1986: Emory University, Atlanta, Georgia; B.A. degree in Political Science, and a minor in Afro-American and African Studies.
1989: J.D. from the Walter F. George School of Law of Mercer University, Macon, Georgia; Asst. Research Editor, Law Review; Vice President of the Student Bar Association, recipient of the Class of 1977 Scholarship Award.
Upon his graduation in 1989, Mr. Hays began his career in the insurance defense arena with the law firm BOVIS, KYLE & BURCH. In 1993, he and Duncan Maysilles formed the firm HAYS & MAYSILLES, P.C. in Atlanta. Upon Mr. Maysilles’s retirement at the end of 1999, the firm has continued as the Law Offices of Gary Martin Hays & Associates, P.C. His firm specializes in personal injury, wrongful death, workers’ compensation, and pharmaceutical claims.
His legal accomplishments include being a member of the prestigious Million Dollar Advocate’s Forum, a society limited to those attorneys who have received a settlement or verdict of at least $1 Million Dollars. He has been recognized as a Super Lawyer in Atlanta Magazine as one of Georgia’s top workers’ compensation lawyers, as well as being selected as one of the Top 100 Trial Lawyers in Georgia since 2007 by the American Trial Lawyers Association. His law firm has recovered over $225 million, averaging about $20 million a year.
Gary Martin Hays is also a nationally recognized safety advocate who works tirelessly to educate our families on issues ranging from bullying to internet safety to abduction prevention. He has appeared on countless television stations, including the ABC, CBS, NBC and FOX affiliates. He has been interviewed on over 110 radio stations, including the Georgia News Network. He currently hosts “Georgia Behind The Scenes” on the CW Atlanta TV Network. He has been featured in USA Today, and over 250 online sites including Morningstar.com, CBS News’s MoneyWatch.com, the Boston Globe, The Miami Herald, The New York Daily News, and The Miami Herald. He is a co-author of the upcoming book “Trendsetters” which will be released on Amazon.com this Fall.
In 2008, Gary started the non-profit organization Keep Georgia Safe.org with the mission to provide safety education and crime prevention training in Georgia. Keep Georgia Safe has trained over 80 state and local law enforcement officers in CART (Child Abduction Response Teams) so our first responders will know what to do in the event a child is abducted in Georgia. Gary has completed Child Abduction Response Team training with the National AMBER Alert program through the U.S. Department of Justice and Fox Valley Technical College. In 2007, he was awarded Georgia Trial Lawyer’s Community Service Award for his charitable endeavors for the American Cancer Society, the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society, St. Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital, and Dream House for Medically Fragile Children. His law firm has given away 1,000 bicycle helmets and 14 college scholarships.