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Stephen Roberts Chance

About me

I am a third generation lawyer from Augusta, Georgia. I graduated from Washington and Lee University in 1989. Upon graduation, I worked for my father, Kenneth R. Chance, who was a sole practitioner in Augusta. I then began pursuit of my M.B.A. and J.D. at Georgia State University in Atlanta. I served as Co-Editor of Legislation for the Georgia State University Law Review. I graduated from Georgia State in 1995 with a M.B.A. and a J.D., magna cum laude. I began working for a medium-sized defense firm as a summer associate in May of 1994 and continued with that firm until July 1999. I concentrated on the defense of doctors and hospitals in professional negligence cases and other health care matters.

In August of 1999, I joined Watkins, Lourie & Roll, LLP, where I handle plaintiff's medical malpractice, nursing home negligence, and motor vehicle accident cases. I am a member of the State Bar of Georgia, the American Association for Justice, and the Georgia Trial Lawyers Association. I am a member of the Board of Governors of the American Association for Justice and a member of the Executive Committee of the Georgia Trial Lawyers Association. I have also served as a member of the Advisory Committee on Legislation of the State Bar of Georgia.

I have personally experienced the loss of a parent and the loss of a child. My law practice has become focused on cases involving the elderly and children - the most vulnerable members of our society.  I an actively involved in philanthropic efforts to cure childhood cancer, and I advocate for the elderly during the Georgia General Assembly. 


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Practice areas


  1. Trucking Accident: 40%
  2. Medical Malpractice: 40%
  3. Personal Injury: 20%



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  • Benjamin E. Fox

    Stephen Chance is an extraordinarily effective trial lawyer who personally dedicates himself to each of his clients and their cases. In addition to his top-shelf judgment and inherent pragmatism, Stephen's success stems from his talent for listening to each of his clients (a valuable and regrettably rare skill for busy lawyers) to recognize and address the goals and concerns at the heart of their cases.


    Benjamin Fox Business Attorney
    Relationship: Worked together on matter

  • Steven James Estep

    Stephen Chance is a top-notch lawyer and a great human being. If I had a case in his practice area, I would go to him first.


    Steven Estep Commercial real estate Attorney
    Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community

Contact info

Watkins, Lourie, Roll & Chance, PC

3348 Peachtree Rd NE Ste 1050
Tower Place 200
Atlanta, GA, 30326-1446


GAActive Member in Good Standing 199508/05/2016
We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
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Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
Super LawyerSuperLawyers2016
AV Preeminent RatedMartindale-Hubbell2016
Super LawyerSuperLawyers2015
AV RatedMartindale-Hubbell2015
Super LawyerSuperLawyers2014
Super LawyerSuperLawyers2013
Super LawyerSuperLawyers2012
Super LawyerSuperLawyers2011
Super LawyerSuperLawyers2010
Super LawyerSuperLawyers2009
Community Service AwardGeorgia Trial Lawyers Association2008
Rising StarSuperLawyers2005
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
PartnerWatkins, Lourie, Roll & Chance, PC1999 - Present
AssociateLong, Weinberg, Ansley & Wheeler1995 - 1999
Law ClerkBird, Ballard & Still, LLP1993 - 1994
LawyerKenneth R. Chance1989 - 1990
Association namePosition nameDuration
Tennessee Bar AssociationMember2006 - Present
American Association for JusticeMember1999 - Present
Georgia Trial Lawyers AssociationMember1995 - Present
State Bar of GeorgiaMember1995 - Present
U.S. District Court, Southern District of GeorgiaBar Admission1995 - Present
U.S. District Court, Middle District of GeorgiaBar Admission1995 - Present
U.S. District Court, Northern District of GeorgiaBar Admission1995 - Present
U.S. Court of Appeals, 11th CircuitBar Admission1995 - Present
State Bar of Georgia, Advisory CommitteeMember1999 - 1999
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
Brogdon v. National Healthcare CorporationMotion to Dismiss grnt'd in part denied in part
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Publication nameTitleDate
Georgia State University Law ReviewStephen R. Chance & F. Faison Middleton, IV, Insurance Generally: Provide for Limited Release of Settling Insurance Carrier and Insured Tortfeasor for Claims Arising Out of Motor Vehicle Accidents Covered by Two of More Insurance Carriers, 11 Ga. St. U. L. Rev. 200 (1994)1994
Georgia State University Law ReviewStephen R. Chance, Landlord and Tenant: Amend Dispossessory Proceedings, 11 Ga. St. U. L. Rev. 246 (1994)1994
Georgia State University Law ReviewKarin L. Allen & Stephen R. Chance, Review of Selected 1994 Georgia Legislation, 11 Ga. St. U. L. Rev. 23 (1994)1994
Georgia State University Law ReviewStephen R. Chance, Verdict and Judgment: Provide for Discharge of Liens Against Real and Personal Property, 11 Ga. St. U. L. Rev. 62 (1994)1994
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
Georgia State University College of LawLawJD - Juris Doctor1995
Georgia State UniversityN/AMBA - Master of Business Administration1995
Washington and Lee UniversityN/ABA - Bachelor of Arts1989