Senior Partner Walker L. Chandler is a Georgia attorney with over 40 years experience fighting for clients and liberty. Mr. Chandler has represented clients in hundreds of jury trials, and practiced in both state and federal court including the U.S. Supreme Court.
His tenacious advocacy has helped injury victims recover judgements and settlements well into the millions of dollars. Ranging from auto accidents, to tractor trailer collisions, to dog bite cases, to slip and fall, Walker has experience in battling insurance companies who’s sole objective is to pay victims as little as possible.
Mr. Chandler has also represented people in many high profile, often political, civil and criminal cases as well. His ability and experience have led him to be highly rated among his peers as a adept courtroom operator and a trial adversary few if any lawyers wish to face.
Supreme Court Appearance
Walker was the Libertarian Party of Georgia’s candidate for Lt. Governor in 1994. He and another Libertarian candidate, Sharon Harris, filed suit in United States District Court in Atlanta challenging the constitutionality of a 1990 law that required drug testing of candidates for political office in Georgia.
Zell Miller was Governor at that time. That’s why the case is known as Chandler v. Miller. Walker created the pleadings, argued in the District court, and appealed that court’s erroneous decision to the Eleventh Circuit Court of Appeals in Atlanta where he lost on a 2-1 decision.
Undeterred, Mr. Chandler reasoned that the law was a violation of the 4th amendments prohibition of warrantless search and seizures, and continued pursuing the case which has now been widely viewed as an important legal fight for freedom.
After the loss in the 11th Circuit Court of Appeals, he then filed a Writ of Certiorari to the United States Supreme Court. This writ was granted in 1996. Very few appeals make it to the Supreme Court, even fewer are cases where the plaintiff and the attorney are one in the same.
In the US Supreme Court he personally argued his own case in January of 1997. You can hear that argument-the testy exchanges as well as the laughter–at the oral argument archive known as the Oyez Project here.
The court ruled 8 to 1 in Walker’s favor as he fought to maintain All American’s Constitutional Right to Privacy.
Only a few people in the history of the United States have brought, shepherded, argued and won their own cases all the way up to the Supreme Court.
The case’s is viewed as highly influential establishing a crucial line between individual freedom and the so-called war on drugs. The legal elements of this often cited case are summarized in the article below:
In addition to these and other important civil rights cases, Walker has argued more than 150 jury trials and recovered for clients judgements and settlements in excess of 2 million dollars. While he rarely talks about monetary sums recovered for injured clients and prefers to focus on helping people make it right and put their lives back together after a serious injury, his record nevertheless speaks for itself. To see a summary of key cases and a sample of some his accident case results see the Case Results page.
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