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Selected by his peers for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America©  2015 in the fields of Insurance Law, Personal Injury Litigation – Defendants, Product Liability Litigation – Defendants, and Professional Malpractice Law – Defendants

Selected to the 2008-2015 Georgia Super Lawyers List.  Only five percent of lawyers in the state were selected each year.

AV Preeminent (Highest) Peer Review Rating by Martindale-Hubbell in the areas of Tort & Insurance Law


University of Georgia School of Law
Athens, Georgia, 1992
Doctor of Jurisprudence
Honors: Cum Laude
Law Journal: Georgia Journal of International and Comparative Law, Editorial Board, 1991 – 1992

Georgetown University
Washington, District of Columbia, 1989
Bachelor of Science
Honors: Cum Laude
Major: Foreign Service, International Relations

Richard Tisinger, Jr.

Richard has practiced at Tisinger Vance since 1995.  He practices in the areas of professional malpractice, insurance defense and commercial litigation. Richard has been selected as a Georgia Super Lawyer annually since 2008. Only five percent of Georgia lawyers are selected each year.  He represents hospitals, nurses, doctors, dentists, lawyers, and businesses.

Richard has tried numerous cases to verdict and published several articles concerning litigation issues.  His clients include Tanner Health System, West Georgia Health System, Hudson Insurance Companies, The Doctor’s Company, ProAssurance, Cincinnati Insurance Company, and Federated Insurance Company.

Richard graduated from the University of Georgia School of Law with honors.  He clerked for the Honorable Harold L. Murphy, United District Court Judge for the Northern District of Georgia.  He is active in the Carroll County community.  He is on the Board Chairman for the Rapha Clinic, which provides healthcare for those in need in our community.  He is on the board of the Tanner Medical Foundation.  He is an active member and former President of the Carrollton Lions Club.  Richard and his wife Susan have three children.  Richard enjoys reading, travel, playing tennis, and following the Atlanta Braves and Georgia Bulldogs.


Areas of Practice:


"We have the experience and expertise to handle your healthcare litigation matters. Health care litigation is sensitive and complex and requires a unique expertise. Our firm has represented health systems in litigation matters over the last 50 years."


Insurance Defense

"We’ll be there for you."


Professional Malpractice

Richard Tisinger, Jr. leads Tisinger Vance’s Professional Malpractice section. With more than 20 years of experience, Richard serves clients including Tanner Health System, West Georgia Health System, Hudson Insurance Companies, The Doctor’s Company, ProAssurance, Cincinnati Insurance Company and Federated Insurance Company.

Current Articles:

Violations of HIPAA May Support State Law Claim for Violation of Privacy

While no Georgia Court has held that a violation of HIPAA can be used as evidence to support a state law claim for violation of privacy, many courts i...

Court of Appeals Limits Application of Expert Affidavit Requirement in ER Cases

In Graham v. Reynolds 2017 WL 4768136, (Ga. App. Oct. 23, 2017), the plaintiff alleged an emergency room provider acted negligently.  The Court held t

Federal District Court Dismisses Malpractice Claim for Failing to File an Expert Affidavit Required by O.C.G.A. § 9-11-9.1

In Haynes v. Walmart Lovejoy, et. al, 2017 WL 5505318 (ND Ga. 2017), the Court dismissed Plaintiff’s complaint in part for failing to submit an expert

Court of Appeals Upholds Enforcement of Attorneys’ Fees for Defendant Pursuant to O.C.G.A. § 9-11-68

In Stevens v. Food Lion, LLC, A17A0153 (June 8, 2007 Ga. App.) the Court upheld the award of attorney’s fees to a defendant pursuant to O.C.G.A. § 9-1

Georgia Supreme Court Holds Surprise Witness May Be Excluded as Discovery Sanction

In Resurgens v. Elliott, S16G1214 (2017),  the Supreme Court of Georgia held that a trial judge had not abused her discretion by excluding a treating

Georgia Court of Appeals Expands Ordinary Negligence Claims In Hospital Setting

The Georgia Court of Appeals in Byrom v. Douglas Hospital, Inc., A16A0937 (Ga. App. October 4, 2016) expanded the scope of ordinary negligence claims

11th Circuit upholds application of O.C.G.A. § 9-11-68 in Federal Court

In Earth Cam, Inc. v. Oxblue Corp. (11th Circuit 16-10363 09/27/2016), the 11th Circuit Court of Appeals upheld the district court’s application of O....

Georgia Supreme Court Weakens Expert Knowledge Rule

In Dubois v. Brantley, (Ga. Sup. Ct., July 13, 2015), the Georgia Supreme Court held that pursuant to O.C.G.A. § 702(C)(2)(a), an expert may testify c

Supreme Court Strengthens Georgia Apportionment Statute

In Zaldivar v. Prickett (July 6, 2015), the Georgia Supreme Court held that the Georgia apportionment statute, O.C.G.A. § 51-12-33(c), requires a trie

Court of Appeals Toughens Expert Affidavit Requirements

The Georgia Court of Appeals in Zarate-Martinez v. Echemendia, 2015 WL2386611 (Ga. App. May 20, 2015) affirmed the dismissal of plaintiff's complaint

Supreme Court Broadens Evidence Preservation Requirements

The Georgia Supreme Court in Phillip v. Harmon, 2015 WL3936826 (June 29, 2015), recently held that a party may be under the duty to preserve evidence

Georgia Supreme Court Allows Amendment

Georgia Supreme Court Allows Amendment of Defective Expert Affidavit   In Galla v. Fisher, S14G0919, March 27, 2015, the Georgia Supreme Cour