The Manchester office of Morgan, Collins and Yeast dates back 20 years. In 1996, McKinnley Morgan formed a partnership with Rickey Bailey to combine their resources to assist injured workers in eastern Kentucky. Rickey was the attorney in charge of the Manchester office. Roy Collins joined Mr. Bailey at the Manchester location in April in 2000. After Mr. Bailey’s death in July 2000, Roy assumed the role as attorney in charge of the Manchester office.
Our Manchester office and staff regularly contribute to academic and athletic teams in Clay County. We know how much these programs rely on outside support and we’re proud to offer our support as much as we can.
If you were hurt in a wreck, hurt on the job or can’t work and need disability benefits, we want to help you. Call our Manchester office today.
Who Makes This Office Special?
Glenda Couch Hubbard
Glenda Couch Hubbard is a paralegal in Morgan, Collins and Yeast’s Manchester office. Glenda has been with the firm since October 2000. She attended Leslie County High School and has a paralegal degree from Eastern Kentucky University.
In her day-to-day role, Glenda:
- Serves as a caseworker for medical negligence and products liability cases.
- Assists Roy with his duties as Master Commissioner of the Clay Circuit Court.
- Resolves liens against clients’ settlement proceeds/judgments.
Glenda is very active in the Manchester community. She’s served as Sunday School Superintendent of her church for approximately four years. She also works with youth in the county coaching soccer, basketball and softball. She is currently president of the Clay County Little League.
”My family and faith are the most important things to me,” she says. “I also very much enjoy working with the kids in my church and county.”
Melissa Sizemore-Smith is a financial assistant in our Manchester office. She joined the firm in April 1999. She has an associate’s degree in business management. Before she became a financial assistant at the firm, she had the role of legal assistant.
In her role, Melissa is responsible for assisting Roy with the firm’s human resources needs, paying routine expenses and assisting the accounting department. She also helps with scheduling depositions and appointments, dictation and filing motions in state and federal court. She’s also responsible for keeping an accurate calendar and record of the proceedings.
Born in Leslie County, Melissa says she was “raised by two of the strongest women I have ever known – my mother and my grandmother.” Even though she was born in Leslie County, she has worked in Clay County for more than 20 years and feels right at home. “I see our clients in local stores and they speak to me as if they have known me all their lives,” she says. She also considers her fellow coworkers at Morgan, Collins and Yeast as extended family. “My coworkers have always treated me as family,” she says. “If I have a problem, they treat it like they have a problem and we all solve it together.”
If you call Morgan, Collins and Yeast at 1-855-WILDCAT, you may actually speak with Melissa as she answers many of those calls. If you need Kentucky Courage on your side, call us today – you may get to talk to Melissa.
If you come to our Manchester office with a personal injury claim, odds are you’ll get to know our case manager, Sonya Hoskins-Gray. Because Sonya makes a point of getting to know you.
She’s been with Morgan, Collins & Yeast for over 25 years, starting in January 1993. She remembers when the firm had two attorneys and four total employees.
Sonya considers it her mission to work with our clients on personal level, asking them about their families and answering their questions. That care and attention is what she loves about Morgan, Collins & Yeast. “It’s not just, ‘Here’s File #174,’” around here, she says. “By the time this case is over, we’re going to be fast friends.”
These are the things she’ll help you with:
- Submitting your medical bills for payment by insurers.
- Interviewing your witnesses.
- Preparing summaries of your medical records and bills.
- Handling your property damage claim.
- Putting together your brochure making the case to your insurance company why you deserve a settlement.
- Answering any questions you have.
“My favorite people to help are working people who’ve been injured,” Sonya says.
She’s attorney Roy Collins’ right hand. Every day, she watches Roy fight tenaciously for his clients. He doesn’t let anything slide, she says. If a defense lawyer is putting off his request to see a damaged car, Roy sends a “burn-your-ears” email. He pushes until he gets what he needs for your case.
That’s what Sonya calls “Kentucky Courage.”
Jennifer Smith is an assistant in our Manchester office. She recently retired from her previous position with the local board of education after 25 years where she worked under six superintendents during her career. She also worked with courts on truancy cases while working for the board of education. Jennifer is in the process of returning to college to attain her associate’s degree in medical coding.
Her responsibilities at Morgan, Collins and Yeast include answering phones, gathering medical records, record keeping and assisting the other staff in completing their tasks.
Jennifer has twin daughters that she says are absolutely her reason for striving to become a better mother, person, employee, etc. “Having a strong work ethic is something I am very proud of, and I hope to instill that in my children as well,” she says.
For help with your personal injury, Workers’ Comp or Social Security Disability case, call our Manchester office. Call us now and you may get to talk to Jennifer to start your case.