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William James Atkins

William James Atkins

Practice areas:

Personal Injury, Civil Rights, Employment & Labor

About Me

          I am a  partner at Edmond, Lindsay & Hoffler, LLP, a law firm dedicated to representing clients in catastrophic personal injury cases including:  trucking and car accidents and medical malpractice.  In addition, I will represent victims of police misconduct.  


          I developed my passion for jury trials as a prosecutor in Douglas County, Georgia. I secured convictions in over twenty felony and misdemeanor cases, all of which were affirmed on appeal.  In my civil practice, I have secured significant jury verdicts for my clients every time I have taken a case to trial.  I have represented clients and tried cases in Federal and State courts in Georgia, Florida, South Carolina and Tennessee.


          I am admitted to practice in the Georgia Supreme Court, the Georgia Court of Appeals, the Eleventh Circuit Court of Appeals, and the Northern and Middle Districts of Georgia. I am a member of the State Bar of Georgia, the Atlanta Bar Association, the Cobb County Bar Association, Lawyers Club of Atlanta, and I am a Master member of the Lamar Inns of Court.



Practice Areas

Licensed since 1994

  1. Personal Injury: 80%
    20 years
  2. Civil Rights: 15%
    20 years
  3. Employment & Labor: 5%
    20 years



Hourly ($325/hour), Contingent (33-45%), Fixed (Always), Retainer (Sometimes)

Payment Types:

Cash, Check, Credit Card

Attorney Endorsements

10 total 

  • Sean Cleary

    I endorse this lawyer. An extremely talented and well respected attorney in the legal community.


    Sean Cleary Car Accidents Attorney
    Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community

  • Amanda Amy Farahany

    I endorse this lawyer.


    Amanda Farahany Sexual Harassment Attorney
    Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter

Contact Info

Edmond, Lindsay & Hoffler, LLP

344 Woodward Avenue, SE
Atlanta, GA, 30312



GAActive Member in Good Standing 199408/22/2015

Professional Misconduct

We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.

Avvo Contributions

Legal Answers


Award NameGrantorDate Granted
Best OralistMoot Court Society at Emory Law School1995

Work Experience

TitleCompany NameDuration
MemberAtkins & Fife, LLC2011 - Present
MemberAtkins & Attwood, LLC2008 - 2010
PartnerParks, Chesin & Walbert, P.C.2000 - 2008
AssociateDrew Eckl & Farnham, LLP1999 - 2000
Assistant District AttorneyDouglas County District Attorney's Office1996 - 1999


Association NamePosition NameDuration
Georgia Trial Lawyers AssociationMember2008 - Present
Cobb County Bar AssociationMember2008 - Present
Lawyers Club of AtlantaMember2004 - Present
Atlanta Bar AssociationMember1999 - Present
Lamar Inns of CourtMaster1994 - Present

Legal Cases

Case NameOutcome
Jim Tillman v. City of Ocala, FL$884,000.00 Verdict
Ellen Cauthen v. Augusta/Richmond County School Board$288,000.00 Verdict/$430,000.00 Settlement
: Lindley v. State, 225 Ga. App. 338, 484 S.E.2d 33 (1997)Guilty Verdict Affirmed on Appeal

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School NameMajorDegreeGraduated
Emory University School of LawN/AJuris Doctor1994
Vassar CollegeHistoryBachelor of Arts1991

Speaking Engagements

Conference NameTitleDate
Police Liability in GeorgiaFalse Arrest & Malicious Prosecution - State and Federal Claims2012
Litigation Under 42 U.S.C. Sec. 1983False Arrest & Excessive Force Claims2012
2009 Annual ConventionFalse arrest & Malicious Prosecution2009
Police Liability in GeorgiaRetaliatory Prosecution and the First Amendment2008
Annual Employment Law ConferenceConstitutionality of Summary Judgment2008
Annual Employment Law ConferenceEmployment Law - Damages Valuation2007
Annual ConventionQualified Immunity2007
Annual ConventionQualified Immunity2006