The Pratt Law Firm specializes in handling large, high stakes cases and controversies. Our model offers the quality, expertise, and experience of a large law firm with the flexibility, rates, and client attention of a small firm.
Mr. Pratt devotes a substantial portion of his practice to serious trucking accident cases in Georgia and throughout the United States. He understands the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Regulations, industry standards of care, and unique issues and challenges associated with commercial motor vehicle cases. Mr. Pratt has served as national counsel for one of the largest shipping and logistics companies in the world and on the Defense Research Institute's Trucking Steering Committee. And he has considerable experience developing litigation strategies regarding direct action claims involving negligent hiring, training, supervision, retention, and entrustment of commercial truck drivers by their motor carrier.
Catastrophic Personal Injury and Wrongful Death
It is critical that attorneys handling very serious injury cases understand the complex medical issues at stake. Mr. Pratt has handled personal injury and wrongful death matters of all types, and has particular experience in cases involving traumatic brain injuries and spinal cord injuries. He has long-standing contacts with expert witnesses in neuropsychology, psychiatry, neurology, orthopedic surgery, life care planning, and other specialties that are essential to successfully preparing these cases for trial, and has deep understanding of the medicine and science underlying these disciplines.
Mr. Pratt has represented clients in large scale product liability actions alleging serious injury or wrongful death as a result of a defectively designed product, including hundreds of similar mass tort actions aggregated in specialized courts dedicated to complex litigation. He understands the unique and complicated legal issues implicated by claims related to a product defect, whether the product is a consumer product sold to the public or an industrial product used in a commercial setting, and has engaged with industry, regulators, and government in managing and responding to product recalls of all types.
Pharmaceutical and Medical Device
Litigation involving prescription drugs or medical devices is unusually complicated and challenging. It requires legal counsel with an acute understanding of the regulatory and medical issues implicated by these products. Mr. Pratt has that understanding, and has acted as national trial counsel and national coordinating counsel for several major pharmaceutical companies, managing their litigation across the country. He has managed those cases on an individual basis, when aggregated by the hundreds in state or federal complex litigation courts, and in large scale class actions, and he has both tried "bellwether" pharmaceutical cases to successful verdict and guided them through successful appeal.
A "whistleblower" lawsuit involves an allegation that a company has made false or fraudulent claims for payment (or reimbursement) to the federal or local government. Any employee of that company, or any other person, who has knowledge of the false claim that is not available to the public can bring a lawsuit on behalf of the government to recover those payments, as well as significant financial penalties. Mr. Pratt has been involved in multi-faceted litigation involving government investigations of companies arising out of allegations of fraud and abuse identified by whistleblowers within the company, and has the skills and experience to represent clients involved in all types of whistleblower litigation.
Mr. Pratt has represented clients in large class actions brought on behalf of a group of individuals or companies who allege wrongful conduct affecting all members of that group. A class action is different from an ordinary lawsuit, and requires counsel that understands the unusual procedural and legal issues governing this type of aggregated action. Mr. Pratt understands the nuances, intricacies, and challenges of handling class action lawsuits, and has particular experience with consumer fraud class actions (involving claims by purchasers of products or services) and class actions involving the healthcare industry.
Mr. Pratt has represented businesses as plaintiffs and defendants in all manner of disputes, including breach of contract, fraud, and tortious interference with business or contractual relationships. He has experience representing businesses, large and small, and the ability to quickly spot a solution or strategy that will ensure a successful outcome for his client.
Having started his career as a judicial law clerk for a federal appellate court judge, Mr. Pratt has a deep and long-standing understanding of the mechanics of preparing a successful appeal or defending a judgment below when challenged on appeal. He has frequently been retained to assist other counsel by handling the appellate stage of their matter, or to file a "friend of the court" brief in support of a legal position, and has a long track record of success. For example: Blackmon v. United Parcel Service, Inc., Appeal No. 2110197 (Ala. Ct. App. May 18, 2012) (successfully upholding winning trial verdict); Batiste v. GrafTech International Ltd., 86 So.3d 655 (La. App. 5 Cir. 1/24/12) (successfully defending summary judgment below), pet. denied, 85 So. 3d 1249 (La. 4/13/12); Allen v. Barksdale, Appeal No. 1080242 Ala. LEXIS 215 (Ala. Sept. 18, 2009) (as amicus curiae) (successfully defending trial court decision); Mason v. Home Depo U.S.A., Inc., 283 Ga. 271 (2008) (as amicus curiae) (successfully upholding constitutionality of new law); Green v. Dept. of Community Health, 2008 Ga. App. LEXIS 904 (Ga. App. Aug. 1, 2008) (as amicus curiae) (successfully vacating erroneous lower court decision); Bodie v. Purdue Pharma, Appeal No. 05-13834, 2007 U.S. App. LEXIS 12725 (11th Cir. 2007) (successfully defending summary judgment below); Spottsville v. Terry, 476 F.3d 1241 (11th Cir. 2007) (successfully reversing erroneous dismissal below); Evans v. Walter Industries, et al., 449 F.3d 1159 (11th Cir. 2006) (successfully reversing erroneous remand below); United States v. Delacruz, Appeal No. 05-15920-AA (11th Cir. 2006) (successfully vacating erroneous conviction below); Hart v. Walker, Appeal No. 04-16271 (11th Cir. 2006) (successfully reversing erroneous dismissal below).
Referring Lawyers/Local Counsel
Mr. Pratt is proud of his reputation as an attorney who works in close collaboration with other lawyers in major litigation. He is generous with the experience and knowledge he has developed over years of complex litigation as a partner at a major international law firm, is committed to mutually beneficial fee arrangments with co-counsel, and believes in preserving and not interfering with the client relationships of colleagues who refer work to him.