Tedra L. Cannella

Attorney Profile

Top Rated Products Liability Attorney in Atlanta, GA

Butler Wooten & Peak LLP
 | 2719 Buford Highway NE, Atlanta, GA 30324
Phone: 404-321-1700
Fax: 404-321-1713
Selected To Super Lawyers: 2019 - 2021
Selected To Rising Stars: 2015 - 2018
Licensed Since: 2007
Practice Areas:
  • Personal Injury - Products: Plaintiff (50%),
  • Personal Injury - General: Plaintiff (30%),
  • Business Litigation (10%),
  • Class Action/Mass Torts: Plaintiff (10%)
    Attorney Profile

    Attorney Tedra L. Cannella is a managing partner with Butler Wooten & Peak LLP law firm, which has law offices in Atlanta, Savannah and Columbus, Georgia. A top-ranked trial lawyer with more than 13 years of total legal experience, Ms. Cannella provides unmatched counsel and support to clients throughout the state who have legal needs involving any of the following:

    ·       Personal injury

    ·       Business torts

    ·       Breaches of fiduciary duty

    ·       Wrongful death

    ·       Vehicle accidents

    ·       Negligence and torts

    ·       Premises liability

    ·       Trucking cases

    ·       Products liability

    ·       Nursing home abuse

    ·       Tire defects

    Over the course of her legal career, Ms. Cannella has recovered more than $70 million in total compensation for her clients, and she has gained a reputation as a fierce and tireless advocate for those she serves. When she was in college, she suffered serious burns in a house fire, and that experience prompted her to serve with AmeriCorps, helping young burn injury victims. She also worked at the Legal Aid of Western Missouri and Atlanta Legal Aid Society, where she served the needs of low-income individuals.

    Today, she still volunteers her time and services with the Georgia Firefighters Burn Foundation and other organizations, and her traumatic experience helps her better connect with her injury clients to deliver the highest level of compassionate counsel during their times of dire need.

    Honored for her outstanding professionalism and service, Ms. Cannella has earned an AV Preeminent peer review rating* from Martindale-Hubbell as well as consistent designation as among the top 5% of trial lawyers in Georgia. She has also received a Top 40 Under 40 designation from The National Trial Lawyers as well as numerous testimonials and referrals from her satisfied clients.

    A 2000 graduate of Emory University, Ms. Cannella received her Master of Public Policy from the Georgetown Public Policy Institute in 2004. She then attended the University of Georgia School of Law, where she obtained her Juris Doctor magna cum laude in 2007. 

    While in law school, she served as executive notes editor of the Georgia Law Review, and she received several scholarships and honors for her excellent academic achievements. She also won Best Team, Best Brief and Best Oralist at the 2006 Intrastate Moot Court Competition, and she served on the moot court board. She graduated Order of the Coif and Order of the Barristers.

    Ms. Cannella is an active member of the State Bar of Georgia and the Atlanta Bar Association, and she as served on the Georgia Trial Lawyers Association's Membership Committee and Amicus Committee, and she is a member of the organization's LEAD Class of 2013. She is also a Barrister with the Lumpkin Inn of Court, and she is chairperson of the Georgia Association of Women Lawyers' Mentoring Committee as well as executive board member of the American Constitution Society.

    *AV®, AV Preeminent®, Martindale-Hubbell Distinguished and Martindale-Hubbell Notable are certification marks used under license in accordance with the Martindale-Hubbell certification procedures, standards and policies. Martindale-Hubbell® is the facilitator of a peer review rating process. Ratings reflect the anonymous opinions of members of the bar and the judiciary. Martindale-Hubbell® Peer Review Rating™ fall into two categories – legal ability and general ethical standards.

    Practice Areas
    • 50%Personal Injury - Products: Plaintiff
    • 30%Personal Injury - General: Plaintiff
    • 10%Business Litigation
    • 10%Class Action/Mass Torts: Plaintiff
    Focus Areas

    Products Liability, Motor Vehicle Accidents, Personal Injury - Plaintiff, Wrongful Death, Dram Shop Laws, Brain Injury, Trucking Accidents, Premises Liability - Plaintiff


    Selected to Super Lawyers for 3 yearsmiddle-imageSelected to Rising Stars for 4 years

    Super Lawyers: 2019 - 2021 Rising Stars: 2015 - 2018

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    About Tedra Cannella

    Admitted: 2007, Georgia

    Professional Webpage: https://www.butlerwootenpeak.com/attorneys/tedra-l-cannella/


    • Selected as a member of the Lumpkin Inn of Court, one of the earliest American inns of court. Participants in the Inn are leaders of the Georgia bar, who demonstrate trial techniques and engage in discussions about advocacy skills, professionalism, and ethics, Barrister, Joseph Henry Lumpkin Inn of Court, 2011
    • Executive Notes Editor, Georgia Law Review, 2005
    • Inducted into elite honors society, whose purpose is "to encourage excellence in legal education by fostering a spirit of careful study, recognizing those who as law students attained a high grade of scholarship, and honoring those who as lawyers, judges and teachers attained high distinction for their scholarly or professional accomplishments", Member, Order of the Coif, 2007
    • Selected as the best oralist of the competition; member of the team with highest scores for both brief writing and overall scores, Best Oralist, Best Brief, Best Team, Interstate Moot Court Competition, 2006

    Bar/Professional Activity:

    • Chairperson, Amicus Committee, Georgia Trial Lawyer's Association, 2015
    • Chair-Elect, Georgia Watch, 2020
    • Board Member, Georgia Watch, 2019
    • Member of GTLA Amicus Committee
    • Chairperson, Mentoring Committee, Georgia Association for Women Lawyers, 2013
    • Chairperson, Programs Committee, Georgia Association for Women Lawyers, 2014
    • Member, Atlanta Bar Association, 2009
    • Chairperson, Membership Committee, Georgia Association for Women Lawyers, 2015
    • Member, State Bar of Georgia, 2007
    • Member, Judicial Applications Review Committee, Georgia Association of Women Lawyers, 2011

    Pro bono/Community Service:

    • Board Member, American Constitution Society, Georgia Lawyer Chapter, 2009
    • Traveled to homes where former victims of human trafficking were recuperating and presented cases as a means of demonstrating what a career in law is like, 2013
    • Volunteer, Georgia Firefighter's Burn Foundation: Camp counselor at the winter camp for children who are survivors of serious burns, 2014

    Scholarly Lectures/Writings:

    • Review of recent and noteworthy trial practice caselaw in Georgia, Co-author, Trial Practice and Procedure, Mercer Law Review, 2013
    • When and how to hire a contract lawyer, Presenter, Hiring a Contract Lawyer, Atlanta Bar Association, Solo And Small Firm Practitioner Section, 2013
    • Current status on the law of admissibility of subsequent remedial measures., Presenter, Subsequent Remedial Measures, Georgia Trial Lawyers Association, 2012
    • A review of recent and noteworthy developments in Georgia caselaw., Co-author, Trial Practice and Procedure, Mercer Law Review, 2012
    • An analysis of recent reforms to federal bankruptcy law, Author, Bankruptcy Abuse Creation Act?: Curing the Unintended Consequences of Bankruptcy Reform, Georgia Law Review, 2006
    • A review of the law on admissibility of other similar instances, Presenter, Other Similar Instances, Georgia Trial Lawyers Association, 2012
    • Speaker, Appellate Writing: The Statement of Facts, Georgia Trial Lawyers Association, 2015
    • Review of recent and noteworthy trial practice caselaw in Georgia, Co-author, Trial Practice and Procedure, Mercer Law Review, 2014
    • Speaker, Written Discovery, ICLE, 2015
    • Speaker, Subsequent Remedial Changes, ICLE, 2015
    • Speaker, Discovery and Privilege Battles, Georgia Trial Lawyers Association, 2014
    • Speaker, Depositions, Cross Examination, and Direct Examination, ICLE, 2014
    • Speaker, The Admissibility of Defendant Driver History, Georgia Trial Lawyers Association, 2014
    • Speaker, Spotting a Products Liability Case, ICLE, 2014
    • Strikes for Cause, GTLA Annual Convention, Speaker, 2017
    • Speaker, Collateral Source, ICLE, 2017
    • Speaker, Qui Tam Primer, ICLE, 2016


    • $11 million dollar settlement for a client who lost his leg in a collision, 2016

    Other Outstanding Achievements:

    • Law Clerk, Hon. Hugh Lawson, Chief Judge, U.S. District Court, Middle District of Georgia, 2007

    Educational Background:

    • B.A. in Religion and Psychology, Emory University, 2000
    • Masters in Public Policy, Georgetown Public Policy Institute, 2004
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    Office Location for Tedra L. Cannella

    2719 Buford Highway NE
    Atlanta, GA 30324

    Phone: 404-321-1700

    Fax: 404-321-1713

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