A CIVIL LITIGATION LAW FIRM WHICH, FOR OVER FIVE DECADES, HAS CONCENTRATED IN THE REPRESENTATION OF VICTIMS OF CATASTROPHIC INJURIES AND DEATH ARISING OUT OF AVIATION, AUTOMOTIVE-TRUCKING, RAILROAD, PROFESSIONAL NEGLIGENCE AND OTHER COMPLEX CIVIL LITIGATION

2100 The Equitable Building
 100 Peachtree Street, N.W.
Atlanta, Georgia  30303-1912

Telephone:  (404) 524-5626
Facsimile:  (404) 524-1769

 

 

 

MEMBERS OF THE FIRM

INSLEE M. JOHNSON (1911-1996)

CULLEN M. WARD (1921-1979)

WILLIAM C. LANHAM
, is a trial attorney specializing in professional negligence, wrongful death, aviation, railroad, product liability and related plaintiffs' tort litigation. He was born in Tampa, Florida, and received B.A. and J.D. Degrees from the University of Alabama. He thereafter served with the Judge Advocate General's Corps of the U.S. Army, where he tried approximately 120 general courts-martial, including the defense of two servicemen charged with atrocities allegedly committed during the infamous "My Lai Massacre."

Member: Mr. Lanham holds membership in the State Bars of Alabama and Georgia, has served as Executive Vice President of the Georgia Trial Lawyers Association, and is a member of the Association of Trial Lawyers of America. He is a Fellow of the Lawyers Foundation of Georgia, has been selected as a Master in the Bleckley Inns of Court, and is admitted to practice before all Georgia state courts, the Fifth and Eleventh U.S. Circuit Courts of Appeal and the United States Supreme Court. He has written and lectured on tort related civil litigation for the Atlanta Bar Association, the American Bar Association, the Georgia Institutes of Continuing Legal Education and Continuing Judicial Education, and the Georgia Trial Lawyers Association. He has also lectured at the Melvin M. Belli Seminars and for the Bar Counsel of the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Georgia, and has conducted litigation seminars at the Georgia State University College of Law. He presently serves as a member of the Northern District of Georgia Bar Council, which provides advice to the Federal Courts on Local Rules and operational issues of importance to the Court and Bar. He co-authored the topic, "Sample Settlement Brochures," at 31 AmJur Trials 527. Mr. Lanham is a Fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers, a Fellow of the International Society of Barristers and a Fellow of the International Academy of Trial Lawyers. He has been honored by inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America (Woodward/White, Inc., New York), since 1987, as well as his recent selection for inclusion in "Georgia Super Lawyers 2005" (www.SuperLawyers.com).

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CLARK H. McGEHEE, who has been selected for inclusion in "Georgia Super Lawyers" since 2004 (www.SuperLawyers.com) and was selected in 2011 by the National Trial Lawyers Organization for inclusion in “The Top 100 Trial Lawyers” (www.thenationaltriallawyers.org), is a trial attorney specializing in all aspects of personal injury/wrongful death civil litigation, including automotive/trucking, aviation, railroad, product liability, medical/professional negligence, highway design, architectural/engineering negligence and related Plaintiffs' tort litigation. He was born in Auburn, Alabama, and was admitted to the Georgia Bar in 1977. He is admitted to the U.S. Supreme Court; the U.S. Court of Appeals, 5th and 11th Circuits; and the U.S. District Courts, Northern and Middle Districts of Georgia. He received his B.S. Degree from Auburn University in 1973, and his J.D. Degree from Emory Law School, Atlanta, Georgia, in 1977. He has also been selected as a Master in the Bleckley Inns of Court, and was recently appointed as one of only fifteen attorneys nationwide to provide free legal representation to catastrophically injured burn victims of the September 11th tragedy through the pro bono Trial Lawyers Care program established by the Association of Trial Lawyers of America.

Publications: Mr. McGehee has written and lectured extensively in all aspects of civil litigation. Published articles and presentations include: "An Atlanta Lawyer's Experience in Performing Pro Bono Representation of a 9/11 Victim Under the Victim Compensation Fund," The Atlanta Lawyer,October 2004; "High Speed Pursuits - Negotiating the Minefield," The Verdict, Georgia Trial Lawyers Association, Summer 2009, and 2009; "Not Just the Money: Lee v. State Farm Mutual Insurance Company," The Verdict, Georgia Trial Lawyers Association, Fall, 2000; Auto Torts Workshop, Georgia Trial Lawyers Association, Amelia Island, Florida, Summer 2009. "Municipal and County Tort Liability: High Speed Pursuits and Police Chases From the Plaintiff's Perspective," Institute for Continuing Legal Education in Georgia, Torts Seminar, October 2003; Courtroom Medicine, "Direct Examination of Medical Experts," Vol. 7 (Matthew Bender, 1989); Stein's Closing Arguments, "Burden of Proof" and "Damages-Size of Verdict," Sections 304 and 317 (West, October, 2001); Stein's Closing Arguments, "Proximate Cause," Section 350 (West, October, 1998); Stein's Closing Arguments, "Highways-Dangerous Conditions," Section 395 (West, October, 2000); "Direct Examination of Blood Alcohol Expert," Handling Accident Cases (West, 1998); "Examination of Defendant's Engineers," Handling Accident Cases (West, 1997); "Direct Examination of Guardrail Expert," Handling Accident Cases (West, 1996);"Through the Looking Glass: The Discretionary Function Exception Under the Federal Tort Claims Act," and "Complications of the Federal Tort Claims Act: The Discretionary Function Exception," Institute for Continuing Legal Education in Georgia, Federal Tort Claims Act Seminars, 1996 and 2001; "The Georgia and Federal Tort Claims Act," Institute for Continuing Legal Education in Georgia, Torts Seminar, 1997; "The Georgia Tort Claims Act: Negotiating the Mine Field," Institute for Continuing Legal Education in Georgia, September and December, 1998; "Emerging Issues in Personal Injury Law," Institute for Continuing Legal Education in Georgia, 1997 and 1999; "A Primer on Insurance Bad Faith-Negligent or Bad Faith Refusal to Settle," The Verdict, Georgia Trial Lawyers Association, 1995; "The Tragedy of the Unforgiving Roadway - Liability for Unsafe Highway Design, Construction and Maintenance," General Practice and Trial Section, State Bar of Georgia (1990) and Georgia Trial Lawyers Association, Proof of Liability and Damages Seminar (Dec., 1988); "Demonstrative, Documentary of Physical Evidence," Georgia State University College of Law, Continuing Legal Education, Trial Practice Seminar, October, 1990; "Motivating a Jury to Award Fair Damages: Use of Specialized Medical Experts," Georgia Trial Lawyers Association, Damages Seminar (Sept., 1988); "Computing and Demonstrating General Damages," Georgia Trial Lawyers Association, Damages Seminar (1983); "Subsequent Remedial Measures in a Product Liability Case: The Fastest Spinning Wheel in Litigation," Georgia State Bar Journal, Nov., 1982; "Defective Products: Production Defects, Design Defects and Defective Warnings and Directions," Georgia State University College of Law, Continuing Legal Education Seminar, Summer 1985; "Effective Discovery in Georgia," Georgia State University College of Law, Continuing Legal Education Seminar, Spring and Fall 1987; "Bad Faith: The Other Side of Jones v. State Farm," Atlanta Bar Association, October, 1984. Co-Author: "Sample Settlement Brochure," 31 Am. Jur. Trials 527 (1984).

Member: Mr. McGehee is a member of the Atlanta and American (Member, Litigation Sections) Bar Associations; the State Bar of Georgia (Member, Litigation Section and General Practice and Trial Law Section); the Georgia Trial Lawyers Association (Special Member); the Association of Trial Lawyers of America (Sustaining Member); the Lawyers Club of Atlanta.

Practice Emphasis: Personal Injury, Wrongful Death, Products Liability, Aviation, Trucking/Automotive, Railroad, Professional Negligence, and General Civil Litigation.

Representative Cases: Department of Transportation v. Dupree, 570 SE2d 1 (2002); Lee v. State Farm Mutual Automobile Insurance Company, 533 SE2d 82 (2000); Anderson v. Atlanta Committee for the Olympic Games, et. al., 537 SE2d 345(2000); Department of Transportation v. Brown, 471 SE2d 849 (1996); Robert & Co. Associates v. Tigner, 351 SE2d 82 (1986); Rixey v. West Paces Ferry Hospital, 916 F2d 612 (11th Cir., 1990); Arthur Pew Construction Co. v. First National Bank, 965 F2d 1559 (11th Cir., 1992); and Cooper v. State Farm Mutual Automobile Insurance Company, 849 F2d 496 (11th Cir., 1988).

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BAXTER P. JONES, born Atlanta, Georgia; admitted to Bar, 1982, Georgia, and U.S. District Court, Northern District of Georgia; 1987, U.S. Court of Appeals, 11th Circuit; 1990, U.S. Supreme Court. Education: Emory University (B.A., 1979); University of Georgia (J.D., 1982); Vrije Universiteit Brussels, Belgium (LL.M., 1983). Research Editor, Georgia Journal of International & Comparative Law, 1981-1982. Member: Atlanta, Decatur-Dekalb and American Bar Associations; State Bar of Georgia; Lawyers Club of Atlanta. Assistant County Attorney, Dekalb County, 1986-1987. Languages: French.

Practice Emphasis: Copyright and Trademark (including litigation, registration, and transactions). His clients include authors, screenwriters, software companies, toy designers, and visual artists. Mr. Jones has handled numerous successful trademark registrations, and advises clients on copyright issues. Mr. Jones is active in Georgia Lawyers for the Arts, and also serves on the boards of several Atlanta arts organizations.

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WILLIAM D. deGOLIAN, born in Atlanta, Georgia; is a civil litigator and trial attorney who represents claimants in tort, property, casualty, and commercial litigation matters, including medical, nursing and emergency medical services neglect, roadway and intersection design, elevator malfunction, uninsured motorist, and insurance coverage disputes. He received his A.B. degree from Princeton University in 1972 and thereafter served as a Naval Flight Officer in the United States Navy. Upon leaving military service, he attended the University of Georgia School of Law where he served as President of the Student Bar Association, competed on the Moot Court Team, and earned his J.D. degree in 1979.

Member: Mr. deGolian is a member of the American Bar Association, State Bar of Georgia, Atlanta Bar Association, the Association of Trial Lawyers of America, the Georgia Trial Lawyers Association, and Lawyers Club of Atlanta. He is a Fellow of the Lawyers Foundation of Georgia. He is the President of the Atlanta Bar Association, where he has previously served as Vice President, Treasurer, Secretary and Chair of the Litigation Section. He is admitted to practice before all Georgia State and Federal Courts, and the Fifth and Eleventh United States Circuit Courts of Appeal. He has written and lectured on civil practice, trial advocacy and nursing neglect litigation for the Atlanta Bar Association. He has also served on the faculty of the Atlanta College of Trial Advocacy, sponsored by the Atlanta Bar Association, and the Emory University Trial Practice Program. For 20 years he has participated as a volunteer attorney for the Saturday Lawyer Program of the Atlanta Volunteer Lawyers Foundation. Active in civic and community affairs, he holds the rank of Captain in the United States Naval Reserve.

Representative cases: Department of Transportation v. Dupree, 570 SE2d 1 (2002); Brogdon, et. al. v. National Healthcare Corporation, et. al., 103 F. Supp. 3d 1322 (N.D. Ga. 2000); Firemans Fund Insurance Company v. Dean, 441 SE2d 436 (1994); Parks v. Associates Commercial Corporation, 351 SE2d 661 (1986).

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DAVID J. LLEWELLYN, is a trial attorney and civil mediator, whose practice emphasizes cases involving medical malpractice, particularly in the areas of genital injury, circumcision damage, and wrongful circumcision, as well as other cases of negligence resulting in personal injury, and cases involving personal and business torts and contract disputes.  He was born in Salem, Massachusetts in 1950, attended elementary school in South Carolina and junior high and high school in Pennsylvania, and thereafter matriculated to the University of Virginia, taking a B.A. With Distinction in History in 1972.  From 1972 to 1976 he served in the U. S. Navy as a sea-going officer, attaining the rank of Lieutenant. Following the Navy he attended the University of Virginia School of Law, taking a J.D. in 1979.  He is admitted to the bars of the Superior Courts of Georgia, the Georgia Court of Appeals and Supreme Court, the U. S. District Courts for the Northern and Middle Districts of Georgia, the U. S. Courts of Appeals for the Second, Fifth, and Eleventh Circuits, and the U. S. Supreme Court.  While he has practiced in virtually all areas of civil litigation, since 1995 his practice has increasingly included cases involving male circumcision, on which he has lectured internationally.  He has handled such cases throughout the United States and has been admitted pro hac vice in cases in the courts of several states.  He is also registered with the Georgia Office of Dispute Resolution in General Mediation, having completed Harvard Law School’s Program of Instruction for Lawyers Mediation Workshop.

Practice Areas:  Medical malpractice, including wrongful circumcision, circumcision damage, and other genital injury; personal injury; brain injury; spinal injury; wrongful death; automobile negligence; false arrest; false imprisonment; police brutality; libel and slander; dental malpractice; nursing malpractice; hospital liability; hospital negligence; legal malpractice; premises liability; toxic torts; products liability; Federal tort claims; government tort liability; fraud; credit fraud; commercial fraud; insurance fraud; insurance bad faith, civil rights, civil rights Section 1983, sex discrimination, employment litigation; business litigation; commercial litigation; business torts; collections; copyright litigation; college and university litigation; healthcare fraud litigation; False Claims Act litigation; Qui Tam litigation; Medicare and Medicaid fraud and abuse; land use litigation; family law; divorce; custody; general litigation; contractual matters; trials and appeals; mediation.

Member:  Mr. Llewellyn is a member of the State Bar of Georgia; Atlanta Bar Association (Pictorial Roster Committee 1980-81); The American Association for Justice [formerly The Association of Trial Lawyers of America]; Georgia Trial Lawyers Association; Attorneys for the Rights of the Child (Board of Directors, 1998 –present); Lawyers Club of Atlanta; Old War Horse Lawyers Club.  He also belongs to The Newcomen Society of the United States; Metropolitan Atlanta Alumni Association of Phi Beta Kappa (Board of Directors and Program Chairman, 2000-2001); Atlanta Committee on International Relations; Episcopal Cathedral of St. Philip (Parking Committee @1987-2001); East Point Lodge No. 288, F. & A. M. (Past Master); Scottish Rite; Yaarab Temple, A.A.O.N.M.S.; and Waldo Slaton Post No. 140, American Legion.  He is a lifetime member of the University of Virginia Alumni Association and of Delta Tau Delta Fraternity.

Publications:  “Legal Remedies for Penile Torts,” The Compleat Mother, Winter 1995, pp. 13-14; “Some Thoughts on Legal Remedies,” Ch. 39 in Denniston, G. C., Hodges, F. M., Milos, M. F., Male and Female Circumcision:  Medical, Legal, and Ethical Considerations in Pediatric Practice, Kluwer Academic/Plenum Publishers (New York 1999); “Penile Torts in the Courts,” Ch. 6 in Denniston, G. C., Hodges, F. M., Milos, M. F., Flesh and Blood:  Perspectives on the Problem of Circumcision in Contemporary Society, Kluwer Academic/Plenum Publishers (New York 2004); “Strategies for Litigation,” Ch. 19 in Denniston, G. C.  Gallo, P. G., Hodges, F. M., Milos, M. F., Viviani, F., Bodily Integrity and the Politics of Circumcision:  Culture, Controversy, and Change, Springer (New York 2006).

Presentations:  “Some Thoughts on Legal Remedies,”  Fifth International Symposium on Sexual Mutilations:  Medical, Legal, and Ethical Considerations in Pediatric Practice, Oxford University, Oxford, England, United Kingdom, August 5-7, 1988;  “Penile Torts in the Courts,” Seventh International Symposium on Human Rights and Modern Society, Georgetown University, Washington, D. C., April 4-7, 2002; “Strategies for Litigation,” Eighth International Symposium on Circumcision and Human Rights, University of Padua, Italy, September 2-4, 2004; “Circumcision Litigation,” Lecture to the Bioethics & Medical Malpractice Course, Pace University School of Law, Tarrytown, New York, September 20, 2004; “Winning and Losing on the Circuit,” Ninth International Symposium on Circumcision, Genital Integrity, and Human Rights,” University of Washington, Seattle, Washington, August 24-26, 2006.  Mr. Llewellyn also has appeared on Good Morning America, The Montel Williams Show, the former “Nachman” program on MSNBC, and on Canadian television, as well as on numerous radio programs throughout the United States, in regard to neo-natal male circumcision.

E-mail: davidllewellyn@johnsonward.com

 

JOHN W. ADKINS, (Managing Partner of Johnson & Ward), is a trial attorney specializing in personal injury law, including auto accidents, truck accidents, wrongful death, workers' compensation, premises liability claims, dangerous or defective products, medical malpractice, and related plaintiffs' tort litigation. He was born in Marietta, Georgia. He graduated Magna Cum Laude from Kennesaw State University where he received a B. B. A. in Finance, and obtained his J. D. degree from Thomas Jefferson School of Law in San Diego, California. Additionally, he won various mock trial competitions in the Intensive Advocacy Program at the University of San Francisco.

Member:  Mr. Adkins holds membership in the State Bars of California and Georgia, and he is a member of the American Bar Association, Cobb County Bar Association, Atlanta Bar Association, the American Association for Justice and the Georgia Trial Lawyers Association and he has served as a Barrister in the Bleckley Inns of Court, and is admitted to practice before the U.S. District Court, Northern District of Georgia, Supreme Court of Georgia, Court of Appeals of Georgia, and all Georgia Superior, State, Probate and Magistrate Courts. He is also a member of Kennesaw Lodge No. 33, F. & A. M., of the Kennesaw State University Alumni Association and of Pi Kappa Phi Fraternity.

E-mail: johnadkins@johnsonward.com

Website:  www.adkinslegal.com

 

HENRY L. BOWDEN III, A native of Atlanta, Henry graduated from The Westminster Schools in 2004, received his Bachelor of Arts from Emory University in 2008, and earned his Juris Doctorate from Emory Universityís School of Law in 2012. During law school, Henry interned with the Honorable Michael Johnson in the Supreme Court of Fulton County and the Honorable Julie Carnes in the United States District Court for the Northern District of Georgia. After graduation, he spent time working with the Honorable Robert Flournoy, III in the Supreme court of Cobb County. In February 2013, Henry founded Bowden Law, LLC, a solo-practice focusing on estate planning, probate litigation, trust litigation, business planning, corporate law, family and domestic law, and collections law.

Member:  Henry is member of the State Bar of Georgia, the Atlanta Bar Association, and the American Bar Association. In 2013, he was admitted to the Bar for the Georgia Court of Appeals, Georgia Supreme Court, and Federal District Court. A member of the Boy Scouts of America, Henry earned that organizationís highest rank, Eagle Scout, in 2004.


 

 

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