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Bio information for John Klonoski

About John Klonoski

Mr. Klonoski has been practicing law in Atlanta for 16 years. He has a BA in philosophy from The University of Scranton in Scranton, Pennsylvania, and studied at the University of Louvain in Belgium. After working for the Ford Foundation in New York City in the late '70's and early 80's his interests shifted to the law. He received his J.D. from Georgia State University in 1989. His practice focuses on personal injury and business law, and his years with the Ford Foundation and study abroad have instilled in him a life long interest in international issues which he incorporates in to his practice and hobbies.

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John Klonoski on the firm:

The thing that sets us apart as a law firm, I think, is the energy and time we put into working our cases. Whatever it takes, that's what we do. Whether it is getting on a plane and traveling halfway around the world to personally meet a party or witness, or just going out to an auto accident site and measuring skid marks, I personally put in the time and effort. I can't tell you the number of times I have had opposing counsel remark on the effectiveness of our aggressive style of investigation. Thoroughness is important, because when you come right down to it, a trial is about what you can prove. It's not about what I think -- and it most certainly is not about what the other side thinks.

John Klonoski on clients:

Over the years I have taken great personal pleasure in representing clients with extremely diverse cultural, geographic, ethnic, and social backgrounds. R&K has represented a multinational Saudi Arabian Development Corporation, Costa Rican businesses, a Belgian financier, an injured elderly British couple, an Argentinean Credit Card company, a Parisian divorcee, a Canadian Manufacturer, Kuwaiti investors, and numerous artists, writers, and musicians. We have represented clients with holdings in the billions of dollars and clients that were indigent. I take personal pride in the fact that as diverse as our clients are they have in common a loyalty to Rowen & Klonoski that remains years after our representation has ended. We joke that once someone is a client of R&K they are a client for life.

John Klonoski on what it takes to run a successful Plaintiff’s practice:

I have played competitive racquetball since the mid '70's. Over the years I have played with and against some of the best players in the sport. I see a revealing similarity of attitude in competitive racquetball and a Plaintiff’s practice that defense attorneys may not fully appreciate. In racquetball there is no one else in that little 20' by 40' room except you and your opponent. You must be self-sufficient, in skill, athleticism, "court smarts" and the ability to see your opponents weaknesses and attack those deficits. Self-reliance is the name of the game. Just as it is in a Plaintiff’s practice. Defense firms employ large numbers of attorneys. Several hundred is not uncommon. The defense firm relies on numbers of specialized individuals working on a particular case. Often at trial the lead attorney for the defense is not the same attorney handling the case throughout the year or two of prior litigation. His job is exclusively trial work. And therein lies the Achilles heel. The Plaintiff’s attorney on the other hand handles the case from the initial interview through verdict. He has help, of course, but the ability to win that he brings to his practice is not limited to one specialized skill but rather it is a combination of attitude, legal skill, intimate knowledge of his case and clie’t figure out why he lost is only second in satisfaction to leaving a court of law with the defense rubbing their heads in disbelief after a jury returns with a substantial plaintiff’s award.

Hobbies:

When he is not in a court somewhere, you may find John canoeing the whitewater rivers of the southeast U.S., expedition canoeing remote northern rivers of Canada, rafting the mighty Zambezi river in Zimbabwe, or simply water skiing or horse back riding with his wife and 11 year old daughter Elena at their home outside of Atlanta.

Bio information for Sharon Rowen

About Sharon Rowen

Ms. Rowen has litigated in Atlanta for twenty four years. She received her B.A. in humanities from Emory University, and her J.D. from Columbia Southern College of Law. Her practice focuses on civil litigation, including injury cases, domestic relations, and probate litigation.

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When I look back at all the cases I have handled -- and the ones I am handling now -- they cover a wide range of subjects, but they all have one thing in common, that we represent people. We commit to doing more work than other lawyers think is necessary. We have to be able to present a real picture of what happened to the other side - and ultimately to a jury or a judge. Sometimes that means tracking down a witness no one has spoken with in five years. Most of the time it is much less glamorous-- it means going through boxes and boxes of documents to find the one document that will help our case. Whatever it takes, we do it. I am always aware that the case is important to my client -- and part of my job is doing what it takes to make the case important to the other side.

Sharon Rowen on clients:

Sometimes, my clients don't know themselves exactly what happened in a particular case. Some of them just have the idea that something just wasn't right. This is especially true in medical malpractice and product liability cases. A good lawyer has the knowledge and experience to know how to recognize a valid claim. I also think it is important that a client be able to make an informed decision about the resolution of a case. What my clients need from me is clear communication about how a case is going and what it is going to look like to the other side, what it is going to look like to a judge, and what it is going to look like to a jury. I try very hard to communicate all these things to my clients. I am constantly in contact with my clients about their cases. Getting frequent input from my clients from e mail makes a big difference in the outcome of their cases.

Sharon Rowen on community service:

I think it is important that we as lawyers share our time and expertise with others, in whatever medium presents itself. I have been a speaker at various seminars and conferences, (see links at the bottom) and a guest on several radio and television shows where various aspects of the law were discussed. I have been invited to speak at the Annual Conference of the Brain Injury Association of Georgia. I have volunteered to represent people, without charge, for Georgia Volunteer Lawyers for the Arts and for the YWCA Volunteer Lawyer Program and Women's Help Line. I am a member of the Georgia and the Atlanta Bar Association, as well as the Georgia Trial Lawyers. I have been active in community theater and documentary film making for more than 20 years, and I received a grant from the Georgia Civil Justice Foundation which allowed me to direct and produce a 45 minute video titled "Georgia's Women Lawyers". That project was a truly unique opportunity to get close and personal with the Georgia women lawyers that paved the way for so many of us to follow. I interviewed such different women with such different histories; solo women practitioners in rural south Georgia in the 1930s, the first women litigators in Atlanta, the first woman to sit on the Georgia Supreme Court, the first African American female to sit on the Georgia Supreme Court. The story is extraordinary. I think that community service, and activities outside of the office allow me to maintain a broader view of my clients -- not just as clients, but also as individual people who have individual needs and expectations from their attorney.

Recent Seminar Presentations:

-10th Annual Conference of the Brain Injury Association of Georgia

-A Practical Guide to Estate Administration in Georgia

"Georgia Probate: Beyond the Basics" -- October, 2003

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