Insurance Coverage and Litigation Solutions

Practice Areas

Insurance Coverage
Tort Litigation

Education

University at Buffalo Law School, J.D., 1982

State University of New York at Buffalo, B.A., cum laude, 1979

Bar and Court Admissions

State Bar of Georgia

United States District Court for the Northern District of Georgia

United States District Court for the Middle District of Georgia

United States District Court for the Southern District of Georgia

United States Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit

United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit

United States Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit

United States Supreme Court

Professional Associations and Recognitions

Aircraft Owners & Pilots Association

Atlanta Bar Association, 

Foundation Member

Claims and Litigation Management Alliance

Defense Research Institute

Georgia Defense Lawyers Association

St. Thomas More Society

Michael J. AthanS

Shareholder

mathans@gilsonathans.com
Phone: (678) 514-1576
Fax: (770) 512-0070

980 Hammond Drive, 
Suite 800
Atlanta, GA 30328

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Experience

Mike Athans has extensive trial and litigation experience representing insurers in bad faith and insurance coverage lawsuits, business clients in commercial and transportation lawsuits, and manufacturers or users in product liability lawsuits. He has been lead trial and litigation counsel in complex insurance and commercial disputes for domestic and foreign insurer clients including Great American Insurance Company, CNA, American Safety Insurance, RSUI, Markel and London Market Insurers. He has also published articles and given speeches on product issues, insurance coverage and construction defect topics.

Since 2003, Mike has been an Adjunct Professor of Law at Emory University Law School where he teaches Negotiations and Alternative Dispute Resolution to third-year law students, and trial techniques to second-year law students. Mike has judged mock trials through NITA-sponsored programs and the Frederick Douglas Moot Court Program. He also gives in-house training classes for clients, including negotiation skills training.

Mike is a certified mediator and arbitrator in Georgia who brings experience as both a trial attorney and negotiations instructor to the ADR matter. In 1982, Mike served as a law clerk to Judge Bailey Brown on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 6th Circuit.