Firm welcomes two new attorneys
In August of 2023, Lanier Ford welcomed two new attorneys: Nori Horton and Adam Woelke.
Ms. Horton’s legal knowledge spans a wide range of areas including general counsel services, labor and employment, governmental liability, constitutional law, police civil liability, and other complex civil issues. Ms. Horton’s broad legal experience combined with her pragmatic approach to problem solving results in providing clients with thoughtful, real-world advice.
Ms. Horton most recently served as in-house counsel at an R1 university with over 9,000 students and 1,500 employees, providing legal advice, risk assessment, and representation to high level administrators, faculty, and staff on a wide range of issues, including labor and employment, regulatory compliance, sponsored research, government investigations, Title IX, FERPA, the Clery Act, financial aid, open records requests, third-party subpoenas, and environmental health and safety. Ms. Horton also developed policies and procedures, represented the University’s interests in criminal and civil matters, managed outside litigation and discovery, and prepared and reviewed contracts.
In addition to her general counsel experience, Ms. Horton had the unique opportunity to clerk for two federal judges after practicing law for eight years. Not only did she aid both judges in establishing their chambers operations, but she also consistently provided them with trusted on-the-spot legal advice, including at court hearings, status conferences, settlement conferences, and trial. Moreover, she prepared numerous memorandum opinions addressing large-scale and complex discovery disputes, summary judgment motions, motions to dismiss, motions to suppress, habeas petitions, Social Security appeals, and a wide range of other civil and criminal issues before and during trial.
Prior to her clerking experience, Ms. Horton litigated police civil liability, constitutional, and employment issues in federal and state courts, which included a six-day trial in federal court and oral argument before the Eleventh Circuit Court of Appeals, as well as provided legal services to victims of human trafficking.
A native of Madison, Mr. Woelke is a member of the firm’s Corporate and Estate Planning Practice Group.
Since joining the firm, he has assisted individuals and businesses with various corporate transactions such as asset sales, corporate conversions and restructurings, and other commercial and business-related transactions.
He has also assisted clients with their estate plans by preparing wills, powers of attorney, and advance health directives.