Best's Insurance Professionals and Claims Resource

Your Online Portal for Claims Industry Information

Best's Insurance Professionals and Claims Resource

Your Online Portal for Claims Industry Information



Best's Recommended Insurance Attorneys

General Defense


900 Circle 75 Parkway, Suite 850, Atlanta, Georgia 30339

Established: 1981

Practice Areas

  • Product Liability
  • Construction Defect
  • Premises Liability
  • Subrogation
  • Workers' Compensation
  • Commercial Litigation
  • Employment Law
  • Health Care
  • Automotive Products Liability
  • Insurance Coverage
  • Automobile
  • Medical Malpractice
  • Trucking Litigation
  • Bad Faith
  • Contract Disputes
  • Property Loss Law

 Back To Top


About Us

Scrudder, Bass, Quillian, Horlock, Taylor & Lazarus LLP, located in metropolitan Atlanta, has a statewide practice that concentrates on civil litigation, dispute resolution, and administrative claims inclusive of products liability, medical malpractice, professional malpractice, toxic torts, construction, workers' compensation, contract and insurance disputes and other civil and commercial matters for over 30 years. While specializing in civil litigation, the firm routinely counsels clients on a wide range of matters outside the context of litigation. As a natural result of the firm's extensive litigation practice, its attorneys are highly experienced in all forms of alternative dispute resolution, including arbitration, mediation, and administrative practice. The firm's attorneys are all licensed to practice in all state and federal trial and appellate courts in the State of Georgia. Individual members of the firm are also licensed in New York, South Carolina, California and Florida.

Various members are listed in the Bar Register of Preeminent Lawyers in the areas of commercial law, insurance defense law, civil trial practice, and personal injury law. Individual members are actively involved with both the Defense Research Institute and the Georgia Defense Lawyers Association.

 Back To Top


Client Information

Insurance Clients

Non-Insurance Clients

  • Brentwood Services, Inc.
  • Chestatee Regional Hospital
  • Continental General Tire Company
  • Federated Department Stores, Inc.
  • General Fibers & Fabrics, Inc.
  • Grady Health System
  • House of Blues Legal Department
  • John Wieland Homes, Inc.
  • Kellogg's
  • Live Nation, Inc.
  • Lowe's Companies, Inc.
  • McMaster-Carr Supply Company
  • NALCO Company
  • Northside Hospital
  • St. Joseph's Hospital of Atlanta, Inc.
  • ServiceMaster Company
  • Southern Mills, Inc.
  • SunLink Health Systems, Inc.
  • Terminix International Company, L.P.
  • UtiliQuest/STS
  • Waffle House, Inc.

 Back To Top


Personnel Information

Partners


Henry E. Scrudder, Jr., Managing Partner

Atlanta, GA

Practice Areas
  • Medical Malpractice
  • Insurance Coverage
  • Heatlhcare Regulatory Compliance
  • Bad Faith Litigation
Admitted
  • Georgia, 1979
Memberships:
  • State Bar of Georgia
  • Atlanta Bar Association
  • Georgia Defense Lawyers Association (Board of Directors, 1994-)
  • Defense Research Institute
Education:
  • The University of Tennessee, B.A., 1976
  • Duke University, J.D., 1979
Fraternity Information:
Phi Beta Kappa; Moot Court Board

 Back To Top


Glenn S. Bass

Atlanta, GA

Practice Areas
  • Insurance Coverage
  • Employment Law
  • Product Liability
  • Premises Liability
  • Bad Faith Litigation
Admitted
  • Georgia, 1982
Memberships:
  • State Bar of Georgia
  • Atlanta Bar Association
  • Georgia Defense Lawyers Association
  • Defense Research Institute
Education:
  • Clark University, B.A., 1979
  • Emory University, J.D., 1982

 Back To Top


Alfred A. Quillian, Jr.

Atlanta, GA

Practice Areas
  • Workers' Compensation
Admitted
  • Georgia, 1983
Memberships:
  • State Bar of Georgia
  • Atlanta Bar Association
Education:
  • Georgia Southern College, B.B.A. (cum laude), 1980
  • The University of Georgia, J.D., 1983

 Back To Top


William W. Horlock, Jr.

Atlanta, GA

Practice Areas
  • Product Liability
  • Trucking Litigation
  • Construction Defect
  • Subrogation
  • Insurance Coverage
  • Bad Faith
Admitted
  • Georgia, 1989
  • South Carolina, 1990
Memberships:
  • State Bar of Georgia
  • South Carolina Bar
  • Atlanta Bar Association
  • Georgia Defense Lawyers Association
  • Defense Research Institute
Education:
  • The University of Georgia, B.B.A., 1985
  • Emory University, J.D., 1989

 Back To Top


Jane C. Taylor

Atlanta, GA

Practice Areas
  • Medical Malpractice
  • Health Care
  • Workers' Compensation
Admitted
  • Georgia, 1988
Memberships:
  • State Bar of Georgia
  • Atlanta Bar Association
  • Georgia Defense Lawyers Association
  • Defense Research Institute
Education:
  • Auburn University, B.S., 1984
  • Cumberland School of Law of Samford University, J.D., 1988
Law Review:
Associate Editor, American Journal of Trial Advocacy, 1987-1988

 Back To Top


Matthew P. Lazarus

Atlanta, GA

Practice Areas
  • Medical Malpractice
  • Health Care
  • Premises Liability
  • Product Liability
  • Trucking Litigation
  • Employment Law
Admitted
  • Georgia, 1996
Memberships:
  • State Bar of Georgia
  • Atlanta Bar Association
  • Georgia Defense Lawyers Association
Education:
  • Duke University, B.A., 1993
  • Emory University, J.D., 1996
Clerkship:
Law Clerk for the Superior Court Judges of the Cherokee Judicial Circuit (1996-1998)

 Back To Top


Chiaka U. Adele

Atlanta, GA

Practice Areas
  • Medical Malpractice
  • Health Care
  • Employment Law
  • Workers' Compensation
Admitted
  • New York, 1996
  • Georgia, 2001
Memberships:
  • State Bar of Georgia
  • Atlanta Bar Association
  • Georgia Defense Lawyers Association
  • Defense Research Institute
Education:
  • University of Nigeria, LL.B. (with honors), 1992
  • University of London, England, LL.M. (with honors), 1994
  • Nigerian Law School, B.L. (with honors), 1993
  • Emory University, J.D. (with high honors), 2001

 Back To Top


Keith Whitesides

Atlanta, GA

Practice Areas
  • Medical Malpractice
  • Health Care
  • Employment Law
Admitted
  • Georgia, 1993
Memberships:
  • State Bar of Georgia
  • Atlanta Bar Association
  • Georgia Defense Lawyers Association
Education:
  • The University of Alabama, B.S. (summa cum laude), 1989
  • Emory University, J.D. (with distinction), 1993

 Back To Top


Teddy Sutherland

Atlanta, GA

Practice Areas
  • Trucking
  • Premises Liability
  • Product Liability
  • Insurance Coverage
  • Bad Faith
Admitted
  • Georgia, 2002
Memberships:
  • State Bar of Georgia
  • Atlanta Bar Association
  • Georgia Defense Lawyers Association
Education:
  • The University of Georgia, B.A., 1999
  • The University of Georgia, J.D., 2002

 Back To Top


Rodney W. Hood

Atlanta, GA

Practice Areas
  • Workers' Compensation
  • Premises Liability
  • Commercial Litigation
Admitted
  • Georgia, 2004
Memberships:
  • State Bar of Georgia
  • Atlanta Bar Association
  • Georgia Defense Lawyers Association
Education:
  • College of Charleston, B.A. (summa cum laude), 2000
  • The University of Chicago, J.D., 2004

 Back To Top


Associates



Trisha Godsey

Atlanta, GA

Practice Areas
  • Medical Malpractice
  • Health Care
Admitted
  • Georgia, 2001
Memberships:
  • State Bar of Georgia
  • Atlanta Bar Association
  • Georgia Defense Lawyers Association
Education:
  • The Pennsylvania State University, B.A., 1998
  • Emory University, J.D., 2001

 Back To Top


David C. Rhodes

Atlanta, GA

Practice Areas
  • Premises Liability
  • Product Liability
  • Trucking Litigation
  • Commercial Litigation
Admitted
  • California, 2009
  • Georgia, 2010
Memberships:
  • State Bar of Georgia
  • Atlanta Bar Association
  • Georgia Defense Lawyers Association
Education:
  • Emory University, B.A., 2006
  • New York Law School, J.D., 2009

 Back To Top


Brian D. Stoltz

Atlanta, GA

Practice Areas
  • Premises Liability
  • Trucking
  • Commercial Litigation
  • Medical Malpractice
  • Workers' Compensation
Admitted
  • Georgia, 2015
Memberships:
  • State Bar of Georgia
  • Atlanta Bar Association
Education:
  • The University of Georgia, B.B.A., 2010
  • The University of Georgia School of Law, J.D., 2015

 Back To Top


Kimberly Roeder Hughes

Atlanta, GA

Practice Areas
  • Medical Malpractice
  • Trucking
  • Construction Defect
  • Premises Liability
  • Employment Law
Admitted
  • Ohio, 2014
  • Georgia, 2016
Memberships:
  • State Bar of Georgia
  • Atlanta Bar Association
Education:
  • Indiana University, B.A., 2011
  • University of Dayton School of Law, J.D., 2014

 Back To Top


W. Brett Duvall

Atlanta, GA

Practice Areas
  • Medical Malpractice
  • Health Care
Admitted
  • Georgia, 2017
Education:
  • Georgia State University, J.D., 2017

 Back To Top



Contact Our Team | About Best's Insurance Professionals and Claims Resource