Skip to main content

Jeffrey Scott Warncke

Employee benefits Attorney at Atlanta, GA

5.0   16 reviews
Free consultation
Free consultation
  • Licensed for 32 years
    State GA
    Acquired 1991
    Active Member in Good Standing No misconduct found

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

About Jeffrey

Learn Jeffrey’s areas of practice.

Practice areas
  1. Employee benefits
    Representing employees and other beneficiaries in claims governed by ERISA (Employee Retirement Income Security Act). Predominantly focused on claims for benefits under long term disability, life insurance, accidental death and disability, and health insurance. ERISA administrative appeals. Litigation in federal courts.

    25 years, 200 cases

  2. Insurance
    Representing policyholders in insurance disputes, including primarily long term disability, life insurance and health insurance. Litigation in state and federal courts. Insurance bad faith. ERISA.

    25 years, 200 cases

  3. Personal injury
    Representing injured parties in cases arising from preventable injury: car wrecks, tractor trailer/trucking collisions, workplace injury, slip and fall.

    32 years, 200 cases

  4. Trucking accident
    Representing injured parties in cases arising from tractor trailer/trucking negligence.

    32 years, 50 cases

  5. Workers compensation
    Georgia workers' compensation claims, solely on behalf of injured workers.

    32 years, 200 cases


Mr. Warncke received his Bachelor of Business Administration, Magna Cum Laude, at Georgia State University in 1988.  He received his law degree from the University of Georgia School of Law, Cum Laude, in 1991.  While in law school, Mr. Warncke was selected as one of three students to represent UGA in the American College of Trial Lawyers National Moot Court Competition.  The three member team took second place  nationwide in brief writing.  The team also advanced to the quarter finals in the national oral argument competition in New York City.


Upon graduating from law school, Mr. Warncke began working as an associate at Dietrick, Evans, Scholz & Williams, and became partner on January 1, 1998.  In 2011, Mr. Warncke became a name partner in Evans, Scholz, Williams & Warncke, LLC.

Mr. Warncke has developed a niche representing insurance policyholders in claims involving long term disability, life insurance, and health insurance arenas.  He has handled hundreds of claims under both federal ERISA law and under Georgia state bad faith insurance law.   He is frequently invited to lecture and write professionally in his field of expertise, and is routinely associated by other attorneys to assist them in this highly complex legal environment.


Mr. Warncke’s practice also includes handling serious personal injury claims arising from work-related accidents, automobile collisions, and tractor trailer collisions.


Client's Choice 2013
Client's Choice

Photos and videos

Contact Jeffrey

Evans, Scholz, Williams & Warncke, LLC
3490 Piedmont Road, NE
Suite 1200
Atlanta, GA, 30305


5.0 / 5.0
  16 customer reviews
5 Star
4 Star
3 Star
2 Star
1 Star
Client's Choice 2013
Client's Choice
Client's Choice is an Avvo award granted to attorneys with a significant number of client reviews over 4 stars in a given year.
Posted by anonymous | March 27, 2013
Highly recommend Jeffrey for long-term disability insurance issues
I engaged Jeff Warncke in a lawsuit for long-term disability benefits. I have been impressed (and grateful) for the commitment that Jeff brings to my case in terms of his responsiveness to my questions and issues and being trustworthy in doing what he said he would do. Jeff is the first attorney I’ve met who has been able to clearly communicate (in non-technical terms) the context behind what is needed and the legal process. I felt in partnership with Jeff and he was able to put me completely at ease for the legal process. He takes the mystery out of the complex legal situations and gives me helpful advice from his vast technical knowledge in the areas of insurance (specifically in the long-term disability insurance industry) and medical issues. I would have given up ages ago without Jeff’s help. (Wish there were more attorneys like him!)
Read less
Posted by Tammy | March 26, 2013
Highly recommend Jeff Warncke
I thought applying for disability insurance I had paid for 27 years would be easy. Not true! My disability case required an attorney as most do. I had no idea what to expect from a disability insurance lawsuit. Jeff helped me to understand the process, what to expect and ultimately won my case against The Hartford. ERISA laws are obscure and unknown to the average individual. For this reason, I highly recommend his expert services to help you battle the tough vices of any disability insurance company. My husband and I are extremely grateful Jeff was recommended to us.
Read less
Posted by Steve | June 25, 2021
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Excatly what we needed for my wife's claim
My wife's long-term disability claim was terminated under false pretenses, and none of the lawyers in our area were both experienced in ERISA law, and willing to take a case on contingency. Jeff, Steven Mitchell, and the rest of the team at EWR were really great to work with through a difficult time. Their knowledge and expertise in this very specific area of law allowed them to guide us to a very positive outcome. And when going up against the Big insurance companies, that's more than we had really hoped for. We can't recommend Jeff highly enough!
Read less
Posted by Gregory | January 2, 2021
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Jeff is the lawyer you should have hired before you even fill out an LTD claim
The ERISA laws give insurance companies selling Group LTD Insurance wide latitude to deny benefits to rightful claimants. Jeff is the lawyer you need by your side from the start of the battle.
Posted by Karl | July 31, 2018
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Great attorney knows the law very well
After being forced out of work by a disability I assumed I was covered by my LTD insurance "WRONG". Shortly after applying for my benefits my denial letter came from Prudential even though my employer and my doctors concurred I was disabled Prudential refused to pay my claim . I tried to appeal the denial myself (almost the biggest mistake I've ever made) it was also rejected . Then I found Jeff and he fought for me and my family and he won my claim in 2 months with back pay. Jeff and his staff have excellent knowledge of the law and I can't say enough about the ease with which they communicated and always in a timely manner . If you want to "WIN" your LTD case call Jeff you'll be thankful like I was .
Read less
Posted by anonymous | September 15, 2016
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
A Lawyer's Lawyer
People sometimes ask which lawyer their lawyer might use. Well, as a trained attorney, I can tell you this is the lawyer I went to, and am quite glad I did. He is very experienced and knowledgeable in his field of expertise, and gives you exactly the advice you need at the right time - he's simply the best. The only other thing I would add is that you should hire him sooner rather than later; before any trouble begins. As any lawyer would tell you - it is much easier to guide you at the beginning than rescue you at the end.
Read less
Posted by Toni | December 11, 2014
An exceptional attorney
Mr. Warncke is exceptionally knowledgeable when it comes to disability law. I would've never been successful having my claim approved without the help of Mr. Warncke. He knows more about disability Law then the insurance companies know themselves.
Posted by Cindy | October 17, 2014
Life Saver
Jeff Warncke was instrumental in helping me after I was denied my long term disability through Prudential. I had heard the horror stories, but couldn't believe when it actually happened to me. Who knew there was a secret playbook? Jeff and his paralegal Tawanda (anotherAngel with skin on ) worked so effectively and efficiently to help me recover what was wrongly denied. literally he saved my life! My 3 boys and l will always be grateful. A fighter and defender of those who's can't help themselves. I can breath for the first time since this nightmare started. My only regret is not having him on my side early on.. I trust this lawyer and tell you he is the absolute best and his empathy and compassion gave me hope and faith that great lawyers who put themself in your shoes do exists. I was important and just not a # with a dollar $ attached. I stake my name and reputation on Jeff Warncke. A true modern day Sampson verses Goliath. A winner with class and grace. Cindy
Read less
Posted by anonymous | February 14, 2014
Group Disability Plan? Mr. Warncke is the best you will find! Be aware that Group Disability is very unique and challenging.
Jeff Warncke is an exceptional attorney to use with both group and individual disability claims. If you are facing a possible claim, especially with a group policy through your employer, I recommend Mr. Warncke strongly - and the sooner the better. Most claimants are not aware of the distinct differences in a group disability policy Vs a private disability policy, or even yet - a social security disability plan. Be "aware" that there are many differences and the tables are significantly tilted toward the benefit of the insurance company in a group disability insurance plan. I searched for, and interviewed 3 attorneys prior to finding Mr. Warncke. In my search, I discovered there are very few Atlanta based attorneys who truly specialize in group disability insurance claims, and I believe that he is the best. He's up to speed on legislation, insurance carriers, and on the various policies and practices used by the group insurance carriers, and their attorneys. Mr. Warncke has the relevant expertise to help you decide if you have a valid or defensible claim, per your policy. He is also your best asset if you have forged ahead on your own and met challenges. My recommendation is to hire Mr. Warncke before you do anything. He'll effectively evaluate your situation, your policy and give you the best direction. You will spend money on your disability claim, it's simply that you remove many of the pitfalls and the headaches by hiring Mr. Warncke - especially in the initial stages.
Read less
Posted by Linda | May 4, 2013
David verses Goliath
My prayers were answered when I found Mr. Warncke. I really don't know what I would have done without him. He has truely been a blessing. When I met him I immediately felt like he cared about me as a person. He was very approachable and not stuffy like some lawyers. I was really impressed with the way he handled my case against The "Hartless" company. I was discouraged when I met him but he assured me that there are still some good people in this world. He even referred to my insurance company as a "bully." My advice to anyone is get a lawyer. You won't win your case without one. I strongly recommend Mr. Warncke. I know that he will help you if he can. He is my "David" because he slew "Goliath" for me.
Read less
Posted by anonymous | April 24, 2013
Fine Man, Fantastic Lawyer!
Not long after I was seriously injured in a work related accident and while I was still struggling and trying to cope with a plethora of impairments both physical and cognitive, my employer announced that they were going to begin substantially reducing my disability benefits for an unjust reason. I knew what they said they were going to do was unwarranted; however, I was in no position to do anything about it on my own. I was subsequently referred to Mr. Warncke and have been forever thankful ever since. To put it bluntly, I needed help and Mr. Warncke provided the help that I needed. I will forever be indebted to him for that and if I ever find myself in another situation for which I need the help of an attorney, I will not hesitate to call on him again. I can also say with relative certainty that if you do the same, you will not be disappointed.
Read less
Posted by Vicki | April 24, 2013
If you want to fight for your disability rights, you must call Jeff Warncke!
In my early 50's, I had been on disability for 10 years with one of the largest insurance carriers in America. Out of the blue I received a letter from them that stated that they were terminating my benefits. I had a right to appeal and realized that I would be unable to fight them alone. I asked someone at my doctor's office what they thought, and they told me to hire a lawyer. I asked if they knew of one who had helped someone with my disability before and they said, "If you want the best we've dealt with. call Jeff Warncke." I was so glad that I found Jeff and that he made me feel like I had a true professional on my side. He knows ERISA laws and he understands the inner workings of the insurance companies. I was very worried about losing my benefit, as it was a substantial portion of my family income. Jeff and his paralegal were always available to talk to me and listen when I just needed someone to talk to about the process. Jeff was able to win the appeal and I did not have to go through the agony of a drawn out court case. I would highly recommend Jeff to anyone who is fighting for their disability rights.
Read less
Posted by Palmer | April 12, 2013
Long Term Disability and Settlement Preservation Rights
Jeff is the absolute best and knows his stuff! After being quite disappointed and frustrated with prior attorneys that were trying to help me navigate through the complicated long term disability process and the insurance companies trying to claw back my settlement meeting and working with Jeff was a wonderful breath of fresh air! I knew all of my concerns were in the best hands and that he would fight for my rights and most importantly he knew what they were and how to! Jeff comprehensively understands the HIPAA laws not just certain sections. If your looking for an all around professional, trustworthy, timely responsive, friendly, efficient and smart attorney to guide and protect you Jeffrey Warncke is your man!
Read less
Posted by Richard | April 11, 2013
Personal Disability Expert - Highly professional and knows the insurance company's game plan.
Jeff specializes in personal disability denials. Took us thru the denial appeals process step by step. He utilized his knowledge of experienced professionals to counter each of the insurance company's contentions. After receiving notice of our planned lawsuit, the insurance company approved my claim. Jeff is very easy to work with. His team is efficient and accurate. I highly recommend him for personal disability insurance denials.
Read less
Posted by anonymous | March 27, 2013
insurance/employee benefit
i have already referred two friends to jeff and both have been equally satisfied.
Posted by Bob | March 26, 2013
Disability Insurance Attorney
My private disability insurance company denied me my benefits even though the Social Security Administration had said that I was fully disabled. I hired Jeff Warncke and he was able to reinstate my full disability benefits. I know this would not have been possible without Jeff's assistance.
View less reviews


  • Free Consultation 30 minutes
Payment methods
Cash, Check


AVVO RATING 9.4 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Partner
  • Evans, Scholz, WIlliams & Warncke, LLC
  • 2011 - Present
  • Partner
  • Dietrick, Evans, Scholz, & Williams, LLC
  • 1991 - 2013


  • University of Georgia School of Law
  • JD - Juris Doctor, cum laude
  • 1991
  • Georgia State University
  • Bachelor of Business Administration, magna cum laude
  • 1988

Legal Cases

  • Life Insurance Trusts v. Indianapolis Life Insurance Company
  • Settlement
  • Smith v. Life Ins. Co of N. Am.
  • reported decision, eventual settlement
  • Tippitt v. Reliance Standard Life Insurance Co.
  • Reported decision


  • Patient Advocate Foundation
  • Volunteer Attorney
  • 2002 - Present
  • American Association for Justice
  • Member
  • 1995 - Present
  • Georgia Trial Lawyers Association
  • Champion
  • 1995 - Present

Languages Spoken

  • English

Honors and Awards

  • AV Preeminent Rated
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2017
  • Who's Who in American Law
  • Who's Who In American Law
  • 2003


  • Institute of Continuing Legal Education (ICLE Georgia)
  • I Thought I Had Disability Coverage - Pitfalls, Trapdoors and Hidden Dangers in Disability Insurance
  • 2014
  • Institute of Continuing Legal Education (ICLE Georgia)
  • Positioning Long Term Disability Claims for Settlement Under ERISA and Georgia Insurance Law
  • 2011
  • Institute of Continuing Legal Education (ICLE Georgia)
  • 2002
View all publications

Speaking Engagements

  • State Bar of Georgia, Employee Benefits Law Section
  • “I Thought I Was Covered For Disability” - Pitfalls, Trapdoors and Hidden Dangers in Disability Insurance
  • 2014
  • Settlement Seminar
  • Positioning Long Term Disability Claims for Settlement Under ERISA and Georgia Insurance Law
  • 2011
  • Handling Long Term Disability/ERISA Claims
  • A Claimant’s Perspective on MetLife v. Glenn
  • 2009
  • Handling Long Term Disabilty/ERISA Claims
  • A Claimant’s Perspective on MetLife v. Glenn
  • 2008
  • Handling Long Term Disability/ERISA Claims
  • Handling Cognitively-Based Long Term Disability Claims
  • 2007
  • Workers Compensation Annual Seminar
  • Closed Head Injury Workers' Compensation Claims
  • 2003
  • Handlign Long Term Disability/ERISA Claims
  • Handling Medical Evidence in ERISA Long Term Disability Litigation
  • 2003
View all speaking engagements

Attorney endorsements

Received (9)
Given (8)
Endorse Jeffrey
Employee benefits Attorney | Nov 05
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Insurance Attorney | Aug 20
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I have referred several clients to Jeff Warncke and will continue to do so. Jeff is highly skilled at assisting individuals with long-term disability claims. Jeff understands that clients’ employee benefits issues demand a sense of urgency. Client communication and responsiveness are a top priority for Jeff. Jeff is also personable and clients enjoy working with Jeff. I highly recommend Jeff to any individual seeking effective long-term disability legal counsel.""
Employee benefits Attorney | Aug 20
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"Great disability insurance benefits lawyer."
Personal injury Attorney | May 28
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse Jeffrey. He is a highly skilled attorney that is well respected in the legal community."
Employee benefits Attorney | Sep 10
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Jeff is an outstanding lawyer and I endorse his work. Jeff is creative, aggressive, and passionate about his work as a trial lawyer on the side of people. Jeff is personable and has an excellent reputation in the legal community for professionalism. In addition to excelling as a trial lawyer, Jeff is generous with his time and talents as a leader and volunteer within the community."
Employee benefits Attorney | Aug 20
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. I am familiar with his work from discussions, case opinions, and email exchanges."
Employee benefits Attorney | Jul 29
Relationship: Friend
"I endorse this lawyer."
Employee benefits Attorney | May 13
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"Jeff is one of the top employee benefits lawyers in Georgia and is a leader in this area of the law. He is often called upon to speak at conventions and seminars and share his expertise. If I was in need of an employee benefits lawyer, Jeff is the one I would turn to. I highly recommend him to anyone who believes they have been wrongly denied the benefits under their disability insurance policy."
Employee benefits Attorney | Apr 11
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Jeff is a tough lawyer and well respected in the legal community. I endorse him without hesitation!"
View more endorsements
Employee benefits
Slip and fall accident
Employee benefits
Personal injury
Workers compensation
Personal injury
Workers compensation
Employee benefits