Warner S. Fox

Partner
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303 Peachtree Street, NE
Suite 4000
Atlanta, GA 30308-3243

Warner S. Fox is a Senior Partner with Hawkins Parnell Thackston & Young LLP. Warner has practiced with the Firm for more than 30 years. 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.

Professional Experience

Warner has defended a wide variety of clients including multi-national retailers and trucking companies as well as product manufacturers. He currently serves as regional counsel for one of the country’s largest retailers in its general liability matters. He also routinely represents insureds for several major insurers and serves as major case counsel for a carrier in Georgia and other jurisdictions.

Transportation Litigation

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.

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Presentations

“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 25, 2014)

"Mock Trial Closing Argument," GTLA Annual Seminar, Atlanta, Georgia (May 11, 2012)

“Traumatic Brain Injuries - Truth vs. Fiction,” CLM Event, Atlanta, Georgia (May 3, 2012)

"Damages Update: Trends and Challenges Facing Retailers," DRI's Strictly Retail Seminar, Chicago, Illinois (March 4, 2010)

"Litigating Traumatic Brain Injury Claims," PLRB/LIRB 2009 Claims Conference, Seattle, Washington (March 22, 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)

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Education

J.D., cum laude, University of Georgia School of Law (1984)

B.A., cum laude, Political Science, Valdosta State University (1977)

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