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Our Team


Mary Margaret Gay

Mary Margaret Gay is a founding member of GJK and concentrates her practice on strategies to help her clients anticipate and eliminate risk.  She represents clients locally, regionally, and nationally.  She possesses extensive experience in creating cost-efficient, unified defense strategies to manage special issues arising in litigation.  She works closely with companies to create best practices, and trains their employees, outside counsel and others involved on how to put these into play.  Mary Margaret regularly assists clients in monitoring and predicting trends in litigation, including filing rates, verdicts, and jurisdictional changes.  She also practices special education law in Mississippi.


Sarah Beth Jones

Sarah Beth Jones is a founding member of GJK licensed in Mississippi and Alabama.  She strives to serve her clients with enthusiasm and excellence as they collaborate together to reduce risk and identify smart solutions to legal issues. She focuses her practice on the coordination of special projects and implementation of creative defense strategies in the mass tort arena.  Sarah Beth has a passion for assisting small businesses in her community and working on strategies to improve education for students with special needs.

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Joanna Kuhn

Joanna B. Kuhn is a founding member of GJK and leads the firm's El Dorado, Arkansas office.  She serves as trust transparency counsel for a number of insurers and defendants, regularly working with clients and their local counsel on asbestos bankruptcy trust issues, and collaborating on related defense strategies and briefing.


Joanna has handled, managed, and coordinated special projects for clients arising in mass tort and insurance coverage litigation. Joanna has represented clients nationally, regionally, and locally in asbestos, silica, and other personal injury matters, including risk management and defending asbestos depositions.

Malea Higdon

Malea Higdon brings years of litigation experience practicing throughout Alabama to GJK. Malea is also licensed in Mississippi and previously practiced in Hawaii. She has experience representing clients in all stages of litigation from initial pleadings through trial.  Malea is an integral part of GJK’s product liability and toxic tort team with a focus on mass tort litigation defense in Alabama.  Malea also works on small business and corporate legal matters analyzing issues for strategies and solutions to legal challenges.

Keri Henley

Keri S. Henley is an attorney licensed in Mississippi and Alabama with a background representing clients in the financial services industry. She is experienced in estate planning and probate matters and works to provide clients the peace of mind they deserve. Keri draws from her own management experience to offer practical advice and innovative solutions to clients. She enjoys helping clients grow and protect their businesses and secure their legacies.   

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