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With both a Civil division and Criminal division, the law firm of McDonald & Cody has been representing clients since 1969.  Gus McDonald limits his practice to Personal Injury and serious traffic charges, where injury is often related to alcohol impairment.  In addition to being a member of the State Bar of Georgia and a member of the Georgia Trial Lawyers Association, Gus is a member of both the Million Dollar Advocates Forum and the Multi Million Dollar Advocates Forum. The Million Dollar Advocates Forum is recognized as one of the most prestigious groups of trial lawyers in the United States and less than 1% of U.S. lawyers are members. 

Gus has represented judges, lawyers and law enforcement officers over the past 19 years. Gus is recognized as an authority in two areas of law - injury where alcohol is involved and where a driver is impaired & litigation involving wrongful death caused by automobile. As a partner, Gus has recovered over $50,000,000.00 for clients who are the victims of negligence. The law firm has the largest verdicts and settlements in surrounding Georgia Counties such as Rabun, Dawson, Barrow, Hall, Banks, Habersham and Stephen's County. 

Gus is a frequent lecturer for the State Bar and ICLE seminars. Ranked top 30 speakers. In addition to practicing law, Gus has also been an educator to many of his peers on the handling of alcohol related deaths and accidents. Gus has been invited to speak on these topics in 24 different states for other professional groups including lawyers, law enforcement and judges.

The law firm has two locations in Cornelia, Georgia, on Highway 441 N and Highway 365 S. Gus travels to courts in Athens, Atlanta, Baldwin, Blue Ridge, Carnesville, Cleveland, Clarkesville, Clayton, Dawsonville, Duluth, Dahlonega, Demorest Danielsville, Decatur, Flowery Branch, Ellijay, Elberton, Gainesville, Jasper, Jefferson, Lawrenceville, Lavonia, Marietta, Oakwood, Snellville, Toccoa and others.


Languages spoken: English, Spanish

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Practice areas


  1. Personal Injury: 45%
  2. Litigation: 45%
  3. Criminal Defense: 10%



Contingent (40%)

Payment types:

Cash, Check

Attorney endorsements

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  • Ralph Powell

    Gus is an excellent criminal defense lawyer. I was a prosecutor for many years in the Athens area and Gus was on the other side in a number of cases I prosecuted. Gus was always prepared and was passionate in his representation of his clients. He was a consummate professional and obtained good outcomes for his clients.


    Ralph Powell Government Attorney
    Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter

  • Donald Clinton Turner

    I endorse this lawyer.


    Donald Turner DUI and DWI Attorney
    Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community

Contact info

McDonald & Cody, LLC

P.O. Box. 555
4005 Hwy 365 South


GAActive Member in Good Standing 199507/15/2016
We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
Super LawyerSuper Lawyers - Million Dollar Advocates2015
Super LawyerSuper Lawyers - Handling Complex Legal Issues2014
Super LawyerSuper Lawyers2013
Super LawyerSuper Lawyers2012
Super LawyerSuperLawyers2007
Super LawyerSuper Lawyers2006
NACDL DUI BOARD NCDD certificate of recognitionNACDL2003
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
PartnerMcDonald & Cody1995 - Present
Association namePosition nameDuration
Georgia Trial Lawyer Associationmember2010 - 2015
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
State v. ShulerN/A
Motor Vehicle AccidentConfidential Settlement
Loading Dock/Tractor-Trailer Injury$300,000.00 Settlement
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Publication nameTitleDate
Gus McDonaldTractor-Trailer Wrecks On Georgia Highway2014
Gus McDonaldDefective Medical Device2014
Gus McDonaldToy Toaster Recall2014
Gus McDonaldGraco Baby Stroller Recall2014
Gus McDonaldAirbag Recall2014
Gus McDonaldDram Shop: Over-Serving The Drinking Patron2014
Gus McDonaldInsurance Company Can Be Sued...2014
Gus McDonaldHigh Speed Chase In Georgia2014
Gus McDonaldHow Does Injury Law Work2014
Gus McDonaldCar Value After Collision2014
Gus McDonaldRecalled Defective Prescription Drugs2014
Gus McDonaldIgnition Switches Recalled2014
Gus McDonald"Misplaced" Evidence2014
Gus McDonaldBMW: Airbag Recall2014
Gus McDonaldWhat is a Wrongful Death2014
Gus McDonaldWhat to do After a Car Accident2014
Gus McDonaldWhat is the Duty to Preserve Evidence?2014
Gus McDonaldHigh-Speed Police Pursuits2014
Gus McDonaldInnocent Bystander Injured During Police Chase2014
Gus McDonaldDiscovery: The Process Before The Trial2014
Gus McDonaldFatal Accident on Georgia Highway 4412014
Gus McDonaldT-Bone Accidents2014
Gus McDonaldIntentional Tort - Road Rage2014
Gus McDonaldGeorgia Helmet Laws2014
Gus McDonaldHotel Fires2014
Gus McDonaldCar Wreck on Georgia I-752014
Gus McDonaldInnocent Killed in High Speed Chase2014
Gus McDonaldFatal Tractor-Trailer Collision on I-2852014
Gus McDonaldBoating Accident2014
Gus McDonaldCommon Causes of Truck Collisions2014
Gus McDonaldBoating Accidents in North Georgia2014
Gus McDonaldPlane Goes Down In Gainesville, GA2014
Gus McDonaldMotorcycles on Georgia Highway 3652014
Gus McDonaldPre-Trip Inspections2014
Gus McDonaldDeath on GA Highway 3652014
Gus McDonaldFatal Wreck Involving Tractor-Trailer on GA SR 3652014
Gus McDonaldCase Settles After Depositions with Prior Injuries2014
Gus McDonaldIntentional Tort - Shooting in the Driveway2014
Gus McDonaldDangerous Georgia Intersections and Not Enough Sleep for Tractor-Trailer Driver2014
Gus McDonaldGeorgia State Highway 365 Still Dangerous2014
Gus McDonaldJury Selection2008
The Champion magazinePreparing for Plan B: Mitigating Punishment in DWI Sentencing2004
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
John Marshall Law School, AtlantaLawJD - Juris Doctor1997
Mercer UniversityEconomicsBA - Bachelor of Arts1992
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
1st Annual DUI Training Super SymposiumChemical Evidence2010
New World DUI Seminiar - South CarolinaHow violations are Reported to Other States - Affect on Violators in Home State2008
NACDL & NCDD'S 2008 DUI SEMINARCross Examination of the Blood Tech2008
Defense of Drinking Drivers InstituteHow to Pick a Winning Jury for Your DUI Client2008
DUI Trial Practice Update - ICLEAttacking the Crime Lab Results2007
NACDL & NCDD 10th Annual DUI SeminarBlood Testing2006
Defense of Drinking Drivers InstituteCross-Examining the Chemical Expert in Blood Cases2006
GA Public Safety Training CenterDUI Case Preparation & Courtroom Presentation2005
NACDL & NCDD'S 8TH ANNUAL DUI SEMINARBlood Tests Revisited2004
License Revocation & Suspension SeminarReasonable Suspicion v. Probable Cause2004
Georgia Public Safety Training CenterDUI Case Preparation & Courtroom Presentation2004
GACDL Winter SeminarTrouble at the Crime Lab2004
DUI Case Preparation & Courtroom PresentationDUI Case Preparation & Courtroom Presentation2004
National College for DUI Defense 2003 Summer SessionPunishment2003
NACDL & NCDD'S 7TH ANNUAL DUI SEMINARMitigating Punishment in DUI Sentencing2003
Georgia Public Safety Training CenterDUI Case Preparation & Courtroom Presentation2003
Defense of Drinking Drivers InstituteSentencing & Punishment: Effective Techniques for Entering a Plea2003
Defending a Traffic Case AgendaTraffic Case Law Update & Libation Legislation2003
NACDL & NCDD 2002 DUI SeminarSkills That Win Cases2002
Georgia Public Safety Training CenterDUI Case Preparation & Courtroom Presentation2002
Georgia Public Safety Training CenterDUI Case Preparation & Courtroom Presentation2001
Georgia Public Safety Training CenterDUI Case Preparation & Courtroom Presentation2000
Georgia Public Safety Training CenterDUI Case Preparation & Courtroom Presentation1999