Charlie chairs the Firm’s Insurance Coverage and Bad Faith Litigation practice group. Charlie, an “AV Preeminent” rated lawyer, has over 25 years of experience advising insurers in the management of risk through representation in complex coverage and bad faith litigation, involving both first party and third party insurance policies. He prosecutes and defends insurance coverage and bad faith disputes involving a wide range of policies including first party property, commercial liability, professional liability, directors and officers, employment practices liability, excess and umbrella; he regularly addresses matters involving fraud and arson, coverage exclusions, number of occurrences, trigger and scope of coverage, allocation, property valuation and damages, other insurance provisions and various policy endorsements. This area of practice includes coverage analysis for claims arising from breaches of data security. In addition to his comprehensive coverage practice, Charlie maintains a complex litigation defense practice involving personal injury and business litigation. The personal injury defense practice focuses on catastrophic bodily injury and wrongful death cases arising out of transportation collisions, including trucking litigation and highway design and defects, construction and negligent or inadequate premises security arising out of criminal attacks and sexual assaults. The business litigation centers on data management and security and addresses breach of contract disputes, as well as various business torts, including claims of nuisance and trespass. Charlie combines and utilizes his knowledge and experience in insurance coverage and third party defense practices to counsel and advise insurers in favorably resolving multi-party, complex tort and construction litigation. His representation extends throughout the Southeast, as he has successfully resolved disputes in Alabama, Florida, South Carolina, and Tennessee, as well as Georgia. He is admitted to the bar of the United States Supreme Court, the 3rd and 11th Circuit Courts of Appeals and the District Courts of Georgia, Northern and Middle, and New Jersey. Charlie is an author and lecturer on various insurance coverage and litigation defense topics for clients and various industry based organizations, including NBI’s “Understanding Current CGL Policy in Georgia”, Lorman’s “Litigating the Uninsured and Underinsured Motorist Claim” and the Georgia Bar’s “31st Annual Insurance Law Institute”. He previously served on the Editorial Board of the CGL Reporter, and is currently working with Case Finders; these publications offer comprehensive case summaries, published bi-monthly, by the International Risk Management Institute, Inc. He summarizes cases involving professional liability, employers practices liability, commercial property and liability, and umbrella/excess liability cases.
Fred has been practicing civil litigation exclusively for over 30 years and has tried in excess of 100 Jury Trials. He concentrates his practice in the defense of businesses and individuals in civil lawsuits, including business and commercial litigation and defense in all areas of tort litigation. Fred is also active in the Trucking Industry Defense Association and has handled numerous liability and coverage cases in the trucking and transportation area, as well as cargo claims. He has participated in hundreds of mediations and is retained routinely by the Firm’s clients to handle cases in Georgia’s Appellate Courts. Fred further handles numerous cases involving insurance coverage disputes and bad faith litigation, involving both first and third party claims and first party property damage claims. He has spoken at numerous legal and claims seminars throughout the United States and has published several articles on tort insurance law and insurance coverage. Fred is the Chair of the Firm’s General Liability practice. In 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012 and 2014, Fred was an honoree on the Georgia Super Lawyers® list in Atlanta Magazine and is AV Preeminent rated by Martindale-Hubbell. Since 2013, he has been selected by his peers for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America®.
Sarah has been practicing law in Charleston, South Carolina for fifteen years. She is a 1999 graduate of the Wake Forest University School of Law. Sarah is the co-chair of the firm’s General Liability Practice and provides clients with legal services in the areas of construction litigation, professional liability, premises liability, personal injury defense, and insurance coverage disputes and bad faith litigation. A frequent speaker at seminars and events, Sarah has presented on topics such as: Preparing an Effective Trial Notebook, The Use of Biomechanical Experts, Civility in the Practice of Law, Jury Charges, Verdict Forms & Special Interrogatories, Bad Faith, AIA Contracts, Demonstrative Evidence, the Tripartite Relationship, and First Party Coverage. She has been featured in South Carolina Lawyers Weekly, following a successful trial result which was affirmed on appeal in a published decision. Sarah is a Past President of the Charleston Lawyers Club, an organization with more than fifty years of focus on community service and events designed to promote the camaraderie of the local bar. She is currently serving her second term on the Board of Directors for the South Carolina Defense Trial Attorneys Association. The firm proudly supported Sarah during her notable run for election to Circuit Court Judge, which was only defeated by one vote in the South Carolina General Assembly. Sarah is also a member of the Claims & Litigation Management Alliance, the Defense Research Institute, the South Carolina Women Lawyers Association and the Women’s Construction Litigation Alliance. She is also AV Preeminent rated by Martindale-Hubbell. Sarah was awarded the South Carolina Leadership in Law Award in 2016. This event recognizes legal professionals from across the Palmetto State, who have achieved success in their law practice, made contributions to society and have had an impact on the legal industry. Over the years, Sarah has enjoyed expanding her general liability and insurance defense background to focus on construction litigation. She enjoys defending general contractors, subcontractors, architects and engineers, and has also had experience assisting insurance carriers with a variety of construction claims issues.
Kathy concentrates her practice on professional liability defense and transportation law. Her experience includes a wide range of malpractice, commercial, construction and trucking cases. She provides clients with exceptional legal services in all areas of her work. Kathy was named to the South Carolina Rising Stars® list for 2013-2015. Rising Stars® is a listing of exceptional lawyers who are 40 years of age or under, or who have been practicing for 10 years or less, and have attained a high degree of peer recognition and professional achievement. Only 2.5 percent of the total lawyers in the state are honored on the Rising Stars® list. Kathy graduated from law school in 2000 and began her career as a Law Clerk to the Honorable A. Victor Rawl, Judge for the Ninth Circuit. She also served as a prosecutor in the Ninth Circuit Solicitor’s Office in Charleston, South Carolina for two years. She has tried numerous cases in the South Carolina Courts.
Laura is a Partner in the Charleston office of Carlock, Copeland & Stair, LLP. She practices in the firm’s Construction Litigation, General Liability Practice, and Insurance Coverage and Bad Faith Litigation Groups and holds an AV Preeminent Peer Review rating by Martindale-Hubbell. Laura’s practice focuses primarily on Construction and Design Defect Litigation representing contractors and design professionals involved in a variety of disputes. Further, Laura represents design professionals involved in the development of various types of construction projects where she enjoys assisting architects and engineers in negotiating and drafting contracts. Laura believes strongly in strategic planning for efficacious, long-term relationships. She also provides corporate and individual clients with exceptional legal services in the areas of insurance defense, personal injury defense, and premises liability defense. She has successfully developed and executed resolution plans representing corporate entities and individuals in dozens of pre-litigation disputes and litigated cases. In addition to her practice with the firm, she is a published author, speaker, and avid volunteer. She is a member of the Board of Directors for the South Carolina Women Lawyers Association and serves on the Cinderella Project Charleston Organizing Committee. She is a graduate of the South Carolina Bar Leadership Academy’s 2014 class. Laura has represented clients in mediation, arbitration, and litigation in the state and federal courts and was voted a “Rising Star” by Super Lawyers.
Mark is Of Counsel in the Atlanta office. Before practicing law, Mark was an armor officer in the United States Army. After law school, Mark clerked for Judge Stanley F. Birch, Jr., of the United States Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit. He is Assistant Group Leader of the firm’s Commercial Litigation practice group and a member of the Appellate practice group. He focuses on managing the firm’s Director and Officer Liability team. Mark has over a decade of experience with representing officers and employees of large commercial enterprises with investigations and disputes, either as counsel to the company or separate counsel when a conflict arises. Mark has experience litigating disputes with shareholders and regulators, with a particular focus on accounting matters relating to revenue recognition, impairment of intangibles, and other issues touching financial statements. Mark has also rendered advice in connection with shareholder list requests, and other actions parallel to tender offers, proxy contests, mergers, and other disputes between management and shareholders. In addition, Mark has represented hedge funds and other investment vehicles in connection with disputes with investors based on adherence to operating agreements and investment strategies. Mark also has broad experience with a variety of disputes arising in the context of commercial relationships. He has assisted with business divorces, enforced a variety of commercial contracts, and sought and obtained equitable relief in courts across Georgia. In addition to complex contract claims, Mark has litigated trade secret, products liability, the uniform commercial code, RICO, and related business torts. He also assists with the firm’s robust Legal and Accounting Malpractice teams. Mark has assisted clients in a wide variety of industries, including the financial, shipping, manufacturing, medical, firearms, telecommunications, technology, and automotive industries. Mark is an experienced appellate practitioner. He has argued in the Eleventh Circuit and won appeals in other venues. Mark was selected by Georgia Super Lawyers® as a Rising Star® for 2011, 2013, 2015.
Melissa is an associate in the Atlanta office of Carlock Copeland. Her litigation practice is concentrated in general liability defense, including premises liability, automobile liability, insurance coverage issues, and trucking and transportation litigation. Melissa has also handled numerous cargo claims. Prior to joining Carlock Copeland, Melissa was an attorney with a litigation firm in Savannah, where she practiced in the areas of municipal and county liability defense, commercial litigation, and legal malpractice defense. Melissa earned her undergraduate degree summa cum laude from Georgia Southern University. She attended the University of Georgia School of Law, where she earned her degree cum laude. In law school, Melissa was a member of the moot court team. She competed in the Willem C. Vis International Commercial Arbitration Moot in Vienna, Austria, placing ninth in the world out of nearly 300 teams and second among the American delegation. Melissa also competed in the Philip C. Jessup International Law Moot Court Competition, where she received an individual best oralist and best brief awards. At graduation, Melissa was inducted into the National Order of Barristers.
Nick is an associate in the Charleston office, where his practice focuses on general civil litigation and construction litigation. He received his undergraduate degree from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, majoring in Communications with a focus on Media Studies and Production. While attending Wake Forest University School of Law he was a staff member on The Wake Forest Journal of Law and Policy and participated in the Duke-Geneva Institute of Transnational Law in Geneva, Switzerland.
Nick received the Cali award for Construction Law while at Wake Forest University.
Alex earned his B.A. in History from Wake Forest University and graduated cum laude from the University of South Carolina School of Law. While in law school, Alex was a member of the South Carolina Law Review and was inducted into the Order of the Wig and Robe and the Order of the Coif. His practice at Carlock Copeland focuses on construction litigation, construction defect litigation and general civil litigation. Alex has extensive litigation experience at all levels of South Carolina’s state trial and appellate courts. He has represented clients in a variety of business and commercial tort claims, as well as complex insurance coverage disputes.
Michael is an associate in our Atlanta office who focuses on civil litigation with an emphasis on premises liability, general liability and insurance coverage matters. Michael has an extensive trial and appellate litigation background and has tried dozens of cases before judges and juries. He has represented state officers and officials sued for alleged constitutional violations and tort claims. His experience also includes investigating and mediating allegations of deliberate indifference, wrongful death and, professional negligence under the Georgia Tort Claims Act. Michael achieved multiple Not Guilty verdicts in multi-day, complex felony criminal trials. As an Assistant Attorney General, he garnered the fastest civil defense verdict in the Middle District of Georgia (according to Federal Magistrate Judge Stephen Hyles). He has represented individuals on cases in the 11th Circuit Court of Appeals, the Georgia Court of Appeals, and one case that went to the Georgia Supreme Court. His numerous accomplishments in the courtroom earned him the designation as one of the National Trial Lawyers Top 40 Under 40.
Michael is fluent in Spanish & Italian.
G. Graham Thompson an associate in the Chattanooga office has become a member of Chattanooga’s Brock-Cooper American Inn of Court. Membership is by nomination only, and its members represent less than 10% of the attorneys practicing in the Chattanooga area. Graham has extensive experience in general liability defense including automobile liability, premises liability, truck accidents, and coverage. Graham has also defended private sector clients in construction and employment matters. He is admitted to practice in both Tennessee and Virginia.
Graham earned his Juris Doctor from Washington and Lee University School of Law, where he was Notes Editor of the Journal of Energy, Climate, and the Environment, President of the Health Law Association, and a Justice of the Student Judicial Council. He holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in History and Political Science from Vanderbilt University. While at Vanderbilt he was Chairman of the Student Finance Committee, a Vice President of the Vanderbilt Student Government, and President of Sigma Nu Fraternity. He is also a graduate of McCallie School in Chattanooga, where he was a four-year boarding student and recipient of the Don C. Peglar Award and the Maurice Contor Award.