Elizabeth A. McLeod


Elizabeth A. McLeod

Beth has been with Fulcher Hagler since graduating from law school in 1994. She has many years of experience in both Georgia and South Carolina and has handled high exposure cases in difficult venues. Her primary litigation practice areas are medical malpractice defense and railroad defense, although she has represented clients in a wide variety of areas. She also enjoys an active employment law practice, which includes drafting employee handbooks, providing general employment law advice, handling EEOC charges, and litigating ADA, ADEA, Title VII, and FLSA claims.

Beth attended Mercer University School of Law where she was a member of Law Review and Moot Court. After graduating cum laude, she returned to her hometown to practice law. She and her husband, Jimmy, live in Evans and have three children.

Over the years, Beth has been involved in many community activities. Most recently, she has served as a board member for the Columbia County Chamber of Commerce and Georgia Rehabilitation Institute. She is a 2013 graduate of Leadership Columbia County and a 2015 graduate of Leadership Augusta. In 2018, she was named Columbia County Chamber Business Woman of the Year.


  • Mercer University, Walter F. George School of Law
    Macon, Georgia
    • cum laude
    • Moot Court
  • Mercer University
    Macon, Georgia
    B.A. - 1991
    • summa cum laude

Representative Clients

  • CSX Transportation, Inc.
  • Medical Protective
  • The Doctors Company

Professional Associations

  • National Association of Railroad Trial Counsel, Member · 2000–Present
  • Georgia Defense Lawyers' Association, Member · 2000–Present
  • Augusta Bar Association, Member · 1994–Present

Bar Admissions

  • Georgia, 1994
  • South Carolina, 2004
  • U.S. District Court Southern District of Georgia, 1994
  • U.S. District Court Northern District of Georgia, 1996
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 11th Circuit, 1996
  • Georgia Court of Appeals, 1994
  • Supreme Court of Georgia, 1994
  • U.S. District Court Middle District of Georgia, 2007
  • U.S. District Court District of South Carolina, 2006


  • Named the 2018 Columbia County Chamber Business Woman of the Year

Representative Cases

  • Beth and her team obtained a jury verdict in favor of their Nurse Practitioner client in a wrongful death case in Pickens County. Plaintiff alleged failure to prescribe the appropriate medication along with failure to timely diagnose and treat the patient. After deliberating less than an hour, the jury returned a verdict in favor of the Nurse Practitioner.
  • Beth obtained summary judgment in favor of an Orthopedic Surgeon who was sued in Aiken County following a knee replacement surgery. The Court granted summary judgment in favor of the physician based on insufficient expert support to pursue the claim.
  • After allegations of severe race-based harassment, Beth conducted a workplace investigation on behalf of a national manufacturing company and successfully addressed the underlying complaints.
  • Beth and her law partner defended a national retail establishment that sold a cleaning product to a consumer who sustained serious burns while using the product. Although the customer incurred $4m in medical bills as a result of the incident, an Aiken County jury returned a verdict in favor of the retailer.
  • Beth, along with several other attorneys, obtained a defense verdict on behalf of the railroad in a wrongful death and survival action in Bamberg County. The accident involved a train-vehicle collision with serious personal injuries to the driver and the death of the passenger. After more than two weeks of trial, the jury returned a verdict in favor of the railroad.

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