Tom Sippel practices litigation and workers’ compensation in the firm’s Atlanta office. Tom brings 20 years of litigation and insurance defense experience to the firm, having most recently served as the Managing Attorney for Georgia and Tennessee staff legal offices for The Hartford Insurance Group. Prior to that, Tom was the managing member of an insurance defense firm’s Atlanta office. Tom represents carriers and employers in workers’ compensation defense cases, as well as corporate and individual defendants in general litigation cases.

Tom has been married 15 years to his wife Lisa and they have twin 12-year old girls. He spends his time with his family, playing golf, gardening and reading historical nonfiction.

Practice Areas

  • Adulterated Food
  • Alcohol Liability
  • Bad Faith
  • Commercial Litigation
  • Construction
  • Coverage
  • Director and Officer Liability
  • Governmental Liability
  • Litigation
  • Nursing Home Liability
  • Premises Liability
  • Products Liability
  • Professional Liability
  • SIU/Arson and Fraud
  • Slander/Defamation
  • Trucking
  • Workers' Compensation

Education

  • Mercer University Walter F. George School of Law (JD)
  • University of Georgia (BA)

Professional Memberships

  • Defense Research Institute
  • Georgia Defense Lawyers Association
  • Atlanta Claims Association (Board Member, 2013-Present)
  • Risk Insurance Management Society
  • Claims and Litigation Management Alliance (CLM)

Bar Admissions

  • 1996 Georgia
  • 1998 Washington, DC
  • 2000 Tennessee
  • US District Court, Northern, Middle and Southern Districts of Georgia
  • US District Court, Eastern District of Tennessee
  • US District Court, District of Maryland

Awards

  • Martindale-Hubbell® Peer Review Rating™ - AV®
  • Atlanta Magazine “Super Lawyer” for Civil Litigation Defense (2013)
  • Litigation Counsel of America Trial Lawyer Honor Society (Fellow)
  • Appointed Appellate Counsel for Macon Judicial Circuit (1997-1998)
  • State Bar of Georgia Pro Bono Project Award (1996-1997)
  • Macon Bar Association Eleemosynary Award (1997)

Publications

  • “Jurisdiction Issues in Workers’ Compensation Claims” DRI Workers’ Compensation Courier, Fall 2005

Community Involvement

  • Metro Atlanta Chamber of Commerce (2010-Present)
  • Bachman Community Center (Past Board Member, 2004-2008)