David M. Atkinson has been a trial lawyer since 1991, focusing on civil litigation defense, including tort claims, construction litigation, insurance coverage, business disputes and intellectual property. He has served as lead trial counsel in federal and state courts throughout Georgia and the Southeast, as well as appellate counsel before the Georgia Supreme Court, the Georgia Court of Appeals and the Eleventh Circuit Court of Appeals. Mr. Atkinson joined Swift Currie as a partner in April 2016.
He regularly speaks on insurance and litigation matters and has chaired an annual seminar presented by The Seminar Group entitled, “Bad Faith Claims: Extra-Contractual Liability in Georgia.” Mr. Atkinson is a member of the State Bar of Georgia (Litigation Section), American Bar Association (Litigation Section, Tort and Insurance Practice Section and Insurance Coverage Litigation Committee), Atlanta Bar Association, International Association of Defense Counsel, Defense Research Institute, Georgia Defense Lawyers Association, Federal Bar Association, Lawyers Club of Atlanta and Atlanta Volunteer Lawyers Foundation. He has also been elected as a fellow in the Litigation Counsel of America, an invitation-only trial lawyer society.
Mr. Atkinson earned his B.A., cum laude, in 1988 from Washington and Lee University, and J.D. in 1991 from the Marshall-Wythe School of Law at the College of William & Mary. He was admitted to the State Bar of Georgia in 1991 and practiced at other law firms prior to founding the firm then known as Magill & Atkinson in 1996.