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Morris, Manning & Martin Welcomes Five Litigation and Real Estate Attorneys in Research Triangle Park and Atlanta


Morris, Manning & Martin, LLP is pleased to welcome five attorneys, two of counsel and three associates to its law practice. In the firm’s Research Triangle Park office, of counsel Linnie W. Causey has joined the firm as a member of the Real Estate Development, Residential Real Estate and Energy & Infrastructure Finance Practices. In Atlanta, associate Kristi A. Dosh has joined the firm’s Commercial Lending and Real Estate Development Practices and of counsel Shannan Freeman Oliver and associates Hilary Houston and Patrick L. Lowther have joined the firm’s Litigation Practice.

“The firm is delighted to welcome our newest attorneys. They highlight the vitality of the firm,” stated Louise M. Wells, Managing Partner. “Building our presence in North Carolina, capitalizing on our tremendously strong litigation practice and a rebounding real estate market are all signs pointing to a prosperous 2010 for Morris, Manning & Martin.”

Linnie W. Causey primarily devotes her practice to real property and business transactions and represents developers, builders, commercial property owners and property management companies in a variety of real estate and financing matters, including contract disputes, lease negotiation, 1031 exchanges and drafting and recording right of way, property development and plat approvals. Causey also manages a high volume residential real estate closing practice. In addition, Causey has experience drafting a variety of corporate documents related to the offshore production and exploration of oil and gas. Prior to joining MMM, Causey was in private practice in Chapel Hill, NC and with Gulf Oil Corp./Chevron U.S.A. She is a graduate of Mississippi State University and Tulane University School of Law.

Kristi A. Dosh is an associate in the Commercial Lending and Real Estate Development Practices where she concentrates on housing and community development transactions that utilize federal and state low-income housing tax credits, historic preservation tax credits and other sources of public financing. Dosh attended Oglethorpe University and the University of Florida Levin College of Law.

Shannan Freeman Oliver is of counsel in the firm’s Litigation Practice where she brings extensive trial experience. Oliver has served as lead counsel in all stages of numerous adversary proceedings, as well as post-judgment proceedings. She also regularly defends clients against claims brought pursuant to various federal and state regulations, including Truth- In-Lending, RICO and the UCC. Oliver is a graduate of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and Georgia State University College of Law.

Hilary Houston is an associate in the firm’s Litigation Practice where she focuses her attention on class action litigation, with a particular emphasis on product liability matters. Her experience also includes a wide variety of complex civil litigation matters, including representation of corporate officers and directors in derivative lawsuits and companies and their directors in securities fraud actions, merger litigation and proxy lawsuits. Houston is a graduate of Northwestern University and Duke University School of Law.

Patrick L. Lowther is an associate in the Corporate & Commercial Litigation Practice, focusing primarily on products liability and real estate litigation. He has extensive experience in a wide range of general commercial disputes pending throughout the U.S. and also has experience with settlement negotiations and various forms of alternative dispute resolution. Lowther is a graduate of the University of Alabama and the Cumberland School of Law at Samford University.

About Morris, Manning & Martin, LLP

Morris, Manning & Martin ( is a full-service commercial law firm representing domestic and international clients throughout the United States. Our mission is to be the firm of choice for clients seeking the most creative, comprehensive and effective legal services available. Our legal solutions are delivered by industry-focused, diverse, involved lawyers who are dedicated to our clients’ success, whether in a transaction, in court or in the everyday course of business.

Morris, Manning & Martin enjoys national prominence for its intellectual property, real estate, mergers and acquisitions, green industry, environmental, capital markets, healthcare, insurance, litigation and technology practices. The firm has offices in Atlanta, Beijing, Research Triangle Park (North Carolina), Savannah, Taipei and Washington, D.C.


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