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Administrative Law Trial Attorney with 20 years experience

Atlanta, Georgia, 30342, United States
$80,000 to $95,000 per year
August 21, 2018

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John A. Snyder, esq.

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Broad legal background with in-depth experience in Georgia’s Workers’ Compensation system. Unwavering commitment to protecting client rights. Demonstrated expertise in oral and written arguments both for and against statutory benefits that may or may not be due to employees, who either had or alleged an injury on their job, as per O.C.C.A. 34-9-1, et seq.

Professional Experience

Allen & Newman, PLLC, Atlanta, Georgia

Staff Attorney, 08/2017-08/2018

Strategic and tactical defenses of employers and insurers in the workers’ compensation arena; directing cases through discovery, motions practice, pre-trial stipulations, trial, and/or settlement phases. Evaluation of the strength and value of cases. Designed and carried out winning strategies. Resolved cases via ADR without trial. Other tools used for the defense of employer and/or insurers include: motions, consent decrees, releases, direct examinations, cross examinations, expert examinations, exhibits, and briefs.

Law Office of John A. Snyder, Atlanta, Georgia

Owner/Sole Proprietor, 12/2001–08/2017

Solo practitioner for 16 years, prosecuting claimants’ workers' compensation claims, disabled workers’ disability social security appeals, EEOC complaints, and some injured victim’s automobile cases. Demonstrated strategic planning and organizational skills by steering cases through pre-trial, trial, and/or settlement phases. Evaluation of the strength and value of cases. Designed and carried out winning strategies. Resolved cases via ADR without trial. Other tools common in practice include: briefs, contracts, releases, direct examinations, cross examinations, expert examinations, exhibit organization and similar actions. Recognized Expert by AAJ, The Expert Network and Martindale-Hubbell.

Law Offices of Robert R. Pagniello, Decatur, Georgia

Staff Attorney,11/1998-11/2001

Represented clients in large number of cases, which tripled during association with the firm. Conferred with colleagues with specialties pertaining to other legal issues, in order to establish basis for proceedings outside of the Workers’ Compensation Act. Responsibilities included: administrative law hearings, some state court actions, mediations, depositions, motions, briefs, discovery, and appeals. Provided day-to-day legal support to clients with worker’s compensation claims, EEOC claims, social security disability appeals, and various personal injury cases.

Dekalb County Department of Family and Children’s Services, Decatur, Georgia

Senior Case Manager, 07/1993-11/1998

Actively assisted clients to identify issues of concern and understand particular needs. Utilized knowledge of state and federal benefits, and strong communication skills, to advocate on behalf of a broad range of clients. Assisted families to obtain work and/or public assistance. Determined eligibility of clients for federal/state benefits with emphasis on compassionate care and assistance to clients recovering from difficult circumstances. Recognized for enforcing guidelines of the Welfare Reform Act of 1996.

Additional experience as Closing Attorney for Flannigan & Ireland, PC, Advocate Intern for Legal Advocacy and Resource Center and Tax Examiner for Internal Revenue Service.

Education and Credentials

Juris Doctorate (1997)

Atlanta’s John Marshall Law School – Atlanta, Georgia

Class Rank: 4th, GPA 3.61, Magna Cum Laude, Evening Program Graduate

Postgraduate, 51 Credits Earned (1991)

New England Law School – Boston, Massachusetts

Dean’s List 1991. Transferred to John Marshall Law School

Bachelor of Science (1988)

Double Major: Business Management and Accounting

Franklin Pierce University – Rindge, New Hampshire

GPA 3.49, Magna Cum Laude

Professional Associations

State Bar of Georgia, Workers Compensation Division, Member, 1998

Bar of The Georgia Court of Appeals and The Supreme Court of Georgia, Member, 1998

U.S. District Court, Northern District of Georgia, 2001

Atlanta Bar Association, Workers Compensation Division

Atlanta Bar Association, Lawyer Referral Service

Georgia Trial Lawyers Association, Workers Compensation Section

Georgia Office of Dispute Resolution, Civil Mediation, 2005

American Bar Association, 2007

Better Business Bureau, 2013


John Marshall Law School, Magna Cum Laude J.D. (1998)

Dean’s List (1997)

Top Grade in Evidence (1996)

Top Grade in Civil Procedure (1995)

Dean’s List at New England Law School (1991)

Magna Cum Laude at Franklin Pierce University (1988), Dean’s List (1985-1987)

Certificate of Advocacy, AAJ (2001)

Atlanta Bar Association, LRIS, Board of Trustees (2006-2008)

Alumni Association, AJMLS, Board of Trustees (2013-2015)

Martindale-Hubbell ‘BV Distinguished’ (2013), Peer-Reviewed Rating 4.25/5 (2015)

Best of Atlanta Award, Law Offices, Atlanta Business Recognition (2015)

AVVO rated 8.3/10 (2015)

Expert Network Distinguished Lawyer (2015)

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