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Albert M. Pearson III, Esq.

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Albert M. Pearson, Esq. has a broad range of professional experience including litigation, arbitration, mediation, and service as a special master and as a law school faculty member. His litigation experience includes more than 60 trials and more than 40 appeals in state and federal courts around the country, including the U.S. Supreme Court. Among the issues encompassed: personal injury, product liability, class action, civil rights, employment, education law, premises liability, and toxic, commercial, and business tort issues. As a professor at the University of Georgia Law School, he taught Constitutional Law, Evidence, Trial Practice, Civil Rights Litigation (including class action and employment discrimination components) and other litigation related subjects. He has resolved many disputes through ADR including arbitration, mediation, special master hearings, and direct negotiation. 

ADR Experience and Qualifications

  • Neutral in commercial, employment, and consumer matters
  • Special Master on bar complaints, appointed by Georgia Supreme Court
  • Special Master in Federal Court for discovery, including e-discovery
  • Substantial experience in:
    • Automotive, trucking, pharmaceutical, and product liability
    • Educational law, including secondary and higher education institutions
    • Commercial and business disputes, including first amendment, defamation, privacy and informational access issues involving the media
    • Professional liability
    • Electronic discovery
    • Class actions
    • Civil rights litigation involving both private and public entities
  • Recognized by Best Lawyers as one of the 2016 Best Lawyers in America for ADR
  • Member, American, Georgia, Alabama, and Atlanta Bar Associations
  • Member, Georgia Bar Committee on Jury Charge Simplification, 2005
  • Member, Georgia Bar Evidence Study Committee, 2005; Chair of Subcommittee on Evidence in Civil Cases
  • Member, Chief Justice’s Committee on Professionalism
  • Board of Directors, Litigation Section, Atlanta Bar Association
  • Editorial Board, Tort Trial and Insurance Practice Law Journal
  • Atlanta Legal Aid Board of Directors (former)
  • Advisory Board of Atlanta Volunteer Lawyers Foundation (former)
  • Trial Lawyers for Public Justice Foundation (now Public Justice Foundation) (former)
  • Bleckley Inn of Court
  • Atlanta Magazine, Georgia Super Lawyer, 2004-2012
  • Georgia’s “Legal Elite” by Georgia Trend magazine, 2003-2004; 2006-2007
  • Listed in the Best Lawyers Annual Guide to Appellate Law, since 2007
  • Chair, Product Liability Section, State Bar of Georgia, 2003-2004
  • Best Lawyers in America, 1999-present
  • Member, American Academy of Appellate Lawyers, 1992 to present
  • Justice Tom C. Clark Award for service as Supreme Court Fellow, 1988
  • Sol Clark Award, State Bar of Georgia, 2009
  • Member, American Law Institute, 1983 to present
  • Member, AAJ (formerly ATLA) and Georgia Trial Lawyers Association

Additional Professional Activities

  • Co-Chair, Constitutional Challenge Committee, Georgia Trial Lawyers Association, 2005 
  • Co-Chair and member, Amicus Committee, Georgia Trial Lawyers Association, 1994-2004 
  • Evidence Study Committee, Georgia State Bar; Subcommittee chair on Evidence in Civil Cases, 2004- 2006 
  • Chair, Product Liability Section, State Bar of Georgia, 2003-2004 
  • Standards of the Profession Committee, State Bar of Georgia, 2001-2006 
  • Georgia Education Reform Study Commission, 1999-2000 
  • Advisory Committee on Civil Justice Reform, Middle District of Georgia, 1990 
  • ABA Standing Committee on Fair Trial and Free Press, 1978-1979

Academic

  • Faculty, Cardozo School of Law Intensive Trial Advocacy program 1999-2009
  • Co-Director, Georgia Institute of Trial Advocacy, 1983-1991
  • Faculty, Emory Law School Trial Techniques Program, 1983-1987, 1991
  • University of Georgia Alumni Seminar on Constitutional Bicentennial, 1987
  • Law and Economics Institute for Law Professors, 1982
  • Chair, American Association of American Law Schools Section on Communications Law, 1980-1981
  • Co-Director, Perspectives on First Amendment Symposium, University of Georgia Law School, 1981
  • Accreditation Inspector, Association of American Law Schools for Tulane, Florida State, Ohio State, Temple, Oklahoma and Texas Tech Law Schools

Publications

  • Commentary − “Pre-emption: At the Tipping Point,” Fulton County Daily Report, October 21, 2008 
  • Commentary − “Why the Electoral System Should Stay,” Fulton County Daily Report, November 1, 2004 
  •  Commentary − “Tort Reform: Apocalypse Now,” Fulton Country Daily Report, February 26, 2004 
  • “Hearsay: Georgia’s Necessity Exception: An Analysis and Critique (Part 2),” 42-47 The Verdict Spring 2002 
  • “Hearsay: A Selective Comparison of Georgia and Federal Hearsay Rules (Part 1),” 19-30 The Verdict Winter 2000 
  • “If It Ain’t Broke Don’t Fix It: The Colonial Pipeline Decision,” 9-12 The Verdict February 1989 
  • “The Abortion Controversy: A Study in Law and Politics” 9 HARV. J. LAW & PUBLIC POLICY 427-464, 1985. Article reprinted as Chapter 3 in Abortion, Medicine and the Law Facts in File Publications 1986. Co-author: Kurtz. 
  • “Alternative Models of Ante-Mortem Probate and Procedural Due Process Limitations on Succession,” 78 MICH. L. REV 89, 1979. Co-author: Alexander. 
  • “Due Process and the Debtor: The Impact of Mitchell v. W.T. Grant,” 29 OKLA. L. REV. 227 -327, 1976 (Part II) 
  • “Due Process and the Debtor: The Impact of Mitchell v. W.T. Grant,” 28 OKLA. L. REV 743-794, 1975 (Part I)

Presentations

  • Georgia ICLE Product Liability Seminar, “Federal Preemption – A Doctrine at the Crossroads,” 2007
  • State Bar of Georgia Centennial of the Georgia Court of Appeals, “Separation of Church and State,” 2006
  • Georgia ICLE Seminar, “Tort Reform and Tactical Dilemmas in Personal Injury Litigation,” 2006
  • Georgia ICLE Seminar, “Constitutional Challenges to Caps On Non-Economic Damages,” 2005
  • GTLA Seminar on Tort Reform, “Offers of Settlement,” 2005
  • Panelist, Tort Trial and Insurance Practice Section, “Future of Product Liability Law” ABA Annual Meeting, August 2004
  • Panelist, Tenth Annual ADR Institute and Neutrals’ Conference, “The Green Tree Case and Class Action Arbitrations,” 2003 and 2004
  • Chair, Georgia ICLE, Spring Product Liability Seminar, 2003
  • Georgia ICLE Seminar, Litigation Under Section 1983, “Successful Case Selection and Screening Techniques in Civil Rights Litigation,” 2003
  • Georgia ICLE and Atlanta Bar Association Appellate Practice Seminar, “Reversing Summary Judgment,” 2003 and 2004
  • Georgia State University Law School Symposium, “Ethical Considerations in Arbitration,” 2002
  • GTLA Seminar, “Legal Writing for Plaintiff’s Lawyers,” 2002
  • Georgia ICLE Seminar, “Current Developments in Employment Class Action Litigation,” 2001
  • Georgia ICLE Seminar, “Plaintiff’s Experts in the Cold World of Daubert,” 2001
  • GACDL Seminar, “Police Misconduct and Civil Liability Arising From Criminal Cases,” 1999
  • Panelist, Georgia ICLE Seminar, “Professional and Ethical Dilemmas in Litigation,” 1998 and 1999
  • Conference Chair, “Automotive Litigation Conference” sponsored by Andrews Publications, Speaker, “Investigating and Using Proof of Other Similar Incidents in Crashworthiness Cases, and Understanding the Corporate Response,” 1997
  • Atlanta Bar Association Seminar, “Gathering Evidence,” 1996 and 1997
  • GTLA Seminar, “The Complete Compensation Rules in Georgia and the Challenge to Inequitable Reimbursement Provisions in Insurance Contracts,” 1996
  • Chair, GTLA Seminar, “Settlements: Fair, Fast, and Flawless,” 1995
  • Georgia ICLE Seminar, “Georgia Appellate Practice Reform,” 1993
  • Federal Judicial Center Seminar for federal judges, “Uncharged Misconduct Evidence During Trial,” 1992-1994
  • ABA Criminal Justice Seminar, “The Sixth Annual Survey of Supreme Court Decisions,” 1991
  • Partner, Moraitakis, Kushel, Pearson & Gardner, 1999-2011
  • Partner, Butler, Wooten, Overby, Pearson, Fryhofer & Daughtery, 1993-1999
  • Professor of Law, University of Georgia Law School, 1974-1993
  • Counsel, Ad Hoc Committee on Habeas Corpus in Capital Cases, Judicial Conference of the United States, 1989-1990
  • Director, University of Georgia Legal Aid & Defender Clinic, 1988-1991
  • Reporter, Fair Information Practice Committee, 1980-1982
  • Supreme Court Fellow, United States Supreme Court, 1987-1988
  • Reporter, ABA Committee on Fair Trial and Fress Press, 1977-1978
  • Teaching Fellow, Boston College Law School, 1973-1974
  • Law Clerk, Judge Walter P. Gewin, U.S. Court of Appeals for Fifth Circuit
  • J.D. Vanderbilt Law School, 1972 (Editor, Law Review) (Recipient: First-Prize Recent Case Awards and Law Review Candidate’s Award)

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    Named as one of the "Best Lawyers in America" and as a "Georgia Super Lawyer" in ADR Specialty

    Recognized by Georgia Trend Magazine as one of Georgia's "Legal Elite"

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