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Duane L Cochenour

Duane L Cochenour
191 Peachtree Street NE
Suite 2900
Atlanta, GA 30303-1775 

Duane Cochenour is a litigator specializing in medical malpractice claims, negligent security cases and insurance coverage.  He has a unique perspective, with 20 years of experience as an insurance claim professional prior to becoming a lawyer.  He knows exactly what it is like to be an adjuster, supervisor, regional claim manager and major case negotiator, because he has worked in each of those positions.  He draws on over 30 years of experience in the insurance and legal industry to defend and counsel clients in various types of bodily injury and property damage litigation.  He also specializes in insurance coverage and bad faith litigation, regularly providing guidance on complex coverage matters to major insurance carriers. Mr. Cochenour is also a certified mediator and a member of both the Georgia and Florida bars.

Mr. Cochenour specializes in representing hospitals, physicians and other health care providers against claims of medical malpractice.  In addition to routinely defending these cases in both Georgia and Florida, he is also part of a team of litigators who defend catastrophic cases across the country as part of the firm’s National Trial Counsel Program.

Mr. Cochenour also specializes in representing clients against claims of negligent security in cases involving shootings, assaults and other serious crimes. These claims have exploded in Georgia, but our firm has developed specific strategies that allows us to minimize the exposure of these businesses, property owners, property managers and their insurers.

In addition to these two areas of specialty, Mr. Cochenour keeps a varied litigation practice and represents clients in motor vehicle accidents, products liability claims, premises liability claims, construction disputes, non-medical professional liability claims and other types of bodily injury and property damage litigation.

Drawing on three decades of experience interpreting insurance coverage, Mr. Cochenour is one of the leaders of the firm’s Insurance Coverage Practice Group. He regularly provides coverage opinions and other guidance to major insurers on complex coverage and bad faith cases.  His vast experience in the insurance industry, coupled with his experience litigating coverage and bad faith actions, enables him to counsel and defend insurers in coverage and bad faith disputes.  He knows exactly what it is like to be an adjuster working a large case load, a front line supervisor managing multiple adjusters and a regional claim manager overseeing the claim operation in 5 states for a major insurer.  This gives him a unique perspective (and passion for) defending insurance professionals against claims of bad faith.  He also regularly reviews cases involving time-limited and/or policy limit demands, advising carriers on their exposure and providing recommendations on how to respond to these demands.  He is also frequently retained by excess carriers as monitoring counsel on high-exposure claims.

Mr. Cochenour started his insurance career as a claim representative with Liberty Mutual, but spent the bulk of it with St. Paul Insurance Company. He managed territories throughout the Southeast and, as a major case negotiator, handled catastrophic claims throughout the country. He was also selected to be on a project team that literally drew up a new dedicated medical claim structure nationally for St. Paul in 1995.  He was also designated as an internal resource on coverage matters at St. Paul, teaching liability coverage courses internally to adjusters and supervisors.  He regularly partnered with underwriters and agents on sales calls with prospective insureds. This experience gives Mr. Cochenour a unique insight into how to meet the needs of his insurance clients.

Mr. Cochenour excelled academically, graduating 7th in a class of over 150 students at the Georgia State University College of Law. He demonstrated his litigation skills early, leading a team that placed second nationally at the prestigious National Trial Advocacy Competition held annually at Michigan State University.  He also received the Nai Karimimanesh Award as the top student in Advanced Evidence.

ADMITTED

  • Georgia Supreme Court
  • Georgia Court of Appeals
  • All Georgia State and Superior Courts
  • United States District Court, Northern District of Georgia
  • United States District Court, Middle District of Georgia
  • All Florida County and Circuit Courts

EDUCATION

  • J.D., magna cum laude, Georgia State University
  • B.B.A., Marketing, Georgia State University

PUBLICATIONS

MEMBERSHIPS

  • 20+ year member of the organizing committee for the Jazz Thing, Annandale Village, Suwanee, GA
  • Atlanta Claims Association
  • Claims and Litigation Management Alliance
  • Defense Research Institute
  • Former Board Member, Young Audiences of Atlanta
  • Former Board of Directors Member – Atlanta Claims Association
  • Former Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Cooperative Resource Center, Atlanta, GA
  • Former Chairman of the Community Involvement Committee for St. Paul Insurance Company, Atlanta Office
  • Georgia Defense Lawyers Association
  • Georgia Office of Dispute Resolution
  • Georgia Society of Healthcare Risk Managers
  • Member, Hebron Baptist Church, Dacula, GA
  • State Bar of Florida
  • State Bar of Georgia

Presentations

  • “Timing is everything: Liability and Limitations.” Claim and Underwriting units at Crum & Forster. Sept. 2014.
  • “Tort Reform in Georgia: A current status of the 2005 tort reform.” Zurich Medical Professional Liability Claim Department. April 14, 2010.
  • “Cross Examination of the Plaintiff in a Personal Injury Case” Presented at:  “Inside the Courtroom: The Trial of a Personal Injury Case” Institute of Continuing Legal Education in Georgia September 20, 2012.
  • “Diminution of Value in Property Loss Claims” presented at the US Law Spring 2013 Client Conference in Tuscon, AZ.
Written by: Duane L Cochenour, Esq. In 1980, Congress passed the Federal Motor Carrier Act, an Act that was intended to increase price competition, and reduce
Written by: Duane L Cochenour, Esq. On Friday, August 7, 2020, Judge Toby Prodgers of the State Court of Cobb County Georgia ordered Cherokee Funding to
Written by Duane L Cochenour, Esq. and Caitlin E. Correa, Esq. Hundreds of declaratory judgment actions have been filed across the country seeking business interruption coverage
Written by: Duane Cochenour, Esq. and Bill Daniel, Esq. The Georgia Court of Appeals recently held that an insurer’s request for clarification as to which insureds
ATLANTA – Hall Booth Smith, P.C. congratulates the recipients of the 2018 Hall Booth Smith Scholarships that offer financial support for both employees of the
Atlanta, GA. - Hall Booth Smith, P.C. (HBS) announces the election of new partners, Duane Cochenour and Michael Williams, effective January 1, 2015. Duane Cochenour is a
Practice Specific Experience

Duane Cochenour is a litigator specializing in medical malpractice claims, negligent security cases and insurance coverage.  He has a unique perspective, with 20 years of experience as an insurance claim professional prior to becoming a lawyer.  He knows exactly what it is like to be an adjuster, supervisor, regional claim manager and major case negotiator, because he has worked in each of those positions.  He draws on over 30 years of experience in the insurance and legal industry to defend and counsel clients in various types of bodily injury and property damage litigation.  He also specializes in insurance coverage and bad faith litigation, regularly providing guidance on complex coverage matters to major insurance carriers. Mr. Cochenour is also a certified mediator and a member of both the Georgia and Florida bars.

Mr. Cochenour specializes in representing hospitals, physicians and other health care providers against claims of medical malpractice.  In addition to routinely defending these cases in both Georgia and Florida, he is also part of a team of litigators who defend catastrophic cases across the country as part of the firm’s National Trial Counsel Program.

Mr. Cochenour also specializes in representing clients against claims of negligent security in cases involving shootings, assaults and other serious crimes. These claims have exploded in Georgia, but our firm has developed specific strategies that allows us to minimize the exposure of these businesses, property owners, property managers and their insurers.

In addition to these two areas of specialty, Mr. Cochenour keeps a varied litigation practice and represents clients in motor vehicle accidents, products liability claims, premises liability claims, construction disputes, non-medical professional liability claims and other types of bodily injury and property damage litigation.

Drawing on three decades of experience interpreting insurance coverage, Mr. Cochenour is one of the leaders of the firm’s Insurance Coverage Practice Group. He regularly provides coverage opinions and other guidance to major insurers on complex coverage and bad faith cases.  His vast experience in the insurance industry, coupled with his experience litigating coverage and bad faith actions, enables him to counsel and defend insurers in coverage and bad faith disputes.  He knows exactly what it is like to be an adjuster working a large case load, a front line supervisor managing multiple adjusters and a regional claim manager overseeing the claim operation in 5 states for a major insurer.  This gives him a unique perspective (and passion for) defending insurance professionals against claims of bad faith.  He also regularly reviews cases involving time-limited and/or policy limit demands, advising carriers on their exposure and providing recommendations on how to respond to these demands.  He is also frequently retained by excess carriers as monitoring counsel on high-exposure claims.

Mr. Cochenour started his insurance career as a claim representative with Liberty Mutual, but spent the bulk of it with St. Paul Insurance Company. He managed territories throughout the Southeast and, as a major case negotiator, handled catastrophic claims throughout the country. He was also selected to be on a project team that literally drew up a new dedicated medical claim structure nationally for St. Paul in 1995.  He was also designated as an internal resource on coverage matters at St. Paul, teaching liability coverage courses internally to adjusters and supervisors.  He regularly partnered with underwriters and agents on sales calls with prospective insureds. This experience gives Mr. Cochenour a unique insight into how to meet the needs of his insurance clients.

Mr. Cochenour excelled academically, graduating 7th in a class of over 150 students at the Georgia State University College of Law. He demonstrated his litigation skills early, leading a team that placed second nationally at the prestigious National Trial Advocacy Competition held annually at Michigan State University.  He also received the Nai Karimimanesh Award as the top student in Advanced Evidence.

ADMITTED

  • Georgia Supreme Court
  • Georgia Court of Appeals
  • All Georgia State and Superior Courts
  • United States District Court, Northern District of Georgia
  • United States District Court, Middle District of Georgia
  • All Florida County and Circuit Courts

EDUCATION

  • J.D., magna cum laude, Georgia State University
  • B.B.A., Marketing, Georgia State University

PUBLICATIONS

MEMBERSHIPS

  • 20+ year member of the organizing committee for the Jazz Thing, Annandale Village, Suwanee, GA
  • Atlanta Claims Association
  • Claims and Litigation Management Alliance
  • Defense Research Institute
  • Former Board Member, Young Audiences of Atlanta
  • Former Board of Directors Member – Atlanta Claims Association
  • Former Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Cooperative Resource Center, Atlanta, GA
  • Former Chairman of the Community Involvement Committee for St. Paul Insurance Company, Atlanta Office
  • Georgia Defense Lawyers Association
  • Georgia Office of Dispute Resolution
  • Georgia Society of Healthcare Risk Managers
  • Member, Hebron Baptist Church, Dacula, GA
  • State Bar of Florida
  • State Bar of Georgia

Presentations

  • “Timing is everything: Liability and Limitations.” Claim and Underwriting units at Crum & Forster. Sept. 2014.
  • “Tort Reform in Georgia: A current status of the 2005 tort reform.” Zurich Medical Professional Liability Claim Department. April 14, 2010.
  • “Cross Examination of the Plaintiff in a Personal Injury Case” Presented at:  “Inside the Courtroom: The Trial of a Personal Injury Case” Institute of Continuing Legal Education in Georgia September 20, 2012.
  • “Diminution of Value in Property Loss Claims” presented at the US Law Spring 2013 Client Conference in Tuscon, AZ.
Written by: Duane L Cochenour, Esq. In 1980, Congress passed the Federal Motor Carrier Act, an Act that was intended to increase price competition, and reduce
Written by: Duane L Cochenour, Esq. On Friday, August 7, 2020, Judge Toby Prodgers of the State Court of Cobb County Georgia ordered Cherokee Funding to
Written by Duane L Cochenour, Esq. and Caitlin E. Correa, Esq. Hundreds of declaratory judgment actions have been filed across the country seeking business interruption coverage
Written by: Duane Cochenour, Esq. and Bill Daniel, Esq. The Georgia Court of Appeals recently held that an insurer’s request for clarification as to which insureds
ATLANTA – Hall Booth Smith, P.C. congratulates the recipients of the 2018 Hall Booth Smith Scholarships that offer financial support for both employees of the
Atlanta, GA. - Hall Booth Smith, P.C. (HBS) announces the election of new partners, Duane Cochenour and Michael Williams, effective January 1, 2015. Duane Cochenour is a
Practice Specific Experience