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Katonga Wright

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KATONGA L. WRIGHT, ESQ. Born in Columbus, GA on March 25, 1977, Katonga was admitted to Georgia Bar, November 2007 and the Florida Bar, August 2009. She is a graduate of Emory University, Atlanta, GA (BS-Chemistry, minor Political Science, May 1999) where she was a member of the American Chemical Society, was an undergraduate research assistant in the Chemistry Department, and served as the Office of Multicultural Programs & Services Student Program Coordinator Assistant, office intern, and M.O.R.E mentor. Katonga is a 1995 graduate of G.W. Carver High School.

From 1999-2004, Katonga worked as a Forensic Toxicologist with the Georgia Bureau of Investigation Crime Laboratory. During her tenure, she managed the Columbus, GA medium output lab. She was certified by the Georgia Department of Public Safety and admitted as a Forensic Expert in courts throughout Georgia.

She attended Georgia State University College of Law (JD, May 2007), and studied International Arbitration at Johannes Kepler University in Linz, Austria. During law school, she was a member of the Bleckley Inn of Courts and was an Urban Fellow. She served as the Vice-President of the Student Trial Lawyers Association Mock Trial Team; Vice-President, Black Law Students Association; Thurgood Marshall Mock Trial Competition Team- Regional Winner and National Runner-up; American Trial Lawyers Association Mock Trial Team; William Daniel Mock Trial Competition Team; Bioethics Mock Trial Competition Team-First Place; Gate City Bar Association Scholarship Recipient, United States Attorney’s Office, Northern District of Georgia, Intern 2006-2007. She interned with Shivers & Associates, Staff Counsel for Travelers Insurance, during the summer of 2006 and accepted a permanent position in July 2007.

Katonga has a background in insurance defense litigation, with a concentration in personal and business liability, and is passionate about her work as an award winning trial attorney. In addition to practicing law, she served as co-chairperson of the Travelers Staff Counsel Summer Associate Program, Southeast Regional Recruiting Coordinator for the Staff Counsel Diversity Committee, and served on the Alpharetta Claim Service Center Diversity Steering Committee. She also worked with diversity initiatives within the State Bar of Georgia. From 2010-2015, Katonga served on the Executive Board of the Georgia Association of Black Women Attorneys (GABWA), as the vice-president of the Columbus, GA affiliate. She served as the president of the Fountain City Bar Association for 3 years and is now the current Philanthropy Chair. She is also a member of the Columbus Bar Association, Georgia Trial Lawyers Association, and the Gate City Bar Association. Katonga is a member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. and Links, Inc. She is Vice-Chair of Columbus Trade Center Authority, and is serving on the board of the Columbus, GA Chamber of Commerce. She is the founder of Master of My Fate Mentoring Program, a not for profit initiative started to give students access to mentoring opportunities and career related camps and programs. For the past four years, the program as focused on law related internships and summer camps for kids and young adults interested in becoming lawyers.

In 2011, Katonga and her father, Attorney William J. Wright, Sr. (GA Bar admitted,1977), founded The Wright Legal Group, LLC. As a boutique litigation firm, Wright Legal is built upon bibilical principles and focuses in the areas of Serious Personal Injury, Traffic/DUI, and Entertainment/Business Law. The firm is devoted to assisting clients in resolving legal claims, providing free legal education and consulting services to business owners with small claim questions and disputes, and contributing efforts to community development such as the Muscogee County Jail Project, a criminal justice reform initiative. In 2012, she was appointed Associate Magistrate Court Judge, and serves as a Pro Hac Judge in that court. In addition to her various non-profit board commitments and various speaking engagements, Katonga is the mother of two sons. She has entrepreneurial aspirations of developing a global powerhouse law firm by adhering to this mission: To provide cutting-edge, envirnomentally-friendly, technology infused legal services to diverse clients, business partners, and communities around the world. Wright Legal wants you to expect exceptional, and get it!

Areas of practice

  • Personal Injury
  • Entertainment law
  • DUI Defense/Traffic

Admitted to practice

  • Georgia, 2007
  • Florida, 2008

Education

  • Georgia State University, J.D., 2007
    • Student Trial Lawyers Association Mock Trial Team, Vice President
    • Thurgood Marshall Mock Trial Competition, 2006 Semi-Finalist
    • Bioethics Mock Trial Competition, 2006 Champions
    • Thurgood Marshall Mock Trial Competition, 2007 Champions                .
    • Georgia Civil Justice Foundation Scholarship Recipient, 2006–2007
    • Gate City Bar Association Scholarship Recipient, 2006–2007
    • Litigation — Best Advocate Award
    • Litigation Honors
    • Phi Alpha Delta Law Fraternity, Member
    • Black Law Student Association, Vice President
    • Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc., Member
  • Johannes Keppler Universität, in Linz, Austria, Summer Study Abroad, May–June 2005
    • Summer Academy in International Commercial Arbitration
  • Emory University, B.S., 1999
    • Elementary Science and Education Partnership, Tutor
    • Office of Multicultural Programs and Services, Work Study
    • M.O.R.E. Program, Student Coordinator
    • American Chemical Society, Member
    • Undergraduate Research and Teaching Assistant, May 1998–August 1998

Professional memberships

  • Georgia Association of Black Women Attorneys, 2010 Executive Vice-President, Columbus, GA Affiliate
  • “If you can see it, you can be it” program, Volunteer/school coordinator, 2008
  • National Bar Association
  • Gate City Bar Association
  • American Bar Association
  • State Bar of Georgia Minorities in the Profession Committee

Professional experience

  • Travelers Insurance, Shivers & Associates, Staff Counsel, Alpharetta, GA, July 2007–Jan 2011
    • Counsel, Feb 2009–present
    • Associate, Nov 2007–Feb 2009
    • Law Clerk, July 2007–Nov 2007
    • Summer Associate Program, 2006
  • Corporate Committee Positions:
    • Travelers Diversity Speaks Committee, Member
    • Travelers Diversity Speaks:  Diversity Toolkit Committee, Co-chair
    • Staff Counsel Diversity Committee, Southeast Regional Recruiting Coordinator
    • Travelers Staff Counsel Diversity Committee Summer Associate Program, National Co-chair
    • Alpharetta Claim Service Center Diversity Steering Committee, Board member
    • Junior Achievement Job Shadow Day, Participant
    • Take Our Daughters and Sons to Work Day Committee, Chair
    • Staff Counsel Diversity Liaison
    • Performance Management Review Committee
    • Southeastern Minority Job Fair Recruiter, Atlanta, GA
    • Sunbelt Job Fair Recruiter, Dallas, TX
  • United States Attorney’s Office, Aug 2006–May 2007
    • Northern District of Georgia Internship Program
  • Fulton County Jail Project, Fall Semester 2006Georgia State University College of Law
  • Urban Fellows Program on Transportation and Housing in Atlanta, 2005–2006 and 2006–2007
    • Georgia State University College of Law
  • Summer Associate and Legal Assistant, June–August 2005
    • Law Offices of William J. Wright, Columbus, GA
  • Forensic Toxicologist, Crime Laboratory Scientist III, July 1999–August 2004
    • Georgia Bureau of Investigation- Division of Forensic Science

Biography

  • Born in Columbus, Georgia

Remember Don’t Go Wrong, Call Wright! (706) 610-0049 or 1-844-2-WRIGHT. Katonga@thewrightlegalgroup.com. Check the firm website at www.thewrightlegalgroup.com.