Andrew G. Daugherty, Esq.

Andrew Garrett Daugherty received his Bachelor of Arts in Politics with a minor in Philosophy in 2002 from Wake Forest University. While at Wake Forest, Mr. Daugherty was awarded the Bif Myers Scholarship and was a member of the Mu Alpha Nu society. He received his Juris Doctor from Emory University School of Law in 2005. At Emory, Mr. Daugherty was the winner of the 2005 Moot Court Competition, was named to the Jessup International Moot Court team and was honored with the Dean’s Award for Civil Trial Practice.

Mr. Daugherty, licensed in Tennessee and Georgia, focuses his practice on defending Employers and Insurers in workers’ compensation claims. He has represented his clients at all stages of litigation, and was the principal attorney in the landmark Chandler Telecom v. Burdette, 2017 LEXIS Ga. 103 (2017) decision at the Georgia Supreme Court that overturned decades’ worth of precedent regarding and reestablished willful misconduct as a practical defense available to Employers and Insurers in Georgia.

Mr. Daugherty is a licensed instructor by the Georgia Insurance Commission and frequently speaks at seminars and conferences regarding workers’ compensation defense.

Mr. Daugherty is an active participant in the Georgia High School Mock Trial program as an attorney coach, a program he was involved with while in high school. Mr. Daugherty also volunteers his time representing Wake Forest University at college fairs in the Atlanta area. He is a member of the United Methodist Church and enjoys watching college football and basketball.


Bernard F. Kistler, Jr.

Bernard F. Kistler, Jr. received his B.B.A. in 1988 from the University of Georgia. He graduated from Mercer University School of Law cum laude receiving his Juris Doctor in 1993. He was admitted to the Georgia Bar in 1993 and the U.S. District Court, Southern District of Georgia in 1994. He was admitted to the South Carolina Bar in 1996. While at Mercer, he was a member of Phi Kappa Phi and the Mercer Law Review. His is a member of the Savannah Bar Association, the State Bar of Georgia, and the South Carolina Bar. Mr. Kistler is an associate with the law firm of Hamilton, Westby, Antonowich & Anderson, where his practice is concentrated in insurance and workers’ compensation defense, tax litigation and construction litigation. He may be reached at bkistler@hwaalaw.com or (404)-872-3500.


Doug McCoy

Doug McCoy: President and Chief Executive Officer of McCoy Consulting, Inc., Lawrenceville, Georgia 30043. Established in 1997, McCoy Consulting is an independent firm which provides consulting services to stakeholders in the workers’ compensation industry. Mr. McCoy has served on many committees in the past including the NCCI Fraud Study Committee, Governor’s Study Committee on Workers’ Compensation, Warm Springs Institute for Rehabilitation Advisory Committee and Learning Services Head Injury Center Advisory Committee. Mr. McCoy currently sits on the Rules Committee of the Chairman’s Advisory Committee and serves as a Board Member of Kids’ Chance, Inc. and Kids’ Chance of America. Mr. McCoy is a Workers’ Compensation Claim Law Associate, a Senior Claim Law Associate and is a member of the Society of Claim Law Associates. He may be reached at dmccoy@gte.net.


Dr. David B. Adams

Dr. David B. Adams is the clinical director of Atlanta Medical Psychology and is in his 24th year of clinical practice, diagnosing, treating, and providing 2ndOpinions on disorders resultant from and contributing to work-related injuries, including anxiety, mood and somatoform disorders. Dr. Adams is a Fellow of the American Psychological Association, the Academy of Psychosomatic Medicine and the American Academy of Pain Management. Licensed in Pennsylvania, Florida, North Carolina and Georgia, Dr. Adams is the author of greater than 70 scientific articles and textbook chapters on the interaction between psychological factors and work-related injuries. He is the Executive Director of the American Academy of Doctors of Psychology, an international search engine of psychologists. Dr. Adams delivers a weekly seminar to physicians, nurses, employers, insurers, and attorneys on the psychological aspects of disability management. Dr. Adams can be reached at 404.252.6454 (E-Mail: dr_adams@psychological.com)


Eric S. Proser

Eric S. Proser is an associate with Hamilton, Westby, Antonowich & Anderson, LLC. He received his B.A. from the University at Albany, State University of New York, where he graduated from the honors program cum laude in 1994. He earned his Juris Doctor from the Emory University School of Law in 1997, where he served as an Articles Editor for the Bankruptcy Developments Journal. He was admitted to both the State Bars of Georgia and New Jersey in 1997. Mr. Proser is a lecturer at seminars and symposiums, and is a member of the American Bar Association, State Bar of Georgia, and the Atlanta Bar Association. His practice areas include workers’ compensation, insurance defense, and civil litigation. He may be reached at eproser@hwaalaw.com or (404) 872-3500.



James J. Long, Esq.

JAMES J. LONG is a partner in Long & Holder, LLP (www.longandholder.com). He was chair of the Atlanta Bar Association, Workers’ Compensation Section (1990-1991), and is chair of the Medical-Legal Committee (1999-present). He received his BA in 1970 from Davidson College. He received his Juris Doctor from the University of Florida in 1976. The focus of his practice is workers’ compensation claimant’s law, including closed head injuries, death cases, and all other cases involving workers’ compensation issues. He may be reached at jim@longandholder.com or (404) 523-6100.


Jeannine Bailes

Jeannine Bailes: Originally from Concord, NC, now Vice President and Manager of the Atlanta Risk Management Department of McNeary Insurance Consulting, a risk management consulting firm based in Charlotte, NC. Ms. Bailes has twelve years of experience in the Risk Management Consulting field, and holds designations of Certified Insurance Counselor (CIC) and Associate in Risk Management (ARM). She is a graduate of both the PMD program at Kenan Flagler Business School – UNC-CH and the Presbyterian Hospital School of Surgical Technology, with five years experience in evaluating and negotiating workers’ compensation claims. McNeary Insurance Consulting does not sell insurance and has helped their clients make good insurance purchasing and risk evaluation decisions for over 40 years. Ms. Bailes may be reached at: BailesJ@mcneary.com.


Joseph T. Brasher

Joseph Brasher received his B.A. in 1990 from the University of Georgia. He received his Juris Doctor from Cumberland School of Law, Samford University in 1993. He was admitted to the Georgia Bar in 1993 and the Alabama Bar in 1994. While at Cumberland, he was a member of the Cumberland Law Review and the recipient of a Dean’s Merit Scholarship. Mr. Brasher’s practice is concentrated in the areas of insurance defense, commercial litigation and workers’ compensation defense.


Kelly A. Benedict

Kelly A. Benedict is a practicing attorney with the firm of Clements & Sweet, in Atlanta. The firm practices exclusively in the area of workers’ compensation claimant’s work. She received her undergraduate degree from Duke University and her law degree at Emory University School of Law. She has been in practice for over eight years and has, in the past, represented employers and insurers as well as injured workers. She can be reached at 404-688-6700.