Murphy & Garner, LLC

Murphy & Garner, LLC

HELPING VICTIMS BECOME VICTORS is what we do. If you have been injured or suffer from serious illness, let us HELP YOU SEEK JUSTICE.

Firm Overview

"Seek justice, rebuke the oppressor; defend the fatherless, plead for the widow" (Isaiah 1:17) is our firm motto. To this end, members of the firm have not only served as effective trial lawyers applying the law to cases, but have also helped shape the law. Founder, James Murphy served as a state representative from 1944-1948. Thomas B. Murphy served as a state representative from 1961-2002, and Speaker of the House from 1973-2002, overseeing passage of many of the laws benefiting us today. Stephen E. Garner served on the Georgia State Board of Workers Compensation Advisory Council from 1988-2013 and helped draft many of our Workers Compensation laws. In 1998, Michael L. Murphy was appointed as Superior Court Judge. In 2000, Stephen E. Garner started Peace Like A River Mediation Services, and in 2014 and 2015 he was selected as a National Trial Lawyers Top 100 Trial Lawyer. We strive to autograph every case we handle with excellence and treat folks the way we want to be treated ourselves.
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Main Office
Main Office
202 Carrollton Street
Suite 108
Bremen  GA  30110
Phone
  • 770-537-5201
Fax
  • 770-537-4177
Websites

Fees

Free Initial Consultation?
Free initial 60 minute consultation

Office Information

Office Hours
8:30 a.m - 5:00 p.m. Mon. - Fri. (Saturday and after hrs. by appointment only)
Personal Injury
HELPING VICTIMS BECOME VICTORS is what we do. If you have been injured in an accident, let us HELP YOU SEEK JUSTICE
Stephen E. Garner has been selected as a National Trial Lawyers Top 100 Trial Lawyer, a member of the Million Dollar Advocates Forum, Order of the Barristers, and the National Academy of Distinguished Neutrals. He is a Top Rated Lawyer - Georgia 2015 and has an AV Preeminent Lawyer rating in Martindale Hubbell (their highest rating in legal ability and ethical standards).

Did you know most cases are mediated before they go to trial? Wouldn't it be helpful to have an attorney who has over three decades of experience as a successful trial lawyer, with over 15 years experience as a mediator who has personally been involved in hundreds of mediations, and has seen first-hand how the insurance companies evaluate cases like yours ? Stephen E. Garner has that kind of experience.

What do our clients say about our representation? Here is a sample: "My experience with Murphy and Garner was nothing short of amazing and relieving! I had originally went with one of those television attorneys that make big promises for all of your pain and suffering. Unfortunately, after months of waiting and a lot of tedious paperwork, those promises dwindled when my case needed more effort. I decided to call Murphy and Garner and I'm glad that I did. Stephen Garner handled my case. He patiently listened to my grievances and when it was time to fight for me he went above and beyond what I had expected! Not only was I compensated, but` it was fair! Murphy and Garner handled my case with dignity and integrity and they proved that they are not only honest but very knowledgeable in their field. If you want someone that will take the time to listen to your concerns and that is trustworthy, I would highly recommend Murphy and Garner. If I ever need help again, Murphy and Garner will be my first stop." - Tajackia Terrell
Social Security Disability
Stephen E. Garner is a member of the National Organization of Social Security Claimants' Representatives with 32 years of experience handling disability claims.
The national average for winning a Social Security Disability hearing in 2014 was only 44%. Our clients won 81% of their claims last year.

What are our clients saying about our representation? Here is a sample:
"Mr. Garner was an absolute pleasure to work with. He is very knowledgeable about the law, my case, and the court we would be attending. He answered all my questions and I felt confident with him representing me. He was informative about what to expect, what not to expect and made me feel less anxious about the whole experience. Once in court he was very organized, prepared and ready to take care of the business at hand. I would highly recommend Mr. Garner for anyone who needs a very experienced attorney. His staff is also very friendly and ALWAYS willing to do whatever they can to help you. The communication between the office and myself was fantastic. I was beyond satisfied with the business I had with them. I would highly recommend Murphy & Garner to anyone in need of an attorney. (I work in a profession that deals with multiple attorney offices. I wish more of them were as pleasant as this one!!)5 STAR RATING FOR SURE!" - Dawn Carter
Workers Compensation
Stephen E. Garner is a member of the Christian Legal Society; former Chairman of the Workers' Compensation Section of the State Bar; and former Chairman of the Georgia State Board of Workers' Compensation Advisory Council, Legislative Subcommittee
Stephen is frequently called upon to assist other lawyers in complex workers' compensation cases, especially those which may have Social Security Disability implications or involve MSAs. Because he handles personal injury, workers' compensation, and Social Security Disability cases, he can help clients explore each of these fields to maximize their recoveries. As the former Chairman of the Legislative Sub-committee of the Georgia State Board of Workers Compensation Advisory Council involved in the drafting of many of the current workers compensation statutes, his peers recognize him as an authority regarding issues involving the designation of catastrophic injuries, and the made-whole doctrine in subrogation.

What do his peers say about him? "Steve is one of the most highly respected claimant attorneys in Georgia. Indeed, while I was Chairman of the State Board of Workers' Compensation Georgia, he served faithfully on the legislative committee which helped shape legislation for our system. I depended on his wise and inclusive perspective many times. In addition, Steve is one of the better private mediators in Georgia. I would highly recommend my friend, Stephen Garner" - Rick Thompson, Defense Lawyer and former Chairman of the Georgia State Board of Workers Compensation

How did your firm decide on the primary area of practice(s)?

There are many general practices in the West Georgia area. However, just like the medical profession, the legal profession has had to specialize in order to provide the very best services. We primarily practice in the areas of personal injury/auto accidents; workers' compensation and Social Security Disability cases. We do fewer areas of law, but we do them better because of our focus.

What experience or education distinguishes your lawyers from others

Stephen E. Garner is a nationally acclaimed advocate, a skilled negotiator and mediator, a proven problem solver, a trusted counselor, and a frequent speaker at legal conferences. He was named as a National Trial Lawyers Top 100 Trial Lawyer for 2014 and 2015. He is a member of the Christian Legal Society; Million Dollar Advocates Forum; National Organization of Social Security Claimants' Representatives; National Academy of Distinguished Neutrals; Georgia Trial Lawyers Association; American Association for Justice; and a past Chairman of the Georgia Workers' Compensation Advisory Council, Legislative Subcommittee. For 17 years he has had an AV Preeminent Lawyer rating in Martindale Hubble (their highest rating in legal ability and ethical standards) and a Top Rated Lawyer - Georgia 2015 . He has a 10.0 Superb Rating on Avvo.com

What distinguishes your law firm from others?

Why are we committed to providing FIVE-STAR SERVICE to you?
Because You're Worth It! We strive to provide all our clients with top quality customer service.

1) We will treat you the way we would want to be treated. We will show you RESPECT, COMPASSION and ATTENTIVENESS.
2) We CARE about you and your future. You are not just a case to us; YOU ARE A PERSON. We will GUIDE YOU through this unfamiliar territory as we SEEK JUSTICE together.
3) We will LISTEN TO YOU so we can TELL YOUR STORY better. We must know your story before we can tell it well.
4) We will TALK TO YOU. If we are in our office, you will talk to a live person and not a machine. We don't, and won't, have phone prompts when you call us.
5) We will COMMUNICATE. We will strive to reply to your communications within one business day of receipt. We can call, e-mail, text or meet with you in person.
6) We will ANSWER YOUR QUESTIONS. We encourage you to ask questions. There are no silly or stupid questions.
7) We will give ADVICE and COUNSEL, but it is your choice whether you heed it. We will give you OPTIONS, not ultimatums. We will NEVER PRESSURE you do to something against your will.
8) We will always seek to be HELPFUL, HOPEFUL and HOSPITABLE.
9) We will PLAN a strategy for your individual case and discuss it with you. Our firm does not employ cookie-cutter approaches.
10) We will strive to HELP VICTIMS BECOME VICTORS. If you have been injured or suffer from serious illness, we want your life to be better because you chose us to represent you.
11) We will keep you INFORMED about the progress in your case.
12) We will thoroughly PREPARE your case.
13) We will be HONEST with you about our assessment of your case, making sure you know the strengths and weaknesses.
14) We believe your attorney is RESPONSIBLE for your case. We will utilize paralegals and support staff on your case, but we will never allow them to have primary responsibility for the preparation, negotiation, or presentation of your case.
15) We WORK FOR YOU. We believe it is our job to look after your best interests in the matter you have entrusted to us. We commit to be good stewards of your case, your money, your future and your trust.
16) We will make every effort to RESOLVE your case out of court for what is fair. Our attorneys like going to court, but we know most of our clients don't.
17) We will fully EXPLAIN YOUR OPTIONS, so you can make the best decision for you about going to trial. We will give you the alternatives, the odds, and our opinions.
18) We WON'T DISAPPOINT YOU. We cannot guarantee results, but we do GUARANTEE we will be PREPARED and PRESENT the best case we can. We will also make sure you are prepared for your day in court.
19) We WON'T SURPRISE YOU. No one likes last minute surprises and we will endeavor to make sure you don't experience any.
20) We will not take on more cases than we can adequately handle. We strive to autograph every case with EXCELLENCE, and you cannot do that if you are spread too thin.
21) We will always be SELECTIVE about the cases we accept. If we are representing you we believe your case has merit. We do not take every case that walks in the door and the courts know this about us. We believe that our good REPUTATION with the courts gives you an edge in close cases.
22) We will craft SOUND TACTICS to achieve YOUR GOALS for your estate, business, or deal.
23) We will seek SWIFT JUSTICE on your behalf. However, we will not jeopardize JUSTICE for the sake of swiftness. FULL JUSTICE often requires TIME and PATIENCE.
24) We wish to be held ACCOUNTABLE. If we fail to live up to our VALUES, please let us know so we can IMPROVE.

Stephen Garner

A nationally acclaimed advocate, a skilled negotiator and mediator, a proven problem solver, a trusted counselor, and a frequent speaker at legal conferences. Named as a National Trial Lawyers Top 100 Trial Lawyer for 2014 and 1015. A member of the Christian Legal Society; Million Dollar Advocates Forum; National Organization of Social Security Claimants' Representatives; National Academy of Distinguished Neutrals; Georgia Trial Lawyers Association; American Association for Justice; and a past Chairman of the Georgia Workers' Compensation Advisory Council, Legislative Subcommittee. AV Preeminent Lawyer 5.0 out of 5 Peer Review Rated for last 17 years with Martindale Hubbell (their highest rating in legal ability and ethical standards) and a Top Rated Lawyer - Georgia 2015 . He has a 10.0 Superb Rating on Avvo.com.

His law practice has a focus in the areas of Workers' Compensation, Personal Injury, and Social Security Disability. He is frequently called upon to assist other lawyers in complex cases, especially those which may have Social Security Disability implications or involve MSAs. Because he handles personal injury, workers' compensation, and Social Security Disability cases, he can help clients explore each of these fields to maximize their recoveries. As the former Chairman of the Legislative Sub-committee of the Georgia State Board of Workers Compensation Advisory Council involved in the drafting of many of the current workers compensation statutes, his peers recognize him as an authority regarding issues involving the designation of catastrophic injuries, and the made-whole doctrine in subrogation.
License
  • Bar Number: 286050
    Georgia , 1983
Education
  • Walter F. George School of Law, Mercer University
    JD , 1983
    While in Law School, Stephen was twice on the school champion Client Counseling Team, winning the Southeastern Region in 1981 and advancing to the final 12 teams in the nation. He was on two of the school's Moot Court teams earning him admission to the Order of the Barristers.

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