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William James Atkins

William Atkins’s Legal Cases

11 total


  • Jim Tillman v. City of Ocala, FL

    Practice Area:
    Employment and labor
    Date:
    Jan 01, 2006
    Outcome:
    $884,000.00 Verdict
    Description:
    Mr. Atkins represented Jim Tillman against his former employer, the City of Ocala, Florida in this race discrimination and retaliation case. Following a week long trial in federal court (Middle District of Florida - Ocala Division), the jury returned a verdict in the amount of $884,000.00 in favor of Mr. Tillman. Mr. Atkins filed a Petition for Attorneys Fees and Expenses after trial. The case settled confidentially at a post-trial mediation.
  • Ellen Cauthen v. Augusta/Richmond County School Board

    Practice Area:
    Employment and labor
    Date:
    Jan 01, 2007
    Outcome:
    $288,000.00 Verdict/$430,000.00 Settlement
    Description:
    Mr. Atkins represented Ellen Cauthen against her former employer, the Augusta/Richmond County School Board, in this race discrimination and retaliation case. The case was tried to a jury in federal court (Southern District of Georgia - Augusta Division). The jury returned a verdict in favor of Ms. Cauthen in the amount of $288,000.00. Mr. Atkins prepared a Fee Petition after trial and negotiated a post-trial settlement.
  • : Lindley v. State, 225 Ga. App. 338, 484 S.E.2d 33 (1997)

    Practice Area:
    Appeals
    Date:
    Jan 01, 1997
    Outcome:
    Guilty Verdict Affirmed on Appeal
    Description:
    As a prosecutor in Douglas County, Georgia, Mr. Atkins secured a guilty verdict in this drug distribution case. Mr. Atkins also successfully represented the State on appeal.
  • Marisa Bailey v. Milstead Foodmart et al

    Practice Area:
    Personal injury
    Date:
    Jan 01, 2007
    Outcome:
    $350,000.00 Verdict; Confidential Post-Trial Settlement
    Description:
    On behalf of Marisa Bailey, Mr. Atkins secured one of the largest verdicts ever awarded in Rockdale County, Georgia in this false arrest case against a local convenience store and its owner.
  • Mark Tuggle v. Sheriff Victor Hill

    Practice Area:
    Civil rights
    Date:
    Jan 01, 2008
    Outcome:
    $475,000.00 verdict; 172,000.00 Fee Award.
    Description:
    Mr. Atkins represented Mark Tuggle in this high profile civil rights case against the former sheriff of Clayton County, Georgia. A jury returned a verdict in favor of Mr. Tuggle, finding that Sheriff Hill violated Mr. Tuggle's First and Fourth Amendment rights by arresting him without probable cause. The Court later awarded attorneys fees and expenses of litigation in the amount of $172,000.00.
  • Keith Brancheau v. Norman Schwartz

    Practice Area:
    Personal injury
    Date:
    Jan 01, 2009
    Outcome:
    $954,000.00 verdict, affirmed on appeal (10/14/2010)
    Description:
    Mr. Atkins and his law partner, James Attwood, represented Mr. Brancheau in this personal injury lawsuit arising from a serious motor vehicle accident. A jury returned a verdict infavor of Mr. Brancheau in the amount of $954,000.00. The verdict is believed to be among the largest ever obtained in Douglas County, Georgia in a personal injury matter.
  • State of Georgia v. D'Anna Bates

    Practice Area:
    Criminal defense
    Date:
    Jan 01, 2006
    Outcome:
    Not Guilty
    Description:
    Mr. Atkins defended Ms. Bates in this criminal case. Ms. Bates was charged with Felony Obstruction arising from an incident in her home with an officer from the Pike County Sheriff's Office. A jury returned a "not guilty" verdict.
  • Laura Skop v. City of Atlanta et al, 485 F.3d 1130 (11th Cir. 2007)

    Practice Area:
    Civil rights
    Date:
    Jan 01, 2008
    Outcome:
    $268,000.00
    Description:
    Mr. Atkins represented Ms. Skop in this civil rights matter. Ms. Skop brought claims of false arrest and malicious prosecution against a police officer employed with teh City of Atlanta. The trial judge granted summary judgment to the officer and Mr. Atkins appealed. Mr. Atkins argued the case before the 11th Circuit Court of Appeals. The Court reversed the decision in a published opinion that has established important precedent in this area of civil rights law.
  • A.W., a minor child et al v. Union City, Georgia

    Practice Area:
    Wrongful death
    Date:
    May 22, 2014
    Outcome:
    $750,000.00
    Description:
    Unlawful use of deadly force by a law enforcement officer. An officer shot and killed a suspect who was lying face down on the ground but resisting officer's efforts to handcuff him.
  • Lucas v. City of Braswell, Georgia

    Practice Area:
    Civil rights
    Date:
    Dec 07, 2010
    Outcome:
    $1,000,000.00 Jury Verdict
    Description:
    Lucas, the former police chief sued City for false arrest after Mayor had him arrested for allegedly stealing a police car.