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Hillary A. Shawkat

Partner

Alpharetta Main Office

p: 770-685-7033 f: 770-685-7002

Education

  • Georgia State University College of Law, J.D.
  • University of Georgia, B.A.

Admissions

  • U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Georgia
  • U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Georgia
  • 11th Circuit Court of Appeals

Memberships

  • State Bar of Georgia

Hillary Ann Shawkat was born and raised in the Douglasville, Georgia area. She graduated from the University of Georgia in 2001 with a Bachelor of Arts in Criminal Justice. Mrs. Shawkat earned her J.D. from Georgia State University College of Law in Atlanta, Georgia in 2004. Mrs. Shawkat was admitted to the Georgia Bar the same year and is currently admitted to practice in the Northern and Middle Federal Districts in Georgia, the Georgia Court of Appeals, the Supreme Court of Georgia, the United State Supreme Court and the 11th Circuit Court of Appeals. Prior to joining Lueder, Larkin & Hunter, LLC, Mrs. Shawkat worked in the Atlanta office of Carlock Copeland & Stair defending, primarily personal and commercial line automobile claims, premises liability claims, and other general liability claims. Prior to her four years with Carlock Copeland & Stair, she worked for a small firm in Decatur, Georgia generally on the same types of cases as well as civil rights cases involving the defense of Georgia Department of Corrections employees including physicians, nurses, officers, and counselors.

Mrs. Shawkat is an active member of the Young Lawyers Division of the State Bar of Georgia and is a member of the Litigation Committee and is a member of the Atlanta Bar Association. She is also a graduate of the 2009 Class of the YLD Leadership Academy of the State Bar of Georgia. She is an active alumni with the College of Law’s current Law Firm campaign.

Mrs. Shawkat has wide-ranging experience in jury trials, motions practice, drafting coverage opinions, participating in oral arguments and has authored several successful appeals. Mrs. Shawkat also has experience taking of Examinations Under Oath (EUO) of claimants in the defense of fraud related claims and bad faith actions. Mrs. Shawkat has successfully moved to have experts excluded from trial, has had cases dismissed outright on various legal theories, has won many motions for partial summary judgment, and has authored and argued many successful motions in limine or to strike.

Mrs. Shawkat’s primary practice areas include commercial transportation claims, personal injury claims under personal and commercial policies, premises liability claims, and other general liability claims. She is currently actively representing several petroleum companies, other businesses, trucking companies and individuals on a wide-variety of claims.

Mrs. Shawkat’s hobbies and interests include spending time with her husband, Nedal, who is a prosecutor, and their two sons on their 30 acre farm; gardening, cooking, and following her much-beloved University of Georgia Bulldogs.

In one jury trial in Pike County, Georgia, Mrs. Shawkat tried a case with her partner, defending an electrician against a subrogation case filed by another insurance carrier. The carrier alleged that the electrician negligently installed the wiring in its insured's home, which later burned to the ground, resulting in a total loss. Prior to trial, Mrs. Shawkat successfully argued to have Plaintiff's expert forensic electrical engineer's opinion almost entirely excluded. They obtained a defense verdict on behalf of their electrician client.

In another jury trial, Mrs. Shawkat and her partner defended an insured commercial driver in a personal injury case with allegations of DUI. The Plaintiff's settlement demand as well as their request from the jury was well into the hundreds of thousands of dollars. Again, prior to trial, Mrs. Shawkat successfully moved and argued to have Plaintiff's so-called DUI expert's testimony almost entirely excluded, frankly limiting the witness's testimony to generally explaining the dangers of DUI and how DUI tests were conducted, but restricting him to relating any of that to this particular case. The verdict returned by the jury in Clayton County was for $217.00. This verdict was upheld on appeal.

In 2008, Mrs. Shawkat and her partner tried a jury trial in the U.S. Middle District of Georgia in Macon, Georgia, and again obtained a defense verdict after a state prisoner brought an action against prison officials alleging First Amendment retaliation. The prisoner sought hundreds of thousands of dollars in damages. Mrs. Shawkat defended this verdict on appeal and it was upheld. Hicks v. Ferrero, 285 Fed. Appx. 585 (11th Cir. 2008).
Mrs. Shawkat has other successful appellate decisions. Some of the more notable decisions include: Turner v.
Williamson, 738 S.E.2d 712 (2013) (Court of Appeals overturned the trial court's denial of defendant's Motion to Enforce a Settlement Agreement, thereby overturning a verdict of $5.7 million against the defendant); Stone Mountain Collision Center v. General Casualty Company of Wisconsin, 307 Ga. App. 394 (2010) (Georgia Court of Appeals upheld trial court's grant of motion for summary judgment for defendant, holding that insurer's settlement negotiations with the insured did not amount to a waiver of its contractual limitations defense); McCullers v. Harrell, 298 Ga. App. 798 (2009) (personal injury action for damages arising out of motor vehicle accident, trial court granted defendant's motion to dismiss for insufficiency of service of process and Georgia Court of Appeals upheld this ruling).

Education

  • Georgia State University College of Law, J.D.
  • University of Georgia, B.A.

Admissions

  • U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Georgia
  • U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Georgia
  • 11th Circuit Court of Appeals

Memberships

  • State Bar of Georgia

Support Staff

Rasheeda Duromola Litigation Paralegal 770-685-7071
Vicki Borla Bankruptcy Paralegal 770-685-7080
Kristy Siv Administrative Assistant 770-685-7047