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Henry C. DeBardeleben IV


Dee DeBardeleben's practice focuses on civil litigation with emphasis on commercial litigation, construction litigation,  bonds and suretyship, materialman’s liens, professional negligence, real estate litigation, transportation litigation, premises liability, products liability, collection and catastrophic injury. Dee has litigated and resolved cases, and advised clients in most states in suits involving commercial disputes, breach of contract, serious injury, wrongful death, and permanent disability. Further, he has handled disputes involving, among other things, engineering and architectural services, bonds and suretyship, materialmen’s liens, management services, and construction in Alabama, California, Florida, Georgia, Nevada, Texas and South Carolina. He has tried cases in Georgia, Nevada, and Tennessee concerning commercial disputes and catastrophic injury. 


Auburn University, B.A., 2002; Alpha Lambda Delta

Georgia State University College of Law, J.D., cum laude, 2007
Litigation Honors Recipient
Student Trial Lawyers Association
Mock Trial Team

Bar & Court Admissions

  • State Bar of Georgia
  • State Bar of Nevada
  • Supreme Court of Georgia
  • Georgia Court of Appeals
  • U.S. District Courts, Northern and Middle Districts of Georgia

Representative Experience

Obtained a settlement twice the final demand as a plaintiff prior to jury charge in a trial involving a commercial dispute, including issues of veil piercing and fraudulent transfers, in the Circuit Court of Davidson County, Nashville, Tennessee.

Obtained a favorable settlement as a plaintiff general contractor against multiple parties in a complex construction dispute in the Fulton County Superior Court, Atlanta, Georgia, involving one of the state of Georgia’s largest mixed-use construction projects.

National counsel for large wholesaler with breach of contract suits in over half of the states.

Defense verdict for a hospital in a wrongful death case alleging failure to monitor. Plaintiff sought more than $1 million from the jury.

Defense verdict for pulmonologist, in retried case, after the initial trial was hung 11-1 in client’s favor. The matter involved a mother who died post-partum in the ICU. Plaintiffs sought more than $5 million from the jury.

Defense verdict for otolaryngologist who nicked an eye muscle during sinus surgery, rendering one of plaintiff’s eyes useless. Damages sought in that matter were well over $1 million.

Defense verdict for gastroenterologist who allegedly failed to diagnose prostate cancer and the plaintiff eventually died of metastatic cancer. Damages sought in that matter were well over $1 million.

Defense verdict for OB/GYN who ruptured Plaintiff's small bowel during a D&C procedure, which caused septic shock and ultimately death, after a month long stay in the ICU. Plaintiff sought $2 million from the jury.

Successfully defended a bus company and the driver in a case where the bus driver nearly crushed a fireman after the bus mistakenly entered a parade route. Plaintiff sought several million dollars and received a $500,000 verdict.

Obtained favorable settlement in a fetal death case for an OB/GYN after a hung jury trial.

Defense verdict for an orthopaedist who allegedly nicked a woman’s small bowel during back surgery, which caused her to spend 29 days in the ICU, nearly dying as a result from the infection.

Defense verdict for an orthopaedist who allegedly failed to diagnose an infection in an elbow, which caused an adolescent a long stay in the ICU and three subsequent surgeries. Damages sought were well over a million dollars.

Won summary judgment motion for an orthopaedist in a surgical burn case.

Won summary judgment motion as a plaintiff grading subcontractor against the contractor for failure to pay invoices over a disputed pay-when-paid clause.

Won summary judgment motion on behalf of a car dealership on an alleged fraud case.

Won summary judgment motion on behalf of a car dealership on a breach of contract case.

Obtained favorable settlement in a subrogation action for significantly less than the plaintiff had been seeking.

Assisted in the successful defense of one of the world’s largest engineering and design firms in arbitration brought by design-build contractor concerning construction of the largest state-funded construction project in South Carolina history.

Assisted in the successful defense of a pharmaceutical manufacturer in litigation arising out of a professionally labeled over-the-counter product.

Successfully resolved multiple premises liability cases involving personal injury and wrongful death.

Successfully resolved multiple commercial lease disputes for both landlords and tenants.

Successfully helped hotelier clients collect on judgments based upon franchisee agreements.

Awards & Recognitions

Super Lawyers Magazine, Georgia Rising Stars List, Civil Litigation: Defense (2015-2020)

Professional & Community Activities

American Bar Association

Atlanta Bar Association

Nevada Bar Association

Published Opinions

Saiia Constr., LLC v. Terracon Consultants, Inc., 310 Ga. App. 713, 714 S.E.2d 3 (2011)

Blockbuster Investors LP v. Cox Enters., Inc., 314 Ga. App. 506, 724 S.E.2d 813 (2012)

Ross v. Waters, 332 Ga. App. 623, 774 S.E.2d 195 (2015)