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Don Brown

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Don Brown



Don Brown is a Partner in the Atlanta office of Hall Booth Smith, and has spent his entire career defending businesses and individuals in civil litigation. He also serves as the Co-Chair of the Professional Malpractice & Ethics Group. He specializes in defending lawyers, accountants, architects and engineers against claims of professional negligence. Don also defends individuals and businesses in a wide variety of claims ranging from negligence to premises liability to class actions.

Don holds a Juris Doctor, magna cum laude, from Georgia State University College of Law, where he served on the Law Review and Moot Court. He also received a Bachelor of Business Administration degree from Georgia State University.

He was admitted to the State Bar of Georgia in 2010.



Don has experience representing design professionals in a wide range of pre-suit and litigated matters arising from the design and construction process. This includes the representation of architects, engineers, and surveyors in claims associated with planning, design, and administration of projects at all levels of complexity.

General Liability

Don has handled a wide range of liability matters over the years, ranging from motor vehicle accident litigation to negligent construction to medical malpractice.

Premises Liabilty

Don is actively involved in defending business owners and occupiers in premises liability actions, ranging from slip-and-falls to third-party criminal attacks.

Professional Malpractice and Ethics

Don serves as the co-chair for the Professional Malpractice and Ethics litigation group. His practice focuses on representing attorneys and law firms in every facet of malpractice litigation arising out of a wide variety of underlying legal matters, including real estate, bankruptcy, family law, personal injury, trusts and estates, contracts and workers’ compensation.


  • Georgia
  • Georgia Court of Appeals
  • Georgia Supreme Court
  • 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
  • J.D., magna cum laude: Georgia State University
  • B.B.A., Georgia State University


  • Defense Research Institute
  • State Bar of Georgia

In the Press

Georgia’s Direct Action Statute May Not Always Apply to Accidents Occurring Outside the State of Georgia

Written by: Payton D. Bramlett, Esq. In trucking cases, plaintiffs very often sue the motor carrier’s primary insurance company directly pursuant to Georgia’s direct action statute.  Traditionally, Georgia appellate courts have held that a direct action against a motor carrier’s primary insurance provider is permitted even when the accident occurred outside the state of Georgia.  See Johnson
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Hall Booth Smith Names Seven New Partners

Hall Booth Smith, P.C. is pleased to announce that it has named seven new partners, bringing the firm-wide total to 93. “We are so pleased to welcome these talented professionals as partners,” said Alex Booth, managing partner of Hall Booth Smith. “Their expertise and dedication to clients at this time of expansion for our firm
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Five Employment Law Issues for Risk Managers Throughout 2016

By: Don Benson, Esq. Risk Managers can expect to be confronted in the remainder of 2016 with five growing trends in employment law that require organizational attention and planning: Protecting Trade Secrets Protecting your competitive edge is more important than ever. Non-compete, trade secret and related litigation increases as employers attempt to prevent present and former
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When is a second request for indefinite leave required by the Americans With Disabilities Act (“ADA”)? What if the employee can perform most of the essential functions of the job while on indefinite leave, but can not provide a reasonable estimate of a return date when he/she can eventually perform allof the essential functions of the job? In Robert
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