Gerald M. Edenfield, managing partner for the firm, was born and raised in Bulloch County. Lessons on the value of hard work and the privilege of helping others were instilled in him from an early age, growing up on a tobacco farm in rural Stilson, Georgia. He has translated these early lessons into a successful, thriving law practice which has spanned nearly 40 years. After graduating from Mercer University’s Walter F. George School of Law in 1970, Gerald practiced law in Atlanta for nine years. While in Atlanta, he had the distinction of learning to practice law in the trenches with real trial lawyers. He was a partner in the firms of Heyman & Sizemore and then Edenfield & Dailey, before returning in 1979 to practice law in Statesboro with the law firm of Allen, Brown & Edenfield.
In 1988, along with Susan Cox, Gerald formed the present law firm, Edenfield, Cox, Bruce & Classens. While he has enjoyed great success on the plaintiff’s side of cases, Gerald has also handled numerous cases for the defense, ranging from personal injury defense to business litigation defense. He has appeared in courtrooms around the state and country on cases ranging from complex business litigation, catastrophic personal injury, and education law issues. He regularly argues cases before the Georgia Court of Appeals and Georgia Supreme Court on issues ranging from insurance law to estate law. Despite his success in the courtroom, Gerald has also been very successful in negotiating settlements in excess of several million dollars. Additionally, he also is counsel for numerous businesses and public school boards.