William J. Atkins

Attorney

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PARTNER AT WARSHAUER LAW GROUP

Bill Atkins represents clients in medical malpractice, wrongful death and catastrophic personal injury cases. He has developed unique expertise representing children injured or killed in day care facilities, victims of sexual abuse in youth service, religious or academic institutions, and victims of excessive force by law enforcement officers. He is also a certified mediator and arbitrator.

Bill began his career prosecuting felonies and misdemeanors in Douglas County. He transitioned to civil practice in 2000 and has earned a reputation as a tenacious trial lawyer. He has secured multiple six and seven figure verdicts and settlements for his clients in employment discrimination, civil rights, medical malpractice, and other catastrophic personal injury cases.

Juries have returned multi-million-dollar verdicts in all of Bill’s medical malpractice cases. Bill has also secured multi-million-dollar settlements for his clients in commercial trucking accident cases, sexual abuse of children by a volunteer in a youth services organization, and the family of a little girl who choked to death in a day care center.

Bill is a member of the Georgia Trial Lawyers Association’s Executive Committee. He is a GTLA Champion and PAC member. Bill has given seminar presentations on a variety of topics including medical malpractice, non-emergency medical transport, auto and trucking, trial techniques, employment discrimination and police misconduct.

In an age where kids communicate with their thumbs while hunched over a small screen, Bill chose to give back to his community by restarting the Walton High School Mock Trial Program in 2014. Over the last eight years, he has worked alongside a dedicated group of volunteer coaches and taught dozens of high school students the fundamentals of trial practice. Every student has left the program armed with the ability to speak in public and think critically. Several students have continued their mock trial careers in college and gone on to law school.

Bill lives in Marietta with his wife, Kathleen, and Puppy, a delightful 15-pound poodle mix. He has four stepchildren scattered around the country and enjoys frequent visits with them. He plays golf, enjoys sailing and wastes far too much emotional energy rooting for various sports teams.

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  • Vassar College
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    • Activities and societies: Varsity Soccer, Drama Department productions

PUBLICATIONS

• Defeating Qualified Immunity: Excessive Force & False Arrest Cases
2007 GTLA Annual Convention

• Representing Citizens Against Law Enforcement in the Eleventh Circuit
ICLE Seminar: Litigation under 42 U.S.C. § 1983• Using Depositions Testimony to Avoid Summary Judgment
GTLA Seminar – Depositions: From Good To Great To Winning

• Ministerial Duty Claims Under Georgia Law
ICLE Seminar: Litigation under 42 U.S.C. § 1983

• Death by a Thousand Cuts: The Expansion of Qualified Immunity Threatens the Continued Viability of Constitutional Torts
GTLA’s Verdict Magazine

NOTABLE PUBLISHED OPINIONS

In Re: J.S.J., 253 Ga. App. 174, 558 S.E.2d 763 (2002)
Finding Juvenile Court acted without jurisdiction to declare child deprived.

Laura Skop v. City of Atlanta, 485 F.3d 1130 (11th Cir. 2007)
Reversing grant of summary judgment in §1983 false arrest case.

Bates v. Harvey, 518 F.3d 1233 (11th Cir. 2008)
Establishing law on entry into home without a warrant to search for minor on “Pick Up Order.”

Randall v. Scott, 610 F.3d 701 (11th Cir. 2010)
Establishing “right to candidacy” as basis for 1st Amendment Retaliation claim.

 

Jim Tillman v. City of Ocala, Florida. Verdict: $884,000.00
United States District Court for the Middle District of Florida – Ocala Division
42 U.S.C. § 2000(e) (Title VII) & 42 U.S.C. §1981
Race Discrimination & Retaliation (Plaintiff)

Ellen Cauthen v. Richmond County BOE. Verdict: $268,000.00
United States District Court for the Southern District of Georgia, Augusta Division
42 U.S.C. § 2000(e) (Title VII) & 42 U.S.C. §1981
Race Discrimination & Retaliation (Plaintiff)

Mark Tuggle v. Sheriff Victor Hill. Verdict: $475,000.00
United States District Court for the Northern District of Georgia, Atlanta Division
42 U.S.C. § 1983 – 1st Amendment (Retaliation) (Plaintiff)

Richard Lucas v. City of Braswell et al. Verdict: $1,000,000.00
United States District Court for the Northern District of Georgia, Rome Division
42 U.S.C. § 1983 – 4th Amendment (False Arrest) (Plaintiff)

Valencia Warren v. Fulton Co, GA et al. Verdict: $192,500.00
United States District Court for the Northern District of Georgia, Atlanta Division
42 U.S.C. § 1983 – 4th Amendment (False Arrest)

Estate of Michael Banks v. Neurosurgery, P.C. Verdict: $3,500,000.00
State Court of Clayton County
Personal Injury – Medical Negligence

Estate of Pamela Edwards v. DeKalb MC et al. Verdict: $3,000,000.00
State Court of DeKalb County
Personal Injury – Medical Negligence

In Re: Estate of Vincent Minor. Verdict: $3,450,000
Fairfax Circuit Court, Virginia
Personal Injury – Medical Negligence