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Gilson Athans P.C. Recognized in Seventh Edition of U.S. News & World Report and Best Lawyers ® Rankings

  Gilson Athans P.C. has been included in the U.S. News & World Report and Best Lawyers annual "Best Law Firms" rankings released November 1, 2016.  Gilson Athans P.C. is recognized in the areas of Insurance Law, Railroad Law and Copyright Law.  Best Lawyers is the oldest and most respected peer-review publication in the legal profession.  The methodology used for this years' recognition involved surveying thousands of law firm clients, leading lawyers, law firm managers, partners, associates, and marketing and recruiting officers.  Each were asked what factors they considered vital for clients hiring law firms, for lawyers choosing a firm to refer a legal matter to, and for lawyers seeking employment.

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Gilson Athans P.C. Attorneys Selected for Inclusion in 2017 Best Lawyers in America

Jim Gilson, Mike Athans, Karen Dunbar, Glenn Tornillo, Rob Hassett, and Mike Powell have been selected for inclusion in the 23rd edition of Best Lawyers in America.  First published in 1983, Best Lawyers® has become universally regarded as the definitive guide to legal excellence. It is the oldest and most highly-respected peer review guide to the legal profession worldwide.  Inclusions in Best Lawyers is based on entirely on peer-review.  This year's list includes over 54,000 attorneys in 140 practice areas and is based on more than 7.37 million detailed evaluations of lawyers by other lawyers. 

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Georgia Court of Appeals Clarifies Right of Insurers to Utilize Declaratory Judgment to Void Policy

In a recent decision, the Georgia Court of Appeals held that an insurer need not rescind a policy and return an insured's premiums in order to seek a judicial declaration of non-coverage based on policy application misrepresentations.  In doing so, the Court rejected the insured’s argument that the unsigned application and its submission by a broker prevented the insurer from seeking to void the policy.

The decision is a boon to insurers in Georgia, who previously faced some confusion as far as the steps necessary to successfully void coverage under a policy following an insured’s application misstatements. The case also provides helpful ammunition to insurers with respect to the typical insured arguments that an application must be signed to be binding, or that insurance brokers and agents do not act on behalf of the insureds they represent.

The case is Georgia Cas. & Surety Co. v. Valley Wood, Inc., 783 S.E.2d 441 (2016).

Read Jeff Kershaw's full article here.

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Mr. Patrick White to Speak at the 2016 CLM Atlanta Conference

Patrick White, Attorney, Gilson Athans P.C. will speak at the 2016 CLM Atlanta Conference held May 19-20 at the W Atlanta-Downtown.  His session is titled, “Products Liability and The Workers' Compensation Bar. Can I Really Sue My Employer?”

Pat White is Of Counsel to the Atlanta Firm of Casey Gilson. He focuses on Employment Litigation, Insurance Coverage and Professional Liability Defense.  For the past several years, Pat has worked with several insurance carriers using alternative fee arrangements on litigated matters.  Pat is licensed to practice in Georgia.  He is a member of the Georgia Bar Association and a member of the Claims and Litigation Management Alliance.

Education:

Boston College, B.A, summa cum laude, 1975

Emory University, J.D., 1978

About the CLM:

The Claims and Litigation Management Alliance (CLM) promotes and furthers the highest standards of claims and litigation management and brings together the thought leaders in both industries. CLM’s Members and Fellows include risk and litigation managers, insurance and claims professionals, corporate counsel, outside counsel and third party vendors. The CLM sponsors educational programs, provides resources and fosters communication among all in the industry. To learn more about the CLM, please visit www.theclm.org.

Contact:  

Susan Wisbey-Smith, Chief Communications Manager

Claims and Litigation Management Alliance

susan.wisbey-smith@theclm.org

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Gilson Athans P.C. Attorneys Recognized as 2016 Georgia Super Lawyers

 Gilson Athans P.C. is pleased to announce that Jim Gilson, Mike Athans, Mike Powell, and Rob Hassett have been selected for inclusion in this year's list of Georgia Super Lawyers.  Jim is recognized in the civil litigation practice area, Mike Athans is recognized in insurance coverage, and Mike Powell and Rob are both recognized in intellectual property.

Appearing in the 2016 Georgia Super Lawyers Magazine and Atlanta Magazine’s March 2016 issue, Georgia Super Lawyers designates the top five percent (5%) of lawyers practicing in the State of Georgia from more than 70 practice areas.  The selection process includes independent research, peer nominations, and peer evaluations.

Gilson Athans is proud to have lawyers chosen by their peers to be among the top lawyers in the State of Georgia.

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The Firm Welcomes Associate Darcy DuVal Hodges
 
We are pleased to announce that Darcy DuVal Hodges has joined our firm as an associate. Darcy’s practice focuses on insurance coverage and insurance defense litigation, defending insurance companies and their insureds in a wide range of matters, including motor vehicle accidents, construction defect litigation and cases involving suspected arson.  A graduate of at The University of New Mexico School of Law,  Darcy received her undergraduate degree from the University of California, San Diego.
 
Prior to joining our firm, Darcy practiced for many years at a small boutique insurance defense law firm in Atlanta.

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Jeff Kershaw To Speak at Upcoming Insurance Law Conference
 
Jeff Kershaw will speak at an upcoming two-day legal seminar to be held on March 24 and March 25 at the Embassy Suites at Centennial Olympic Park in Atlanta.  The Comprehensive Insurance Law Conference, sponsored by The Seminar Group, will address understanding the evolving insurance industry, from insurance basics, case law, and legislative updates to current complex issues including bad faith, construction insurance, environmental claims, and professional liability insurance.  Jeff will present “The Basics of Policy Law Interpretation”.  His presentation is scheduled for March 25 at 11:00 a.m.  For information on this seminar, please go to http://www.theseminargroup.net/seminardetl.aspx?id=3608.

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Gilson Athans P.C. Recognized in 2016 U.S. News & World Report - Best Lawyers ® "Best Law Firms" Edition

Gilson Athans P.C. has been included in the U.S. News & World Report and Best Lawyers annual "Best Law Firms" rankings. Gilson Athans P.C. is recognized in the areas of Insurance Law and Copyright Law. The methodology for this recognition involved surveying thousands of law firm clients, leading lawyers and law firm managers, partners and associates, and marketing officers and recruiting officers. Each were asked what factors they considered vital for clients hiring law firms, for lawyers choosing a firm to refer a legal matter to, and for lawyers seeking employment.

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Gilson Athans P.C. Attorneys Selected for Inclusion in 2016 Best Lawyers in America

Jim Gilson, Mike Athans, Glenn Tornillo, Rob Hassett, and Mike Powell have been selected for inclusion in the 22nd edition of Best Lawyers in America© 2016.  Jim and Glenn are recognized in the practice area of Railroad Law.  Mike Athans is recognized in Insurance Law.  Rob and Mike Powell are recognized in the practice area of Copyright Law. 

Since it was first published in 1983, Best Lawyers® has become universally regarded as the definitive guide to legal excellence. It is the oldest and most highly-respected peer review guide to the legal profession worldwide.  Best Lawyers, now partnered U.S. News & World Report©,  is based on an exhaustive peer-review survey. This year's list includes 55,041 attorneys in 140 practice areas and is based on more than 6.7 million detailed evaluations of lawyers by other lawyers.  Corporate Counsel magazine has called Best Lawyers the most respected referral list of attorneys in practice.

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The Firm Welcomes New Shareholders Michael Athans and Jeffrey Kershaw

We are pleased to announce that Michael Athans and Jeffrey Kershaw have joined our firm as shareholders. 

Mike was a founding partner of Fields, Howell, Athans & McLaughlin LLP, where he practiced for the past eleven years.  Mike’s practice includes insurance coverage opinions, insurance coverage litigation, and multiple areas of tort litigation.  He specializes in bad faith, insurance coverage, and construction defect litigation. 

Jeff was Assistant Vice President of Claims for Hiscox USA.  Prior to that, Jeff worked with Mike at Fields, Howell, Athans & McLaughlin LLP.   He specializes in insurance coverage, including in the areas of director & officer liability, employment practices liability, professional liability, and general liability.

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Bob Dallas Appointed to MARTA’s Board of Directors

Bob Dallas has been appointed to MARTA's Board of Directors by unanimous vote of the DeKalb Board of Commissioners.  Bob's extensive public service experience includes over twenty years in public health, a combined twenty years as a Planning Commissioner for DeKalb County and the City of Dunwoody, and eight years as director of the Georgia Governor's Office of Highway Safety.  Filling a vacancy of an unexpired term of a prior board member, Bob's  term is scheduled to expire on December 21, 2016. 

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Gilson Athans P.C. Attorneys Recognized as 2015 Georgia Super Lawyers

Gilson Athans is pleased to announce that Jim Gilson, Mike Athans, Mike Powell, and Rob Hassett have been selected for inclusion in this year's list of Georgia Super Lawyers.  Jim is recognized in the civil litigation defense practice area, Mike Athans is recognized in Insurance Coverage, and Mike Powell and Rob are recognized in Intellectual Property.  Mike Powell also is also recognized as one of The Top 100 lawyers in Georgia.

Appearing in the 2015 Georgia Super Lawyers Magazine and Atlanta Magazine’s March 2015 issue, the Georgia Super Lawyers designates the top five percent (5%) of lawyers practicing in the State of Georgia.  This year's honorees were chosen using a patented multiphase selection process. Peer nominations and evaluations are combined with independent research. Each candidate is evaluated on 12 indicators of peer recognition and professional achievement.

Gilson Athans P.C. is proud to have lawyers chosen by their peers to be among the top lawyers in the State of Georgia.

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Gilson Athans P.C. Designated as a "Top Listed" Law Firm in 2015

Gilson Athans P.C. has been designated by Best Lawyers® as a "Top Listed" law firm in 2015, both in the state of Georgia and in the metropolitan Atlanta area in Railroad Law. "Top Listed" designations are awarded to firms with the most listed lawyers in a particular region and practice area.

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Gilson Athans P.C. Attorneys Selected for Inclusion in 2015 Best Lawyers in America

Jim Gilson, Glenn Tornillo, Rob Hassett, and Mike Powell have been selected for inclusion in the 21st edition of The Best Lawyers in America© 2015. Jim and Glenn are recognized in the practice area of Railroad Law. Rob and Mike are recognized in in the practice area of Copyright Law.

Since it was first published in 1983, Best Lawyers® has become universally regarded as the definitive guide to legal excellence. Best Lawyers is based on an exhaustive peer-review survey. Over 52,000 leading attorneys cast more than 5.5 million votes on the legal abilities of other lawyers in their practice areas. Corporate Counsel magazine has called Best Lawyers the most respected referral list of attorneys in practice.

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Casey Gilson P.C. Attorneys Recognized as 2014 Georgia Super Lawyers

Casey Gilson is pleased to announce that Jim Gilson, Mike Powell, and Rob Hassett have been selected for inclusion in this year's list of Georgia Super Lawyers.  Jim is recognized in the civil litigation defense practice area, and Mike and Rob are recognized in intellectual property.

Appearing in the 2014 Georgia Super Lawyers Magazine and Atlanta Magazine’s March 2014 issue, the Georgia Super Lawyers designates the top five percent (5%) of lawyers practicing in the State of Georgia.  This year's honorees were chosen using a patented multiphase selection process. Peer nominations and evaluations are combined with third party research. Each candidate is evaluated on 12 indicators of peer recognition and professional achievement.

Casey Gilson P.C. is proud to have lawyers chosen by their peers to be among the top lawyers in the State of Georgia.

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Fortune Magazine Selects Casey Gilson P.C. as One of the Top Ranked Law Firms in the United States

Casey Gilson P.C. has been named to Fortune Magazine’s 2014 U.S. Top Ranked Law Firms.  To qualify for this recognition, at least 33% of a law firms’ attorneys must have achieved a Martindale-Hubbell AV Preeminent rating, which is one of the most noteworthy accomplishments in the legal profession.  Less than 2,500 firms nationwide achieve this ranking.  The 2014 Investor's Guide issue of Fortune magazine is included in 2014 U.S. Top Ranked Law Firms in Fortune Legal Marketplace, a special section created in partnership with ALM Media, along with online editions on CNNMoney.com, law.com, and martindale.com.

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Casey Gilson P.C. Recognized in 2014 U.S. News & World Report - Best Lawyers ® "Best Law Firms" Edition

Casey Gilson P.C. has been recognized as a "Tier 2" law firm both nationally and in the State of Georgia by U.S. News & World Reports - Best Lawyers ® "Best Law Firms". Casey Gilson received this recognition in Railroad Law and is the only law firm in Georgia recognized in this specialty practice area. Casey Gilson has now been recognized by this publication as one of the top law firms in Railroad Law for eleven years in a row. 

The methodology for this recognition involved surveying thousands of law firm clients, leading lawyers and law firm managers, partners and associates, and marketing officers and recruiting officers. Each were asked what factors they considered vital for clients hiring law firms, for lawyers choosing a firm to refer a legal matter to, and for lawyers seeking employment.

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Casey Gilson Attorneys Recognized in 2014 Best Lawyers in America

Jim Gilson, Glenn Tornillo, Rob Hassett, and Mike Powell have been selected for inclusion in the 2014 edition of The Best Lawyers in America and Georgia's Best Lawyers. U.S. News and Best Lawyers, the leading survey of lawyers worldwide, have joined to rank more than 10,000 firms in 118 practice areas in 170 metropolitan areas and 8 states. Jim and Glenn are recognized in the practice area of Railroad Law, and Rob and Mike are recognized in Copyright Law.

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Casey Gilson P.C. Welcomes Michael Powell to the Firm as Of Counsel

On September 1, Michael J. Powell (Mike) joined the Firm as Of Counsel. Mike has practiced intellectual property law since 1991 and concentrates his practice in business matters involving intellectual property. His extensive experience includes representing businesses in transactional and litigation matters concerning patent, trademark, trade dress, copyright, trade secret, unfair competition, false advertising, antitrust and related issues. Mike is a registered patent attorney, a frequent lecturer on intellectual property issues, and a registered mediator for disputes involving intellectual property. 

Prior to joining the Firm, Mike was a shareholder at Baker, Donelson, Bearman, Caldwell & Berkowitz, PC, where he co-founded the firm’s IP Practice Group and served as the managing shareholder of the Atlanta office for several years. Mike recently formed Powell IP Law, LLC – a firm dedicated to helping clients and co-counsel navigate the complexities and costs of intellectual property. He provides intellectual property transactional, litigation, mediation, and collaborative of counsel services. To learn more about this firm, visit www.NavigatingIP.com.

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Jim Gilson and Mike Powell Selected as Georgia Trend's 2013 Legal Elite

December 6, 2013.  Casey Gilson P.C. is pleased to announce that Jim Gilson and Mike Powell were named in Georgia Trend magazine's 2013 Legal Elite.  Jim was selected in the area of Personal Injury Law.  Mike was selected in the area of Business Law.

Jim’s practice focuses on catastrophic injury, product liability, transportation negligence, premises liability, and commercial disputes.  He has tried, litigated, mediated and resolved cases throughout the country.  Mike focuses his practice on helping businesses navigate complex intellectual property issues, including intellectual property litigation and mediation.

Georgia Trend's December 2013 issue is its eleventh annual listing of top attorneys in the State of Georgia.  Georgia Trend's annual "Legal Elite" features attorneys and business law selected by their peers as the most effective in various practice areas including personal injury.  The attorneys are nominated by their peers who are members of the Georgia Bar and live and practice within the state.

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