Practice Areas

While there are basic areas of specialty within the industry, there are extraordinary differences in how to practice law. With our breadth of expertise, we can represent your company in a wide range of situations.

Alternative Dispute Resolution

Many of our clients want to avoid litigation whenever reasonably practical and we agree. Our attorneys are trained in the latest alternative dispute resolution techniques, including arbitration, mediation and other methods of non-judicial resolution of cases. We are committed to advising clients on this approach and using it when possible to resolve disputes without litigation. As part of the commitment to Alternative Dispute Resolution, each of our principal attorneys is a certified mediator. Practice Attorney: Fred R. GreenPeter D. MullerWilliam S. Goodman, Kraig N. Johnson, Samantha M. Dorsey

Appellate Practice

Appellate practice involves representing clients in a wide variety cases in all state and federal appellate cases. Our attorneys have over 30 years of experience handling appeals not only in cases we directly handled before the trial courts, but also in cases where we are specifically retained to handle an appeal after an adverse decision against our client in a lower court. Practice Attorneys: Stephanie F. Glickauf, R. Tyler Bryant, Elissa B. Haynes, Joshua Y. Joel, Samantha M. Dorsey

Auto Bodily Injury and Property Damage

We represent insurers and their insureds in a wide variety of automobile accident and trucking accident liability cases. Our cases range from low-impact, soft tissue damage to catastrophic injury and wrongful death lawsuits, as well as vehicle and cargo property damage.  We have successfully litigated severe, complex, and multi-party claims with varying levels of liability exposure. We draw on our relationships with accident reconstruction experts and engineers nationwide. We advise our clients on settlement value based on venue, potential exposure, and first and third-party coverage concerns.  In a cost-efficient manner, the firm has aggressively defended these types of claims, and has successfully taken these claims to jury trial. Practice Attorneys: Judy Farrington Aust, Jennifer Jerzak Blackman, Catherine M. Carson-Freymann, Robert M. Darroch, W. James Flynn, Fred R. Green, Adam C. Joffe, Robert A. Luskin, Peter D. Muller, Adam E. Whitten, William S. Goodman, William Davis Hewitt, Kraig N. Johnson, Chad W. Bickerton, R. Tyler Bryant, James T. Hankins, III, Elissa B. Haynes, Brett A. Smith, Crystal D. Kesler, Melissa C. McDaniel, David M. Havlicek, Grayson M. Shephard, Samantha M. Dorsey

Bodily Injury

The firm has extensive experience in defending individuals and corporations who have been sued as a result of injuries suffered in accidents involving motor vehicles, or arising from the ownership of property. We represent numerous insurance companies who retain the services of lawyers in the firm to provide quality legal services in defending businesses and individuals. Practice Attorneys: James F. Cook, Jr., W. James Flynn, Elissa B. Haynes, Grayson M. Shephard

Condemnation

Governmental entities on occasion need private property to widen roads, create parks or for other public needs. The representation of the government in a condemnation matter is necessary to keep the cost of the project reasonable and to save tax payer dollars. The firm has the experience to represent any governmental body when it becomes necessary to exercise its condemnation power. Practice Attorney: Charles W. Barrow, Elissa B. Haynes

Construction Related Matters

Construction litigation involves defense of contractors and subcontractors in both property damage and personal injury claims arising out of all aspects of residential, industrial and commercial construction. Our experience includes investigating and defending construction accidents and workers’ compensation claims, as well as litigation of complex actions involving manufacturing defects. We have also represented land developers in actions related to professional and product liability. We also represent insurers in analyzing insurance coverage and in coverage litigation regarding the scope and extent of applicable insurance related to construction projects or completed operations. Practice Attorneys: Judy Farrington Aust, Catherine M. Carson-Freymann, Robert M. Darroch, W. James Flynn, Stephanie F. Glickauf, Adam C. Joffe, Robert A. Luskin, Peter D. Muller, Joshua S. Stein, Adam E. Whitten, William Davis Hewitt, Chad W. Bickerton, R. Tyler Bryant, Michael A. Cannon, Elissa B. Haynes, James T. Hankins, III, Melissa C. McDaniel, Brett A. Smith, Grayson M. Shephard

Cyber Liability

We assist clients in resolving disputes related to commercial liability, property losses, and insurance coverage, in connection with various electronic activities, including data breaches, cyber extortion (also known as “ransomware”), fraudulent transfers, and data loss/destruction. Practice Attorneys: Stephanie F. Glickauf, Robert A. Luskin, Joshua S. Stein, R. Tyler Bryant

Elder Care Liability

In recent years, nursing homes, personal care homes and other elderly care facilities have increasingly been under attack in several types of lawsuits. We have experience representing companies in these lawsuits and have successfully defended them in the state and federal courts.

Practice Attorneys:Adam E. Whitten, William Davis Hewitt.

Employers’ Liability

Our firm represents employers, carriers and TPA’s in common law negligence claims, which are not covered under workers’ compensation laws. Our attorneys use our vast knowledge and experience to provide each case a specialized defense, tailored to achieve the most efficient outcome. We have successfully defended hundreds of claims in all types of litigation arising out of work-place accidents. Practice Attorneys: Judy Farrington Aust, Wade McGuffey, Jr., Adam E. Whitten, Elissa B. Haynes, Brett A. Smith, Melissa C. McDaniel

Employment Law Practices

Our employment attorneys support employers and clients by providing a wide range of options to address employment issues.  We work with supervisors, managers, and Human Resources personnel to minimize risk and assist our clients with pre-litigation avoidance techniques.  When the need arises, we assist in an aggressive and effective manner to resolve disputes, before and after litigation commences.   Whether it is at the EEOC stage or in litigation in many of the Federal or State Courts around the Southeast, we are prepared ensure our clients’ goals are met. Practice Attorneys: Judy Farrington Aust, Robert A. Luskin, Wade McGuffey, Jr., Peter D. Muller, Joshua S. Stein, Adam E. Whitten, William Davis Hewitt, Michael A. Cannon, Elissa B. Haynes, Crystal D. Kesler, Joshua Y. Joel

Environmental Litigation

Environmental services include advice on environmental coverage and defense of claims brought by state or federal agencies or by companies or individuals alleging environmental damage and liability. We represent insurance companies, landowners, land developers, manufacturers, and other potentially responsible parties. Practice Attorneys: Robert A. Luskin, William Davis Hewitt, Elissa B. Haynes

Government Affairs

Our firm represents a number of business interests before the Georgia General Assembly, the Public Service Commission, the Georgia Environmental Protection Division, as well as other state commissions and agencies.

Government and Municipal Liability

Our firm represents a number of institutions in governmental and municipal liability matters. This practice group is led by attorneys with former roles such as Assistant Attorney General and Special Assistant Attorney General for the State of Georgia, and General Counsel. Our firm serves as general counsel for local area cities and counties, and represents various specific county entities including school districts, police departments and individual governmental employees. The claims defended include alleged civil rights violations, Section 1983 suits, Title VII actions, and workers’ compensation claims, among others. The firm also works with entities on risk management and loss prevention. Practice Attorneys: Judy Farrington Aust, James F. Cook, Jr., W. James Flynn, David M. Havlicek, Robert A. Luskin, Peter D. Muller, William Davis Hewitt, Neal B. Childers, Elissa B. Haynes, Brett A. Smith, Charles W. Barrow, Grayson M. Shephard

Insurance Coverage, Excess Judgments, Alleged Bad Faith Practices

We assist clients in resolving coverage disputes between the insurance company and the insured. These disputes include questions concerning timeliness of notice, completed operations, intentional acts, fraud, collusion, misrepresentation and contractual exclusions. We have experience representing insurers in declaratory judgment actions and in defending actions brought by insureds against their insurance providers. Practice Attorneys: Judy Farrington Aust, Catherine M. Carson-Freymann, Robert M. Darroch, W. James Flynn, Stephanie F. Glickauf, Adam C. Joffe, Robert A. Luskin, Adam E. Whitten, Chad W. Bickerton, R. Tyler Bryant, Michael A. Cannon, James T. Hankins, III, Elissa B. Haynes, Brett A. Smith, Melissa C. McDaniel, Sharon A. Freeman, Grayson M. Shephard, Samantha M. Dorsey

Medical Malpractice Liability

The firm represents a wide array of professionals in medical practice cases including hospitals, physician practice groups, skilled nursing facilities, physicians, nurses, oral surgeons, emergency personnel, nursing homes and other healthcare industry specialists and professional entities.  Our experience spans across nearly every area of medical expertise, and we successfully represent and defend these entities and professionals in a wide variety of medical malpractice actions.  We also actively work with clients and risk managers pre-litigation, to identify, avoid and resolve risk. Practice Attorneys: Judy Farrington Aust, Peter D. Muller, Joshua S. Stein, William Davis Hewitt, Elissa B. Haynes, Melissa C. McDaniel

Occupational Exposure and Disease

Our ever-changing society and expanding industry produce numerous claims and lawsuits involving chemical and occupational exposures and diseases alleged to have developed from the work environment. Such claims and lawsuits often are new and novel. Our firm regularly represents businesses in such claims and lawsuits and has the training and experience to effectively defend such actions. Practice Attorneys: Judy Farrington Aust, Wade McGuffey, Jr., Adam E. Whitten, William Davis Hewitt, Melissa C. McDaniel

Premises Liability

Premises Liability law governs the responsibilities of those who own, occupy or maintain land or premises to those present on the premises. We have broad experience representing a diverse population of people and entities who own and maintain property in a variety of types of claims, including, but not limited to, slip and falls due to wet floors, code violations, construction defects, insufficient lighting, crumbling curbs or stairs, uneven floors or walkways, falling objects, inadequate security, concealed defects, improperly secured mats, defects in chairs or benches, failure to fix unsafe conditions, and failure to warn guests and visitors about potentially unsafe conditions.

Practice Attorneys: Judy Farrington Aust, Jennifer Jerzak Blackman, Catherine M. Carson-Freymann, Robert M. Darroch, W. James Flynn, Fred R. Green, Adam C. Joffe, Peter D. Muller, Joshua S. Stein, Adam E. Whitten, William Davis Hewitt, Michael A. Cannon, James T. Hankins, III, Elissa B. Haynes, Brett A. Smith, Crystal D. Kesler, Melissa C. McDaniel, Samantha M. Dorsey

Premises Property Damage

Premises Liability Property Damage is the subset of Premises Liability law that deals with losses to real or personal property. We represent insurers and their insureds in a variety of claims for loss or destruction of real or personal property. Our representation ranges from questions of who is liable for the lost property to whether the property damage claim is questionable or fraudulent. Not only do we investigate and defend questions of liability, but also we offer insight and solutions to properly determine the value of the lost property and the appropriate amount of recovery. Practice Attorneys:Stephanie F. Glickauf, Robert A. Luskin, Joshua S. Stein, Adam E. Whitten, William Davis Hewitt, Chad W. Bickerton, R. Tyler Bryant, Elissa B. Haynes, Samantha M. Dorsey

Products Liability

Lawsuits questioning the integrity of manufactured products have become commonplace. As products liability suits for injury to persons and property have proliferated, effective defense for insured and self-insured companies and manufacturers has increased in importance. The firm has the experience necessary to provide an aggressive and effective defense in a cost-efficient manner. Practice Attorneys: Catherine M. Carson-Freymann, Robert M. Darroch, Fred R. Green, Robert A. Luskin, Joshua S. Stein, Adam E. Whitten, William Davis Hewitt, Michael A. Cannon, Elissa B. Haynes

Professional Liability

Attorneys at the firm have the reputation for providing competent, aggressive and cost-efficient defense of professionals who have been sued for professional negligence. The firm has significant and continuing experience in the ever-changing area of defending a wide range of professionals, including those who are not insured against such actions. Practice Attorneys: Judy Farrington Aust, W. James Flynn, Fred R. Green, Robert A. Luskin, Peter D. Muller, William Davis Hewitt, Neal B. Childers, James T. Hankins, III, Elissa B. Haynes, Caroline M. Bassett

Property and Premises Liability

Property and premises liability involves investigation of accidents and alleged liabilities associated with property owners and occupiers. Recent cases we have defended involve rape and assault claims against the insured property owners, as well as other personal injury claims occurring on the property. We advise our clients on disposition of these claims and we defend against such claims when required to protect our clients' interests. Practice Attorneys: Peter D. Muller, William Davis Hewitt, Elissa B. Haynes, Brett A. Smith

Questionable Insurance Claims

Our questionable claims practice involves working with insurers and Special Investigation Units on a broad spectrum of matters including first party and third party fraudulent bodily injury claims, auto theft, commercial and residential losses, arson, life and health insurance fraud, staged theft losses and agency fraud. Practice Attorneys: W. James Flynn, Stephanie F. Glickauf, Adam C. Joffe, Robert A. Luskin, Adam E. Whitten, Chad W. Bickerton, R. Tyler Bryant, James T. Hankins, III, Elissa B. Haynes, Teri Alpert Zarrillo, Grayson M. Shephard, Samantha M. Dorsey

Religious Institutions and Private School Litigation

The firm represents a large number of religious institutions and private schools in a wide variety of lawsuits, including: Title VI and Title IX discrimination suits, sexual harassment or molestation claims, employment actions, libel and slander suits, premises and tort liability allegations, workers’ compensation claims, etc. Practice Attorneys: Robert M. Darroch, Robert A. Luskin, Joshua S. Stein, William Davis Hewitt, Elissa B. Haynes, Brett A. Smith, Joshua Y. Joel

Retail, Restaurant & Hospitality

Our firm represents a large number of restaurant, retail and hospitality institutions in a wide variety of areas, including premises liability, liquor liability, negligent security, employment actions, and workers’ compensation claims. Our clients range from Fortune 100 companies to local “mom and pop” operations. Similarly, our firm’s services include everything from counseling, large scale pre-litigation mediation programs, regional lawsuit defense to claim prevention risk management. Our attorneys are involved in many national and local industry organizations, which allows us to be intimately connected to the industry developments, legislative initiatives and current trends. Practice Attorneys: W. James Flynn, Robert A. Luskin, Peter D. Muller, Joshua S. Stein, Adam E. Whitten, William Davis Hewitt, Michael A. Cannon, James T. Hankins, III, Elissa B. Haynes, Judy Farrington Aust, Crystal D. Kesler, Melissa C. McDaniel, Teri Alpert Zarrillo, Peter D. Muller, Joshua Y. Joel

Sexual Misconduct

Our firm represents many different types of organizations, including, schools, daycares, religious institutions, large/small corporations and individuals, in alleged sexual misconduct matters. With our vast experience in these matters we understand the unique and sensitive nature of these cases, resulting in better representation for our clients while better understanding the alleged victims. Our attorneys stay current in the emerging trends, claims and strategies in this field through participation in a variety of sexual misconduct seminars. Practice Attorneys: Judy Farrington Aust, Peter D. Muller, Joshua S. Stein, Adam E. Whitten, William Davis Hewitt, James T. Hankins, III, Elissa B. Haynes

Subrogation

The firm represents insurers and companies directly in a wide variety of subrogation claims, from automobile property damage subrogation claims to large losses related to negligent construction.  Through the firm’s extensive experience in subrogating negligent construction claims, the firm has acquired expertise in the interpretation of the AIA form contracts that usually govern a construction loss.  The firm has been successful in recovering on all types of subrogation claims through its use of cost effective strategies. Practice Attorneys: Robert A. Luskin, Adam E. Whitten, William Davis Hewitt, Chad W. Bickerton, Michael A. Cannon, Neal B. Childers, James T. Hankins, III, Elissa B. Haynes, Teri Alpert Zarrillo

Uninsured/Underinsured Motorist

We assist clients in the defense of first-party claims seeking recovery of uninsured/underinsured motorist benefits in both state courts and through binding arbitration. Our attorneys have experience representing carriers throughout the litigation and arbitration process, from an evaluation of damages to applicable coverage defenses involving pro-rata division of losses and the application of “other insurance” provisions. Practice Attorneys: Catherine M. Carson-Freymann, Robert M. Darroch, W. James Flynn, Adam C. Joffe, Robert A. Luskin, Peter D. Muller, Joshua S. Stein, Adam E. Whitten, William Davis Hewitt, R. Tyler Bryant, Michael A. Cannon, Elissa B. Haynes, Brett A. Smith, Crystal D. Kesler, Melissa C. McDaniel

Workers’ Compensation

Defense of self-insured and insured businesses before the State Board of Workers’ Compensation and the courts of Georgia, Florida, and North and South Carolina, is a primary part of the claims and litigation services offered by the firm. From advising businesses on prevention of claims to actually defending claims brought by employees, the firm has a broad range of experience and can advise any business or insurance company on all aspects of workers’ compensation programs. Practice Attorneys:  Charles W. Barrow, Jennifer Jerzak Blackman, W. James Flynn, Fred R. Green, David M. Havlicek, Wade McGuffey, Jr., Adam E. Whitten, Teri Alpert Zarrillo, Neal B. Childers, Andrew D. Smith, Michelle M. Thomas, Courtney C. Bahe, Michael A. Cannon, J.D. Easley, Melissa C. McDaniel, Ivy R. White, Sharon A. Freeman, Caroline M. Bassett, Michael A. Coletta, Katie P. Dunn, Grayson M. Shephard
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