Loretta served as Chief of the Tort Litigation Section from 1997-2022, representing state government entities and their officers and employees in lawsuits governed by the Georgia Tort Claims Act and the Georgia Constitution. In this role, she handled cases throughout Georgia, primarily in state and superior courts, the Georgia Court of Appeals, and the Georgia Supreme Court.
Prior to joining the Office of the Attorney General, Loretta practiced law in her hometown of Macon, Georgia – first at Anderson, Walker & Reichert and then with Buzzell & Pinkston. She began her career handling insurance defense cases and then expanded her practice to include other types of civil litigation, such as plaintiffs’ personal injury matters and business-related disputes. Loretta transitioned to the public sector in 1997, first serving as City Attorney for the City of Macon and then moving to Atlanta to join the Attorney General’s Office.
Loretta earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in English from Wesleyan College and her law degree from the Walter F. George School of Law at Mercer University, both magna cum laude.