Marion Handley Martin counsels employers, insurers and self-insureds at all levels of workers’ compensation claims throughout the state of Georgia. She has defended clients in thousands of matters, including claims ranging from minor workplace injuries to catastrophic injuries and death claims. She is also experienced counseling clients in the pursuit of subrogation interests and reimbursement from the Subsequent Injury Trust Fund and has appellate experience before the Georgia Court of Appeals and the Georgia Supreme Court.
Marion is experienced in handling workers’ compensation claims for clients in a wide range of industries, including restaurant and hospitality, health care management, auto manufacturers, mass transit services, retail, large national insurers and third-party administrators.
Marion works closely with clients to identify the most effective and pragmatic resolution in a dispute, whether negotiating a settlement or litigating for a favorable conclusion.
Informed by her extensive experience navigating challenging workers’ compensation claims, Marion remains at the forefront of thought leadership in her field. She frequently writes and speaks and is a co-organizer of Swift Currie’s annual workers’ compensation client seminar. She was previously a co-author of the Mercer Law Review’s Annual Survey of Workers’ Compensation Law.
Marion is proficient in French and also speaks some Portuguese.
- AV Preeminent® Rating, Martindale-Hubbell Peer Review
- Woodruff Scholar, UGA Law
- State Bar of Georgia, American Bar Association, Trial and Insurance Practice Section
Marion has been active with various committees at her two sons’ school, as well as with their athletic pursuits, and she enjoys hiking with her family and working in her yard.
In a case where a rare medical condition was claimed to be connected to an on-the-job auto accident, and the employer/insurer had already been covering the condition for several years, Marion conducted extensive discovery and was able to get an expert to opine that the condition was not accident-related, and that the injured employee was released to work without limitations and did not require further treatment. The treating neurologist and orthopedist agreed with that medical expert, allowing for the suspension of all income and medical benefits. Marion then successfully litigated the employee’s hearing challenging the suspension and termination of treatment, and also successfully defended the employee’s appeal. This suspension strategy and the success at trial saved the client hundreds of thousands of dollars throughout the claimant’s lifetime, for what would have been a catastrophic claim.
- Maggiano's Cumberland, 04.24.2019
Publications and Presentations
- Coauthor, "Annual Survey of Workers' Compensation Law," Mercer Law Review Annual Survey of Workers' Compensation Law,1998-2003
Coauthor, The Amicus Brief to the Supreme Court of Georgia, Southwire v. George, 266 Ga. 739, 1996
“The Opioid Emergency and How to Get Smart About It,” Swift Currie Client presentation, September 29, 2017.
Legislative and Case Law Update,” Paper and Presentation, Atlanta Bar Association, January 23, 2018.
“Expectations vs. Reality: The Role of the Authorized Treating Physician,” Joint Swift Currie/Peachtree Orthopedics/Shepherd Center presentation, April 23, 2019.