Law firm names two new shareholders

Buckhead law firm Davis, Matthews & Quigley, P.C. (DMQ) announced that Emily McBurney and David Marple have been named shareholders, and Rett Peaden and Mina Elmankabady have joined the firm as associates.

Managing shareholder Lee Drake said, “We continue to expand our firm with the best talent available to meet our clients’ comprehensive needs in multiple practice areas.”

Emily Widmann McBurney joined the firm in 1999 and practices primarily in the taxation section as well as the firm’s domestic relations and family law section. Recognized internationally as an expert on the topic of Qualified Domestic Relations Orders (QDROs), she is frequently invited by legal and professional organizations to lecture on this subject.

David N. Marple joined the firm in 2000 and concentrates in the area of domestic relations and family law. Prior to joining DMQ, he was a prosecutor for the District Attorney’s Office in Cordele, Ga, the Cobb County Solicitor’s Office, and the Fulton County District Attorney’s Office.

Rett Peaden is a native of Griffin, Ga. He practices in the firm’s taxation and estate planning and probate sections and advises clients on personal and business planning and taxation.

Mina A. Elmankabady practices in the firm’s business and commercial litigation section. Born in Cairo, Egypt and raised in Lawrenceville, Ga., he is fluent in both English and Arabic.

New gallery specializes in rare maps, atlases, etc.

Alex Branch, chairman of Branch Properties, recently opened a new shop, Grey Parrot Gallery, which specializes in rare maps, atlases and antique prints from the masters of the 16th to 19th centuries, as well as today’s best sellers.

The shop also holds a growing collection of Biedermeier furniture imported directly from Germany and a wide selection of beautiful Audubon prints.

Grey Parrot Gallery is located at 2300 Peachtree Road, Suite A-101.

Among the items in the shop are a 1936 signed copy of Gone With the Wind, a Truman Capote signed copy of Breakfast at Tiffany’s, a James Lee Burke signed copy of Black Cherry Blues, a 1748 “new map” of Georgia with part of Carolina, Florida and Louisiana and a John James Audubon Plate I Wild Turkey male.

Grey Parrot Gallery is open 9:30 a.m. – 5:30 p.m. Monday through Friday, and 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. on Saturday. For more information, please visit the Web site at www.greyparrotbooks.com, or phone 404-352-2990.

Organic pizza concept coming to Buckhead

Pizza Fusion, an organic pizza concept seeking Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) certification reportedly will open next summer in The Astoria at The Aramore, 2277 Peachtree Road in Buckhead. The francchisee is Jeff Melnick.

Pizza Fusion, who has a motto of “saving the world one pizza at a time,” is a chain of 55 units in seven states and is based in Fort Lauderdale, Fla.

Pizza Fusion, which will be the first restaurant at The Astoria condo tower, serves gourmet pizzas, focaccia sandwiches, wine and beer. It uses about 75 percent organic products.

Developer gives 100 toys for 100 sales

Isakson Barnhart, developers of Peachtree Hills Place, donated 100 toys to Toys for Tots Atlanta to mark the 100 homes sold at the new residential offering a continuum of care for residents ages 55 and older.

The 100 mark means the developer is more than the half-way to groundbreaking on the community, which will eventually include 274 independent residences consisting of 266 villas and eight single-family homes, 36 skilled nursing and memory care suites, and a number of amenities for members. Assisted living care will also be offered on site.

The construction-themed toys, including bulldozers, dump trucks, wrecking rigs and front loaders, were presented at a luncheon attended by the 100 residents and celebrate the start of demolition this fall and expected start of construction in late summer of 2008.

Clark Howard speaks at BBA annual lunch

The Buckhead Business Association will hold its annual luncheon and Business of the Year Awards Jan. 17, featuring nationally syndicated WSB Radio and TV personality and best-selling author Clark Howard as the keynote speaker.

The event will be held at the Atlanta History Center from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.

The cost for BBA members is $65 for individual seats and $650 for corporate tables. The non-member cost is $75 for individual seats and $750 for corporate tables.