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M. Alan Holcomb


Alan’s practice focuses on high-stakes litigation involving product liability, commercial disputes, mass torts, and, environmental and toxic torts. 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, Illinois, Iowa, Maryland, New Jersey, and Ohio. 


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
  • State Bar of Ohio
  • 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).

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.

Defense verdict in products liability / wrongful death case in which it was alleged defects in portable gasoline container caused an explosion, resulting in the death of a successful farmer in Southern Iowa.  The verdict was affirmed on appeal by the Eight Circuit Court of Appeals.
Werster v, The Plastics Group, Inc., No.17-2698 (8th Cir 2019).

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.

Awards & Recognitions

Super Lawyers Magazine, Georgia Rising Stars List, Personal Injury Defense: Products (2013,2018-2019) 

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

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

Professional & Community Activities

Atlanta Bar Association

Emory Law Federalist Society, Past President

Emory University School of Law, Instructor-  (Trial Techniques)