Warner S. Fox
Warner S. Fox is a Senior Partner with Hawkins Parnell Thackston & Young LLP. Warner has practiced with the Firm for more than 30 years. He is a Fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers. He is also a past President of the Georgia Defense Lawyers Association. His practice focuses on catastrophic accident litigation primarily arising from matters involving transportation accidents, premises and product liability. Through the years, Warner has tried numerous cases involving many types of tort matters. He is often called upon by his clients to handle catastrophic matters in other jurisdictions. Many of those catastrophic matters have been cases involving traumatic brain injury, a topic on which he lectures frequently. Warner developed a subspecialty in defending these types of cases based upon his many years of experience in dealing with them.
Warner believes that the most important attribute a defense lawyer can bring to a client’s matter is the ability to quickly grasp the issues and threat to a client. By analyzing early in a case the client’s potential exposure, clients, through consultation with their lawyer, can determine whether or not the case is one that should be disposed of early or positioned for a possible trial. Warner firmly believes that the worst thing a defense lawyer can do for the client is advise that a case should be tried up until the time the case arrives at the courthouse steps and then retract the advice.
Warner has defended a wide variety of clients including multi-national retailers and trucking companies as well as product manufacturers. He also routinely represents insureds for several major insurers and serves as major case counsel for a carrier in Georgia and other jurisdictions.
Warner has served as eastern regional counsel for a national pest control company, for their vehicle fleet bodily injury litigation. In that capacity, he oversaw all vehicle litigation east of the Mississippi and tried those cases depending upon their severity.
Traumatic Brain Injury Litigation
Warner has developed an expertise in the defense of closed head injuries as a result of handling numerous cases alleging these types of injuries. He serves as lead litigation counsel for a national retailer in traumatic brain injury and catastrophic injury cases in various areas of the country.
Product Liability Litigation
Warner also specializes in cases involving flammable fabrics, including garments, protective wear, and furniture. He serves as Co-Coordinating National Counsel for a national insurance company’s Flammable Fabric Program.
- Fellow, American College of Trial Lawyers
- State Bar of Georgia
- Board of Directors - Younger Lawyers Section (1987-1990)
- Co-Founder Young Lawyers Section High School Mock Trial Competition
- Atlanta Bar Association
- Georgia Defense Lawyers Association
- President (2006-2007)
- Executive Vice President (2005-2006)
- Secretary/Treasurer (2004-2005)
- Vice President (2003)
- Board of Directors (1999-2002)
- Defense Research Institute
- American Law Firm Association
- Claims and Litigation Management Alliance
- Lawyers Club of Atlanta
- Co-founder, Georgia High School Mock Trial Competition
- AV Preeminent® Peer Review Rated by Martindale-Hubbell®
- Super Lawyer, Super Lawyers Magazine (2005-2018)
- The Best Lawyers in America©, Personal Injury Litigation; Product Liability Litigation (2011-2019)
- "Mild Traumatic Brain Injuries," State Bar of Georgia (January 2018)
- "New Trends in Broker Liability," ALFA International, Transportation Seminar (May 2016)
- "Defense of a Personal Injury Case," Institute of Continuing Legal Education in Georgia (January 2016)
- "Distracted Driving: Policies and Prevention," American Trucking Association/General Counsel Forum (July 2015)
- “In Between a Rock and a Real Hard Place: How Do Carriers and Their Insurers Handle the Inevitable Stress of a Case That’s Value Approaches the SIR?” ALFA International Transportation Seminar (April 2014)
- "Mock Trial Closing Argument," GTLA Annual Seminar, Atlanta, Georgia (May 2012)
- “Traumatic Brain Injuries - Truth vs. Fiction,” CLM Event, Atlanta, Georgia (May 2012)
- "Damages Update: Trends and Challenges Facing Retailers," DRI's Strictly Retail Seminar, Chicago, Illinois (March 2010)
- "Litigating Traumatic Brain Injury Claims," PLRB/LIRB 2009 Claims Conference, Seattle, Washington (March 2009)
- "Dude Where's My Truck: Non-Consensual Towing Issues," ATA Litigation Centers' 2008 Forum for Motor Carrier General Counsels, Moderator, Nevada (August 2008)
- "Litigating Traumatic Brain Injury Claims," PLRB/LIRB 2008 Claims Conference, Boston, Massachusetts (April, 2008)
- "Litigating Traumatic Brain Injury Claims," PLRB/LIRB 2007 Claims Conference, Orlando, Florida (March 2007)
- "Defense and Evaluation of Brain Injury Cases," Georgia State Bar, Institute of Continuing Legal Education (ICLE), Duluth, Georgia (March 2007)
- "Preeminent Lawyer - Superstars of Trial: The Direct Examination of Defense Liability Expert Witnesses," Defense Research Institute (DRI), Chicago, Illinois (September 2006)
- "Defending Pediatric Brain Injuries: A Defense Lawyer's Perspective" (May 2006)
- "Defending Pediatric Brain Injuries: A Defense Lawyer's Perspective" (April 2004)
- "Catastrophic Trucking Losses From a Defense Lawyer's Perspective" (January 2002)
- "Furniture, Flames, and Products Liability -- How to Handle the Perils of a Flaming Encounter With Your Worse Nightmare: A Plaintiff's Lawyer Who Wants Your Company's Money. An Overview of Strategies to Control Your Company's Product Liability Risks With Respect to Flammability Issues" (February 2001)
- "Wrongful Death Claims in Georgia From a Defense Lawyer's Perspective" (April 1999)
- "Damages: From a Defense Lawyer's Perspective," Georgia State Bar, Institute of Continuing Legal Education (ICLE) (February 1999)
- "The Ins and Outs of Medical Evidence at Trial" (June 1997)
- "Trucking Litigation: A Primer" (February 1996)
- "Closed Head Injury Seminar" (May 1996)
Articles and publications
- James Edward Lanier, as Surviving Father of James Edward Lanier, Jr., and as Administrator of the Estate of James Edward Lanier, Jr., deceased v. Gerdau Ameristeel U.S., Inc., a Foreign Corporation
- Tom Cooper and Gail Cooper v. Marten Transport, Ltd. and Dwayne Stroman
- Nathaniel Polite v. Double View Ventures, LLC & Westdale Asset Management, Ltd.
- Susan J. Tomsic v. Marriott International, Inc. and Broderick W. Sumner
- Mulligan v. Marshalls
- Borrero v. Home Depot
- Harris v. HD
- Edna Ramcke, Individually and in her Representative Capacity As the Administratrix of the Estate of Robert A. Podorsky (deceased) v. Georgia Power Company, The Southern Company, The Southern Company Generation
- The Gates Condominium Homeowners' Association v. Arrow Exterminators, Inc.
- Larry Reece v. Home Depot U.S.A., Inc., et al.
- Reece v. Home Depot
- Trevino v. First Support Services, Inc.
- Eymorfia Karanikitas v. The TJX Companies, Inc. d/b/a TJ Maxx
- Joseph Williams and Marilyn Cornell, as Parents of the deceased, Sylvia Atchison v. Greyhound Lines, Inc. and Carl Alston
- Charity Ann McDaniel v. Michael Joshua Hulsey
- Debra J. Williams, et al. v. Carey Royals and Waste Services USA, Inc.
- Tony Bridges v. Revco Discount Drug Stores, Inc. et al.
- Kenyatta A. McFadden v. Greyhound Lines, Inc
- Jerry Ray Willis vs. Marten Transport, et al.
- Barbara H. Langley v. Kids "R" Us, Inc.
- Angela Delaine Dover v. Revco Discount Drug Centers, Inc. and Kristy Tumlin
- Brown v. E.I. Du Pont de Nemours & Co.
- Fallon v. Metropolitan Life Ins. Co.
- Akintobi v. Phoenix Fire Restoration Co.
- High v. Parker
- Smith v. Toys "R" Us
- Baskin v. Rogers
- Stokes v. Taco Bell Corp.
- Morgan v. Guaranty Nat'l Cos.
- Hitchcock v. McPhail
- Myrick v. Stephanos
- United Refrigerated Services v. Emmer
- Buford v. Toys "R" Us
- Fulton v. Toys "R" Us
- Valdez v. Power Indus. Consultants
- Canadyne-Georgia Corp. v. Continental Ins. Co.
- Colonial Ins. Co. v. BASS
- Bridgestone Firestone, Inc. v. Green
- Booth v. Johnson
- Butler v. Glen Oak's Turf, Inc.
- Smith v. State Farm Mutual Auto Ins., Co.
- Canadian Indem. Co. v Peachtree Doors, Inc.
- Chitwood v. Southern General Ins. Co.
- Gielow v. Strickland
- Standard Guaranty Ins. Co. v. Grange Mutual Casualty Co.
- Wilson v. Southern General Ins. Co.
J.D., cum laude, University of Georgia School of Law (1984)
B.A., cum laude, Political Science, Valdosta State University (1977)
- Supreme Court of Georgia
- Court of Appeals of Georgia
- United States Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit
- United States District Court for the Northern District of Georgia
- United States District Court for the Middle District of Georgia
- Numerous pro hac vice admissions to State and Federal Courts
- Seventeen Selected to The Best Lawyers in America© 2019
- Seventeen Lawyers Selected to The Best Lawyers in America© 2018
- Twenty Lawyers Selected to Georgia's 2017 Super Lawyers®
- Sixteen Lawyers Selected to The Best Lawyers in America© 2017
- Seventeen Lawyers Selected to The Best Lawyers in America© 2016
- Fifteen Lawyers Selected to The Best Lawyers in America© 2015
- HPTY Obtains Defense Verdict in Tractor-Trailer Accident
- Thirteen HPTY Lawyers Named as Best Lawyers in America® for 2014
- Thirteen HPTY Lawyers Named as Best Lawyers in America® for 2013
- Warner Fox and Shane Keith Win Directed Verdict in Premises Liability Case
- Fourteen Lawyers from HPTY Selected for Inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America® 2012