Attorney Spotlight

Michael D. St. Amand

  • 1700 Atlanta Plaza
    950 East Paces Ferry Road
    Atlanta, Georgia 30326

  • Phone: (404) 870-7383
  • Fax: (404) 870-1083

Michael D. St. Amand practices general civil litigation, with specialization in the areas of insurance defense, commercial litigation, products liability, life insurance, insurance coverage, and ERISA litigation. He serves as statewide counsel for numerous large and small insurance companies, as well as several private…

Practice Areas

At Gray, Rust, St. Amand, Moffett & Brieske, LLP, our practice focuses on civil litigation at the trial and appellate levels in both state and federal courts. Our attorneys have been defending insurance companies, local governmental entities, and private corporations for over thirty years...

Representative Cases

Coggins v. Moore’s Auto Care

Mike St. Amand successfully defended Moore’s Auto Care and its employee, Wade Wilhoit, in the case of Gary Coggins v. Moore’s Auto Care in a Polk County trial October 20-23, 2014. Mr. Coggins was represented by an experienced and accomplished local trial a…

Hulsey v. Nicely

Mike St. Amand obtained a defense verdict in the Superior Court of White County on behalf of Kenneth Nicely in the case of Donna Hulsey and Timothy Hulsey v. Kenneth Nicely. This case was tried November 17-20, 2014 with the jury returning a verdict for the De…

A Great Result for the Defense Where Plaintiff was Seeking Eight Figures

Recently, we obtained a very defense-favorable resolution to a shooting-injury case in which Plaintiff’s counsel sought an “eight figure” verdict. In this case, the Plaintiff was a young woman who was shot and injured when she and her family were visi…

Court of Appeals Agrees That a Manufacturer Does Not Have a Duty to Warn of Obvious and Avoidable Dangers

On March 17, 2011, the Georgia Court of Appeals in Kelly v. Hedwin Co.¸ affirmed the principle that a manufacturer has no duty to warn of a product-connected danger which is obvious and generally known. The Court upheld the granting of summary judgme…

Divided Court of Appeals Applies Assumption of Risk to Nine-Year-Old

On March 30, 2011, a divided Georgia Court of Appeals upheld the trial court’s grant of summary judgment to a playground equipment design company in a suit filed on behalf of a 9-year-old boy who sustained serious injuries when he fell off the “Infant Maze…


From the risk manager of a commercial products distributor, for whom we recently prevailed in a case: "This is fantastic news and sets the precedence for future claims against us. I really appreciate your firm's efforts in this case."
Client Praise
You are all true professionals, and it was a pleasure working with all of you through this 'interesting' matter.
Corporate Risk Manager
Matt, congratulations to you on yet another jury trial victory this year. You and Mike Rust have had great jury trial victories this year.
Matt, You continue to remain our go to firm in Georgia! Thank you.
Home Office Claims Supervisor, National Insurer
I want to thank you for a job well done, as well as all the hard work put into this by Jeff and the rest of the team. On behalf of my company we very much appreciate your collective efforts.
Risk Manager of Fortune 1000 Company
Matt, let me join the parade of people offering their congratulations. Great article. The article had you holding your own before a barrage of questions. I must admit I am not surprised. Your intellect, drive and work ethic are unsurpassed. The article in the FCDR is terrific. You can't buy publicity like that.
Matt- I finally got around to reading the case summaries {Daily Report}. While these were older claims, my understanding is that to try 4 claims in one year would be a lot; much less to have done so within 3 months. I note the high/low agreement as to the pedestrian claim. Very impressive!
I want to thank you for all of your hard work and the great job you did preparing and trying the case.  I heard along the way what a good job you both did during trial, and several colleagues asked me to pass along their respects for a job well done.   I just got off the phone with the insured and he couldn't say enough about what great lawyers you both are and how much he appreciated how well you treated him.  His wife used words like "superb" and "fantastic," and said that she couldn't have hand picked better attorneys.   They both felt a great sense of relief getting what they called vindication.  I think this will help them move on after almost five years. Thanks again for your hard work.
Client Testimonial
Matt, Thank you. It was a great verdict and I am sure the insured individual is in a better state of mind now. You did an excellent job in the defense of this case. It was my pleasure to work with you.
Matt, I wanted to pass along my congratulations to you for the result on this case and the appreciation of our insured. I have shared a letter sent to me from the insured with our management here. It expresses appreciation for the professionalism and skill demonstrated by all involved in this case, including the legal representation your firm provided. Thank you for your efforts as our panel counsel.