R. Christopher Harrison is a partner with Downey & Cleveland, LLP in Marietta, Georgia

Chris’s litigation practice focuses on defending individuals and business in suits involving automobile accidents, premises liability claims, commercial carrier claims, and allegations of medical malpractice.

He has served as lead counsel in over 40 jury trials, and he has handled numerous appeals before the Georgia Court of Appeals and Supreme Court of Georgia.

Chris has experience in insurance coverage matters, direct actions, and cases involving allegations against commercial trucking companies and their drivers.

As part of his practice, Chris serves as litigation counsel in the metropolitan Atlanta area for one of the fastest-growing auto insurers in the United States. He is routinely called on by clients to handle large loss claims, including those involving serious injury and wrongful death.

He has been a speaker at Continuing Legal Education (CLE) seminars on personal injury law.

Legal Assistants

Misty Kiker

770-422-3233 x 1247


Rachel Brantley

770-422-3233 x 1290


Representative Results

Trial Courts

  • Superior Court of Walker County
    Directed verdict obtained when plaintiff elected to go to trial seeking extra-contractual damages from defendant’s insurer in case involving defendant motorist who turned left in front of plaintiff and plaintiff’s attorney introduced into evidence $50,000 in medical expenses
  • State Court of Cherokee County
    Summary judgment obtained for plant nursery against a customer who tripped over a crack in the pavement and suffered personal injury because the plaintiff had walked over that area in the parking lot moments earlier
  • Superior Court of Floyd County
    Jury verdict in favor of defendants obtained in favor of defendant landscaping company and employee against plaintiff who claimed auto accident caused him to incur medical expenses of $477,519 related to three back surgeries, which included the implementation of a spinal stimulator, but medical records revealed that he suffered from chronic back problems for years before the collision
  • State Court of Henry County
    Limited damages to $5,000 in rear-end auto case when plaintiff presented $55,000 in medical expenses and the lowest pre-trial demand was $100,000

Appellate Courts

  • Supreme Court of Georgia
    On writ of certiorari, affirmed trial court’s instruction to jury that physicians and other medical professionals in Georgia are presumed to perform their services in an ordinarily skillful manner [pdf – appellate opinion]
  • Georgia Court of Appeals
    Affirming grant of summary judgment in favor of UM carrier in a coverage action because motorcyclist’s shooting did not arise from the use of a motor vehicle [pdf – appellate opinion]
  • Georgia Court of Appeals
    Affirming trial court’s ruling that girlfriend of named insured was not entitled to stack UM benefits from multiple policies possessed by her boyfriend and employer [pdf – appellate opinion]
  • Georgia Court of Appeals
    Reversing trial court and finding no liability by vehicle owner and business because they possessed no knowledge of reckless driving history by driver who had parked vehicle on a hill, causing it to roll away and strike plaintiff’s vehicle [pdf – appellate opinion]
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  • Bachelor of Arts in Political Science, Davidson College, 1996
  • Juris Doctorate, University of Tennessee, 2000

Court Admissions

  • Georgia State and Superior Courts
  • Georgia Court of Appeals
  • Supreme Court of Georgia
  • United States District Court for the Northern District of Georgia
  • United States Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit

Professional Memberships

  • State Bar of Georgia
  • Cobb County Bar Association
  • Defense Research Insitute
  • Georgia Defense Lawyers Association