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 tried hundreds of Workers’ Compensation cases across the State, and is a frequent speaker and author in the areas of Workers' Compensation and disability discrimination, for both local and national audiences.  In 2009, he was inducted into the College of Workers' Compensation Lawyers, a national organization of attorneys who have made a sustained contribution in the law.  Mr. Kniffen has been selected as a Georgia Super Lawyer in the area of Workers' Compensation every year since its inception in 2004, and has received an AV Preeminent Rating from Martindale Hubbell for his high ethical standards and professionalism. Mr. Kniffen is a past Chair of the Defense Research Institute’s Workers’ Compensation and Employer Liability Section, and the Atlanta Bar Association’s Workers’ Compensation Section, and currently serves as Immediate Past Chair of the State Bar of Georgia’s Labor and Employment Section, which was Section of the Year under his leadership.  In 2015, Mr. Kniffen was nominated and inducted into the International Association of Defense Counsel. He also serves on the State Board of Workers’ Compensation Chairman's Advisory Council Licensure Committee which vets Legislation and Policy for Georgia's Workers' Compensation System.

Mr. Kniffen’s Employment Law cases include  Discrimination, Harassment and Hostile Work Environment Charges under Title VII,  Cases filed under the ADA, FMLA, health care laws, Medicare issues and GINA (Genetic Information Non-Discrimination Act) as well as Wage and Hour cases.  He works closely with Risk Managers and Human Resource professionals to identify and resolve problems before they reach litigation, and has represented employers and their insurers in employment-related cases before the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, United States District Courts and the Eleventh Circuit Court of Appeals, both in Georgia and around the Southeast.

Mr. Kniffen has represented multiple industries and businesses throughout the State and Region, from Manufacturers to Hospitals, as well as many Self-Insured employers and Group Funds.  Mr. Kniffen is especially proud of his many years of representing Georgia’s Cities and Counties throughout the State through the Georgia Municipal Association and the Association of County Commissioners of Georgia.  

Education


Mercer University, J.D., 1984, Cum Laude

Mercer University, B.A., 1981, Magna Cum Laude

Court Admissions


All Georgia State and Federal Courts

USDC Northern and Middle Districts

Georgia Court of Appeals

Georgia Supreme Court

Memberships


American Bar Association, Torts & Insurance, Employer’s Liability and Workers’ Compensation

State Bar of Georgia, Labor & Employment Law Section

Atlanta Bar Association

Defense Research Institute, Workers’ Compensation Section

Gwinnett Chamber of Commerce and Chairman’s Club

International Association of Defense Counsel

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