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Lee Wallace represents plaintiffs bringing catastrophic injury cases. She handles cases where people have been injured in car and truck wreck accidents, and cases involving product liability, nursing home negligence and personal injury.

Lee Wallace also represents whistleblowers who are trying to stop fraud against federal or state governments by filing qui tam cases under the False Claims Act, state Medicaid recovery acts, FIRREA, the SEC whistleblower provisions, or the IRS whistleblower provisions.

Lee Wallace was first in her class at Vanderbilt University, and was an honors graduate of Harvard Law School. After clerking on the U.S. Eleventh Circuit Court of Appeals, she began practice in Atlanta.

Ms. Wallace has been practicing more than 20 years, and has handled legal matters in approximately 20 different states.

Lee Wallace is the Past President of the Georgia Association for Women Lawyers.

In polling of 24,000 Georgia lawyers, Lee Wallace has been named a “Georgia SuperLawyer” every year since the poll began. In 2009, her peers selected her as one of the Top 100 lawyers in Georgia. She also has been named one of the top 50 female lawyers in Georgia, and one of the top 10 product liability lawyers in the state. Ms. Wallace has been asked to serve on the Blue Ribbon panel that evaluates lawyers for the SuperLawyer award. Georgia Trend magazine has named Lee Wallace one of Georgia’s “Legal Elite.”

Ms. Wallace chaired the Product Liability Section of the Georgia State Bar. She has edited a book on medical negligence and published numerous articles on plaintiffs’ personal injury issues.

Lee Wallace graduated summa cum laude and first in her class from Vanderbilt University. A Harold Stirling Vanderbilt Scholar, Ms. Wallace majored in English, with minors in economics and mathematics. She was elected to Phi Beta Kappa in her junior year. Ms. Wallace was a senator in the Student Government Association and Speaker of the Student Senate. She was a member of the debate team, winner of the Houston Oratory Contest, and First Place individual speaker at the SIU Regional Debate Tournament. Ms. Wallace was awarded the Founder’s Medal in Oratory.

Lee Wallace graduated cum laude from Harvard Law School in 1987. She was a research assistant for Professor Laurence Tribe, and an editor of the Harvard Law School Journal of Law and Public Policy in 1984-1985. She was founder and chair of the Alternative Dispute Resolution Symposium. She was elected class representative for the class of 1987.

Lee Wallace handles personal injury cases resulting from car and truck wrecks, nursing home negligence, product liability, and bacterial contaminations. Many of her personal injury clients have traumatic brain injuries or spinal cord injuries. She also handles whistleblower cases under the False Claims Act or Sarbanes-Oxley (SOX).

Lee Wallace has been admitted pro hac vice and has litigated cases in numerous states around the country.

Here is a representative sampling of successful cases in which Ms. Wallace has represented – by herself or with a team – the person who was injured, or the family of the person who was killed. Unless otherwise indicated, the amount of the settlement in each of these cases was confidential and therefore cannot be disclosed.

Car Accident Case


A young woman was seriously injured in a car collision that was not her fault. The case settled for $300,000, which was the full policy limits from three different insurance companies. Georgia.

Whistleblower Case


An aircraft mechanic blew the whistle on a contractor that was overbilling the Government in a contract in Iraq. The Government got $4,000,000 back – and he got a percentage because he helped. Georgia.


After graduating from Harvard Law School, Lee Wallace clerked for Judge James C. Hill of the United States Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit. Ms. Wallace worked for a large downtown Atlanta firm for her first several years of practice.

In 1992, Lee Wallace began to practice plaintiffs’ personal injury law at the firm that is now Butler, Wooten, & Fryhofer. Ms. Wallace practiced at that firm for nine years, the last five as a partner. After stints at two other litigation boutiques, Ms. Wallace now has her own law firm in Atlanta, Georgia.

Lee Wallace has published a number of articles on topics ranging from the First Amendment to plaintiffs’ personal injury.

Lee Wallace is the editor of a book on medical malpractice:

Malone on Medical Negligence: Case Evaluation and Review Manual
Lee Wallace, Editor A treatise published by PESI Law Publications

An article Ms. Wallace wrote for The Brief, the magazine put out by the American Bar Association’s Tort and Insurance Section, was selected to be one of the ABA’s 13 “Best Articles of the Year” by the Sole Practitioner/Small Firm section.

Ms. Wallace has published a number of legal articles, including:

Blowing the Whistle on Fraud: An Introduction to Qui Tam Suits and the False Claims Act
Verdict Magazine
A publication of the Georgia Trial Lawyers Association

April 2009
The Admissibility of Expert Testimony in Georgia After O.C.G.A. § 24-9-67.1 “Adopted” Daubert
Georgia Trial Lawyers Association

Spring 2009
An Introduction To The Most Neglected Statute In America: The False Claims Act
Georgia Trial Lawyers Association

April 2008
Why Partnership is Killing the Legal Profession
President’s Column, GAWL Newsletter



Right Under Your Nose
How to Tell if a Product Liability Suit is Buried Within Your Road Wreck Case Files

How to Recognize and Develop a Product Liability Case
Legal and Factual Criteria for a Product Liability Lawsuit

Bad Bug Law
Bacterial Contamination Cases

Spoliation of Evidence
Dealing with Missing Evidence

Ethical Considerations
To Whom Does the Lawyer Owe His Duty?

Current Trends in the Post-Banks Era
An Update on Design Defect Law in Georgia

Intervening Causes
Developments in the Evidentiary Rules Applicable to Product Liability Claims

Other Similar Incidents
Developments in the Evidentiary Rules Applicable to Product Liability Claims

Taking Charge of Your Career
Becoming a Leader in Your Organization and Community

Mentoring for Women Lawyers
The Impossible Dream?



Lee Wallace speaks and publishes frequently on legal topics. She has been invited to guest lecture at Emory Law School and Georgia State Law School, and to speak at the Bobby Lee Cook Symposium at John Marshall Law School. Ms. Wallace has presented continuing legal education seminars to lawyers in several states and Canada. She has spoken at the annual conventions of the American Bar Association and the American Trial Lawyers Association, and for the ICLE at Sea program. Her speeches have covered topics ranging from product liability to spoliation of evidence.

(Upcoming) 6/9/12
ICLE’s Personal Injury and Georgia Insurance Meet Urgent Legal Matters in Alaska
When the Whistle Blows – Whistleblower Law in 2012

(Upcoming) 6/9/12
ICLE’s Personal Injury and Georgia Insurance Meet Urgent Legal Matters in Alaska
Handling of Product Liability Cases

How To Tell Whether You Have a Whistleblower Case

Owning Your Own Firm

ICLE’s CLE at Sea Seminar
When the Whistle Blows: Urgent Legal Matters in Whistleblower Law

Business Development for Women Lawyers



Lee Wallace is the Past President of the Georgia Association for Women Lawyers, and the recipient of the group’s Visionary Award.

Ms. Wallace has served as a member of the State Bar of Georgia’s Bench and Bar Committee since 2007. She is a Master in the Bleckley Inn of Court for Georgia State Law School. Ms. Wallace was a member of the Board of Directors of the Georgia Civil Justice Foundation from 1999 – 2007. From 1998 – 2009, she served on the State Bar of Georgia’s Disciplinary Rules Committee, which drafted the first-ever disciplinary rules for lawyers in the State of Georgia.

Lee Wallace has sat on the boards of both the Georgia Association for Women Lawyers and the Sole Practitioner/Small Firm section of the Atlanta Bar, and has chaired committees for both groups. She served as secretary of GAWL, and co-chaired its Brown Bag Luncheon program.

Lee Wallace served on the Atlanta Bar Association’s Judicial Selection and Service Committee, and chaired that bar’s State Courts Committee. Ms. Wallace served as a member of the Emerging Issues Committee of the American Bar Association’s Tort and Insurance Practice Section.

Ms. Wallace co-chaired the Consumer Affairs Committee of the Georgia Trial Lawyers Association, and edited GTLA’s Verdict magazine for two years.

She also served as GTLA parliamentarian. In cooperation with the Chamblee Georgia Police Department, the University of Georgia Extension Service, and the DeKalb Safe Kids Coalition, Ms. Wallace organized a GTLA drive to provide free bicycle helmets to children who did not have them.

Lee Wallace is a member of Taxpayers Against Fraud, a group dedicated to prosecuting and stopping false claims against the Government.