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"We handle the most important case in the world - YOURS!"

I am a trial lawyer. I help people who are injured (and families of people killed) because of the carelessness of another or a defective consumer product. Every case I take, I prepare it for trial. 

Our philosophy is to work every case as if it is going to trial. If an offer is made that you believe is fair, then a settlement is possible. But if not, prepare to go the distance with your case. Preparing cases like this takes more time and attention than the case mills can afford. But we find the earlier preparation leads to better results, including settlements. "If you want peace, prepare for war." 

Our staff is dedicated to personal attention to your case. Diana has been with me for over sixteen years; Wendy has been with me more than five years. Both are the most courteous people you would ever want to meet. Each is committed to courteously helping each of our clients. 


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Practice areas


  1. Personal Injury: 65%
    21 years, 700 cases
  2. Trucking Accident: 35%
    21 years, 15 cases



Hourly ($200-350/hour), contingent (25-45%), Fixed (sometimes), Retainer (sometimes), Free consultation (30 minutes), Pro bono (1%)

Payment types:

Cash, Check

Attorney endorsements

10 total 

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  • Richard Daryll Hobbs

    I have worked on many cases over the years with Joel. We have had many extraordinary exchanges of information and research over the years in helping our clients. I highly recommend him.


    Richard Hobbs Personal injury Attorney
    Relationship: Worked together on matter

  • Lisa Morgan Edwards

    I endorse Joel. I have known him for over twenty years and he is very knowledgeable and skilled in the various aspects of personal injury law including premises liability cases, trucking cases and lien resolution.


    Lisa Edwards Personal injury Attorney
    Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community

Contact info

Joel Grist, Attorney at Law, LLC

The Whittle Building
915 Hill Park, Suite 102
Macon, GA, 31201


GAActive Member in Good Standing 199508/05/2016
We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
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Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
OwnerJoel Grist, Attorney at Law, LLC2005 - Present
PartnerGrist & Brock2000 - 2005
MemberDozier Sikes Grist & Brock1995 - 2000
Association namePosition nameDuration
Middle Georgia Trial Lawyers AssociationPast President1995 - Present
Georgia Trial Lawyers AssociationMember1995 - Present
American Association for JusticeMember1995 - Present
National Organization of Social Security Claimants’ RepresentativesMemberN/A
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
Johnson v. Ramage$3,000,000.00
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School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
Mercer University - Walter F. George School of LawLawJD - Juris Doctor1995
Emory University School of LawEconomicsBA - Bachelor of Arts1988
Emory University School of LawPolitical ScienceBA - Bachelor of Arts1988
Emory UniversityN/AAA1986