Leslie Bassett, Pridgen Bassett Law, Allison Affleck and Harry Brenner, Affleck and Gordon PC (ProfitSense with Bill McDermott, Episode 29)
On this episode of ProfitSense with Bill McDermott, Bill was joined by Leslie Bassett, partner at Pridgen Bassett Law, and Allison Affleck and Harry Brenner, both partners at Affleck and Gordon PC. Leslie discussed her work in employee issues and insurance, stressing the importance of getting attorneys involved early to help resolve complex issues. Allison Affleck and Harry Brenner also work in the benefits space, specializing in Social Security disability and veteran’s disability. They described the evolution of their firm from the founders to their leadership, the business issues they had addressed which prepared them for remote work during the pandemic, and much more. ProfitSense with Bill McDermott is produced and broadcast by the North Fulton Studio of Business RadioX® in Alpharetta.
Pridgen Bassett Law
The attorneys at Pridgen Bassett Law combine more than 35 years of litigation experience to offer legal strategies and solutions tailored to each client’s unique situation. Pridgen Bassett Law serves clients including employees and employers, private and public businesses, and ERISA plan sponsors and fiduciaries. They offer modern answers for modern benefits and employment issues.
Leslie Bassett, Partner, Pridgen Bassett Law
For over 18 years, Leslie has provided efficient, creative, energized, and personalized employment and ERISA representation to clients on all sides of employment and benefit matters. She has represented sponsors and fiduciaries of employee benefit plans in complex employee benefit and ERISA litigation matters in federal and state courts throughout the country, including litigation involving breaches of fiduciary duty and employer stock held in 401(k) plans. Leslie also counsels clients in connection with governmental investigations and other regulatory matters involving benefits issues and executive compensation agreements.
Leslie has helped countless clients navigate employment transitions with ease, providing empathetic, efficient employment strategies and solutions to executives, individuals, boards of directors, and human resources professionals. Leslie has a unique ability to evaluate a matter from a holistic perspective and to create and negotiate a workable solution for all involved. Perhaps equally importantly, she has counseled and resolved numerous disputes in the early stages, preserving the goals of cost-effectiveness, efficiency, and discretion for her clients.
Leslie “balances” her legal career with her active single parenting of her two sons and their puppies. She can often be found watching her boys play baseball, walking puppies in the park, or cheerfully feeding and hydrating her sons and their twenty closest friends.
Leslie has maintained her commitment to giving back to the community by, among other things, representing children in the juvenile justice process and advocating for victims of child trafficking.
Affleck & Gordon PC
2022 marks the 45th year of practice for the firm of Affleck & Gordon, P.C. The attorneys of Affleck & Gordon represent disabled and injured claimants around the state of Georgia in the areas of Social Security disability and Veteran’s disability. Affleck & Gordon has successfully handled thousands of claims, resulting in the recovery of millions of dollars in disability benefits and medical benefits. At Affleck & Gordon, the attorneys are dedicated to one end: ensuring that you and your loved ones get the benefits you deserve.
Allison Affleck, Partner, Affleck & Gordon PC
After earning her undergraduate degree from the University of Richmond, Allison received her JD from Georgia State University College of Law in Atlanta. Allison Affleck joined Affleck & Gordon in 2014. In 2019, Allison was made partner and leads the firm today alongside her law partner, Harry Brenner.
At Affleck and Gordon, Allison focuses on Social Security disability and veterans’ disability cases. She continues to earn the respect of judges and of her clients for her professionalism, attention to detail and commitment to providing personalized, effective representation.
Allison is a member of the Georgia Bar Association, Georgia Trial Lawyers Association, and is a VA accredited attorney. She also serves on the board of the Epilepsy Foundation of Georgia.
Allison lives in Atlanta and enjoys spending time with her husband, Kirby, their daughter, Collins, and their black lab pup.
Please feel free to contact her at 404-373-1649 or 800-866-5660 or by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Harry Brenner has been with Affleck and Gordon since August of 2011. Harry is from Atlanta, GA and attended the University of Georgia, obtaining his degree in political science. He received his law degree from the University of South Carolina in May of 2011.
While in law school, Harry was a research editor for USC’s Real Property Trust and Estate Law Journal. Harry started at Affleck and Gordon as a paralegal until he passed the bar in February of 2012, when he became an associate at the firm. He has continued to maintain casework as well as hearings. Harry pursues cases in Social Security Disability/Supplemental Security Income.
In 2019, Harry was made partner and leads the firm today alongside Allison Affleck.
Harry has represented clients in over 1,500 social security disability hearings. He works on cases at the Initial, Reconsideration, Hearing, and Appeals Council levels of review. He has appealed and fought many denied claims over the years.
Harry enjoys meeting new clients in the Metro Atlanta communities and is a member of the Georgia Bar Association and Atlanta Bar Association. Harry works in the Griffin, GA office on most Fridays, and has become familiar in particular with the Southern and Eastern half of Atlanta ranging from Newnan, down to Macon, and across to Covington. His enthusiasm and desire to help others are evident in the time spent on maintaining the attorney-client relationship.
Harry lives in Atlanta with his wife Christie, their newborn daughter Camden, and their German Shepherd Dog, Rocky.
Harry prides himself on going the extra step for his clients to ensure they get the benefits they deserve despite the hurdles and obstacles along the way.
About ProfitSense and Your Host, Bill McDermott
ProfitSense with Bill McDermott dives into the stories behind some of Atlanta’s successful businesses and business owners and the professionals that advise them. This show helps local business leaders get the word out about the important work they’re doing to serve their market, their community and their profession. The show is presented by McDermott Financial Solutions. McDermott Financial helps business owners improve cash flow and profitability, find financing, break through barriers to expansion and financially prepare to exit their business. The show archive can be found at profitsenseradio.com.
Bill McDermott is the Founder and CEO of McDermott Financial Solutions. When business owners want to increase their profitability, they don’t have the expertise to know where to start or what to do. Bill leverages his knowledge and relationships from 32 years as a banker to identify the hurdles getting in the way and create a plan to deliver profitability they never thought possible.
Bill currently serves as Treasurer for the Atlanta Executive Forum and has held previous positions as a board member for the Kennesaw State University Entrepreneurship Center and Gwinnett Habitat for Humanity and Treasurer for CEO NetWeavers. Bill is a graduate of Wake Forest University and he and his wife, Martha have called Atlanta home for over 40 years. Outside of work, Bill enjoys golf, traveling, and gardening.