Swift Currie Names Two New Partners for 2014

ATLANTA (January 3, 2014) – Swift, Currie, McGhee & Hiers, LLP, (Georgia, USA) an Atlanta-based law firm providing skilled representation in a variety of fields, is proud to announce Thomas B. Ward and Melissa A. Segel have been named to the firm's partnership.


Thomas B. Ward joined Swift Currie in 2008 as an associate and practices in a wide variety of litigated matters dealing primarily with insurance coverage and damage to real and personal property, including construction defect claims where he calls on prior contracting experience. His practice focuses on first- and third-party coverage litigation, property claims, extra-contractual claims, and bad faith, in which he has taken coverage disputes and first-party claims from initial coverage opinions through judgment following jury and bench trials. Prior to joining the firm, Mr. Ward gained experience at another Atlanta firm in a broad range of litigated matters, including those involving construction law, environmental law, premises liability, ERISA and insurance coverage disputes. Mr. Ward graduated from the Walter F. George School of Law at Mercer University, where he served as the Articles Editor for the Mercer Law Review.

Melissa A. Segel joined Swift Currie in 2010 as an associate and practices commercial litigation and insurance coverage with an emphasis on bad faith and arson and fraud. She has extensive experience defending insurance carriers in Georgia with claims involving homeowners and auto insurance fraud in the context of both first-party and third-party property losses. Prior to joining the firm, Melissa worked in the insurance industry for over a decade, specializing in property and special investigations. She is a member of the Chartered Property and Casualty Underwriters Society. She received her J.D., magna cum laude, from Georgia State University College of Law in 2006. While at Georgia State, she served as the Associate Notes and Comments Editor for the Georgia State Law Review.