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Like the other professionals at the Ausband & Dumont, Doug strives to be the best both inside and outside the courtroom. He graduated from the University of Georgia in 1998 with a degree in Political Science and then earned his Juris Doctor degree, cum laude, from the University of Georgia School of Law. Doug has recovered over $40,000,000 for his clients and looks forward to helping more people and families who who have been injured by another's bad decisions. He has successfully won settlements and trials for clients in state and federal courts throughout the southeast, and his appellate record is unbeaten.
Doug was a SuperLawyer Rising Star in 2010, 2012, 2013, 2014, and 2015, and a SuperLawyer 2017, 2018, 2019, 2020, and 2021. He was also nominated to the Georgia Verdicts Hall of Fame in 2014 for a single verdict over $20,000,000!
Outside the courtroom, Doug spends a significant amount of time speaking with other lawyers throughout the United States. He has chaired or co-chaired the Plaintiffs Personal Injury CLE for eight years, which is broadcast to hundreds of lawyers throughout Georgia. Doug is also the author of a chapter in Thompson-Wests Handling Motor Vehicle Accident Cases publication. He is an active member of the Georgia Trial Lawyers Association and the American Association for Justice.
When Doug is away from the office, he enjoys spending most of his time with his wife and three children going to football games, fishing, traveling to their cottage in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan, and serving on his church’s congregational council.
Andy Ausband is the owner and founder of Ausband & Dumont. Andy's expertise is in representing clients who have suffered serious injuries or death due to the carelessness or neglect of others. Andy represents clients in trucking, nursing home abuse, motor vehicle collision, medical and pharmacy malpractice, and premises liability cases. He has also represented families of small children with unique injuries, resulting in brain damage and paralysis.
Andy received his B.A. in finance from the University of Georgia in 1986. He earned his J.D. from the University of Georgia School of Law in 1989. Andy is a member of the State Bar of Georgia, the American Association for Justice, and the Georgia Trial Lawyers Association.
Presiding Judge Sara L. Doyle was elected to the Georgia Court of Appeals in December, 2008 and took office on January 1, 2009. In 2014 and 2020, she was elected to her second and third six- year term. From July 1, 2015 to June 30, 2017, Judge Doyle was the Court’s Chief Judge where she was instrumental in implementing a historic jurisdiction shift of cases from the Supreme Court and the addition of a new fifth division adding three more judges to the Court, and funding
and design of the new Nathan Deal Judicial Center. Judge Doyle has also sat by designation on the Supreme Court of Georgia and on Georgia’s State-wide Business Court.
Born in Dallas, Texas, Judge Doyle lived in several states before entering the University of Florida where she graduated in 1990 with a Bachelors degree in Business Administration. In 1994, she graduated cum laude from Mercer University’s Walter F. George School of Law where she was a member of the Mercer Law Review. Judge Doyle was admitted to the Georgia Bar in June 1994 and began her legal career as a civil litigator with Wilson, Strickland & Benson, P.C. Just prior to taking office, she was an equity partner with the national law firm of Holland & Knight, LLP where she practiced law with a focus on education issues since August 2000.
As a practicing attorney, Judge Doyle received an A.V. peer-reviewed rating from Martindale Hubbell. She was selected as a Georgia Super Lawyer from 2004 to 2008, and in 2006 and 2008, was named one of the top 50 female attorneys in Georgia. She has also been recognized as one of Georgia’s legal elite by Georgia Trend Magazine. Additional honors include:
Judge Doyle is involved in many professional, civic, and religious organizations. She is an active member of the State Bar of Georgia, the Judicial Council of Georgia, the American Bar Association, the Atlanta Bar Association, the National Association of Women Judges, the Georgia Association of Women Lawyers (GAWL), the Gate City Bar Association, the Georgia Association of Black Women Attorneys (GABWA), and the Lawyers Club of Atlanta, where she held the position of President in 2012-2013 and was a member of the club’s executive committee from 2003 to July, 2013. Additional and more specified activities include:
State of Georgia Appellate Jurisdiction Review Commission, October 2015 to January 2016
Georgia Supreme Court/Judicial Council of Georgia
State Bar of Georgia
Atlanta Bar Association, 1999 to present
National Association of Women Judges, 2008 to present
Gate City Bar Association, 2008 to present
Georgia Association of Women Lawyers
Lawyers Club of Atlanta, 1999 to present
Judge Doyle has also participated as a Hands On Atlanta Day team leader, an American Cancer Society Neighborhood fundraiser, as co-chair for her law firm’s United Way Committee and a volunteer for the Georgia Volunteer Lawyer for the Arts. Recently, she has acted as a team leader for the Court’s participation in the Georgia Legal Food Frenzy and volunteers at her children’s schools.
Judge Doyle is married to attorney, Jay Doyle, and they have two children, Mary Donovan and Davis.
John D. Hadden is a trial and appellate litigator with Penn Law in Atlanta, where he handles catastrophic personal injury and wrongful death cases across the state. He is author of Georgia Law of Torts - Trial Preparation and Practice and Green's Georgia Law of Evidence, both published by Thomson Reuters. He is also a registered mediator with the Georgia Office of Dispute Resolution. John is president of the Atlanta Trial Lawyers Association, a member of the Atlanta Bar Association Board of Directors and past chair of the Atlanta Bar’s Litigation Section, a member of the Board of Trustees of the Atlanta Bar Lawyer Referral and Information Service, and a past chair of the Litigation Committee of the State Bar of Georgia’s Young Lawyers Division. John is a graduate of Emory University and the University of Georgia School of Law, where he was a member of the Georgia Law Review. John has been named one of Georgia’s “Legal Elite” by Georgia Trend, recognized by Atlanta Magazine in its annual list of Top 100 Georgia Super Lawyers, and holds an AV/Preeminent rating by Martindale-Hubbell. He has also been recognized by the Fulton County Daily Report as one of its “On the Rise — Top 40 Under 40.”
David Lefkowitz graduated from Columbia University with a B.A. and earned his J.D. from Emory University School of Law. The Lefkowitz Firm, LLC, represents individuals and corporations in their claims for legal malpractice (legal negligence) and similar claims such as breach of fiduciary duty, executor misconduct and ethical misconduct by attorneys and other fiduciaries. The firm also represents attorneys and law firms with regard to risk management and attorney’s fee disputes. David is an adjunct professor of legal malpractice law, ethics, and risk management at the University of Georgia School of Law and is a frequent speaker at continuing legal education seminars. David has offices in Atlanta, Georgia and Athens, Georgia.
Darl Champion is the founder of The Champion Firm, a personal injury practice that focuses on a variety of serious injury and wrongful death cases. The firm has recovered numerous settlements of a million dollars or more in cases involving car and truck wrecks, premises liability claims, and medical malpractice. Darl’s recent successes include a $17 million wrongful death settlement against MARTA, a $10.2 million settlement involving a car wreck, and a $5 million commercial vehicle settlement.
Darl is originally from Fayetteville, North Carolina, where he grew up and attended college at Methodist University. After college, he attended Mercer for law school, where he was a member of the Mercer Law Review, the Moot Court Board, and graduated second in his class. After obtaining his law degree in 2007, Darl spent two years clerking for The Honorable Hugh Lawson in the Federal District Court for the Middle District of Georgia.
Darl started The Champion Firm in 2014 after spending 4 years at a plaintiff’s firm in Atlanta, where he focused on catastrophic injury and wrongful death cases. Since 2014, The Champion Firm has recovered over $100 million for its clients. Darl has been recognized by Georgia Super Lawyers as a Rising Star and a Super Lawyer, and he has been named to Georgia Trend’s Legal Elite list. He is a member of the Million Dollar Advocates Forum and Multi-Million Dollar Advocates Forum.
Samantha Funt focuses her practice on wrongful death, catastrophic injury and medical malpractice cases - providing counsel at the most critical times. She also holds government officials accountable in an active civil rights practice and is adept at resolving complex business disputes.
She has secured life changing multi-million-dollar settlements for her clients in a variety of matters. She co-counsels with attorneys across the country and values the energy and impact of a varied litigation team.
Samantha has been recognized by her peers through selection to the Georgia Trial Lawyer Association's LEAD Program and also as a Super Lawyers Rising Star for 2022.
Her background stems from years of experience representing defendants in negligence and wrongful death actions, giving her intimate knowledge of the way these cases are defended. Prior to joining Mitchell & Shapiro, Samantha was a trial attorney in a large national law firm where she handled an expansive caseload in state and federal courts and represented domestic and international clients in areas including premises liability, negligent security, construction defects, products liability, commercial litigation and intellectual property rights.
A trial lawyer at heart, she began her career as a criminal defense attorney with the Miami-Dade County Public Defender's Office. There, Samantha represented hundreds of clients in juvenile, domestic violence and felony courts. She has litigated criminal charges ranging from misdemeanors to life felonies including murder, drug trafficking, sexual battery, aggravated battery, and robbery, has tried 25 jury trials and has litigated constitutional and evidentiary motions. She has fought against excessive and illegal uses of force, unconstitutional arrests, and police and prison abuses including collaborating with the ACLU. Samantha passionately brings these experiences to her work fighting for those whose rights have been violated by law enforcement and the criminal justice system.
A graduate of the George Washington University Law School, Samantha served as a GW Writing Fellow, VP of the GW Mock Trial Board, and as a student attorney for the GW Public Justice Advocacy Clinic. She gained valuable experience interning with excellent attorneys at the United States Department of Justice and the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission. She also served as a judicial intern for the Honorable Patrick Michael Duffy in the United States District Court for the District of South Carolina.
She loves spending time outside and exploring nature with her husband, Eric Funt, and their two young daughters. You can email her directly at email@example.com.
Tedra (pronounced “Tee-dra”) has a practice that focuses on products liability, breach of fiduciary duty, wrongful death, and trucking and automobile wrecks. She has successfully represented people all over the country against corporations, including Fortune 500 Companies and large insurance companies. She is a fierce advocate for her clients, with multimillion dollar verdicts and settlements in cases throughout the southeast.
She lives in Lake Claire with her daughter Ella and her dog Livvy. In her free time she plans her next trip and is learning to play the piano.
Alison Currie is a partner at Lavender Hoffman, LLC. Ms. Currie defends physicians, nurses, psychotherapists, and other medical providers in medical malpractice litigation, privileging matters, and state composite board hearings. Ms. Currie also defends correctional medicine providers in federal § 1983 civil rights actions. Additionally, Ms. Currie represents ERISA healthcare plans, their fiduciaries, and plan participants in healthcare reimbursement disputes.
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