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Frank J. Beltran

Frank Beltran began practicing law in 1976 as an associate in the litigation, corporate and banking divisions of Alston, Miller & Gaines, now known as Alston & Bird. Frank established his own firm in 1982, and his expertise has been recognized and sought after from that time to the present.

Each year since 1982, Frank has earned Martindale-Hubbell’s highest rating of AV and from 1994 to present, he has been included in Martindale-Hubbell’s Bar Register of Preeminent Lawyers. From 1995 to present, Frank has also been listed among Best Lawyers in America (Legal Malpractice Law – Plaintiffs) and was selected their 2016 “Lawyer of the Year” for Legal Malpractice Law in Atlanta. Frank has also been included on each year’s Georgia Super Lawyers (Professional Liability – Defense) list since its initial publication in 2004.

Frank often speaks at continuing legal education seminars on the topics of legal malpractice, ethics and professionalism.

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Attorney Frank J. Beltran, Atlanta Georgia

Education

  • JD cum laude, Mercer University's Walter F. George School of Law
    Mercer Law Review, Student Writing Editor
    Furman Smith Scholarship recipient
    Student Honor Court
  • BBA, The University of Georgia

Presentations

  • Continuing Legal Education (CLE) lecturer on professionalism, ethics and legal malpractice for
    American Bar Association
    State Bar of Georgia
    Georgia Trial Lawyers Association
    Atlanta Bar Association
    The Lawyers Club of Atlanta
    Layman's Lawyer television shows
    Staff attorneys of the Georgia Appellate Courts

Recognitions

  • 1982 to present Martindale-Hubbell’s highest rating of “AV”
  • 1994 to present Martindale-Hubbell’s Bar Register of Preeminent Lawyers
  • 1995 to present Best Lawyers in America (Legal Malpractice Law - Plaintiffs)
  • 2004 to present Georgia Super Lawyers (Professional Liability: Defense)

Memberships

  • American Board of Trial Advocates, Georgia Chapter President 2010-2012
  • American Bar Association
  • American Association for Justice (Sustaining Member)
  • Atlanta Bar Association
  • Atlanta Bar Foundation (Charter Lifetime Fellow)
  • State Bar of Georgia
    • Founding member of the Professional Liability Section
    • Legal Malpractice Insurance Committee
  • Georgia Legal Foundation
  • Georgia Trial Lawyers Association (Champion Member)
    • Past Co-Chair of Ethics Committee
    • Past Chair of Amicus Curiae Committee
  • Federal Bar Association
  • Bleckley American Inns of Court (Master)
  • Lawyers Club of Atlanta (Past Chair, Publications)

Community

  • Southern Institute for Business and Professional Ethics (Founding Board Member)
  • Boys and Girls Clubs of Metro Atlanta, West End Club Board of Directors (Past President)
  • St. Joseph Hospital's Community Advisory Board (Past Member)
The Beltran Firm's team of legal experts

Brian R. Smith

Brian R. Smith, PC of The Smith Law Practice has been a member of The Beltran Firm team since 2011. Brian earned a bachelor’s degree from Washington & Lee University with a double major in politics and European history and received a JD from The University of Georgia Law School, graduating cum laude. While in law school, he served as a summer clerk for Judge Richard W. Story of the United States District Court for the Northern District of Georgia. He also gained considerable trial experience while working for the law school’s Legal Aid and Public Defender Clinic. He began practice as a trial lawyer with Strawinski & Goldberg, LLP where he represented both plaintiffs and defendants. To read more about Brian, please click here to visit his website.

Julia A. Merritt

Julia A. Merritt, Attorney at Law, LLC has been a member of The Beltran Firm team since 2011. Julia received her JD from Georgia State University College of Law. While at Georgia State, Julia represented the government in immigration proceedings as an intern at the Department of Homeland Security. She received a BA in English from Northwestern University, where she was a member of the Honors Program in Writing. Prior to attending law school, Julia worked as an editor in the Reporter of Decisions Office at the Supreme Court of Georgia. To read more about Julia, please click here to visit to her website.

Carol F. Beltran

Carol F. Beltran, Business Manager, joined The Beltran Firm in 1984. Prior to joining the firm, she was an Assistant Vice President in Commercial Lending for a predecessor of Bank of America. Carol graduated cum laude from The University of Georgia with a BS in speech communications.

Deborah S. Biggs

Deborah S. Biggs, Office Manager and Senior Legal Assistant, joined The Beltran Firm in 1997. Debbie graduated from Clayton State University with a degree in accounting.

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