For claims arising from non-truck motor vehicle collisions, we represent individual insureds and insurers on uninsured and underinsured motorist claims.
Bad Faith Litigation
We regularly assist carriers in navigating and responding to complicated and tricky time limited “Holt” demands. We represent carriers in negligent failure to settle cases or failure to provide a defense cases. We have obtained break-through rulings to limit the scope of discovery and claims in Georgia third-party bad-faith cases.
We have a unique expertise dedicated to representing public entities such as cities, counties, sheriff’s departments and school districts in a multitude of areas. Such claims include law enforcement excessive force, wrongful arrest, police misconduct, First Amendment retaliation and other violations, unlawful jail conditions, zoning, and defective road conditions. As litigation counsel for one of Georgia’s largest school districts, we have experience in claims and defenses unique to schools, such as immunity, Title IX and special education issues. We are also consulted to assist public entities in avoiding litigation by taking affirmative steps such as redrafting local ordinances and personnel policies.
We represent companies and enterprises in reviewing contracts and handling matters involving interpreting contracts, enforcing contracts, and defending breaches of contracts. The firm drafts contracts for clients with the unique perspective of understanding which issues are likely to be litigated.
Community Association Law
We specialize in advising and representing condominium and homeowners associations in a wide variety of areas, including preparing and interpreting governing documents, covenant enforcement, zoning, collections issues, and Fair Housing Act claims. In addition, we bring a depth of experience in both state and federal courts handling general litigation matters involving complex property disputes. Our goal is to help our HOA clients assess and manage risk and resolve disputes quickly, creatively and practically.
The firm represents general contractors, subcontractors, and product manufacturers in all aspects of construction litigation. This practice area covers a wide breadth of construction litigation issues including contractual disputes, coverage questions, product defects, architect and engineer liability, and design and construction negligence, as well as New York labor law § 200, 240 and 241. Because the firm has extensive insurance coverage experience, it brings unique experience to the table in handling very complicated construction insurance coverage claims.
Directors & Officers Liability
We represent individuals, corporations, majority shareholders, management teams and boards of directors of companies, non-profit organizations and HOA’s related to D&O issues and wrongful acts. These include claims involving breach of statute, improper self-dealing, conflict of interest, breach of fiduciary duty, fraudulent financial statements, violations of articles of incorporation, violations of by-laws, misrepresentations, improper management, and more.
We represent health insurance carriers in the defense of life, health, and disability (ERISA and non-ERISA) claims. We also guide insurers, employers, third-party administrators, and corporations in coverage determinations, fiduciary advice, and contract interpretation.
We represent professionals, including lawyers, real estate agents/brokers, insurance agents/brokers, accountants, architects and engineers, environmental consultants/engineers, inspectors, surveyors, and educators in E&O liability claims as well as malpractice and fraud actions.
Employment Practices Liability
We represent employers in state and federal courts before federal agencies such as the EEOC, the Department of Labor, the National Labor Relations Board, and the Occupational Safety and Health Administration, as well as local and state agencies that address harassment, discrimination, retaliation, family medical leave, sick pay, and unemployment. Our successful dispute resolution record through various avenues of ADR spans the full range of statutes invoked during employment litigation, including:
- Age Discrimination in Employment Act
- Americans with Disabilities Act (including Title III)
- Civil rights laws, including § 1981 and § 1983
- Equal Pay Act
- Fair Labor Standards Act and state wage hour laws
- Family and Medical Leave Act and state counterparts
- Fair Employment and Housing Act
- National Labor Relations Act
- Occupational Safety and Health Act
- Title VII
Insurance Coverage Litigation & Analysis
We regularly provide coverage opinions, bilateral and unilateral reservation of rights letters, and file complaints for declaratory judgment to adjudicate coverage disputes on behalf of carriers and self-insureds.
Intellectual Property Liability
We represent clients in sophisticated and complex intellectual property litigation, including trademark and copyright infringement, unfair competition, theft of trade secrets, defamation, and commercial disparagement. Our attorneys’ knowledge and experience allows us to counsel clients in multiple types of intellectual property matters, leading to favorable legal and business results.
We have expertise and a national reputation in handling litigation matters in an aggressive, economical and efficient manner. As a result, this expertise has been employed by clients to developing strategic planning to manage, control, contain, audit, etc. various exposures such as national insurance programs, class actions, multi-district litigation, and other complex or wide-scale continuing exposures.
National/Regional Mediation Counsel
We have an expertise as well-trained, accomplished, and effective negotiators who develop and implement negotiating tactics and strategies that save clients from significant exposures. This expertise, developed at a local level representing large carriers and self-insureds and their interests in mediations, has expanded to a role as monitoring or mediation counsel at a national and regional level for these same entities.
We defend a variety of claims arising from the operation, maintenance and use of commercial and private premises. Our clients include restaurant, bar, and retail owners in slip and fall, food contamination, and dram shop liability cases. We represent apartment complexes and property management companies against claims arising from third-party criminal acts including rape, sexual assault, and other personal injury claims.
We represent large companies in civil matters involving product defects, design defects, manufacturing defects, and breach of warranty. Many of these matters arise out of catastrophic injuries or death allegedly caused by the product. Our experience includes lawsuits involving motor vehicles, heavy equipment and complex manufacturing equipment.
A significant portion of our practice is devoted to representing professionals, including lawyers, real estate professionals, accountants, officers and directors, physicians and medical providers, architects and engineers, inspectors, surveyors, and educators in malpractice and fraud actions, as well as defending insurance agent/broker E&O claims.
Subrogation & Recovery
We represent insurance carriers on significant first-party and third-party property, subrogation, and business matters. Also, we selectively handle wrongful death claims and claims involving individuals who have suffered catastrophic or serious injury.
We represent members of the trucking industry, including shippers, motor common carriers and their insurers, in direct actions.