John D. Hadden

Top rated Personal Injury attorney in Atlanta, Georgia

Penn Law LLC
John D. Hadden
Penn Law LLC

Practice Areas: Personal Injury, Appellate

Licensed in Georgia since: 2004

Education: University of Georgia School of Law

Selected to Super Lawyers: 2014 - 2024 Selected to Rising Stars: 2011 - 2013

Penn Law LLC

4200 Northside Parkway, NW
Building One, Suite 100
Atlanta, GA 30327 Phone: 404-566-9000 Email: John D. Hadden Visit website

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John Hadden is an experienced trial and appellate litigator practicing in the areas of personal injury and wrongful death, and insurance litigation. John has appeared as both lead counsel and amicus curiae in numerous cases before the Georgia Supreme Court and Court of Appeals. He is a graduate of Emory University and the University of Georgia School of Law, where he was a member of the Georgia Law Review. He is an active member of the American Association for Justice, where he has served on the Board of Governors for the New Lawyers Division and the Amicus Curiae Committee, and the Georgia Trial Lawyers Association, where he is a member and past Chair of the the Amicus Curiae Committee and a frequent speaker at its seminars. John is a past Chair of the Litigation Section of the Atlanta Bar Association and a member of the Atlanta Bar Board of Directors as well as the Board of Trustees of the Atlanta Bar's Lawyer Referral and Information Service. John is a 2011 graduate of the State Bar of Georgia's YLD Leadership Academy, past chair of the YLD's litigation committee, and current chair of the Atlanta Trial Lawyers Association.  John's litigation experience spans hundreds of cases and includes representing individuals, businesses, and insurers, as both plaintiffs and defendants, in state and federal courts in matters involving corporate disputes, catastrophic personal injuries and wrongful death, insurance disputes, and asbestos litigation.

John is author of three treatises on Georgia law: Green's Georgia Law of Evidence and Georgia Law of Torts - Trial Preparation and Practice, both published by Thomson Reuters Westlaw. He is also author of the evidence chapter of the Thomson Reuters treatise Handling Motor Vehicle Accident Cases.

John is admitted to practice before all Georgia trial and appellate courts (Georgia Court of Appeals and Georgia Supreme Court), as well as all federal district (trial) courts in Georgia (Northern, Middle, and Southern Districts), the United States Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit, and the United States Supreme Court.  He is also a registered mediator with the Georgia Office of Dispute Resolution, and is chairman of the board for the Georgia Network to End Sexual Assault.

First Admitted: 2004, Georgia

Professional Webpage: http://pennlawgroup.com/john-d-hadden/index.html

Educational Background:
  • Graduate of Emory University, BA in History and Environmental Studies, 2001
  • University of Georgia School of Law. Activities: Georgia Law Review, Prosecutorial Clinic, 2004
Pro bono/Community Service:
  • Volunteer judge, High School and Law School Mock Trial competitions, 2012
  • Volunteer judge, National High School Mock Trial Competition regional rounds and AAJ Mock Trial Competition, 2014
  • Chairman (2013-2018) and Member (2010-present), Board of Directors, Georgia Network to End Sexual Assault, 2018
Verdicts/Settlements (Case Results):
  • [Confidential], obtained $1 million+ settlement for client involved in collision involving commercial truck , 2020
  • Kroger v. Richey, Georgia Court of Appeals case no. A20A0363 (2020 WL 32864), June 18, 2020, obtained reversal in favor of wife of client killed in grocery store parking lot, 2020
  • Wilbur v. Floyd, Georgia Court of Appeals case no. A19A2321 (February 5, 2020), obtained decision vacating trial court ruling in client's favor involving execution of will, 2020
  • Cannon v. Oconee County, Georgia Court of Appeals, 353 Ga. App. 296, obtained reversal of trial court decision dismissing wrongful death claim, 2019
  • AIKG v. Marshall, Georgia Court of Appeals, 350 Ga. App. 413, affirming jury verdict in favor of client, 2019
  • QuikTrip v. Ramos, Georgia Court of Appeals case no. A19A0606 (unpublished), affirming jury verdict in favor of client in premises liability claim, 2019
  • Aneke v. Earls, Georgia Court of Appeals, 350 Ga. App. 455, appellate court affirmed claim in favor of client on attorney fee dispute, 2019
  • Moreno v. Carneceria Loa #2, Georgia Court of Appeals, 351 Ga. App. 662, obtained reversal of trial court's dismissal of premises liability case, 2019
  • Lowndes County Health Services, LLC v. Copeland, Georgia Court of Appeals, 352 Ga. App. 233, obtained affirmance of jury verdict in favor of family of nursing home patient in wrongful death case, 2019
  • Callaway v. Quinn, Georgia Court of Appeals, 347 Ga. App. 325, obtained reversal of dismissal of case involving hit-and-run, 2018
  • Morris v. Pope, Georgia Court of Appeals 344 Ga.App. 25, reversing summary judgment granted against clients in auto collision case resulting from escaped livestock, 2017
  • Mike's Furniture Barn v. Smith, Georgia Court of Appeals Case No. A17A1162, affirming decision in favor of client against lender that client alleged wrongfully foreclosed on client's home, 2017
  • Camacho v. Nationwide Insurance Company, United States Court of Appeals (11th Cir.), 692 Fed.Appx. 985, affirming district court decision in favor of claimants against insurer in bad faith claim (amicus counsel), 2017
  • [Name confidential] - $500,000 settlement in disputed-liability motorcycle wreck case, 2016
  • Tolson v. Sistrunk, Georgia Court of Appeals, 332 Ga. App. 324 (2016)(reversing trial courts denial of summary judgment as to multiple counts of opponents complaint, and reinstating client’s counterclaims), 2016
  • [Name confidential] - $1 million settlement in gas explosion wrongful death case in rural Georgia., 2016
  • Altrus v. Turner, Georgia Court of Appeals case no. A15A1698 (obtained dismissal of defendant’s appeal from denial of summary judgment in wrongful death case), 2016
  • Tolson v. Sistrunk, Georgia Court of Appeals, Case no. A15A0578 - Prevailed on appeal of trial court's order requiring attorney client to pay "origination fees" to prior law firm., 2015
  • Zaldivar v. Prickett (amicus), Georgia Court of Appeals, --- Ga. App. --- (2014) - Affirmed summary judgment in favor of plaintiff on non-applicability of apportionment of liability to plaintiff's employer under negligent entrustment theory., 2014
  • [Plaintiff] v. DSM Transporting - $525,000 settlement for trucking case in rural venue., 2013
  • Michelman v. Fairington Park Condo. Ass'n, 744 S.E.2d 839 - obtained reversal of trial court's order granting attorneys' fees., 2013
  • [Name confidential], $600,000 settlement in premises liability case with permanent injuries to client injured by defective condition in apartment complex., 2013
  • [Plaintiffs] v. State Farm, DeKalb County Superior Court (2013) - obtained jury verdict finding umbrella insurance coverage applicable to claim, resulting in settlement in excess of $1 million.
  • MCG Health, Inc., v. Owners Insurance Co. (amicus), Georgia Supreme Court, 288 Ga. 782; 707 S.E.2d 349 (2011) - Rejected hospital's attempt to seek higher payment from proceeds of military service member's tort settlement proceeds rather than accept TRICARE coverage contract amounts.
  • Scott v. Austell Healthcare, Georgia Court of Appeals, 308 Ga. App. 393; 707 S.E.2d 599 (2011) - Affirmed striking of workers' compensation lien against plaintiff's cause of action following settlement of underlying claim.
  • Broadnax v. Daniel Custom Construction, Georgia Court of Appeals case no. A11A2124 (March 29, 2012) - Reversed summary judgment in favor of client in catastrophic injury case allowing case to proceed to trial.  
  • Pritchard Brothers, Inc. v. Houston, Georgia Court of Appeals case no. A11A1076 (August 11, 2011) - Affirmed jury verdict in favor of plaintiff deliverman based on injuries received on defendant construction company's project, which evidence showed lacked appropriate safeguards that could have prevented such injuries.
  • City of Atlanta v. Lockett, Georgia Court of Appeals, 312 Ga. App. 19, 717 S.E.2d 529 (2011) - Affirmed trial court's denial of summary judgment based on claim of city's sovereign immunity.
Scholarly Lectures/Writings:
  • Discussed latest updates to Georgia Evidence Law and Appeals, Speaker, Plaintiff's Personal Injury - Evidence and Appeals, Institute of Continuing Legal Education, 2022
  • Treatise covering Georgia statutory and case law governing trials and other legal proceedings. (2014 - present), Author, Green's Georgia Law of Evidence, Thomson Reuters Westlaw, Trial And Litigation Practice, 2022
  • Discussed trial, evidence, and appellate practice, Speaker, Appeals and Evidence, presented at Plaintiff's Personal Injury Seminar, Institute for Continuing Legal Education, 2020
  • Treatise covering magistrate court practice in Georgia, including statutory and case law for civil and criminal proceedings. 2014 - 2020, Author, Georgia Magistrate Court Handbook, Thomson Reuters Westlaw, Litigation And Trial Practice, 2020
  • Updated attendees on law governing depositions and evidence, Speaker and Chair, Advanced Depositions Technique seminar, Georgia Deposition and Evidence Law, 2019
  • Spoke on trial practice, Speaker, Georgia Evidence Law, presented at Georgia Trial lawyers Association Annual Convention, GTLA, 2019
  • Co-author of evidence chapter for national tort publication, Chapter Author, Handling Motor Vehicle Accident Cases, Thomson Reuters, Litigation And Trial Practice, 2018
  • Lectured on significant 2017 Georgia Supreme Court and Court of Appeals decisions, Speaker, Plaintiff's Personal Injury Seminar, Institute for Continuing Legal Education in Georgia, 2018
  • Moderated discussion on Georgia Appellate Practice at Atlanta Bar meeting, Moderator/speaker, Georgia Appellate Practice, Atlanta Bar Association Litigation Section, 2018
  • Spoke on latest developments in evidence law at annual seminar, Speaker, Evidence Law - Annual Seminar, Georgia Trial Lawyers Association, 2018
  • Chaired annual trial practice seminar, Seminar chair, Trial & Error, Institute for Continuing Legal Education in Georgia, 2018
  • Litigation treatise covering selection, investigation, discovery, trial, and appeal of tort cases in Georgia. (2012-present), Author, Georgia Law of Torts: Trial Preparation and Practice, Thomson Reuters Westlaw, Litigation And Trial Practice, 2022
  • Lectured on history and latest developments in insurance bad-faith litigation, Speaker, Auto Torts seminar, Georgia Trial Lawyers Association, 2017
  • Assisted with planning of annual seminar, Program planner, • Emerging Technologies in The Practice of Law, Atlanta Bar Association, 2017
  • Article discussing changes to appellate procedure in Georgia effective 2016-2017, Author, The Appellate Jurisdiction Reform Act of 2016, The Litigator - Newsletter of the Atlanta Bar Association Litigation Section, 2017
  • Lectured on significant 2016 Georgia Supreme Court and Court of Appeals decisions, Speaker, Plaintiff's Personal Injury Practice seminar, Continuing Legal Education In Georgia, 2017
  • Chaired annual trial practice seminar, Seminar chair, Trial & Error, Institute Of Continuing Legal Education In Georgia, 2017
  • Comprehensive analysis of Federal Circuit Court decisions following Daubert trilogy, Author, • The Gatekeeper Revisited – Circuit Court Approaches to Daubert and Federal Rule of Evidence 702, American Association for Justice, 2017
  • Lectured on ethics of lien resolution in personal injury matters., Speaker, Holiday Seminar, Georgia Trial Lawyers Association, 2016
  • Spoke on "State/Local Law Update, Jurisdictional Considerations and Recent Developments", Speaker, Proving Pain, Suffering, and More in Personal Injury Litigation seminar, National Business Institute, 2016
  • Lectured on post-settlement considerations, Speaker, Plaintiff's Personal Injury seminar, Institute Of Continuing Legal Education In Georgia, 2016
  • Article discussing decisions under the revised Georgia Evidence Code, Author, • Interpretations of Georgia's New Evidence Code - Hearsay and Character Evidence, State Bar of Georgia - Appellate Practice Section Newsletter, 2016
  • Chair of seminar broadcast statewide covering significant topics in the field of litigation and moderator of judicial panel discussion, Seminar chair/moderator, Institute Of Continuing Legal Education In Georgia, 2015
  • Spoke on use of evidence at trial and preservation of error for appeal, Speaker, Annual Seminar - Automobile and Products Liability, Georgia Trial Lawyers Association, 2015
  • Lectured on determining and proving injuries and medical damages in personal injury cases (forthcoming), Speaker, Damages in Personal Injury, National Business Institute, 2015
  • Lectured on techniques for appealing to the Georgia appellate courts from summary judgment orders, Speaker, Appellate Writing Seminar, Georgia Trial Lawyers Association, 2015
  • Discussed techniques and law regarding resolution of hospital and medical care liens in personal injury cases, Speaker, Annual Seminar - Lien Resolution, Georgia Trial Lawyers Association, 2015
  • Chair of seminar covering of Georgia civil appeals (forthcoming), Seminar chair, Nuts and Bolts of Appellate Practice, Institute Of Continuing Legal Education In Georgia, 2015
  • Served as moderator for judicial panel discussion with appellate judges., Moderator, Discretionary Relief from Georgia's Appellate Courts, 2014
  • Speaker at continuing legal education seminar on proper preservation of objections and other errors at trial for purposes of appeal, Speaker, Preservation of Error at Trial, Georgia Trial Lawyers Association, 2014
  • Chair of seminar broadcast statewide covering significant topics in the field of litigation., Chair, Trial & Error seminar, Institute For Continuing Legal Education In Georgia, 2014
  • Lecture on legal and ethical considerations involved in finalizing case, including lien payments, ERISA considerations, and obligations toward third-parties., Secrets to a Successful Personal Injury Practice, Institute of Continuing Legal Education, 2014
  • Lecture on various topics involved in personal injury litigation., Advanced Issues in Personal Injury Litigation, NBI (National Business Institute), 2014
  • Presentation on use of new Georgia Evidence Code at GTLA Trial Practice Manual seminar, Speaker, Evidence at Trial, Georgia Trial Lawyers Association, 2013
  • Program chair for 2013 Georgia Trial Lawyers Association Holiday Seminar (Continuing Legal Education), Holiday Seminar (forthcoming), 2013
  • Speaker for Continuing Legal Education seminar on personal injury litigation sponsored by National Institute (NBI) discussing preservation of evidence and proof of damages, Damages in Personal Injury (forthcoming), 2013
  • Program chair for New Lawyers Division seminar at GTLA annual convention, Georgia Trial Lawyers Association, 2013
  • Authored lead article for magazine's Summer 2013 issue about practical application of new Georgia Evidence code in both civil and criminal aspects., Author, Georgia's New Evidence Code - Practice Pointers and Pitfalls, The Verdict (The Magazine of GTLA), Georgia Trial Lawyers Association, 2013
  • Presented program on new Georgia evidence code to Solo and Small Firm section of Atlanta Bar., Speaker, Georgia's New Evidence Code - Practice Pointers and Pitfalls, Atlanta Bar Association, 2013
  • Program chair for trial practice and procedure seminar, Trial and Error, Institute for Continuing Legal Education in Georgia, 2013
  • Moderator for panel discussion with former Georgia Supreme Court and Court of Appeals judges, Georgia Appellate Practice Seminar - The other side of the bench: practice suggestions from former appellate jurists, Institute for Continuing Legal Education in Georgia, 2013
  • Co-chair for continuing legal education seminar for new lawyers, Chair, New Lawyers Division track, Georgia Trial Lawyers Association, 2012
  • Presented program to current and prospective trial lawyers on preparing cases for trial, Speaker, Plaintiff's Personal Injury, Institute For Continuing Legal Education In Georgia, 2012
  • Spoke on procedures for filing and removing cases to federal court and distinction between federal and state court systems, Speaker, Trial and Error, Institute For Continuing Legal Education In Georgia/State Bar Young Lawyers Division, 2012
  • Lectured on preservation of error for appellate review at trial, Speaker, Litigating Fall Cases professionally, Institute For Continuing Legal Education In Georgia, 2012
  • Presentation regarding claims under Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA), Speaker, Employment Law, Georgia Trial Lawyers Association, 2012
  • Presentation regarding substantive and procedural issues involved in filing and defending claims against law enforcement agencies, Speaker, Handling Police Cases, National Business Institute, 2012
  • Authored article on effective mediation advocacy on behalf of clients., Author, Mediation Advocacy, Georgia Trial Lawyers Association, 2012
  • Interview with Chief Justice George Carley of Georgia Supreme Court, Author, American Association for Justice, 2012
  • Presentation regarding resolution of liens (ERISA, hospital, attorney, FECA, FEHBA, workers' compensation) to maximize client recovery, Speaker, Handling Liens, Auto Torts Seminar, Georgia Trial Lawyers Association, 2012
  • Feature in New Lawyers Division quarterly newsletter, Author, United States Supreme Court Revisits Due Process Limitation on “Stream of Commerce” Exercise of Personal Jurisdiction, American Association for Justice, 2011
  • Lectured on new Georgia Evidence Code and other trial considerations, Speaker, Highlights of Essential Practice Areas for Solo Practitioner and Small Firm, Institute For Continuing Legal Education In Georgia, 2011
  • Guest Column for Cherokee Bar Association providing overview of new laws governing mobile phone use in Georgia, Author, Ban now in place on certain text messaging and cell calls, Cherokee Tribune, 2010
  • Overview of recent developments in Constitutional requirements regarding recusal and application to Georgia law, US Weighs in on Judicial Recusal in Light of Campaign Donations, The Verdict, Georgia Trial Lawyers Association, 2010
  • Moderator, Judicial Perspectives on Effective Trial Advocacy (Trial and Error Seminar - Institute for Continuing Legal Education in Georgia and Young Lawyers Division of the State Bar of Georgia), 2010
  • Lectured regarding state and federal laws on reimbursement of benefit providers (including health insurers, workers' compensation carriers, and ERISA plans) and methods for increasing recovery through uninsured motorist coverage through credit for lien offsets, Speaker, Resolving Liens and Maximizing Your Client's Recovery, Winning Settlement Demand packages, Institute For Continuing Legal Education In Georgia, 2010
  • Lectured on laws regarding confidentiality of psychological records and information as well as methodology regarding psychological treatment and record keeping, Speaker, Key Issues in Presenting Evidence of Psychological Damages, 2009 Holiday Seminar, Georgia Trial Lawyers Association, 2009
Honors/Awards:
  • The Litigation Section received the 2020-2021 award for Large Section of the Year at the 2022 Annual Meeting. John was chair of the section for that year., Large Section of the Year Award, Litigation Section, Atlanta Bar, Atlanta Bar Association, 2022
  • Received the 2014 GTLA Community Service Award for work with the Georgia Network to End Sexual Assault. , Community Service Award, Georgia Trial Lawyers Association, 2014
  • One of 40 Georgia attorneys selected for the Daily Report's annual "On the Rise" issue for 2015., On the Rise - 40 Under 40, Daily Report (American Legal Media), 2015
  • Recognized as one of Georgia's Legal Elite by Georgia Trend Magazine, Legal Elite, Georgia Trend
Special Licenses/Certifications:
  • Registered Mediator, Georgia Office of Dispute Resolution (2011-present), 2022
Bar/Professional Activity:
  • Member, Atlanta Bar Association Board of Directors (2021-2023), 2022
  • Amicus Curiae Committee chair, Georgia Trial Lawyers Association (2017-2020), 2020
  • Atlanta Bar Association Lawyer Referral and Information Service, member, Board of Trustees, 2020
  • Master, Lamar American Inn of Court, 2020
  • Chair, Atlanta Bar Association Litigation Section, 2020
  • Chair-elect, Atlanta Bar Association Litigation Section, 2019
  • Treasurer, Atlanta Bar Association Litigation Section, 2017
  • Member, Board of Directors, Atlanta Bar Association Solo Practice and Small Firm Section, 2017
  • Member, Board of Directors, Atlanta Bar Association Litigation Section, 2017
  • Member, Amicus, Membership, and Communications Committees, Georgia Trial Lawyers Association, 2009 - present
  • President, Atlanta Trial Lawyers Association, 2010 - present
  • Member, The National Trial Lawyers, Top 100 Trial Lawyers (Georgia)
  • Member, Amicus Committee, American Association for Justice, 2010 - present
  • Chair, State Bar of Georgia Young Lawyers Division Litigation Committee, 2011 - 2013
  • Chair, Education Committee, Georgia Trial Lawyers Association New Lawyers Division, 2012
  • Barrister, Lamar American Inn of Court (2013-2016)
  • Member, Board of Governors, New Lawyers Division of the American Association for Justice, 2009 - present
  • Secretary, Atlanta Bar Association Litigation Section, 2018
  • Chair, Membership Committee, New Lawyers Division of Georgia Trial Lawyers Association, 2011
  • Member, National Trial Lawyers Association Top 40 Under 40
  • Program chair for War Stories in Litigation series, presented by the Young Lawyers Division of the State Bar of Georgia, 2010
  • Barrister, Logan Bleckley American Inn of Court (2009-2011)
Industry Groups:
  • American Association For Justice
  • Atlanta Bar Association
  • Atlanta Trial Lawyers Association
  • Georgia Trial Lawyers Association

Office location for John D. Hadden

4200 Northside Parkway, NW
Building One, Suite 100
Atlanta, GA 30327

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