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Robert B. Wedge

Robert B. Wedge

Partner in Charge

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Overview

Bob Wedge is an experienced trial lawyer who engages in litigation involving construction contracts and claims, commercial contracts and leases, professional liability claims involving attorneys, architects and engineers, insurance coverage and surety bond disputes, and personal injury, wrongful death and property damage claims. He is also an experienced appellate lawyer, having more than fifty reported cases in state and federal courts, and has acted as a mediator of large commercial and construction cases for more than twenty years. Bob is a member of the firm's Management Committee and is the partner in charge of the Atlanta office.

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Achievements
  • Georgia Super Lawyers, Listed Construction Litigation (2012-2016)
  • Selected to Super Lawyers Business Edition list, Construction Litigation (2013-2015)
Experience

Representative Work

Mr. Wedge has more than fifty reported cases.  Some of his representative cases arising in a variety of practice areas are as follows:

  • Benson-Jones v. Sysco Food Services of Atlanta, LLC, 287 Ga. App. 579, 651 S.E.2d 839 (2007) (personal injury/death litigation, products liability)
  • Brooks v. Dime Savings Bank of New York, 217 Ga. App. 441, 457 S.E.2d 706 (1995) (legal professional liability)
  • Canal Insurance Co. v. Cambron, 240 Ga. 708, 242 S.E.2d 32 (1978) (personal injury/death, upholding complaint in equity to set aside judgment based upon fraud)
  • Capital Construction Co. v. Professional Service Industries, Inc., 258 Ga. App. 44, 574 S.E.2d 333 (2002) (construction, engineering professional liability)
  • Carr v. Jacuzzi Bros., Inc., 133 Ga. App. 70, 210 S.E.2d 16 (1974) (products liability, Uniform Commercial Code litigation)
  • Coffey v. Alembik, 221 Ga. App. 501, 471 S.E.2d 590 (1996) (legal professional liability)
  • Coulter Electronics, Inc. v. Commercial Bank of Cobb County, 727 F.2d 1078 (11th Cir. 1984) (banking, forged instruments)
  • Crane Composites, Inc. v. Wayne Farms, LLC, 298 Ga. 271, 765 S.E.2d 921 (2014), overruling L. P. Gas Industrial Equipment Co. v. Burch, 306 Ga. App. 156, 701S.E.2d 602 (2010)  (established trigger date for Georgia's offer of settlement statute)
  • ESI, Inc. of Tennessee v. Westpoint Stevens, Inc., 254 Ga. App. 332, 562 S.E.2d 198 (2002) (construction and insurance litigation)
  • Fine & Block v. Evans, 201 Ga. App. 294, 411 S.E.2d 73 (1991) (legal professional liability)
  • Frame v. Hunter, Maclean, Exley & Dunn, P.C., 236 Ga. App. 226, 511 S.E.2d 585 (1999) (legal professional liability)
  • Georgetown Steel Corp. v. Union Carbide Corp., 892 F.2d 1041 (4th Cir. 1989) (construction, engineering professional liability)
  • Green v. White, 229 Ga. App. 776, 494 S.E.2d 681 (1997) (legal professional liability)
  • Matter of Head, 110 B.R. 621, 1990 WL 12260 (Bank. M.D. Ga. 1990) (bankruptcy, legal professional liability)
  • Hipple v. Brick, 202 Ga. App. 571, 415 S.E.2d 182 (1992) (legal professional liability)
  • Ibrahim v. Talley & Associates, P.C., 214 Ga. App. 609, 448 S.E.2d 707 (1994) (legal professional liability)
  • Ira H. Hardin Co. v. Martin  Associates, Inc., 147 Ga. App. 49, 248 S.E.2d 41 (1978) (construction litigation, release)
  • Kalustian v. McDonald, 194 Ga. App. 435, 390 S.E.2d 657 (1990) (legal professional liability)
  • Littleton v. Stone, 231 Ga. App. 150, 231 S.E.2d 150 (1998) (legal professional liability)
  • Office Depot, Inc. v. District at Howell Mill, LLC, 309 Ga. App. 525, 710 S.E.2d 685 (2011) (commercial lease litigation)
  • OFS Fitel, LLC v. Epstein, Becker & Green, P.C., 549 F.3d 1344 (11th Cir. 2008) (legal professional liability)
  • Thornton v. National American Ins. Co., 269 Ga. 518, 499 S.E.2d 894 (1998), reversing National American Ins. Co. v. Thornton, 225 Ga. App. 883, 485 S.E.2d 530 (1997) (legal professional liability)
  • Tunsil v. Jackson, 248 Ga. App. 496, 546 S.E.2d 875 (2001) (legal professional liability)
  • Walker v. Aderhold Properties, Inc., 303 Ga. App. 710, 694 S.E.2d 119 (2010) (personal injury, premises liability)
  • Weems v. Freeman, 234 Ga. 575, 216 S.E.2d 774 (1975) (construction, engineering professional liability)

* Past success does not indicate the likelihood of success in any future legal representation.

Thought Leadership

Presentations

Mr. Wedge has presented and published a number of papers in connection with various CLE programs and American Bar Association meetings, including the following:
 

  • "Cross-Examination of an Expert Witness in a Professional Liability Action," Institute of Continuing Legal Education in Georgia, Atlanta, Georgia, March 2, 2016.
  • "Builders Risk Insurance and Contractual Waivers of Claims" Annual Mid-Winter Meeting of the Insurance Coverage Litigation Committee of TIPS, American Bar Association, Phoenix, Arizona, Feb. 20, 2014 (published in the April 2015 edition of "The Brief" of the American Bar Association).
  • "Arbitration Ethics" Institute of Legal Education in Georgia, Atlanta, Georgia, August 20, 2010.
  • "Insurance in the Construction Industry - Surety Bonds 101," The Seminar Group, Atlanta, Georgia (2009).
  • "The Great Contingency Payment Clause Debate," Joint Program of the American Bar Association Forum on the Construction Industry and the Fidelity & Surety Committee of the American Bar Association, San Francisco, California, January 25, 1996.
  • "Federal Practice and Procedure: Discovery Abuses and Ethical Considerations," Institute of Continuing Legal Education in Georgia, April 28, 1995.
  • "Federal Appellate Practice: Developing/Protecting the Record for Appeal," Institute of Continuing Legal Education in Georgia, April 21, 1994.
  • "Who Should Pay for Environmental Claims? The Perspective of the Architect/Engineer," Fidelity & Surety Committee of the American Bar Association, Annual Convention, Atlanta, Georgia, August 12, 1991.
  • "Successful Trial Practice - Malpractice Challenges to the Litigator," Institute of Continuing Legal Education in Georgia, January 18, 1991.
  • "Successful Trial Practice - Malpractice Concerns of the Trial Practitioner," Institute of Continuing Legal Education in Georgia, January 19, 1990.
  • "Methods for Preparing a Complex Construction Case for Trial," Institute of Continuing Legal Education in Georgia, April 4, 1986.
  • "The Performance Bond - To Whom and For What?" Fidelity & Surety Committee of the American Bar Association, Annual Mid-Winter Meeting, New York, New York, January 31, 1986.
  • "The Surety's Discharge Defense - How Viable Is It to Claims of Owners and Lenders?" Fidelity and Surety Committee of the American Bar Association, Annual Convention, Washington, D.C., July 9, 1985.
Education
  • University of Georgia School of Law, J.D., 1972
  • University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, A.B., Economics, 1969
Admissions
  • Georgia
  • Georgia Court of Appeals
  • Georgia Supreme Court
  • United States District Court, Northern District of Georgia
  • United States District Court, Southern District of Georgia
  • United States Court of Appeals, Eleventh Circuit
Affiliations
  • Atlanta Bar Association
    • Chair, ADR Section (2011)
    • Board of Directors of ADR Section (2009-12)
    • Construction Law Section (1990-present)
    • Board of Directors (1995-99)
  • State Bar of Georgia
    • Board of Directors, Professional Liability Section (2012-present)
    • Committee on Legal Malpractice Insurance (1997-2007), Chair (2003-2007)
  • American Bar Association
    • Forum Committee on the Construction Industry (1976-present)
    • Fidelity and Surety Law Committee of Tort and Insurance Practice Section (1978-present); Vice-Chair (1987-90)
  • Fellow, Lawyers Foundation of Georgia
  • Member, Lawyers Club of Atlanta (1975-present)
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