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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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Mailing Address: P.O. Box 7600, Atlanta, GA 30357-0600
Established: 1983

Practice Areas
  • Appellate Practice
  • Casualty Insurance Law
  • Collections
  • Commercial Law
  • Commercial Vehicle
  • Construction Litigation
  • Employment Law
  • First Party Matters
  • Health Care Liability
  • Insurance Coverage
  • Property Defense
  • Professional Malpractice
  • Reinsurance
  • Sports and Entertainment Liability
  • Subrogation
  • Workers' Compensation
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About Us
For over 25 years, Drew Eckl & Farnham has developed a reputation for providing uncompromising service to local, regional and national clients.

As experts in risk management litigation, our professionals 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.
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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
E-Mail:jferguson@deflaw.com
Practice Areas
  • Workers' Compensation
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
E-Mail:jreale@deflaw.com
Practice Areas
  • Casualty Insurance Law
  • Insurance Coverage
  • Reinsurance
  • Sports and Entertainment Liability
  • Workers' Compensation
Admitted
  • Georgia, 1976
Education:
  • Trinity College, B.A., 1971
  • Vanderbilt University, J.D., 1976
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Stevan A. Miller
Atlanta, GA
E-Mail:smiller@deflaw.com
Practice Areas
  • Casualty Insurance Law
  • Construction Litigation
  • Health Care Liability
  • Insurance Coverage
  • Personal and Commercial Vehicle
  • Professional Malpractice
  • Reinsurance
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
E-Mail:mbagley@deflaw.com
Practice Areas
  • First Party Defense
  • Workers' Compensation
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
E-Mail:hmckinley@deflaw.com
Practice Areas
  • Casualty Insurance Law
  • Commercial Vehicle
  • Construction Litigation
  • Health Care Liability
  • Professional Malpractice
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
E-Mail:rmoody@deflaw.com
Practice Areas
  • Casualty Insurance Law
  • Commercial Liability
  • Commercial Vehicle
  • Health Care Liability
  • Insurance Coverage
  • Professional Malpractice
  • Reinsurance
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
E-Mail:pburke@deflaw.com
Practice Areas
  • Collections
  • Commercial Law
  • Commercial Vehicle
  • Construction Litigation
  • First Party Matters
  • Health Care Liability
  • Insurance Coverage
  • Professional Malpractice
  • Reinsurance
  • Subrogation
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
E-Mail:dkniffen@deflaw.com
Practice Areas
  • Employment Law
  • Workers' Compensation
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
E-Mail:jbruffey@deflaw.com
Practice Areas
  • Workers' Compensation
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
E-Mail:jblackmon@deflaw.com
Practice Areas
  • Workers' Compensation
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
E-Mail:ghurst@deflaw.com
Practice Areas
  • Workers' Compensation
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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Katherine D. Dixon
Atlanta, GA
E-Mail:kdixon@deflaw.com
Practice Areas
  • Workers' Compensation
Admitted
  • Georgia, 1990
Education:
  • Emory University, B.A., 1983
  • The University of Georgia, J.D. (cum laude), 1990
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Bruce A. Taylor, Jr.
Atlanta, GA
E-Mail:btaylor@deflaw.com
Practice Areas
  • Casualty Insurance Law
  • Commercial Law
  • Commercial Vehicle
  • Construction Law
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
E-Mail:jchancey@deflaw.com
Practice Areas
  • Appellate
  • Commercial Law
  • Employment Law
  • Property Defense
  • Real Estate Agents & Brokers Liability
Admitted
  • Georgia, 1985
Education:
  • Mercer University, B.A. (cum laude), 1982
  • Florida State University, J.D. (with highest honors), 1985
Honors:
Order of the Coif
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David A. Smith
Atlanta, GA
E-Mail:dsmith@deflaw.com
Practice Areas
  • Workers' Compensation
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
E-Mail:janderson@deflaw.com
Practice Areas
  • Workers' Compensation
Admitted
  • Georgia, 1991
Education:
  • Georgia Institute of Technology, B.I.E., 1987
  • Georgia State University, J.D., 1991
Military:
Captain, Judge Advocate, U.S. Marine Corps, 1988-1995
Language:
  • French
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Julie Y. John
Atlanta, GA
E-Mail:jjohn@deflaw.com
Practice Areas
  • Workers' Compensation
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
E-Mail:scho@deflaw.com
Practice Areas
  • Workers' Compensation
Admitted
  • Georgia, 1995
Education:
  • Emory University, B.A., 1990
  • American University, Washington College of Law, J.D., 1994
Language:
  • French
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Barbara A. Marschalk
Atlanta, GA
E-Mail:bmarschalk@deflaw.com
Practice Areas
  • Casualty Insurance Law
  • Health Care Liability
  • Professional Malpractice
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
E-Mail:bmoore@deflaw.com
Practice Areas
  • Appellate
  • Casualty Insurance Law
  • Collections
  • Commercial Law
  • Construction Litigation
  • Insurance Coverage
  • Reinsurance
  • Subrogation
Admitted
  • Tennessee, 2000
  • Georgia, 2001
Education:
  • University of Michigan
  • University of Copenhagen
  • DePauw University, B.A., 1997
  • The University of Tennessee College of Law, J.D., 2000
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Robert L. Welch
Atlanta, GA
E-Mail:rwelch@deflaw.com
Practice Areas
  • Casualty Insurance Law
  • Commercial Law
  • Reinsurance
  • Workers' Compensation
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
E-Mail:mmiller@deflaw.com
Practice Areas
  • Casualty Insurance Law
  • Commercial Vehicle
  • Construction Litigation
  • Insurance Coverage
  • Reinsurance
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
E-Mail:ahorowitz@deflaw.com
Practice Areas
  • Casualty Insurance Law
  • Commercial Vehicle
  • Construction Litigation
  • Insurance Coverage
  • Reinsurance
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
E-Mail:jroper@deflaw.com
Practice Areas
  • Workers' Compensation
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
E-Mail:bnoble@deflaw.com
Practice Areas
  • Construction Litigation
  • Commercial Vehicle
  • Casualty Insurance Law
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
E-Mail:bjohnson@deflaw.com
Practice Areas
  • Casualty Insurance Law
  • Commercial Law
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
E-Mail:dburrell@deflaw.com
Practice Areas
  • Casualty Insurance Law
  • Commercial Law
  • Commercial Vehicle
  • Construction Litigation
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
E-Mail:kkarabinos@deflaw.com
Practice Areas
  • Casualty Insurance Law
  • First Party Matters
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
E-Mail:gbeelen@deflaw.com
Practice Areas
  • Construction Litigation
  • Commercial Law
  • Property Defense
  • Real Estate Agents & Brokers Liability
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
Practice Areas
  • Casualty Insurance Law
  • Health Care Liability
  • Professional Malpractice
  • Workers' Compensation
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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Of Counsel
Charles L. Drew, Retired
Atlanta, GA
Admitted
  • Georgia, 1954
Education:
  • The University of Georgia, LL.B., 1954
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W. Wray Eckl
Atlanta, GA
E-Mail:weckl@deflaw.com
Practice Areas
  • Casualty Insurance Law
  • Professional Malpractice
  • Health Care Liability
Admitted
  • Virginia, 1962
  • Alabama
  • Georgia, 1964
Education:
  • University of Vienna
  • University of Notre Dame, B.A. (cum laude), 1959
  • University of Virginia, LL.B., 1962
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Clayton H. Farnham
Atlanta, GA
Practice Areas
  • First Party Matters
  • Subrogation
Admitted
  • Georgia, 1968
Education:
  • The University of Georgia School of Law, LL.B., 1967
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Melanie C. Eyre
Atlanta, GA
E-Mail:meyre@deflaw.com
Practice Areas
  • Casualty Insurance Law
  • Health Care Liability
  • Professional Malpractice
Admitted
  • Georgia, 1995
Education:
  • Michigan State University, B.A. (with high honors), 1977
  • The George Washington University Law School, J.D. (with honors), 1987
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Jeffrey A. Burmeister
Atlanta, GA
E-Mail:jburmeister@deflaw.com
Practice Areas
  • Casualty Insurance Law
  • Construction Litigation
  • Insurance Coverage
  • Reinsurance
Admitted
  • Wisconsin, 1988
  • Georgia, 1992
Education:
  • University of Michigan, B.A., 1988
  • Marquette University Law School, J.D., 1992
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Leslie P. Becknell
Atlanta, GA
E-Mail:lbecknell@deflaw.com
Practice Areas
  • Casualty Insurance Law
  • Commercial Vehicle
  • Construction Litigation
  • Insurance Coverage
  • Reinsurance
Admitted
  • Georgia, 1989
Education:
  • Georgia State University College of Law, J.D., 1989
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Senior Associates
Douglas G. Smith Jr.
Atlanta, GA
E-Mail:dgsmith@deflaw.com
Practice Areas
  • Casualty Insurance Law
  • Commercial Vehicle
  • Insurance Coverage
  • Reinsurance
Admitted
  • Georgia, 1991
Education:
  • The University of Georgia School of Law, J.D., 1991
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Robert D. Goldsmith
Atlanta, GA
E-Mail:rgoldsmith@deflaw.com
Practice Areas
  • Casualty Insurance Law
  • Employment Law
  • Workers' Compensation
Admitted
  • Georgia, 1980
Education:
  • The University of Georgia School of Law, J.D., 1980
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