Swift Currie Announces Addition of Lateral Partner and Associates to the Atlanta Office

Swift, Currie, McGhee & Hiers, LLP (Georgia, USA), is pleased to announce the addition of David M. Atkinson to the partnership of the Atlanta office, and is excited to also welcome new associates Ari Shapiro, Calvin Yaeger, and Pilar Whitaker. The group comes to Swift Currie from the firm formerly known as Magill Atkinson Dermer in Atlanta.

David Atkinson has been a trial lawyer for 25 years, focusing on civil litigation defense, including tort claims, construction litigation, insurance coverage, business disputes, and intellectual property. He has served as lead trial counsel in federal and state courts throughout Georgia and the Southeast, as well as appellate counsel before the Georgia Supreme Court, the Georgia Court of Appeals, and the Eleventh Circuit Court of Appeals.

While Ari Shapiro now primarily advises insurance carriers on a wide range of coverage issues, including potential liability for bad faith, he has also represented both policyholders and insurance carriers in state and federal courts throughout the country. In addition to insurance-coverage claims, he has handled cases in numerous practice areas, such as premises liability, false arrest, construction litigation, defamation, and automobile litigation. He also frequently represents clients at the appellate level, including cases before the Supreme Court of Georgia, the Eleventh Circuit Court of Appeals, and the United States Supreme Court.

Calvin Yaeger primarily defends lawsuits involving automobile and trucking accidents, premises liability, and construction litigation. He is an experienced trial lawyer and represents individuals, insurance companies, retailers, and other businesses. He is a member of the State Bar of Georgia, the Atlanta Bar, the Georgia Defense Lawyers Association, and the Lawyers Club of Atlanta.

Pilar Whitaker's practice focuses on insurance coverage and commercial litigation. She is a graduate of Vanderbilt University Law School who served as a judicial intern for the Honorable William S. Duffey in the United States District Court, Northern District of Georgia. She is a member of the Gate City Bar Association, as well as the Georgia Association of Black Women Attorneys, and is also an active volunteer with the Atlanta Volunteer Lawyers Foundation.

“The depth of talent and experience gained with the addition of this group is extremely exciting because it strengthens our primary practice area of civil litigation and promotes the goal of growing the firm,” said Terry O. Brantley, managing partner of Swift, Currie, McGhee & Hiers, LLP.