Seth F. Kirby

Seth F. Kirby

Attorney Profile

Top Rated Professional Liability Attorney in Atlanta, GA

Freeman Mathis & Gary, LLP
 | 100 Galleria Parkway SE, Suite 1600
Atlanta, GA 30339
Phone: 770-818-1410
Fax: 770-937-9960
Selected To Rising Stars: 2010, 2013 - 2016
Licensed Since: 2001
Practice Areas:
  • Professional Liability: Defense (40%),
  • Insurance Coverage (40%),
  • Business Litigation (20%)
    Attorney Profile

    Seth Kirby is a Partner in Freeman Mathis & Gary’s Atlanta office and is a member of the firm’s Insurance Coverage and Bad Faith practice section and its Professional Liability practice section.

    Mr. Kirby's Insurance Coverage and Bad Faith practice includes counseling insurance carriers in the initial stages of a claim to develop an appropriate response, representing carriers in declaratory judgment actions to resolve coverage issues, and defending carriers against allegations of bad faith.  Throughout his career he has represented numerous insurance carriers in complex coverage litigation concerning a variety of standard and manuscript insurance policies in numerous lines of coverage including general liability, professional liability, commercial and personal auto, homeowners and inland marine.

    Mr. Kirby's Professional Liability practice is focused on representing attorneys and insurance professionals against allegations of professional negligence.  He is a frequent speaker and author on topics including malpractice prevention and insurance claim handling best practices. 

    About Seth Kirby

    Admitted: 2001, Georgia

    Professional Webpage: https://www.fmglaw.com/attorney_bio.php

    Honors/Awards:

    • Recognized by Best Lawyers in America®, 2021 Edition in the field of Litigation - Insurance, Best Lawyers in America®, 2021 Edition in the field of Litigation - Insurance, 2020
    • Georgia Super Lawyers Rising Star 2010, 2013-2016, Georgia Super Lawyers Rising Star 2010, 2013-2016, 2016

    Scholarly Lectures/Writings:

    • "Writing a Reservation of Rights: A 50-State Compendium," Southeast Co-Editor, DRI (2013); "Professional Liability Insurance Coverage: A Compendium of State Law," Georgia Chapter, DRI (2012); "The 'Stigma' of Repair – Georgia Supreme Court Requires Consideration Of Diminution In Value For All Property Damage Claims," FMG LawLine, (August 2012); “Unintended Consequences of Tort Reform – A Hidden Danger,” FMG LawLine (May 2011); New Appleman on Insurance Law Library Edition, Vol. 1, Ch.6 “Choice of Law” LexisNexis (2009); “Challenging Postjudgment Garnishment Actions Against Insurers” (pts. 1 & 2), INS. COVERAGE L. BULL. (Sept. 2008) at 1, INS. COVERAGE L. BULL. (Oct. 2008) at 1; “Can an Insurer Use Counsel to Protect Investigative Material?”  Mealey’s Bad Faith Litigation Conference Workbook (September 26-27 2005); "Additional Insured & Contractual Indemnity," Vicarious Liability: Emerging Defense and Coverage Issues in Georgia and Florida Seminar (2017)
    • “Claims Investigations and Insurance Coverage Issues” (2018); “Vicarious Liability: Emerging Defense and Coverage issues in Georgia and Florida” (2017); "The Role of Ethics in Legal Malpractice Claims," DRI Webcast (2013); "The Ethical Dilemmas Faced by Insurance Defense Counsel," Institute of Continuing Legal Education, Insurance Law Institute (2013); “Professional Liability Defense – Ethics,” Institute of Continuing Legal Education, Insurance Law Institute (2012); “Legal Malpractice Today," Institute of Continuing Legal Education, Professionalism Ethics & Malpractice(2008, 2009, & 2010); “Unique Risks for the Start-Up Company Lawyer,” Institute of Continuing Legal Education, Start-Ups and Early Stage Companies (2010); “How to Avoid Legal Malpractice,” State Bar of Georgia Beginning Lawyers Program (2009 & 2010); “Technology as a Prevention Tool, Not a Malpractice Cause,” State Bar of Georgia Annual Meeting (2009)

    Educational Background:

    • B.A., University of Georgia, cum laude

    Industry Groups

    • Claims & Litigation Managment Alliance
    • Defense Research Institute
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    Office Location for Seth F. Kirby

    100 Galleria Parkway SE
    Suite 1600
    Atlanta, GA 30339

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    Last Updated: 12/28/2020

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