Team Member Spotlight: Barry Smith

Get to Know Barry Smith

Barry Smith is a vital member of our team. In fact, he is a valuable asset to every core practice group within TOKN. Barry has been with TOKN since December of 2012. He is well known for his positive attitude, easy laugh, and reputation for going above and beyond. Furthermore, his work ethic, customer service, and patience are remarkable. Barry fulfills a lot of roles for the firm from support of the legal staff to assisting with office events among others. No matter how small or large the task at hand, he completes each one quickly with a smile on his face.

Barry Smith

“Barry is always upbeat, professional, and polite. He fills many roles within the firm and accepts every task with a smile!” – Diane Beams, Firm Administrator

Team Member Spotlight Q&A:

Q:        What are three random facts people might not know about you?
A:        I like to travel (so far I have traveled to 10 states and 7 countries), binge watch my favorite shows, and play basketball.

Q:        Where are you from?
A:        I’m from a small town in South Georgia called Alapaha.

Q:        What do you like most about your job?
A:        Interacting with everyone.

Team Member Spotlight: April Phillips

April Phillips is standing at her desk.

April Phillips is a valuable member of our team. Her ability to provide exceptional customer service through every situation is remarkable. Her smile is the first and last thing you see when visiting us and she is often the first voice you hear when contacting us.

April Phillips began as TOKN’s receptionist in November 2016. Her positivity, optimism, and ability to laugh make her a joy to work with for both employees and clients of TOKN. Additionally, April constantly goes above and beyond. She is quick to assist anyone in need of help, no matter what the task.

Team Member Spotlight Q&A:

Q: What are three random facts people might not know about you?
A: I like to go camping. I am ALWAYS up for a road trip, ALWAYS. Also, I am a Bananagram junkie.

Q: Where are you from?
A: I was born in Rochester, NY, but I was raised in Knoxville, TN. I am a Southerner.

Q: What do you like most about your job?
A: I like to assist others when they need help. Such as, helping with the deposit, entering payment, proof-reading, data entry, etc. I also really like to say hello to so many people!

Attorney Spotlight

Viraj Deshmukh

Viraj Deshmukh

Viraj Deshmukh is an associate at TOKN. He focuses his practice on civil litigation, entrepreneurial services, outside general counsel, and intellectual property protection.

A Little About Viraj Professionally

Viraj has been practicing law for almost 5 years and has been with TOKN for a year and a half. Already, he has become a vital member of our team. During his time at TOKN, Viraj has successfully litigated a wide range of cases involving multiple state and federal laws. Specifically, he has brought and defended claims ranging from contract and real estate disputes to business torts and more.

Additionally, due to his attention to detail, experience in litigation, and knowledge of contract law, he has become a leader in TOKN’s entrepreneurial services and outside general counsel practices. In these practices, Viraj takes a cradle-to-grave approach with companies, advising them from inception, through protecting their intellectual property rights, contract reviews, and employment issues, all the way to dissolution.

In addition to his legal practice, Viraj is a member of the Steering Committee for the Atlanta Council District 12 – Neighborhood Blueprint Plan.

Getting to Know Viraj

Presently, Viraj is on a quest to visit every national park with his wife, Lindsey. However, you can usually find him playing his banjo (or attempting to at least), watching every Atlanta United and Chelsea Football Club match in existence, or reading through all of Fyodor Dostoevsky’s works.

Want to Learn More?

To learn more about Viraj, or to contact him, please visit his profile here or find his LinkedIn here.

Team Member Spotlight

Team member spotlight Beth Winterhalter working at her desk

Elizabeth Winterhalter (Beth) is the Senior Financial Officer at TOKN. Over the last three years, Beth has become a crucial member of our team. She is quick to assist with any and every task, attentive to even the smallest of details, consistently improving processes, and always maintains a positive and professional presence.

In the words of our Managing Partner, Aaron Kappler, there is not just one single thing that stands out, it is [Beth’s] entire presence. She constantly exhibits the utmost honesty, integrity, professionalism, and really every quality you could want.

Team member spotlight Q&A:

Q: What is your favorite part of your job?
A: My favorite part is the people I work with.

Q: What is your favorite hobby?
A: My favorite hobby is really spending time with my family on the weekends.

Q: What is one piece of advice you would like to give?
A: I would just like to tell people that it is super important to try new things. You never know how much you can accomplish until you try.

In addition to her knowledge of the financial world, Beth has an uncanny ability to identify any pop culture reference thrown her way.

To learn more about Beth, please visit her LinkedIn at: