Michael became a trial lawyer to help people who have been seriously injured and families who have lost a loved one due to the negligence of others.
His philosophy is simple:
- Only take cases he strongly believes in.
- Commit his and the firm’s full time and resources to each case;
- Prepare every case for trial.
- Accept nothing less than full and fair justice for his clients.
Michael also understands that clients come to him at a stressful and emotional time in their lives. His goal is not only to obtain justice, but to make the process as worry-free as possible. He will keep you updated on the status of your case, return your phone calls and emails in a timely manner and educate you on each step of the legal process so that you feel confident making decisions about your case.
He is proud to be included in the Georgia Super Lawyers® Rising Stars list from 2012-2018, an honor reserved only for 2.5% of lawyers in Georgia. He has also been named by his fellow Georgian lawyers as one of the state’s best lawyers and has received an Avvo Rating of 10.0 Superb.
Former Lawyer for Insurance Companies
Before Michael began representing people and families in personal injury and wrongful death cases, he worked for one of Georgia’s largest defense firms. He defended insurance companies and Fortune 500 companies in personal injury and wrongful death cases. He defended hundreds of cases and argued and won cases at the Georgia Supreme Court and Court of Appeals. This gave him a “behind the curtain” look into how defense lawyers and insurance companies value and defend cases and helps ensure that his clients receive the best possible results for their case
Michael and his wife Sarah have two children, Hugh and Elizabeth. They live in the Boulevard neighborhood of Athens and spend most of their free time chasing their kids around.
Michael grew up in Athens and attended college and law school at the University of Georgia. When he’s not busy with family or work, he’s at Sanford Stadium watching Georgia football, going to concerts and listening to music, especially his favorite band the Drive-By Truckers, watching and listening to true crime dramas like Serial, Making a Murderer and The Jinx, reading, traveling, running and attempting to play the banjo.
Michael’s wife Sarah grew up in a small town in Michigan and fled what Michael calls “the Great White North” to go to school at the University of Georgia. Michael and Sarah met in college, where he promptly earned a spot on her “do not date” list. In perhaps his most important case yet, he convinced Sarah to date him during a trip to the Georgia-Florida game (which Georgia lost) and they were married in 2013.
- University of Georgia: B.A./A.B.J. in Newspaper Journalism, 2002
- University of Georgia School of Law: J.D.
Awards and Accolades
- Included in the Georgia Super Lawyers® Rising Stars list, 2012-2016
- Avvo Rating of 10.0 Superb
440 College Avenue, Suite 320
Athens, GA 30601
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