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Twelve Drew Eckl & Farnham Attorneys Selected for Georgia Super Lawyers® and Rising Stars®

February 07, 2019 BY DEF Admin

We are proud to announce that twelve of our attorneys have been selected for inclusion on the Georgia Super Lawyers® and Rising Stars® lists for 2019.

Super Lawyer Honorees

Only five percent of the lawyers in the state are named by Super Lawyers. The selections for this esteemed list are made by the research team at Super Lawyers, which is a service of the Thomson Reuters, Legal division based in Eagan, MN. Each year, the research team at Super Lawyers undertakes a rigorous multi-phase selection process that includes a statewide survey of lawyers, independent evaluation of candidates by the attorney-led research staff, a peer review of candidates by practice area, and a good-standing and disciplinary check.


H. Michael BagleyWorkers' Compensation. Mike Bagley has been practicing for more than 37 years in both First Party Insurance Matters and Workers’ Compensation defense. He has extensive experience in insurance coverage and in representing the health care industry, governmental agencies, and manufacturers. He has tried hundreds of cases around the Southeast and in virtually every county in Georgia, and he has taken and defended thousands of depositions including expert witness statements. Mr. Bagley has been listed as a Super Lawyer every year since the inception of the honor.


Paul W. Burke, Insurance Coverage. Paul Burke has been practicing law for 34 years and has extensive experience in commercial and civil litigation including first party insurance coverage, creditor litigation and cargo litigation. Mr. Burke earned his CPCU in 2001 which is a professional designation in property-casualty insurance and risk management held by just over 1% of those in the insurance industry. Mr. Burke has been listed as a Super Lawyer every year since 2009.


John A. Ferguson, Jr., Workers' Compensation. John Ferguson has been practicing Workers' Compensation law for more than 40 years.  Mr. Ferguson represents corporations and insurance companies throughout Georgia. Mr. Ferguson has been listed as a Super Lawyer every year since the inception of the honor.


Julie Y. JohnWorkers' Compensation. Julie John has been practicing law for over 30 years and concentrates her efforts in the defense of Workers’ Compensation claims for employers, insurers, self-insurers, and self-insured funds throughout Georgia. She serves clients in many industries and has particular experience in city and county government, transportation and carriers, healthcare providers, manufacturing, small entrepreneurial organizations as well as charitable groups. Mrs. John has been listed as a Super Lawyer every year since the inception of the honor.


Daniel C. KniffenWorkers' Compensation. Dan Kniffen has been representing Employers for 33 years in the defense of Workers’ Compensation and Employment Law cases.  Because of his unique experience in these overlapping areas, Mr. Kniffen specializes in guiding clients through the often complex interactions of these laws in both Litigation and Risk Management. Mr. Kniffen has been listed as a Super Lawyer every year since the inception of the honor.


Hall F. McKinley, III, Civil Litigation: Defense. Hall McKinley has been practicing for more than 38 years with a focus on trucking companies, the retail industry, general insurance litigation, and larger self-insured companies. He serves General Counsel, in-house Legal Departments, Claims Departments, and Risk Managers in litigating matters in state and federal courts. Mr. McKinley and his team handle and try cases statewide. Mr. McKinley has been listed as a Super Lawyer every year since 2012.


David L. RusnakBusiness Litigation. David L. Rusnak focuses his practice on state and federal litigation, risk management, and alternative dispute resolution (mediation and arbitration). Since 1984, Mr. Rusnak has represented local, regional and national clients in commercial, financial, real estate and construction matters, guiding and representing developers, building owners, lenders, landlords and tenants, contractors, engineers and vendors, as well as other commercial concerns and interests, through all phases of complex and common state and federal litigation, appeals and alternative dispute resolution procedures, as well as pre-litigation dispute resolution, work outs, claims avoidance, and contract negotiation (of construction-related agreements). 

Rising Star Honorees

Rising Stars is a listing of exceptional lawyers who are 40 years or under, or who have been practicing for 10 years or less and have attained a high degree of peer recognition and professional achievement. Only 2.5 percent of the total lawyers in the state are honored on the Rising Stars list.


Allison M. EscottGeneral Litigation. For the past twelve years, Ms. Escott has practiced in general civil litigation defense across many fields. Her areas of practice include transportation, particularly commercial trucking, premises liability, construction, and commercial litigation.  Ms. Escott works with clients to conduct comprehensive analyses and valuations of wide-ranging claims in preparation for mediation or trial, achieving positive results while minimizing potential risk to insurance carriers and their insureds. 


Myles LevelleBanking. Myles Levelle has significant experience in the credit industry, representing local, regional and international banks and financial institutions, hedge funds and private equity firms. This work includes programs designed to maximize recovery initiatives and provide secure compliance with regulatory agencies and risk management standards. In addition, Mr. Levelle has a solid background in construction litigation with mid to large size contracting firms building hotels, condominiums and apartments across the southeast. Mr. Levelle has been listed as a Rising Star in 2018 and 2019.


William J. MartinCivil Litigation: Defense. Will Martin is an experienced trial lawyer representing businesses in personal injury and wrongful death litigation. His practice focuses on all types of premises liability, product liability, and commercial transportation cases. Mr. Martin has served as national, local, and trial counsel defending product manufacturers in litigation involving asbestos, diacetyl, talc, consumer cosmetics, industrial equipment components, construction equipment, and automotive products. He has represented clients at trials, hearings, mediations, and depositions in more than 35 states.


Eric R. MullProfessional Liability: Defense. Eric Mull has been practicing for 11 years in insurance defense litigation, with a focus in the areas of construction defect, professional malpractice, and first party property insurance matters.  He represents his clients in their investigation and adjustment of large scale property claims and in defending his clients in coverage, bad faith litigation and arson, fraud, and property damage cases in State and Federal Courts in Georgia and the Southeastern United States.  Eric’s clients include insurers, third-party administrators, and self-insureds.  Mr. Mull has been listed as a Rising Star since 2016.


Bonnie S. Timms  has dedicated more than a decade to practicing workers' compensation law throughout the State of Georgia.  In addition to representing parties in workers' compensation claims, Bonnie is also a certified mediator specializing in workers' compensation claims.