Joanna Hair concentrates her practice primarily in the area of workers’ compensation claims and represents employers, self-insureds, insurance companies and third-party administrators. In particular, she has significant experience representing staffing agencies and Professional Employer Organizations.
Joanna’s deep understanding of workers’ compensation matters allows her to adeptly navigate all the nuances of each case. She provides clients with specialized service and focused attention to the minute details that form a workers’ compensation dispute, including intentional preparation for appeals or the other next steps that may arise after a matter is resolved.
Joanna understands the importance of getting out ahead of a problem and helping her clients have strong defenses in place before an accident occurs. She does this through client seminars, informational packets and one-on-one consultations.
Workers’ compensation cases are a delicate balancing act involving elements of insurance defense, employment law, administrative law and regulatory compliance. As Joanna effectively counsels clients with an understanding of these areas of law, she also coaches clients through the tightrope walk of aggressively defending their case while recognizing the importance of maintaining their public image and respecting their business savvy to ensure the best possible legal and business outcome.
Prior to joining Swift Currie, Joanna worked as a staff attorney to the Honorable Chief Judge Albert B. Collier of Georgia. While in law school, she interned with the Honorable Judge Eugene Verin, the HealthSouth Corporation and the Georgia Department of Education. She also served as the senior associate editor for The American Journal of Trial Advocacy, which is published by the Cumberland School of Law at Samford University, Joanna’s alma mater.
- Scholar of Merit – Employment Law, Cumberland School of Law at Samford University
- Scholar of Merit – Securities Regulation, Cumberland School of Law at Samford University
- Atlanta Bar Association
- Atlanta Stonewall Bar Association
- State Bar of Georgia, Workers' Compensation Section
- Phi Alpha Delta
Joanna enjoys hiking, camping and spending time with her two rescue dogs.
Publications and Presentations
Weingarten Realty Investors v. Miller: Whether An Appeal from a Denial of a Motion to Compel Arbitration Divests the District Court of Its Jurisdiction to Proceed to the Merits of the Case, 36 Am. J. Trial Advoc. 191-209 (2012).