Laura W. Speed–Dalton
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Laura W. Speed-Dalton ("Laurie") is a trial attorney and founder of The Speed Firm, PC, where she represents seriously injured people and their families. She has over 13 years of experience litigating complicated personal injury and medical malpractice cases.
Originally from Chattanooga, Tennessee, Laurie moved to Atlanta to attend Emory University for both college and law school. At Emory School of Law, Laurie served as Director-in-Chief of the Moot Court Society and was also honored with the James C. Pratt Memorial Award, which is given to the most outstanding third-year student in the Emory Moot Court Society. Additionally, she was the first recipient of the Kessler/Eidson Scholarship, given to an upper-class student who demonstrates excellence in advocacy.
After law school, Laurie accepted an associate position at Chambers, Mabry, McClelland & Brooks (now Mabry & McClelland), a midsized litigation firm in Atlanta. In 2000, she left with 5 other lawyers to form Chambers, Aholt & Rickard, LLP where she became a partner in 2003.
For the first part of her career, Laurie defended both individuals and companies in civil matters, ranging from auto accidents to complex personal injury cases. Soon thereafter, she "switched sides," and rather than work for insurance companies, she decided to help everyday people who had been injured by the negligence or wrong-doing of others. In 2010, Laurie founded The Speed Firm, PC where she continues to represent people who have been harmed by medical negligence, auto collisions, and other negligent acts.
Laurie is also active in the legal community. Laurie served as the 76th President of the Georgia Association for Women Lawyers (GAWL) in 2004-2005. She went on to chair GAWL's advisory board and was then invited to join the prestigious group as a member. In 2007, Laurie was asked to chair GAWL's newly formed Judicial Application Review Committee which vets applicants for statewide judicial vacancies and reports to the Governor's Judicial Nominating Commission. Additionally, she has served as the chair of the Georgia Intrastate Moot Court Competition Committee for the Young Lawyers Division of the State Bar of Georgia for two years. Laurie is active in the Georgia Trial Lawyers Association and currently sits on the Board of Directors of the Civil Justice PAC, a non-partisan political action committee dedicated to supporting candidates for office in Georgia who are committed to preserving the civil justice system.
Laurie was selected as a Georgia Rising Star by the Georgia Super Lawyers in 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2010, 2011 and 2012. She was also selected by her peers as one of Georgia Trend's 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010 and 2011 Legal Elite.
Areas of practice
Admitted to practice
- State Bar of Georgia
- Georgia Superior and Supreme Courts
- United States District Court for the Northern District of Georgia
- United States District Court for the Middle District of Georgia
- United States Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit
- United States Supreme Court
- AV® Preeminent™ Peer Review RatedSM by Martindale-Hubbell®
- Named 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2010, 2011and 2012 Georgia Rising Star Super Lawyer by
Atlanta Law & Politics
- Selected by her peers as one of Georgia Trend's 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010 and 2011 Legal Elite
- Recipient of the Kessler/Eidson Scholarship
- James C. Pratt Memorial Award, Emory Moot Court Society 1999
- James C. Pratt Best Brief Award, Emory University 1998
- Laurie Speed-Dalton honored by 2012 Super Lawyers - For the 7th year in a row, Laurie Speed-Dalton was selected by her peers as a Georgia Super Lawyers Rising Star by Atlanta Law & Politics. Super Lawyers selects attorneys using a rigorous, muliphase rating process. Peer nominations and evaluation are combined with third party research. No more than 2.5 percent of the lawyers in the state receive the Rising Stars designation.
- Emory University, Juris Doctorate, 1999
- Order of the Barristers
- Order of Emory Advocates
- Director-in-Chief, Moot Court Society
- Member, Moot Court Society Special Teams
- Pupil of Lamar Inn of Court
- Dean's Fellow for Legal Writing, Research, and Appellate Advocacy Program
- Emory University, Bachelor of Arts in English and Women's Studies, magna cum laude, 1996
- NCAA Postgraduate Scholarship
- Dean's List (all semesters).
- Varsity Swim Team, captain
- Tom Aliberti Award (varsity athlete recognized for distinguished accomplishments in academics and athletics and for exemplary character and loyalty to Emory athletics)
- Voted Most Competitive Swimmer
- All-Academic Team, College Swimming Coaches Associations of America
- All-American swimmer, NCAA Division III
- Sigma Tau Delta (International English Honor Society)
- Tri-Delta Sorority, Academic Development Chair
Centennial Committee for the Georgia Court of Appeals, Member, 2005-2006
- "One Lawyer's Experience Inside the Jury Room," Verdict: The Journal of the Georgia Trial Lawyers Association, Winter 2011.
- "Litigating Nursing Home Cases in Georgia," Georgia Bar Journal, October 2002, Volume 8, Number 2
- "Resolving Conflicts as a Litigator," The Complete Lawyer, Volume 2, Number 1
Personal legal representation for seriously injured people
From her law firm's office in the heart of Atlanta, Laurie Speed-Dalton offers dedicated personal injury solutions to her clients in all 159 Georgia counties. Her law firm gives you the advantage of individualized representation that you may not find at larger law firms. Call The Speed Firm, P.C. at 404-382-7163 for a free consultation or use her contact page.