlanta. He has also successfully defended multiple suits against community associations and property management companies.
In representing homeowners associations, Rob counsels Boards of Directors about issues in the community by carefully analyzing the applicable Covenants and Bylaws, which can result in amending these documents or tailoring rules and regulations effectively addressing the needs and concerns of a specific community. Whatever changes are necessary, Rob will be sure to help the Board implement an action plan that outlines the appropriate procedure to get the amendment or rule in place quickly as possible.
Rob is admitted to practice law in the Supreme Court of Georgia, the Court of Appeals of Georgia, the Superior and lower courts in Georgia and the federal court of the Northern District of Georgia.
Rob currently lives in Doraville, GA with his fiancée Kasia and dog Tulie. He is an avid outdoorsman and sportsman. He spends his time on many outdoor activities but particularly enjoys hunting, fly fishing, and wing shooting. He is also an Atlanta sports enthusiast and can be found somewhere listening to or watching the Falcons play just about every week. Among his other interests are golfing, playing music, cooking, reading, and spending time with
friends and family.
Evan grew up in Villa Rica and continues to live in Carroll County. While attending the University of West Georgia, Evan started working for Dunlap Gardiner as a legal assistant in July 2009. After graduating from the Honors College at the University of West Georgia in 2011, Evan worked full-time at Dunlap Gardiner and soon realized his desire to attend law school.
Evan started at Georgia State University College of Law in the fall of 2014 and attended classes while working full time for the firm. After receiving his Juris Doctorate from Georgia State University College of Law in December of 2017, Evan became an
associate in June of 2018.
Evan is admitted to practice law in the Supreme Court of Georgia, the Superior and lower courts in Georgia, and at the federal level in the Northern District of Georgia. Evan has successfully defended several homeowners' associations and their agents in lawsuits. He has appeared in court to represent creditors including finance companies, homeowners’ associations, and roofing contractors in over 25 counties throughout the state of Georgia, and negotiated hundreds of settlements on behalf of clients.
Evan lives with his wife Lauren and dog Mollie in Temple, GA. In his free time, he enjoys spending time outdoors hunting, hiking and playing golf.
Ciara grew up in DeLand, Florida and graduated from Stetson University in 2015 with a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology. She moved to the Atlanta area to attend law school. While there, Ciara was given a Certificate of Appreciation and Commendation from the State Bar of Georgia for her work at the Emory Law Volunteer Clinic for Veterans. In 2018, Ciara received her Juris Doctorate from the Emory University School of Law.
Ciara is admitted to practice law in the Superior and lower courts in Georgia. She is also admitted to practice in the Northern District of Georgia, where she has successfully represented hundreds of clients in a variety of bankruptcy proceedings.
Ciara currently lives in Acworth, Georgia with her husband Kyle and two dogs Hadley and Dakota. She spends her free time reading, baking, and spending time with her family.
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BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT DIRECTOR