Doffermyre Shields Canfield & Knowles, LLC, was founded in 1990. We handle litigation for plaintiffs ranging from individuals to major corporations, both in Georgia and across the country. While experienced in a variety of litigation, we focus on complex business disputes, environmental cases, consumer class actions, and personal injury matters involving serious or catastrophic injuries.
The National Law Journal has called us "one of Atlanta’s leading firms in high-profile, class action litigation." According to the Atlanta Business Chronicle, our firm is "considered expert in a wide range of product liability, personal injury and environmental cases" and "known for litigating high profile cases." The Fulton County Daily Report, Georgia's major legal newspaper, has touted our courtroom skill, innovative style, and "creative thinking."
Our firm also is recognized for business litigation. We have been named one of "America’s leading business law firms" by Chambers & Partners each year that its prestigious guide has been published. The latest guide describes us as "one of the most able plaintiff firms in the city ... with a terrific track record and experience in high-quality and high-stake litigation" and praises the fact that our "lawyers really understand and care about their clients." An unusual feature of our business practice is a willingness to take contingent fee cases, allowing our clients to reduce the risk of litigation and pursue matters that otherwise could not be brought.
Our lawyers have graduated from the nation's top law schools, have been elected to such prestigious organizations as the American College of Trial Lawyers, the American Law Institute, and the International Academy of Trial Lawyers, served as Presidents of the Georgia Trial Lawyers Association, and are listed in publications such as Best Lawyers in America.
The firm has a long history of obtaining multi-million dollar verdicts and settlements. Collectively, we have tried hundreds of cases -- and litigated thousands more through settlement -- involving an extraordinary variety of legal issues and factual settings. Our breadth of experience benefits both people with individual problems and businesses suffering major losses.
We frequently work in leadership positions with teams of lawyers from other firms on cases of national significance. Examples include the national breast implant litigation (in which one of our lawyers served as co-chair of the plaintiffs' steering committee), the managed care multi-district litigation, and the Masonite hardboard siding litigation. Each of these cases has or will recover more than $1 billion for our clients.
We are committed to handling public interest cases, generally on a pro bono basis, in such matters as civil rights, constitutional law and elections. Our past clients include such organizations as Common Cause, Public Citizen, NOW, and the National Women’s Health Network.