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Derek M. Hays is a partner in the Law Offices of Gary Martin Hays & Associates, P.C. He has been with the firm since 1996 and specializes in personal injury and wrongful death claims. He is a member of the Georgia Trial Lawyers Association (GTLA). He has been selected by the American Trial Lawyers Association as one of the Top 100 Trial Lawyers in Georgia every year since 2006. He was voted as a “Best Lawyer in Duluth, Georgia” by Legal Force Media Publications.
Mr. Hays is a member of The Million Dollar Advocates Forum which is limited to attorneys that have achieved single verdicts and/or settlements in excess of a million dollars. He is also a member of The Multi-Million Dollar Advocates Forum for single verdicts and/or settlements in excess of $2 million dollars. Fewer than 1% of all U.S. attorneys are members of these prestigious groups.
In his many years of practice, Mr. Hays has had verdicts and/or settlements published online or in print by Westlaw, Lexus/Nexus, Case Metrix and Verdicts magazine. He has successfully litigated, mediated, and/or settled thousands of cases in many of the counties throughout the state of Georgia. He has obtained millions of dollars for his clients in cases ranging from car wrecks to dog bites. He has fought winning battles against all of the major automobile insurance companies throughout the Southeast. While the majority of cases have originated in Georgia, he has also handled cases in Alabama, Mississippi, South Carolina, North Carolina, California, Tennessee, Massachusetts, Florida, New York, etc... He is sworn into all State and Superior Courts in Georgia, Georgia Court of Appeals, Supreme Court of Georgia, and the United States District Court for the Northern District of Georgia.
Following graduation from high school in Panama City, Florida, Mr. Hays attended the University of Alabama in Tuscaloosa. He graduated with a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Communications with a specialty in Advertising. His first career choice took him to Walt Disney World in Orlando, Florida where he spent two years in the Animation Department.
Law school had always been an eventual goal for Mr. Hays, so after two years in Florida, he moved to the Atlanta, Georgia area to complete that goal. He attended John Marshall Law School and completed his studies in two years as opposed to the traditional three year track. While attending John Marshall, he made several appearances on the Dean’s Lists and President’s Lists for his academic achievements. He won the “Book Award” for the highest grade in many of his classes. He was voted the Vice President of the Student Bar Association for two consecutive terms.
Mr. Hays is the father of two children and is very active in his church, the community, various charities, and his children’s school. He has served his church in many capacities from serving on committees to serving Communion on Sunday morning. In the community, he has coached his kids in football, basketball, softball, soccer, and baseball. He was voted in as the Director of Baseball for his local county park with several hundred children involved in the programs. He has volunteered and/or raised money for The American Cancer Society, Keep Georgia Safe, Dream House for Medically Fragile Children, Family Promise, Boy Scouts of America, and the United Methodist Children’s Home.
To learn more about Derek M. Hays, visit www.GaryMartinHays.com. To find out more about Keep Georgia Safe, please visit www.KeepGeorgiaSafe.org or call (770) 934-8000.