Weiner, Yancey, Dempsey & Diggs LLP
WYDD LLP

The Firm

Professional.  Diligent. Personable.

 
 

Professional.  Diligent.  Personable.

 
 

 John C. Yancey                               Thomas C. Dempsey                            Robert W. Diggs                               Beryl H. Weiner     

 

 

John C. Yancey

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EMORY UNIVERSITY LAW SCHOOL
Juris Doctor, 1976

GEORGIA INSTITUTE OF TECHNOLOGY
B.S., 1973


Activities & Affiliations

Special Assistant Attorney General, 1985-present

Atlanta Bar Association

State Bar of Georgia (Member, Section of Bankruptcy)

Lawyers Club of Atlanta

John C. Yancey, managing partner of Weiner, Yancey, Dempsey & Diggs LLP, has acquired a national reputation for successfully handling complex legal matters confronted by business owners and managers.  While practicing in a general civil practice firm, John has specialized in handling business law, business litigation, real estate, estate planning and probate matters, and plaintiff’s personal injury claims.  John is masterful at breaking down thorny legal issues to obtain optimum results for the client.  He strives to view the legal matter from the client’s perspective by weighing the costs and benefits of any action and keeping fees reasonable and affordable.

John was born in New York City.  He graduated with honors from Georgia Tech with a B.S. in Industrial Management.  He received his Juris Doctorate from Emory University School of Law and is a member of the Lawyers Club of Atlanta. 

John has served as a deacon of the Peachtree Christian Church in Atlanta. This year he will be celebrating 48 years of marriage to his lovely and talented wife, Kathy Yancey.  Kathy is an award winning artist whose art can be viewed on her website at www.kathyyancey.com and in numerous institutional and corporate collections, including the High Museum of Atlanta, MOCAGO, Atlanta International Hartsfield-Jackson Airport, and the law firm of Weiner, Yancey, Dempsey & Diggs LLP.  John has two children, a daughter named Lilith Yancey Miller who is a professional actress in Atlanta and drama teacher at Trickum Middle School in Gwinnett County, and a son named Ian Yancey who graduated with Honors from Georgia Tech with a degree in Industrial and Systems Engineering and is currently a Program Manager with Emory Healthcare in Atlanta.  John has been a Special Assistant Attorney General for the State of Georgia from 1985 to the present date. 

 

 

Thomas C. Dempsey

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EMORY UNIVERSITY SCHOOL OF LAW
Juris Doctor, 1980

COLLEGE OF WILLIAM & MARY
A.B., 1977


Activities & Affiliations

Special Assistant Attorney General, 1991-present

State Bar of Georgia

Lawyers Club of Atlanta

Mr. Dempsey became a member of the bar in 1980.  After obtaining his J.D. from Emory University, Mr. Dempsey spent a year working for a solo practitioner learning the nuts and bolts of the practice of law.  Following this intensive learning experience, focused mainly on assisting business and commercial clients, Mr. Dempsey began employment with Strother, Weiner and Dwyer, the predecessor to Weiner, Yancey, Dempsey & Diggs, LLP.  Mr. Dempsey became a partner in 1989 and has continued his general practice with the firm since then.  Mr. Dempsey was appointed to be a Special Assistant Attorney General for the State of Georgia in 1991 and has continued in that position to date.

Mr. Dempsey has a general civil practice with an emphasis on eminent domain.  Mr. Dempsey represents both condemnors and condemnees in litigation and negotiation relative to complex valuation disputes involving both property and business value issues.  Mr. Dempsey has tried numerous valuation disputes but always encourages his clients to reach agreement where possible.  As a result, Mr. Dempsey also has extensive experience closing complex, high dollar real estate transactions.  Mr. Dempsey also has had significant experience in the area of appellate practice before both Georgia appellate courts.

Mr. Dempsey was born in Baltimore, Maryland in 1955.  He moved to New Jersey in 1963 and attended the College of William and Mary in Williamsburg, Virginia, graduating in 1977 with a double major in Economics and Philosophy.  Mr. Dempsey moved to Atlanta to attend law school at Emory University, graduating in 1980.  He is married to Elyse Sharfman, and they have 2 children, Samantha and Jacob.

 

 

Robert W. Diggs

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TULANE UNIVERSITY LAW SCHOOL
Juris Doctor, 1984

UNIVERSITY OF SOUTHWESTERN LOUISIANA
B.S., 1981


Activities & Affiliations

Special Assistant Attorney General, 1991-present

Finalist, International Moot Court Competition

State Bar of Georgia

Gate City and Louisiana State Bar Associations

Georgia Trial Lawyers Association

Lawyers Club of Atlanta

Robert W. Diggs joined the law firm in 1988, shortly after marrying and relocating from Louisiana, where he practiced law for approximately four (4) years.  Mr. Diggs continued his plaintiff personal injury and general civil litigation work at the law firm.  He also became a Special Assistant Attorney General, and joined in one of the firm’s specialty practice areas, condemnation/eminent domain law.

Robert W. Diggs was born and raised in New Iberia, Louisiana.  He attended University of Southwestern Louisiana (“USL”) now known as University of Louisiana at Lafayette (“U of L”).  While at USL, Mr. Diggs pledged and became a proud member of Alpha Phi Alpha fraternity.  He also won election as the first African American Student Government Association (“SGA”) President in the history of USL.  Mr. Diggs graduated with honors from USL in 1981 receiving a Bachelors of Science degree in Business Management.

Robert W. Diggs began attending Tulane University Law School in the fall of 1981.  He received his Juris Doctorate degree from Tulane Law School in 1984.  After graduating, Mr. Diggs accepted dual employment positions with both Domengeaux and Wright (a personal injury law firm) as an associate and the Lafayette Parish District Attorneys Office as an Assistant District Attorney in Lafayette, Louisiana.  He practiced law in Lafayette, LA in both of the above-described practice areas from 1984 – 1988.

Robert W. Diggs has practiced law in excess of thirty three (33) years.  His practice areas include personal injury, business, condemnation/eminent domain law and general civil litigation and he is licensed to practice law in Georgia and Louisiana.  He is a partner in the law firm.  Mr. Diggs is married and the father of three (3) beautiful and intelligent daughters.

 

 

Beryl H. Weiner

In Memoriam


UNIVERSITY OF GEORGIA

LL.B., 1955

A.B., 1954


Activities & Affiliations

Phi Alpha Delta; Omicron Delta Kapp.

Author: “Torts-Violation of Unattended Car Statute as Prima Facie Evidence of Negligence,” Georgia Bar Journal Case Note, Vol. XVII, No. 2, 1954.

Special Assistant Attorney General, 1982-present

Assistant Fulton County Attorney, 1985-present

Atlanta Bar Association

State Bar of Georgia

Lawyers Club of Atlanta

The oldest and founding member of Weiner, Yancey, Dempsey & Diggs, LLP, Beryl H. Weiner, who was recently recognized by the State Bar of Georgia and The Lawyers Club of Atlanta for his service as a member of the Bar for 50 years, died on April 19, 2014.  Beryl retired as an associate Fulton County attorney in 2009, after 20 years of service. Weiner had been a Special Assistant Attorney General since 1982. Beryl had been serving in an of counsel capacity to the firm.

Beryl Weiner, born in Camilla, Mitchell County, Georgia, graduated from the University of Georgia with A.B. and L.L.B. degrees, where he lettered in tennis, received a music scholarship, honored in the Omicron Delta Kappa and Gridiron Societies, was a member of the Phi Epsilon Pi social fraternity, Phi Alpha Delta legal fraternity, and the Phi Mu Alpha music fraternity.  Upon graduation Weiner received a commission in the Army and after active service was honorably discharged with the rank of First Lieutenant.

Weiner was mentored as a neophyte lawyer in Atlanta under the brilliant talent of Houston White, Sr.  Their first case together was an eminent domain landmark case of Woodside, et. al. v. City of Atlanta, 214 Ga. 75.    Throughout his legal career, Beryl participated in many eminent domain cases, representing both condemnees and condemnors but always practiced law as a general practitioner. He represented plaintiffs and defendants in both Federal and State courts.

Married to Eleanor Brown Weiner of Nashville, Tennessee in 1962, they have two children and two grandchildren.  Beryl’s philosophy of life was to be a “man for all seasons”; as an amateur family historian, playing tennis, continuing his study of the clarinet under Karl Bevins, and playing bass clarinet in the Atlanta Concert Band. On occasion Beryl wrote poetry and memoirs.  Beryl served on numerous charitable and civic organizations throughout his adult life in various capacities and maintained his membership in the Hebrew Benevolent Congregation in Atlanta where he attended since boyhood in 1941.  We all miss Beryl and will never forget him.