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Dena Milner

Dena is a native of Cherokee County. She had the privilege of attending Clayton Elementary School, as well as Cherokee High School here in Canton.

Dena is one of Thompson, Meier & King's most experienced paralegals. In 1984, Dena began her legal career as a secretary for the Canton law firm McVay & Stubbs. In May, 1988, she received a Certificate in Paralegal Studies from Kennesaw State College. After spending six years with McVay & Stubbs, Dena continued her career at the Atlanta firm of Hunton & Williams. In 1995, Dena took a position at LaRoche Industries, Inc. She was a legal assistant to not only corporate and general counsel, but to the Chief Executive Officer and Vice Presidents as well. In 1998, Dena decided to move her career back home, and since that time, has remained an integral part of Thompson, Meier & King.

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Dena is not only one of Thompson, Meier & King's most accomplished paralegals; she is also the firm's Office Manager. She has many years experience as a title examiner and assists in the preparation and completion of commercial real estate closings and related transactional documents. Dena also has extensive litigation experience in the areas of family law, juvenile law, corporate law, and real estate law. Dena received her Bachelor's degree from Kennesaw State University, majoring in Accounting and minoring in Management.

Dena has attended Hopewell Baptist Church in Ball Ground since she was a child. She enjoys camping and boating with her family, as well as sewing, decorating, refinishing furniture, baking and helping others.

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Belinda Harrison

Belinda Harrison

Belinda Harrison grew up in Monroe, Georgia. She graduated from George Walton Academy. After obtaining her Batchelor of Science Degree in Business Education in 1981 from the University of Georgia, she taught Adult Education Classes until she began her legal career in 1982 as a legal secretary with the Law Office of C. Randall Roberts in Monroe, Georgia. In 1988 she relocated to Forsyth County to the former home of her grandparents and was employed by the Law Office of Donald J. Snell in Canton. During her full time employment with the Law Office of Donald J. Snell, she received her Certificate in Paralegal Studies from Kennesaw State College in December of 1994. She continued her career with the Law Office of Donald J. Snell until the firm closed in March 2000. From March to July 2000, she was a paralegal with the Law Office of Daniel Mason in Canton. She has proudly been a paralegal for Thompson, Meier & King, P.C. since August of 2000.

Her legal career has led her to gain many years of experience in several areas of the law, i.e. as real estate law, including completing title examinations, the preparation and completion of residential and commercial real estate closings; estate planning, probate, corporate law, real estate law, family law, and juvenile law.

Belinda is a member of the Ellijay Seventh-Day Adventist Church where she has taught several of the children's Sabbath School classes and assisted with vacation bible school. She is a supporter of the March of Dimes and the Special Olympics. Belinda is also a member the Appalachian Chapter of the International Administrative Association of Administrative Professionals in Jasper, Georgia. In her free time, Belinda enjoys spending time with her niece and nephew; walking, swimming, reading, watching classic movies, and cross-stitching.

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Jamie Tatum

Jamie Tatum

Jamie is a native of Cherokee County. She was raised in the Macedonia community and graduated from Cherokee High School.

Jamie has extensive experience working for our local banks. For eighteen years, she has been a friendly face in banks around Cherokee County. She got her start with Etowah Bank in downtown Canton. She continued her banking career at the Regions Bank in Ball Ground, as well as the United Community Bank in Ball Ground. Jamie also spent ten years working for Cotton States Insurance Company in Atlanta.

For over a decade, Jamie has served as the treasurer of the Ball Ground First Baptist Church, where her family holds membership. She is a member of the Appalachian Chapter of the International Association of Administrative Professionals.

Jamie joined Thompson, Meier & King in September 2011 as a legal secretary. In April, 2013, she received her Certificate in Paralegal Studies and now works with Family and Juvenile Law.

Outside of work, Jamie spends time with her son, Alex, and enjoys riding with her husband, Steve, on their Harley Davidson. She also enjoys Zumba classes, going to the beach, playing Bunco with girlfriends and walking her two Maltese dogs, Layla and Rascal.

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Cindy Bryant

Cindy Bryant

Cindy Bryant joined our firm in 2013 and is part of our family and juvenile law team. She received her paralegal certification through The University of Georgia in 2014. Prior to joining our firm, Cindy took a few years off to enjoy her family after a 25 year career in the automobile insurance industry. Of those 25 years, she spent ten years as a manager in the customer service/underwriting department of Omni Insurance Group, an Atlanta based specialty automobile insurance company. She then worked as a process improvement manager and a senior product consultant when Omni Insurance was purchased by The Hartford.

Cindy is married to Jerry and they are the parents of two sons, Adam and Austin. Adam and his wife, Erika, have blessed Cindy and Jerry with two awesome grandchildren, Brooklyn and Brody. Cindy is an active member of Calvary Baptist Church in Ball Ground where she and her husband currently lead a senior adult Bible fellowship class.

Melody Cook

Melody Cook

Melody is a native of Cherokee County and a graduate of Cherokee High School. She and her family live in the Macedonia community.

Melody began her working career as a legal secretary for the Superior Court of the Blue Ridge Judicial Circuit, working for two Superior Court judges. She continued her legal career as a secretary in the law firm of Jane Kent Plaginos in Cumming, Georgia.

After taking some time off to start a family, Melody went to work at a home health agency in Canton where she worked for twelve years, the last five years as Office Manager. In 1999, Melody went to work at Lucent Technologies, which later became Alcatel-Lucent, in Alpharetta, Georgia. During her eleven years there, she held various titles including Compliance Associate and Account Analyst. After her department was outsourced, she took some time off to spend with her family and recently decided to get back into the workforce. Looking for something closer to home and with more of a hometown feel, she found Thompson, Meier & King in June, 2014, and is back in downtown Canton where she started her working career.

In her free time, Melody enjoys spending time with her family, going to church, gardening and cooking.

Kristie Finney

Kristie Finney

Kristie is native of Floyd County. She grew up in Rome, Georgia and graduated from Berry College in 1995 with a degree in Psychology. In 1997 she married her high school sweetheart, David, and they relocated to Jasper. She was employed through Georgia Highlands in Jasper for 3 years working in a geriatric day treatment program. Kristie has 3 beautiful children and was blessed to have been a stay-at-home mom for 14 years. During the years she was at home, her husband started his printing business, Clockwork Print. She worked at home for him doing bookkeeping and billing for the business. In 2011, her husband became the director of a volunteer soccer program called Mountain City Soccer in Jasper. Kristie is very involved in many aspects of the club and can be found on the weekends cheering on her children from the sideline who all play soccer for the club. In 2014 Kristie joined Thompson, Meier & King and is very excited to be out in the workforce again. She is a people person who enjoys helping others. In her free time, she enjoys running, group fitness classes and spending time with her family and friends.
Katie Crockett

Katie Crockett

Prior to entering the legal field, Katie was the Office Manager for a local residential and commercial energy conservation company, and worked with a national bank. Katie began her legal career as a legal assistant in 2001 with a family law firm in Marietta. Katie joined the Law Firm of Cynthia L. Patton in 2007 and managed the office, provided paralegal and supervisory services throughout her tenure. Katie joined Thompson, Meier & King in 2017. Outside of the office, Katie enjoys spending time family and friends, her dogs, gardening and various arts and craft projects.