A weekly invitational profile series on professionals demonstrating excellence in the fields of law, healthcare & medicine, social services, business, finance, technology and education. Produced by Proactive Resources in the April 5, 2012 issue of Creative Loafing.


ATTORNEY LINDA SHEFFIELD is a criminal defense litigator who represents clients in post conviction law including habeas petitions and appeals.  She is known by inmates throughout the Federal Bureau of Prisons and Georgia Department of Corrections for her success in helping clients convicted of federal or state crimes.  Her areas of concentration include direct criminal appeals, habeas corpus ‘2254, ‘2255 and ‘2241 petitions, parole hearing representation, Federal Bureau of Prisons medical care and administrative remedies.

For more than 25 years, Linda has worked with clients and she prides herself on a tireless work ethic.  Her federal and state cases range from Internet sex cases (sting cases), child molestation cases, drug crimes, Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act (RICO), white collar crimes, violent offenses, and theft offenses as they relate to direct appeals, post conviction matters, and Federal Bureau of Prisons administrative matters. Linda is a member of the Georgia Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers (GACDL) and the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers (NACDL).

Law Office Of Linda Sheffield
1201 Peachtree St NE, 400 Colony Sq, #200, Atlanta, GA 30361


ATTORNEY JAMES LEE FORD, A PROFESSIONAL CORPORATION has an excellent reputation for representing general civil litigation cases competently and confidently for his clients. As a trial lawyer, he has 40 years of experience in assisting individuals throughout the Southeast in matters concerning civil litigation, personal injury & products liability, fiduciary, business litigation, employment, insurance litigation and professional liability.

Committed to the highest standards of practice & exceptional client service, Attorney Ford recognizes that each client has a unique dispute and often different goals. He believes that each case deserves customized handling, tailored to the individual client’s personal or business needs. Whether it’s pre-litigation advice or the prosecution of complex civil litigation, Jim is prepared to adjust & adapt in order to obtain a just resolution of his client’s case. Due to his wide-range of experience, trial advocacy skills and record of success, he has a diverse roster of clients who rely on him to fairly & aggressively represent them in their litigation matter. Mr. Ford is recognized as a Preeminent Attorney by the esteemed Martindale-Hubbell legal directory, which has awarded him its highest AV rating, and he was recognized among the Super Lawyers in Business Litigation by Atlanta Magazine from 2005-2010.

Attorney James Lee Ford, A Professional Corporation
6111 Peachtree Dunwoody Rd, #100, Atlanta, GA 30328


When faced with a serious criminal charge, it’s always important to have an experienced lawyer on your side. ATTORNEY MARK A. SCHEINFELD has years of experience and has handled cases ranging from violent crimes to drunk driving and petty theft. He handles all types of felonies and misdemeanors and has the necessary experience to obtain the best plea offer available and explain its pros & cons. Whether to accept it or to go to trial, is always the client’s decision.

Mark is easily approachable and understands the pressures and concerns facing his clients. He never forgets that it is the client who stands to gain or lose the most and therefore must be the central focus of the case. His areas of concentration include violent felony crimes, drug related matters, homicides, white collar crimes, DUI, traffic offenses, misdemeanors, felonies, welfare fraud and robbery. Mark offers each client aggressive representation, honesty & integrity, innovation, superior client service, responsiveness and compassion. His general practice includes personal injury and landlord/tenant. For your initial consultation there is no charge.

Attorney Mark A. Scheinfeld, LLC
290 Carpenter Dr, Bldg 200, #B, Atlanta, GA 30328


Novy Scheinfeld, DDS & Sidney R. Tourial, DDS of THE RIGHT SMILE CENTER offer family dentistry and advanced restorative dentistry for those who want quality aesthetics and to prevent future dental problems. Their scope of practice includes dental exams & cleanings and digital X-rays, implant restorations, crowns, bridges, dentures, partial dentures and TMJ (headaches & jaw pain). Dr. Scheinfeld, managing member, is a trained prosthodontist from Emory University School of Dentistry and brings more than 20 years of professional dental experience. Doctor Tourial, founding member, has more than 35 years of experience in cosmetic dentistry. Together, they practice state-of-the-art dentistry and utilize only the least invasive techniques and highly effective materials available.

Drs. Scheinfeld & Tourial feel that an informed patient is a wise patient. They see patients for treatment who need the specialized level of care that they offer, from a single tooth replacement to full-mouth rehabilitation, ensuring optimum aesthetics, function, form and fit.

The Right Smile Center (Sandy Springs)
290 Carpenter Dr, Bldg 200, #A, Atlanta, GA 30328


The practice of Elder Law emerged as longer life expectancies and changing family dynamics raised important legal issues. In addition to traditional estate planning, individuals now need to plan for the possibility of incapacity and the management of their financial, medical and personal affairs. Attorneys Miles P. Hurley & Danielle C. Cefalu at HURLEY ELDER CARE LAW provides services in the areas of guardianship, durable powers of attorney, advanced health care directives & end-of-life decision making, Veteran’s benefits, Medicaid planning, nursing home residents’ rights, planning for disabled children, special needs trusts, wills, trusts and probate. The practice consists of a team of elder care law professionals, including two social workers and a nurse, and follows the LifeCare planning model – a holistic approach to practicing elder law. Miles has his Elder Law Attorney Certification from the National Elder Law Foundation and is a member of the National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys.

With years of combined experience, Miles, Danielle & their staff provide the information families need to make decisions even when the future seems uncertain. Free initial telephone consultation.

Hurley Elder Care Law
100 Galleria Pkwy SE, #650, Atlanta, GA 30339

With eight years of experience, ATTORNEY MELANIECE BARDLEY McKNIGHT has the background & skill to handle a wide range of criminal defense issues for her clients. She is a criminal trial lawyer who is uniquely positioned to put her litigation & appellate strengths to work for the defendants she represents.

Melaniece is adept in handling the diverse criminal cases that comprise her areas of concentration. These range from forgery, DUI/DWI, drug sale & possession, marijuana cultivation, larceny, shoplifting, burglary, robbery, rape, sexual assault, probation & parole violations, divorce & child custody issues and juvenile defense. Enforcing & defending the rights of the accused in state & federal courts is what Melaniece does best. Your initial consultation is provided at no cost. She is a passionate volunteer with Cool Girls, Inc. and the Speak Life Foundation and is a member of the GA Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers. Melaniece believes that dedication and experience are key ingredients in delivering quality legal services.

Bardley McKnight & Associates, LLC
3525 Piedmont Rd, 7 Piedmont Center, #300 Atlanta, GA 30305


CRIMINAL DEFENSE ATTORNEY MARC A. PILGRIM is ready to fight for your rights the moment he takes your case. He believes strongly in being proactive and commits to giving clients 150% throughout his representation. Marc believes what's most important in an attorney/client relationship is knowing that your lawyer is going to be there for you, to look out for your best interest and bring some level of comfort to you as you go through the justice system. He has 17 years of experience, a former Assistant District Attorney (Clayton County) and has tried more than 100 jury trials.

Marc practices throughout metro Atlanta handling misdemeanor & felony cases involving drugs, drug trafficking (and forfeiture of assets/unlawful search & seizure), violent crimes, gun charges, theft, fraud, aggravated assault, sex crimes and most other criminal charges, as well as personal injury cases. These cases are handled from the time of arrest from bond matters, preliminary hearings and pre-trial hearings, to trial & post-conviction issues (direct appeals, habeas corpus, expungement and probation, parole & pardons).

The Pilgrim Law Firm, PC
201 17th St, #300, Atlanta, GA 30363


ROHAN LAW, PC has been providing aggressive, competent legal representation for clients since 2011, when it opened its doors. Attorney Douglas B. Rohan emphasizes that now, more than ever, due to recent changes in the law, people need quality legal representation for their criminal defense, workers’ compensation & personal injury claims. The Rohan Law team brings a diverse background to the table, allowing them to advise for you in many areas of law.

With 12 years of legal experience, Doug Rohan has successfully represented thousands of clients here in Georgia. Having represented the insurance companies interest’s for the first four years of practice, he is uniquely positioned to anticipate how they will defend the claims, and he can successfully outmaneuver them. Doug provides a free initial consultation over the phone or in person, as he knows the importance of making wise decisions about your case from the start. Call today to find out about your rights!

Rohan Law, PC
51 Lenox Pointe, Atlanta, GA 30324

ATTORNEY MIRACLE C. JACKSON understands that divorce presents many dramatic changes and concerns, but also presents various options and solutions. The ultimate goal of establishing a new, healthy life for everyone involved can be lost in day-to-day worries. Solving problems using available resources furthers that goal and allows her divorce clients to sort out options during an extremely stressful period in their lives. Property distribution, alimony, spousal support, child support, child custody, medical and emotional support, and related family issues are examined at the various stages of a divorce case.

When appropriate, Miracle will work with various financial, accounting and other professionals to personally assist her clients to determine the most equitable division of assets, and the most appropriate support and custody solutions. Her overall goal is to reach as peaceful a solution as possible while still aggressively protecting her client’s rights. Miracle has five years of experience, is a former Public Defender and is active in the legal & lay communities. Her practice also includes criminal defense and personal injury.

Law Office of Miracle C. Jackson, LLC
191 Peachtree St NE, #3300, Atlanta, GA 30303


NORTHSIDE UNITED METHODIST CHURCH is an inclusive and supportive community of faith. All are welcome and accepted. You will discover a place that will nurture & challenge you to grow in faith and in the love of God in Christ. Last year Metro Atlanta Project (MAP), Northside’s Youth Ministries completed playgrounds at nine locations, thus establishing relationships between Northside Church and local daycare centers. Their mission is “Rebuilding a city one life at a time.”

With a strong commitment to the local community, Northside Church offers a variety of opportunities for growth and service to others that include year-round Sunday services, church school, Bible study, women’s & men’s small groups, young people’s/family groups & choir to name a few of their offerings. On Easter Sunday, Traditional Services will be conducted @ 8:30AM, 9:45AM & 11:00AM – in the Sanctuary and a Contemporary Service @ 9:50AM in the Faith & Arts Center. Dr. G. Gil Watson, Senior Pastor, invites you to join them for fellowship & worship.

Northside United Methodist Church
2799 Northside Dr NW, Atlanta, GA 30305

ST. TIMOTHY UNITED METHODIST CHURCH is a Christ–centered, diverse and welcoming community of faith where worship, care, learning, spiritual growth, witness & service in God’s world-wide church are priorities. Current members come from over 25 nations. Rev. Ellynda Lipsey invites you to participate in their many ministries.

Public-spirited & community minded, St. Timothy (UMC), is known for their work with people of all ages. Weekly youth meetings are held on Sunday nights (5-7PM) Youth Drama and Choir meets at 4:00PM. Girl Scouts and Boy Scouts also meet at the church. St. Timothy School offers excellent education & nurturing for children. Visit www.StTimothySchool.com to learn more or call to schedule a tour of their school. The 50+ Fellowship meets the 3rd Friday of each month at 11:30AM. The church invites you to participate in seasonal activities, such as their June yard sale, international events and the Fall BBQ held the fourth Saturday of October. St. Timothy is an active congregation seeking to provide opportunities for service and witness in the community. Join them for Easter Sunday services at 7 & 11AM.

St. Timothy United Methodist Church
5365 Memorial Dr, Stone Mountain, GA 30083


JP DESIGN STUDIO, LLC is a professional consulting firm offering land planning & landscape architectural services. Owner Joan Piccalo approaches each project with the recognition that every client has unique program-matic needs and goals. She combines experience with exceptional design & planning skills in order to provide the highest level of service while attaining these goals. She provides design services to commercial & residential owners seeking high-functioning outdoor spaces that seamlessly integrate architectural & engineering elements into the landscape.

JP Design Studio's services include site planning, landscape architecture, stormwater management, sustain-able development & green building. Joan is a registered landscape architect and an accredited LEED professional. Her team has worked worldwide & locally, as well as in some of the most exclusive neighborhoods & resorts in the Caribbean. For the past 15 years, she has aspired to balance expansion with conservation, realism with imagi-nation. Her appreciation for art, engineering & natural beauty were inspired family influences; her grandfather worked for NASA and sculpted after he retired, her father consults on large construction projects, her mother supports the environment & the arts. Joan volunteers in the local & professional communities to educate & inspire others.

JP Design Studio, LLC
931 Monroe Dr, #A102-297, Atlanta, GA 30308