Anna Burdeshaw Fretwell


Anna has more than 15 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 25 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.


  • Defense verdicts in multiple cases involving catastrophic birth injuries, including one fetal demise and two cases with claims of damages in excess of $10 million
  • Defense verdicts in numerous cases involving death and serious lifelong post-surgical injuries, including extensive scarring and permanent pain after plastic surgery
  • 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 against allegations involving LASIK, cataract surgery, macular degenerative, and retinal detachment


  • 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


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


  • 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)


  • 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


  • 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