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Gus McDonald Jr.

Defective and dangerous products Attorney at CORNELIA, GA

5.0   27 reviews

also known as Douglas Warren McDonald Jr.


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About Gus

Learn Gus’s areas of practice.

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Practice areas
  1. Defective and dangerous products
    25%
    Enhanced injuries are caused by dangerous and defective products that range from electrical heaters using resistant heat sources to late firing airbags. Our firm has been responsible for helping in recalling dangerous products used in Hotels.

    26 years

  2. Personal injury
    25%
    I have litigated all types of personal injury claims from intentional acts to enhanced injuries from defective products. No one case is alike. Call 706.778.5291 to discuss your claim.

    26 years

  3. Spinal cord injury
    25%
    Georgia has the leading spinal cord injury center in the nation, Shepard Spinal Center. Catastrophic life altering injuries occur from air bags, falls and traumatic injury. Often these injuries are permanent and require a specialized understanding.

    26 years

  4. Trucking accident
    25%
    Our firm is located on a major interstate in North Georgia, as a result we are often the first firm called when commercial vehicles injure innocent drivers. Our results can be viewed online at www.mcdonaldcody.com

    26 years

Dram Shop, Product Liability, Personal Injury 

Gus & Gerald have helped clients with life-altering injuries for the past five years. These results are examples of but a few cases where insurance companies have been forced to pay large sums to put the injured client in a position to life his/her life without fear of being left alone or neglected. Alcohol-related injuries and product liability cases take time, money and experts to recover from an injury.

 

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Licensed for 27 years
State GA
Status Active Member in Good Standing
Acquired 1995
Updated 02/03/2023

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

Contact Gus

McDonald & Cody, LLC
P.O. Box. 555
4005 Hwy 365 South
CORNELIA, GA, 30531

Reviews

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Posted by anonymous | December 12, 2018
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Thank you!
I wanted to thank Gus and Gerald for helping my family out recently in a crash with a horse (yes a horse of all things ) in 2018. Our case settled after the filing of a Complaint the case was filed within two weeks of the crash, after many surgeries I was able to walk again my medicals bills were over $300,000.00 and I was well compensated after my bills were paid. My case was filed and settled in 4 months A.T.
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Posted by Jay | September 19, 2011
D.U.I
We all make mistakes and we have to learn from them.I was charged with a D.U.I. I was smart enough too hire Gus Mcdonald to be my lawer.Gus took all of my fears and concerns out the first time I met with him.Gus was able to get my D.U.I charged lowered to a much lesser charge! If you are facing a D.U.I CHARGE there is only one person to call and that is Gus McDonald.
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Posted by Rick | June 14, 2011
PROFESSIONAL ATTENTION
Very professional, concise & to the point. I felt completely confident in his care!
Posted by mukesh patel | June 7, 2011
5 star service, i would recomend anyone to call, well worth the money
had a trafic ticket and he helped fight it. he will go the extra mile to help you out to win you case so you would be satisfied with thier service and money well spent
Posted by anonymous | June 3, 2011
A night out with the Boss gone wrong...
Gus Mcdonald made me 3 promises when he originally reviewed my case. To keep me out of Jail, to keep my record clean, and to help me keep my liscense. All 3 of these promises he kept. What started out as a casual night out with my bosses becames a DUI which could lead to horrible consequences. Gus was clear with his intentions and approach. Him and his office always kept me abreast of my case, notified of court dates and always copied me on whatever they sent out or requested. I felt easded because I knew Gus was doing his job to his best abilities. Gus came highly recommended to me and I am sure why...I would highly recommend Gus Mcdonald.
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Posted by Sam Jones | April 7, 2011
Great JoB!!
I appreciate and am grateful for all the help and clear cut advice I received from Gus. He was prompt in replying to all my e-mails and in a manner that was understandable to someone (like me) not versed in all these legal matters. After meeting with Gus I left with the feeling that a huge weight had been lifted off my shoulders. Thank You Gus!!
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Posted by JD | December 6, 2010
Not Guilty DUI Drugs and Speeding
hall county not guilty this week. i refusd and the judge told the jury they could infer i had consumed marijuana. Officer said i failed field tests. Gus had an expert help he was great. i would hire him and his firm for anything.
Posted by anonymous | October 17, 2010
NEVER A DOUBT
from the first time i met gus he was very confident. i now know why. he did what he said he would do and his fee was very fair ( i would have paid more). great results. i am satified and would reccomend him to any person in need.
Posted by Sam | October 13, 2010
Great Job
Handled my case quick and kept in steady contact. Great Job!
Posted by thomas smith | October 7, 2010
GREAT results just like he said
the very best , prompt and kept his word. my case was dismissed witout a trial
Posted by anonymous | August 6, 2010
Excellent services
Kept me well informed and was quick to answer any questions I had in a very timely manner.Handled case in an expedited manner. Great overall services.I would highly recommend this attorney to anyone in georgia
Posted by Richard | July 23, 2010
Professional and Attentive
I felt great confidence in Mr McDonald and that was confirmed by his performance. He was professional and responsive to my questions. I was very satisfied with his services.
Posted by anonymous | July 20, 2010
Efficent and Effective- Gus is great!
Douglas Warren McDonald Jr. is fast reliable and easy to work with. He handled my matter in a very timely and organized way. He answered my phone calls and emails in minutes rather than days or hours. Very helpful staff also. If you have a traffic incident Douglas is your man for dependable service.
Posted by Alice M | July 18, 2010
JOB WELL DONE
Gus was great ....he returns calls promptly and is very professional
Posted by Edwin | July 16, 2010
VERY SATISFIED
The staff at his firm are the best, Gus is very professional, i am happy with my case result. NOT GUILTY
Posted by anonymous | July 15, 2010
GUS SAVED ME BIG TIME!
i got my dui in habersham at the beginning of the month and by the first week of the following month, Gus had my DUI taken down to reckless driving. My court date came, Gus even had my case dismissed! There were several circumstances, but Gus helped save me big time, and I've learned my lesson. Those couple of hours in jail are all im trying to do.
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Posted by Tim Johnson | July 14, 2010
EVERYTHING WENT AS PLANNED NO LIES HERE !
I was worried that my case would be plead guilty because i am not from Athens, Gus took my case and gave me options, i felt at ease and would reccomend him 100%
Posted by anonymous | July 12, 2010
Very Efficient, Very effective.
Found circumstances in my case which allowed it to be reduced. Gus is all business. Handles matters and requests very promptly and with little discussion. I have and will continue to recommend him to anyone charged with DUI in North Georgia. You will be in good hands.
Posted by Lisa | April 20, 2010
well done
My case was dismissed and Kathi his secretary was there to help me through everything. Great job!!
Posted by Justin | March 23, 2010
Gus McDonald Review
Gus is a wonderful lawyer and would trust him fully in any case. I will always use Gus without hesitation and highly recommend to anyone.
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Resume

AVVO RATING 10.0 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Partner
  • McDonald & Cody
  • 1995 - Present

Education

  • John Marshall Law School, Atlanta
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 1997
  • Mercer University
  • BA - Bachelor of Arts
  • 1992

Legal Cases

  • State v. Shuler
  • Motor Vehicle Accident
  • Confidential Settlement
  • Loading Dock/Tractor-Trailer Injury
  • $300,000.00 Settlement
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Associations

  • Georgia Trial Lawyer Association
  • member
  • 2010 - 2015

Languages Spoken

  • English
  • Spanish

Honors and Awards

  • Super Lawyer
  • Super Lawyers - Million Dollar Advocates
  • 2015
  • Super Lawyer
  • Super Lawyers - Handling Complex Legal Issues
  • 2014
  • Super Lawyer
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2013
  • Super Lawyer
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2012
  • Super Lawyer
  • SuperLawyers
  • 2007
  • Super Lawyer
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2006
  • NACDL DUI BOARD NCDD certificate of recognition
  • NACDL
  • 2003
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Publications

  • ICLE
  • DUI BLOOD TESTING
  • 2008
  • Gus McDonald
  • Jury Selection
  • 2008
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Speaking Engagements

  • Georgia DUI Update
  • NAVIGATING VEHICULAR HOMICIDE AND THE CIVIL CASE
  • 2011
  • 1st Annual DUI Training Super Symposium
  • Chemical Evidence
  • 2010
  • NACDL & NCDD'S 2008 DUI SEMINAR
  • Cross Examination of the Blood Tech
  • 2008
  • Defense of Drinking Drivers Institute
  • How to Pick a Winning Jury for Your DUI Client
  • 2008
  • New World DUI Seminiar - South Carolina
  • How violations are Reported to Other States - Affect on Violators in Home State
  • 2008
  • DUI Trial Practice Update - ICLE
  • Attacking the Crime Lab Results
  • 2007
  • NACDL, NCDD, ICLE
  • DUI BLOOD
  • 2007
  • NACDL & NCDD 10th Annual DUI Seminar
  • Blood Testing
  • 2006
  • Defense of Drinking Drivers Institute
  • Cross-Examining the Chemical Expert in Blood Cases
  • 2006
  • LAS VEGAS, BOSTON, KANSAS, SOUTH CAROLINA, GEORGIA
  • DUI BLOOD
  • 2006
  • GA Public Safety Training Center
  • DUI Case Preparation & Courtroom Presentation
  • 2005
  • NACDL & NCDD'S 8TH ANNUAL DUI SEMINAR
  • Blood Tests Revisited
  • 2004
  • License Revocation & Suspension Seminar
  • Reasonable Suspicion v. Probable Cause
  • 2004
  • GACDL Winter Seminar
  • Trouble at the Crime Lab
  • 2004
  • DUI Case Preparation & Courtroom Presentation
  • DUI Case Preparation & Courtroom Presentation
  • 2004
  • Georgia Public Safety Training Center
  • DUI Case Preparation & Courtroom Presentation
  • 2004
  • NACDL & NCDD'S 7TH ANNUAL DUI SEMINAR
  • Mitigating Punishment in DUI Sentencing
  • 2003
  • Defending a Traffic Case Agenda
  • Traffic Case Law Update & Libation Legislation
  • 2003
  • Georgia Public Safety Training Center
  • DUI Case Preparation & Courtroom Presentation
  • 2003
  • National College for DUI Defense 2003 Summer Session
  • Punishment
  • 2003
  • Defense of Drinking Drivers Institute
  • Sentencing & Punishment: Effective Techniques for Entering a Plea
  • 2003
  • Georgia Public Safety Training Center
  • DUI Case Preparation & Courtroom Presentation
  • 2002
  • NACDL & NCDD 2002 DUI Seminar
  • Skills That Win Cases
  • 2002
  • Georgia Public Safety Training Center
  • DUI Case Preparation & Courtroom Presentation
  • 2001
  • Georgia Public Safety Training Center
  • DUI Case Preparation & Courtroom Presentation
  • 2000
  • Georgia Public Safety Training Center
  • DUI Case Preparation & Courtroom Presentation
  • 1999
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Attorney endorsements

Received (30)
Given (36)
Endorse Gus
Criminal defense Attorney | Feb 07
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"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."
Criminal defense Attorney | Jul 09
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Criminal defense Attorney | May 20
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
DUI and DWI Attorney | May 30
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. This is a hardworking, serious, and creative lawyer. Always good to have him on your side of the case. r"
DUI and DWI Attorney | May 08
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"Mr. McDonald knows his business....I met Gus when I was the Solicitor-General in Athens and my office prosecuted his clients. He is skilled, persistent and professional. As a former prosecutor I can state that when Gus comes to court for a client the prosecutors know he will be prepared and that they are in for a fight. He handles cases all over North Georgia and achieves outstanding results for his clients."
DUI and DWI Attorney | Mar 29
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I learned from Mr. McDonald all about blood alcohol testing, and the investigation and preparation to win DUI cases. Saw him in Atlanta teaching two different DUI seminars. I've met people all over Georgia who like him. He's real good. I back the man. I endorse this lawyer."
DUI and DWI Attorney | Jan 31
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I have known Gus McDonald for 17 years. He is well-known as one of the best attorneys in all of Georgia. He is a true fighter, an excellent litigator, and a great negotiator. I met Gus when I was a prosecutor and learned early on that he was an extremely skilled and dedicated litigator. He has my complete respect and admiration."
Criminal defense Attorney | Nov 01
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Gus is an excellent attorney, plain and simple. Gus is not only an excellent attorney but also an amazing teacher of law. He is trustworthy and hardworking. He is easily approachable and always willing to help his colleagues both in and out of court. His breadth of knowledge of criminal law , specifically DUI law, is superb. He brings this knowledge and experience to each of his client's cases getting only the best possible outcome."
DUI and DWI Attorney | Oct 31
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Gus is a skilled defender of those accused of DUI and other criminal offenses. We have referred numerous clients to his firm and all have been completely satisfied with his work. One client even called me back personally to praise Gus' work after he was able to get a huge reduction on a tough case in an unfriendly jurisdiction. If you're looking for a tenacious criminal defender in northeast Georgia, Gus is your man."
Unknown Attorney | Sep 21
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Gus has a stellar reputation in the DUI Defense community. Everyone, including prosecutors, knows that Gus FIGHTS for his clients and gets results!"
DUI and DWI Attorney | Sep 20
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse Douglas. He is a nationally known criminal defense lawyer with a reputation for aggressively defending his clients."
DUI and DWI Attorney | Aug 17
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I know Attorney McDonald. He has earned a national reputation for effectively representing motorists accused of a crime. He has the necessary reputation, knowledge and experience to eliminate or minimize the consequences of the government's accusation. He is a very effective and skilled litigator who has the guts to stand up to the government and their accusations to demand evidence, not simply an accusation. He is highly ethical and trustworthy. I trust him. You should too."
DUI and DWI Attorney | Jul 31
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"Gus McDonald has established a great reputation across NE Georgia as being one of the best defense attorneys out there. I have sent cases to him to handle, and have never heard anything but praise for his courtroom skills. Recently, his firm ramped up its civil litigation practice, and has been achieving top-dollar case results in these cases, too. Gus is tenacious, savvy and well-connected."
Criminal defense Attorney | Jul 14
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"Gus is fearless. I have personally seen Gus take on the government and walk out of the courtroom with his client after leaving the government flat on their back. If I were facing a criminal charge Gus would be my first telephone call."
DUI and DWI Attorney | Jun 13
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"There is none better. Gus has established a statewide practice in DUI, vehicular homicide and wrongful death. Gus has seen it all from the criminal defense side and the plaintiff's injury side. Out of Habersham County, his roots allow him to go anywhere in the State of Georgia to try a case."
DUI and DWI Attorney | Jun 13
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Gus is considered one of North Georgia's best DUI and criminal defense attorneys, and for good reason. Gus has both the passion and knowledge in the courtroom to always get his clients the best possible outcome, no matter what the situation. I have personally told potential clients about Gus if I know the case they are fighting is in his neck of the woods. Gus keeps on top of all of the latest DUI developments, and that knowledge enables him to obtain results unmatched by others. I will continue to confidentially refer people Gus' way."
DUI and DWI Attorney | Jun 11
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"If I got into trouble in the northern part of Georgia, there is no doubt in my mind who I would call: Gus McDonald. I think that is the highest compliment you can give a lawyer. Gus has received all the awards, special training, and all of the other stuff that you want your lawyer to have, but at the end of the day, he gets results in the courtroom that other lawyers can't. That is what really matters. If Gus will take your case, you are in great hands."
Criminal defense Attorney | Jun 08
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Simply put, Gus is one of the best attorneys in this State. Whether going against Gus in a civil or criminal case, you better be ready because Gus thoroughly prepares his cases for trial. He knows how to win cases at every level of the trial process. He has a demeanor that translates well with juries, judges, prosecutors and his fellow colleagues. What I most respect about Gus is that he will be brutally honest with you on how you can do a better job for your client on a criminal case. If you are in need of a quality attorney in the North Georgia area, Gus McDonald is your weapon of choice."
DUI and DWI Attorney | May 14
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Gus goes to war for each and every client. His knowledge of the law and procedure is truly excellent. One of the best."
DUI and DWI Attorney | Apr 16
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"I was a DUI prosecutor until 2003. During that time, I prosecuted several DUI cases against Gus. Gus is the only lawyer that I ever went up against that I never could beat in a jury trial. He is a very, very good DUI lawyer."
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