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SINCE 1948

Sam P. Hensley, Jr.                        

SAM HENSLEY, JR. was born in Marietta, Georgia in 1961. He attended North Cobb High School and Duke University, where he played varsity football, studied creative writing under acclaimed novelist and National Book Critics Circle Award-winner Reynolds Price, and graduated magna cum laude in political science.

In 1983 Mr. Hensley was awarded the Woodruff Scholarship (a full, academic-based scholarship) to the University of Georgia School of Law, where he graduated cum laude. Mr. Hensley then worked for several years as in-house counsel for Hensley International, Inc., a research-and-development firm specializing in the design of low-cost, short-range mass transit systems. During this time Mr. Hensley also served as the legal counsel for the 20th District delegation to the Georgia House of Representatives.

For the past 12 years Mr. Hensley has also worked as novelist, screenwriter, actor, and film producer. In 1988 his first novel, Family Portrait, was published, garnering him a nomination as Georgia Author of the Year by the Georgia Council of Authors and Journalists. Mr. Hensley is a partner in Journey Entertainment Corporation, a Los Angeles-based film production company, which recently completed and sold its first feature film, All You Need, starring Kellie Martin from the NBC television series E.R.. Based on Mr. Hensley’s original screenplay, All You Need won the Jury Award for Best Feature Film at the 2001 Savannah Film and Video Festival and the Audience Award at the 2001 Big Bear Lake, California, Film Festival. Recently, the Lifetime Channel purchased the exclusive cable premiere rights to All You Need. Journey Entertainment Corporation currently has several other film projects in development, including a movie version of Family Portrait, for which Mr. Hensley has co-written the screenplay.

In addition to his involvement in the film industry, Mr. Hensley currently works of counsel at the law firm of Bentley, Bentley & Bentley in Marietta, Georgia, with experience in the areas of criminal, condemnation, governmental relations, and entertainment law. He also serves as assistant solicitor in the cities of Kennesaw and Acworth, Georgia.

Mr. Hensley has also served as an intern for former United States Senator Sam Nunn in Washington, D.C.; as campaign manager for his father, State Representative Sam Hensley, Sr.; and as a member of the Cobb County Arts Commission.

Jamie Wingler                               

JAMIE WINGLER was born in Jeffersonville, Indiana.  Attended Indian University where he graduated with a BS degree in Business in 1985.

Immediately after graduation, Jamie joined the United States Navy completing Aviation Officer Candidate School in September 1985.  He received his "wings" in 1987 and flew as a Navy Pilot until 1992.  He served in the Persian Gulf during Operation Desert Storm, flying C-2A cargo planes to aircraft carriers.

After completing his Naval service, Jamie entered Georgia State University, College of Law. While in law school, Jamie researched attorney William C. Head's book, "The Georgia DUI Trial Practice Manual."  He received his Juris Doctorate degree in 1996.

Jamie is a member of the Georgia Bar Association and the Cobb County Bar Association.  He has numerous trials to his credit, practicing in courts across the State and in the Georgia Court of Appeals.  He has been a speaker at several Continuing Legal Education seminars teaching and updating other attorneys on current legal issues and trends.

Jamie, his wife Monica, and son Jack Ryan live in Kennesaw, Georgia and are members of Mount Pisgah Christian Church.  He is a member of the 2007-2008 class of Leadership Cobb and coaches baseball with the Kennesaw Baseball Association.


Lauren L. McKenzie          

Lauren practices primarily in the area of real estate litigation and commercial litigation, including condemnation, contracts, construction and employment law.  Her practice includes litigation in Federal and State trial and Appellate Courts.


Mrs. McKenzie received her Juris Doctor Degree from Walter F. George School of Law at Mercer University in 2003.  Mrs. McKenzie received a Bachelor of Arts Degree, cum laude, from the University of Georgia in 2000, where she was a Presidential Scholar and received the Certificate of Academic Excellence in Criminal Justice.


Before to joining Bentley, Bentley & Bentley, Mrs. McKenzie was a sole practitioner in Marietta representing companies and individuals in civil matters.  Prior to working as a sole practitioner, Ms. McKenzie practiced civil litigation, including real estate, contract and insurance litigation.  She is a member of the State Bar of Georgia and the Georgia Trial Lawyers Association.

B. Blake Hungerford          

Mr. Hungerford joined Bentley, Bentley & Bentley as an Associate in 2014.  Prior to joining the     firm, Mr. Hungerford was an associate at McCalla Raymer, LLC, where he worked in the Litigation and Trial Practice division representing financial institutions. His practice is devoted to representing individual and corporate clients in civil litigation, contract negotiations, and legal disputes.

Mr. Hungerford received his Juris Doctor, cum laude, from the Cumberland School of Law at Samford University, where he was Treasure of the Student Bar Association, Senior Associate Editor for the American Journal of Trial Advocacy, recipient of the Daniel Austin Brewer Professionalism Award and the Vulcan Materials Co. Scholarship Award for excellence in legal writing. Prior to law school, Mr. Hungerford earned his B.S. degree in economics at Auburn University.

Mr. Hungerford is a member of the Georgia Bar Association and the Cobb County Bar Association.

Blake and his superbly beautiful wife, Leslee, reside in Atlanta.

J. Matthew Bentley                 

Matt joined Bentley, Bentley & Bentley as an Associate in 2014.  Mr. Bentley received his Juris Doctor, from Emory Law in 2014 and his B.A. in Business Administration from Auburn University.  Mr. Bentley is a member of the Georgia Bar Association and the Cobb County Bar Association.

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