Attorneys

Monica K. Gilroy, a founding principal of The Gilroy Firm, is the firm managing partner and has over 20 years of experience practicing law. She received her Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from the University of Wisconsin and a J.D. from the University of South Carolina School of Law. In addition, Ms. Gilroy attended the Ealing College of Higher Education in a study abroad program. The focus of her national litigation practice includes all aspects of real estate litigation, including title insurance defense, lender liability defense, creditors’ rights litigation, property management issues, fair housing, foreclosure and title disputes, regulatory compliance, broker and agent liability defense, mortgage fraud-related litigation and civil and commercial contract disputes.  She also leads the Default Department providing national foreclosure, bankruptcy, and loss mitigation and eviction services.

Ms. Gilroy has served as the litigation liaison for leading lending institutions as well as managed their national bankruptcy litigation program. She continues to serve as counsel for many national and local banks, mortgage companies and real estate industry lenders and leaders. She regularly assists closing attorneys, real estate agents, property managers, title companies and brokers when title or other contract issues arise. She practiced for several years in the areas of estate and trust litigation and serves regularly as a Special Master in Fulton County.  Ms. Gilroy has extensive lead counsel trial experience and frequently appears in all of the state and federal courts of Georgia, including the state and federal appellate courts serving as lead Appellate Counsel.  She is also a member in good standing with the United States Supreme Court.

Ms. Gilroy is the immediate past Chair of the Real Property Law Section (“RPLS”) of the State Bar of Georgia.  She previously served as the Editor of the RPLS Newsletter for 4 years.  A long-standing member of the State Bar of Georgia, she was appointed by the last 4  Presidents of the State Bar to serve on the Programs Committee.

Since 2014, Ms. Gilroy has served on the American Land Title Association (ALTA) National Education Committee, one of only a dozen members who write the curriculum for ALTA members. Ms. Gilroy enjoys membership with the Lawyers Club of Atlanta, the Georgia Women’s Lawyers Association, Georgia Mortgage Bankers Association, the Atlanta Realtors Association and the Atlanta Volunteer Lawyers Foundation.  She speaks and teaches on a regular basis at the state and national level to attorneys, real estate professionals, property managers, and real estate brokers and agents on litigation and real estate related topics.  In addition to the numerous articles, papers and publications over her career, she is a contributing writer to “Foreclosure Law and Related Remedies: a State-by-State Digest” which is published by the American Bar Association.  She recently was published by Thompson Reuters in the book, “Inside the Minds:  Mortgage and Finance Fraud Litigation Strategies, 2015 ed.”

Ms. Gilroy holds an AV-peer preeminent review rating with Martindale Hubbell.  She is a peer nominated Georgia Super Lawyer since 2013 in the practice area of real estate.  In 2017, Ms. Gilroy was named one of the Top 50 Women Lawyers in Georgia.

Ms. Gilroy is a longtime volunteer for the Girl Scouts of Greater Atlanta, serving as a group leader and teen mentor, as well as a volunteer coordinator for the Fulton County Public School System. She is also an active volunteer educator in her church in Johns Creek, Georgia.

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Kelsea L. S. Laun

Kelsea L. S. Laun Kelsea is a Senior Attorney with the firm and is the Managing Attorney of the Litigation Department. She began her legal career representing individuals in landlord-tenant disputes and later co-founded a residential real estate firm in Atlanta. Prior to joining The Gilroy Firm, she was a senior associate at a large metro Atlanta bankruptcy law firm, where she handled all aspects of the insolvency process, as well as litigation matters. Kelsea currently leads the title curative teams at the firm and practices real estate, commercial litigation and bankruptcy law.  Kelsea is licensed to practice law in Florida, Georgia, and Tennessee, and is Board Certified as a Consumer Bankruptcy Specialist. Kelsea is Vice-Chair for the Georgia Network of the International Women’s Insolvency and Restructuring Confederation (IWIRC) and is an active member of the Metro Atlanta Consumer Bankruptcy Attorneys’ Group (MACBAG). She is also a member of the Real Property Section of the State Bar of Georgia, the Atlanta Bar Association and the American Bankruptcy Institute. Kelsea is a Senior Attorney with the firm and is the Managing Attorney of the Litigation Department.  Kelsea is an active volunteer in the Fulton County Public School System.

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Michael P. BarryMichael P. Barry is senior counsel with The Gilroy Firm and concentrates his practice in real estate.  Mr. Barry represents lenders and title insurance companies in lawsuits regarding real property disputes, title defects, liens disputes and foreclosure proceedings.  He also has previous commercial and residential transactional experience representing individuals, corporations and lending clients in various acquisition, development and financing projects.

Mr. Barry is a member of the State Bar of Georgia – Real Estate Section, the Real Estate Settlement Providers Council (RESPRO), the Georgia Real Estate Closing Attorneys Association (GRECAA) and is actively involved in the Georgia Association of Realtors.

Mr. Barry attended the State University of New York at Brockport earning a Bachelor of Science with a major in Business Administration and a minor in Sociology. He attended Brunel University of West London and graduated from Loyola University School of Law with a J.D. degree.

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Ike W. CobbIke W. Cobb is originally from Charlotte, N.C. He received his Bachelor of Arts degree from Presbyterian College and his J.D. from Walter F. George School of Law, Mercer University.  Mr. Cobb is an active member of the State Bar of Georgia and a founding partner of McCalla Raymer, LLC.  His practice areas include residential and commercial real estate as well as condominium law. Mr. Cobb is a member of the Atlanta and American Bar Associations, Lawyers Club of Atlanta, American Judicature Society, the Rotary Club and Phi Delta Phi. He is also a board member for the FCS Urban Ministries.

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Altom_Kent_WebKent E. Altom is Of Counsel with The Gilroy Firm. He is a native of North Carolina and has lived in six southeastern states.  Mr. Altom is a Martindale-Hubbell® AV Preeminent® Peer Review Rated Attorney. Mr. Altom received his Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration (Management) from Samford University and his law degree from Cumberland School of Law where he was a member of The Order of Barristers (Trial Advocacy), a Cordell Hull Teaching Fellow (Legal Research and Writing), and a recipient of the American Bankruptcy Institute’s Medal of Excellence. Following his law school graduation, Mr. Altom completed a two-year clerkship with the Honorable Thomas B. Bennett of the United States Bankruptcy Court for the Northern District of Alabama. In addition to his undergraduate and law degrees, Mr. Altom earned two graduate degrees prior to enrolling in law school—one in theology and the second in ethics, magna cum laude, from Emory University. He is an active member of the State Bar of Georgia as member of its Board of Governors as well as the Executive Committee of the Real Property Law Section. He is also a member of the Lawyers Club of Atlanta.  In addition to working at The Gilroy Firm, he teaches business law courses at the University of North Georgia’s Mike Cottrell College of Business.  His legal practice is 100% related to litigation with an emphasis upon residential and commercial real estate and bankruptcy. Mr. Altom is admitted to practice law in all federal and state trial and appellate courts in Georgia and Alabama. Mr. Altom loves practicing law, feels fortunate to work alongside bright and committed professionals, and strives to be the most prepared attorney when he steps into the courtroom to represent his clients.

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Antonia N. Okonkwo is Of Counsel with The Gilroy Firm. Antonia is a native of Nigeria. She was born in Bamenda, Cameroon. Antonia received her Bachelor of Laws degree (LL.B.) from the University of Nigeria, Nigeria where she graduated Magna Cum Laude. At the University of Nigeria, Antonia was the Chief Judge of the Law Student High Court (LAWSA). She earned a Bachelor of Laws degree (B.L.) from Nigerian Law School, Abuja, Nigeria where she graduated Magna Cum Laude. At the Nigerian Law School, she received the prestigious Justice Kayode’s Esho’s prize in Professional Ethics as the best Student in Professional Ethics. Subsequently, Antonia relocated to the United States and earned a Masters of Laws degree (LL.M.) in Tax Law from The University of Alabama, Tuscaloosa.

Antonia is admitted to practice law in Georgia, Tennessee, New York, and Nigeria. She practices residential and commercial real estate law in The Gilroy Firm’s Alpharetta office. Antonia is a member of the Real Property Law and Tax Law Section of the State Bar of Georgia. She is also a member of the Georgia Association of Black Women Attorneys.

In addition to residential and commercial real estate law practice, Antonia has experience in General Business Law, Tax Law, Immigration Law, and General Civil Litigation.

Antonia has a passion for practicing law and teaching. She is a frequent lecturer in the Atlanta immigrant community on emerging legal issues.

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