ATLANTA, GA – Law firm McAngus Goudelock & Courie (MGC) is pleased to announce the addition of attorney Melody Kiella to their Atlanta office. An experienced civil litigator, she focuses her practice on complex civil litigation, including trucking/transportation law, catastrophic personal injury defense, premises liability and negligent security. Kiella’s clients have included motor carriers, logistics and supply chain companies, commercial motor vehicle drivers, a national rideshare company, a Southeast real estate investment trust involved in multifamily and residential development and management, national and local retailers and insurers. She graduated summa cum laude with a Juris Doctor from Michigan State University College of Law and a Bachelor of Arts from California State Polytechnic University.
Kiella is heavily involved in the legal industry’s many defense associations. As an active member of the Defense Research Institute (DRI), she serves as the Online Programming chair. Kiella has also served as the 2021 Trucking Law Primer vice chair for DRI’s Trucking Law Committee and the Publications chair for “DRI for Life.” She is the 2022 recipient of the DRI Tom Segalla Excellence in Education Award, which honors a member whose contributions through legal scholarship exemplify the highest educational standards of DRI and further its mission of improving the skills of the defense practitioner. Through her membership in the American Bar Association (ABA), Kiella was selected to participate in the 2021-2022 ABA Tort Trial & Insurance Practice Leadership Academy. She is also a member of the Federation of Defense & Corporate Counsel, an invitation-only organization composed of recognized leaders in the legal community who have achieved professional distinction, as well as the Georgia Defense Lawyers Association and State Bar of Georgia.