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John Hadden

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John D. Hadden is the owner and founder of the Hadden Law Firm. An experienced trial and appellate lawyer, he is author of three respected treatises on Georgia litigation practice: Green's Georgia Law of Evidence, Georgia Law of Torts - Trial Preparation and Practice, and Georgia Magistrate Court Handbook, all published by Thomson Reuters Westlaw. These books are relied upon by lawyers and judges in Georgia for their analysis of Georgia law. He is a frequent lecturer at continuing legal education seminars in Georgia and is author of numerous articles in legal publications.

John has handled a wide variety of trial and appellate matters in the state and federal courts of Georgia, including representation of both plaintiffs and defendants in civil cases and the prosecution and defense of felony and misdemeanor criminal matters. Before founding the firm, he was a litigator at a prominent Atlanta firm, where he represented numerous commercial and business interests and defended clients in personal injury, wrongful death, and property damage claims. He now concentrates his practice on catastrophic personal injury and wrongful death claims. A native of Jefferson and Glascock Counties (near Augusta), John handles cases around the state of Georgia. He lives, with his wife and daughter, in Atlanta.

Legal Background & Education

John graduated with honors from the University of Georgia School of Law in Athens, where he was a member of the Georgia Law Review. While in law school, John served as a student clerk for the judges of the State Court of Cherokee County and worked in the Office of the District Attorney for Rockdale County, prosecuting felony and misdemeanor criminal cases. John earned his bachelor's degree from Emory University, where he was a double major in History and Environmental Studies and was philanthropy chairman of Emory's Interfraternity Counsel. During college, he worked at the state capitol in the Office of the Governor.

John is president of the Atlanta Trial Lawyers Association, a member of the Atlanta Bar Association, where he is a member of the Litigation Section Board of Directors and treasurer for 2017-2018, and a Champion member of the Georgia Trial Lawyers Association, where he is chairman of the Amicus Curiae Committee, assisting attorneys from around the state in matters before appellate courts. He also serves on the Board of Governors of the American Association for Justice New Lawyers Division and is past chair of the Litigation Committee of the State Bar of Georgia Young Lawyers Division. He is a Master in Emory University School of Law's Lamar American Inn of Court.

In his free time, John is an avid private pilot and SCUBA diver. He also frequently serves as a volunteer judge for moot court and mock trial competitions at the high school and law school level. He is currently chairman of the board of directors of the Georgia Network to End Sexual Assault (GNESA), a group responsible for providing guidance and training to rape crisis centers throughout Georgia.

John is a member of the bar of the United States Supreme Court and is admitted to practice before all Georgia trial courts as well as the Georgia Court of Appeals and the Georgia Supreme Court. He is also admitted to the United States District Courts for the Northern, Middle, and Southern Districts of Georgia and the United States Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit.

Speaking Engagements

  • Trial and Error, seminar chair and moderator (ICLE, March 2018)
  • Significant Appellate Decisions of 2016, presented at Plaintiff's Personal Injury Practice Seminar (ICLE, February 2018)
  • Program on Professionalism and Ethics (Emory University Lamar Inn of Court, November 2017)
  • Bad Faith Insurance Claims, presented at Auto Torts seminar (GTLA, July 2017)
  • Trial and Error, seminar chair and moderator (ICLE, March 2017)
  • Nuts and Bolts of Appellate Practice, seminar chair and moderator (ICLE, February 2017)
  • Significant Appellate Decisions of 2016, presented at Plaintiff's Personal Injury Practice Seminar (ICLE, February 2017)
  • Emerging Technologies in The Practice of Law, program chair (Atlanta Bar Association, February 2017)
  • Ethics of Lien Resolution, presented at Holiday Seminar (GTLA, December 2016)
  • State/Local Law Update, Jurisdictional Considerations and Recent Developments, presented at Proving Pain, Suffering, and More in Personal Injury Litigation seminar (National Business Institute, September 2016)
  • Post-settlement considerations, Secrets to a Successful Plaintiff's Personal Injury Practice seminar (ICLE, September 2016)
  • Trial and Error, seminar chair and moderator (ICLE, March 2016)
  • Appellate Case Law Update, presented at Plaintiff's Personal Injury Seminar (ICLE, February 2016)
  • State/Local Procedures, Legal Update and Trends and Social Media and Smartphone Evidence: Leveraging the Latest Technology and Evidence Law for Your Case, presented at Plaintiff's Personal Injury Litigation: Secrets to Success seminar (National Business Institute, December 2015)
  • The New Federal Rules of Civil Procedure, program coordinator and writer (Atlanta Bar Association Litigation Section, November 2015)
  • Taking More Effective Depositions, seminar chair and speaker (Atlanta Trial Lawyers Association, November 2015)
  • Nuts and Bolts of Georgia Civil Appellate Practice, seminar chair and moderator (ICLE, October 2015)
  • Documenting the Extent of the Injury, presented at Damages in Personal Injury seminar (National Business Institute, October 2015)
  • Evidence and Preserving Error for Appeal, presented at Annual Convention (GTLA, April 2015)
  • Hospital Liens and Medicare Reimbursement Issues, presented at Annual Convention (GTLA, April 2015)
  • Trial and Error, seminar chair (ICLE, March 2015)
  • Advanced Insurance Coverage Issues; Social Media, the Internet, and Electronically Stored Information, presented at Advanced Issues in Personal Injury Litigation seminar (National Business Institute, December 2014)
  • Post-settlement Considerations, presented at Secrets to a Plaintiff's Personal Injury Practice seminar (ICLE, September 2014)
  • Preservation of Error for Appeal, presented at Annual Convention (GTLA, April 2014)
  • Trial and Error, seminar chair (ICLE, March 2014)
  • Judicial Panel Discussion (moderator), Appellate Practice seminar (ICLE, February 2014)
  • Georgia's New Evidence Code (Emory University Lamar Inn of Court, February 2014)
  • Holiday Workshop, seminar chair (GTLA, December 2013)
  • Documenting the Extent of the Injury, presented at Damages in Personal Injury seminar (National Business Institute, December 2013)
  • Use of Evidence at Trial, presented at Trial Practice Manual seminar (GTLA, September 2013)
  • Georgia's New Evidence Code: Practice Pointers and Pitfalls, presented to Solo and Small Firm section meeting (Atlanta Bar Association, August 2013)
  • New Lawyers Division Seminar, seminar chair at Annual Convention (GTLA, May 2013)
  • Trial and Error, seminar chair (ICLE, March 2013)
  • The Other Side of the Bench: Practice Suggestions from Former Appellate Jurists (moderator), at Appellate Practice seminar (ICLE, March 2013)
  • Filing the Police Lawsuit, presented at Handling Police Cases seminar (National Business Institute, August 2012)
  • Effective Lien Resolution Strategies, presented at Auto Torts seminar (GTLA, July 2012)
  • Identifying FLSA Overtime Violations, presented at Annual Convention (GTLA, May 2012)
  • New Lawyers Division Seminar, seminar chair at Annual Convention (GTLA, May 2012)
  • Countdown to Trial, presented at Plaintiff's Personal Injury seminar (ICLE, March 2012)
  • Federal versus State Court, presented at Trial and Error seminar (ICLE, March 2012)
  • Preservation of Error for Appeal, presented at Handling Fall Cases seminar (ICLE, February 2012)
  • Georgia's New Evidence Code, presented at Highlights of Essential Practice Areas for Solo Practitioner and Small Firm seminar (ICLE, December 2011)
  • Judicial Perspectives on Effective Trial Advocacy (moderator), at Trial and Error seminar (ICLE, March 2011)
  • War Stories in Litigation, State Bar of Georgia Young Lawyers Division Continuing Legal Education Series (Program Chairperson, February – April 2010)
  • Resolving Liens and Maximizing Your Client's Recovery, presented at Winning Settlement Demand Packages seminar (ICLE, January 2010)
  • Key Issues in Presenting Evidence of Psychological Injuries, presented at Holiday Convention (GTLA, December 2009)

Publications

  • Georgia Law of Torts – Trial Preparation and Practice (Thomson Reuters Westlaw)
  • Green's Georgia Law of Evidence (Thomson Reuters Westlaw)
  • Georgia Magistrate Court Handbook (Thomson Reuters Westlaw)
  • The Gatekeeper Revisited – Circuit Court Approaches to Daubert and Federal Rule of Evidence 702, The Products Liability Reporter (American Association for Justice, February 2017)
  • The Appellate Jurisdiction Reform Act of 2016, The Litigator (Atlanta Bar Association Litigation Section, February 2017)
  • Interpretations of Georgia's New Evidence Code - Hearsay and Character Evidence, The Appellate Review (State Bar of Georgia Appellate Practice Section, Fall 2016)
  • The Litigator, editor (Atlanta Bar Association Litigation Section, 2015-2017)
  • Survey of Recent Appellate Court Decisions (Georgia Civil), The Appellate Review (State Bar of Georgia Appellate Practice Section, Spring 2015)
  • Georgia's New Evidence Code: Practice Pointers and Pitfalls (The Verdict/GTLA, Spring 2013)
  • Mediation Preparation and Practice for the Plaintiff's Lawyer (The Verdict/GTLA, Summer 2012)
  • An Interview with Chief Justice Carley (The Sidebar/American Association for Justice, Summer 2012)
  • United States Supreme Court Revisits Due Process Limitation on "Stream of Commerce" Exercise of Personal Jurisdiction (The Sidebar/American Association for Justice, Fall 2011)
  • United States Supreme Court Weighs in on Judicial Recusal in Light of Campaign Donations (The Verdict/GTLA, Summer 2010)
  • Ban Now in Place on Certain Text Messaging and Phone Calls, guest column (The Cherokee Tribune, July 4, 2010)
  • Out-of-State Reinsurer Required to Post Collateral Before Litigating in Connecticut, (Insurance/Reinsurance/Managed Healthcare Review, Spring 2007)

Memberships, Activities, and Awards

  • State Bar of Georgia (Young Lawyers Division Litigation Committee Chair (2011-2013), Leadership Academy Class of 2011)
  • American Association for Justice (New Lawyers Division Board of Governors, Amicus Curiae Committee)
  • Georgia Trial Lawyers Association (Amicus Curiae Committee Chairman)
  • Atlanta Trial Lawyers Association (President)
  • Atlanta Bar Association (Litigation Section Board of Directors, 2015-2018, Litigation Section Treasurer, 2017-2018)
  • Lawyers Club of Atlanta
  • Fulton County Daily Report "On the Rise, 40 Under 40" (2015)
  • Georgia SuperLawyers (2014-2017)
  • Georgia SuperLawyers Rising Stars (2011-2013)
  • Georgia Trend Legal Elite (Appellate Practice; General Practice; Personal Injury)
  • Million Dollar Advocates Forum (Life Member)
  • The National Trial Lawyers: Top 100 Trial Lawyers (Georgia)
  • The National Trial Lawyers: Top 40 Under 40 (Georgia)
  • Logan E. Bleckley American Inn of Court - Georgia State University College of Law (Barrister, 2009-2011)
  • Lamar American Inn of Court - Emory University School of Law (Master)
  • Georgia Trial Lawyers Association 2014 Community Service Award 

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Recommendations

  • Mr. Hadden a lawyer not afraid to take on the big corporations!

    Rating:  5 of 5 John David Hadden, Esq. handled my injury litigation case in a quick, decisive and professional manner way beyond his years of experience. I received a large settlement in half the time it normally would have taken. He kept me abreast of exactly what was going on without a lot o...
  • John Hadden is one of the sharpest attorneys I know.

    John Hadden is one of the sharpest attorneys I know.  He is naturally talented, capable, and inspiring.  He has co-authored the Georgia Law of Torts, Trial Preparation and Practice as well as others, and thus has an encyclopedic knowledge of personal injury law.  Coupled with his excellent interp...
  • "I would give him 10 stars if I could."

    Rating: 5 of 5 I was recommended to Mr. Hadden for an accident case I was involved in. He not only took his time speaking with me and offering advice on multiple occasions in the end he stated to me it would be in my best interest to NOT use his services and handle it on my own. Honest, professi...
  • Documents unsealed for the public interest

    Rating:  5 of 5 I am an activist and citizen journalist, following a somewhat high profile and complex wrongful death case. The defendants in the case had produced some very damaging documents in discovery, which no one but the attorneys and judge had seen thus far, and were trying to keep them...
  • Understanding why I would hire him again and again.

    Rating:  5 of 5 He's the type attorney that put his all into your case. He doesn't make promises just to get your business. I've dealt with many lawyers and I have to say he's the best.
  • He is whip smart and fights for his clients.

    John is a lawyer's lawyer. He is whip smart and fights for his clients.  I highly recommend him, especially in appellate cases.
  • John has more actual and practical knowledge of Georgia law than any colleague I know.

    I cannot stress the importance of knowledge of the law when taking on large corporate defendants represented by large firms. John has more actual and practical knowledge of Georgia law than any colleague I know.
  • I would totally recommend him.

    Rating:  5 of 5 I am a business owner in Atlanta and when I discovered a false comment/review on line about myself and my business, I contacted John..not only was he very knowledgeable and helpful, his efforts got this false review of me removed from the website within a week of sending me the ...
  • Patient, hardworking and gets results!

    Rating: 5 of 5 John Hadden is amazing! I was fortunate enough to be referred by his lovely wife to help me with a daycare case that unfortunately involved a physical mishandling of my child. Being a first time mom and pregnant with my second, a small part of me wondered if my case warranted seek...
  • John is the go-to when other lawyers have questions or need co-counsel.

    John is one of the most qualified and respected lawyers in Georgia's legal community. John is the go-to when other lawyers have questions or need co-counsel. While John is a lawyer's lawyer, he maintains an amiable and accessible relationship with judges, juries, and perhaps most importantly his ...
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    Rating:  5 of 5 John assisted me with a legal matter recently and I was extremely impressed with his knowledge of the law. He saw several things in my case that were missed from my previous lawyer. He was able to point out legal errors in our opponent's arguments that led to a very favorable re...
  • Great Job from a Great Lawyer

    Rating:  5 of 5 John did a great job to keep me informed. He worked hard for me and gave me great advice. I will recommend his services to all of my friends and family. Not only did i win my cast he did a excellent job of being professional and was very knowledgeable.
  • John is highly respected and well-renowned in the legal community for his expertise in the areas of tort litigation and appeals.

    I wholeheartedly endorse John Hadden. John is highly respected and well-renowned in the legal community for his expertise in the areas of tort litigation and appeals. I frequently consult with John on cases, and it has been a pleasure getting to know him. He is not only an excellent and knowledge...
  • John's intelligence, drive, and skill make him an effective litigator respected by peers and opponents alike.

    John's intelligence, drive, and skill make him an effective litigator respected by peers and opponents alike. I have gotten to know John through our work with the Georgia Trial Lawyers Association, where he is very active. He is often asked to speak at seminars and write articles for the benefit ...
  • Pretty Damn good!

    John's knowledge of insurance companies is exceptional. John worked along side another attorney so in fact he can be an excellent team player as well. I have another case, and John's the first name to come to mind.
  • AWESOME!!!!

    Rating:  5 of 5 Working with John was my first experience with the legal system. John explained everything thoroughly to me and helped me weigh the pros and cons of each potential decision. He was readily available whenever I had a question or a concern about my case. I would highly recommend J...
  • Efficient and knowledgeable!

    Rating:  5 of 5 John is efficient, very knowledgeable and puts you at ease when dealing with courts and law. He returns phone calls quickly, and explains exactly what is happening. You know that he is on your side.
  • John Hadden has one of the keenest legal minds in Georgia.

    John Hadden has one of the keenest legal minds in Georgia. I fully expect Mr. Hadden, if he so desires, to serve in the judiciary at some point in his career. I am in close contact with Mr. Hadden when I have procedural or case law questions, and he is quick with answers. I highly endorse this la...
  • I highly recommend!

    Rating:  5 of 5 John Hadden provided excellent guidance during my appeal. He is well schooled on the law and has a very easy manner that clients appreciate in court, and he always followed-up and kept me informed during the entire process. I highly recommend John Hadden for any personal injury ...
  • He is an exceptionally bright and thorough attorney.

    I've known John since we were in undergraduate together and have worked with him on several matters. He is an exceptionally bright and thorough attorney.
  • ADA Discrimination Case

    Rating:  5 of 5 I searched the State of Georgia, looking for a Lawyer to take my case, so when I called my brother-n-law; he referred me to a law firm in Augusta, Ga. After talking with them they referred me to Mr. John Hadden, I must truly say to u all, that Mr. Hadden is a man of his word, an...
  • Prompt, Efficient, Courteous and Knowledgeable Counsel

    Rating:  5 of 5 I retained John Hadden for a fraud claim against an auctioneer and was very staisfied with his ever prompt and professional service as well as his personal courtesy. I highly recommend attorney John Hadden for litigation services.
  • When attorneys in the community have questions about complex cases, they turn to John for his knowledge and ability.

    John is, quite simply, a lawyer's lawyer. When attorneys in the community have questions about complex cases, they turn to John for his knowledge and ability. I would not hesitate to hire John for injury matters and business disputes.
  • Superb Representation

    Rating:  5 of 5 Mr. Hadden provided solid legal support both in and outside the courtroom. His analysis was thorough and well-reasoned, and he was able to explain complex legal issues to me, a person without a legal background. John is friendly and responsive, and fought hard for my rights. Hig...
  • John is one of the most outstanding young trial lawyers in Georgia . . . I highly recommend him for litigation, trials and appeals.

    John is one of the most outstanding young trial lawyers in Georgia, co-author of Georgia Law of Torts: Trial Preparation & Practice, and frequently participates in "friend of the court" appellate briefs for the Georgia Trial Lawyers Association. I highly recommend him for litigation, trials a...
  • He has a remarkable knowledge of the law.

    John Hadden is an outstanding attorney. He is diligent, exceptionally detail-oriented, and gets results. He has a remarkable knowledge of the law. I would not hesitate to call upon him for help.

Featured Testimonial

"Working with John was my first experience with the legal system. John explained everything thoroughly to me and helped me weigh the pros and cons of each potential decision. He was readily available whenever I had a question or a concern about my case. I would highly recommend John to anyone in need of legal representation. He is professional yet still very down to earth.”
– Courtney
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