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Mary Donne Peters

Business Attorney at Atlanta, GA

5.0   5 reviews
  • State Years
    Alabama - AL 24 years
    Georgia - GA 34 years
    South Carolina - SC 38 years
  • Licensed for 24 years
    State AL
    Acquired 1999
    Occupational License - Authorized to Practice No misconduct found
  • Licensed for 34 years
    State GA
    Acquired 1989
    Active Member in Good Standing No misconduct found
  • Licensed for 38 years
    State SC
    Acquired 1985
    Good Standing No misconduct found

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

About Mary

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Practice areas
  1. Business
    I represent start up companies to multi-national corporations with an emphasis on family businesses, hospitality companies (hotels, motels, franchisees, franchisors and franchise associations, restaurants), technology companies and health care companies. Representation includes, among other things, organizational matters, corporate governance, regulatory interactions, risk reduction, contracts, labor and employment matters and transition planning.

    34 years, 250 cases

  2. Health care
    National health care practice includes professional negligence claims against internists, nurses, psychologists, psychiatrists, surgeons, cardiologists, pharmacists, anesthesiologists, nursing homes, personal care homes, and hospitals. I have also advised individuals and entities on matters relating to regulatory compliance before various licensing boards and compliance with federal and state regulations including but not limited to HIPAA, FCA, Stark, RAC, FERA, GINA, and whistleblower laws.

    34 years, 200 cases

  3. Litigation
    I have represented individuals, entities and governments in over 20 states for more than 20 years in high stakes litigation matters such as franchise disputes, intellectual property disputes, business fraud, labor and employment disputes, class actions, professional negligence cases, medical malpractice claims, breach of contract disputes, family business disputes, insurance coverage claims, premises liability claims, and catastrophic personal injury and wrongful death cases.

    39 years, 300 cases

  4. Trucking accident
    Over the years I have represented individuals and estates against trucking companies for catastrophic injury and wrongful death cases. Most recently, I obtained a jury verdict in excess of $11-million dollars for a family that was severely injured when their car was rear-ended by a tractor trailer. I have also represented trucking companies in the Southeast in the defense of personal injury and death cases. Furthermore, I provide counsel to trucking companies regarding regulatory compliance.

    29 years, 50 cases

I'm a tar heel native, so I'm a huge fan of college basketball. My hobbies include running, pilates and bikrim yoga.


Gorby Peters & Associates, LLC
2 Ravinia Drive
Suite 1500
Atlanta, GA, 30346

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Posted by William | May 5, 2010
Tenacious and Caring
After my family’s auto accident and my wife’s catastrophic injury, Mary Donne and her firm helped us navigate the complicated world of trucking companies and hospitals. In court she was creative, well prepared and ultimately successful. She is also helping us deal with the health care and insurance companies. Overall Mary Donne has allowed us to relax in the knowledge that we are represented by a lawyer who is caring and professional.
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Posted by Peggy | April 16, 2010
I have absolutely no hesitation in recommending Mary Donne. As our corporate attourney for the past 3 years, she advises our clients on correct procedures in starting and developing their businesses. She has superb attention to detail, extensive knowledge and is a true professional. Her calming demeanor is always reassuring to our clients.
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Posted by Frank | April 16, 2010
Contract Dispute
Mary Donne provided extremely valuable advice and counsel during a recent contract dispute. Although I was 'fed up' with the situation and ready to walk away from a significant investment of both time and money, Mary Donne 'brokered' a solution that turned out to be a 'win-win' for me and the opposing party. She is an excellent lawyer and I recommend her without reservation!
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Posted by anonymous | April 7, 2010
Highly Recommended
I have used Mary Donne Peters for business and tort litigation, as both a plaintiff and a defendant. She is highly skilled, responsive and very cost effective. I would not hesitate to recommend her.Jim
Posted by Randy | April 7, 2010
Quality Performance
A well rounded team. they helped me close a deal with great guidance and important solutions for the long term. They also saved me from a deal that had the potential to cost me everything, yet looked good from a layman's point of view. I walked away from the deal and am thankful.


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Work Experience

  • Shareholder, Member
  • Gorby Peters & Associates
  • 1994 - Present
  • Associate
  • Long Aldridge & Norman
  • 1989 - 1994
  • Assistant U.S. Attorney
  • U.S. Department of Justice
  • 1987 - 1989
  • Honors Attorney
  • U.S. Department of Justice
  • 1986 - 1987
  • Clerk, Hon. Emory Sneeden, 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals
  • United States Dept. of Justice
  • 1985 - 1986
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  • University of South Carolina
  • Juris Doctorate, cum laude
  • 1985
  • University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill
  • BA - Bachelor of Arts
  • 1979
  • University of South Carolina School of Law
  • N/A

Sample of Legal Cases

  • Zegel v. P.N. Express et al
  • $11.5 Million verdict for injured family


  • National Association of Women Business Owners
  • Member
  • 2010 - Present
  • Executive Committee, Georgia Trial Lawyers Association
  • Co-chair, Community Outreach/Public Service Committee
  • 2010 - Present
  • American Red Cross, Metropolitan Atlanta Region
  • Board of Directors
  • 2007 - Present
  • Women President's Organization
  • Member
  • 2006 - Present
  • State Bar of Alabama
  • Member
  • 2005 - Present
  • State Bar of Georgia
  • Member
  • 1989 - Present
  • State Bar of South Carolina
  • Member
  • 1986 - Present
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Languages Spoken

  • English

Honors and Awards

  • Program Chair
  • Institute of Continuing Legal Education, Georgia
  • 2009
  • AV-Peer Review Rating (Highest Possible)
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2000
  • Law Review Editorial Board (Articles Editor)
  • University of South Carolina School of Law
  • 1984
  • Moot Court Bar
  • University of South Carolina School of Law
  • 1984
  • Order of the Coif
  • University of South Carolina School of Law
  • 1984
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  • The Admissibility of Expert Testimony In Georgia
  • ISBN-13: 978-0-314-90403-4
  • 2010

Speaking Engagements

  • National Association of Forensic Accountants--North American Convention
  • Evidence, Expert Testimony, Economists
  • 2010
  • Georgia Public Television Broadcast
  • Evidence, Expert Testimony, Premises Liability
  • 2010
  • Annual Convention
  • Evidence, Expert Testimony, Trucking
  • 2010
  • Judicial Conference
  • Admissibility of Expert Testimony
  • 2007
  • 2005-2010 Program Chair, Admissibility of Expert Testimony
  • Evidence, Admissibility of Expert Testimony
  • 2006
  • American Bar Association Jury Summit
  • Status of Jury Trials in America--Panelist
  • 2005
  • Judicial Conference
  • Admissibility of Expert Testimony
  • 2004
  • National Convention
  • Psychaitric/Psychological Malpractice
  • 2001
  • National Conference
  • Premises Liability--Hotel, Motel Third Party Criminal Act Cases
  • 2001
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Attorney endorsements

Received (7)
Given (1)
Endorse Mary
Business Attorney | Jan 06
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse fully endorse Mary. She is an excellent resource to her clients and an authority on expert testimony in Georgia. She teaches other lawyers at a yearly continuing education seminar and has published a book that is the authority on expert testimony in Georgia. In addition, she works with business owners on their Trust and estate matters. She advises small and medium sized businesses on generational wealth transfers insofar as family businesses are concerned. She is a truly impressive person who has my highest endorsement."
Litigation Attorney | Apr 09
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Mary is an experienced litigator and hardworking attorney. She is very sharp and has a genuine love for the law. As a fellow member of GTLA, I endorse this lawyer's work."
Litigation Attorney | Apr 08
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Mary is an experienced litigator and fellow member of the Georgia Trial Lawyers Association. I endorse this lawyer's work."
Trucking accident Attorney | Apr 07
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Mary Donne Peters has the expertise and experience to represent her clients at the highest level of competence. I endorse this lawyer's work."
Personal injury Attorney | Apr 07
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer's work. Mary has earned the respect and admiration of her peers and fellow members of the Georgia Trial Lawyers Association through her professional representation of her clients that have been injured or wronged."
Litigation Attorney | Apr 07
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I strongly endorse this lawyer's work. I have represented several clients in common with Mary Donne Peters over a several year period and she is phenomenal to work with, great communicator, has keen incite and is very creative in coming up with solutions and strategies for serving the clients."
Litigation Attorney | Apr 06
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I endorse this lawyer's work. Mary Donne is a top notch litigator and trial attorney of the highest character."
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Atlanta Business Lawyer Mary Donne Peters
Mary Donne Peters
Business Attorney
Atlanta, GA
Licensed for 38 years