Frederick N. Gleaton

Senior Partner, Owen, Gleaton, Egan, Jones & Sweeney, LLP


Fred Gleaton was admitted to the Bar in 1976 at the age of 23. In the 37 years since, his civil litigation practice has included litigation in the fields of products liability, physician and attorney professional liability, property and premises liability, commercial disputes, and general personal injury defense. For the past thirty years, Mr. Gleaton has been principally involved in the defense of physicians and medical care providers in medical liability cases. He is a founding partner in Owen, Gleaton, Egan, Jones & Sweeney, LLP, and has tried scores of cases to jury verdict throughout Georgia and South Carolina.

In 2008, Mr. Gleaton was among the first ten lawyers in Georgia to be certified by the American Board of Professional Liability Attorneys. He has been elected as an Advocate by the American Board of Trial Advocates, named a Fellow of the Litigation Counsel of America, and is a co-founder of the American Academy of Medical Malpractice Lawyers. Mr. Gleaton is an active member of the Defense Research Institute, the Georgia Defense Lawyers Association, and the Counsel on Litigation Management. He has been recognized as one of The Best Lawyers in America, has been named to Georgia’s Super Lawyers (2007-2013), and listed in Georgia Trend’s Legal Elite.

A native south Georgian, raised on a farm near Warwick (population 434), Mr. Gleaton received his undergraduate degree magna cum laude from the University of Georgia (A.B., 1973), and was elected to Phi Beta Kappa and Phi Kappa Phi. He is a graduate of the University of Virginia Law School (J.D., 1976), where he was a member of the Editorial Board of the Virginia Journal of International Law.


BA, Magna cum Laude, Phi Beta Kappa, 1973

JD, University of Virginia

Pre-Occupation (Hobbies)

Gardening, oil painting, bonsai, boating

Most Memorable SPIA Class Moment?

Well, I attended UGA before there was a SPIA. Hence, I am a meager Political Science major. My most memorable though was the Eastern European government simulation and, in particular, the final event at the long gone T.K. Harty’s Bar. My friends and I on the Albania team conquered the Warsaw Pact nations and, just for fun, and at Dr. Bertsch’s instigation, started a nuclear war.

My Top Three Career Tips

Don’t worry so much


Worry more

Favorite Athens Haunt & Getaway

Allen’s because it was awesome.

Recent Honors / Awards

The Best Lawyers in America (2010-2016), Georgia Super Lawyer (2007-2016), Georgia Trend’s Legal Elite. Advocate, American Board of Trial Advocates, Fellow, Litigation of America, Fellow, American Board of Trial Advocates.