Mediator & Arbitrator Sally Akins

Sarah “Sally” Akins is a mediator and arbitrator available in Savannah and Atlanta.  She handles cases involving premises liability; automobile and truck accidents; professional negligence (medical, legal and pharmaceutical) litigation involving counties and municipalities including civil rights cases and zoning cases; insurance coverage litigation;  products liability and personal injury. Sally was recently named a Top 50 Female Georgia Super Lawyer and has served in a number of leadership roles throughout her career, notably past president of the Georgia Association of Women Lawyers, Georgia Defense Lawyers Association, and the American Board of Trial Advocates (S.E. Georgia Chapter).  She is currently running for secretary of the State Bar of Georgia.

 

What was your first law job?

Law Clerk in Tallapoosa Judicial Circuit for Judge Arthur Fudger and Judge Marion Cummings.
 
What made you want to become a lawyer? 
A strong desire to help people in times of crisis.
 
How did you decide to branch out into mediation and alternative dispute resolution?
Danny Cohen told me to, and I’ve admired his career. 
 

 
 
What do you hope to accomplish through your ADR practice?
Bring closure, comfort and satisfaction to those in conflict.
 
 
What kind of trends are you seeing in mediation?
Mediation has become the new “normal” way to resolve disputes.
 
 
If You Had to Teach A Subject, What Would It Be?
Psychology

 

What’s the most influential book you’ve ever read?
To Kill a Mockingbird
 

 

What’s your favorite quote?
“Courage is what it takes to stand up and speak.  Courage is also what it takes to sit down and listen.”

Winston Churchill

 

What’s Your Favorite Holiday and Why?
Thanksgiving – it is a peaceful, family centered time when people take time to give thanks and acknowledge all their many blessings.
 
 
What’s something your clients would never guess about you?
I am a master seamstress.

 

What is the most important lesson you’ve learned in your career to date?
Listen more than you speak.
 
 
If you weren’t a lawyer, what would you be?
Travel guide writer.