Elissa Haynes is an experienced litigator with a civil litigation and appellate practice focused primarily on defending claims involving general liability, negligent security, premises liability, personal/catastrophic injuries, wrongful death, and religious institution liability. Elissa is involved in all aspects of the litigation process and has served as lead counsel in trial and on appeal. Elissa routinely consults on appellate matters and often begins her involvement at the trial court level to perfect the record and maximize chances of an advantageous result in any subsequent appeal. Her background as a former plaintiff's personal injury attorney provides her with a unique perspective and leverage to successfully resolve even the most complex cases. 

Elissa currently serves as Treasurer of the State Bar of Georgia's Young Lawyers Division ("YLD") and Chair of the Georgia Defense Lawyers Association's Amicus Curiae Committee where she is tasked with reviewing amicus requests from GDLA members as well as authoring and submitting briefs on issues that pose particular significance to the defense bar. She is also a graduate of the 2016 YLD Leadership Academy and previously served as Chair of the YLD Appellate Admissions and Legislative Affairs Committees.  

Elissa received her J.D. from Loyola University New Orleans College of Law and her B.A. in Criminal Justice from the University of Georgia where she graduated cum laude. In law school, Elissa was an active member of the Moot Court Program, winning first place and the award for "Best Oral Argument" at the Tulane Sports Law Competition and later serving on the Executive Moot Court Board.

Additionally, Elissa has been recognized as a Georgia Super Lawyer Rising Star and has received an AV Preeminent Rating from Martindale Hubbell for her high ethical standards and professionalism. 

Elissa was born and raised in Marietta, Georgia and currently resides in Chamblee.

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Education


Loyola University New Orleans College of Law, J.D., 2011
University of Georgia, B.A., 2008

Court Admissions


All Georgia State and Federal Courts 
United States Supreme Court

Memberships


State Bar of Georgia Young Lawyer's Division 
     -Treasurer 

Georgia Defense Lawyers Association 
     -Amicus Curiae Brief Committee Chair 

Atlanta Bar Association

CLM Alliance

Defense Research Institute

Results


Successfully defended a property owner at the summary judgment stage and on appeal in a gas station shooting case. Briefed and argued the appeal before the Georgia Court of Appeals. The Georgia Supreme Court denied Appellant's Petition for Certiorari. The opinion can be found here. Further coverage can be found here. The case is Bolton v. Golden Business, Inc., 348 Ga. App. 761 (2019).
 
Served as lead appellate counsel in negligent security gas station shooting case where the Georgia Court of Appeals granted Defendant's Application for Interlocutory Appeal.
 
Obtained back to back defense verdicts while serving as first chair in two disputed liability car accident trials in DeKalb and Fulton County (July and August 2019)
 
Served as lead appellate counsel in an appeal involving trial court's exclusion of evidence of Plaintiff’s retirement benefits. Georgia Court of Appeals affirmed trial court's denial of Plaintiff's motion for new trial.
 
Obtained summary judgment and an award of attorney’s fees pursuant to O.C.G.A. § 9-15-14 in homeowner's dispute surrounding unpaid assessments.
 
Obtained summary judgment in declaratory judgment action stemming from a shooting at a nightclub.