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Gary Martin Hays

About me

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 with 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 commitment. It requires long hours, rolling up the sleeves, and a dedicated work ethic.

I am proud to say that we have helped over 37,000 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 theses 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 which became a bestseller in 3 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 mine fields 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 - but please call someone who specializes in personal injury claims.

Our toll free phone number is 1 (888) 934-8100.

Or you can call (770) 934-8000.

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 hosts "Georgia Legal News Update" on 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 hosts “Georgia Legal News Update” on the CW Network, Atlanta’s only daily legal television show.  Gary is also the creator and host of “The Intersection: Where Country Meets The Cross,” on WUBL (94.9 The BUll FM) in Atlanta.   He also is the host of “The Wise Counsel Project” as featured on WFSH (FISH 104.7). Gary interviews men and women of faith, and asks 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, Actor Kirk Cameron, Governor Nathan Deal, and Dr. Alveda King.



Gary is also a 13 time best-selling author/co-author, including the #1 best-selling legal books, The Authority On Personal Injury Claims in Georgia and The Authority On Workers’ Compensation 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 Dollars. He has been recognized in 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. Since 1993, his firm has helped over 33,000 victims and their families.

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 trained over 80 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 given away 1,000 bicycle helmets and 14 college scholarships.


Languages spoken: English, Spanish

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Practice areas


  1. Personal Injury: 50%
  2. Workers Compensation: 30%
  3. Wrongful Death: 20%

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  • Jeffrey Todd Jones

    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.


    Jeffrey Jones Car accident Attorney
    Relationship: Worked together on matter

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Contact info

Law Offices of Gary Martin Hays & Associates, P.C.

3098 Breckinridge Boulevard
Duluth, GA, 30096


GAActive Member in Good Standing 198908/05/2016
We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
Client SatisfactionAmerican Institute of Personal Injury Attorneys2015
Best of Gwinnett - Personal Injury LawGwinnett Magazine2015
TELLY Award - Mi Casa Hogar DocumentaryTELLY Award Council2014
TELLY Award - Stand and Serve DocumentaryTELLY Award Council2014
MemberMulti-Million Dollar Advocates Forum2011
Community Service AwardGeorgia Trial Lawyers Association2007
Super LawyerSuper Lawyers2004
MemberMillion Dollar Advocates Forum2001
Leading Lawyers in AmericaLawdragonN/A
Top 100 Trial Lawyers in AmericaAmerican Trial Lawyers AssociationN/A
Association namePosition nameDuration
Georgia Trial Lawyers AssociationMemberN/A
Publication nameTitleDate
We Published That, LLCThe Authority on Workers' Compensation Claims: The Definitive Guide for Injured Victims & Their Lawyers in Workers' Compensation Cases2015
We Published That, LLCIf I Were In Charge2015
We Published That, LLCI Will Make a Difference2014
We Published That, LLCThe Authority on Personal Injury Claims In Georgia: The Definitive Guide for Injured Victims & Their Lawyers in Car Accident Cases2013
We Published That, LLCThe Authority on Child Safety2013
Celebrity PressConsumer's Advocate2013
Celebrity PressThink & Grow Rich Today2013
Celebrity PressProtect & Defend2012
Celebrity PressThe Success Secret2012
Celebrity PressSOLD2012
We Published That, LLCThe Authority on Tout2012
Celebrity PressChampions2011
Celebrity PressTrendsetters2011
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
Mercer University - Walter F. George School of LawLawJD - Juris Doctor1989
Emory UniversityPolitical ScienceBA - Bachelor of Arts1986
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
Gwinnett County Peer Leaders ConferenceKeynote Speaker - Peer Leader Conference2015
Georgia Trial Lawyers Association Annual Auto Torts SeminarDiminished Value Claims in Georgia2011
Georgia Trial Lawyers Association Annual Auto Torts SeminarThe Personal Injury Law Firm2009
Georgia Trial Lawyers' Association Annual Auto Torts SeminarDo's and Don'ts For The Personal Injury Law Firm2007
Georgia Trial Lawyers Association Annual Auto Torts SeminarThe Personal Injury Law Firm2006
Georgia Trial Lawyers Association Annual Auto Torts SeminarPersonal Injury Law Firm Management2005
State Bar of Georgia's Workers' Compensation SeminarWorker's Compensation Subrogation2002