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Gary Martin Hays

Personal injury Attorney at Duluth, GA

4.4   24 reviews
  • Licensed for 34 years
    State GA
    Acquired 1989
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Practice areas
  1. Personal injury
    Mr. Hays is the author of the #1 bestselling book in 3 categories on, "The Authority on Personal Injury Claims in Georgia: The Definitive Guide for Injured Victims & Their Lawyers in Car Accident Cases." He is also a member of the Multi-Million Dollar Advocate's Forum, one of the most prestigious groups of trial lawyers in the country. Membership is limited to attorneys who have a verdict or settlement of at least $2 million dollars.

  2. Workers compensation
    Mr. Hays was selected a Georgia "Super Lawyer" in workers' compensation for several years in a row. This is an honor voted on by other attorneys and bestowed on fewer than 5% of the attorneys in Georgia.

  3. Wrongful death
    When we handle a wrongful death claim, we compassionately work with the surviving spouse or family members to navigate through the extremely difficult times following the tragedy. Our focus is to handle all of the legal issues and promptly investigate the claim while helping the family deal with the loss of a loved one.

  4. Social Security & Disability
    At Gary Martin Hays & Associates, our lawyers understand what you are going through. We also know how to deal with the Social Security Administration bureaucracy for our clients. If you were denied Social Security benefits, or need assistance with an

In my 27 years of practicing law in the personal injury field, I have been involved in claims that would break your heart into pieces. When you investigate these wrecks and look at the photos taken at the scene of the crash — photos of men, women, and children — who have died in these collisions, it leaves an indelible mark on you. Try as I may, I can never forget those faces.

Equally gut-wrenching are the times when I meet with the surviving family members to talk about the wreck and about their loved one. They have such fond, vivid memories. But now, their world is turned upside down. I serve as part attorney and part counselor —- helping them through the legal process while listening to them, at times crying with them, but always supporting them through the process.

Other families have met with me at the table discussing their wreck and their injuries. They tell me the paychecks have stopped coming because of the husband’s back injury. Unfortunately, the bills haven’t stopped. They are worried:

* will he lose his job?

* how will he pay the medical bills without health insurance?

* who will pay to repair the damaged car?

* what about his future medical needs?

These are certainly legitimate concerns and worries and these victims deserve answers. They deserve someone who is willing to fight to get them all the cash and benefits they are legally entitled to receive. Every single client needs an attorney that cares, that will take action, and will listen.

I’ll admit, it’s not an easy task.

I suppose I learned best how to work with people when tragedy strikes from watching my father. For more than 50 years, he was a United Methodist minister serving churches in south Alabama and northwest Florida. He was always there whenever someone needed to talk - never judging, but listening. It’s funny how a lot of people just assume preachers only work on Saturdays for weddings and Sundays to preach - mix in the occasional funeral too. His work never seemed to end. If the home phone wasn’t ringing, there was a knock on the door from one of the members of the church - or a friend of a friend who was a member - that just wanted to talk.

This kind of work is not a 9-to-5 type of commitment. It requires long hours, rolling up the sleeves, and a dedicated work ethic.

I am proud to say that we have helped over 45,000 victims and their families since 1993 in their car wreck, workers’ compensation, wrongful death, inadequate security, and social security claims. It has been an honor and a privilege to have helped these people through their trying times. I’m proud of what I do, and I’m thankful that the Good Lord has given me the opportunity to continue to work in this field.

I wrote a book that became a bestseller in three separate categories on entitled The Authority on Personal Injury Claims in Georgia: The Definitive Guide for Injured Victims & Their Lawyers. It is my hope that this book will help guide injured victims and their attorneys through the minefields that can exist in personal injury claims. Some attorneys would never let you peek behind the curtain to see how they handle cases. To me, there are no secrets. I want to share our knowledge with others so they can help Georgia’s consumers take on the insurance industry and their "Delay, Deny and Defend" tactics.

Should you ever have any questions regarding a personal injury, wrongful death, workers’ compensation, or social security disability claim, please do not hesitate to contact me. If you would like to have my law firm conduct a free, no obligation, completely confidential consultation of your case, please do not hesitate to call. At a minimum, if you don’t call us, please call someone who specializes in personal injury claims.

Our toll-free phone number is .

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God Bless and Be Safe!

Gary Martin Hays


About Gary Martin Hays . . .

Gary Martin Hays is not only a successful lawyer but is a nationally recognized safety advocate who works tirelessly to educate our families and children on issues ranging from bullying to internet safety to abduction prevention. He currently serves on the Board of Directors of the Elizabeth Smart Foundation. Gary has been seen on countless television stations, including CNN Headline News, ABC, CBS, NBC and FOX affiliates. He has appeared on over 110 radio stations, including the Georgia News Network, discussing legal topics and providing safety tips to families. He hosted "Georgia Legal News Update" on WSB-TV and the CW Atlanta TV Network and has been quoted in USA Today, The Wall Street Journal, and featured on over 250 online sites including , CBS News’s , The Boston Globe, The Miami Herald, The New York Daily News, and The Miami Herald.

Gary is the Co-Creator and Legal Producer for the television show “Personal Injury Court.” He has also hosted the "Georgia Legal News Update" featured on WSB and Atlanta’s CW Network. Gary is also the creator and host of "The Intersection: Where Country and Faith Come Together," featured on WKHX (New Country ) and formerly on WUBL (94.9 The BULL FM) in Atlanta. He previously created and hosted "The Wise Counsel Project" as featured on WFSH (FISH ). Gary interviewed men and women of faith and asked them to share their "wise counsel" on how we can make better decisions in our daily lives. He has interviewed Bret Baier (Host of Special Report on Fox News), Comedian Jeff Foxworthy, Coach Tony Dungy, Governor Nathan Deal, and Dr. Alveda King.

Gary is also a 16-time best-selling author/co-author, including the #1 best-selling legal books, The Authority on Personal Injury Claims in Georgia, The Authority on Workers’ Compensation Claims in Georgia, and The Authority on Inadequate/Negligent Security Claims in Georgia.

Gary graduated from Emory University in 1986 with a B.A. degree in Political Science and a minor in Afro-American and African Studies. In 1989, he received his law degree from the Walter F. George School of Law of Mercer University, Macon, Georgia. His outstanding academic achievements landed him a position on Mercer’s Law Review.

His legal accomplishments include being a member of the prestigious Multi-Million Dollar Advocate’s Forum, a society limited to those attorneys who have received a settlement or verdict of at least $2 million. He has been recognized by Atlanta Magazine as one of Georgia’s top workers’ compensation lawyers. Gary frequently lectures to other attorneys in Georgia on continuing education topics. He has been recognized as one of the Top 100 Trial Lawyers in Georgia since 2007 by the American Trial Lawyers Association and recognized by Lawdragon as one of the leading Plaintiffs’ Lawyers in America. His firm specializes in personal injury, wrongful death, workers’ compensation, and pharmaceutical claims.

In 2008, Gary started the non-profit organization Keep Georgia Safe with the mission to provide safety education and crime prevention training in Georgia. Keep Georgia Safe has trains state and local law enforcement officers in CART (Child Abduction Response Teams) so our first responders will know what to do in the event a child is abducted in Georgia. Gary has completed Child Abduction Response Team training with the National AMBER Alert program through the U.S. Department of Justice and Fox Valley Technical College. He is a certified instructor in the radKIDS curriculum. His law firm has donated over 1,000 bicycle helmets and 15 college scholarships.

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Law Offices of Gary Martin Hays & Associates, P.C.
3098 Breckinridge Boulevard
Duluth, GA, 30096
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75 Ponce de Leon Ave NE
Ste 101
Atlanta, GA, 30308
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5640 Old National Hwy
College Park, GA, 30349
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2372 Austell Road SW
Marietta, GA, 30008
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431 Green Street NW
Gainesville, GA, 30501
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6830 Main St
Lithonia, GA, 30058
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1000 Peek Street NW
Conyers, GA, 30012
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4.4 / 5.0
  24 customer reviews
Posted by Timm | April 15, 2018
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Primo representation
I don't think you could find a more personable squad of attorneys. If you walk in with any anxieties, you won't be leaving with them. Every time I met, or spoke, with anyone there it felt more like I was asking a friend for their advice than I was getting legal counsel. The ride could not have been smoother. Great job!
Posted by Oscar | December 3, 2017
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Excellent Company
I received excellent service from my initial consultation until the conclusion of my case. All of my questions that I had to decide whether to hire Gary Martin Hays were answered at the beginning in detail and I felt very comfortable. Attorney Lucas Griffin was straightforward and honest as he nformed me of my options every step of the way.And Danielle Strickland always answered all of my questions that I had in a very timely manner. I thank them dearly for the very courteous and professional way that my case was handled and would not hesitate to recommend this firm to anyone who wants results in a case that they might have.
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Posted by Johnathan | October 25, 2017
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My experience with the law firm Gary Martin - Hayes
I am currently a client of the Hayes firm my case manager Tachelle is phenomenal , see has renewed my faith in lawyers . If I am ever in need of an attorney I would not hesitate to use them again
Posted by Elizabeth | September 20, 2017
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Excellent representation
Gary Martin Hays Law firm provides excellent representation. His attorneys and staff were always available and thoughtful and were always available via phone or email or in person. They stood up for me with the insurance company and ensured my rights were protected and that the insurance company provided me with the necessary medical care required and dignity. Gary Martin Hays & Associates are in it for the long haul. I highly recommend this firm.
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Posted by Ellen | May 17, 2017
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Excellent Law Firm
I can't recommend this law firm highly enough. They are a pleasure to work with, get back to you promptly, and are kind and understanding. They really care about their clients and will fight for you to help you win your case, they have your back!
Posted by Daniel | March 30, 2017
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Great firm
The law office of Gary Martin Hayes was there for me from day one..they have a great team of attorney's that work hard for you the assistant Rhonda Newton is the most kind and generous person I have ever met she worked very hard on my case even when i thought she wasn' you Rhonda..she always kept me informed on my case as promised always there to do make your day brighter with a kind compassionate Heart.thanks Gary Martin Hayes
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Posted by Steve (I am a Robot) | July 15, 2016
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Almost Worth Getting in an Accident For
I am still actively engaged in my case, but thus far GMH has been a Godsend. I know less than nothing about insurance companies and I want to keep it that way. To me they are a necessary evil. The people at GMH-Rhonda and Philip Milam in particular, have been VERY attentive to everythig I have needed. Most of which I didn't know I needed. Don't attempt to fight this battle on your own. You will lose. Call Gary Martin Hays and let them fight for you.
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Posted by Tiffany | June 22, 2016
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This law firm is very professional. They have the legal knowledge, legal experience and they communicate well with their clients. I am very satisfied.
Posted by Maria | May 20, 2016
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My out of state lawyer
Because my case is in Atlanta but I live in Virginia, I retained an Atlanta lawyer, Gary Martin Hays & Assoc. Even though I do not live in Atlanta the communication has been excellent thus far. My case manager Isabel A Ruiz, has been very helpful and thorough with the details of my case, continually checking on my health and well being. My case attorney Will Cheves, explained to me in detail my rights concerning this personal injury accident. I have been very pleased with my representation from all at the law firm and I much appreciate all their help and guidence during this difficult time. I recommend them to anyone who finds themselves in a situation that requires legal assistance.
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Posted by Rachael | May 16, 2016
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Amazing Attorneys & Friendly Staff
If you're looking for folks who actually care about you, this is the firm. I felt like I wasn't just another call waiting on the other end for someone to tell me what my options were. I would have been lost without Gary Martin Hays.
Posted by Cherie | January 2, 2015
Awesome experience, freindly staff!!
I was getting no where with the insurance company, they would not approve for me to visit the doctor and would not return calls. After calling Gary Martin Hayes and Associates, the insurance company began responding more rapidly. Anytime the insurance company wouldn't comply, my case manager stayed on top of them.
Posted by Jeff | November 10, 2014
The ultimate Professional
When you are in a serious accident you know you need the help of an attorney. I am glad I found Gary Martin Hays. He is quite capable of responding to the needs of someone who was in a seriou8s accident. I know that I picked the best attorney in this area.
Posted by Allison | October 29, 2014
Part of the family
I have had a great experience with Gary Martin Hayes and Associate. They make you feel like family and they are ready to take good care of you.
Posted by Percival | October 29, 2014
Excellent and Empowering Experience!
I thoroughly enjoyed my interaction with Gary Martin-Hays and Associates! They were so caring and efficient at the same time. They showed that they really care and wanted me to get well as soon as possible and they reassured me that everything would be okay but the main focus was my recovery. I appreciate Gary Martin Hays!
Posted by Angela | October 29, 2014
Gary Martin Hays and Associates were very suppotive
I would recommend Gary Martin Hays and Associates to anyone who has been in a car accident. Their firm is very knowledgeable and extremely concerned about you and your well being.
Posted by LaKisha | October 21, 2014
I highly recommend Gary Hays and Associates for your personal injuries needs.
I highly recommend Gary Hays and Associates for your personal injuries needs. They were very welcoming, professional, informative and works in the spirit of excellence. You will be happy with your results. It was my pleasure working with them.
Posted by Donna | October 7, 2014
They treated me like family!
He changed my perception of lawyers. I would certainly recommend him and his law firm to family and friends being that they treat you like you're family. They want to make sure you understand everything that's going on with your case and they always stayed in touch.
Posted by Olive | September 15, 2013
Who Could Ever Ask for MORE!!
I am Still working with this Firm and never ever have to worry about anything regarding my case. I am constantly updated. I am always getting calls to see "How I am Doing" Physically, emotionally and to check on my and my families wellbeing...
Posted by Michael | September 14, 2013
Review of GMH and Associates
As someone who used the services of Gary Martin Hays and Associates I was more then satisfied with the quality of service, an the service in general of the law firm. They assisted me in one of the worst times of my life after I was injured in a automobile accident through no fault of my own. The people at GMH and Associates treated me as family, and not just a case number. They did everything in their power to assist me during this time, answered all of my questions, and talked to me as a person. That goes a long way in taking the edge off the stress that comes with any a case such as this which is also something someone in m position had to deal with on a daily basis. That says a lot to me about their character, and their compassion.
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Posted by Don | September 11, 2013
My lawyer handled everything. He arranged all the medical examinations and therapy for me and also negotiated payments on my expenses. Although I was pleasantly surprised with the final results of the case, I wish I had a little more interaction with him.
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AVVO RATING 10.0 (Superb)


  • Mercer University - Walter F. George School of Law
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 1989
  • Emory University
  • BA - Bachelor of Arts
  • 1986


  • Georgia Trial Lawyers Association
  • Member
  • N/A

Languages Spoken

  • English
  • Spanish

Honors and Awards

  • Best of Gwinnett - Personal Injury Law
  • Gwinnett Magazine
  • 2018
  • Client Satisfaction
  • American Institute of Personal Injury Attorneys
  • 2015
  • TELLY Award - Stand and Serve Documentary
  • TELLY Award Council
  • 2014
  • TELLY Award - Mi Casa Hogar Documentary
  • TELLY Award Council
  • 2014
  • Member
  • Multi-Million Dollar Advocates Forum
  • 2011
  • Community Service Award
  • Georgia Trial Lawyers Association
  • 2007
  • Super Lawyer
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2004
  • Member
  • Million Dollar Advocates Forum
  • 2001
  • Top 100 Trial Lawyers in America
  • American Trial Lawyers Association
  • N/A
  • Leading Lawyers in America
  • Lawdragon
  • N/A
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Speaking Engagements

  • Gwinnett County Peer Leaders Conference
  • Keynote Speaker - Peer Leader Conference
  • 2015
  • Georgia Trial Lawyers Association Annual Auto Torts Seminar
  • Diminished Value Claims in Georgia
  • 2011
  • Georgia Trial Lawyers Association Annual Auto Torts Seminar
  • The Personal Injury Law Firm
  • 2009
  • Georgia Trial Lawyers' Association Annual Auto Torts Seminar
  • Do's and Don'ts For The Personal Injury Law Firm
  • 2007
  • Georgia Trial Lawyers Association Annual Auto Torts Seminar
  • The Personal Injury Law Firm
  • 2006
  • Georgia Trial Lawyers Association Annual Auto Torts Seminar
  • Personal Injury Law Firm Management
  • 2005
  • State Bar of Georgia's Workers' Compensation Seminar
  • Worker's Compensation Subrogation
  • 2002
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Personal injury Attorney | Jan 04
Relationship: Other
"Gary produces some amazingly relevant information in the personal injury sphere. As my practice is working to deliver more relevant and informational content to our marketing demographic, we called Gary to discuss ideas and strategies. He was courteous, generous with his time, and highly knowledgeable. He impresses me as a gentleman and a difference maker."
Personal injury Attorney | Dec 24
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"Co authored the Best Selling book "Protect and Defend" with Gary. His Chapter on the 3 Secrets Insurance Companies Don't want you to Know, is filled with valuable information every accident victim needs to know. It is especially helpful since Gary used to work for the insurance industry and now helps victims injured by someone else's negligence. If you are injured in an accident call Gary."
Personal injury Attorney | Oct 31
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Personal injury Attorney | Sep 04
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I endorse Gary Martin Hays. I have known Gary for about 23 years. He is a great guy and an outstanding attorney with the highest legal skills and ethics in the areas of personal injury and worker's compensation."
Personal injury Attorney | Sep 04
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I have worked with Mr. Hays on several serious Personal Injury cases. He is dedicated to getting the best results for his clients in every case. I was also impressed with his personal concern for the client's well being and quick medical recovery. He is very well respected throughout the legal community in Georgia."
Personal injury Attorney | Jun 12
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"Gary has secured over $225 million for his clients! Recognized in Atlanta Magazine as one of the state's top Workers' Compensation lawyers. American Trial Lawyers' Association selected him as one of the Top 100 Trial Lawyers. selected him as one of the leading Plaintiff's lawyers in America. Not only did he authored "The Authority On Personal Injury," Gary is the authority on personal injury. Check out his book on Kindle."
Personal injury Attorney | Apr 02
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I co-authored a best-selling book on Amazon entitled "Protect & Defend" with Mr. Hays last year. His chapter focused on insurance company secrets. I endorse this lawyer's work."
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