About John P. Thielman

I’m an attorney with nearly 30 years of experience. I am the Associate Chair of the Department of Risk Management & Insurance at Georgia State University’s J. Mack Robinson College of Business and a professor of Law, Dispute Resolution and Ethics . I’m also the Associate Director of the Business School’s Center for the Economic Analysis of Risk – a research center dedicated to the study of risk.

I began my legal career as an Assistant District Attorney, then became a personal injury litigator.  I held a Managing Attorney position at two Fortune 100 corporations, and was Chief Counsel for one of them. I’m licensed to practice law in Georgia, Florida, New York, Massachusetts, and in the US District Courts of the Western District of NY and the Middle District of Florida (federal courts).

All of this experience puts me in a unique position to prepare my clients – individuals, families and businesses – for life’s many personal and business legal risks, most of which they are dangerously unaware. My greatest professional satisfaction comes from helping clients identify and mitigate their legal risks before they turn into full-blown legal problems.  In the event a legal matter has already resulted in a lawsuit and a client’s energies need to be elsewhere, I’m uniquely qualified to get the parties laser-focused on the issues so that costs and headaches are reduced.

The bottom line is, there are legal risks that can threaten your quality of life and your livelihood if not successfully navigated.  They can sap your resources and your peace of mind.  I’d like to work with you to help you identify and understand those risks, then manage, reduce and quickly resolve them.

I thoroughly enjoy teaching law and ethics at Georgia State University. For more information, see my GSU page.


Georgia Bar
Florida Bar
New York Bar
Massachusetts Bar


Western District of New York
Middle District of Florida


The Administrative Office of the Courts and the Commission on Dispute Resolution, Georgia


JD, 1987, cum laude, State University of New York at Buffalo Law School
BA, 1984, Boston University


Georgia State University 2010 – Present


PMBA 8030
EMBA 8200
MBA 8030
BUSA 2106

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