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Daniel A. Ragland

dragland@raglandjones.com
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Phone: (770) 407-7300
Fax: (770) 407-7310

South Terraces, Suite 425
115 Perimeter Center Place
N.E. Atlanta, Georgia 30346

Biography

Daniel Ragland was born and raised in Atlanta, Georgia. He is a civil trial attorney and one of the founding partners of Ragland Law Firm, LLC. Both his undergraduate and law degrees were obtained at the University of Georgia.

Upon graduating law school in 1988, Mr. Ragland began representing victims of negligent and illegal conduct when he joined the renowned national law firm of Robins, Kaplan, Miller & Ciresi, LLP. There, he was part of the firm's mass tort/medical malpractice department which is nationally famous for its work on many high profile matters such as the State of Minnesota's litigation against all major cigarette manufacturers, and mass tort cases involving various unsafe medical products including the Dalkon Shield IUD, G.D. Searl's CU-7 IUD, Baxter Healthcare's Gammagard, American Home Product's "fen-phen" diet drug combination, and St. Jude's Silzone heart valves. Working in its Atlanta office, Mr. Ragland was made a partner of Robins Kaplan in 1995, and for the next nine years, he continued to earn his own reputation for outstanding advocacy on behalf of the victims of medical malpractice, defective products, drunk driving and other negligent conduct.

Earning that reputation began early in his career. Mr. Ragland was hired on his first wrongful death case in 1991 by a woman he met while doing voluntary pro bono work at the "Saturday Morning Lawyers," a program to serve the indigent in downtown Atlanta. Soon after meeting Mr. Ragland on an unrelated matter, the husband of a woman he had helped was killed by a 17 year old impaired driver who was being chased by a Douglas County Sheriff. Mr. Ragland successfully pursued litigation in the Douglas County Superior Court against the fleeing driver, as well as the Douglas County Sheriff's Department and its deputy sheriff who had conducted a reckless and unjustified high speed police chase. This case intensified Mr. Ragland's desire to represent plaintiffs in tort cases, and he was soon concentrating his practice in this area full time.

In 1992, Mr. Ragland obtained his first Plaintiffs' verdict in a federal court in Rome, Georgia where he successfully tried a case on behalf of 12 custodial workers who asserted claims under the Fair Labor Standards Act for overtime pay wrongfully denied by their employer. After trial, the judge awarded liquidated damages and doubled the jury's verdict concluding that the Plaintiffs' evidence had proven a willful violation of the FLSA by the Defendant. After this, there were many more success stories including six and seven figure settlements in several dramshop cases, a multi-million dollar structured settlement of a wrongful death case against a rental car company in Florida, settlements totaling $1.8 million on behalf of 7 workers who were hurt when a masonry block wall collapsed during construction, and a multi-million dollar structured settlement of a medical malpractice case involving the mismanaged extubation of a patient in the surgical recovery room leading to anoxic brain injury and death after a 5 month coma.

Perhaps most notably, in 1998-1999, Mr. Ragland filed and worked tirelessly on a case against a physician and pharmacy chain after his client was prescribed two contra-indicated drugs whose combined use caused a massive stroke and catastrophic injuries. Before trial, the defense requested mediation where intense negotiations resulted in a structured settlement which provided a lump sum cash amount plus monthly future benefits totaling more than $12 million. This experience of achieving such a profoundly important result for this client only reinforced his professional calling to represent those most in need of a determined trial lawyer.

And, that is exactly what he continues to do as a partner of Ragland & Jones, LLP, a preeminent civil litigation law firm located in Atlanta, Georgia. There, Mr. Ragland continues to handle a variety of complex litigation with a particular focus upon cases involving motor vehicle accidents, drunk drivers, dramshop liability, premises liability, food-borne illnesses, medical malpractice, defective products, disability/life insurance claims, insurance bad faith, and business torts.

Mr. Ragland has a strong commitment to philanthropy, community service, and safety advocacy. As evidenced by his many years of service to Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD), Mr. Ragland is particularly dedicated to preventing drunk driving and helping the victims of this crime. As a volunteer, legal advisor, board member and staunch advocate, he has served MADD and its cause for nearly 20 years. For most of the 90's, he served as "Legal Advisor" and a member of the MADD Georgia Board of Directors. Since 2002, he has served on the MADD Georgia State Advisory Council. Mr. Ragland and his law firm have contributed and raised more than $20,000 for MADD Georgia's 2006 and 2007 "Strides for Change Walk," and 2008 "Walk Like MADD" campaigns. Ragland Law Firm, LLC has twice received the "Top Fundraiser" award at these events in 2007 and 2008.

Curriculum Vitae

Professional Work:

Ragland Law Firm, LLC
Atlanta, GA
Founding Partner (2017 - Present)

Ragland & Jones, LLP
Atlanta, GA
Founding Partner (2004 - 2017)

Robins, Kaplan, Miller, & Ciresi, LLP
Atlanta, GA
Partner (1995-2004)
           Associate (1988-1995)

Bar and Court Admissions:

State Bar of Georgia
Georgia Supreme Court
Georgia Court of Appeals
U.S. Circuit Court of Appeal, Eleventh and Fourth Circuits
U.S. District Courts for the Northern and Middle District of Georgia

Education:

University of Georgia, Joseph Henry Lumpkin School of Law, J.D., cum laude, 1988

Honors:   Moot Court Board (1988); Mock Trial Board (1988); Selected as ABA National Moot Court Team Member (1988); Semi-finalist, Russell Moot Court Competition (1986); Semi-finalist, Talmadge Moot Court Competition (1987)

University of Georgia, Terry College of Business, B.B.A., magma cum laude, 1985

Honors:Freshman Council (1981-82); Omicron Delta Kappa (1985); Phi Kappa Phi (1985); Mortar Board National College Senior Honor Society (1985); Gridiron Secret Society (Inducted 2002)
Service:Member of Defender/Advocate Society of the Student Judiciary (1981-1985), serving as "Chief Advocate" (1984) and "Director" (1985)
Fraternity:Phi Gamma Delta

Honors & Awards:

"AV(R) Peer Review Rating" from Martindale-Hubbel(R)
Named as a Georgia "Super Lawyer" in the Atlanta Magazine
(2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009)

Professional Associations & Memberships:

Georgia Trial Lawyers Association (GTLA)
"Champions" member (2004, 2008, 2009)
American Association for Justice (AAJ)
Atlanta Bar Association
National Spinal Cord Injury (NSCIA)
Association of Interstate Trucking Lawyers of America (AITLA)
Brain Injury Association of Georgia
Brain Injury Association of America

Reported Appellate Decisions:

Schramm v. Lyon, 285 Ga. 72 (2009).

Jordan v. City of Rome, 203 Ga. App. 662, 417 S.E.2d 730 (1992) aff'd in part, rev'd in part, 263 Ga. App. 26, 426 S.E.2d 861 (1993).

Community Service & Civic Memberships:

MADD Georgia (1990 - present)
Legal Advisor and Board of Director Member (1991-1998)
          State Advisory Council (2002 - present)
Mock Trial Coach, Wesleyan School (2004, 2005, 2008)

Personal:

Born in Decatur, Georgia, in November 1962; married Kimberly Ragland (formerly Goulette) in June 1988, and they have two children, Jessica and Hunter; interests include tennis, swimming, snorkeling, travel, theatre, motion pictures, and reading.