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Jeff K. Stinson, Esq.

Attorney

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Jeff K. Stinson is a Swift Currie partner who has more than 15 years of experience counseling clients through difficult workers’ compensation claims and advocating on their behalf, during which he has developed longstanding relationships and become a trusted advisor to his clients.

Jeff’s clients include insurance companies and employers in a diverse spectrum of industries, including retail sales, childcare, education, trucking and transportation, and religious institutions, to name a few.

Jeff has tried more than 30 cases and has won the vast majority of them. He also has been successful in working with his clients to mitigate damages.

Jeff’s attention to detail and thoroughness ensure his clients’ cases are looked at through careful and critical eyes. Because of his diligence, he has been able to spot crucial details or pieces of evidence that often get overlooked.

Jeff prides himself on being responsive and always available for his clients. He also ensures that he understands his clients’ business models and goals so he can represent their best interests. Knowing his clients and their businesses is key to his successful practice and enables his ability to provide full-service representation as if he were in-house counsel.

Jeff honed his strong skills in the courtroom when he interned at a solicitor general’s office in Douglas County during law school. In this role, he prosecuted misdemeanor crimes, and that raw, hands-on experience helped him become comfortable in any kind of courtroom and fast on his feet in front of judges and juries.

Jeff’s passion for workers’ compensation extends outside of the courtroom. He is on Swift Currie’s planning committee for the firm’s workers’ compensation seminar which educates clients on the latest developments in this practice area while keeping them entertained. He has also been a speaker at workers’ compensation events around the country.

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Elizabeth L. Bentley, Esq.

Attorney

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Elizabeth “Beth” Bentley has more than five years of litigation experience and focuses her practice on assisting businesses in civil liability matters, including transportation and trucking defense and other general liability cases. She devotes a significant portion of her practice to representing insurers in coverage disputes.

Beth also has experience with litigation proceedings and appellate matters at the state and federal level and has tried cases before the Georgia Supreme Court and the United States Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit.

Lawyers can be overly aggressive and unnecessarily adversarial, which can prevent or delay a client result, but Beth takes a different approach. Her prior experience has taught her to be mindful and level-headed in litigation.

At Georgia State University School of Law, Beth was chosen as a top student in her litigation course and was honored for preparing the best brief in support of a motion for a summary judgment. Beth was also awarded third place in a closing argument competition sponsored by a local Atlanta law firm and volunteered as a court-appointed special advocate in her spare time.

Beth takes pride in working hard, working smart and recognizing priorities to achieve the best results for her clients.

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Gail L. Ritzert, Esq.

Attorney

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Gail L. Ritzert focuses her practice on insurance coverage and insurance defense matters, concentrating in both the coverage and defense of catastrophic injury cases arising from construction accidents, products and premises defects, transportation claims, and the defense of municipalities and schools. She works closely with national construction and electrical contractors, real estate developers, property managers and franchisors. She serves as regional counsel handling transportation claims for a national conglomerate, and works with interstate trucking concerns to develop risk management protocols and litigation strategy. She also utilizes her training and experience in the representation of pre-school, primary and secondary educational and technical institutions against claims arising from their instructional programs, student supervision, extra-curricular activities, intramural and interscholastic athletics, and student placement.

A highly experienced trial attorney, Gail has tried numerous cases to successful conclusions in all courts in the New York metropolitan area. Gail has also served as the regional seminar coordinator for one of the largest domestic insurers. Gail is a frequent lecturer and has spoken extensively for the Defense Research Institute, the Defense Association of New York, the National Business Institute, the New York State Bar Association and the Nassau County Bar Association on topics including construction law and trial strategies, catastrophic injuries, litigation of insurance coverage disputes, medical malpractice, supplemental underinsurance and uninsured motorist claims and ethics. She is a past president of the Defense Association of New York and has served as the New York State representative to the Defense Research Institute.

Gail graduated cum laude from Pfeiffer College in 1982, received a Master’s Degree in Education from Frostburg State University in 1986 and her Juris Doctor from St. John’s University School of Law in 1989. She is admitted to practice in New York, Connecticut, the District of Columbia, and before the United States District Courts for the Southern and Eastern Districts of New York.

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Paul-Michael La Fayette, Esq.

Attorney

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Mr. La Fayette concentrates his practice on professional liability defense, including the defense of dentists, physicians, real estate agents and attorneys. He represents several professionals in administrative licensure proceedings before their professional Boards. In addition to professional liability, Paul regularly represents governmental entities in litigation and as general counsel. He has extensive experience in representing clients in lawsuits involving professional malpractice, premises liability, contracts, employment, construction, civil rights, zoning, wrongful death and products liability.