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Carrie L. Christie

Biography

Carrie Christie is an AV rated, experienced trial attorney with over 30 years representing, consulting with and defending at trial some of America’s most loved brands. She serves as National Counsel for many well-recognized companies and has defended them in both state and federal court in more than 25 states, as well as Puerto Rico.

Carrie has obtained summary judgments in numerous death and serious injury cases in which plaintiffs were seeking seven to eight figure jury awards. She has precluded plaintiffs from presenting expert testimony, based on rigorous pre-trial cross examination and successful Daubert motions.

In admitted liability cases, Carrie has repeatedly secured verdicts well below that last negotiated offer at mediation.

Carrie is a current faculty member of the Georgia Defense Lawyers Association Trial Academy and serves as the only lawyer on the Board of the Restaurant Risk Management Summit, an industry-only forum for restaurant risk, safety and claims professionals.

Over the last 15 years Carrie has been the speaker at annual meetings of numerous risk management and claims organizations, to include the National Restaurant Association, RIMS, Tort & Litigation Practice Group, and the Restaurant Roundtable. She has served as a consultant to numerous national and international brands, helping to create written safe alcohol service policies and procedures and defending them in catastrophic injury and death resulting from dram shop claims, as well as premises security, food borne illness and construction defect claims.

Carrie represents major domestic and international U.S. airlines, having obtained summary judgment in death claims under the Montreal Treaty and Warsaw Convention, as well as trucking and construction companies. She successfully defended the “completed and accepted” doctrine before the Georgia Supreme Court in a death case, upholding 100 years of legal precedent in the state.

Carrie represents religious and educational entities on a variety of issues ranging from First Amendment, to misconduct of clergy and staff, premises liability and catastrophic injury.

Press

First Post-COVID-19 Civil Trial in Georgia's Southern District Lands Defense Win for Insurer, The Daily Report – April 2021

Rutherford Christie Enjoys Successes, Georgia Defense Lawyer-2021

Rutherford Christie Wins Summary Judgment in State Court and Two Dauberts in Federal Court, Georgia Defense Lawyer-2020

Trial & Mediation Academy Continues to Train Leading Litigators, Georgia Defense Lawyer-2020

Carrie Christie Named Chair of Georgia Defense Lawyers Trial Academy, Georgia Defense Lawyer-2018

Rutherford Christie Win Defense Verdict, Two Summary Judgments, and Dismissal, Georgia Defense Lawyer-2017

Carrie Christie Named Vice-Chair of Georgia Defense Lawyers Trial Academy, Georgia Defense Lawyer-2017

Rutherford Christie Wins Summary Judgment In Federal Aviation Case, Georgia Defense Lawyer-2016

Rutherford Christie Named Top 100 Diverse Businesses In Georgia, DiversityBusiness.com-2010

Practice Areas

  • Aviation
  • Church Liability
  • Construction
  • Construction Defect 
  • Dram Shop 
  • Employment
  • Environmental
  • Foodborne Illness
  • Premises Liability & Security
  • Toxic Tort
  • Trucking
  • Workers’ Compensation

Education & Bar Admissions

  • J.D., Georgia State University College of Law, 1989
  • Law Review, Georgia State University College of Law, 1987-1989
  • B.S.W., cum laude, University of Georgia, 1982
  • Georgia State and Superior Courts, 1989
  • Georgia Court of Appeals, 1989 
  • Supreme Court of Georgia, 1989
  • U.S. District Court Northern District of Georgia, 1989
  • U.S. District Court Middle District of Georgia, 1989
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 11th Circuit, 1989
  • United States Supreme Court, 2015
  • U.S. District Court Southern District of Georgia, 2020

Seminars & Publications

Carrie is a frequent national speaker, training consultant and contributor to industry publications on the topics of industry best practices, trial practice, discovery, e-discovery, and industry emergency management of and response to catastrophic claims. Recent presentations

include:

  • Legal Update: Seven Steps For a Mask-Less Workplace; Joint Employer v. Independent Contractor,” Restaurant Risk Management Virtual Summit, June, 2021
  • “What to Expect in Covid-19 Litigation: Direct and First Party Claims, Business Interruption, and Workers’ Compensation,” Restaurant Risk Management Virtual Summit, August 2020
  • Antibiotic Resistance in the Restaurant Industry,” 2018 Mid-Year Restaurant Risk Management Summit, Nissan Stadium, Nashville, TN, October, 2018
  • “#MeToo,” 2018 Restaurant Risk Management Summit, Pizza Hut Headquarters, Plano, TX, May 2018
  • “Electronic Evidence and Social Media: Understanding Social Media and Its Impact on the Judiciary,” Council of Juvenile Court Judges, Institute of Continuing Judicial Education, King & Prince Resort, St. Simons Island, Georgia, May 2018
  • “Electronic Evidence and Social Media: Understanding Social Media and Its Impact on the Judiciary,” Council of Municipal Court Judges, Institute of Continuing Judicial Education, Savannah, Georgia, June 2018
  • “Electronic Evidence and Social Media: Understanding Social Media and Its Impact on the Judiciary,” Council of Superior Court Judges, Institute of Continuing Judicial Education, King & Prince Resort, St. Simons Island, Georgia, July 2017
  • “Defending Dram Shop Claims,” Restaurant Risk Management Summit, Louisville, Kentucky, June 2017
  • “Franchisors-Navigating The Murky Waters of Franchisee Risks,” RIMS National Conference, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, April 2017
  • “Best Practices for Managing Brand Killing Claims,” Zaxby’s/Liberty Mutual Insurance Team Conference, Duluth, Georgia, March 2017
  • “If You Build It, They Will Sue: Defending Construction Claims Presented as Personal Injury Suits,” McDonald’s Tort Litigation Practice Group Claims & Litigation Workshop, Chicago, Illinois, October 2016
  • Annie Get Your Gun…Employment and Corporate Responsibility Weapons Policies,” Restaurant Risk Management Summit, Atlanta, August 2016
  • Being An American Icon: Hooters’ Responsible Alcohol Service,” 2016 Hooters National Convention, Las Vegas, July 2016
  • “Bridging The Divide: Plaintiff And Defense Counsel, Ethics, Civility, and Mediation Summit,” American Bar Association Tort Trial and Insurance Practice Section, Atlanta, May 2016
  • Phillips v. Harmon—The Tip Of The ESI Iceberg?” 2016 Atlanta RIMS Educational Conference, February 2016
  • “Giving A Case Winning Closing,” and “How To Cross Examine an Expert,” Georgia Defense Lawyers Association Trial Academy, Callaway Gardens, January, 2016
  • “Managing A National Practice: Don’t Get Home-Cooked,” Institute of Continuing Education in Georgia, Atlanta Bar Association, Atlanta, GA, July 2015
  • “What’s On The Menu For Restaurant Risk Management Claims?” Georgia Defense Lawyers’ Association Annual Meeting, Hammock Beach, FL, June 2015
  • “Coffee Burns, Construction Claims, and Wet Floor Injuries—How To Prepare Against And Win The Most Common Claims In The Restaurant Industry,” Chick-fil-A, Inc.’s Spring Risk Management Conference, Atlanta, April, 2015
  • “When Bad Stuff Happens: Best Practices For Managing Potentially Brand Killing Events,” RIMS National Conference, New Orleans, LA, April, 2015
  • “Giving A Case Winning Closing,” and “How To Cross Examine an Expert,” Georgia Defense Lawyers Association Trial Academy, Callaway Gardens, January, 2015
  • “When Bad Stuff Happens: Best Practices For Managing Potentially Brand Killing Events,” Marsh & McLennan Marsh Madness, Louisville, KY, March, 2015
  • “Social Media: Investigations and Admissibility” Atlanta Bar Association, December, 2014
  • “How Will the Affordable Care Act Affect Injured Elderly and Disabled Clients?” National Business Institute, Atlanta, GA, November, 2014
  • “Ethical Considerations for Personal Injury Attorneys In Relation to the Affordable Care Act,” National Business Institute, Atlanta, November, 2014
  • “Best Practices for Managing Brand Killing Claims,” Marsh National Retail/Wholesale Roundtable, Dallas, TX, September, 2014
  • “When Bad Stuff Happens: Best Practices In Handling Brand Killing Claims,” Restaurant Risk Management Summit, New Albany, OH, June 2014
  • “Maneuvering Through Big Water: A Guide’s Advice To Prepare For, And Survive, Litigation Rapids,” Krispy Kreme Doughnut Corporation’s GM Summit, Charlotte, NC, May, 2014
  • “Eat, Pray, Love-- A Risk Manager’s Search for Best Practices Across the Food Industry,”Foodservice Industry Risk Management Association East Coast Fall Conference, Atlanta, GA, September, 2013
  • Risk Management Speed Dating: Interactive Insight into What Your Peers are Doing to Reduce Risk, Cut Cost and Increase Safety!,” Foodservice Industry Risk Management Association East Coast Spring Conference, Louisville, KY, May, 2013
  • Don’t be an (April) Fool: Handling Spoliation Issues Properly,” Georgia Defense Lawyer Association (GDLA), Atlanta, GA, April, 2013
  • “Millennials & Social Media: The New ‘Water Cooler,’” National Retail & Restaurant Defense Association Annual Conference, New Orleans, LA, February, 2013
  • Food Allergies and Contamination Claims,” Arby’s General Liability Training, Atlanta, GA, October, 2012
  • Social Media: Employees Behaving Badly”, Marsh USA’s Restaurant Roundtable, Louisville, KY, August, 2012
  • In Store Surveillance: Benefits of Safety/Security/Theft Prevention v. Risk of Spoliation”, Marsh USA’s Restaurant Roundtable, Louisville, LA, August, 2012
  • “Social Media II: Surfing the Web: Investigations and Admissibility”, Marsh USA’s Restaurant Roundtable, Louisville, KY, August, 2012
  • “Learning Corporate Culture and Team Building Strategies,” Arby’s General Liability Training, Atlanta, GA, June 2012
  • “Best Practices: Early Preservation of Evidence, E-Discovery and Avoiding Spoliation,” Arby’s General Liability Training, Atlanta, GA, April, 2012
  • “Premises Liability,” Arby’s General Liability Training, Atlanta, GA, March, 2012
  • “Fight Club or Love Triangle: Pros and Cons of Self-Administration v TPAs,” National Retail & Restaurant Defense Association Annual Conference, San Diego, CA, February, 2012
  • “Don’t Be Atwitter About Social Media in the Workplace,” National Restaurant Association, Risk & Safety Managers Winter Conference, Las Vegas, NV, February, 2012
  • “Risk Management: Avoiding Crashes & Staying on Track,” GM Summit, Krispy Kreme Doughnut Corporation, GM Summit, Charlotte, NC, September, 2011
  • “Reputational Crisis: Anticipating the Unexpected,” Marsh USA’s Restaurant Roundtable, Louisville, KY, August, 2011
  • “Best Practices: Early Preservation of Evidence, E-Discovery and Avoiding Spoliation” and “Chain of Custody Procedures,” Marsh USA’s Restaurant Roundtable, April, 2011
  • “Court of Appeals Enforces Protections in Favor of Owner and Project Management Company,” The Georgia Contractor, January/February 2011
  • “Employers’ Obligations Under the ADA and EEOC in the Hiring Process,” The Georgia Contractor, November/December 2010
  • “Did the General Assembly Do Enough to Control Explosive Growth in Georgia,” The Georgia Contractor, September/October 2010
  • “Team Strategies to Avoid or Reduce Litigation Costs,” Marsh USA’s Restaurant Roundtable, August, 2010
  • “Are You Owed Coverage by Your Insurer if it Undertakes Your Defense but Later Disclaims Coverage?” The Georgia Contractor, July/August, 2010
  • “Food Allergies & Contamination Claims” and “Premises Liability Overview,” Marsh USA’s Restaurant Roundtable, March, 2010
  • “Spoliation: When the Loss of Evidence Can Cause Real Heartburn!” National Retail & Restaurant Defense Association e-Newsletter, March, 2010
  • “The Scary New Medicare Reporting Requirements of 2009,” Marsh Restaurant Roundtable, October, 2009
  • “Supreme Court Upholds Acceptance Doctrine, Impacts Contractors' Liability,” Commercial Building Savvy, September/October, 2009 
  • “Supreme Court Narrowly Upholds Historic Acceptance Doctrine,” Georgia Defense Lawyer, Summer, 2009
  • “Legislature Overhauls Transportation Oversight: Strips DOT Power; Fails to Pass Funding Measure,” The Georgia Contractor, July/August, 2009
  • “Supreme Court Upholds Doctrine Favorably Impacting Contractors’ Liability,” The Georgia Contractor, March/April, 2009
  • “Spoliation Claims,” Marsh USA’s Restaurant Roundtable, February, 2009

Clients 

  • American Airlines, Inc.
  • Applebee’s
  • Berkshire Hathaway Specialty Insurance
  • C.E.C. Entertainment, Inc. (Chuck E. Cheese’s)
  • Chick-fil-A, Inc.
  • Cleveland Group, Inc.
  • CraftWorks Restaurants and Breweries Inc.
  • Dart Container/Solo Cup Corporation
  • Dave & Buster’s, Inc. 
  • Diversified Maintenance Systems
  • Flynn Restaurant Group
  • Gallagher Bassett Services, Inc.
  • Global Freight Systems Transport
  • GPS Hospitality (Burger King/Popeyes)
  • Guard Insurance
  • Hooters of America, Inc.
  • Inspire Brands/Arby’s
  • Krispy Kreme Doughnut Corporation
  • Liberty Mutual 
  • Liberty International 
  • Main Event Entertainment
  • McDonald’s Corporation
  • Nexeo Solutions
  • Northland Insurance
  • Pappas Restaurants, Inc.
  • Phoenix Aviation Managers
  • Pittman Construction Company, Inc.
  • Primrose Schools
  • Sedgwick CMS
  • Southern Mutual Church Insurance Co.
  • Specialty Claims Management
  • Specialty Risk Services
  • Texas Roadhouse, Inc.
  • The Travelers Companies, Inc.
  • Topgolf International, Inc.
  • Watkins Associated Industries
  • Wesley Apartment Homes
  • Zaxby’s 
  • Zurich U.S.

Memberships & Affiliations

  • Member, Board of Visitors, Georgia State University College of Law 
  • Faculty, Georgia Defense Lawyers Association Trial Academy
  • 2017-2019 Chair, Georgia Defense Lawyers Association Trial Academy
  • Board Member, House of Cherith
  • Board Member, Restaurant Risk Management Summit
  • Board Member, My Journey Matters
  • Women’s Business Enterprise (WBE) Certified
  • National Association of Minority and Women Owned Law Firm (NAMWOLF) 
  • National Retail & Restaurant Defense Association (NRRDA) –Annual Conference Planning Committee
  • Georgia Association For Women Lawyers (GAWL)
  • Georgia Defense Lawyers Association
  • Foodservice Industry Risk Management Association (FIRMA)
  • Lawyers Club of Atlanta

Pro Bono Community

Testimonials

Rutherford & Christie LLP is one of the most talented firms with whom I have ever worked. I have been litigating insurance matters for over 26 years, so when I find talent, I recognize it. Nothing illustrates the confidence I have in this firm more than a defense verdict awarded in a complex construction case involving paralysis. The firm has obtained summary judgment after summary judgment on numerous cases, which I value more than defense verdicts and which were upheld on appeal. I highly recommend this firm to anyone wishing to take a strong defense posture on their cases.

Vice President of Risk Management, National Insurance Brokerage

Rutherford & Christie LLP demonstrate expert competence, a meticulous attention to detail, and unmatched skill and commitment… a true long term partnership resulting in unparalleled success.

Workers’ Compensation Manager, Multi-state Self Insured Corporation

Carrie L. Christie

Carrie L. Christie

Biography

Carrie Christie is an AV rated, experienced trial attorney with over 30 years representing, consulting with and defending at trial some of America’s most loved brands. She serves as National Counsel for many well-recognized companies and has defended them in both state and federal court in more than 25 states, as well as Puerto Rico.

Carrie has obtained summary judgments in numerous death and serious injury cases in which plaintiffs were seeking seven to eight figure jury awards. She has precluded plaintiffs from presenting expert testimony, based on rigorous pre-trial cross examination and successful Daubert motions.

In admitted liability cases, Carrie has repeatedly secured verdicts well below that last negotiated offer at mediation.

Carrie is a current faculty member of the Georgia Defense Lawyers Association Trial Academy and serves as the only lawyer on the Board of the Restaurant Risk Management Summit, an industry-only forum for restaurant risk, safety and claims professionals.

Over the last 15 years Carrie has been the speaker at annual meetings of numerous risk management and claims organizations, to include the National Restaurant Association, RIMS, Tort & Litigation Practice Group, and the Restaurant Roundtable. She has served as a consultant to numerous national and international brands, helping to create written safe alcohol service policies and procedures and defending them in catastrophic injury and death resulting from dram shop claims, as well as premises security, food borne illness and construction defect claims.

Carrie represents major domestic and international U.S. airlines, having obtained summary judgment in death claims under the Montreal Treaty and Warsaw Convention, as well as trucking and construction companies. She successfully defended the “completed and accepted” doctrine before the Georgia Supreme Court in a death case, upholding 100 years of legal precedent in the state.

Carrie represents religious and educational entities on a variety of issues ranging from First Amendment, to misconduct of clergy and staff, premises liability and catastrophic injury.

Press

First Post-COVID-19 Civil Trial in Georgia's Southern District Lands Defense Win for Insurer, The Daily Report – April 2021

Rutherford Christie Enjoys Successes, Georgia Defense Lawyer-2021

Rutherford Christie Wins Summary Judgment in State Court and Two Dauberts in Federal Court, Georgia Defense Lawyer-2020

Trial & Mediation Academy Continues to Train Leading Litigators, Georgia Defense Lawyer-2020

Carrie Christie Named Chair of Georgia Defense Lawyers Trial Academy, Georgia Defense Lawyer-2018

Rutherford Christie Win Defense Verdict, Two Summary Judgments, and Dismissal, Georgia Defense Lawyer-2017

Carrie Christie Named Vice-Chair of Georgia Defense Lawyers Trial Academy, Georgia Defense Lawyer-2017

Rutherford Christie Wins Summary Judgment In Federal Aviation Case, Georgia Defense Lawyer-2016

Rutherford Christie Named Top 100 Diverse Businesses In Georgia, DiversityBusiness.com-2010

Practice Areas

  • Aviation
  • Church Liability
  • Construction
  • Construction Defect 
  • Dram Shop 
  • Employment
  • Environmental
  • Foodborne Illness
  • Premises Liability & Security
  • Toxic Tort
  • Trucking
  • Workers’ Compensation

Education & Bar Admissions

  • J.D., Georgia State University College of Law, 1989
  • Law Review, Georgia State University College of Law, 1987-1989
  • B.S.W., cum laude, University of Georgia, 1982
  • Georgia State and Superior Courts, 1989
  • Georgia Court of Appeals, 1989
  • Supreme Court of Georgia, 1989
  • U.S. District Court Northern District of Georgia, 1989
  • U.S. District Court Middle District of Georgia, 1989
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 11th Circuit, 1989
  • United States Supreme Court, 2015
  • U.S. District Court Southern District of Georgia, 2020

Seminars & Publications

Carrie is a frequent national speaker, training consultant and contributor to industry publications on the topics of industry best practices, trial practice, discovery, e-discovery, and industry emergency management of and response to catastrophic claims. Recent presentations

include:

  • Legal Update: Seven Steps For a Mask-Less Workplace; Joint Employer v. Independent Contractor,” Restaurant Risk Management Virtual Summit, June, 2021
  • “What to Expect in Covid-19 Litigation: Direct and First Party Claims, Business Interruption, and Workers’ Compensation,” Restaurant Risk Management Virtual Summit, August 2020
  • Antibiotic Resistance in the Restaurant Industry,” 2018 Mid-Year Restaurant Risk Management Summit, Nissan Stadium, Nashville, TN, October, 2018
  • “#MeToo,” 2018 Restaurant Risk Management Summit, Pizza Hut Headquarters, Plano, TX, May 2018
  • “Electronic Evidence and Social Media: Understanding Social Media and Its Impact on the Judiciary,” Council of Juvenile Court Judges, Institute of Continuing Judicial Education, King & Prince Resort, St. Simons Island, Georgia, May 2018
  • “Electronic Evidence and Social Media: Understanding Social Media and Its Impact on the Judiciary,” Council of Municipal Court Judges, Institute of Continuing Judicial Education, Savannah, Georgia, June 2018
  • “Electronic Evidence and Social Media: Understanding Social Media and Its Impact on the Judiciary,” Council of Superior Court Judges, Institute of Continuing Judicial Education, King & Prince Resort, St. Simons Island, Georgia, July 2017
  • “Defending Dram Shop Claims,” Restaurant Risk Management Summit, Louisville, Kentucky, June 2017
  • “Franchisors-Navigating The Murky Waters of Franchisee Risks,” RIMS National Conference, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, April 2017
  • “Best Practices for Managing Brand Killing Claims,” Zaxby’s/Liberty Mutual Insurance Team Conference, Duluth, Georgia, March 2017
  • “If You Build It, They Will Sue: Defending Construction Claims Presented as Personal Injury Suits,” McDonald’s Tort Litigation Practice Group Claims & Litigation Workshop, Chicago, Illinois, October 2016
  • Annie Get Your Gun…Employment and Corporate Responsibility Weapons Policies,” Restaurant Risk Management Summit, Atlanta, August 2016
  • Being An American Icon: Hooters’ Responsible Alcohol Service,” 2016 Hooters National Convention, Las Vegas, July 2016
  • “Bridging The Divide: Plaintiff And Defense Counsel, Ethics, Civility, and Mediation Summit,” American Bar Association Tort Trial and Insurance Practice Section, Atlanta, May 2016
  • Phillips v. Harmon—The Tip Of The ESI Iceberg?” 2016 Atlanta RIMS Educational Conference, February 2016
  • “Giving A Case Winning Closing,” and “How To Cross Examine an Expert,” Georgia Defense Lawyers Association Trial Academy, Callaway Gardens, January, 2016
  • “Managing A National Practice: Don’t Get Home-Cooked,” Institute of Continuing Education in Georgia, Atlanta Bar Association, Atlanta, GA, July 2015
  • “What’s On The Menu For Restaurant Risk Management Claims?” Georgia Defense Lawyers’ Association Annual Meeting, Hammock Beach, FL, June 2015
  • “Coffee Burns, Construction Claims, and Wet Floor Injuries—How To Prepare Against And Win The Most Common Claims In The Restaurant Industry,” Chick-fil-A, Inc.’s Spring Risk Management Conference, Atlanta, April, 2015
  • “When Bad Stuff Happens: Best Practices For Managing Potentially Brand Killing Events,” RIMS National Conference, New Orleans, LA, April, 2015
  • “Giving A Case Winning Closing,” and “How To Cross Examine an Expert,” Georgia Defense Lawyers Association Trial Academy, Callaway Gardens, January, 2015
  • “When Bad Stuff Happens: Best Practices For Managing Potentially Brand Killing Events,” Marsh & McLennan Marsh Madness, Louisville, KY, March, 2015
  • “Social Media: Investigations and Admissibility” Atlanta Bar Association, December, 2014
  • “How Will the Affordable Care Act Affect Injured Elderly and Disabled Clients?” National Business Institute, Atlanta, GA, November, 2014
  • “Ethical Considerations for Personal Injury Attorneys In Relation to the Affordable Care Act,” National Business Institute, Atlanta, November, 2014
  • “Best Practices for Managing Brand Killing Claims,” Marsh National Retail/Wholesale Roundtable, Dallas, TX, September, 2014
  • “When Bad Stuff Happens: Best Practices In Handling Brand Killing Claims,” Restaurant Risk Management Summit, New Albany, OH, June 2014
  • “Maneuvering Through Big Water: A Guide’s Advice To Prepare For, And Survive, Litigation Rapids,” Krispy Kreme Doughnut Corporation’s GM Summit, Charlotte, NC, May, 2014
  • “Eat, Pray, Love-- A Risk Manager’s Search for Best Practices Across the Food Industry,”Foodservice Industry Risk Management Association East Coast Fall Conference, Atlanta, GA, September, 2013
  • Risk Management Speed Dating: Interactive Insight into What Your Peers are Doing to Reduce Risk, Cut Cost and Increase Safety!,” Foodservice Industry Risk Management Association East Coast Spring Conference, Louisville, KY, May, 2013
  • Don’t be an (April) Fool: Handling Spoliation Issues Properly,” Georgia Defense Lawyer Association (GDLA), Atlanta, GA, April, 2013
  • “Millennials & Social Media: The New ‘Water Cooler,’” National Retail & Restaurant Defense Association Annual Conference, New Orleans, LA, February, 2013
  • Food Allergies and Contamination Claims,” Arby’s General Liability Training, Atlanta, GA, October, 2012
  • Social Media: Employees Behaving Badly”, Marsh USA’s Restaurant Roundtable, Louisville, KY, August, 2012
  • In Store Surveillance: Benefits of Safety/Security/Theft Prevention v. Risk of Spoliation”, Marsh USA’s Restaurant Roundtable, Louisville, LA, August, 2012
  • “Social Media II: Surfing the Web: Investigations and Admissibility”, Marsh USA’s Restaurant Roundtable, Louisville, KY, August, 2012
  • “Learning Corporate Culture and Team Building Strategies,” Arby’s General Liability Training, Atlanta, GA, June 2012
  • “Best Practices: Early Preservation of Evidence, E-Discovery and Avoiding Spoliation,” Arby’s General Liability Training, Atlanta, GA, April, 2012
  • “Premises Liability,” Arby’s General Liability Training, Atlanta, GA, March, 2012
  • “Fight Club or Love Triangle: Pros and Cons of Self-Administration v TPAs,” National Retail & Restaurant Defense Association Annual Conference, San Diego, CA, February, 2012
  • “Don’t Be Atwitter About Social Media in the Workplace,” National Restaurant Association, Risk & Safety Managers Winter Conference, Las Vegas, NV, February, 2012
  • “Risk Management: Avoiding Crashes & Staying on Track,” GM Summit, Krispy Kreme Doughnut Corporation, GM Summit, Charlotte, NC, September, 2011
  • “Reputational Crisis: Anticipating the Unexpected,” Marsh USA’s Restaurant Roundtable, Louisville, KY, August, 2011
  • “Best Practices: Early Preservation of Evidence, E-Discovery and Avoiding Spoliation” and “Chain of Custody Procedures,” Marsh USA’s Restaurant Roundtable, April, 2011
  • “Court of Appeals Enforces Protections in Favor of Owner and Project Management Company,” The Georgia Contractor, January/February 2011
  • “Employers’ Obligations Under the ADA and EEOC in the Hiring Process,” The Georgia Contractor, November/December 2010
  • “Did the General Assembly Do Enough to Control Explosive Growth in Georgia,” The Georgia Contractor, September/October 2010
  • “Team Strategies to Avoid or Reduce Litigation Costs,” Marsh USA’s Restaurant Roundtable, August, 2010
  • “Are You Owed Coverage by Your Insurer if it Undertakes Your Defense but Later Disclaims Coverage?” The Georgia Contractor, July/August, 2010
  • “Food Allergies & Contamination Claims” and “Premises Liability Overview,” Marsh USA’s Restaurant Roundtable, March, 2010
  • “Spoliation: When the Loss of Evidence Can Cause Real Heartburn!” National Retail & Restaurant Defense Association e-Newsletter, March, 2010
  • “The Scary New Medicare Reporting Requirements of 2009,” Marsh Restaurant Roundtable, October, 2009
  • “Supreme Court Upholds Acceptance Doctrine, Impacts Contractors' Liability,” Commercial Building Savvy, September/October, 2009 
  • “Supreme Court Narrowly Upholds Historic Acceptance Doctrine,” Georgia Defense Lawyer, Summer, 2009
  • “Legislature Overhauls Transportation Oversight: Strips DOT Power; Fails to Pass Funding Measure,” The Georgia Contractor, July/August, 2009
  • “Supreme Court Upholds Doctrine Favorably Impacting Contractors’ Liability,” The Georgia Contractor, March/April, 2009
  • “Spoliation Claims,” Marsh USA’s Restaurant Roundtable, February, 2009

Clients 

  • American Airlines, Inc.
  • Applebee’s
  • Berkshire Hathaway Specialty Insurance
  • C.E.C. Entertainment, Inc. (Chuck E. Cheese’s)
  • Chick-fil-A, Inc.
  • Cleveland Group, Inc.
  • CraftWorks Restaurants and Breweries Inc.
  • Dart Container/Solo Cup Corporation
  • Dave & Buster’s, Inc. 
  • Diversified Maintenance Systems
  • Flynn Restaurant Group
  • Gallagher Bassett Services, Inc.
  • Global Freight Systems Transport
  • GPS Hospitality (Burger King/Popeyes)
  • Guard Insurance
  • Hooters of America, Inc.
  • Inspire Brands/Arby’s
  • Krispy Kreme Doughnut Corporation
  • Liberty Mutual 
  • Liberty International 
  • Main Event Entertainment
  • McDonald’s Corporation
  • Nexeo Solutions
  • Northland Insurance
  • Pappas Restaurants, Inc.
  • Phoenix Aviation Managers
  • Pittman Construction Company, Inc.
  • Primrose Schools
  • Sedgwick CMS
  • Southern Mutual Church Insurance Co.
  • Specialty Claims Management
  • Specialty Risk Services
  • Texas Roadhouse, Inc.
  • The Travelers Companies, Inc.
  • Topgolf International, Inc.
  • Watkins Associated Industries
  • Wesley Apartment Homes
  • Zaxby’s 
  • Zurich U.S.

Memberships & Affiliations

  • Member, Board of Visitors, Georgia State University College of Law 
  • Faculty, Georgia Defense Lawyers Association Trial Academy
  • 2017-2019 Chair, Georgia Defense Lawyers Association Trial Academy
  • Board Member, House of Cherith
  • Board Member, Restaurant Risk Management Summit
  • Board Member, My Journey Matters
  • Women’s Business Enterprise (WBE) Certified
  • National Association of Minority and Women Owned Law Firm (NAMWOLF) 
  • National Retail & Restaurant Defense Association (NRRDA) –Annual Conference Planning Committee
  • Georgia Association For Women Lawyers (GAWL)
  • Georgia Defense Lawyers Association
  • Foodservice Industry Risk Management Association (FIRMA)
  • Lawyers Club of Atlanta

Pro Bono Community

Testimonials

Rutherford & Christie LLP is one of the most talented firms with whom I have ever worked. I have been litigating insurance matters for over 26 years, so when I find talent, I recognize it. Nothing illustrates the confidence I have in this firm more than a defense verdict awarded in a complex construction case involving paralysis. The firm has obtained summary judgment after summary judgment on numerous cases, which I value more than defense verdicts and which were upheld on appeal. I highly recommend this firm to anyone wishing to take a strong defense posture on their cases.

Vice President of Risk Management, National Insurance Brokerage

Rutherford & Christie LLP demonstrate expert competence, a meticulous attention to detail, and unmatched skill and commitment… a true long term partnership resulting in unparalleled success.

Workers’ Compensation Manager, Multi-state Self Insured Corporation

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