Attorney - Stephen D. Delk

Attorney:

Stephen D. Delk
HBS Tifton Office

P: 229-382-0515
F: 229-382-1676
E: sdelk@hallboothsmith.com
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Overview

A native of Tifton, Georgia, Stephen Delk graduated from Valdosta State University, Magna Cum Laude, with a B.A. in Political Science.  Stephen went on to earn his J.D. from the Walter F. George School of Law at Mercer University.  While at Valdosta State, Stephen was a letterman on the varsity football team and was twice recognized as the top male student athlete in the athletic department for his academic achievements.  
Stephen worked for three years at an insurance defense firm in Valdosta, Georgia before returning home to Tifton, Georgia and joining HBS in 2011.  Stephen’s practice areas include general liability, premises liability, governmental liability, transportation, medical malpractice/professional negligence, retail and hospitality liability, and insurance coverage.  He is licensed to practice in all State and Superior Courts in Georgia, the Georgia Court of Appeals, the Supreme Court of Georgia and the United States District Court for the Middle District of Georgia.
Stephen has served as President and Vice-President of the Tifton Judicial Circuit Bar Association.  Stephen now lives in Adel, Georgia with his wife, an orthopedic nurse, and their three daughters.  Outside of work, Stephen enjoys running, coaching his daughters, hunting and fishing.

Practice Areas

General Liability

Stephen has represented clients in a variety of civil litigation matters including premises liability, auto accidents, and professional negligence suits.  He has handled all phases of litigation, including pre-suit investigation, discovery, mediation, motion practice, hearings, summary adjudication, trials and appeals.  Stephen has successfully represented business owners, farmers, hospitals, fraternities, retail stores, grocery stores, national restaurant chains, hotels, homeowners, landlords and other owners and occupiers of land in premises liability actions.

Appellate Decisions 
Sands v Lindsey, 314 Ga. App. 160 (2012) (Affirmed Summary Judgment for Defendant- seminal case establishing that an EMT working in the course and scope of employment is a licensee, not an invitee).

Governmental Liability

Stephen has represented governmental entities and officials covering a wide array of issues, which include: property tax appeals, L.O.S.T. negotiations and litigation, employment related claims, Board of Elections hearings, attending Board of Commissioners meetings, ante litem notice issues, defended and advised law enforcement entities and officials, Boards of Education involving bus accidents, and general litigation matters on behalf of governmental entities such as automobile accidents and other alleged acts of negligence.

Insurance Coverage

Stephen represents insurance companies and their insureds in both first party and third party suits.  He has experience in all aspects of insurance defense from the filing of a case through trial.

Professional Negligence / Medical Malpractice

Stephen concentrates his professional negligence practice on the defense of hospitals, physicians, nurses, dentists, and other licensed personnel in professional malpractice litigation.  He works with the health care practitioner to highlight his or her expertise through the support of outstanding expert witnesses and knowledgeable, thorough, and detailed preparation for deposition and/or trial.

Property / SIU

Stephen also practices in the area of private, non-retail premises liability.  He has represented numerous land owners and landlords in cases involving alleged static property defects and accusations of active negligence on the part of property owners.
Stephen has also represented insurance carriers in both first and third party claims, working with investigative units to determine potential insurance fraud through investigation and examinations under oath involving such matters as arson and fraudulent theft claims.

Retail and Hospitality

Stephen has extensive experience in retail and hospitality industry claims, including slip and falls, falling merchandise, negligent construction, and food related claims.  His representation ranges from pre-suit investigations to trial, mounting successful defenses on behalf of medical facilities, grocery stores, retail stores, hotels, convenience stores, gas stations, local and national restaurants, and other property owners.   Stephen is not only a zealous advocate for his clients, but he also readily assists clients in forming better business practices in order to avoid future litigation.

Transportation

Stephen has represented clients in both motor vehicle accidents and incidents involving individually owned and national trucking entities.  His experience ranges from on-site accident investigation through trial.  Stephen has provided opinions on loss coverage, apportionment among multiple carriers and policies, uninsured/underinsured motorists, and evaluating exposure levels.

Education

Mercer University, Walter F. George School of Law, J.D., 2008
Valdosta State University, B.A., magna cum laude, 2005
 

Admitted

All State and Superior Courts of Georgia- 2008
U.S. District Court, Middle District of Georgia- 2009
Georgia Court of Appeals- 2009
Supreme Court of Georgia- 2009
 

Activities

Arbitrator- State Bar of Georgia Fee Arbitration Program
Attends Journey Church in Tifton, Georgia
Volunteer Coach, Adel-Cook County Recreation Dept.

Awards

AV® Preeminent™ Peer Review Rated by Martindale-Hubbell

Memberships

Tifton Judicial Circuit Bar Association (President, 2013; Vice-President, 2012)
Georgia Bar Association