Our Attorneys

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Frederick J. Conklin, Jr., Esq.

Managing Attorney
Fred has practiced in the area of workers' compensation law for 17 years. Before he became a workers' compensation attorney, Mr. Conklin worked as an operations manager for a trucking company, and later in business development for a national labor contracting firm.  He received his undergraduate degree in Business and Economics from West Virginia Wesleyan College.  In the 1990s Mr. Conklin decided to change direction and become an attorney.  He attended law school at Michigan State University where he received his Juris Doctor cum laude and served as the President of his graduating class.  Mr. Conklin has a passion for his work and helping others, and prides himself on his dedication to each client.  He serves clients throughout Georgia, as well as out-of-state clients with Georgia claims. Fred is a Member of the Workers' Compensation Section of the Atlanta Bar Association, the State Bar of Georgia, and the Tennessee Bar (Inactive Status).  He is also proud to be active in a number of organizations in his local community.

Melissa C. Nichols, Esq.

Associate Attorney
Melissa is an Associate Attorney with The Conklin Firm who focuses her practice on assisting individuals injured on the job. Ms. Nichols graduated from the University of Kentucky with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Broadcast Journalism and Political Science.  She attended Salmon P. Chase College of Law at Northern Kentucky University, where she served as a Law Clerk for the Kentucky Department of Public Advocacy, Appeals Division.  Prior to joining The Conklin Firm, Ms. Nichols worked in the area of personal injury litigation.  She is a member of the State Bar of Georgia and the Kentucky Bar Association.  Melissa is focused on delivering effective results for our clients by way of litigation or claim resolution through settlement as appropriate.  She is remarkably adept at handling all phases of our client's claims including written discovery, depositions, motions, Board and private mediations, hearings and appeals.  Melissa's tenacity and attention to detail for each client has been key to the Firm's exceptional track record of superior results and client satisfaction.
 

Our Staff

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Anna Rueda

Chief Paralegal
Anna is a Paralegal for The Conklin Firm with extensive experience helping individuals with a broad range of workers' compensation claim issues. Through her extensive experience handling workers’ compensation claims, she has developed an expertise for helping clients navigate through some of the most difficult times of their lives.  Ms. Rueda holds a Associate degree in Business Administration and Management from Georgia Perimeter College, where she was on the Dean's List.  She graduated from Georgia State University with a Bachelor degree in Finance in May 2015.  She received a scholarship from the Gilman International Scholarship to study abroad with the European Council in Paris, France in 2011. She has been a Certified Notary Public in Georgia since 2013.  Anna’s personal interests include traveling, watching documentaries and spending time with her family and her four legged children. Anna is an extraordinarily compassionate, attentive and indispensable member of the team.

Brenda Kay Conklin

Business Manager / Associate Paralegal
Brenda serves as the Firm's office administrator. She has worked in the area of accounting and business management since the early 1990s. Brenda possesses a vast amount experience in business administration and accounting including work for both public accounting firms and private companies, and has experience in a wide variety of responsibilities involving tax, cash management and financial reporting.  Brenda earned a bachelors degree with honors from West Virginia Wesleyan College in Accounting. Shortly after earning her degree and entering the world of public accounting, she married Fred, her college sweetheart. Brenda handles the Firm's day-to-day financial and accounting responsibilities and she assists with various paralegal duties.  When she is not busy managing Firm business, Brenda is busy managing the two exceptional teen-age Conklin boys and staying active in local community activities.