Attorney Paige Wheeler describes herself as “from Georgia, mostly,” though she moved around between Chicago, the Atlanta area and Tampa before landing in Forsyth County for middle school and high school. After studying communications at the University of Georgia and working as a corporate trainer for an energy consulting company that focused heavily on nuclear, Paige decided to attend Louisiana State University’s Paul M. Hebert Law Center.
She’d been tossing around the idea of becoming a lawyer for years, inspired in part by a letter she’d received from her 5th grade teacher the morning of her high school graduation. The letter included a note Paige had written to her future self, sharing her by-then-forgotten dream of becoming an attorney one day.
In law school, Paige pursued personal injury, knowing it would be a great way for her to have a positive influence on the lives of others. A serious car accident in high school had left Paige in a coma with a traumatic brain injury. She spent two months at Atlanta’s Shepherd Center learning to walk, talk and eat again. “I’ve seen the repercussions my accident had on my family,” she said. “I have that personal insight, and it’s really encouraged me and pushed me to give my clients a personalized experience. To make sure they don’t just feel better but recover, too.”
After graduating law school in 2021, Paige went to work for a Marietta personal injury and workers’ comp firm, where she handled cases involving motor vehicle crashes, slip and fall accidents, dog bites and medical torts. With a personal goal of reaching $1.5 million in settlements in her first year, she surpassed her own expectations and achieved over $3 million in settlements for her clients in a matter of 10 months. “I have an aggressive representation style,” she said. “I tell my clients, ‘I’m going to go fight the big insurance companies for you, and I’m not going to let them walk all over you.’”
Looking for the chance to build direct, highly personalized relationships with clients, Paige applied for a position with Litner + Deganian. She quickly found a place thanks to her service-centered mindset, stellar first year record and willingness to grow. “Everyone is so kind here, and the partners are available,” she said. “I know they’ll invest in me and I’ll return the favor.”
Paige hopes to eventually specialize in traumatic brain injury cases—some of the most medically and legally complex cases a personal injury attorney will handle. “After my own crash, I was told I’d never walk again, and that I wouldn’t be able to graduate high school or attend college,” she said. “I knew I could, and I want to help clients who are going through similarly challenging situations.”
Outside of work, Paige, a newlywed, spends time with her husband and her cat, Rupert. You’ll find her relaxing in her garden or cheering on the Georgia Bulldogs or the Atlanta Braves.