Linda Miller Atkinson is of counsel to the firm of Atkinson Petruska Kozma Hart & Couture, with offices in Gaylord and Channing, Michigan. She is licensed in Michigan and Emeritus member of Wisconsin and Georgia bars. A 1963 graduate of Oberlin College, Oberlin, Ohio, and a 1973 graduate of Wayne State University Law School in Detroit, Michigan, she is an author and editor of Torts: Michigan Law and Practice, published by the Institute of Continuing Education since 1994, and of Lawyers Desk Reference (8th edition, Thomson-West), and is author of the “Depositions” chapter of Litigating Tort Cases (AAJ Press, published by Thomson-West). Ms Atkinson serves as a Mediator in both Michigan and federal courts, and has tried cases throughout Michigan in both Upper and Lower Peninsulas. She served as Sagola Township Trustee 1996-2004 and as Transportation Commissioner for the State of Michigan from 2004-2012. She is the recipient of AAJ’S Champion of Justice Award in 2007, the Mel Award of the Melvin M Belli International Law Society in 2006, Trial Lawyer of the Year Award in 1995, and the Women Trial Lawyer’s Caucus Marie Lambert Award in 2000. She is a past president of the Michigan Association for Justice, a member of the American Association for Justice President’s Club and a Fellow and trustee of the Pound Civil Justice Institute. In her life outside the courtroom she teaches firearm handling and hunter safety for the Michigan Department of Natural Resources and is in her 25th year with the National Ski Patrol.

Elaine Hart was fantastic. My case was not an easy one, but Elaine never gave up, even when she asked me for information and due to pain of my injury, I was not able to complete it for her. Her assistant, Erica, is also top notch. They are so kind and understanding. Always making sure you are informed as to what’s going on with your case and also making sure to explain everything so you can understand. I would and I have highly recommended Elaine Hart if you need a great attorney.

– Scott Sowers

I will never be able to thank you enough for all the extra hard effort you have put forth on my behalf. You were a HUGE part of resolving this matter, to the best it could be. I am forever grateful to you and I will always feel lucky to have you as part of the team, a listener and a friend. You are a wonderful human being and Gary is lucky to have you on his team. I thank you again for being you and all the help you’ve been in beginning the process for us to heal from this horrid situation.

-Bruce Gillissie

I cannot put into words the amount of thanks that I owe to this law firm. I was treated like a human being, something my insurance company never did. I was treated with courtesy and kindness throughout this drawn out case. I consider myself fortunate to have individuals like APKH&C fighting for my rights. I have had to change nearly everything in my life due to this accident. However, the one thing I would never change is the legal team that represented me in my claim. 

– Bruce Gillissie