Jo has enjoyed an insurance defense practice for many years, representing licensed professionals in all areas of medicine. Her practice is primarily devoted to the defense of a variety of medical specialties including all types of physicians, dentists, nurses, optometrists, pharmacists, psychologists, and professional engineers. Over time, Jo has represented numerous hospitals in Georgia and throughout the South. She also defends long-term acute care facilities and assisted living and skilled nursing facilities, and she routinely represents licensed professionals before their state licensing board.
She has been a regular speaker at Risk Management seminars for insurance companies and provides Risk Management courses to a variety of hospitals and healthcare professionals as needed. Jo has served on the Board of Directors for the Georgia Defense Lawyers Association since 2002. She created several CLE programs aimed at the education and recruitment of less experienced lawyers including a Skits ‘n Suds CLE on professionalism/ethics and a two-day Deposition Boot Camp. She has also assisted in teaching various aspects of litigation at Georgia State College of Law, her alma mater. Jo is a long-standing member of the Atlanta, DeKalb and State Bar Associations of Georgia, GAWL, and The Lawyers Club of Atlanta.
Jo has been identified by Law & Politics and Atlanta Magazine as a "Rising Star." Lawyers chosen as Rising Stars represent 2.5 percent of the best up-and-coming attorneys in the state of Georgia.
Jo grew up in a family of dentists and dental providers. She is a co-leader for the dental practice group. She began her medical malpractice defense career specifically defending dentists of all types including general dentists, oral and maxillofacial surgeons, endodontists, periodontists, prosthodontists, pedodontists, orthodontists, and hygienists in civil suits and claim, as well as with issues involving the State Licensing Board of Dentistry. Jo has assisted her clients in resolving Risk Management issues, updating Consent and Medical forms, and with their General Business concerns. She is an annual speaker at Risk Management Seminars for various Insurance Companies. She has teamed up with some esteemed dental experts to present mock trials at a numerous professional organizations. Jo is currently slated to speak at the American Dental Association meeting, several state dental organizations and at the Thomas P. Hinman meeting in Atlanta. Jo has also recently enjoyed teaching Dental Ethics and Risk Management to 2nd and 3rd year dental students at Georgia Regents University College of Dental Medicine.Jo admires the art of dentistry. She has taken the time to learn the medicine so that she can better communicate with her clients and the experts in this field.
Juris Doctor, 1999, Georgia State University College of Law
Bachelor of Arts, 1983, cum laude, Loyola University of Chicago
State Bar of Georgia, 1999
Georgia Society Hospital Risk Management (GSHRM), Board of Directors (2012-2016), Member (2010- present)
American Society Hospital Risk Management (ASHRM), Member (2010- present)
Georgia Defense Lawyers Association, Member (2001- present), Board Member (2002-2013)
Atlanta Bar Association (2002- present)
Lawyers Club of Atlanta (2005- present)
Georgia Association for Women Lawyers (GAWL)
Georgia Academy of Healthcare Attorneys (GAHA)
State Bar of Georgia
"Ethics CLE: A Painless Approach," Defense Research Institute: For The Defense, Sept. 2003, p. 54
A Simulated Dental Malpractice Trial Presentation, American Dental Association's156th ADA Annual Session, November 11, 2015
A Simulated Dental Malpractice Court Case Presented Live, The Hinman Dental Meeting, March 2015
Panel Discussion: Accepted Standards of Care and Dentist Liability, The Hinman Dental Meeting, March 2015
An Invited Speaker, Dental Risk Management, Hinman Dental Society Annual Meeting, March 2013