We are Carlock Copeland & Stair. We are civil litigation lawyers who thrive on fighting for our clients. We work with individuals and institutions large and small and are respected in courthouses throughout the Southeast as well-prepared, forceful, creative and cost-effective attorneys. Our experience, drive and dedication will help you achieve the best possible result with a defense tailored to your case.
Wade has practiced exclusively in the civil trial arena for over 30 years. During that time, he has tried over one hundred jury trials primarily involving personal injury claims. He has defended numerous motor vehicles accidents cases, products liability cases and premises liability cases. Over the past fifteen years Wade has also been involved in the defense of hospitals, doctors and nursing homes throughout Georgia. He has served as counsel for numerous individuals as well as corporations. He has also represented local hospitals including Habersham County Medical Center, Newton General Hospital, Cobb Memorial Hospital and Hart County Medical Center. Wade is a regular speaker at seminars for lawyers, physicians and health care professionals. He was inducted as a Fellow in the American College of Trial Lawyers in 2004. Since 2005, Wade has been an honoree on the Georgia Super Lawyers® list in Atlanta Magazine/Law and Politics Magazine. From 2007 to 2017, he was honored on the Georgia Super Lawyers list as one of the top 100 attorneys in the state. Wade is also AV Preeminent rated by Martindale-Hubbell.
Eric is an AV Preeminent rated lawyer and Partner in the Firm’s Health Care, Commercial Litigation, and Appellate practice groups. Since graduating in 1996, Eric has steadily built his practice around the trial of complex medical malpractice, personal injury, professional liability, and commercial cases. He has tried more than 20 cases in the Federal and state courts of Georgia.
In health care professional liability cases, Eric represents large multi-physician practice groups, hospitals, emergency department providers, hospitalist contract providers, and locum tenens providers, among others. In addition to litigating cases, he is frequently asked to evaluate cases before suit is filed. He is known in particular for his skills in catastrophic birth injuries, complicated surgery and anesthesia cases, and emergency room medicine. Eric is often asked to lecture on current medico-legal topics to lawyers and medical professionals for continuing education and in-service education.
Eric’s health care practice includes regulatory defense. Eric has defended physicians, physician assistants, and nurses before the Georgia licensing boards. He has also defended providers in administrative proceedings related to EMTALA, Medicare recovery audits, and other regulatory schemes. Eric is known for his experience in HIPAA and the Privacy Rule and he consults frequently on compliance and breach notification issues.
Eric defends lawyers sued for professional malpractice. He has defended lawyers involved in complex business transactions, real estate transactions, and litigation matters, including:
- Successfully obtained summary judgment for a lawyer and law firm in connection with the purchase of assets from a bankruptcy sale.
- Successfully resolved a claim alleging improper dismissal of counterclaim after summary jury trial awarded attorney’s fees and litigation expenses to his clients.
- Currently defending a claim alleging bad faith exposure as a result of handling of litigation cases.
- Currently defending multiple claims involving property disputes and allegations of wrongful foreclosure.
In commercial cases, Eric has represented a large hotel franchisor for over 16 years. He has also handled business breakups, fraud and tortious interference cases, and cases involving trademark, copyright and other intellectual property issues. He has successfully registered trademarks, service marks, and copyrights before the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office.
Eric also has written or contributed to several appellate decisions on medical malpractice, commercial, and constitutional issues in the Federal and state courts, including as amicus curiae. Eric has written several articles in national and state-wide publications on medical malpractice issues and he has been invited to speak on a variety of litigation and health care related topics.
In addition to excelling in the courtroom, Eric volunteers for pro bono representation. He frequently serves as a judge in high school mock trial competitions. Since 2009, Eric has been honored by his peers on the Georgia Super Lawyers® list in Atlanta Magazine/Law and Politics.
Rolfe is a Partner within the Carlock Copeland Health Care Practice. Rolfe has successfully defended physicians and other healthcare providers in medical malpractice lawsuits involving almost every area of medicine. He is an excellent communicator and skilled negotiator who has achieved outstanding results at trial. An eagerness to fully understand the medicine and consummate preparation have resulted in defense verdicts in every case he has taken to a jury. In those cases which needed to be settled, he has worked just as hard to seek the best possible resolution. Rolfe brings the same level of preparation and advocacy to his representation of other clients who find themselves involved in complex litigation. Rolfe has been selected as a Georgia Super Lawyers® consistently since 2009.
Michael is an associate in our Atlanta office. He is a member of the general liability and healthcare litigation groups. A native of Providence, Rhode Island, Michael received his undergraduate degree in Human & Organizational Development from Vanderbilt University, graduating cum laude. He received his law degree from The Catholic University of America, Columbus School of Law where he was a member of Moot Court and the National Trial Advocacy Team. While in law school, he interned with the local legal aid clinic and with the U.S. Navy JAG Corps in Newport, Rhode Island. After law school, Michael practiced as a criminal prosecutor for 6 years with the Gwinnett Solicitor General’s Office and the District Attorney’s Office. Michael has tried more than 50 first chair jury trials, and has written and argued dozens of motions and appeals.