Yari Lawson | 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, National Black 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 and is a 2023 graduate of the American Association of Justice’s Leadership Academy.
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 for 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 | President-Elect
Attorney Sean Goldstein, Esq. is a native of Philadelphia, PA. He attended the University of Florida and graduated with a degree in Journalism in 2003. He then moved to Atlanta in 2004 and attended Georgia State University College of Law. He graduated with a law degree from Georgia State in 2007.
Attorney Goldstein was a public defender in Douglas County, GA until 2012. He then founded Goldstein Law Group in Gwinnett County with his wife and law partner Myung-Sun Caitlyn Goldstein. Together, they practice in the areas of personal injury, immigration law, and criminal defense. Goldstein Law Group is proud to serve the residents of Gwinnett County and metro Atlanta from their home office in Suwanee, GA.
Attorney Goldstein has a long history of bar and community service. He is the current vice-president and past president of the GCBA criminal defense section. He was the GCBA Legislative Day chair in 2020. In addition, Attorney Goldstein was the 2022 inaugural chairman on the newly formed Gwinnett County Police Citizens Advisory Board.
Laura Walsh | Vice President
Laura's practice focuses on estate planning, probate and probate litigation, as well as corporate establishment and succession planning. Laura is a 2023 graduate of the Young Lawyers Division Leadership Academy and the current chair of the Estate and Elder Law Committee of the YLD. She also serves as the co-chair of the GCBA Estate and Probate section. Laura is an active member and current Treasurer of the Lawrenceville Rotary Club.
Laura graduated magna cum laude from Georgia State University College of Law where she completed an accelerated Juris Doctor program. While in law school, Laura worked in the Philip C. Cook Low-Income Taxpayer Clinic where she learned about the intricacies of tax law. Laura completed her bachelor’s degrees in English and Political Science at Georgia Gwinnett College where she graduated summa cum laude. At GGC, she served as the Chief Justice of the Student Government and Editor-in-Chief of the student newspaper.
Laura is married to Justin Walsh, and they have three children: Kaeleb, Amanda, and Evelyn. Laura is a Gwinnett native who grew up in Peachtree Corners and is now raising her family in the Harbins area of Dacula with their two cats, three dogs, and backyard chickens.
In her spare time, Laura enjoys kayaking, swimming, hiking, jigsaw puzzles, and woodworking. Laura is an accomplished balloon artist and a longtime member of Tree Climbers International, Inc.
Adela T. Iturregui| Treasurer
Adela, is the founding attorney of ABC Estate and Legacy Planning, a law firm named after her three children, Alex, Benny, and Caroline.
After graduating from Boston College Law School in 2002, Adela clerked for the Honorable John S. Dalis in the Southern District of Georgia and worked on complex Chapter 11 bankruptcy cases as well as Labor and Employment disputes for multiple Fortune 500 companies.
Today, as an experienced estate and business planning attorney, driven by her own personal experience and extensive litigation background, Adela takes pride in designing a holistic plan that protects her client’s family, assets, and business and keeps them out of court and out of conflict during one of the most difficult times of their lives.
Adela is also a Certified Exit Planning Advisor and Elder Law College graduate, adding to her expertise in both areas. She is admitted to practice law in the States of Georgia, Florida, and California and is fully fluent in both English and Spanish.
On a personal note, Adela grew up in Puerto Rico and has lived in Gwinnett for the last 9 years. During her spare time, you will find her playing games with her three kids, out in nature, or traveling to a new fun destination with her kids.
Chelsey Murray | Secretary
Chelsey was born and raised in Tupelo, Mississippi, the birthplace of Elvis Presley. She attended Mississippi State University and earned a bachelor’s degree in communication. She went on to attend law school at the University of Mississippi School of Law and graduated in the top third of her class.
After leaving law school, Chelsey moved to Georgia to pursue her legal career. She practiced in the areas of real estate, bankruptcy, and insurance subrogation. She then transitioned into criminal law and worked as an Assistant Solicitor General in Gwinnett County. Currently, she works as an insurance defense attorney.
In her spare time, Chelsey likes to volunteer with various organizations, and has a passion for serving the homeless community. Additionally, she loves spending time with her daughter Marley and helping with her daughter’s softball league.