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Stephen E. Garner

Workers compensation Attorney at Bremen, GA

5.0   28 reviews

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About Stephen

Learn Stephen’s areas of practice.

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Practice areas
  1. Workers compensation
    32%
    Chairman, Georgia State Board of Workers’ Compensation Advisory Council, Legislative Subcommittee 1992–2008; Member of Governor’s Workers’ Compensation Advisory Commission 2002;Member Governor’s Workers’ Compensation Review Commission 2001; Chairman State Bar of Georgia, Workers' Compensation Law Section 1996–1997; Chairman Georgia Trial Lawyers Association, Workers Compensation Section 1988. I have been involved in the drafting of many of the current workers compensation statutes.

  2. Social Security & Disability
    30%
    The national average for winning a Social Security Disability hearing in 2015 was only 43%. Our clients won 89% of their claims last year. One key factor is that we carefully screen our cases. We don’t take every claim that walks in the door. Disclosure: All cases are different and there is no guarantee of victory, so the mere fact that we have a 89% approval ratio does not mean your particular case has an 89% chance of success.

  3. Personal injury
    28%
    A National Trial Lawyers Top 100 Trial Lawyer in 2014, Top Rated Lawyer – Georgia 2015 and a member of the Million Dollar Advocates Forum. My personal injury practice is primarily auto accident/truck/motorcycle cases and occasional work-site injuries caused by third-parties (not the employer).

  4. Mediation
    5%
    I have been a mediator since 2000 specializing in workers' compensation, personal injury, subrogation issues in workers' compensation, and cases with potential social security implications (catastrophic designation and MSA considerations)

  5. Wrongful death
    5%

A respected problem-solver & lawyer/mediator.  A member of the Christian Legal Society; National Organization of Social Security Claimants’ Representatives; Georgia Trial Lawyers Association; American Association for Justice; and is a past chairman of the Workers’ Compensation Advisory Council, Legislative Subcommittee.  Selected as a 2017 "Georgia Super Lawyer," rated an AV Preeminent Lawyer rating in Martindale Hubbell (their highest rating in legal ability and ethical standards) and Top Lawyer - GA. Selected as a National Trial Lawyers Top 100 Trial Lawyer, Premier 100 Civil Trial Attorney, Personal Injury 10 Best Attorneys for Client Satisfaction (Georgia), a member of the Million Dollar Advocates Forum, Order of the Barristers, and the National Academy of Distinguished Neutrals.

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Licensed for 39 years
State GA
Status Active Member in Good Standing
Acquired 1983
Updated 11/03/2022

We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.

Contact Stephen

Murphy & Garner LLC
202 Carrollton Street, Suite 108
P.O. Box 1140
Bremen, GA, 30110

Reviews

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Posted by Kristoffor | July 5, 2017
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Great guy, great lawyer
After a several-year long battle with workers comp, my next battle was with social security for disability. Everyone told me that I need a lawyer, because the process is a mess. I was denied twice for benefits, and Mr. Garner came highly recommended, so i figured I'd try him out. With him, the process was easy, I was approved, and even after the decision and he was paid, he still was helping me it ( social security somehow messed up my paperwork, negatively affecting my monthly income). He's a great guy, and a great lawyer. Thank you Mr. Garner.
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Posted by anonymous | April 10, 2017
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
5 star
Very happy with outcome. Settlement was exactly as he predicted!
Posted by Anna | April 8, 2017
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Great Godly lawyer and friend!
Despite losing my husband and the father of my two young children, Stephen and his team did everything that they could to make sure we received what was deserved in this wrongful thing that happened. He's a good lawyer and represents his firm in a Godly manner!
Posted by Daniel | March 17, 2017
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
ABSOLUTELY PAINLESS PROCESS/WORTH THE DRIVE 100 MILES
STEPHEN, was AWESOME... and his staff were just as good ... he was honest in his assessment of my case and told me what to expect at every step of the way. a simple phone call and some faxed releases got it started , after that Stephen handled EVERYTHING ELSE with complete efficiency even though we all know the SSA is slow and the process has to run its course. I wouldn't refer any friend or family member to any other attorney in the state of Georgia. you wont find a better SSA attorney PERIOD.. ALL THIS FROM A FULLY SATISFIED CLIENT.... GOD SPEED STEPHEN, YOU AND YOUR STAFF WILL ALWAYS BE IN MY PRAYERS. DANIEL
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Posted by Ronnie | February 27, 2017
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Personal injury
Made the entire process stress free. They know what there doing. To me Mr.Garner has a peaceful way of explaining details so you will understand the process. He takes his job serious and that is missing in today's world I feel. Overall i would recommend Mr. Garner the best in my book.
Posted by Pamela | January 24, 2017
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Trust is the key
Mr Garner and his staff demonstrated trust and integrity from our first meeting in February 2015. I was always treated with respect and every question was answered. I highly recommend Mr Garner and would retain him again.
Posted by Shane | October 31, 2016
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
First class lawyer
Mr Garner and staff was the best . Professional, timely, and honest is the three words to me that best describe him. His staff was always helpful . If you need a lawyer Garner is the one to get the job done
Posted by Larry & Betty Martin | August 31, 2016
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Stephen E. Garner, LLC rates a 5 Excellent rating as our lawyer! He is the be Attorney in Georgia.
Mr. Garner looked over a case we had won in a previous case. It was to complicated for us to understand. He gave us his indications on where we should go next. We took his advise. He then made a phone call with us in the room to the people involved. We identified ourselves as did he. He then was able to handle the problem legally involved and clear up all the problems between us without any other disagreements. The problems were solved. The secretary was able to type in the necessary words to correct everything. The papers were then faxed & the problems were solved. We also had our living wills and person wills done to our satisfaction. We drove 2 hours to this lawyer because we knew him to be a fine lawyer and man!!!
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Posted by Judy | July 15, 2016
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Stephen E Garner
Mr Garner is a compassionate, caring attorney, very smart and knowledgeable. He did a superb job at representing me both during my wait time, and before the disability judge. He kept us informed at all phases of the case. I would happily recommend him to anyone!
Posted by Kimbly | June 4, 2016
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Great law firm
My lawyer Stephen Garner handled my accident claim, SSDI claim and my LTD claim. He was upfront with what he thought he could or could not do for me on my claims. He took his time when talking with me to explain things to me in a way that I could understand. The staff treated me with respect and made me feel welcomed. I was extremely happy with the outcome he helped me receive. I recommend this firm as well as Mr. Garner to anyone who is facing accident claim or SSDI claim. You will have a excellent lawyer representing you.
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Posted by Kevin Roddy | March 30, 2016
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Questions about Social Security
Mr. Garner answered all questions that were asked. Also was able to guide us in areas needed to be addressed to help to be able to get Social Security benefit. There is no other attorney I would use, when it comes to Social Security.
Response from Stephen Garner April 1, 2016
Thank you, Kevin. We strongly encourage our clients to ask questions. We handle legal matters every day and we know our clients are usually in unfamiliar territory during a very stressful time in their lives. We want to make sure you are fully informed and know what to expect in your case. It was our honor to represent you.
Posted by Robert | March 11, 2016
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Garner and Staff
The due diligence provided by Atty Garner and his staff was above and beyond perfection. From receptionist to Atty Garner, there was a personal attitude that was friendly, honest and very intelligent. They worked with me from start to finish with respect and understanding. They helped with any questions that I had and never got impatient with me. They never told me anything that wasn't true, even if it was something I may not want to hear. Special thanks goes to Nancy who lent an ear on more than one occasion. Atty Garner is a very smart and trusting PERSON as well as an Attorney. They were even willing to meet me somewhere to get paperwork, etc when I had days that I couldn't physically get to them. They are the kind of people that you want as your friends. One word cannot describe how I feel about them. We worked together for 3 years to find and receive a resolution. One word cannot explain how I feel about them. However, these words do come to mind. Passionate, caring, diligent, trustworthy, friendly, HONEST.
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Response from Stephen Garner March 12, 2016
Thank you Robert. Your case reminds me of Country Lawyer Lesson #3: Good clients + good facts + hard work and good preparation + good/fair decision maker = good result. We are both humbled and challenged by your comments. Getting justice for our clients is sometimes a slow and frustrating process, but when we see deserving folks like you get it, we know all the time and effort is worth it. We cannot guarantee results, but we do guarantee we will be well prepared and present the best case we can. We also always want to make sure our clients are well prepared for their day in court. It was our honor to represent you, and it was a privilege to get to know you and your family. Thank you for your kind words, and even more importantly - thank you for your service!
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Posted by Marilyn | February 9, 2016
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Best Legal Advice Ever!
Stephen Garner is my hero! He is thorough and effective. Thanks to his hard work and vast experience, Stephen was able to help me navigate through the quagmire of my SSDI appeal process in record time. He has exceeded all my expectations with positive results! He has given me the best legal advice ever!
Response from Stephen Garner February 10, 2016
Thank you Marilyn. I am so happy we were able to win your case at the Reconsideration level. Most Social Security cases take considerably longer, however, your solid work history, supportive doctors and your thorough answers on the Adult Disability Report paperwork made a compelling case for disability. We strive to autograph every case with excellence, and helping good folks like you get justice is so very rewarding.
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Posted by Paula | February 3, 2016
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Car Wreck
We hit a Full size lifted pickup truck at 50mph when he turned left in front of us on the bypass in Carrollton. Both vehicle were totaled. Grandson and I were both taken by ambulance. No life threatening injuries surprisingly, considering our little car to his big truck but still several months of therapies on feet and back. Very scary when you don't see anything and then wham your life flashes before your eyes. The owner of the truck never reported to his insurance that there was an accident so his insurance company refused to pay. I had to use our insurance to pay off our car and cover some of the medical bills along with my personal health insurance. After 3 weeks off yelling at the Auto owners Insurance that I had personally sent them the accident report myself and it clearly stated their client at fault with 2 witnesses and the owner of the truck telling the officer it was his fault because he thought he could make it. How can they just ignore my claim? Their response was "unless my client claims responsibility we will not pay a dime" searching there reputation online I took the next step and started looking for attorneys. Mr. Garners fees were reasonable and he handled my case very professionally. It was a great relief on me when we hired Mr. Garner because I wasn't getting anything but the run around from the Insurance Co. and the mean time my bills were piling up quick. He sent a certified letter to the owner of the truck that he had so many days to report to his insurance or he would be personally responsible. Along with a letter to his Insurance. He and his staff helped keep the bill collectors of my back and from sending the bills to collections while the insurance company drug their feet. They went back and forth but Mr. Garner was able to get us all a reasonable settlement with out having to battle it out in court. If he wasn't in the office his staff was always able to answer any of questions I had immediately. I had access to his email so I could send documents with a link instead of trying to find someone to drive me to his office to deliver them. This made it very easy on me to communicate and get bills to him. I am very happy I hired him because I know that if I had not I would be paying these bills instead of breathing easy and not having to worry where the moneys going to come from. I would like to say that I he met with us on a Saturday morning for the first visit so that both my husband and I could meet with him. He has also came in on other Saturdays just for us to sign papers. I have never had an attorney that would be willing not much offer to do this for a client. thank you Garner and Murphy.
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Response from Stephen Garner February 4, 2016
Thank you, Paula, for taking the time to tell your story. I am glad we were able to help your family through the run around people often get from the insurance companies. I am also glad the ladies in my office were able to keep you informed and answer your questions whenever I was out of the office. They have all been with me a long time and can usually address your questions. But when they cannot, I strive to reply to your communications within one business day of receipt, whether it is by phone call, e-mail, text or meeting with you in person. And I understand it is hard for people who are working to get in to see me during our regular hours, so I try to be flexible and meet after hours or on Saturdays. We try to go the extra mile for all our clients because we know there are lots of attorneys to choose from and we always want to make you glad you chose us.
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Posted by Robert | February 3, 2016
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| Hired Attorney
A great Lawyer for the services Mr. Garner provides !
I hired Mr. Garner to handle some legal matters for me and was not dissapointed at all. Being the 2nd time in around 25yrs. to hire Mr. Garner, only one word can describe him and his staff. " OUTSTANDING " ! From the smiling face of receptionest Nancy (25 yrs. service ) all the way back to Mr. Garners office, You just get a feeling that I have come to the right place. So, if you are looking for a Lawyer that gets results, look no further than Murphy &Garner,LLC .
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Response from Stephen Garner February 4, 2016
Thank you, Robert. We strive to provide all our clients with top quality customer service. We care about you and your future. You are not just a case to us; you are a person needing help and we take that responsibility seriously. I am blessed to have great staff - all with over 15 years experience. I shared your review with Nancy and she smiled a little bigger.
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Posted by Sandy | January 30, 2016
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Accident Settlement
Mr. Garner was able to get a substantial settlement for me after a car accident in which I was injured and my automobile was totaled. Both he and his staff did a great job and are so nice to work with. I really appreciate the work they did for me and would definitely recommend them.
Response from Stephen Garner February 4, 2016
Thank you, Sandy. It was our pleasure to assist you. We try to treat our clients the way we would want to be treated. In every case we strive to show our clients respect, compassion and attentiveness. I hope that was your experience. If we can be of assistance to you in the future, please give us a call.
Posted by anonymous | December 10, 2015
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Honest, Helpful, Humble
Currently going through the process of disability denials and hired Mr. Garner to help navigate me... He and his staff have been incredibly helpful, understanding, and eager to help with any questions. Would highly recommend him and his staff.
Response from Stephen Garner December 11, 2015
Thank you for the feedback. We understand it is a very long and frustrating process to pursue a Social Security disability claim. I have a very compassionate, experienced staff and we strive to remove the mystery from the long journey to justice. I look forward to adding you to our Victors' Wall in the future.
Posted by anonymous | September 21, 2015
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Very fast and effective team
Mr. Garner and his staff are very fast and effective. When you have questions about your claim, the staff is very helpful and friendly. After my car accident, I was stressed and needed help on finishing my claim. They worked hard to finish my case with the best results possible. I highly recommend them to anyone needing help. It was a stress free experience.
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Response from Stephen Garner September 22, 2015
Thank you for your kind words. I am glad we were able to lessen the stress and help you get good results. I am blessed to have a great staff, and they have all been with me for many years. We strive to go the extra mile for all our clients. We know there are lots of attorney options out there for people, and we always want them to be glad they chose us to represent them.
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Posted by Laura | September 15, 2015
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Social Security Disability
Mr. Garner and his staff are wonderful.The most impressive quality of Mr.Garner is his integrity.He made me feel he honestly cared if I won my case.When I did win I think he was as happy as I was.I would recommend Mr.Garner and his staff to anyone wanting a lawyer that's honest and will fight for you.
Response from Stephen Garner September 19, 2015
Thank you, Laura. We do care about our clients and their futures. You are not just a case to us; you are a person going through a very difficult time in your life. We endeavor to guide each client through the unfamiliar territory of the legal process as we seek justice together. It is truly our honor and privilege to represent deserving clients like you.
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Posted by Jeanette | May 6, 2015
Gets the job done!!! Very Very good! !!
If you are looking for a lawyer to help with your social security disability claim i highly recommend Stephen Garner. He is the most pleasant , honest and caring lawyer i have ever met. May not always happen this way , but my disability claim was approved the first time his office submitted it.
Response from Stephen Garner September 1, 2016
Thank you, Jeanette. Unfortunately, most folks have to wait a lot longer than you did for approval of their claims. There is a backlog of over 1.1 million cases in the system nationally. However, we are always pleased when the SSA pays attention to compelling medical evidence we submit on your behalf.
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Cost

Rates
  • Free Consultation 60 minutes
  • Contingency 25%-40%
Payment methods
Cash, Check

Resume

AVVO RATING 10.0 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Lawyer
  • Murphy & Garner, LLC
  • 1983 - Present

Education

  • Mercer University - Walter F. George School of Law
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 1983
  • University of West Georgia
  • BA - Bachelor of Arts
  • 1979

Legal Cases

  • Christine P.
  • Settlement of $700,000.00
  • Marty B.
  • Confidential settlement in excess of $1,250,000.00
  • K. R.
  • Settled for $933,000.00
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Associations

  • Expert Network
  • Expert Network Distinguished Lawyer
  • 2015 - Present
  • Million Dollar Advocates Forum
  • Member
  • 2014 - Present
  • The National Academy of Distinguished Neutrals
  • Member
  • 2009 - Present
  • Nat. Org. of Social Security Claimants’ Representatives
  • Member
  • 2008 - Present
  • Georgia Trial Lawyers Association
  • Member
  • 1983 - Present
  • American Association for Justice
  • Member
  • 1982 - Present
  • Governor’s Workers’ Compensation Advisory Commission
  • Member
  • 2002 - 2002
  • Governor’s Workers’ Compensation Review Commission
  • Member
  • 2001 - 2001
  • State Bar of Georgia, Workers' Compensation Law Section
  • Past Chairman
  • 1996 - 1997
  • Georgia State Board of Workers’ Compensation Advisory Council, Legislative Subcommittee
  • Chairman
  • 1992 - 2008
  • Georgia Trial Lawyers Association, Workers Compensation Section
  • Past Chairman
  • 1989 - 1989
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Languages Spoken

  • English

Honors and Awards

  • Super Lawyers
  • Super Lawyers, a Thomson Reuters business
  • 2017
  • America's Most Honored Professionals - Top 1%
  • American Registry
  • 2016
  • Client Distinction Award
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2016
  • Top Rated Lawyer - Georgia
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2015
  • 10 Best Attorneys for Client Satisfaction - GA
  • American Institute of Personal Injury Attorneys
  • 2015
  • Premier 100 Civil Trial Attorney
  • American Academy of Trial Attorneys
  • 2015
  • Million Dollar Advocate
  • Million Dollar Advocates Forum
  • 2015
  • AV Preeminent 5.0 out of 5 Peer Review Rated
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2014
  • Top 100 Trial Lawyers
  • National Trial Lawyers
  • 2014
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Publications

  • Workers's Compensation Law Institute, Georgia ICLE
  • What Will Be Your Legal Legacy? 101 Country Lawyer Lessons
  • 2015
  • Workers’ Compensation Law Institute, Georgia ICLE
  • "Lien On Me: It Ain’t Over ‘Til It’s Over"
  • 2012
  • Workers’ Compensation Law Institute, Georgia ICLE
  • “Mediations: Successful Techniques And Techniques Effective Advocates Should Avoid”
  • 2011
  • Institute of Continuing Legal Education (ICLE Georgia)
  • Preparing The Plaintiff For The Mediation Process
  • 2001
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Speaking Engagements

  • Insurance Adjuster's Seminar
  • “Making Mediations Work for You: Adjusting the Adjuster’s Perspective”
  • 2012
  • Georgia State Board of Workers’ Compensation ALJ Seminar
  • "Mediation Magic: How to Snatch Settlement from the Jaws of a Looming Impasse"
  • 2012

Attorney endorsements

Received (5)
Given (5)
Endorse Stephen
Workers compensation Attorney | Mar 27
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Personal injury Attorney | Feb 27
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"Having worked against Stephen for nearly 22 years, I can say with certainty that his advocacy and trial skills are above reproach! Stephen knows the law and is always very-well prepared - so are his clients! He's a worthy adversary in every regard. He's also trustworthy and honest - his word is his bond. He's definitely a "go-to" man in your time of need. I respect him immensely!"
Mediation Attorney | Feb 27
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"Each time that Stephen has mediated a workers' compensation case for me, I have been extremely satisfied with the outcome. His expertise in the areas of Workers' Compensation Law and Social Security Disability law make him uniquely well-suited for mediating Catastrophic injury cases where Medicare Set-Aside issues always arise. Stephen has a calm temperament which immediately puts all parties at ease. He is very intuitive and he has repeatedly proven to me that he can tenaciously tackle complex issues and guide all parties towards a successful resolution of their claims."
Workers compensation Attorney | Jan 21
Relationship: Other
"I endorse this lawyer."
Personal injury Attorney | Jan 21
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I fully endorse Stephen in the areas of personal injury, SSI, worker's comp., and social security disability. Stephen is well known locally and across the state as an ethical, competent, and results oriented attorney. Stephen is a good, Christian man who's faith has greatly assisted him in developing such a successful law practice and in helping thousands of clients who have been in need."
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