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Michael Thomas Rafi

Personal injury Attorney at Atlanta, GA

4.8   19 reviews

About Michael

Learn Michael’s areas of practice.

Mike has helped clients recover millions.  His philosophy is simple and effective: focus on a small number of cases and maximize the value of each one.  Mike represents people injured in tractor-trailer, commercial motor vehicle, and automobile accidents, crime victims in negligent security cases, and others who are seriously injured.

Mike has been recognized as one of the best young lawyers in Georgia and named a Georgia Rising Star by Super Lawyers and Atlanta Magazine.  Only 2.5% of all lawyers in Georgia are selected as Rising Stars.

Mike initially practiced law with an international law firm based in Atlanta, defending companies in personal injury and commercial litigation cases.  He routinely represented Georgia’s largest electric utility company in personal injury cases.  The firm selected Mike as its “Legal Aid Fellow,” and he fought for low-income individuals whose landlords illegally evicted them or forced them to live in poor conditions.  Mike still fights for people injured because of negligence by landlords and property owners.

Mike graduated cum laude from the University of Georgia School of Law.  While in law school, Mike excelled on both the National Moot Court and Mock Trial Teams.  He won the Ralph J. Beaird Closing Argument Competition and the Talmadge Moot Court Competition.  The law school named Mike the “Outstanding Mock Trial Advocate” of his class and inducted him into the Lumpkin Inn of Court and the National Order of the Barristers.   He is often asked to teach current law students advocacy skills and techniques.

Mike graduated cum laude from Furman University and currently serves as an Ambassador for the University.  In that role, he interviews perspective students and provides feedback to the Admissions Department.  While at Furman, Mike served as captain of the Mock Trial Team and worked for U.S. Senator Lindsay Graham.  Mike then worked for a number of news organizations, including Fox News Channel in New York City and Cox Broadcasting’s Washington, DC news bureau.  Each day he helped tell audiences about challenges faced by individuals and their communities.  Now, instead of telling stories on television to thousands of people, Mike advocates for his clients to juries.

Photos and videos

Mike Rafi confronted a Safety Director with her company's own policies, showed the company violated them, and that as a result, the company allowed an unsafe vehicle on the road.
On April 17, 2015, Mike Rafi appeared on Fox News to discuss the legal ramifications of an ESPN reporter's tirade.  Mike was an associate producer for Fox News before he went to law school, and now he uses that training to help injured people.
Mike Rafi appeared on Atlanta Legal Experts and talked about some of his most memorable cases and clients.
Licensed for 11 years
State GA
Status Active Member in Good Standing
Acquired 2011
Updated 11/03/2022

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

Contact Michael

Rafi Law Firm LLC
1201 West Peachtree Street NW
Suite 2319
Atlanta, GA, 30309
Rafi Law Firm LLC
1895 Phoenix Boulevard
Suite 110B
College Park, GA, 30349
Rafi Law Firm LLC
1095 Powers Place
Suite B
Alpharetta, GA, 30009
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Reviews

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Posted by Dashaun | January 14, 2019
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Amazing and Professional
Mike was a blessing to work with. He is extremely hardworking and professional. He handled our medical malpractice suit with what seemed like ease.(I'm sure it wasn't easy though). He was easy to communicate with and was always eager to answer any of our questions. Will use Mike for all of my legal needs.
Posted by Paul | January 9, 2019
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Praise from a satisfied client
I was struck by a car while riding my bicycle to work. I found myself in the hospital with serious injuries and no recollection of the accident. My family contacted the police to get a copy of the accident report, but was told it was unavailable because of the recent cyberattack on the city of Atlanta. We were referred to Rafi Law Firm by a friend. They did an excellent job getting the accident report from the city, obtaining witness and police statements, and dealing with a difficult insurance company. They were very responsive when we had questions and conscientiously kept us informed during the 9-month process of getting our claims paid. I am so glad I had Arthur and Mike working for me.
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Posted by anonymous | November 12, 2018
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
We highly recommend Rafi Law Firm!
We highly recommend Rafi Law Firm! Mike's services led to the most equitable outcome. His advice was genuine and honest without being too pushy and he made time to come out of his way to meet with us in person shortly after the accident. His staff, including Victoria, were great to work with and were very responsive to our needs.
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Posted by MMCII | March 2, 2018
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| Hired Attorney
Lawsuit Won!
Mr. Rafi was attentive and understanding and got the job done. I will use him again should I ever need legal assistance. He is definitely top notch in his field and a rising star.
Posted by Stephanie | September 14, 2017
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Excellent Attorney
I highly recommend Mr. Rafi and his team to help with any legal issue you may have. He is efficient, keeps you updated and will work tirelessly to get you the money you deserve. My boyfriend and I were injured earlier this year by a drunk driver. Mike was referred to us and we couldn't be happier. Thanks Mr. Rafi and Team!!
Posted by Velteena | August 8, 2017
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Great Lawyer
I do appreciate so much what this firm has done for me especially Mr. Rafi. The way we met was truly a blessing from God. He did far more than I expected money wise because of what insurance the other driver had. I would really refer him to others. As I take and finish paralegal classed to possibly volunteer to help in the future. I know that he will be booming by the time I am done. Much love for this office.
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Posted by Bridget | July 1, 2017
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| Hired Attorney
Nothing short of amazing
Mr. Rafi and his team were amazing. He did everything from contacting all involved parties to educating me on the process involved to help us get all that we deserved.
Posted by anonymous | June 21, 2017
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| Hired Attorney
Trustworthy and sharp
Mike immediately understood what I needed in my case (representation for a deposition) and provided me exactly the right advice. He navigated a complex situation, with multiple attorneys and parties, while protecting my interests zealously. I fully recommend Mike as a competent, hard-working, and high-integrity attorney.
Posted by LaDonna | July 19, 2016
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| Hired Attorney
Rafi Law Firm
My car was struck by a woman talking on her cell phone. Attorney Mike Rafi rescued me. He took every bit of my worry and concern away regarding my injuries, the process of getting better and compensation. He was extremely thorough and knowledgeable of handling my case. He constantly keep me in the loop throughout my entire case. He would call me before I had a chance to call him. He is passionate and professional. I would recommend him to everyone.
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Posted by Christina | January 1, 2016
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Hardest Working Lawyer There Is
After me and my son were injured in a car accident, I asked a family friend who is a lawyer and does divorces who I should hire to handle my case. Without hesitation, that lawyer recommended Mike Rafi, and I am so glad Mike took my case. Mike talked to the police and witnesses, and even found other witnesses I didn't even know about, who had seen the accident. Mike seemed to always be working on my case and he kept me updated with everything that was going on, so I never had to ask him. I hope I never have to use Mike again, but if I do or if someone I know needs a lawyer, I would pick Mike every single time. He is the hardest working lawyer there is!
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Posted by Diane | October 26, 2015
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| Consulted Attorney
Mike Rafi is an Excellent Lawyer
I was referred to Mike Rafi by a co-worker. When I called him, Mike was very patient with respect to listening to my situation. Mike's enthusiasm for helping his clients definitely came shining through. His recommendations and advice were invaluable. He definitely wants to do the best job that he can for his clients and get them the highest settlement possible. In speaking with Mike, he not only fulfilled the legal and intellectual needs that I had, but the emotional one as well. I would, without a doubt, highly recommend Mike Rafi and Butler Tobin.
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Posted by Lindsey | October 22, 2015
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| Hired Attorney
Very happy
I would definitely recommend Mike to anyone injured and in need of legal help. Not only did he get me better results than I could have thought possible, he made the whole process really as painless as it could have been. Mike took the time to explain everything I needed to know and helped me stay in the loop along the way. I really appreciated this, as law is not my area of expertise. Mike's professionalism and expertise put me at ease, and I cannot thank him enough for all his help.
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Posted by Chris | October 6, 2015
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Best Attorney in Town!
Mike Rafi of Butler Tobin helped me with a legal matter when I was hurt. He was able to successfully resolve my case and get me an outcome I was happy with. I would highly recommend this firm based on their experienced and friendly staff.
Posted by Laurette | May 15, 2015
Delivers results in a timely manner with a smile!
Mike Rafi from Butler Tobin was great to work with and after leaving another practice helped restore my faith in PI attorneys. They were informed, helpful and deliver results in no time at all. After suffering a hit and run, I didn't want to deal with much more nonsense from a lawyer - they were straightforward- I always spoke with an attorney and not a paralegal. It was a great experience and I would recommend them to anyone!
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Posted by Denise | March 29, 2015
Smart, Honest, and Truly Cared
When I first met Mike, I knew he was the right attorney for me. He put me at ease by explaining the process and telling me what we needed to do to recover for my injuries. Mike knew the ins and outs of the law and my case. In fact, he found out things about my case and ended up knowing things that I didn't even know! Mike was honest and upfront about the challenges my case would face, and he worked hard to get around those challenges. Most importantly, Mike was on my side and was my biggest cheerleader. I hope to never need an attorney again, but I will definitely choose Mike if I do.
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Posted by anonymous | February 1, 2015
Excellence
Mike really stood up for our family. He took time to really understand how we felt. He did a great job for us and now our future is secure. We can't thank him enough.
Posted by anonymous | January 21, 2015
Worth it
I can say I am very pleased with the work and effort put into my case dealing with my mother. Losing a mother is not easy to deal with and Mike helped make it easier to understand and deal with this situation after it still being so fresh to me. I appreciate everything he has done. Mike was very personable and I felt my family and I knew him on a personal level. It was so new to us and we felt very comfortable leaving such huge decisions and responsibility in his hands. He made all the right decisions and led us down the right path and I can say I am thankful for having such a passionate lawyer. Mike loves what he does and it shows tremendously. He has made these past 2 years a easier path for my family and I. I would recommend Mike to anyone that wants a personals and passionate lawyer.
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Posted by Sharon | December 3, 2014
Helped me after I was hit by a car
I am so glad that a friend recommended Michael to me. I was hit by a car while walking in a crosswalk at an intersection and hurt my hip and leg. during our first meeting he reassured and explained the entire process from start to finish because I was very worried. Michael kept in touch with me so I was never wondering what was going on. He knew how to work with the driver's insurance company and mine to make sure I recovered as much as I could. I agreed to end the case and settle because Michael was able to get me the full value of my case without a trial. Michael is a great lawyer and I would definitely use him again if I ever had to (hopefully not, though)!
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Posted by anonymous | November 13, 2020
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Past client - Rosebud
Mike is and his band of thieves essentially sandbagged me when they were unable to recover unreasonable fees from my case. They attempted to use unprofessional tactics to get me to settle my case and owe them an unreasonable amount. I was mikes 2 or 3 client after graduating school and working at other firms. Micheal built his career off my case and the press and did a poor job managing the case.
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Rates
  • Free Consultation 60 minutes

Resume

AVVO RATING 10.0 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Owner
  • Rafi Law Firm LLC
  • 2016 - Present
  • Attorney
  • Butler Tobin LLC
  • 2015 - 2015
  • Attorney
  • Law & Moran (Formerly Peter A. Law, PC)
  • 2014 - 2014
  • Associate
  • Troutman Sanders
  • 2011 - 2013
  • Clerk
  • Knox County District Attorney
  • 2009 - 2009
  • Clerk to Hon. John McClarty
  • Tennessee Court Of Appeals
  • 2009 - 2009
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Education

  • University of Georgia School of Law
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • N/A
  • Furman University
  • Bachelor of Arts (B.A.)
  • N/A

Legal Cases

  • Hansen v. Bakeryequipment.com
  • $2,000,000 settlement
  • Rosebud v. Khalia, Inc.
  • $1,718,000 jury verdict
  • Joiner v. multiple defendants
  • $200,000 policy limits settlement
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Associations

  • Georgia Trial Lawyers Association
  • New Lawyers Division Board Member
  • 2017 - Present
  • DeKalb Bar Association
  • Board Member
  • 2016 - Present
  • Atlanta Bar Association, Sole Practitioner/Small Firm
  • Board Member
  • 2016 - Present
  • Georgia Trial Lawyers Association
  • Member
  • 2014 - Present
  • State Bar of Georgia
  • Member
  • 2011 - Present
  • Atlanta Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2011 - Present
  • Order of Barristers
  • Member
  • 2011 - Present
  • Joseph Henry Lumpkin American Inn of Court
  • Barrister
  • 2015 - 2017
  • State Bar of Georgia, Young Lawyers Division, Litigation Section (CLE)
  • Co-chair
  • 2015 - 2016
  • Legal Aid Society
  • Fellow
  • 2013 - 2013
  • Joseph Henry Lumpkin American Inn of Court
  • Pupil
  • 2010 - 2011
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Languages Spoken

  • English

Awards

  • Rising Star
  • Super Lawyers Magazine
  • 2017
  • Legal Elite
  • Georgia Trend Magazine
  • 2017
  • Rising Star
  • Super Lawyers Magazine
  • 2016
  • Pro Bono Award
  • Troutman Sanders LLP
  • 2013
  • Outstanding Mock Trial Advocate of Graduating Class
  • University of Georgia School of Law
  • 2011
  • Cum Laude
  • University of Georgia School of Law
  • 2011
  • National Moot Court Team, National Semifinalist
  • University of Georgia School of Law
  • 2011
  • National Trial Competition Team
  • University of Georgia School of Law
  • 2011
  • Winner, Talmadge Moot Court Competition
  • University of Georgia School of Law
  • 2009
  • Winner, Ralph J. Beaird Closing Argument Competition
  • University of Georgia School of Law
  • 2009
  • Finalist, Russell Moot Court Competition
  • University of Georgia School of Law
  • 2009
  • Finalist, England Mock Trial Competition
  • University of Georgia School of Law
  • 2009
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Publications

Speaking Engagements

  • "Nuts and Bolts" of Lawsuits
  • Maximizing the Value of Personal Injury Cases
  • 2016
  • Fox News Channel
  • The Real Story with Gretchen Carlson
  • 2015
  • Atlanta Bar Association
  • Taking Apart Apartment Complex Cases
  • 2015
  • Joseph Henry Lumpkin American Inn of Court
  • Effective Cross Examination
  • 2011
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Attorney endorsements

Received (12)
Given (22)
Personal injury Attorney | Apr 27
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I endorse this lawyer.I have had the distinct pleasure of working with Mike on a complex personal injury case. He exhibits a tremendous amount of perseverance and his adversaries highly respect his trial skills."
Wrongful death Attorney | Feb 01
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Mike is an excellent attorney and a strong advocate for his clients. You can't do any better if you are looking for an attorney in the Atlanta area."
Personal injury Attorney | Jun 15
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Michael is a great lawyer. He is responsive, attentive to facts, and knowledgable about the law. I strongly endorse him."
Personal injury Attorney | Mar 19
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Mike is a talented and energetic attorney that will fight for every client he represents, both in and out of court. If you are looking for a great trial lawyer and someone with whom you can place your trust, look no further than Mike."
Wrongful death Attorney | Mar 18
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Mike is very smart and works hard for his clients. I have asked Mike for help and advice and he has always been knowledgeable and willing to help. I endorse him."
Unknown Attorney | Dec 23
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Mike is a great attorney with an incredible work ethic. He is one of the best Atlanta has to offer!"
Trucking accident Attorney | Dec 19
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"I worked against Mike on a high-value trucking accident and found him a pleasure to work with. He is extremely knowledgeable and professional and strove to get maximum value for his client."
Personal injury Attorney | Dec 03
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Mike Rafi is relentless and never stops until he gets the absolute best for his clients."
Personal injury Attorney | Dec 03
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Michael Rafi is an excellent personal injury attorney. He is hard-working, sharp, and passionate. He goes above and beyond for his clients. I highly recommend him."
Trucking accident Attorney | Dec 03
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Mike is one of the sharpest studies I have had the pleasure of knowing. Mike is beyond smart. He has the talent, confidence, work-ethic, and knowledge to get results that few attorneys can achieve. When Mike shares his opinion, I stop and listen. Top-shelf all the way."
Litigation Attorney | Nov 13
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I worked with Mike on a number of matters. He's honest, tenacious, smart, and ethical. I have no reservations recommending him for litigation and/or settlement discussions."
Personal injury Attorney | Nov 13
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Michael is not only an exceptional attorney, but a good person. He has worked on the largest cases and excelled. I endorse and recommend this attorney."
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