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M. Alan Holcomb

Partner

Alan’s practice focuses on high-stakes litigation involving mass torts, environmental and toxic torts, product liability and commercial disputes. He has served as national trial and coordinating counsel for product and chemical manufacturers and has handled cases across the United States, including in California, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Iowa, Maryland, Massachusetts, Missouri, New Jersey, and Ohio. He is consistently listed by Super Lawyers Magazine to the Georgia Risings Stars List for his work in Class Action/Mass Torts and Product Liability. 

Education

University of Georgia, B.A., 2007

Emory University School of Law, J.D., 2010

Bar & Court Admissions

  • State Bar of California
  • State Bar of Georgia
  • Mississippi Bar Association
  • Georgia Court of Appeals
  • Supreme Court of Mississippi
  • U.S. District Court, Northern and Middle Districts of Georgia
  • U.S. District Court, Northern and Southern Districts of Mississippi
  • U.S. District Court, Central District of California 
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Fifth Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Eighth Circuit

Representative Experience

National trial and coordinating counsel for flavoring manufacturer in cases involving allegations that exposure to flavoring chemicals caused irreversible lung disease in hundreds of workers and consumers. Received a defense verdict in federal court case in which the plaintiff had a confirmed diagnosis of lung disease.  The case was affirmed on appeal by the Eighth Circuit Court of Appeals. Stults v. International Flavors & Fragrances, Inc., 815 F.3d 409 (8th Cir. 2016).

Trial counsel for a vitamin manufacturer in dietary supplement litigation in which it was alleged that excess minerals caused hair loss, nail loss, heart failure and kidney damage in hundreds of consumers. The first case was tried to verdict and resulted in apportioned damages well below the plaintiff’s pre-trial demand; received a favorable global settlement during the second trial.

Represented pharmaceutical manufacturer in catastrophic injury case involving one death and several serious injuries; one case tried to verdict.

Arbitration award of $1.2 million and defense verdict on $3 million counterclaim on behalf of sugar manufacturer in negligent construction case.

Defense verdict for a property management company in a case in which it was alleged the company created a hazardous condition, causing the plaintiff to develop a terminal lung disease; Plaintiff sought more than $70 million in damages.

Summary judgment on behalf of a non-profit entity in case involving claims of civil conspiracy, conversion, and tortious interference with business relations.

Awards & Recognitions

Product Liability Law Section of the State Bar of Georgia, elected Member-At-Large (2015-2016)

Super Lawyers Magazine, Georgia Rising Stars List, Class Action (2015-2017) 

Super Lawyers Magazine, Georgia Rising Stars List, Product Liability (2014)

Professional & Community Activities

Atlanta Bar Association

Emory Law Federalist Society, Past President

Federalist Society