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Michael L. Goldberg is a partner in the law firm of Fried Goldberg LLC and represents victimssuffering catastrophic personal injuries or wrongful death throughout the Southeast, primarily in the areaoftrucking and commercial vehicle accidents. Michael was born in Augusta, Georgia and played for the Division I Basketball Team at Mercer University in Macon, Georgia where he graduated with a B.S. in Political Science in 1994.
He earned his Juris Doctor from the University of Georgia in 1997. He has beenlead counsel for the plaintiff on 15 cases with verdicts in excess of a million dollars and is admitted topractice law in Georgia, South Carolina, Alabama and Tennessee. Michael was inducted into the American College of Trial Lawyers in October of 2013. Fellowshipinto the ACTL is extended by invitation only and is limited to less than 1% of the lawyer population.
Michael was named as one of the top lawyers in Georgia under the age of 40 by the Fulton County Daily Report in 2011 and was consecutively named as one of the top 100 lawyers in Georgia in the Super Lawyers editionof Atlanta Magazine since 2013. He is the author of the Library of Georgia Personal Injury Forms, 6th Edition and Understanding Motor Carrier Claims, 6th edition.
Rich Dolder focuses his practice on insurance coverage and insurance "bad faith." On behalf of insured defendants and injured claimants, he works to make sure insurance companies take responsibility when they cause judgments in excess of policy limits. He handles declaratory judgment actions regarding insurance coverage and consults with other attorneys on coverage issues, failure to settle and offer and acceptance. He is a co-author of Insurance Bad Faith: The Law in Georgia, soon to be printed in its fourth edition.
Edward A. Piasta is the managing partner of Piasta Walker Hagenbush, LLC. He advocates for innocent victims and their families suffering from someone else’s negligence. His practice involves premises liability, insurance bad faith, motor vehicle accidents, trucking accidents, workplace accidents, and business torts.
In 2018 and 2019, Ed had back-to-back Fulton County Daily Report Top Verdicts, including the Fulton County Daily Report’s Number One ranked premises liability verdict in Georgia for 2018. In that case, the defendant did not offer any money to the plaintiffs before trial. In 2021 and 2022, Ed and his partners had seven-figure verdicts against Walmart in Federal Court and another in Dooly County, Georgia. In 2023, the team had an insurer pay 250% of the policy limits during a negligent security trial, after the insurer had not offered a penny for years, and resolved another negligent security case for $19 Million shortly before trial.
Ed believes in “swinging hard, but always fairly” and conducts himself “with the utmost sense of professionalism.” Brannen as Tr. of 1996 C. Bishop Brannen III Irrevocable Tr. v. Jackson Nat’l Life Ins. Co., 418 F. Supp. 3d 1231, 1234 (M.D. Ga. 2019), aff’d, 809 F. App’x 702 (11th Cir. 2020). Ed has been selected to “Super Lawyers,” along with three other lawyers at the trial boutique firm.
In addition to his law practice, Ed serves in the military. Since 2006, Ed has served in the United States Army Judge Advocate General’s Corps, now with the rank of Lieutenant Colonel. During “the Surge” in Iraq, he earned the Bronze Star Medal for his support of combat operations. He also served another tour to Iraq in 2018, serving as the general counsel for the 201st Regional Support Group. There, he was responsible for supervising legal offices at three bases across Iraq. He currently serves as the Chief of Military Justice (or chief prosecutor) for the Georgia Army National Guard.
Ed is a member of the Board of Governors for the State Bar of Georgia, and is a graduate of Leadership Georgia. Ed is married to his wife Kristie, who is also attorney at Piasta Walker Hagenbush, LLC.
He founded Nick Schnyder Law Firm in 2016 and has grown the firm to over 45 employees and 4 locations throughout Georgia. He is a Fellow of Litigation Counsel of America and a member of the Georgia Bar Association, the Georgia Trial Lawyers Association (Double Champion Level), the American Association for Justice, the Multi-Million Dollar Advocates Forum, and the Cobb County Bar Association.
‘Liberty MIND Center’
Dr. Ted Liberty, PhD, JD
Legal and other professionals are at a markedly increased risk of mental health and other concerns. They often face unique stresses, including the push to perform at a high level, client and firm demands, career fit, conflictual relationships and financial or family pressures. They also guard their confidentiality judiciously to protect their professional standing which, unfortunately, keeps them from seeking the help they need.
Dr. Liberty’s theoretical approach blends various therapeutic techniques, including cognitive-behavioral, to address each patient’s needs. By focusing on the importance of the therapeutic relationship, he provides a supportive, interactive environment in which growth and change can occur. With compassion and understanding, he works with each individual to help them build on their strengths and attain the personal growth they are committed to accomplishing.
Reduce the impact of negative mental health in the legal profession, and improve the quality of life of each individual. Deliver expert, trusted solutions while maintaining the highest levels of professionalism and integrity.
Dr. Liberty has provided psychotherapy services and executive consulting for over 30 years. PhD Clinical Psychology; Doctor of Jurisprudence; Florida Psychology Fellow, Licensed Psychotherapist, International Council Psychologist and World Council Board Certified Psychotherapist.
Dr. Liberty is also a Georgia Supreme Court Certified Mediator and Collaborative Law practitioner. His Conflict Resolution experience covers a wide range of subjects area including family and divorce, business, employment relations and community matters.
Dr. Liberty helps lawyers, doctors and other professionals in high pressured careers learn how to manage depression, stress, and anxiety, enabling them to experience life more fully. He also assists professionals in creating more positive and fulfilling work-life balances.
Dr. Liberty is a member of The American Psychological Association, American Bar Association, International Council of Psychologists, World Council for Psychotherapy, American Academy of Clinical Psychology, American PsychoPathological Association.
Joe Fried is considered by many to be the preeminent truck accident attorney in the country. His office is in Atlanta, Georgia, but he has handled cases in over 43 states recovering more than $1 billion for his clients. He is the Co-Founder of the Academy of Truck Accident Attorneys, former Chair of the American Association of Justice Truck Litigation Group, former President of the National Trial Lawyers Trucking Trial Lawyers and founding Chair of the National Board of Truck Accident Lawyers. He is among the first lawyers to be Board Certified by the National Board of Trial Advocacy in Truck Accident Law and sits on the NBTA Board. In addition to his expertise in trucking, Joe is a former police officer with advanced training in crash investigation and reconstruction, human factors, psychodrama, storytelling and neurolinguistic programming. He is widely known for his creative and unique approaches to preparing and presenting cases and for his ability to craft and present the compelling human story in each of his cases. Joe handles a small number catastrophic truck crash cases at a time so he can focus his resources on achieving the best possible results for his clients. He spends the rest of his time working as a trucking safety advocate, author and educator. Joe has authored books, DVDs and articles on trucking and litigation best practices, and has Joe given over 1000 presentations on these subjects to lawyers, judges, and trucking industry stakeholders. Joe recently authored a book to help train police officers on truck crash related subjects.
Joe is recognized as a preeminent lawyer, educator, public advocate and author on trucking safety and truck crash litigation.
Joe brings to his cases training in physics, engineering, forensics, dynamics, biomechanics, human factors and accident reconstruction. This knowledge has proven crucial when investigating cases, examining opposing expert witnesses (cross-examination during trial) and in devising innovative visual aids for trial to help his clients win their case. He is known for thinking outside the box when it comes to case strategy, development and presentation and his work is sought after by other attorneys across the country.
Joe is licensed in Georgia, Florida, Tennessee, New York and Texas but based on his reputation, experience and results has been retained to work on cases in over 43 States (pro hac vice).
Anthony C. Kalka | The Kalka Law Group
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Tony Kalka is a partner at The Kalka Law Group, a 5-lawyer trial firm dedicated to the representation of individuals who have suffered injuries and death to the negligence of others. His areas of practice include automobile accidents, trucking accidents, premises liability, and virtually all types of cases involving injury. Mr. Kalka has been recognized by various independent surveys as one of Georgia’s top trial lawyers. He is annually named to the Georgia Super Lawyers and was chosen as a Top 100 in 2019, 2020, 2021, 2022 and 2023. He is admitted to practice in Georgia; all state in Superior Court of Georgia; the Georgia Court of Appeals; the Supreme Court of Georgia; US District Court, Northern District Georgia; the US District Court, and Middle District of Georgia. He is a member of the State Bar of Georgia, the Georgia Trial Lawyers Association, the Southern Trial Lawyers Association, the Lawyers Club of Atlanta and the American Association for Justice.
Clemson University 1999.
Mercer Law School 2002.
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