Frederick N. Gleaton
Fred Gleaton was admitted to the Bar in 1976 as one of the youngest lawyers in Georgia. In the 41 years since, his civil litigation practice has included litigation in the fields of products liability, physician and attorney professional liability, property and premises liability, commercial disputes, and general personal injury defense. Mr. Gleaton has tried nearly 100 cases to jury verdict, 44 of them medical malpractice cases. Over his career, Gleaton has appeared as lead counsel of record in cases in the trials courts of 58 Georgia counties, two South Carolina counties, and all three U.S. District Courts in Georgia.
For the past thirty years, Mr. Gleaton has been principally involved in the defense of physicians and medical care providers in medical liability cases. He is a founding partner in Owen, Gleaton, Egan, Jones & Sweeney, LLP.
Mr. Gleaton was among the first ten lawyers in Georgia to be certified by the American Board of Professional Liability Attorneys. He is a co-founder of the American Academy of Medical Malpractice Lawyers. A native south Georgian, Gleaton was raised on a farm near Warwick (population 434), and attended public schools in Crisp County.
- University of Virginia School of Law 1976
- Editorial Board, Virginia Journal of International Law
- University of Georgia, A.B. 1973
- Magna Cum Laude, Phi Beta Kappa, Phi Kappa Phi
- Superior and State Courts of Georgia
- Court of Appeals of Georgia
- Supreme Court of Georgia
- U.S.D.C. Northern District of Georgia
- U.S.D.C. Middle District of Georgia
- U.S.D.C. Southern District of Georgia
- U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit
- U.S. Supreme Court
Professional or Trade Affiliations/Memberships
- State Bar of Georgia
- Atlanta Bar Association
- American Bar Association
- Defense Research Institute
- Georgia Defense Lawyers Association
- American Board of Trial Advocates
Honors & Awards
- Advocate, American Board of Trial Advocates
- Fellow, Litigation Counsel of America
- Diplomate, American Board of Professional Liability Attorneys
- Best Lawyers in America, 2011-2017
- Super Lawyers, Georgia, 2007-2017
- Superior Court of Dougherty County. It was alleged in this case that our client, a critical care doctor, gave a fatal dose of morphine to the terminally ill plaintiff without prior consent and, in effect, euthanized her. Our defense was that the dose was palliative, within the standard of care, and did not cause the death which was otherwise imminent. This case had been tried previously with different counsel representing our doctor. In that trial the jury had returned a verdict of over $3 million, against the doctor and Phoebe Putney Hospital, jointly. After new trial was granted, Gleaton was retained to re-try the case for the physician. The jury returned a verdict of $1 million against Phoebe Putney Hospital and a defense verdict in favor of the physician.
- State Court of Rockdale County. A severe brain injury was sustained by the plaintiff during the course of her baby’s delivery. It was alleged that our client, an anesthesiologist, failed to intervene appropriately when the patient’s vital signs dipped during a C-section delivery. Mr. Gleaton was able to convince the jury that the plaintiff’s injury was due to an unpredictable and untreatable amniotic fluid embolism and that the anesthesiologist's response was timely and appropriate. The jury returned a defense verdict.
- Superior Court of DeKalb County. In this medical malpractice case involving a young man’s death, allegedly from a delay in emergency department diagnosis of Rocky Mountain Spotted, the firm represented three emergency physicians. Mr. Gleaton succeeded in convincing the jury that the diagnosis was unclear and atypical for RMSF on each ER visit. A verdict for the defense was returned.
- State Court of Fulton County. This was a brain-damaged baby case. The child’s severe cerebral palsy was alleged to have resulted from an inappropriate delay in calling for an emergency caesarean section delivery. Mr. Gleaton was able to convince the jury that the fetal heart rate monitor strips did not demand an earlier delivery and a verdict for the defense was returned by the jury.
- Superior Court of Gwinnett County. In this case the plaintiff was a brain-damaged minor child. He sustained birth injuries resulting in cerebral palsy. Mr. Gleaton was able to discredit plaintiff’s expert witness and convince the jury that our client, an obstetrician, met the appropriate standard of care in managing the delivery. The case resulted in a defense verdict.
- Ansley Golf Club
- Jamestowne Society
- University of Georgia Alumni Association
- University of Virginia Alumni Association