Stephen Garner


Murphy & Garner, LLC

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I have approximately 25 years experience as a trial lawyer representing plaintiffs and claimants in a variety of personal injury, wrongful death, property damage, insurance, subrogation, social security, and workers’ compensation cases throughout the west Georgia and metro Atlanta areas. I have been lead counsel in approximately 400 trials and hearings during my legal career. I have evaluated for settlement or trial approximately 1700 personal injury and workers’ compensation cases. I have participated as an attorney in mediating approximately 60 personal injury, wrongful death, and workers’ compensation cases. As a mediator, I have successfully mediated approximately 400 personal injury and workers’ compensation cases. I am the founder of Peace Like A River Mediation Services. I am certified as a General Mediator by the State of Georgia, and am on the list of approved mediators for the court-connected ADR programs in: Bartow, Douglas, Floyd, Gordon, Haralson, Paulding, and Polk Counties. I also mediate many cases from Carroll and Cobb Counties. I have been a frequent speaker at Continuing Legal Education seminars relating to: various topics in Workers’ Compensation, including subrogation; trial practice; and mediation.

Areas of Practice:
Social Security Disability
Workers’ Compensation
Personal Injury
Insurance Law- Insurance Subrogation
Life & Health
Motor Vehicle
Personal Injury Plaintiff – Property Damage Plaintiff
Wrongful Death Plaintiff
Residential Real Estate

Bar Admissions:
Georgia, 1983
Supreme Court of Georgia, 1983
U.S. District Court Northern District of Georgia, 1983
U.S. Court of Appeals 11th Circuit, 1983
Georgia Court of Appeals, 1983

Mercer University, Walter F. George School of Law, Macon, Georgia
Honors: Order of the Barristers; Client Counseling Team – Southeastern Champs 1981
West Georgia College, Carrolton, GA, 1979
Honors: Dean’s List
Major: History

Institute for Christian Conciliation, Conciliator Training Program, 1999
Basic Training Course: Resolution Resources

Professional Associations and Memberships:
State Bar of Georgia, 1983 – 2008

Christian Legal Society

American Association for Justice – F/K/A American Trial Lawyers Association, 1982 – Present

Georgia State Board of Workers’ Compensation Advisory Council, 1992 – Present
Chairman of Legislative Subcommittee

Worker’s Compensation Claimants’ Lawyers Section of Georgia Trail Lawyers, 1988 – Present
Executive Committee Member 1988-2002; Chairman 1989

Georgia Trial Lawyers’ Association, 1983 – Present

Governor’s Workers’ Compensation Review Commission, 2001

Governor’s Workers’ Compensation Advisory Commission 2002

Workers’ Compensation, Tort Insurance, ADR

Certified PeaceSowers Instructor

Ancillary Businesses:
Peace Like A River Mediation Services

Phi Kappa Phi