Alan Cleveland grew up in Gwinnett County and has devoted his entire legal career to serving the county’s residents.
Alan knew from an early age that he wanted to be a trial lawyer. He first worked and began raising a family after graduating from the University of Georgia, where he received a degree in journalism and public relations.
At the age of 33, he enrolled at John Marshall Law School in Atlanta, clerked for Georgia Supreme Court Justice Hugh Thompson one summer, and three years later graduated summa cum laude.
Returning to Gwinnett County, Alan Cleveland immediately launched his legal career. He worked in several firms and partnerships, all the while honing his skills in personal injury plaintiff’s work. In 2013, he joined forces with another veteran trial lawyer, Kevin Adamson, and the firm of Adamson & Cleveland was born.
Prior to joining Kevin, Alan recorded one of the highest jury verdicts in the country in 2011. The verdict was for $9.85 million in a wrongful death case involving a drowning in a day care center. He and Kevin have had multiple successful outcomes, including a $72 million jury verdict in a vicious dog bite case in 2015, as well as multiple six-figure and seven-figure verdicts and settlements.
“I like helping people get what they think is fair compensation and help them get their lives back together,” he says. “They suffer injuries, their lives turn into chaos, they don’t have anywhere to turn, and they need a champion who can guide them through a difficult situation. These cases need special care and attention, and that’s what we do. With myself and Kevin, you get good guys who are great lawyers with a personal touch.”
Alan loves his work. “It’s a stressful endeavor for all who are involved, but – although I hate to say it – it’s fun,” he says. “It’s negotiation, arguing, investigating, planning – and it’s helping people.”
Alan serves the legal profession as a frequent speaker at continuing legal education seminars, addressing practical legal subjects pertaining to personal injury law.
He also serves the broader Gwinnett County community in other ways. He has served on the board of the North Gwinnett Baseball and Softball Association, has coached youth baseball for many years, and has volunteered his time to assist the Gwinnett County High School Moot Court competition.
In addition, he is still active with his college fraternity, Phi Kappa Tau, speaking at chapter seminars throughout the Southeast on such topics as leadership, recruitment, and risk management.