Cliff attended the University of Georgia and graduated in 1973 with highest honors. He received his Juris Doctor degree from Atlanta Law School in 1977 and joined Perkins Law Firm the same year. Although Cliff has worked for injured workers for over thirty years, he has limited his practice exclusively to representing injured workers the last 12 years.
Cliff is incoming chair of the State Bar of Georgia Workers' Compensation Section (2010-2011) and Past Chairman of the Board of WIN-PAC (2005 - 2006). WIN-PAC is the political action committee for injured workers in Georgia. He is a member of the Executive Committee of the Georgia Workers' Compensation Claimants Lawyers, and a member of the WCCL Amicus Curiae Committee, which is responsible for writing briefs and arguing before the appellate courts on behalf of injured workers in Georgia. He has completed the National Institute for Trial Advocacy's Program in the Arts & Skills of Trial Advocacy and has successfully tried workers' compensation cases in all levels of the courts, including the Supreme Court of Georgia.
Cliff has been a featured speaker at claimants' attorneys meetings and seminars on subjects such as: Developing Medical Evidence and Reports, Alternative Dispute Resolution, Recent Case Law Developments in Workers' Compensation, and Trial Tactics.
In addition to making insurance companies do the right thing, Cliff enjoys hiking, fishing and playing with his twin grandchildren.
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I have defended many a claim that Cliff has brought on behalf of his clients. While our clients often have strong disagreements, Cliff has always been very professional with me. We can agree to disagree and still be civil. Characterizing him as a 'Velvet Hammer' on behalf of his clients is the best short hand way I have of summarizing his style and effectiveness. I expect a hard fight when I see his name, but I also know that it will be a fair fight. His word can be trusted.
Terence Martin Workers compensation Attorney
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|GA||Active Member in Good Standing||1977||11/27/2016|
|Award name||Grantor||Date granted|
|Fellow of the National College of Workers’ Compensation Lawyers||National College of Workers’ Compensation Lawyers||2012|
|Partner||Perkins Law Firm||1977 - Present|
|Association name||Position name||Duration|
|Board of WIN-PAC||Chairman||N/A|
|Executive Committee of the Georgia Workers||Member||N/A|
|Georgia Trial Lawyers Assocation||Member||N/A|
|State Bar of Georgia, Workers' Compensation Law Section||Chair Elect||2009 - 2010|
|Chairman’s Advisory Council of the Georgia State Board of Workers’ Compensation||Member||2008 - 2013|
|Padgett v. Waffle House, Inc., 498 S.E.2d 499 (Ga. 1998) Supreme Court of Georgia||Injured worker paid weekly disability despite having returned to work and then being fired for cause|
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|Atlanta Law School||Law||JD - Juris Doctor||1977|
|University of Georgia, Athens||N/A||N/A||1973|
|Workers' Compensation Law Institute||Litigating Catastrophic Cases||2012|
|Workers' Compensation Law for the General Practitioner||Chair of seminar||2009|
|WCCL - For Your Eyes Only||Trial Tactics||2009|
|Workers' Compensation Law Institute||Professionalism||2008|
|ADR in the Workers' Compensation Arena||Ancillary Issues in Mediation||2008|
|ADR in the Workers' Compensation Arena||Ancillary Issues in Mediation||2007|
|State Board of Workers' Compensation Regional Seminar - Carrollton||Case Law Update||2005|