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.
Loyola University New Orleans College of Law, J.D., 2011
University of Georgia, B.A., 2008
All Georgia State and Federal Courts
United States Supreme Court
State Bar of Georgia Young Lawyer's Division
Georgia Defense Lawyers Association
-Amicus Curiae Brief Committee Chair
Atlanta Bar Association
Defense Research Institute