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303 Peachtree Street NE, Suite 3500
Atlanta, Georgia 30308Locate in Google Maps
Telephone: 404-885-1400
Fax: 404-876-0992
www.deflaw.com
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Established: 1983

Practice Areas
  • Appellate Practice
  • Arson
  • Automobile Liability
  • Automotive Products Liability
  • Bodily Injury
  • Business Law
  • Casualty Insurance Law
  • Collections
  • Commercial General Liability
  • Commercial Law
  • Commercial Vehicle
  • Construction Defect
  • Construction Litigation
  • Daycare Liability
  • Dental Malpractice
  • Employment Law
  • Employment Practices Liability
  • First Party Matters
  • Fraud
  • General Liability
  • Health Care Liability
  • Hospital Malpractice
  • Insurance Coverage
  • Labor and Employment
  • Legal Malpractice
  • Managed Care Liability
  • Medical Malpractice Defense
  • Medical Product Liability
  • Nursing Home Defense
  • Premises Liability
  • Product Liability
  • Professional Malpractice
  • Professional Negligence
  • Property Defense
  • Property Subrogation
  • Real Estate Litigation
  • Reinsurance
  • Retail and Restaurant Defense
  • Retail Liability
  • Self-Insured Defense
  • Sexual Harassment
  • Slip and Fall
  • Sports Law
  • Subrogation
  • Workers' Compensation
  • Workers' Compensation Subrogation
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About Us
With over 30 years of experience, the attorneys at Drew Eckl & Farnham offer uncompromising legal service to our clients, and strive to implement innovative solutions to complex problems. Our attorneys are renowned for their abilities in and out of the courtroom. There is no civil, corporate or individual matter, large or small, that our diverse personnel cannot handle.

Our approach to practicing law is to resolve each new lawsuit as expeditiously and efficiently as possible. We view lawsuits as a problem to be solved rather than an economic opportunity. Thanks to the firm's longstanding reputation in working with the risk industry, we learned early how to be efficient and cost conscious. Because of this efficiency, we strive to propose a litigation strategy that directly correlates with the risks involved.
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Additional Locations
Brunswick, Georgia
777 Gloucester Street, Suite 303
Brunswick, Georgia 31520
Telephone: 912-280-9662
Fax: 912-267-0654
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Client Information
Insurance Clients
Auto-Owners Insurance CompanyChurch Mutual Insurance Company
CNA Insurance CompaniesCommerce Mutual Insurance Company, Inc.
GEICO General Insurance CompanyGeorgia Administrative Services, Inc.
Hanover Insurance CompanyLiberty Mutual Insurance Company
Maryland Casualty CompanyNautilus Insurance Company
Safeco Insurance CompaniesSedgwick Group of Georgia, Inc.
Zurich American Insurance Group
Non-Insurance Clients
Ford Motor CompanyGeneral Motors Corporation
Georgia-Pacific LLC
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Personnel Information
Partners
John A. Ferguson, Jr.
Atlanta, GA
Admitted
  • Georgia, 1976
Education:
  • University of Virginia, B.A. (with distinction), 1973
  • The University of Georgia, J.D., 1976
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John P. Reale
Atlanta, GA
Admitted
  • Georgia, 1976
Education:
  • Trinity College, B.A., 1971
  • Vanderbilt University, J.D., 1976
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Stevan A. Miller
Atlanta, GA
Admitted
  • Georgia, 1977
Education:
  • University of Virginia, B.A. (with high distinction), 1974
  • University of Virginia, J.D., 1977
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H. Michael Bagley
Atlanta, GA
Admitted
  • Georgia, 1980
Education:
  • Emory University, B.A., 1977
  • The University of Georgia, J.D., 1980
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Hall F. McKinley, III
Atlanta, GA
Admitted
  • Georgia, 1981
Education:
  • Princeton University, B.A., 1978
  • The University of Georgia, J.D., 1981
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G. Randall Moody
Atlanta, GA
Admitted
  • Georgia, 1982
Education:
  • Georgia State University, B.S., 1978
  • Mercer University Walter F. George School of Law, J.D. (cum laude), 1982
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Paul W. Burke
Atlanta, GA
Admitted
  • Florida, 1983
  • Georgia, 1984
  • Alabama, 2001
Education:
  • Sewanee, The University of the South, B.A., 1980
  • Stetson University, J.D. (cum laude), 1983
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Daniel C. Kniffen
Atlanta, GA
Admitted
  • Georgia, 1984
Education:
  • Mercer University, B.A. (magna cum laude), 1981
  • Mercer University Walter F. George School of Law, J.D. (cum laude), 1984
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John C. Bruffey, Jr.
Atlanta, GA
Admitted
  • Georgia, 1984
Education:
  • The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, B.A., 1979
  • University of Cambridge, England
  • Campbell University School of Law, J.D., 1984
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John G. Blackmon, Jr.
Atlanta, GA
Admitted
  • Georgia, 1986
Education:
  • The Citadel, B.S., 1976
  • Mercer University, J.D. (cum laude), 1986
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Gary R. Hurst
Atlanta, GA
Admitted
  • Georgia, 1978
Education:
  • College of the Holy Cross, B.A., 1975
  • The University of Georgia, M.P.A., 1985
  • Rutgers University School of Law-Camden, J.D., 1978
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Bruce A. Taylor, Jr.
Atlanta, GA
Admitted
  • Georgia, 1978
Education:
  • St. Andrews Presbyterian College, B.A., 1974
  • Emory University School of Law, J.D., 1978
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Joseph C. Chancey
Atlanta, GA
Admitted
  • Georgia, 1985
Education:
  • Mercer University, B.A. (cum laude), 1982
  • Florida State University, J.D. (with highest honors), 1985
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David A. Smith
Atlanta, GA
Admitted
  • Georgia, 1983
Education:
  • The University of Georgia, B.B.A. (with honors), 1980
  • The University of Georgia, J.D., 1983
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James P. Anderson
Atlanta, GA
Admitted
  • Georgia, 1991
Education:
  • Georgia Institute of Technology, B.I.E., 1987
  • Georgia State University, J.D., 1991
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Julie Y. John
Atlanta, GA
Admitted
  • Georgia, 1987
Education:
  • The University of Tennessee, B.S. (with high honors), 1984
  • Cumberland School of Law of Samford University, J.D. (cum laude), 1987
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Sandra S. Cho
Atlanta, GA
Admitted
  • Georgia, 1995
Education:
  • Emory University, B.A., 1990
  • American University, Washington College of Law, J.D., 1994
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Barbara A. Marschalk
Atlanta, GA
Admitted
  • Georgia, 1998
Education:
  • University of South Carolina, B.A. (cum laude), 1995
  • Georgia State University College of Law, J.D., 1998
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Brian T. Moore
Atlanta, GA
Admitted
  • Tennessee, 2000
  • Georgia, 2001
Education:
  • DePauw University, B.A., 1997
  • The University of Tennessee College of Law, J.D., 2000
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Robert L. Welch
Atlanta, GA
Admitted
  • Georgia, 1989
Education:
  • State University of West Georgia, A.B. (cum laude), 1985
  • The University of Georgia School of Law, J.D. (cum laude), 1989
  • Georgia State University, M.S., 1998
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Michael L. Miller
Atlanta, GA
Admitted
  • Georgia, 1994
Education:
  • The University of Alabama, B.S. (with honors), 1990
  • The University of Georgia School of Law, J.D., 1994
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Andrew D. Horowitz
Atlanta, GA
Admitted
  • Georgia, 1994
  • New Jersey
  • New York
Education:
  • Johns Hopkins University, B.A., 1989
  • Emory University, J.D., 1994
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J.C. Roper, Jr.
Atlanta, GA
Admitted
  • Georgia, 2000
Education:
  • Samford University, B.S., 1992
  • Cumberland School of Law of Samford University, J.D., 1995
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Burke A. Noble
Atlanta, GA
Admitted
  • Georgia, 1998
Education:
  • University of Maryland, B.A., 1993
  • Mercer Law School, J.D., 1998
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Brian W. Johnson
Atlanta, GA
Admitted
  • Georgia, 2000
Education:
  • Samford University, B.A., 1997
  • Cumberland School of Law of Samford University, J.D., 2000
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Douglas K. Burrell
Atlanta, GA
Admitted
  • Iowa, 1995
  • Georgia, 2001
Education:
  • The University of Iowa, B.A., 1986
  • The University of Iowa, M.B.A., 1994
  • The University of Iowa College of Law, J.D., 1994
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Karen K. Karabinos
Atlanta, GA
Admitted
  • Georgia, 1986
  • Texas, 1991
Education:
  • Mercer University Walter F. George School of Law, J.D. (cum laude), 1986
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Gary D. Beelen
Atlanta, GA
Admitted
  • Ohio, 1998
  • Georgia, 1999
Education:
  • College of William & Mary, B.A., 1984
  • The University of Akron School of Law, J.D., 1998
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Jeffrey S. Ward
Atlanta, GA
E-Mail:jward@deflaw.com
Admitted
  • Georgia, 2002
Education:
  • Minnesota State University, Mankato, B.A. (cum laude), 1992
  • Arizona State University, M.S., 1995
  • The University of Georgia School of Law, J.D. (cum laude), 2002
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Garret W. Meader
Atlanta, GA
Admitted
  • Georgia, 2005
Education:
  • The University of Georgia, B.B.A., 1997
  • Georgia State University, M.B.A., 2001
  • Georgia State University, J.D., 2005
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Christopher A. Bennett
Atlanta, GA
Admitted
  • Georgia, 1993
Education:
  • Stetson University, B.S., 1988
  • Mercer University, J.D., 1993
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Eric R. Mull
Atlanta, GA
Admitted
  • Georgia, 2007
Education:
  • Berry College, B.S., 2004
  • Mercer University Walter F. George School of Law, J.D., 2007
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Dean A. Dellinger
Atlanta, GA
Admitted
  • Georgia, 2005
Education:
  • The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, B.A., 2000
  • Campbell University, J.D., 2005
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Stephen J. Graham
Atlanta, GA
Admitted
  • Georgia, 2006
Education:
  • The University of Georgia, B.A., 2003
  • Georgia State University College of Law, J.D., 2006
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Matthew A. Nanninga
Atlanta, GA
Admitted
  • Georgia, 2005
Education:
  • The University of Iowa, B.A., 1999
  • The University of Iowa College of Law, J.D., 2005
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Ryan V. Klee
Atlanta, GA
Admitted
  • Georgia, 2005
Education:
  • The University of Georgia, B.S., 2001
  • Vermont Law School, J.D., 2005
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Matthew D. Walker
Atlanta, GA
Admitted
  • Georgia, 2006
Education:
  • University of Virginia, B.A., 1997
  • Georgia State University College of Law, J.D., 2006
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J. Benson Ward
Atlanta, GA
Admitted
  • Georgia, 2005
Education:
  • The University of Georgia, B.A., 2002
  • The University of Georgia, J.D., 2005
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Of Counsel
Charles L. Drew, RetiredW. Wray Eckl, Retired
Clayton H. Farnham, RetiredKatherine D. Dixon

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(Revisors of the Georgia Insurance Law Digest for this Publication)