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She convinced the Georgia lawmaker who sponsored the dangerous dog bill to place the focus on dog owners and asked that the law be renamed “the Responsible Dog Owner Law.” She routinely trains professionals on criminal and civil, liability and dog bite prevention.

In 2004, she represented the families of three teenagers who died in a wreck with an intoxicated 20-year-old. A jury awarded a $40 million verdict in favor of her clients in a landmark liquor liability case.

Claudine has studied extensively the link between animal abuse and crimes against people, the connection between human trafficking, child and animal abuse, service animals’ law and dog bite law. She created an annual Animal Law Expo. The Expo has been going strong for over 23 years and attendees join from all over the globe. She has built a team of teachers and experts who continue to be the game-changers on public safety, human and animal abuse links, dangerous dogs, and animal cruelty. She provides specialty conferences like the Georgia Dangerous Dog Conference.

She is the author of How to Investigate and Prosecute Animal Cruelty, numerous articles, and is a contributing author for Pet Life Magazine. Claudine is also a frequent speaker in Georgia, nationally and internationally. Since 1993, Claudine has forged a trail in public safety, dog bite, and animal protection laws and changed how their justice system responds to animal cruelty and special victims’ cases. She is “the statewide resource” for all GA prosecutors, law enforcement, animal control officers, judges, veterinarians, animal shelter staff, and the public.

She successfully petitioned the State Bar of Georgia to create an animal law section and has served as the legislative counsel for the nonprofit Best Friends Animal Society. In 2014, she founded Animal Law Source as a resource for law professionals statewide.

Her longtime friendship with Alan Cleveland convinced her to join Adamson & Cleveland in 2021. She is speaking up as a personal injury lawyer for those who need a strong and caring advocate.

“Not only do I write the law, but I’ve also lived it for thirty years,” she says. “I take on my clients’ struggles.… In the end, when they’re happy with me, the look on their faces – that’s gratifying to me.”

When not in court, Claudine enjoys spending time with her husband, daughters, and parents. She likes waterskiing, hiking, and spending time outdoors with her two dogs.

To arrange an appointment to speak with attorney Claudine Wilkins about a personal injury matter, please call (470) 558-0033.

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As a child, Claudine Wilkins knew she wanted to help victims, especially those who could not speak for themselves. Always speaking up for those who were bullied or hurt others, she gravitated towards children and animals. Initially, she wanted to be a veterinarian, but she soon realized that her true calling was the law, both in standing up for victims and in drafting legislation to protect people and animals.

“I always cared about justice,” Claudine says. “I was always appalled by evildoers and felt it my duty to defend someone who was smaller.”

As a personal injury attorney at Adamson & Cleveland, LLC, Claudine stands up for people who have been harmed by others’ negligence or disregard for safety, whether the harm was caused by a drunk driver, a careless property owner, or a biting dog. She fights attempts by insurance companies to take advantage of injured people and avoid paying just settlements. She is committed to helping her clients seek the compensation needed to rebuild their lives after serious injuries.

A Virginia native, Claudine grew up in Smyrna, Georgia, where she often had “the loudest bark in the room” sticking up for the underdog. She discovered a passion for adventure and animals by watching Mutual of Omaha’s Wild Kingdom and reading about famed primatologist Jane Goodall in National Geographic. Claudine would later interview Dr. Goodall decades later while studying Environmental Law in 1997. Coming full circle, one of Claudine’s cases involving an abused lion cub made into her favorite magazine, National Geographic, in 1998.

Her hands-on, can-do attitude led her to become a veterinary assistant as a teen. But while caring for various animals and meeting their owners, she came to appreciate the power of the law to bring about positive change. “The law dictates how we behave in society,” she says. “I felt like the law is the way to change bigger things.” Claudine graduated from Georgia State University in 1988 with a bachelor’s degree in international marketing and business, then obtained her law degree from John Marshall Law School in 1996. She interned with future legal commentator Nancy Grace, while working at the Fulton County District Attorney’s office. She felt at home thinking on her feet in front of a judge and jury. In 1997, she received her Master of Environmental Law and Policy and began her legal career as a prosecutor in Cobb County, Georgia. In 2000, she opened her own civil law firm in Norcross, representing people who had been harmed by others’ negligence. Her ongoing efforts to draft legislation to protect children and animals resulted in the passage of 8 state and many local laws, including the 2006 Georgia dogfighting law, 2012’s “Responsible Dog Ownership Law,” and 2014’s amended animal cruelty law. “If we don’t have good laws, we can’t protect victims,” she says.