John D. Hadden

John D. Hadden

Attorney Profile

Top Rated Personal Injury Attorney in Atlanta, GA

The Hadden Law Firm
 | 44 Broad Street, Suite 600, Atlanta, GA 30303
Phone: 404-939-4525
Fax: 404-920-8192
Selected To Super Lawyers: 2014 - 2020
Selected To Rising Stars: 2011 - 2013
Licensed Since: 2004
Practice Areas:
  • Personal Injury - General: Plaintiff (80%),
  • Appellate (20%)
    Attorney Profile

    John Hadden is an experienced trial and appellate litigator practicing in the areas of personal injury and wrongful death, insurance, and business 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 chair of the the Amicus Curiae Committee and a frequent speaker at its seminars. John Also serves on the board for the Atlanta Bar Association's Litigation Section (as treasurer) and Solo Practice and Small Firm Section (as member-at-large). 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, Georgia Magistrate Court Handbook, and Georgia Law of Torts - Trial Preparation and Practice, all published by Thomson Reuters Westlaw.

    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.

    About John Hadden

    Admitted: 2004, Georgia

    Professional Webpage: https://www.haddenfirm.com/john-hadden

    Honors/Awards:

    • 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

    Bar/Professional Activity:

    • Treasurer, Atlanta Bar Association Litigation Section, 2017
    • Chair-elect, Atlanta Bar Association Litigation Section, 2019
    • Program chair for War Stories in Litigation series, presented by the Young Lawyers Division of the State Bar of Georgia, 2010
    • Member, Board of Directors, Atlanta Bar Association Solo Practice and Small Firm 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, Board of Directors, Atlanta Bar Association Litigation Section, 2017
    • Master, Lamar American Inn of Court, 2017
    • 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)
    • Amicus Curiae Committee chair, Georgia Trial Lawyers Association (2017-present), 2018
    • 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
    • Barrister, Logan Bleckley American Inn of Court (2009-2011)

    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

    Scholarly Lectures/Writings:

    • 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
    • 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
    • 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, 2018
    • Presentation on use of new Georgia Evidence Code at GTLA Trial Practice Manual seminar, Speaker, Evidence at Trial, Georgia Trial Lawyers Association, 2013
    • Treatise covering magistrate court practice in Georgia, including statutory and case law for civil and criminal proceedings. 2014 - present, Author, Georgia Magistrate Court Handbook, Thomson Reuters Westlaw, Litigation And Trial Practice, 2018
    • 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
    • Lectured on techniques for appealing to the Georgia appellate courts from summary judgment orders, Speaker, Appellate Writing Seminar, Georgia Trial Lawyers Association, 2015
    • 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
    • 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 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
    • 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
    • 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
    • Lectured on determining and proving injuries and medical damages in personal injury cases (forthcoming), Speaker, Damages in Personal Injury, National Business Institute, 2015
    • Litigation treatise covering selection, investigation, discovery, trial, and appeal of tort cases in Georgia. (2012-present), Co-author, Georgia Law of Torts: Trial Preparation and Practice, Thomson Reuters Westlaw, Litigation And Trial Practice, 2018
    • 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
    • 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
    • Chaired annual trial practice seminar, Seminar chair, Trial & Error, Institute Of Continuing Legal Education In Georgia, 2017
    • Program chair for 2013 Georgia Trial Lawyers Association Holiday Seminar (Continuing Legal Education), Holiday Seminar (forthcoming), 2013
    • 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
    • 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
    • Assisted with planning of annual seminar, Program planner, • Emerging Technologies in The Practice of Law, Atlanta Bar Association, 2017
    • 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
    • Lectured on ethics of lien resolution in personal injury matters., Speaker, Holiday Seminar, Georgia Trial Lawyers Association, 2016
    • Lectured on preservation of error for appellate review at trial, Speaker, Litigating Fall Cases professionally, Institute For Continuing Legal Education In Georgia, 2012
    • 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
    • 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 post-settlement considerations, Speaker, Plaintiff's Personal Injury seminar, Institute Of Continuing Legal Education In Georgia, 2016
    • 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
    • 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
    • Co-chair for continuing legal education seminar for new lawyers, Chair, New Lawyers Division track, Georgia Trial Lawyers Association, 2012
    • 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
    • Presentation regarding claims under Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA), Speaker, Employment Law, Georgia Trial Lawyers Association, 2012
    • 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
    • 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
    • Presentation regarding substantive and procedural issues involved in filing and defending claims against law enforcement agencies, Speaker, Handling Police Cases, National Business Institute, 2012
    • Co-author of evidence chapter for national tort publication, Chapter Author, Handling Motor Vehicle Accident Cases, Thomson Reuters, Litigation And Trial Practice, 2018
    • Authored article on effective mediation advocacy on behalf of clients., Author, Mediation Advocacy, Georgia Trial Lawyers Association, 2012
    • Chaired annual trial practice seminar, Seminar chair, Trial & Error, Institute for Continuing Legal Education in Georgia, 2018
    • 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
    • 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
    • Interview with Chief Justice George Carley of Georgia Supreme Court, Author, American Association for Justice, 2012
    • Lectured on history and latest developments in insurance bad-faith litigation, Speaker, Auto Torts seminar, Georgia Trial Lawyers Association, 2017
    • 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
    • Moderated discussion on Georgia Appellate Practice at Atlanta Bar meeting, Moderator/speaker, Georgia Appellate Practice, Atlanta Bar Association Litigation Section, 2018
    • Program chair for trial practice and procedure seminar, Trial and Error, Institute for Continuing Legal Education in Georgia, 2013
    • Spoke on latest developments in evidence law at annual seminar, Speaker, Evidence Law - Annual Seminar, Georgia Trial Lawyers Association, 2018
    • Program chair for New Lawyers Division seminar at GTLA annual convention, Georgia Trial Lawyers Association, 2013
    • 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
    • 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
    • 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
    • Served as moderator for judicial panel discussion with appellate judges., Moderator, Discretionary Relief from Georgia's Appellate Courts, 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

    Verdicts/Settlements:

    • [Name confidential] - $500,000 settlement in disputed-liability motorcycle wreck case, 2016
    • [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.
    • 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
    • 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
    • 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
    • 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.  
    • [Plaintiff] v. DSM Transporting - $525,000 settlement for trucking case in rural venue., 2013
    • 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
    • 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
    • [Name confidential] - $1 million settlement in gas explosion wrongful death case in rural Georgia., 2016
    • 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.
    • 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
    • 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
    • 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

    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

    Industry Groups

    • American Association For Justice
    • Atlanta Bar Association
    • Atlanta Trial Lawyers Association
    • Georgia Trial Lawyers Association
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    Office Location for John D. Hadden

    44 Broad Street, Suite 600
    Atlanta, GA 30303

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