Principal/Partner

Areas of Practice:

Catastrophic Injury and Wrongful Death Defense, Medical Malpractice Defense, Medical Device Defense, Product Liability Defense, Pharmaceutical Liability Defense, Nursing Home Abuse and Neglect Defense, Long Term Care, Assisted Living and Personal Care Home Defense, Dental Malpractice Defense, General Insurance Defense, Premises Liability Defense, Premises Security Defense, Toxic Tort/Environmental Defense, Transportation and Trucking Litigation Defense, Appellate Practice and Professional Board/Licensing Representation

Bar Admissions:

  • Georgia, 1986
  • Georgia Court of Appeals, 1987
  • U.S. District Court Northern District of Georgia, 1987
  • U.S. District Court Middle District of Georgia, 1992
  • U.S. District Court Southern District of Georgia, 2011
  • Georgia Supreme Court, 2008

Education:

  • Emory University School of Law, Atlanta, Georgia, 1986, J.D.
  • St. Louis University, 1983, B.A.; Honors: Magna Cum Laude

Classes/Seminars Taught:

  • "Ins and Outs of Written Discovery and Motions Practice In Nursing Home Litigation" - DRI Nursing Home/ALF Litigation Seminar, September 18-19, 2014

  • "Evaluating and Defending Psychiatric Malpractice Claims" - AIG Insurance Company, September 10, 2014

  • "DWTS: The Doctor, The Device and The Dance" - PIAA Underwriting Workshop, October 2-4, 2013

  • "DWTS: The Doctor, The Device and The Dance" - 26th Medical Device Seminar, June 10, 2013

  • "Voir Dire: The Art of Jury Selection" - DRI Trial Tactics, Bally's, Las Vegas, March 15, 2012

  • "Plaintiffs' Attorneys Recording Conversations with Defense Counsel" - Chartis Insurance Company, March 20, 2012

  • "Plaintiffs' Attorneys Seem to Think They Can Meet with Current Employees of Defendant Company" - Charts Insurance Company, May 23, 2011

  • "Mary Carter Agreement and Conflicts of Interest" - Chartis Insurance Company, June 16, 2010

  • "Complex Causation - What's Left Of Senate Bill 3", AIG Insurance Company, April 29, 2009

  • Faculty at Georgia Defense Lawyers Association (GDLA) Trial Academy, December 4, 2008 - December 6, 2008

  • Panel Presenter on Diversity, DRI Annual Meeting, 2008

  • "Long-Term Care Arbitration Skills" and "Solutions to Your LTC Ethical Dilemmas - An Interactive Panel Discussion", DRI Nursing Home Litigation Seminar, 2008

  • "Georgia Tort Reform/HIPAA Update, Defending The Suicide Claim and Complex Causation", AIG Insurance Company, 2008

  • "Tort and Product Liability Reform", Medmarc Insurance Group, 2008

  • "Chart Smart and Avoid Being Sued", Peach Regional Medical Center, 2008

  • "Georgia Tort Reform/HIPAA Update, Defending The Suicide Claim and Complex Causation", AIG Dallas, February 23, 2007

  • "Defending Damages" - DRI Damages Seminar, Defense Research Institute, March 15, 2007

  • "Dancing With The Stars: Win-Win Solutions For Excellent Client Service", Medmarc Annual Defense Counsel Meeting, June 15, 2006

  • "Update on Georgia Law and Tort Reform", AIG Dallas, June 9, 2006

  • "Senate Bill 3 - New Georgia Tort Reform : Relevant Changes and Expected Constitutional Challenges", 2005

  • "Defending the Suicide Claim", AIG Insurance Company, 2005

  • "Chart Smart and Avoid Being Sued", Shand Morahan/Evanston Insurance Company, 2005

  • "Documentation of Medical Records - Do It Write", Saint Joseph's Hospital of Atlanta, Inc., 2004

  • "Early Retention of Expert", Emcare, Inc., 2004

  • "Mental Health Care Records : Mental Health and The Law in Georgia", Medical Educational Services, Inc., 2000

  • "Liens: Third Party Claims Against Settlement Proceeds", Nationwide Insurance Company, 1998

  • "Documents From A Defense Perspective", Georgia Trial Lawyers Association, 1997

  • "Claims Against Psychotherapists for Undue Familiarity", Institute of Continuing Legal Education, 1997

  • "Confidentiality of Children's Records : Disclosure of Mental Health Care, Alcohol and Drug Records Under Federal and State Law", Medical Educational Services, Inc., 1996

  • "Justice and Women of Color", National Consortium of Task Forces and Commissions on Racial and Ethnic Bias in the Courts, Supreme Court of Washington, Justice Charles Smith, 1996


Honors and Awards:

  • Rainmakers 2011, Diversity & The Bar, November/December, 2011
  • Atlanta Magazine's Super Lawyers Section, Top Georgia Lawyers, 2009
  • Atlanta Magazine's Super Lawyers Section, Top Georgia Lawyers, 2008
  • Atlanta Magazine's Super Lawyers Section, Top Georgia Lawyers, 2007

Professional Associations and Memberships:

  • National Association of Minority & Women Owned Law Firms, Member
  • Atlanta Association of Insurance Professionals, Program Committee Chairperson, 1995 - 1996
  • Atlanta Bar Association, Member
  • Defense Research Institute, Member
  • DRI Diversity Committee, Scholarship Selection Committee, 2009
  • DRI Diversity Program for Medical Liability and Health Care Law, Co-Chair, 2006 - 2007
  • DRI State Marketing, Co-Chair, 2006 - 2007
  • Emory University School of Law, Chairperson - Atlanta Bar Minority Clerkship Program, 1994 - 1999
  • Georgia Association of Women Lawyers (GAWL), Member
  • Georgia Defense Lawyers Association, Member
  • Georgia Hispanic Bar Association, Member
  • Georgia Hispanic Bar Association, Business Liaison Co-Chairperson, 1996 - 1997
  • Hispanic National Bar Association, Member
  • International Association of Defense Counsel (IADC), Member
  • National Association for Minority and Women Owned Law Firms (NAMWOLF), Member
  • Steering Committee DRI Nursing Home, Member, 2007
  • Working Women of America, President, 1998 - 1999
  • Working Women of America, Advisory Board Member, 1995 - 1998
  • State Bar of Georgia, Member