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Michael Evan Kramer

Workers compensation Attorney at Atlanta, GA

5.0   38 reviews

About Michael

Learn Michael’s areas of practice.

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Practice areas
  1. Education
    35%
    Representing Public & Private School Teachers/Administrators/Employees In School Board Hearings, Upholding Their Contract Rights, & Defending Their Licensing Certification With The Professional Standards Commission

  2. Workers compensation
    35%
    Representing Injured Workers Against Employers and Insurers to Obtain Workers' Rights to Necessary Medical Care & All Income Benefits Owed Under Georgia's Workers Compensation Law

  3. Employment and labor
    30%
    Representing Employees in FLSA Overtime Cases, Sexual Harrassment & Discrimination/Retaliation Claims, and Whistleblower Cases.

Licensed for 42 years
State GA
Status Active Member in Good Standing
Acquired 1986
Updated 11/03/2022
State DC
Status Resigned
Acquired 1985
Updated 06/08/2022
State CA
Status Resigned
Acquired 1980
Updated 08/06/2022

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

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Buckley Beal, LLP
600 Peachtree Street
Suite 3900
Atlanta, GA, 30308

Reviews

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Posted by anonymous | March 13, 2022
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| Hired Attorney
Excellent Counsel
Michael Kramer provided excellent counsel. His experience with GA PSC and his wise understanding of legal matters enhanced his deep commitment to represent good educators dedicated to their professions. His handing of my case produced a fairer outcome than what would have been. Michael is a terrific choice to represent educators when negotiating with GA PSC.
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Posted by John | December 16, 2019
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A GOOD Man and Wonderful Lawyer
Michael's legal knowledge of public education and certification issues with the PSC and his ability to work with the Attorney General's office was outstanding. He did an excellent job of preparing me step by step for what was next and, provided me with constant feedback. He made me feel comfortable and confident about my situation. If there was something he was not sure of he found the answer. His past experience and relationships with the PSC allowed him to help me navigate my way through a stressful situation, which ended up in a very favorable and positive outcome.
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Posted by Kenyatta | August 6, 2018
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| Hired Attorney
Outstanding Workers Compensation Representation
I had experienced an injury on the job and attempted to navigate the process on my own. Unfortunately, the process was more difficult than I thought and the insurance company was not being very responsive. I was referred to Michael and from the first meeting I felt very comfortable about his representation. He made sure to explain each step of the process and was very responsive whenever I had questions. Because of Michael's representation, I received a very favorable settlement that I would not have received had I not hired Michael. I would highly recommend anyone who is dealing with workers compensation to hire Michael as their attorney. You will not regret it.
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Posted by Tony | May 22, 2018
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The absolute best
I was rescently injured on my job and realized that dealing with my employers insurance company was more than I could handle. I contacted Michael Kramer of Buckley & Beal to represent me and He went to work immediately making sure that I was provided the best medical care , getting my weekly payments from workers comp started and he took time to copy me on every email involving my case. Each time I called Mr. Kramer he personally took my call or called my back the same day. He explained every detail in ways that I understood and he took time to listen to me. At the end of my case his hard work got me a settlement that was over and above anything I expected . Mr .Kramer showed me that he really do care about his clients and work very hard at taking care of them through the entire process. He really should be the example for others in his field to follow. Thank you Mr. Kramer for taking care of me.
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Posted by anonymous | March 22, 2017
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Extraordinary lawyer that you be luck to have represent you!
In any field, there are a select group of professionals that operate on a higher plane than their peers. Michael Kramer is one of those exceptional few in the field of law. I met with another top educational lawyer in Atlanta that recommended Michael’s representation because my union (GAE) did not contract with her but did with Michael. (I later learned that Michael served as the GAE’s general counsel for 15 years. In other words, he was the GAE’s lawyer when they had legal concerns.) My case dealt with a new principal trying to bully me into resigning by fabricating extremely low evaluation scores and ignoring ADA protections. This was after 16.5 years of sterling evaluations and as a tenured teacher. This principal had previously done the same to others. Once I contacted Michael, he came up with a brilliant legal strategy that addressed my concerns with the school system and principal without having a hearing or a court case. This strategy was developed within four hours of our first conversation, and it was successful! Michael was not only brilliant, but he took a personal interest in my family and me at each step. He kept us informed, and was responsive to the myriad of questions and e-mails we sent him. No doubt, my case was not the most lucrative for Michael since it was sponsored by the GAE. However, I never felt like I was getting anything less than his best. Before I requested Michael’s representation, I read 75 different reviews of him on different lawyer sites. All gave him perfect marks! I can't think of anyone or anything reviewed where at least one person out of 75 doesn't at least give a 4 out of 5, especially anonymous ones on the Internet. 75 out of 75 perfect Internet reviews is so improbable that it’s on the level of winning the lottery. Even so, those reviews are accurate depictions of our experience under Michael’s representation. I give Michael Kramer my highest recommendation, and should you need legal representation, you will be fortunate if he takes your case.
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Posted by Hemal Patel | March 7, 2017
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Amazing Lawyer and brilliant man!
Michael is an amazing lawyer. From the first moment I met with him he made me feel like I was very important to him. He took the time to learn about me and my case. He knowledge of the law is remarkable and I am very glad to have used his services. He is a personable man and i would recommend his services with very high regard.
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Posted by R. I. | March 7, 2017
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Simply the Best!!!
Mr. Kramer understood my desire to preserve the career I worked so very hard for. More importantly, he read me correctly and understood that I was beyond worried and needed to be kept up-to-date on each step in my case. My questions were consistently answered promptly and concisely. He settled my anxieties and calmed my fears in the way that only hard-working, empathetic, and tenacious attorneys can do. He attentively listened; I never felt rushed or that I was asking nonsense questions. He ultimately encouraged me to look forward to a finish line that I had just about given up on seeing. No one wants to find themselves in adverse situations however, I would recommend Michael Kramer as he is the consummate professional and will assuredly get the job done!!!
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Posted by A very grateful educator | July 15, 2016
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When teaching license is on the line, hire Mr. Kramer!
Nearly two years ago, I arrived as a fresh-faced teacher at APS, one of the most troublesome districts in the state of Georgia. Unfortunately, I did not let their unscrupulous reputation stop me from accepting employment within their district, because of a significant increase in salary. Initially, I received warning after warning from my professional teaching peers that the larger salary was “combat pay”. Not long after arriving at APS I realized that APS’ culture was nothing like the previous school district I worked for. Staffed by an entrenched administration who were hell-bent on doing things the way they had always been done in APS. Like hiring their friends for positions they were not qualified for, isolating and ostracizing honest teachers who wanted no part in the sorority-like fraternity, and creating a toxic work environment for all the teachers who fell outside of their zone of exclusion. God forbid if you were really there to teach, you automatically went under the radar as a threat to the established order (or disorder). It wasn’t long before I was target of the administration, because they had not better things to do. The principal would repeatedly call me to the office to confront me, not ask, about hearsay and gossip (none pertaining to the actual job, for which we are paid to do). Things deteriorated to the point that they began to make up false allegations against me, mock, belittled me and engage in slander. When these tactics failed I was then given vague objectives, no to little feedback, and was essentially being prepped and set-up to fail. After the allegations were placed against me I was removed from the classroom and placed down at the district. I was advised to contact an attorney, which I did not do, because I had faith in the system and the fact that I was innocent of the false allegations. I assumed that once the investigators read my version of what happened that they would be able to clearly see what was done to me, that couldn’t have been further from the truth. After sitting at the region for 5 months, mind you I had only been teaching there for 1 year, APS told me to resign or they would terminate me, because they agreed with the allegations. I was advised by APS that no matter which way I took both paths qualified me to be reported to PSC. It was at that point that I knew that I needed an attorney. I started looking for an attorney by word of mouth and I was referred to several, but once APS reported me to the PSC and I saw that the PSC offered me a revocation, I knew right there and then that I needed a great attorney. A friend of mine told me to go to google and conduct a search for an educational lawyer in which I bumped into Michael Kramer. I dissected him inside out and I loved what I read about him. I was even more intrigued to see that one of the reviews that I read sounded very similar to what I was dealing with and that Mr. Kramer obtained favorable results for them. I printed up all of the reviews that were done on Mr. Kramer and kept it by my side to read them as if studying him was a bible course. It was the weekend when I found his info and Monday couldn’t come fast enough. Every time my spirit was low I reread the reviews on Mr. Kramer and it lifted me up. His 32+ years of experience was another perk for me in accepting him as my attorney. I figure after 32 years you know what you are doing at this point and figured that he could help me. I contacted his office, told them what I was dealing with. We set up a meeting time and I went to his office. After talking to Mr. Kramer I felt good about the decision that I made to choose Mr. Kramer as my attorney. After a long fight, my case is finally over and my faith has been restored always by God, but God used Mr. Kramer to bless me in so many ways. I won my case thanks to Mr. Kramer and the outcome ruled in my favor to keep a valid teaching license and be able to go back to teaching. I would recommend Mr. Kramer!
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Posted by B | April 11, 2016
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Education Lawyer
Mr. Kramer helped me to settle an unjust termination dispute with my school. He was very thorough in researching the details surrounding my termination. He was very direct and clear with his questions, but sensitive to the difficult time I was having. In a short time, he had reached an amicable agreement on the terms of my departure from the school that were very beneficial to me. I would highly recommend him.
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Posted by anonymous | December 24, 2015
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Amazing Attorney
Michael is a wonderful attorney. He helped me during a very difficult time when my employment was ended abruptly for false cause. He showed genuine concern for me as his client and was very patient answering all my questions. He's extremely knowledgeable and well prepared. I am extremely happy with the outcome and would absolutely recommend Michael.
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Posted by anonymous | December 17, 2015
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The Right Choice
I am convinced that Michael Kramer is the best educational lawyer in Georgia. His expertise in employment and labor laws afforded me the opportunity to be victorious in a very complicated case. I found myself in a situation that was not my battle, but because of my position, I was in the midst. My prayer was that God would handle the situation for me. He sent Michael Kramer! During the four year battle, I never had to state my case to anyone. In fact, Michael advised me to talk to him only regarding the case and he would handle everything for me. He did just that! He was able to get me what I requested and that was to walk away with my name and license.
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Posted by anonymous | May 19, 2015
Michael Kramer
Michael's legal knowledge of public education issues with the PSC and his ability to work with the Attorney General's office are tremendous assets for educators needing legal counsel in these fields. He did an excellent job of preparing me for what was an arduous process and provided constant feedback throughout. His relationships with key officials in state government allowed him to operate in a non-adversarial role. Because of this, he was able to produce a successful outcome for me. His diligence in pursuing the truth was the critical factor in meeting my needs. Michael was a tremendous advocate for me, and I would highly recommend him to prospective clients.
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Posted by Ruquanda | March 8, 2015
"Phenomenal!"
Michael is PHENOMENAL!!! He is a blessing and has a genuine concern for the client. Mr. Kramer is thorough, passionate and proficient; I am employed and a better person today because of Kramer. Trust in him and believe, he is well prepared to defend you on any day. As a result, the outcome of my case vs. the PSC was life changing! He delivered the optimum results for the desired outcome. If you are looking for results, save yourself the trouble; call on Kramer.
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Posted by M.B. | February 5, 2015
There's No Other
I obtained Michael E. Kramer as my attorney a few years ago, as I was involved in a very public scandal. I lost my job and my teaching certificate was being threatened, which meant my livelihood was jeopardized. Securing Kramer was the best decision I made, as he worked countless hours on my case with my employer and the PSC. The day I secured Kramer, I immediately saw his confidence and belief in me as his client, and that gave me the confidence to believe in him and my outcome. Kramer was very knowledgeable, worked relentlessly, and left "no stone unturned" as he represented me. Because of his determination, I was able to keep my job and certificate. My colleagues, friends, and family all saw how dedicated Kramer was to fighting my case. Consequently, many have used him and the others have his name and number stored in the event they should ever need him. It is very refreshing to have my life and peace back. There is no doubt in my mind that there's no other like Kramer. I would HIGHLY recommend him to anyone.
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Posted by anonymous | September 24, 2014
A Solid Advocate for the Injured Worker
I hired Michael after I was injured on the job, and my employer threatened to fire me without cause and said I had no choice but to accept it. Not only did Michael file a claim that resulted in the job trying to keep me, but when I decided that I didn’t trust my employer enough to feel comfortable going back to work for them, Michael was able to secure a decent settlement for me. The result was appealing since my employer had originally acted as if they could easily get rid of me without me having any recourse. Additionally, throughout the case I felt as if I held the ultimate decision on how the case should proceed, and that Michael would have supported whatever decision I made. And he was also easily accessible.
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Posted by AD | April 15, 2014
Education
Michael Kramer speaks directly to your issue. His information is always sound and he has great attention to detail.I rated Michael highly because of his consistency and because of his determination. He never seems detached. He communicates as if your situation paramount all of the time. He can recall similar cases to yours quickly. Be very clear...Michael can also redirect a person when the intentions are misguided, he can keep an individual focused on the specific situation. Michael is never misdirected, he counsels on the case and not on emotion.
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Posted by Tony | March 17, 2014
Ultimate professional
I recently suffered an injury on my job and found out very quickly that dealing with my employer and their adjuster was something that I wasn't prepared to do alone. I, like everyone else that's faced with the decision of whether to hire an attorney or not was left with little choice, I needed legal representation. I simply prayed about it and googled "the best workers comp attorney". I found Michael Kramer and was so impressed with his reviews on Avvo that choosing him was easy, as a matter of fact if reviews turned out to be as accurate as Mr. Kramers we all would be as satisfied with the choices we make as a result of them as I am. not only did Mr. Kramer meet with me the next day but from the very onset of our consultation he made me feel like I was more than a client , right away I felt comfortable and new I had made the right choice. I was informed about every step and was asked,if I was ok with each decision before they were made. Mr. Kramer is trustworthy, knowledgeable, honest, and although professional , not to the point that his professionalism makes him seem insensitive, but instead he's found a way to blend his professionalism with personalized and customized service and for me that's what makes him a success. He settled my case in three weeks and I'm very pleased with the outcome. Me. Kramer should be the example for all professionals.
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Posted by Maria | March 6, 2014
Excellent Lawyer
Mr. Kramer was recommended to me by a good friend and I will be eternally grateful for her advice. Mr. Kramer was completely dedicated to my case and my process and kept me well informed. He was the best representation I could have asked for.
Posted by Brian | January 1, 2014
Worker's Comp Client
I have conducted business with various attorneys in the past and have yet to meet an attorney of Michael Kramer's caliber. His professionalism, attentiveness and supportive statue is unrivaled. I would recommend Attorney Michael Kramer to anyone, without hesitation, who is seeking legal consultation and/or representation.
Posted by Patrick | December 11, 2013
Outstanding Client Care
Michael was so very helpful with my case. After one visit and talk with him I had nothing else to worry about. He kept me informed with how things were progressing and advised me along the way. My only regret was not calling him earlier. I can't recommend Michael strongly enough.
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AVVO RATING 10.0 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Of Counsel
  • The Buckley Beal Law Firm, LLP
  • 2010 - Present
  • Attorney
  • Clements & Sweet, LLC
  • 2008 - 2010
  • General Counsel
  • Georgia Association of Educators
  • 1998 - 2007
  • Founding Partner
  • Kramer & Thomas/Patel, LLC
  • 1997 - 2008
  • Partner
  • Zimring & Ellin, PC
  • 1992 - 1997
  • General Counsel
  • Georgia Association of Educators
  • 1985 - 1992
  • Attorney
  • United States Securities & Exchange Comm.
  • 1984 - 1985
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Education

  • Emory University
  • MBA
  • 1990
  • University of California at Davis School of Law
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 1980
  • Oberlin College
  • B.A.
  • 1976

Legal Cases

  • Jerry Kelly v Selective Insurance Company
  • Court Ordered power generator for quadraplegic's home at $25,000 cost
  • Superintendent Beverly Hall v. Gerald Nelson, 282 Ga. 441 (2007)
  • Principal reinstated to employment with $250,000
  • Moulder v. Bartow County Schools, 267 Ga. App. 339 (2004)
  • Teacher reinstated to employment with backpay

Associations

  • GreenLaw, Inc.
  • Treasurer-Board member
  • 1999 - 2015

Languages Spoken

  • English

Awards

  • Georgia's Top Rated Lawyers - Labor & Employment Law
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2015
  • Preeminent 5.0 out of 5
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2015
  • AV Preeminent 5.0 out of 5 Peer Review Rated
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2013
  • AV Preeminent 5.0 out of 5 Peer Review Rated
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2012
  • AV Preeminent 5.0 out of 5 Peer Review Rated
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 1995
  • Top 10% MBA: Emory Univ. Business School
  • International Honor Society of Beta Gamma Sigma
  • 1990
  • Law Review Editor
  • U.C. Davis Law School
  • 1979
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Publications

  • University of California, Davis Law Review
  • Egan v. Mutual of Omaha Insurance Co.: The Reasonable Relation Rule
  • 1980

Speaking Engagements

  • Advanced Workers Compensation
  • Employment Law for Workers Compensation Attorneys
  • 2012

Attorney endorsements

Received (9)
Given (7)
Endorse Michael
Employment and labor Attorney | Mar 09
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"Michael fights tirelessly on behalf of employees and is well respected in the legal community."
Education Attorney | Jul 08
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"Michael is an excellent lawyer. I have been opposing counsel against Michael in several teacher licensing cases, and I know him to be a tireless, diligent, and forceful advocate for his clients. He goes to great lengths to understand the intricate facts and nuances of his cases. This makes him a force to be reckoned with -- in settlement negotiations or in court."
Employment and labor Attorney | May 14
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Michael's experiences and breadth of knowledge regarding labor and employment matters is exceptional, and he has been an invaluable resource both personally and professionally for me."
Workers compensation Attorney | Apr 16
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Michael is a highly skilled and knowledgeable attorney. Anytime I have a client with worker's comp issues, I always refer them to Michael."
Workers compensation Attorney | Jan 21
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Education Attorney | Jan 24
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"Michael is very professional and does a great job representing his clients."
Employment and labor Attorney | Jan 04
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Michael has a strong background in employment and school issues. Whenever asked, I can count on Michael to give me good solid advice. Joyce F. Glucksman"
Education Attorney | Jan 02
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I have known Michael for a long time, and had the pleasure to work with him on a very high-profile matter. He was extremely knowledgeable about the law, and related well with our clients. I learned a lot from working with Michael, and look forward to working with him again."
Workers compensation Attorney | Dec 30
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"Michael is a great lawyer. Always professional and zealously advocates for his clients. He is detail oriented and effective."
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Atlanta Workers compensation Lawyer Michael Evan Kramer
Michael Evan Kramer
Workers compensation Attorney
Atlanta, GA
Licensed for 42 years