Clara L. Fryer
Clara Fryer received her undergraduate degree from Troy State University and her J.D. from the University of Alabama. Ms. Fryer focused on developer/community association law while in law school, and later as a clerk and then an associate at Hyatt and Rhoads, a nationally recognized leader in the field. In 1990 she returned to her first love, the “neighborhood closing practice”. She continues to work with realtors, builders and consumers from their neighborhood, “home” perspective. Ms. Fryer has been consistently recognized by Atlanta Magazine as an Atlanta “Superlawyer”, and as one of the top 50 women lawyers in the state. She also served as the title industry representative at the 2008 Federal Reserve Housing Summit held in Atlanta. Ms. Fryer is a Member of the State Bar of Georgia and a Board Member of the Georgia Real Estate closing Attorney Association. Ms. Fryer has co-authored several industry-related publications, including “Buying a Home” (State Bar of Georgia); “Representing Condominium Unit Purchasers” (GA Bar Journal); and “Recommended Changes in the Law Affecting Condominium and Homeowner Assns. In Georgia” (G.S.U. Law Review), and was co-reporter for the Alabama Condominium Act and Common Interest Ownership Act; JD Univ. of Alabama.
David M. Barrett
David Barrett is a member of the Atlanta office of The Fryer Law Firm, P.C., where he specializes in residential real estate closings. Mr. Barrett routinely oversees the entire real estate closing process through reviewing contracts, analyzing titles, reviewing taxes, reviewing surveys, preparing easements, and leading the actual closings. Mr. Barrett enjoys working with new subdivision developments, REO departments, and Short sale or loss mitigation departments. On a weekly basis he attends meetings with both real estate agents and loan officers to assess the status of the real estate industry from the perspective of others industry. On a monthly basis, he offers classes to real estate agents on the legal perspective of numerous aspects of the real estate closing process. Mr. Barrett attended Columbus State University in Columbus, Georgia, for his A.S. degree, and Georgia State University in Atlanta, Georgia where he received his undergraduate and law degrees. Mr. Barrett has practiced law since 1989 and has specialized in residential real estate law since 1995. Mr. Barrett’s professional involvement includes membership in the State Bar of Georgia, Real Estate Division, Georgia Real Estate Closing Attorney Association, Neighborhood Title Group, and The Florida Bar. In the community, Mr. Barrett is the senior minister with the Center for Spiritual Living Midtown. His hobbies include, skiing, hiking, and camping around the country.
Karen Ingram-Tello specializes in the areas of law governing multi-family and condominium residences. Mrs. Ingram-Tello graduated from Auburn University with a B.S. in International Business and received her J.D. from the University of Georgia in 1993. Her professional associations include memberships in the State Bar of Georgia, the Georgia Real Estate Closing Attorneys Association and the American Bar Association. She served as the 2003-2004 Real Estate Section Chair of the Atlanta Bar Association.
Kathryn Semonsky Newman specializes in residential real estate closings at the Fryer Law Firm, overseeing the entire closing transaction, working closely with buyers, sellers, real estate agents and mortgage professionals. Mrs. Newman also attends weekly meetings with real estate agents and loan officers, allowing her to stay current on market conditions as well as the opportunity to share the legal perspective at these meetings. Kathryn attended the University of Georgia where she graduated with a Certificate of Honors with a B.A. and continued her education at Georgia State University, where she received a J.D. She is a member of the State Bar of Georgia, Real Estate Division, and the Georgia Real Estate Closing Attorneys Association.
Catherine Donnelly, a graduate of Princeton University and Georgia State University College of Law, has been practicing residential real estate law since 1999. While at Georgia State, Ms. Donnelly won the William H. Daniel Mock Trial national competition. In addition to fulfilling the legal requirements of each closing transaction, Ms. Donnelly strives to guide Buyers and Sellers smoothly and seamlessly through the often-complicated closing process. And, as a proud Morningside neighborhood resident, she enjoys sharing many delightful closing experiences with Atlanta’s wonderful, in-town real estate community. Ms. Donnelly is a member of the State Bar of Georgia, Real Estate Section, and the Georgia Real Estate Closing Attorney Association.
Leigh Langston Clack is a life-long resident of Atlanta, growing up in Martin Manor and living in Pine Hills for over 25 years, where she has raised her two sons and has served as an officer of the Pine Hills Civic Association and the Roxboro Valley Association. Her education includes Emory Law School (J.D.), Georgia State University Business School (Master’s in Taxation), University of Georgia (B.S. in Psychology with Honors), and North Fulton High School in Garden Hills. She has been a residential closing attorney for over 25 years and has managed several offices.
Leigh served on the Executive Committee of the State Bar of Georgia Real Estate Section and as Chairperson of the Atlanta Bar Association Real Estate Section. She has held both Georgia Salesperson and Broker real estate licenses, and she served as Secretary to the Atlanta Women’s Council of Realtors, where she was awarded Affiliate of the Year. Leigh has authored several publications, including “Preparing for a Closing” (The Practical Lawyer); “The Psychology of a Closing” (Atlanta Real Estate Magazine), and the “Buying a Home” handbook for the State Bar of Georgia, and in addition has written and presented dozens of articles and seminars to the real estate industry, including attorneys, law students, real estate agents and mortgage professionals.