Thomas W. Malone

Attorney Profile

Top Rated Personal Injury Attorney in Atlanta, GA

Malone Law
 | Two Ravinia Drive, Suite 300
Atlanta, GA 30346
Phone: 770-390-7550
Selected to Super Lawyers: 2004 - 2017
Licensed Since: 1965
Practice Areas:
  • Personal Injury - General: Plaintiff (50%),
  • Personal Injury - Medical Malpractice: Plaintiff (40%),
  • Personal Injury - Products: Plaintiff (10%)
Attorney Profile

Thomas W. Malone is the founder of Malone Law in Atlanta, Georgia. With a practice focused on medical malpractice, Mr. Malone has more than 40 years of experience and has recovered several multimillion-dollar verdicts and settlements on behalf of his clients. His practice serves the Atlanta metropolitan area and Georgia statewide.

Mr. Malone is a graduate of the University of Georgia and earned his law degree from Mercer University's Walter F. George School of Law. He has been licensed to practice law in Georgia since 1965.

Recognized as a leader in his profession, Mr. Malone is a member of professional organizations including the Southern Trial Lawyers Association, the Georgia Trial Lawyers Association, the American Association for Justice, the International Society of Barristers and the International Academy of Trial Lawyers. He is a former president of the American Board of Professional Liability Attorneys and a fellow with the Litigation Counsel of America.

Honors and awards Mr. Malone has received over the years include the WarHorse Award from the Southern Trial Lawyers Association and the Tradition of Excellence Award from the State Bar of Georgia. He has also received awards from organizations including the American Bar Association and the Florida Justice Association.

Rated AV Preeminent,* the highest possible rating, from the peer-review service Martindale-Hubbell, Mr. Malone has also been featured in the publication "The Best Lawyers in America." He was also named in Georgia Trend Magazine's list of the top 100 Georgians in 1999 and the American Board of Trial Advocates named him in its 1995 feature "Trial Lawyer of the Year."

*AV®, BV®, AV Preeminent® and BV Distinguished® are registered certification marks of Reed Elsevier Properties Inc., used in accordance with the Martindale-Hubbell certification procedures, standards and policies. Ratings reflect the anonymous opinions of members of the bar and the judiciary. Martindale-Hubbell peer-review ratings fall into two categories – legal ability and general practice standards.

 
Practice Areas
Lawyer Practice Area Pie Chart

Personal Injury - General (50%): Motor Vehicle Accidents, Personal Injury - Plaintiff, Wrongful Death, Dram Shop Laws, Construction Accident, Brain Injury, Sexual Abuse - Plaintiff, Trucking Accidents, Premises Liability - Plaintiff

Personal Injury - Medical Malpractice (40%): Medical Malpractice, Birth Injury, Delayed or Incorrect Diagnosis, Informed Consent

Personal Injury - Products (10%): Motor Vehicle Defects, Medical Devices, Pharmaceutical, Products Liability

Focus Areas

Personal Injury - General: Motor Vehicle Accidents, Personal Injury - Plaintiff, Wrongful Death, Dram Shop Laws, Construction Accident, Brain Injury, Sexual Abuse - Plaintiff, Trucking Accidents, Premises Liability - Plaintiff

Personal Injury - Medical Malpractice: Medical Malpractice, Birth Injury, Delayed or Incorrect Diagnosis, Informed Consent

Personal Injury - Products: Motor Vehicle Defects, Medical Devices, Pharmaceutical, Products Liability

Selections

Selected to Super Lawyers for 14 yearsbottom-image

Super Lawyers: 2004 - 2017

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About Thomas Malone

Admitted: 1965, Georgia

Professional Webpage: www.malonelaw.com/tommy_malone.php

Honors and Awards:

  • Cover Spotlight, “The New King of Torts,” by Jerry Grillo, Georgia's Super Lawyers, 2010
  • Mel Award, Melvin M. Belli Society, 2009
  • Compassionate Gladiator Award, Florida Justice Association, 2009
  • Tommy Malone Great American Eagle Award, Southern Trial Lawyers Association, 2007
  • Pursuit of Justice Award, American Bar Association/Tort Trial and Insurance Practice Section, 2004
  • The Professor W. McKinley Smiley, Jr. Lighthouse Award, Southern Trial Lawyers Association, 2001
  • Trial Lawyer of the Year, Melvin M. Belli Society, 2001
  • Top 100 Georgians, Georgia Trend Magazine, 1999
  • Tradition of Excellence Award, State Bar of Georgia, 1999
  • Warhorse Award, Southern Trial Lawyers Association, 1996
  • Trial Lawyer of the Year, American Board of Trial Advocacy, Georgia Chapter, 1995
  • Most Powerful and Influential Georgians, Georgia Trend Magazine, January 1998
  • Most Powerful and Influential Georgians, Georgia Trend Magazine, January 1996
  • Small Office Hall of Fame, Initial Inductee, American Trial Lawyers Association
  • “Top Point Getter,”, Georgia's Super Lawyers, 2009 to Present
  • Georgia’s Top 100 Super Lawyers, 2004 to Present
  • Top 10 Super Lawyers, Georgia's Super Lawyers, 2009 to Present
  • All Editions, 1989 to Present, Best Lawyers in America
  • LawDragon 500
  • Bar Register of Preeminent Lawyers, Member, Martindale Hubbell
  • Super Lawyers

Special Licenses/Certifications:

  • Board Certified Medical Professional Liability Attorney by the American Board of Professional Liability Attorneys

Bar/Professional Activity:

  • Georgia Bar, 1965
  • Georgia Trial Lawyers Association
  • Southern Trial Lawyers Association
  • American Association for Justice
  • International Academy of Trial Lawyers
  • International Society of Barristers
  • Litigation Counsel of America, Fellow
  • Diversity Law Institute, Member
  • The Trial Law, Member
  • American Board of Professional Liability Attorneys, Past President

Scholarly Lectures and Writings:

  • "The New King of Torts: What Thomas Malone learned from Melvin Belli" Jerry Grillo, Georgia Super Lawyers, 2010
  • "One Of The Best Personal Injury And Litigation Lawyers.", Atlanta Magazine, August, 2002
  • "One of the most highly-feared malpractice attorneys of all time.", The Albany Journal, August 26, 2004, pg. 1
  • "One Of The State's Top Malpractice Attorneys.", Carrie Teegardin, Cody's Story: A Medical Ordeal, A Life Upended, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, April 29, 1999, Pg. A20-A21  
  • "A brilliant medical malpractice attorney.", Ron Rosenbaum, End H.M.O. 'Telephone Triage': Pass the Patients' Rights Bill, The New York Observer, June 25, 2001, pg. 23.

Verdicts and Settlements:

  • $600,000.00 || WRONGFUL DEATH, MEDICAL NEGLIGENCE || representing compensatory damages for the full value of the life of a four-month-old infant who was anesthetized without an established IV access for a routine hernia operation. When the child became hypotensive, the anesthesiologist could not find a vein for the administration of life-saving drugs. Kisner v. Saucier, et al., Superior Court of Sumter County, Georgia, (1987).
  • $700,000.00 || WRONGFUL DEATH, MEDICAL NEGLIGENCE, FAILURE TO PROPERLY TREAT POSTOPERATIVE INFECTION || representing compensatory damages for the wrongful death of a 26-year-old man who died of infection while in a hospital following a gunshot wound. Irish et al. v. Lane et al.., Superior Court of Dougherty County, Georgia, (1988).
  • $800,000.00 || WRONGFUL DEATH, TRUCK DRIVER NEGLIGENCE || representing compensatory damages for the wrongful death of a 26-year-old husband and father due to the negligence of a truck drive who failed to stop at the stop sign. Vickie Ray, et al. v. Summerford Truck Line, Inc., et al., United States District Court, Middle District, Georgia, Albany- Americus Division, (1988).
  • $926,000.00 || BRAIN INJURY, MEDICAL NEGLIGENCE || representing compensatory damages for medical malpractice against a hospital for brain injury suffered as a result of post-operative bleeding in the neck, which went undiagnosed and untreated until after irreversible brain injury had occurred. Debra Avant v. Southern Regional Medical Center, Inc., et al Superior Court of Fulton County, Georgia, C.A.F. E-35510 (1995).
  • $1,015,538.20 || WRONGFUL DEATH, TRUCK DRIVER NEGLIGENCE || representing compensatory damages equaling the full value of the life of 43-year-old man killed in a collision with a tractor-trailer carrying a load of logs as the driver pulled out from behind another truck and into his lane of travel. Leslie Phillips, et al. v. Meeks Logging Co., Inc., Superior Court of Emanuel County, Georgia, C.A.F. 01-CV-211 (2002).
  • $1,200,000.00 || BRAIN INJURY RESULTING IN DEATH, TRUCK DRIVER NEGLIGENCE || representing the full value of the life of a seven-year-old child who was killed due to the negligence of a truck driver who jumped out of his truck loaded with gravel as it careened downhill to a roadway blocked by a low-boy trailer crossing the road as other negligent persons were attempting to load a front end-loader. Avant, et al. v. Bridges, et al., State Court of Bibb County, Georgia, (1984).
  • $1,250,000.00 || WRONGFUL DEATH, MEDICAL NEGLIGENCE, BOTCHED SURGERY || representing compensatory damages awarded for the wrongful death of a 60-year-old wife and mother who underwent a negligently performed back operation where the instruments went through the operative field into the abdomen, severing major blood vessels resulting in death due to blood loss. .Austin v. Kaufman et al., Superior Court of Fulton County, Georgia (1990).
  • $1,625,000.00 || WRONGFUL DEATH, MEDICAL NEGLIGENCE, BOTCHED SURGERY || representing compensatory damages awarded for the wrongful death of 37-year-old single mother of two undergoing surgery for a tubal ligation and dilatation and curettage (D and C). Plaintiff also recovered prejudgment interest of $198,700.84. Wainwright v. Wendell E. Phillips, M.D., Superior Court of Fulton County, Georgia, (1992).
  • $1,950,000.00 || SPINAL CORD INJURY, MEDICAL NEGLIGENCE || representing compensatory damages awarded to a 73-year-old lady who was administered an anticoagulant to minimize blood clots. She suffered permanent, partial paralysis due to a failure to promptly diagnose and treat compression of her spinal cord caused by bleeding into her epidural space following withdrawal of an epidural catheter. Roe v. Heidary, et al., Superior Court of Chatham County, Georgia, (1992).
  • $2,250,000.00 || WRONGFUL DEATH, TRUCK DRIVER NEGLIGENCE || representing compensatory damages for the wrongful death of a 41-year-old automobile mechanic and father of three who died after colliding with a poorly lighted semi-tractor trailer blocking both lanes of travel on a rural road after becoming jackknifed when the driver attempted an illegal turn in the roadway. Davis v. Cooper, et al., Superior Court of Fulton County, Georgia, (1991).
  • $3,000,000.00 || WRONGFUL DEATH, PREMISES LIABILITY || representing compensatory damages for the wrongful death of two young boys and Joe Delaney, Kansas City Chiefs football player and 1981 AFC Rookie of the Year. Joe Delaney drowned while attempting to rescue the drowning boys in a pond located at a City owned water park. Carolyn Delaney, et al. v. City of Monroe, Louisiana, et al. State of Louisiana, Parish of Ouachita, 4th District Court (1987).
  • $3,003,000.00 || MEDICAL NEGLIGENCE, BOTCHED SURGERY || representing compensatory damages to a 76-year-old woman for her claims of medical malpractice against a thoracic surgeon for injuries she suffered as a result of the surgeon severing her esophagus during surgery. The woman subsequently struggled to swallow and eat solid foods, and required repeated procedures to expand the scar tissue and re-open her esophagus. Nina K. Spurlock v. James M. Freeman and Cardiovascular Surgery Associates, P.C., Superior Court of Dougherty County, Georgia, C.A.F. 97-CV-1083-1 (1998).
  • $5,250,000.00 || WRONGFUL DEATH, PROPANE GAS EXPLOSION || representing compensatory damages for the wrongful death of three children who died as a result of burns sustained in a propane explosion due to the negligence of an agent for Blossman Gas, Inc. in illegally filling an out-of-date 100-pound propane tank with a defective valve. Ginger Evans v. Blossman Gas, Inc., Blossman Gas, Inc. of Georgia, and H&H Shoppette, Inc., State Court of Fulton County, Georgia, C.A.F. 03-VS-050554 (2004).
  • $5,537,420.00 || BRAIN INJURY, TRUCK DRIVER NEGLIGENCE || representing compensatory damages for brain damage suffered by a 49-year-old retired U.S. Marine Corps master gunnery sergeant who was injured after a truck driver crossed over center of a divided highway and collided with plaintiff's car, which was pulled off to side of road. Plaintiff also recovered $623,000.00 in prejudgment interest. Baker v. Brown Transport Co., et al., Superior Court of Fulton County, Georgia (1986).
  • $6,177,454.00 || BRAIN DAMAGE, MEDICAL NEGLIGENCE || representing compensatory damages for brain injury a child suffered at birth due to the failure of nurses to monitor the mother's blood pressure during labor. Jennifer and Gerald Garland, et al. v. Phoebe Putney Memorial Hospital, Inc., Superior Court of Dougherty County, Georgia, C.A.F. 92-CV-4038 (1993).
  • $6,250,000.00 || MEDICAL NEGLIGENCE, BOTCHED SURGERY || representing compensatory damages to 32-year-old man who suffered loss of 70% of his abdominal wall. Physicians performed a colostomy and stapled his digestive tract shut bringing the distal end of the colon to the colostomy bag. After seven days, his colon exploded, spilling digestive product throughout his abdomen and resulting in massive infection. He has been rendered permanently physically incapacitated. Krenson Edward Kniphfer and Jennifer Harry Kniphfer v. Memorial Health University Medical Center, Inc., and MPPG, Inc., State Court of Chatham County, Georgia. C.A.F. 1010574F (2001).
  • $7,828,455.30 || WRONGFUL DEATH, TRUCK DRIVER NEGLIGENCE, PREMISES LIABILITY || representing compensatory damages for the wrongful death of 31-year-old mother of two who died from being crushed between two tractor-trailers while performing her duties as a security guard for Kmart Distribution Center in Newnan, Georgia. Kierra Elaine Garrett and Davante Rashad Purdy by and through their guardian and next friends Betty Garrett and Charles Keith, et al. v. MVT Services, et al., State Court of Coweta County, Georgia C.A.F. 04-SV-381 (2006).
  • $12,000,000.00 || BRAIN INJURY, MEDICAL NEGLIGENCE || representing compensatory damages for a severely brain injured child who suffered hypoxic ischemic encephalopathy, including cerebral palsy, seizure disorders, and global developmental delays as a result of an untimely cesarean section and mismanagement of labor by a nurse midwife and an obstetrician. Tate v. Clark-Holder Clinic et al., Superior Court of Muscogee County, Georgia, C.A.F. SU01CV2528 (2002).
  • $16,500,000.00 || MEDICAL NEGLIGENCE || representing compensatory damages for child who suffered liver failure requiring a liver transplant at age 4 months caused by a failure of her healthcare providers to follow-up on an abdominal cyst detected on ultrasound early in the pregnancy. Brooke Yamada, A Minor, by and through her Guardian, Mina Leigh Yamada, and Takahiro Yamada and Mina Leigh Yamada, Individually vs. Northside Hospital, Inc., Northside Pediatrics & Adolescent Medicine, P.C. and Women's Health Associates, P.C., State Court of Fulton County, Georgia, C.A.F. 2005VS076354G (2006).
  • $22,800,000.00 || BRAIN INJURY, BUS DRIVER NEGLIGENCE || representing compensatory damages for a severely brain injured 51-year-old woman who was struck in a San Francisco crosswalk by a tour bus making an illegal left turn. Xiu Jin Shi, individually and by and through her Guardian Ad Litem Rachel Deist, v. Coach USA, Inc., et al., Superior Court San Francisco County, California, C.A.F. CGC-05-444417, (2007).
  • $25,000,000.00 || BRAIN INJURY, MEDICAL NEGLIGENCE || representing compensatory damages for a 38-year-old man's resulting brain injury due to medical malpractice of a doctor and two hospitals who failed to timely diagnose an impending stroke. The verdict included $1,000,000.00 for loss of consortium by his wife. The plaintiff additionally obtained a judgment of an additional $1,035,616.50 as prejudgment interest. Rex Leroy Jones, et al. v. Robert Glenn Bashuk et al., State Court of Fulton County, Georgia, C.A.F. 98VS0137930C (1999).
  • $45,000,000.00 || AMPUTATION, MEDICAL MALPRACTICE || representing compensatory damages for the unnecessary and preventable quadruple amputation of a 6-month old child due to medical negligence. James Don Adams, Jr. and Lamona K. Adams, et al. v. Kaiser Foundation Health Plan of Georgia, Inc., State Court of Fulton County, Georgia, C.A.F. 93VS79895 (1995).
  • $49,123,375.87 || BRAIN INJURY, TRUCK DRIVER NEGLIGENCE, ROADWAY LIABILITY || representing compensatory damages to a 23-year-old student who suffered catastrophic traumatic brain injuries as the result of a road wreck involving two commercial truck drivers on a two-lane highway in San Jose, California. The award provided compensation for $35.6 million in economic damages, which included past and future medical expenses and lost wages, as well as $13.5 million for pain and suffering. Drew Dakota Bianchi v. Gordon Trucking, Inc., Samuel Ortega Bimbela and Michael Anthony Demma, C.A.F. 1-08-CV-104548, Superior Court of Santa Clara County, San Jose, California (2009).

Educational Background:

  • University of Georgia, Athens, 1960 - 1963

Industry Groups

  • Aviation Law.
  • Spinal Cord Injuries
  • Traumatic Brain Injuries
  • Trucking Litigation
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    Two Ravinia Drive
    Suite 300
    Atlanta, GA 30346

    Phone: 770-390-7550

     

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