Five Hall Booth Attorneys Selected as Rising Stars in the 2021 Georgia Super Lawyers Magazine

In the 2021 edition of the Georgia Super Lawyers magazine, the law firm of Hall Booth Smith (HBS) has once again been recognized for its outstanding legal work as five of its attorneys are on the list of Rising Stars. Attorneys Joel McKie, Sean Cox, Paul Trainor , Erin Coia and Jacob Raehn of the Atlanta office have all received this honor.

For the ninth time, Partner Joel McKie is honored as a Rising Star for his work in energy and resources. Mr. McKie counsels farm and agribusiness clients, both institutional and family-owned, during every stage of farm land and agricultural operations transactions, including negotiations, due diligence, closing, and post-closing integration and operations. A member of the firm’s management committee, he has also lead commercial and real estate transactions in the healthcare space.

Partner Sean Cox was honored as a Rising Star for his work in defense civil litigation. Sean is a determined and experienced litigator. His clients include individuals, insurance companies, small enterprises, and Fortune 500 companies. He understands the distinct needs of those different types of clients and has successfully tried many cases to verdict but understands that creative solutions often better serve his clients.

Partner Paul Trainor was selected to the list for his defense work in medical malpractice. As his  main practice focus Paul defends hospitals, physicians, nurses and other medical professionals in an array of medical malpractice actions and catastrophic injury claims from inception through trial. Additionally, he concentrates his trial litigation practice in the areas of transportation, premises liability and negligent security.

Attorney Erin Coia was chosen for her medical malpractice defense work. Her litigation practice focuses on the defense of medical professionals, including doctors, nurses, hospitals, and others, throughout Georgia. The allegations in the cases she has handled range from negligent treatment and diagnosis to wrongful death.

Attorney Jacob Raehn was selected to the list for his work in medical malpractice defense. Jacob has successfully second-chaired trials spanning Georgia, South Carolina, and North Carolina. He has extensive experience with complex litigation on a national scale and has worked on many high stakes medical malpractice cases.

HBS would like to congratulate the recipients of this year’s Rising Stars list. These honors recognize the outstanding legal work performed by HBS attorneys and bolster the firm’s reputation as one of the leading law firms in the Southeast. Each year, no more than 2.5 percent of the lawyers in the state are selected by the research team at Super Lawyers to receive this honor.

Established in 1989, Hall Booth Smith, P.C. (HBS) is a full-service law firm with six regional offices strategically located throughout Georgia, as well as offices in Birmingham, Alabama; Charleston, South Carolina; Asheville and Charlotte, North Carolina; Miami, Jacksonville, North Palm Beach, Tampa, Tallahassee and St. Petersburg, Florida; and Nashville and Memphis, Tennessee; Saddle Brook, New Jersey; and New York City. Experienced across a wide range of legal disciplines, HBS attorneys pride themselves on providing knowledgeable, proactive, client-specific counsel to individuals, domestic and international corporations, state and federal agencies, and nonprofit organizations. The firm’s promise: “Serving to Achieve Excellence.” To learn more, please visit:

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