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Danielle Britt Mays | President 

Danielle was born and raised in Buford, Georgia. After receiving her undergraduate degree at the University of Georgia and her Juris Doctorate and Advanced Legal Writing certification from Mercer University’s Walter F. George School of Law, Danielle practiced criminal defense and family law in Northwest Georgia, where she also served as the defense attorney for the Tallapoosa Circuit Drug Treatment Court Program and the President of the Tallapoosa Bar Association.

In 2014, Danielle and her husband, John A. Mays, Jr., returned to Gwinnett County and both joined her father, Walt M. Britt, at Chandler, Britt & Jay, LLC, in Buford, Georgia. Danielle practices family law and criminal defense and also serves as a defense attorney for Gwinnett County’s Drug Treatment Court Program.

Danielle and her husband live in Lawrenceville, and welcomed their son John Walt Mays in 2018. In her spare time, Danielle enjoys yoga, cycling, hiking, kayaking, reading, traveling, being a foodie, and spending time with her dogs, Duke, Darla, and Braxton.

Dodie Sachs | Past President

The facts about my career and life are easy to determine.  Yes, I am a TarHeel.  Yes, I work at Meriwether & Tharp, LLC, and I am a family law attorney.  Yes, I am married, my husband has the patience of a saint, and we have lots of children.

But what I really want you to take away from reading my profile on our website, is how much I have enjoyed serving on the board of the GCBA, and how important this organization is to me.  I have met people through participating in GCBA events that I NEVER would have met otherwise.  Not only have I met these people, but I have formed friendships with them, and so many of them have had a large impact on my professional life.  I have had opportunities to talk to our Judges, and see our Legislature at work, and participate in the workings of Gwinnett County, that I would not have had without the GCBA.

I am honored to join the ranks of our GCBA Past Presidents who are a truly great group of people. 

Amina Bakari-Green | President-Elect

Amina Bakari-Green grew up in Richmond, VA. She received her B.A. in Political Science from Hampton University in Hampton, VA in 2010. She moved to Georgia and earned her J.D. from the University of Georgia in 2013.

Amina began her legal career as a prosecutor, serving in the Gwinnett Solicitor's Office from 2013 to 2019. She then served in the Gwinnett District Attorney's Office from 2019 to 2021. She has served as chair of the LEAD picnic. In February of 2021 she transitioned into civil practice and began work in insurance defense. 

In 2020 Amina and her husband welcomed their first child. This Gwinnett family lives in Lawrenceville and enjoys traveling. Amina is looking forward to serving the bar as President Elect.

Yari Lawson | Vice President

Yari is a native of Eatonton, Georgia.  He is a graduate of Morehouse College in Atlanta, Georgia and a graduate of the University of Arkansas, School of Law (Fayetteville). He is also a graduate of the Georgia Public Defender's Honors Program.  In addition, to working as a Public Defender, he has worked as an Assistant District Attorney in Fulton County.

Yari's current practice focuses on personal injury trial law.  He is a member of the National Trial Lawyers Top 100 and he is a Champion Member of the Georgia Trial Lawyers Association.  He serves in the Minority Caucus in the American Association of Justice.

Yari's bar leadership began in the Young Lawyer's Division, where he was a 2010 graduate of the Leadership Academy.  As a member of the Young Lawyers Division, he served on the Board of Directors, Executive Committee, Leadership Academy Co-Chair, Legal Food Frenzy Media Chair, and he served twice as Newsletter Editor fo the Young Lawyers Division's newsletter which won the ABA's award for Best YLD Newsletter, twice.

In his spare time, Yari enjoys youth athletics.  He has coached his son's youth football team and served as Assistant Football Director for the Mountain View Football Association. He represented Marietta High School football players in a suit against the GHSA and continues to counsel high school and college athletes.

Sean Goldstein | Treasurer

Attorney Sean Goldstein, Esq. is a native of Philadelphia, PA. He completed his undergraduate degree at the University of Florida in 2003. He graduated with a law degree from Georgia State in 2007.

Attorney Goldstein pursued his career as a criminal defense lawyer by becoming an assistant public defender in Douglas County in 2008. He left to establish Goldstein Law Group in Gwinnett County in 2012.

Goldstein Law Group is based in Suwanee, GA. Attorney Goldstein splits his practice evenly between criminal defense and personal injury.

Attorney Goldstein is currently an officer in the Gwinnett County Bar Association (GCBA) serving as secretary. He is the vice president and past president of the GCBA criminal defense section. In addition, Attorney Goldstein was recently elected as chairman on the newly formed Gwinnett County Police Citizens Advisory Board.

Attorney Goldstein lives in Suwanee with his wife and law partner Myung-Sun Caitlyn Goldstein, his son Abraham, and daughter Leia. He enjoys football and friends on the weekends.

Jaletta Smith | Secretary

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