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Practice areas


  1. Education: 35%
  2. Workers Compensation: 35%
  3. Employment: 30%


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Attorney endorsements

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    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.


    Allen Lightcap Administrative law Attorney
    Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter

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    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.


    Clinton Cole Environmental and natural resources Attorney
    Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community

Contact info

The Buckley Beal, LLP

1230 Peachtree Street
Suite 900
Atlanta, GA, 30309


GAActive Member in Good Standing 198608/05/2016
DCInactive 198507/05/2016
We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
Georgia's Top Rated Lawyers - Labor & Employment LawMartindale-Hubbell2015
Preeminent 5.0 out of 5Martindale-Hubbell2015
AV Preeminent 5.0 out of 5 Peer Review RatedMartindale-Hubbell2013
AV Preeminent 5.0 out of 5 Peer Review RatedMartindale-Hubbell2012
AV Preeminent 5.0 out of 5 Peer Review RatedMartindale-Hubbell1995
Top 10% MBA: Emory Univ. Business SchoolInternational Honor Society of Beta Gamma Sigma1990
Law Review EditorU.C. Davis Law School1979
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
Of CounselThe Buckley Beal Law Firm, LLP2010 - Present
AttorneyClements & Sweet, LLC2008 - 2010
General CounselGeorgia Association of Educators1998 - 2007
Founding PartnerKramer & Thomas/Patel, LLC1997 - 2008
PartnerZimring & Ellin, PC1992 - 1997
General CounselGeorgia Association of Educators1985 - 1992
AttorneyUnited States Securities & Exchange Comm.1984 - 1985
Association namePosition nameDuration
GreenLaw, Inc.Treasurer-Board member1999 - 2015
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
Jerry Kelly v Selective Insurance CompanyCourt 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
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Publication nameTitleDate
University of California, Davis Law ReviewEgan v. Mutual of Omaha Insurance Co.: The Reasonable Relation Rule1980
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
Emory UniversityFinanceMBA1990
University of California at Davis School of LawLawJD - Juris Doctor1980
Oberlin CollegeGovernmentBA - Bachelor of Arts1976
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
Advanced Workers CompensationEmployment Law for Workers Compensation Attorneys2012