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David L. McGuffey
400 N Selvidge St, P.O. Box 2023
Dalton, GA 30720

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Melissa Cabello Havrda received a B.A. in political science from St. Mary’s University in 2001, a law degree from St. Mary’s University School of Law in 2007, and an MBA from UTSA in 2013.Between degrees, Melissa served her native San Antonio by working as an assistant to then-Mayor of San Antonio Ed Garza. She went on to serve as an assistant to Mayor Emeritus Lila Cockrell and former Councilwoman Bonnie Conner with the non-profit San Antonio Parks Foundation. To continue her dedication to her community, Melissa joined a prominent firm in 2008 representing clients in Social Security Disability claims.  Melissa now owns her own firm.Melissa is also a proud graduate of the inaugural Latina Leadership Institute through the San Antonio Hispanic Chamber of Commerce and is also an alumnus of Leadership San Antonio 41 through the SAHCC and the San Antonio Chamber of Commerce.  Melissa also teaches at St. Mary’s University and serves her community as a San Antonio City Councilwoman.Melissa is a member of the San Antonio Bar Association, Mexican American Bar Association of San Antonio, and National Organization of Social Security Claimants’ Representatives.  Melissa feels inspired by her clients to advocate and fight for them every day.Melissa has been married to Jason Havrda for over twenty years and they are the proud parents of three children.
David L. McGuffey is in private practice with the Elder Law Practice of David L. McGuffey, LLC, located in Dalton, Georgia and Ellijay, Georgia. David limits his practice to Elder and Special Needs law. This means he helps older adults or individuals with special needs and their caregivers. Much of David’s practice is devoted to helping individuals with chronic health conditions find, get and pay for good long-term care.

The National Elder Law Foundation designated David as a Certified Elder Law Attorney in 2004. David is AV rated by Martindale-Hubbell. In 2012, David was invited to join NAELA’s Council of Advanced Practitioners. David has been selected as a “Georgia SuperLawyer” in the field of Elder Law each year since 2013.

In 2021, David launched the educational website As of now EZelderlaw has more than 1,000 pages of information available to its readers with more coming almost every day.

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Autism Justice?

Research demonstrates that pregnant women who take products containing acetaminophen, like Tylenol and others, have significantly increased risk of having a baby who develops Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD). Autism Justice is a coalition of scientists, consumer advocates and lawyers helping women and their families hold drug companies accountable for damages these companies are causing to these families and to get these products labeled properly so that pregnant women can make fully informed choices about what pain relief to seek during pregnancy.

Women who take acetaminophen during pregnancy are more likely to have an autistic child.

A growing body of research suggests a consistent association between pregnant women who take acetaminophen and the chance of their child being autistic.

Researchers have demonstrated this association to be robust and meaningful in six independent research studies examining over 105,000 mother and child pairs. Follow-up studies that collected data from previous research found a 20 to 30% increase in the chance of a child having autism if the mother took acetaminophen during her pregnancy when compared to mothers that did not take acetaminophen. Biological assessments of umbilical cord blood and the baby’s first bowel movement have verified this connection and demonstrated a link between the quantity and duration of acetaminophen use and higher rates of autism in children.

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