Monroe Attorney Hired by Multi-Billion Dollar Client


Monroe Attorney Hired by Multi-Billion Dollar Client

Monroe, Georgia, November 14, 2014 – Preston & Malcom is pleased to announce that partner, Jeremy V. Kilburn, will be joining one of our clients, Wayne Farms LLC, as their Assistant Vice President and Deputy General Counsel, starting in January, 2015. Wayne Farms, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Continental Grain Company, is one of the largest poultry producers in the world, with annual sales in excess of $2 billion and operations in 5 states employing over 9,000 employees.

While losing one of our partners is never easy, this is an amazing opportunity for Jeremy and we are proud that Wayne Farms recognized the value and quality of the legal services offered here at Preston & Malcom. So much so, that they have hired away one of our best. Jeremy has been a partner here since 2009, gaining valuable experience advising numerous corporate clients of all shapes and sizes in governance and operational matters. It is that experience, according to Wayne Farms Chairman and CEO, Elton Maddox, which was attractive to Wayne Farms and has helped prepare Jeremy to assume this new role. “Jeremy’s experience in our industry, coupled with more than a decade of experience advising business clients of all shapes and sizes, across numerous industry sectors in his private practice, has uniquely prepared him for this position with Wayne Farms. We are glad to have him step in as part of our senior management team and offer meaningful contributions to our company.”

Paul Rosenthal, managing partner here at Preston & Malcom, says that Jeremy will be missed, but the firm will continue to serve its clients with the highest level of professionalism. “We are sorry to see Jeremy go, but we are all excited for this opportunity for him. Since our early days of studying in law school together at the University of Georgia, I have admired Jeremy and his legal acumen. His intellect, coupled with his technical knowledge and experience in the poultry industry, makes Jeremy a perfect fit for Wayne Farms. Put simply, this is the position Jeremy was built for.”

Jeremy grew up working in and around the poultry industry in Texas. After receiving his undergraduate degree from the University of Missouri, Jeremy continued his preparation for this opportunity by obtaining a Master’s Degree in Poultry Science along with his law degree from the University of Georgia. “Jeremy is one of the only lawyers I know with a background so specific to the poultry industry. That is one of the many reasons we are so pleased that he is coming on board with us,” observed Barb Mistarz, Vice President and General Counsel of Wayne Farms.

“This is certainly a bitter sweet moment for me. It was not an easy decision,” says Kilburn. “The team here at Preston & Malcom is family to me, and I’ve enjoyed developing many great relationships and friendships with our clients here these past eight years. Even though I am leaving, I will continue to maintain a strong professional relationship with this great firm here in Walton County. All of my existing clients will continue to be well served by Paul, Mike, Russell and the rest of the team here at Preston & Malcom. That is one of the big reasons why I was able to make this decision—knowing that my clients would remain in good hands.”

Jeremy will continue his practice with Preston & Malcom through December, transitioning his clients to other members of the team at Preston & Malcom, and will assume his new role with Wayne Farms in January, 2015. Jeremy will continue to reside with his family in Monroe, their home for 14 years. He will also continue his service on the Walton County Board of Education, currently serving as Chairman.


Preston & Malcom, P.C., a full service law firm located in the heart of Walton County in downtown Monroe, Georgia, is the largest and oldest firm in Walton County, founded in 1922 by A. Morris Kelly. The firm has served its clients for more than 90 years from its current and original location on Court Street, directly across the street from the historic Walton County Courthouse. Preston & Malcom serves the legal needs of Northeast Georgia in a wide range of legal practice areas. To find out more, please visit




Paul Rosenthal, JD, MBA
Managing Partner