Attorney Spotlight

Michael J. Rust

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

  • Phone: (404) 870-7375
  • Fax: (404) 870-1075

Michael Rust graduated from Emory University in 1980 and Emory University School of Law in 1983 where he was Notes and Comments editor of the Emory Law Journal (Law Review). Since that time, he has maintained an active trial practice in the state of Georgia both in State and Federal Courts. Mr. Rust teaches litigation…

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…

Testimonials

To Matthew Moffett: A tough case with such a sympathetic plaintiff, well done sir, I’d have you as my lawyer any time!
Client
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.
Mediator
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.
Client
Rishi – I love working with you! You totally have all the balls in the court.
Claims Examiner with a Major Client
Congratulations Matt! Many thanks to you and your staff for all of your hard work on this case.
Sr. Litigation Examiner for National Insurer
Nicole and Michael: Great work! Amazing result.
Client In-House Counsel
Thanks Jeff, it’s a true pleasure working with you, Matt and the rest of your team on our auto liability claims.
Risk Manager at a Major Corporation
We so appreciate your presentation and obvious preparedness for yesterday's motion hearing. It is our belief that your last summary brief probably helped the judge understand the sequence of events much better and landed you that whopping sum you were awarded. [...] Anyway, thank you and we appreciate your efforts. The first and only glimmer of a bright spot since [we were sued].
Insured Client
Matt, You have been a delight to work with and you are a phenomenal lawyer. I appreciate all you did for us.
Chairman of the Board, national insurance company
Thanks to you and your firm. First rate job.
Sr. Claims Specialist for national insurance company
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