Ms. Laura Wilson Speed
Speed & King LLC
Laurie Speed is a trial attorney and co-founder of Speed + King Law Firm
Laurie is a trial lawyer with over 20 years of experience representing seriously injured victims of negligence. Ms. Speed’s litigation expertise includes medical malpractice and personal injury cases. She regularly tries cases in all Georgia courts. In 2015, she was part of the trial team that secured an $11 million dollar verdict against Philip Morris for a former smoker whose respiratory disease required two lung transplants. She is equally proud of her smaller verdicts and obtaining justice for her clients in court.
Laurie served as the 76th President of the Georgia Association for Women Lawyers (GAWL) in 2004-2005 and President of the Georgia Trial Lawyers Association (GTLA) in 2018. In 2019 Laurie was the proud recipient of the Lady of Justice Award for dedication to GTLA and to the pursuit of justice. In 2016 she received the Kathleen Kessler Award - GAWL’s most important award given annually to a female attorney who exhibits the highest degree of professionalism and dedication to service in the legal community. She is also a member of the American Board of Trial Advocates (ABOTA), which dedicates itself to the preservation and promotion of the Seventh Amendment, which guarantees the right to civil jury trials. Members in this invitation-only group must have tried a minimum of 10 civil jury trials to conclusion. Laurie is a Georgia Super Lawyer and annually makes the Top 100 Georgia Super Lawyers and Top 50 Women Georgia Super Lawyers lists.
Originally from Chattanooga, Tennessee, Laurie moved to Atlanta to attend Emory University for both college and law school. While in college, Laurie was captain of the varsity swim team and earned both All-American and All-Academic honors. She was also awarded an NCAA post graduate scholarship. While in school, she worked as an intern at The Carter Center and for the Atlanta Committee for the Olympic Games. Laurie received her BA in 1996 with a double major in English and Women's Studies, graduating magna cum laude.
At Emory Law, Laurie served as Director-in-Chief of the Moot Court Society and was also honored with the James C. Pratt Memorial Award, which is given to the most outstanding third-year student in the Emory Moot Court Society. Additionally, she was the first recipient of the Kessler/Eidson Scholarship, given to a student who demonstrates excellence in advocacy.