Anna Burdeshaw Fretwell

Anna has more than 18 years of experience defending physicians, hospitals, nurse midwives, nurses, and other healthcare providers and institutions against claims of malpractice and related allegations, such as those involving consent, credentialing, and billing. Anna defended her first medical malpractice case at trial in 2000 and since then has tried approximately 30 cases. She has successfully litigated several matters in the Georgia appellate courts, as well. In addition to her work handling traditional civil litigation, Anna also represents physicians and hospitals in administrative matters, including proceedings involving the State Medical Board and investigations and audits conducted by Medicare, Medicaid, and related entities.

In addition to her active litigation practice, Anna currently serves as the firm’s managing partner.

Representative cases/experience

  • Defense verdicts in multiple cases involving catastrophic birth injuries.
  • Defense verdicts in numerous cases involving death and serious lifelong post-surgical injuries, including permanent neurologic injury, extensive scarring after plastic surgery, and permanent pain.
  • Extensive experience in cases involving obstetrics and gynecology, including defense of birth asphyxia, shoulder dystocia, reproductive medicine, and gynecologic surgery cases.
  • Particular expertise in ophthalmology cases, including defense of more than 10 ophthalmologists throughout the state of Georgia against allegations involving LASIK, cataract surgery, macular degenerative, and retinal detachment.

Education

  • B.A., Political Science, summa cum laude, University of North Carolina – Chapel Hill (1995)
  • J.D., summa cum laude, University of Georgia (1998)
  • Woodruff Scholar (1995 – 1998)
  • Georgia Law Review (1996 – 1998); Articles Editor (1997 – 1998)

Anna has more than 18 years of experience defending physicians, hospitals, nurse midwives, nurses, and other healthcare providers and institutions against claims of malpractice and related allegations, such as those involving consent, credentialing, and billing. Anna defended her first medical malpractice case at trial in 2000 and since then has tried approximately 30 cases. She has successfully litigated several matters in the Georgia appellate courts, as well. In addition to her work handling traditional civil litigation, Anna also represents physicians and hospitals in administrative matters, including proceedings involving the State Medical Board and investigations and audits conducted by Medicare, Medicaid, and related entities.

In addition to her active litigation practice, Anna currently serves as the firm’s managing partner.

Representative cases/experience

  • Defense verdicts in multiple cases involving catastrophic birth injuries.
  • Defense verdicts in numerous cases involving death and serious lifelong post-surgical injuries, including permanent neurologic injury, extensive scarring after plastic surgery, and permanent pain.
  • Extensive experience in cases involving obstetrics and gynecology, including defense of birth asphyxia, shoulder dystocia, reproductive medicine, and gynecologic surgery cases.
  • Particular expertise in ophthalmology cases, including defense of more than 10 ophthalmologists throughout the state of Georgia against allegations involving LASIK, cataract surgery, macular degenerative, and retinal detachment.

Education

  • B.A., Political Science, summa cum laude, University of North Carolina – Chapel Hill (1995)
  • J.D., summa cum laude, University of Georgia (1998)
  • Woodruff Scholar (1995 – 1998)
  • Georgia Law Review (1996 – 1998); Articles Editor (1997 – 1998)

Anna Burdeshaw Fretwell

Representative cases/experience

  • Defense verdicts in multiple cases involving catastrophic birth injuries.
  • Defense verdicts in numerous cases involving death and serious lifelong post-surgical injuries, including permanent neurologic injury, extensive scarring after plastic surgery, and permanent pain.
  • Extensive experience in cases involving obstetrics and gynecology, including defense of birth asphyxia, shoulder dystocia, reproductive medicine, and gynecologic surgery cases.
  • Particular expertise in ophthalmology cases, including defense of more than 10 ophthalmologists throughout the state of Georgia against allegations involving LASIK, cataract surgery, macular degenerative, and retinal detachment.

Anna Burdeshaw Fretwell

Professional activities and honors

  • Clerk, The Honorable Phyllis A. Kravitch, U.S. Court of Appeals, 11th Circuit, 1998 – 1999
  • Named Georgia “Rising Star” by Atlanta Magazine and Georgia SuperLawyers, 2005 – 2006, 2009 – 2014
  • Martindale Hubbell, AV Peer Rating
  • Barrister, Lumpkin Inn of Court, 1999 – 2001

Anna Burdeshaw Fretwell

Admissions to practice

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

Anna Burdeshaw Fretwell

Education

  • B.A., Political Science, summa cum laude, University of North Carolina – Chapel Hill (1995)
  • J.D., summa cum laude, University of Georgia (1998)
  • Woodruff Scholar (1995 – 1998)
  • Georgia Law Review (1996 – 1998); Articles Editor (1997 – 1998)

Anna Burdeshaw Fretwell

Community Involvement

  • Member, Atlanta Volunteer Lawyers Foundation (AVLF) Junior Board, 2011 – 2013
  • AVLF Saturday Lawyer Program, volunteer lawyer
  • AVLF Victims of Domestic Violence Program, volunteer lawyer
  • Supporter, Atlanta Legal Aid Society Grandparent/Relative Caregiver Project

Anna Burdeshaw Fretwell

Representative speaking Engagements

  • What a Mesh: Navigating the Morass of Pelvic Organ Prolapse Repair and Other Sticky Surgical Situations, Georgia OB/GYN Society Annual Meeting, 2013
  • Tort Reform in Georgia: Practical Implications and Applications, Georgia Society of Anesthesiologists, Annual Meeting, 2007