Benson Ward practices insurance defense litigation, with a focus on workers' compensation and major insurance matters including bad faith, insurance coverage, and arson & fraud investigations throughout the southeast.

Mr. Ward represents insurers, third party administrators, self-insureds, and employers, and defends insurance companies in State and Federal Courts. He has particular experience with self-insured businesses, manufacturing companies, the food & beverage industry, and the poultry industry.

He works with insurance companies and carriers in the evaluation and the investigation of all nature of insurance claims, and counsels clients regarding work-related injuries and potential claims. His practice includes conducting examinations under oath, taking and defending depositions including those of expert witnesses, trying cases, and arguing appeals.  Recent appellate matters of note include prevailing with Mike Bagley and John Blackmon before the Supreme Court of Georgia in the case of MARTA v. Reid, and preparing an Amicus Brief to the Supreme Court of Georgia, along with two colleagues from the firm, on behalf of the Georgia Self-Insurer's Association, Georgia Manufacturer's Association, and the Georgia Poultry Federation in the case of McRae v. Arby's.

Mr. Ward is a frequent speaker for client seminars and presentations, and since 2009 has co-authored the Mercer Law Review's annual survey of Georgia Workers' Compensation law.  He is a co-author, along with Mike Bagley and John Ferguson, of the recent 9th Edition of the GWCA's Workers' Compensation Desk Manual. From 2011-2015, Benson was named a Georgia Rising Star by Super Lawyers.  Only 2.5 percent of the attorneys in Georgia are honored on the Georgia Rising Stars list. He is also an AV Preeminent rated lawyer by Martindale Hubbell.

Mr. Ward is involved with the Georgia Chapter of the National Multiple Sclerosis Society, and was a member of the MS Leadership Class of 2013.

Education


University of Georgia, J.D., 2005, Cum Laude

University of Georgia, B.A., 2002, Summa cum laude with honors

Court Admissions


All Georgia State and Federal Courts

USDC Northern and Middle District

Georgia Court of Appeals

Georgia Supreme Court

11th Circuit Court of Appeals

Memberships


State Bar of Georgia

American Bar Association

Southern Loss Association

Metro Fire Investigators Association

Atlanta Bar Association

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