MMPO Defense is the division of MagMutual devoted to defending MagMutual's PolicyOwners and insureds in professional liability lawsuits and medical licensing matters. Each office is independently established in compliance with the requirements of the state where it operates. While the attorneys are employees of MagMutual, they at all times exercise independent, professional judgment when representing PolicyOwners and insureds — their clients — consistent with the applicable rules of professional conduct.
MMPO Defense – Atlanta
Chief Trial and Managing Attorney
Brian began his career as a Judge Advocate in the U.S. Marine Corps, where he was assigned as a prosecutor and responsible for felony and misdemeanor cases. Since leaving active duty in 2007, he has devoted his career to defending medical professionals and hospital systems in medical malpractice cases.
Before joining MMPO Defense, Brian handled general liability matters in Georgia on behalf of two Fortune 5 companies. He has experience at all stages of litigation – from inception through trial. He has also successfully argued before the Georgia Court of Appeals and the Georgia Supreme Court.
Brian strongly believes that good medicine should be vigorously defended. He works closely with PolicyOwners to develop a comprehensive case strategy and keep them apprised of important case developments throughout the course of litigation. Most importantly, he will ensure that policyholders understand the process and are prepared for any aspect of litigation that requires their participation.
Brian remains active in the Marine Corps Reserves, where he is a Lieutenant Colonel and serves on the Headquarters staff for Marine Corps Forces Europe & Africa. He lives in Decatur with his wife and three children.
- BA, Political Science, Emory University (2000)
- JD, Washington University in St. Louis School of Law (2003)
- Missouri: 2003
- Georgia: 2007
Whitney is a trial attorney for MMPO Defense - Atlanta. Over the course of her career, Whitney has defended corporations in commercial business disputes and general liability matters, including claims of personal injury, negligent security and premises liability. She has devoted the last several years of her career to defending hospitals and medical professionals in professional negligence cases.
Whitney looks for every opportunity to best leverage her client’s defenses to achieve the best possible resolution. She is committed to developing a pointed case strategy and working closely with her clients to prepare them for all aspects of the litigation process. Whitney takes pride in providing skilled and effective advocacy on behalf of the medical professionals and hospitals she defends.
- BA, International Affairs, University of Georgia (2012)
- JD, University of Georgia (2015)
- Georgia: 2015
Awards and Recognition
- Best Lawyers in America: Ones to Watch for Personal Injury Defense (2022 and 2023)
- Best Lawyers in America: Ones to Watch for Medical Malpractice Defense (2022 and 2023)
- National Black Lawyers Top 40 Under 40
- Clarke-Carley Inn of Court Barrister 2019-2022
Marie is a trial attorney for MMPO Defense in Atlanta. Before joining MMPO Defense, Marie successfully resolved hundreds of cases as a registered mediator and served as a staff attorney to a state court judge in Georgia. As a civil litigator, Marie has handled a variety of claims including medical malpractice, 1983/civil rights, wrongful death, general tort liability and government investigations.
Marie has a well-rounded and practical legal perspective because of her extensive experience. She cares deeply about her clients and provides them with exceptional service. Her approach to the profession includes proactive, transparent communication, careful attention to detail and thorough research of the legal matters at hand.
Marie is admitted to practice in both state and federal courts throughout Georgia, including the U.S. District Court, Northern and Middle Districts of Georgia, the Court of Appeals of Georgia and the Supreme Court of Georgia. She lives in Canton with her husband and children.
- BS, Legal Studies, Clayton State University (2013)
- JD, Georgia State College of Law (2016)
- Georgia: 2017