CLE Hours: 6 including 6 General, 0 Specialty Credits TBD
Adam Malone is based in Atlanta, Georgia and dedicates his entire practice to helping families with issues involving brain injury, spinal cord injury, burns, amputation, and wrongful death throughout the state of Georgia. His efforts over the last two decades have produced over $500 million in compensation for injured victims and their families and have helped change careless corporate practices to keep us all safer.
Adam is currently serving as Officer of the Georgia Trial Lawyers Association and the Traumatic Brain Injury Litigation Group for the American Association for Justice. He is a Past President of the Southern Trial Lawyers Association, Past President of the Melvin M. Belli Society, Past Chairperson for the Professional Negligence Section of the American Association for Justice, and Past Chairperson of the General Practice and Trial Section of the State Bar of Georgia. Adam served for many years on the Board of Governors and its Executive Committee for the American Association for Justice (AAJ) – the nation’s largest and most effective organization for lawyers representing injured people and their families. He has served as an officer and on the board of the AAJ Trucking Litigation Group, the AAJ Professional Negligence Section, and the AAJ Traumatic Brain Injury Litigation Group. He also serves on the Board of Directors for his alma mater, Atlanta’s John Marshall Law School, and the Savannah Law School. He is also an Honorary Board Member of the Special Olympics of Georgia and an ardent supporter of the Shepherd Brain and Spinal Center.
Mike Terry handles complex trial and appellate matters. He was on the plaintiffs’ trial teams for the two largest verdicts in Georgia history. He has been on the winning side on appeal for the largest verdict in Georgia ever reversed, and the largest verdict in Georgia ever affirmed on appeal.
Mike was recognized as the Lawyer of the Year for Georgia (2021) by American Lawyer Media and by the Fulton County Daily Report. Mike has been ranked by Chambers USA for General Commercial Litigation since 2008.
Mike has been recognized as a Georgia “Lawyer of the Year” by Best Lawyers five times, in three subject matter areas (Appellate Litigation, Antitrust Litigation, and Banking Litigation). Mike was a Top 10 Georgia “Super Lawyer” in 2022, and has been in the Top 100 Georgia Super Lawyers for the last 15 years.
Justice Andrew A. Pinson was appointed to the Supreme Court of Georgia by Governor Brian Kemp and was sworn in on July 20, 2022.
Justice Pinson was born in DeKalb County, Georgia, and grew up in Lithonia and Lawrenceville. In middle school, he moved to Lincolnton, and he graduated from Briarwood Academy in Warrenton.
Justice Pinson is a “Double Dawg” with a Finance Degree from the University of Georgia’s Terry School of Business and a law degree from the University of Georgia’s Lumpkin School of Law. He graduated at the top of his class in law school and interned with Governor Sonny Perdue, Jones Day in Atlanta, and Fortson, Bentley, & Griffin in Athens.
After graduating from law school, Justice Pinson served as a law clerk at the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit for then-Chief Judge David B. Sentelle, and later served as a law clerk at the U.S. Supreme Court for Justice Clarence Thomas.
In private practice, Justice Pinson has twice worked for Jones Day, once in Washington D.C., between his two clerkships, and later here in Atlanta, after serving with Justice Clarence Thomas. At Jones Day, he was part of the firm’s Issues and Appeals Practice, and he handled a broad range of matters in both trial and appeals courts.
In 2017, Justice Pinson joined the Office of Georgia Attorney General Chris Carr, and in 2018, he was appointed Solicitor General of Georgia. As Solicitor General, he led the State’s appellate and multistate litigation practice and served as the Attorney General’s chief constitutional advisor. He personally handled high-profile and complex appeals, including in the U.S. Supreme Court, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit, and several other courts in Georgia and across the country. And he oversaw matters of special importance to the State in all phases of litigation, including the successful defense of the State’s water resources in the critical “water wars” litigation in the U.S. Supreme Court.
Justice Pinson currently serves as an advisor to the Chief Justice’s Commission on Professionalism. He also serves as a Master of the Clarke-Carley Inn of Court and the Bleckley Inn of Court, and he serves on the Advisory Board for the Atlanta Lawyers Chapter of the Federalist Society.
Justice Pinson and his wife Sara Beth live just north of Tucker in DeKalb County. Sara Beth earned a Ph.D. in Poultry Science from the University of Georgia and now works for a software company and as a professional dog trainer. They enjoy hiking in the North Georgia mountains and playing dog sports like Frisbee and agility with their three dogs (Nimbus, Goomba, and Elphie). They attend Embry Hills United Methodist Church.
Presiding Judge Stephen Louis A. Dillard was appointed as the 73rd judge of the
Court of Appeals of Georgia on November 1, 2010, by Governor Sonny Perdue. Prior
to his appointment, Judge Dillard was in private practice with James, Bates, Pope &
Spivey in Macon, serving as chairman of the firm's appellate practice group; served
as law clerk to Judge Daniel A. Manion of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh
Circuit; and worked as an associate at Stone & Baxter in Macon, handling complex
In 2012 and 2018, Judge Dillard was elected by his fellow Georgians
to serve full six-year terms on the Court of Appeals. On July 1, 2017, Judge Dillard
was sworn in as the 30th Chief Judge of the Court of Appeals of Georgia for a twoyear
term, which ended on June 30, 2019. Judge Dillard is also an active alumnus of
Samford University, and is currently serving as president of the alumni association.
Most importantly, he has been married to his college sweetheart, the former Krista
McDaniel, for over 28 years. They have three children and are active parishioners at
Saint Joseph Catholic Church.
2018 – present: Superior Court of Fulton County
J.D., Emory University Law School (2005)
A.B., Duke University (2001)
Deputy Chief Assistant District Attorney, Stone Mountain Judicial Circuit
Senior Assistant District Attorney, Douglas Judicial Circuit
Assistant Attorney General, Georgia Attorney General’s Office
Biography of Michael L. Neff Trial Attorney:
Mike Neff founded Neff Injury Law in April 1996. After a successful solo career, Mike added Dwayne Adams, and Susan Cremer to the firm. Mike has been lead counsel in trials where the jury returned verdicts totaling over $100 million.
In 2011, 2012, and 2013, Mike was lead counsel in three record-setting verdicts in Georgia, according to CaseMetrix: a $9 million verdict in a negligent security and rape case; a $2.79 million verdict in a grocery store fall case where the client developed Complex Regional Pain Syndrome; and a $35 million verdict against the amusement park Six Flags in a premises liability case.
In 2017, Mike was lead counsel in two trials that resulted in a total of $54 million in verdicts against an international car rental company, its agents, and an employee who stole a car and catastrophically injured two women.
Neff Injury Law is based in Atlanta and currently has cases pending in Georgia, Arizona, and California involving wrongful death, sexual assault, premises liability, trucking and bus wrecks, and products liability.
Mike is the author of Premises Liability: A Guide to Success and Premises Liability: A Guide Through Trial, both published by Trial Guides. He is active in the American Association for Justice (AAJ) and is member of the Executive Committee for AAJ’s Traumatic Brain Injury Litigation Group and AAJ’s Inadequate Security Litigation Group. In 2014, Mike was elected Chair of AAJ’s Complex Regional Pain Syndrome Litigation Group. He is recognized as an Advocate by the National College of Advocacy and has served on the Executive Committee of the Georgia Trial Lawyers Association.
Mike is also the founder of the National Association of Premises Liability Attorneys (“NAPLA”), an organization for attorneys seeking justice for those injured or killed on the premises of another person or business. NAPLA’s mission is to educate attorneys, build community, and promote safety.
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