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Shannon D. Rolen

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Practice Areas:

  • Workers' Compensation
  • Trials and Appeals
  • Personal Injury

Biography

Shannon Rolen, a native of metro Atlanta, joined J. Franklin Burns, P.C. in 2007 after working for another plaintiff's firm in Decatur. Mrs. Rolen was born and raised in Metro Atlanta. She received a B.S. in Psychology from the Kennesaw State College in 1994 and a Juris Doctor from Georgia State University College of Law in 1998. While in law school, Mrs. Rolen received the CALI Award for Advanced Criminal Litigation. She was also the Chairwoman for the Association of Women Law Students and a member of Moot Court. Her experience in workers' compensation began while she was still in law school, when she clerked for a semester for the Chief Judge of the Georgia Court of Appeals, the Honorable Dorothy Toth Beasley.

Mrs. Rolen has been practicing law since 1998 and has a decade of experience exclusively in the field of workers' compensation. Mrs. Rolen spent the first five years of her practice working for a large insurance company and then a large Atlanta litigation firm defending workers' compensation cases for major insurance companies and employers throughout the State of Georgia. Since 2003, she has exclusively represented injured workers.

Mrs. Rolen focuses her practice mainly in workers' compensation with some personal injury. She has successfully handled matters at all levels of litigation from hearings before the State Board of Workers' Compensation through all levels of appeals.

She was recently selected as one of Georgia's Super Lawyers' Rising Stars, which recognizes the top Workers' Compensation attorneys in the nation.

Education

  • Georgia State University College of Law, Atlanta, Georgia
    • J.D. - 1998
    • Honors: C.A.L.I. Award for Achievement in Advanced Criminal Litigation
    • Honors: Chairwoman for the Association of Women Law Students
    • Honors: Member of Moot Court
  • Kennesaw State College, Marietta, Georgia
    • B.S. - 1994
    • Major: Communications
    • Major: Psychology

Bar Admission

  • Georgia, 1998
  • Georgia Court of Appeals, 2002

Published Works

  • Employer Pitfalls in Workers’ Compensation Cases, February, 2008
  • Johnson v. Publix Supermarkets : Resolving The Long Standing Dispute Over The Positional Risk Doctrine, Drew, Eckl & Farnham Journal, May, 2003
  • Nuts & Bolts Newsletter for Travelers Indemnity Company, 1999, 2002
  • Workers’ Compensation for Nuts & Bolts, 1999-2002

Representative Cases

  • Parham v. Swift Transportation Co., Inc., Georgia Court of Appeals, 2008, A08A0472

Honors

  • Georgia's Super Lawyers' Rising Stars
  • Selected as one of Georgia's Super Lawyers, Workers' Compensation attorneys

Classes & Seminars

  • Employer Pitfalls in Workers’ Compensation Cases, Sterling Educational Services - February, 2008
  • Several classes taught for adjusters at Travelers Indemnity Company over a variety of Workers' Compensation Topics, 1999 to 2002

Pro-Bono Activities

  • Chairwoman, Association of Women Law Students
  • West Cobb Christian Academy, Marietta, GA

Past Positions

  • Drew, Eckl & Farnham, Associate
  • Travelers Indemnity Company
  • Chief Judge of the Georgia Court of Appeals, the Honorable Dorothy Toth Beasley, Clerk

Professional Associations

  • Georgia Trial Lawyers Association, Member since 2007, 2007
  • Atlanta Bar Association, Member since 2002, 2002
  • State Bar of Georgia, Member since 1998, 1998