Experienced and dedicated to handling Social Security and ERISA disability claims in Atlanta, Georgia
Pamela I. Atkins
Attorney PAMELA I. ATKINS is the principal in the Atlanta law firm of Atkins & Associates, Attorneys-at-Law, LLC. For almost two decades, Attorney Atkins and her staff have devoted their time to representing severely sick/injured individuals against insurance companies, employers, and the government on denied or terminated disability claims. Attorney Atkins is one of the state’s leading disability litigators, earning a stellar reputation as an experienced Social Security and ERISA practitioner.
Pamela Atkins graduated Magna Cum Laude from Emory University and earned the distinction of Beta Gamma Sigma honor society. She received her Juris Doctorate from The National Law Center at George Washington University in Washington, D.C. where she was an associate on the Law Review.
Pamela Atkins has represented hundreds of disabled persons successfully in administrative appeals and in federal court litigation. Social Security claimants benefit from her firm’s aggressive representation to maximize benefits, reopen old applications, and establish early onset dates and failed work attempts. Atkins represents claimants at all levels of appeal including civil litigation in federal court.
A large part of Atkins’ practice is the representation of clients in employee benefits/insurance disputes on individual and group long-term disability income policies, ERISA and non-ERISA claims, involving complex medical, vocational, and policy interpretation issues. Whether benefits are owed to an employee through a group employer welfare benefit plan or to a high profile athlete, entertainer, doctor, lawyer or business owner through a privately purchased policy, Attorney Atkins gives each person’s case special care and attention. She has compassionately represented workers against large insurers/companies and prevailed.
In the high stakes arena, where monthly benefits are substantial, initial claims need to be carefully prepared, policies need to be critically evaluated, and denials aggressively litigated with an attorney who can recognize and combat the tricks used to defeat legitimate claims. Atkins & Associates offers their services to people in the initial claims process to achieve maximum results. There has been a lot of media attention focused on the abuses fostered by the current ERISA laws and the wrongful market conduct of various disability insurers. Some of these articles have quoted Atkins or profiled her clients. For example:
- SmartMoney article: Too Sick to Work? They Disagree
- Atlanta Journal-Constitution article: Insurer Fined For Payment Denials
Pamela Atkins is active in the legal community regarding disability issues. She is a frequent speaker at conferences for attorneys and organizations, and has been hired by other lawyers and the federal government for advice on disability regulations and design. Attorney Atkins is a past President, Vice President, Secretary, and Treasurer of the National Organization of Social Security Claimants’ Representatives, and served on its Board of Directors for over ten years and is a member of the Council of Past Presidents. Attorney Atkins is a member of the American Association of Justice (AAJ), the Georgia Trial Lawyers Association (GTLA), the American Bar Association (ABA), the Atlanta Bar Association, the Federal Bar Association, and the Appellate Practice section of the State Bar of Georgia.
Attorney Atkins is a trained and certified Civil Mediator. She is registered with the Georgia Office of Dispute Resolution. Atkins has mediated and resolved many cases as an advocate for her clients, and uses her experience as a participant to effectively facilitate the resolutions of disputes for other attorneys and litigants.
Pamela Atkins is licensed to practice law before all the courts of Georgia and the federal district courts for the Northern, Middle and Southern Districts of Georgia, and the United States Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit and the United States Supreme Court. Attorney Atkins was sworn into the U.S. Supreme Court in a special admissions ceremony organized by Hadassah and hosted by Justice Stephen Gerald Breyer and Justice Ruth Joan Bader Ginsburg.
Atkins is also admitted to practice law in Maryland, the District of Columbia, various other district courts including the Eastern District of Tennessee, and the United States Courts of Appeals for the Fourth and Ninth Circuits.
Attorney Atkins has devoted a substantial amount of time and resources to charitable causes involving assisting persons affected by Brain Injuries, Bipolar Disorder, Cancer, Crohn’s & Colitis, Diabetes, Kidney Disease, Mental Retardation & Autism, Multiple Sclerosis, and severe Spinal Injuries. In 2009, the National Multiple Sclerosis Society named Attorney Atkins as one of 77 corporate leaders to its inaugural MS Leadership Class for her work for the welfare and well-being of others.
Attorney Atkins believes in leading life to one’s full potential and giving back to the community. She enjoys traveling and challenges. In 2010, she trekked to Mt. Everest, Nepal with a group of physicians. By far, her greatest joy is her teenaged son. In June 2011, Atkins was profiled as one of Atlanta’s most Fabulous Over Forty citizens by Best Self Atlanta Magazine. Atkins knows people often benefit from a hand up rather a hand out. She and her son regularly volunteer at a local homeless shelter and raise funds for the Atlanta Food Bank.
Atkins & Associates, Attorneys-at-Law (www.adisability.com) is committed to taking serious cases for those severely affected by illness and injuries. When you are disabled, your time should be spent healing. Atkins’ caring and competent legal staff understand the process to guide you through making a claim, appealing a denial and litigating as a last resort.
Atkins & Associates, Attorneys-at-Law, LLC offers a ●Free Policy Analysis, ● Free Claim Evaluation, ● Free Appeal Suggestions, and ● Free Computation and Buyout Advice. When you can’t work, Atkins and Associates-Attorneys-at-Law, LLC works for you!