attorneys

Gerald M. Edenfield

BACKGROUND

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.

EDUCATION

  • Mercer University, Walter F. George School of Law, J.D., 1970
  • University of Georgia, A.B. Political Science and Philosophy, 1967

BAR ADMISSIONS

  • All Georgia Courts
  • Georgia Court of Appeals
  • Georgia Supreme Court
  • U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Georgia, 1970
  • U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Georgia, 1970
  • U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Georgia, 1970
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit, 1980
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit, 1980
  • U.S. Supreme Court, 1980

PROFESSIONAL AFFILIATIONS

  • State Bar of Georgia, president, secretary and board of governors
  • State Bar Advisory Committee on Legislation, chair
  • State Bar Long Range Planning Committee, chair
  • Reapportionment of the State Bar of Georgia, co-chair
  • American Bar Association, fellow
  • Atlanta Bar Association
  • Ogeechee Bar Association
  • Atlanta Lawyers Club
  • American Judicature Society
  • American Trial Lawyers Association
  • Georgia Trial Lawyers Association
  • Georgia Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
  • Georgia School Boards Association
  • American Board of Trial Advocates
  • Fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers

COMMUNITY INVOLVEMENT

  • Statesboro Bulloch County Chamber of Commerce, president
  • Chairman of the Board of Statesboro Bulloch County Chamber of Commerce, director
  • Bulloch 2000 Executive Committee
  • Chamber of Commerce Committee, chairman, to establish a new Post Office in Statesboro, Georgia
  • Statesboro Rotary Club, president
  • Statesboro Rotary Club, board of directors
  • Paul Harris Fellow
  • Will Watt Fellow
  • Downtown Statesboro Rotary Club, co-founder
  • Deen Day Smith Service to Mankind Award, co-founder
  • Leadership Georgia 1990
  • United Way
  • American Cancer Society
  • American Lung Association, board of dDirectors
  • A Day for Southern
  • Hospice Steering Committee
  • Bulloch County Heart Association

REPRESENTATIVE CLIENTS

  • Bryan County Board of Education
  • Farmers and Merchants Bank
  • Rozier Ford Lincoln Mercury, Inc.
  • Bulloch County Board of Education
  • Candler County Board of Education
  • Blount, Burke, Wimberly and Hendrix, Insurers
  • Sorin, Inc.
  • Forest City Gun Club
  • Lee, Hill & Johnston Insurers
  • Bryan Fishermen’s Cooperative
  • Bulloch Gin

AWARDS

  • Named a Super Lawyer in litigation by Atlanta Magazine, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008
  • Founders Award for Deen Day Smith, Outstanding Service to the Community
  • Deen Day Smith Service to Mankind Award, 1995
  • Georgia Business Person of the Year, 1995, selected by Georgia Future Business Leaders of America
  • Ranked among Top Ten National Business Leaders, 1995, National Future Business Leaders of America

COMMUNITY INVOLVEMENT

  • Statesboro-Bulloch County Chamber of Commerce, president; chairman of the board; Director; chairman of Committee to Establish New Post Office
  • Bulloch 2000- Executive Committee
  • Statesboro Rotary Club, president; board of directors; Paul Harris Fellow; Will Watt Fellow
  • Downtown Rotary Club of Statesboro- co-founder
  • Deen Day Smith Service to Mankind Award, co-founder
  • Leadership Georgia Class of 1990
  • United Way
  • American Cancer Society
  • American Lung Association- board of directors
  • A Day for Southern
  • Hospice Steering Committee
  • Bulloch County Heart Association
Gerald M. Edenfield
Gerald Edenfield
Managing Partner
Phone: (912) 764-8600
Fax: (912) 764-8862