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Debbie Tarkington, Mediator, Atlanta, Georgia.

Debbie Tarkington

Miles Mediation & Arbitration Services, LLC.
115 Perimeter Center Place, Ste. 1100
Atlanta, GA 30346
Tel: 888-305-3553
Cell: 404-216-2974
Fax: (404) 389-0831
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Recognized to Georgia Chapter for Mediation Other ADR Services: Discovery Referee, Early Neutral Evaluation, Fact Finding
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  • Practice Commenced: 2016
  • Total Mediations (as of Oct 2022): 350
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Debbie started her legal career as an associate with Greer, Klosik, Daugherty & Swank where she practiced from 1994-1999. She consistently handled over  a 100 files with a combination of plaintiff’s personal injury and insurance defense litigation. She tried numerous cases as lead counsel on all of her plaintiff’s personal injury litigation. She was also first and second chair on criminal defense, insurance defense, plaintiff’s products liability and medical malpractice litigation. Debbie then practiced at Hammond, Carter and Watson – staff counsel for Nationwide Insurance Company from 1999-2004. Here, she handled complex litigation for Nationwide – which included both auto and commercial cases. She was lead counsel on all of her cases through settlement or trial.

Debbie moved over to the Law Office of James C. McLaughlin – staff counsel to Liberty Mutual Insurance Company – from 2004 – 2016. Here she was the lead litigation attorney and she handled only the most complex medical/auto and commercial litigation cases. Debbie handled trial work and litigation in the areas of premises liability, automobile/truck accident cases, wrongful death, catastrophic injury and construction defect. In the area of premises liability, Debbie’s experience includes slip/trip and fall, negligent security and Dram Shop Act. Debbie was designated counsel for several restaurants, hotels/motels, and constructions companies. Many of her other clients included apartment complexes, grocery stores, retail stores, janitorial companies, management companies and shopping centers. Debbie was also the designated counsel for the fraud investigation unit at Liberty Mutual. She has extensive trial experience in both auto and commercial litigation having tried numerous cases all over Georgia.

Case Experience

  • Automotive
  • Commercial/Business
  • Community Associations
  • Condominiums
  • Construction
  • Contract Disputes
  • Franchise
  • Insurance
  • Landlord/Tenant
  • Libel & Slander
  • Medical Malpractice
  • Nursing Homes
  • Personal Injury
  • Premises Liability
  • Product Liability
  • Professional Liability
  • Professional Malpractice
  • Professional Negligence
  • Property Damage
  • Railroad & Trucking
  • Torts
  • Wrongful Death


  • Centre College, BA Government, 1989,
  • Thomas M. Cooley Law School, JD, cum laude 1994

Memberships & Affiliations

  • State/Superior Court of Georgia 1994
  • Georgia Court of Appeals 1994
  • Supreme Court of Georgia 2009
  • Federal Court – Northern District of Georgia
  • State Bar of Georgia
  • GAWL Georgia Association of Women Lawyers
  • Cherokee County Bar Association

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