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April 28, 2016 1 Comment

Debbie Tarkington mediator

We’re pleased to announce the addition of Debbie Tarkington, Esq. as the newest mediator at Miles and member of Team Murphey.

Debbie has over 22 years of litigation experience, and extensive trial experience in both auto and commercial litigation, having tried numerous cases all over Georgia.

She started her legal career as an associate with Greer, Klosik, Daugherty & Swank, where she handled both plaintiff’s personal injury and insurance defense litigation. She has tried numerous cases as lead counsel on all of her plaintiff’s personal injury litigation, and first and second chair on criminal defense, insurance defense, plaintiff’s products liability and medical malpractice litigation. Read More    »

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Debbie Tarkington mediator

April 28, 2016

We’re pleased to announce the addition of Debbie Tarkington, Esq. as the newest mediator at Miles and member of Team Murphey.

Debbie has over 22 years of litigation experience, and extensive trial experience in both auto and commercial litigation, having tried numerous cases all over Georgia.

She started her legal career as an associate with Greer, Klosik, Daugherty & Swank, where she handled both plaintiff’s personal injury and insurance defense litigation. She has tried numerous cases as lead counsel on all of her plaintiff’s personal injury litigation, and first and second chair on criminal defense, insurance defense, plaintiff’s products liability and medical malpractice litigation.

Debbie practiced at Hammond, Carter and Watson – staff counsel for Nationwide Insurance Company  from 1999-2004.  At Nationwide, she handled complex litigation for auto and commercial cases.  From 2004-2016, she was the lead litigation attorney at the Law Office of James C. McLaughlin – staff counsel to Liberty Mutual Insurance Company.  She handled only the most complex medical, auto and commercial litigation cases.  Debbie also handled trial work and litigation in the areas of premises liability, automobile/truck accident cases, wrongful death, catastrophic injury and construction defect.  In the area of premises liability, Debbie’s experience includes slip/trip and fall, negligent security and Dram Shop Act.

Debbie was designated counsel for several hotels/motels; construction companies; restaurants, including McDonald’s, Hardees and Applebee’s; and grocery stores such as Food Depot. Many of her other clients included apartment complexes, retail stores, janitorial companies, management companies and shopping centers.  Debbie was also the designated counsel for the fraud investigation unit at Liberty Mutual.

She is a graduate of Centre College in Danville, KY and Thomas M. Cooley Law School in Michigan.

To learn more about Debbie or to book her for your next mediation, click here.

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April 26, 2016 No Comments

 

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April 26, 2016

We’re pleased to announce the addition of Rusty Grant, Esq. as the newest mediator at Miles and member of Team Parent. Also a partner with Cruser & Mitchell, LLP, Rusty has extensive trial experience with a focus on civil litigation, including automobile/trucking, premises liability, wrongful death and professional liability. He has been recognized as a Rising Star in

We’re pleased to announce the addition of Rusty Grant, Esq. as the newest mediator at Miles and member of Team Parent. Also a partner with Cruser & Mitchell, LLP, Rusty has extensive trial experience with a focus on civil litigation, including automobile/trucking, premises liability, wrongful death and professional liability. He has been recognized as a Rising Star in

We’re pleased to announce the addition of Rusty Grant, Esq. as the newest mediator at Miles and member of Team Parent. Also a partner with Cruser & Mitchell, LLP, Rusty has extensive trial experience with a focus on civil litigation, including automobile/trucking, premises liability, wrongful death and professional liability. He has been recognized as a Rising Star in the 2012, 2015 and 2016 editions of Georgia Super Lawyers, and is admitted to the State Bar of Georgia, Supreme Court of Georgia, Georgia Court of Appeals and the United States District Court for the Northern District of Georgia.

“Rusty brings energy, enthusiasm and talent to Team Parent,” said John Miles. “His addition to the team allows Miles customers to select a quality mediator for any type of case. It’s no wonder Team Parent has become one of the fastest growing and most successful teams at Miles.”

To learn more about Rusty or to schedule a mediation, click here.

 

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We’re pleased to announce the addition of Rusty Grant, Esq. as the newest mediator at Miles and member of Team Parent. Also a partner with Cruser & Mitchell, LLP, Rusty has extensive trial experience with a focus on civil litigation, including automobile/trucking, premises liability, wrongful death and professional liability. He has been recognized as a Rising Star in the 2012, 2015 and 2016 editions of Georgia Super Lawyers, and is admitted to the State Bar of Georgia, Supreme Court of Georgia, Georgia Court of Appeals and the United States District Court for the Northern District of Georgia.

“Rusty brings energy, enthusiasm and talent to Team Parent,” said John Miles. “His addition to the team allows Miles customers to select a quality mediator for any type of case. It’s no wonder Team Parent has become one of the fastest growing and most successful teams at Miles.”

To learn more about Rusty or to schedule a mediation, click here.

 

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April 6, 2016 No Comments

By Lynn Roberson

Lynn Roberson

Lynn Roberson, Esq.

 

After 36 years as a litigator (and counsel for many parties in mediations, as well as a mediator myself) I have put on my neutral hat as a full-time mediator at Miles Mediation.  During those 36 years, I represented both plaintiffs and defendants, but I spent most of the past 20 years as defense counsel for defendants in personal injury cases, particularly in premises liability matters involving serious injury and arising out of violent crime.  As I seek to provide effective service as a mediator in personal injury cases at Miles Mediation, I am sometimes asked why plaintiffs would agree to use my services given my extensive background doing defense work.

During the time I represented defendants in personal injury matters in mediation, I would frequently ask the plaintiff’s counsel whom they would prefer to use as a mediator because it was my strong belief that, in order for a mediation to be successful, the party plaintiff needed to have some trust in the process, and feels he or she was being heard by the neutral.  In addition, I felt that the plaintiff’s counsel would be more receptive to the defense arguments when presented by a mediator with whom the lawyer had a rapport and mutual respect.  I found over many years that this approach to mediation was more likely to lead to mutually satisfactory results.

Given the above considerations, plaintiffs counsel would be wise to consider the rapport and credibility of the mediator when addressing the folks in the defense room.  A seasoned defense lawyer has a good deal of experience talking with and advising insurance adjusters and their supervisors, as well as risk management people with self-insured companies.  A good mediator has to do “reality testing” in both the plaintiff’s room and the defense room to persuade both parties to reach a reasonable resolution.  If the defense attorney and the adjuster believe the mediator fully appreciates their concerns, and they respect the professional credentials of the mediator, the mediator is more likely to be effective in communicating the plaintiff’s arguments to the defense.

Also, an experienced defense attorney will have a great deal of experience in evaluating cases for defense clients and advising them on the value of a claim or suit.  Such a lawyer is very familiar with the lawyers, judges and jury pools in the jurisdiction where the case is filed (or likely to be filed) as these factors can impact the settlement value of a case.  A case venued in certain urban jurisdictions may have a very different value for settlement than that same case filed in a remote area.  Where the jury pools are heavily weighted with generous, liberal jurors, your mediator needs to understand that circumstance the same as the circumstances where the attorney has a significant record of success.  A good mediator stays abreast of verdicts and settlements in the areas where the mediated cases are filed so he or she can speak with authority concerning a reasonable evaluation for the pending matter.

Someone trying to build a good business as a mediator cannot afford to develop the reputation of a biased neutral, or business will soon dry up.  All effective mediators understand their role as a neutral, and their sole goal during mediation is to assist the parties and their attorneys in reaching a resolution which is acceptable to both sides.  If the case resolves, the mediator is successful, regardless of how much the case settles for.  The parties are the ones who control whether or not they accept a settlement offer or demand, not the mediator.

Given all these considerations, plaintiffs and their counsel would be wise to consider retaining a seasoned defense attorney to assist them in resolving their claim or suit since that mediator really knows how to talk to the people in the defense suite.


 

About Lynn Roberson, Esq.

Lynn is a past president of the Atlanta Bar, the largest voluntary bar in the Southeast. She is also a past president of the Georgia Defense Lawyers Association. In 2013, Ms. Roberson received the Conspicuous Service to the Stonewall Community award. In addition, she was selected as the 2013 recipient of the Fred H. Sievert award, which is presented by the Defense Research Institute. In 2015, State Bar of Georgia’s Committee to Promote Inclusion in the Profession awarded Lynn its Commitment to Equality Award. She was recognized for her enduring devotion to the goals of promoting diversity in the legal profession and the provision of opportunities for members of underrepresented groups.

Learn more about Lynn. 

 

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