Attorney - William S.  Mann

Attorney:

William S. Mann
Attorney at Law
HBS Brunswick Office

P: 912-554-0093
F: 912-554-1973
E: wmann@hallboothsmith.com
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Overview

William S. Mann is an associate in the Brunswick office. He received his J.D. from Mercer University in 2012. While in law school he was a member of the Second Amendment Society and the National Security & Law Society. Will received his B.S. in Biology at the University of Georgia, where he was on the Dean's List and a member of the Student Government Association.

Will enjoys golf, hunting, fishing, and anything else that gets him outside. An avid backpacker and survivalist, Will completed a solo backpacking expedition in September 2007 across Scotland from the Atlantic Ocean to the North Sea, summiting Ben Nevis, Britain’s highest peak, along the way.

Practice Areas

Appellate

Will has worked on numerous appeals in the Court of Appeals of Georgia and the Supreme Court of Georgia and has briefed issues before both of Georgia’s appellate courts on the expert witness qualifications, hearings on summary judgment motions, the O.C.G.A. § 9-11-9.1 affidavit requirements, professional versus ordinary negligence distinctions, and premises liability questions of law.

Dental

Will represents general dentists, oral surgeons, and other dental professionals and their practices in all phases of litigation, from pre-suit investigation, discovery, hearings and trials, and appeals.

Employment

Will represents and assists employers to avoid, resolve, and prevail in labor and employment lawsuits in state and federal courts and in actions before administrative bodies such as the EEOC.  Will’s experience includes representing employers in discrimination and retaliation claims involving the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), Age Discrimination in Employment Act (ADEA), Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA), Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA), Pregnancy Discrimination Act (PDA), Title VII, 42 U.S.C. §§ 1981 and 1983 claims, and whistleblower claims.  Will and HBS Partner Charles A. Dorminy, in an issue of first impression in the Eleventh Circuit, successfully argued that the FMLA does not provide standing for a plaintiff to allege an “associational” or third-party retaliation claim against an employer for the protected acts of a third party.  In addition, Will has successfully obtained summary judgment for an employer, a local Sheriff’s Office, in a case involving alleged discrimination and retaliation under the FMLA and PDA.  Will has also authored employment handbooks for local healthcare providers.

General Liability

Will handles and represents insureds through all phases of liability litigation, including mediations, motion practice, hearings, summary adjudication, trials and appeals.  Will represents the interests of insureds in premises liability and auto liability cases.

Health Care

Will represents hospitals and healthcare practitioners and provides guidance on compliance with state and federal laws and regulations, including the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 (HIPAA) and the Emergency Medical Treatment and Active Labor Act (EMTALA).

Professional Negligence / Medical Malpractice

Will represents the interests of hospitals, health systems, skilled nursing facilities, physicians, surgeons, dentists, nurses, and other medical professionals from pre-suit claims and investigation through trial and appeal.  Will has experience in representing medical professionals in all types of professional negligence cases, including catastrophic birth trauma cases.  Will has a breadth of experience with the expert affidavit requirements, expert qualifications requirements, and Daubert requirements in Georgia and has successfully argued and obtained dismissals of actions for a party’s failure to comply with such requirements.  Will previously spoke and presented at the Insurance Law Institute’s CLE on the “Admissibility of Expert Testimony in Georgia” in September 2013 on St. Simons Island, Georgia.

Retail and Hospitality

Will represents restaurants, hotels, and grocery stores in premises liability actions from the pre-suit investigation and claim through mediation, motion hearings, summary adjudication, and appeals.  Will has successfully obtained summary judgment on behalf of grocery stores in premises liability actions.

Education

Mercer University, J.D., 2012
University of Georgia, B.S. in Biology, 2007

Admitted

Georgia
Court of Appeals of Georgia
Supreme Court of Georgia
United States District Courts:
Northern District of Georgia
Middle District of Georgia
Southern District of Georgia
United States Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit

Membership

State Bar of Georgia
State Bar of Georgia Young Lawyers Division
Glynn County Bar Association
Glynn County Bar Association Young Lawyers Division
Georgia Defense Lawyers Association
Defense Research Institute

Activities

Wesley United Methodist Church – St. Simons Island, GA
Elbert County Gun Club

Presentations

“Unauthorized Photos and Video: Invasion of Privacy vs. Patient Protection” October 2015, Georgia Legal Defense and Risk Management Forum, Brunswick, GA

“Admissibility of Expert Testimony in Georgia” September 2013, ICLE Insurance Law Institute, St. Simons Island, GA