MEET OUR TEAM
W.H. "KIM" KIMBROUGH, JR., J.D., LL.M.
Kim has been practicing law in Athens for over forty years. Raised in Pine Mountain, Georgia, he graduated from Auburn University with a degree (B.S.) in Economics; earned his law degree (J.D.) at the University of Georgia School of Law in 1973; and received a Master of Laws in Taxation degree (LL.M.) from New York University School of Law in 1976. He then began practicing law in Athens, specializing in income tax, international tax, estate and gift tax, and estate planning. For twenty years, he taught as an adjunct professor at the University of Georgia School of Law. Kim has also worked in most all areas of taxation, business and real estate law throughout his career.
For the last several years, Kim has primarily focused on asset protection, estate planning, and elder law. Anticipating a demand for something beyond traditional elder law offerings, he transformed the firm by radically widening its reach – combining legal specialties with care coordination and advocacy for older adults and their families. His approach to each client’s situation is marked by an understanding of the natural progression of aging and its impact on everyone involved.
Along with his legal expertise, Kim possesses a sincere heart and desire to help struggling families. His personal experience coupled with his knowledge of the law uniquely qualify Kim to head up the diverse team he has assembled – the first of its kind in Northeast Georgia.
Bayli graduated magna cum laude in 2011 from the University of Georgia with a B.A. in Sociology, a B.S. in Psychology, and a minor in Anthropology. She then enrolled in the University of Georgia School of Law, where, in addition to her studies, she served as Notes Editor for the Journal of Intellectual Property Law.
Bayli joined the firm in early 2015 as a part-time law clerk in her final semester of law school. Since then, she has graduated Georgia Law (in the top 12% of her class), been sworn in as a member of the State Bar of Georgia, and seamlessly transitioned into her role as the firm’s other practicing attorney. She continues to take on a number of different cases dealing with various aspects of elder law. Doing so has allowed her to develop into the firm’s authority on Medicaid issues.
BAYLI FIELDS, J.D.
Lisa came to Kimbrough Law with fifteen years of legal experience. She has been with the firm since 2012 as Mr. Kimbrough’s paralegal, and her organizational skills and estate planning knowledge are essential to the firm’s day-to-day operations.
Originally from Warner Robins, Georgia, Lisa worked as an aircraft electrician for ten years servicing F-15s and C-130s at Robins Air Force Base. A shoulder injury turned into an opportunity for Lisa to pursue her childhood dream of working in the legal field. In 1999, she her received paralegal certification from Georgia College and State University and has since worked alongside attorneys on criminal, domestic, health care and corporate law issues. Lisa has found her niche with the firm by helping families prepare for the future through proper long-term planning.
A native of Asheville, North Carolina, Bre earned a Bachelor’s degree in government from Campbell University in Buies Creek, North Carolina and a Master’s Degree in Public Administration from the University of North Carolina in Charlotte. After relocating to Georgia in 2013, Bre spent more than three years working as the Administrator at an Alzheimer care community. She joined Kimbrough Law in 2016.
As Elder Care Coordinator, Bre helps families navigate the long-term care system, serving as guide, encourager, counselor, resource gatherer, and advocate during the journey. She brings to her work a strong passion for serving the elderly and their families.
Elder Care Coordinator
An Army veteran who served a year in Iraq, Tabetha Clark provides paralegal assistance to Attorney Bayli Fields. After earning an Associate’s degree in paralegal from Everest University in 2015, Tabetha continued her education at Kaplan University where she graduated with a Bachelor’s degree in paralegal in 2016.
Before joining Kimbrough Law, Tabetha worked at an assisted living facility for nearly four years providing medication assistance and personal care for residents. She is passionate about working in a role that allows her to participate in the care of veterans and elderly clients, and is pleased to be part of the Kimbrough Law team.
Paralegal Melanie Schmidt is the face of Kimbrough Law’s Gainesville office. In addition to providing support to attorneys William H. “Kim” Kimbrough and Bayli Fields, Melanie manages the office and provides a warm welcome to clients. She holds a bachelor’s degree in journalism from the University of Iowa and paralegal certification from the American Institute for Paralegal Studies. She completed her paralegal internship at a criminal law firm in Columbus, Ohio.
Melanie’s background makes it easy for her to establish rapport with Kimbrough Law clients. In addition to her work as a paralegal, she has spent time as a journalist, freelance writer, corporate newsletter editor, flight attendant, and community volunteer. She finds great satisfaction in being a part of Kimbrough Law’s mission to bring comfort to older adults and their family caregivers.
IT Coordinator Alisa Stewart wears several hats at Kimbrough Law. Her duties include managing office equipment and computer systems in concert with the firm’s technology systems vendor, overseeing the firm’s paperless office environment, and handling bookkeeping tasks. Alisa enjoys being a part of Kimbrough Law and is inspired by the team’s shared commitment to serving the community.
Before joining Kimbrough Law, Alisa worked in administrative roles for companies in the legal, financial services, mortgage, and manufacturing industries. During her spare time, she enjoys attending University of Georgia football games with her husband, Ron, spending time with her extended family and grandchildren, and visiting friends on Lake Hartwell.
Receptionist Kathy Ogle is often the first person clients interact with when they call or visit Kimbrough Law. In addition to greeting visitors, Kathy provides general administrative support to the firm’s employees.
Before joining Kimbrough Law, Kathy spent nearly three decades working as an administrator at Fortson, Bentley, and Griffin, a law firm in Athens. She enjoys how her position at Kimbrough Law gives her the opportunity to interact with the public and offer comfort to clients and their families.
When Kathy isn’t working, she enjoys traveling with her husband, Donnie, to Berry College in Rome, Georgia to watch their son, Jared, compete in track meets.