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.