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DEF Welcomes New Attorneys

May 02, 2019 BY DEF Admin

Drew Eckl & Farnham is excited to announce four new attorneys!


Lara Ortega Clark is a civil litigation attorney, practicing primarily in the field of General Liability. Mrs. Clark serves clients who manage a high volume of cases, handling files from the initial complaint through final resolution. She has significant experience with preparation and strategy for depositions, mediations and hearings, and works hard to prepare effective and creative defense strategies to efficiently and favorably resolve cases.

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Manning joined Drew Eckl & Farnham in 2019 as an associate. His practice is focused on defending employers and insurers throughout Georgia in workers' compensation claims. 

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Jeff Leasendale has significant experience handling general liability and insurance defense matters, both as inside and outside counsel.  He handles all stages of litigation in state and federal courts, as well as for trials and appeals, including subrogation, subpoena responses, Medicare compliance and pre-suit claims resolution and full oversight of litigation.  He also has experience handling general business representation.

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Taylor Hanks is an associate with the law firm of Drew Eckl & Farnham, LLP.  He received his B.A. from Washington University in St. Louis in 2007, and his J.D. from the University of Miami School of Law in 2010.  Following law school, Mr. Hanks was admitted to the State Bar of Texas and worked as a judicial law clerk for Judge Craig Smith of the 192nd Civil District Court in Dallas, Texas.  Mr. Hanks then entered private practice, representing corporate clients in product liability, construction, and commercial litigation matters before moving to Georgia in 2017.

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