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Email: joel@gatrialattorney.com


J.D. – Cumberland School of Law with a Certificate in Trial Advocacy
B.S. – Georgia Southwestern State University

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Joel is consistently recognized as one of the best trial lawyers in Georgia. Other lawyers routinely seek his help in trying personal injury cases in Atlanta as well as rural areas of Georgia. Joel has developed a reputation as a zealous advocate that will accept nothing less than full justice for his clients. Defense lawyers and insurance companies recognize that Joel is ready, willing, and able to go to trial and obtain justice if they do not offer fair compensation.

Joel was born and raised in Early County, Georgia and has a unique ability to relate to juries in and outside metropolitan areas. He is frequently contacted by attorneys seeking his expertise in trying cases in rural Georgia.

During law school, Joel developed his trial skills prosecuting criminals with his third year practice card in Jefferson County, Alabama. After law school, Joel worked for other firms that specialize in representing injured victims. During this time, he served as lead counsel in personal injury and wrongful death cases in metropolitan and rural areas of Georgia. The verdicts and settlements Joel obtained during that time exceed 30 million dollars. In just the first year after opening his own firm, Joel obtained over 5 million dollars in verdicts and settlement for his clients.

Over the past few years, Joel has written several articles and spoken at numerous seminars helping other lawyers develop their trial skills. He has also been recognized as a Georgia Super Lawyers Rising Star.

Joel’s practice is primarily focused on tractor trailer wreckscar accident injuries, bicycle and pedestrian injuries, motorcycle accidents, slip and falls, negligent security, product liability, medical malpractice, wrongful death, and bad faith insurance claims. Joel is admitted to practice in Georgia and Alabama.

In his spare time, Joel enjoys spending time outdoors with his family.


Super Lawyers Georgia Rising Stars; 2013 – Present
Judge Abraham Caruthers Fellow; 2006


Non-Party Apportionment: Where We Started and Where We are Now, Cobb County Trial Lawyers 2021
Recap of Car Crash Trial Victory, Cobb County Trial Lawyers 2019
Reading the Room: Strategies for Jury Selection, Cobb County Trial Lawyers CLE 2018
Hot Button Issues in Jury Selection, GTLA Annual Convention 2018
Premises Liability and Spoliation, Balch & Bingham 2016
Trial: The Paralegal’s Role in Trial Preparation and in Court, GTLA 2015
Future Damages, Jury Trial Seminar 2015
Effective Strategies for Keeping Out Harmful Evidence at Trial, GTLA, 2014
Danger, Keep Out!: Effective Pre-Trial Strategies to Identify, Minimize or Exclude Harmful Evidence, ICLE, 2014.
Apportionment and Its Effect on Premises Liability, GTLA, 2013
Premises Liability and Apportionment, ICLE, 2011
Trying Cases in Rural Georgia 2012
Trying Cases Below the Gnat Line, ICLE, 2011
Countdown to Trial: Sweat the Small Stuff, GTLA, 2010


“Uninsured and Underinsured Auto Coverage” Around Acworth Magazine: April 2019

“What to Know About Georgia’s New Distracted Driving Law” CaseMetrix: May 2018

“Recent Updates to Georgia Suggested Pattern Jury Instructions (Civil), July 2013-Present.”  VERDICT  Summer 2015: 29-34

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