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Jerry Bruce Harkness Sr.

Jerry Bruce Harkness Sr.

also known as Bruce Harkness

About me

I have had 28 years experience in personal injury claims and property damage claims. I have settled thousands of personal injury claims for clients in Georgia with over $54 million in actual received Paid settlements. I am a Personal Injury specialist and I make insurance companies pay. I have the knowledge, the experience, and the proven results to get my clients compensated for their claims and injuries.. I do not practice in every legal field under the sun like alot of other attorneys. All attorneys do not know nor practice in the complex laws of personal injury, liability and uninsured motorists claims. Do not hire just any attorney without finding out what area of the law that attorney pracdtices. With all that said, if you have an auto/truck/motorcycle wreck then contact me and I will fight for you!! 


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Practice areas


  1. Personal Injury: 98%
    18 years, 5 thousand cases
  2. Criminal Defense: 2%
    18 years, 2 thousand cases



Free consultation (60 minutes)

Payment types:

Cash, Check

Attorney endorsements

6 total 

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  • Casey Pless Waterhouse

    I endorse this lawyer. I worked for Bruce for almost 2 years during college and during that time, I learned invaluable lessons that I use today in my own practice. He is truly one of the best mentors I have had. In addition to providing exceptional legal services to his clients, he is extremely caring, intelligent and analytical. If I found myself in need of representation for a personal injury I would absolutely choose Bruce and if I moved back to Northeast Georgia I would love to work with him again.


    Casey Waterhouse Family Attorney
    Relationship: Worked for lawyer

  • Lorne Howard Cragg

    Very successful practice with a history of great results for his clients.


    Lorne Cragg Real Estate Attorney
    Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community

Contact info

The Harkness Firm

700 Central Avenue
PO Box 700
Demorest, GA, 30535


GAActive Member in Good Standing 199711/07/2015
We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
2010 Reader's Choice Best Attorney AwardNortheast Georgian Newspaper2010
Magna Cum Laude Honor GraduatePiedmont College1985
Summa Cum Laude top Honor GraduateTruett McConnell College1983
Truman ScholarHarry S, Truman Scholarship Foundation1983
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
AttorneyHarkness Law Firm1997 - Present
Association namePosition nameDuration
Mountain Judicial Bar AssociationPresident2008 - 2010
Mountain Judicial Bar AssociationVice-President2003 - 2008
Mountain Judicial Bar AssociationSecretary/Treasurer2000 - 2003
Student Government Piedmont CollegeStudent Government President1984 - 1985
Phi Beta KappaSecretary/Treasurer1981 - 1983
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
Luke vs. GA Irrigation and SprinklerSettled out of court $2 million
Several Million Dollar casesSettled out of court (confidential nondisclosures)
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Publication nameTitleDate
Northeast Georgia TravellerGeorgia Auto Insurance2002
Institute of Continuing Legal Education (ICLE Georgia)Georgia Uninsured Motorist Coverages2001
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
John Marshall Law School, AtlantaLawJD - Juris Doctor1997
Fraternal Insurance CouncilInsuranceFraternal Insurance Council Fellow1994
Life Underwriting Training CouncilLife InsuranceLife Underwriter Training Council Fellow1992
University of Georgia, North Georgia College and State UniversityPsychologyMA - Masters1987
Piedmont CollegeHistoryBA - Bachelor of Arts1985
Truett-McConnell CollegeSociologyAA1983
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
Life Underwriters TrainingLIfe Insurance and Investments2012
Insurance DevelopmentsProperty and Casualty Insurance2010
Annual Conference Louisville, KyLife Insurance Sales2001
Georgia Farm Bureau Managers ConferenceInsurance Law2000