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Smith Moore Leatherwood Adds Three Attorneys To Atlanta Office To Expand Transportation Industry Team

Smith Moore Leatherwood Adds Three Attorneys To Atlanta Office To Expand Transportation Industry Team


November 21, 2014

Atlanta, GA. Smith Moore Leatherwood LLP has added three attorneys to the Atlanta office and the firm's transportation industry group : Matthew P. Stone, Shawn N. Kalfus and Kori E. Flake have joined the firm's Georgia headquarters to bolster the firm's transportation team. With more than 20 years of experience in the transportation industry, Stone will lead the Georgia team, which will also include other Atlanta attorneys.

"The combined experience of Matt, Shawn and Kori brings the opportunity to strengthen the transportation industry team and grow our casualty litigation business in Georgia and nationally," said Rob Moseley, practice leader. "We will now have more than 22 transportation attorneys located between Georgia, North Carolina and South Carolina, making us more accessible to our clients than ever before."

Stone has extensive experience in the transportation industry focusing on resolving motor vehicle liability claims against companies, drivers and insurers in the trucking and transportation industry, including motor carriers, specialty haulers, governmental and private bus lines and motor coaches, waste haulers, mobile cranes, and emergency and non-emergency transportation providers. He also regularly represents automobile dealerships in litigation, consumer and regulatory issues. He has tried cases in all of Georgia's federal judicial districts and many of Georgia's 49 judicial circuits, and he has represented clients in more than 75 appeals to the state and federal appellate courts in Georgia.

Stone has been named one of the Top Rated Lawyers in Transportation by Corporate Counsel magazine and The American Lawyer. He is one of two attorneys in the country who is an approved instructor for the North American Transportation Management Institute, which is dedicated exclusively to providing internationally recognized university affiliated professional certification and training seminars for truck, bus and transit fleet professionals. Stone is a graduate of University of California, Los Angeles and Loyola University School of Law.  

"I am excited to join Smith Moore Leatherwood and its nationally recognized transportation industry team," said Attorney Matt Stone. "Our goal is to grow the casualty litigation services in Georgia and provide more depth of services to our clients nationally."

Kalfus focuses his practice on the defense of wrongful death and catastrophic injury cases. He has extensive experience defending commercial motor vehicle companies and their drivers, automobile dealerships, health clubs, restaurant franchises, insurance companies and insurance brokers. Kalfus is a graduate of the University of Georgia and Emory University School of Law.

Flake also works in the transportation practice group. Prior to joining Smith Moore Leatherwood, she received a B.A. from the University of Georgia, where she received degrees in Criminal Justice and Psychology, summa cum laude.  She earned her J.D. from the University of Georgia School of Law, cum laude, where she was a member of the moot court and mock trial teams. She was also a student member of the Henry S. Lumpkin American Inn of Court.

Smith Moore Leatherwood's transportation group represents both large and small trucking companies as insureds on behalf of numerous national insurance companies and as self-insureds.  In addition, the firm has served for many years as outside General Counsel for several commercial vehicle insurers and is experienced in all aspects of transportation law including issues involving federal and state statutes and regulations promulgated by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, the Department of Transportation and state Public Service Commissions.

As part of the array of transportation services provided to firm clients, Smith Moore Leatherwood offers an after-hours emergency response team to service clients with urgent needs following a catastrophic accident. The team members have handled numerous night time and weekend emergencies for their clients. Members of the emergency response team take responsibility for preserving physical and electronic evidence, taking driver and witness statements, making arrangements for cargo salvage, and managing relations with law enforcement.

For more information, contact:
Brandy Humphries (brandyh@hughes-agency.com)
864.271.0718

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