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Ms. Carrie Lynn Christie

Rutherford & Christie LLP

Carrie Christie is an AV rated, experienced trial attorney with over 30 years representing, consulting with and defending at trial some of America’s most loved brands. She serves as National Counsel for many well-recognized companies and has defended them in both state and federal court in more than 25 states, as well as Puerto Rico.


Carrie has obtained summary judgments in numerous death and serious injury cases in which plaintiffs were seeking seven to eight figure jury awards. She has precluded plaintiffs from presenting expert testimony, based on rigorous pre-trial cross examination and successful Daubert motions.


In admitted liability cases, Carrie has repeatedly secured verdicts well below that last negotiated offer at mediation.


Carrie is a current faculty member of the Georgia Defense Lawyers Association Trial Academy and serves as the only lawyer on the Board of the Restaurant Risk Management Summit, an industry-only forum serving more than 150 brands for risk, safety, claims professionals and general counsel.


Over the last 20 years Carrie has been the speaker at annual meetings of numerous risk management and claims organizations, to include the National Restaurant Association, RIMS, Tort & Litigation Practice Group, and the Restaurant Roundtable. She has served as a consultant to numerous national and international brands, helping to create written safe alcohol service policies and procedures and defending them in catastrophic injury and death resulting from dram shop claims, as well as premises security, food borne illness and construction defect claims.


Carrie represents major domestic and international U.S. airlines, having obtained summary judgment in death claims under the Montreal Treaty and Warsaw Convention, as well as trucking and construction companies. She successfully defended the “completed and accepted” doctrine before the Georgia Supreme Court in a death case, upholding 100 years of legal precedent in the state.


Carrie represents religious and educational entities on a variety of issues ranging from First Amendment, to misconduct of clergy and staff, premises liability and catastrophic injury.