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

Nice work Matt, you are batting a thousand this year.
Client
Outstanding work! Great job!
National Coordinating Counsel for Fortune 500 company
Michael & Matt, This is an excellent result in a case with significant injuries! Thank you for your long, enduring effective job protecting our insured. Best Regards,
Client
Thanks to you and your firm. First rate job.
Sr. Claims Specialist for national insurance company
Nicole and Michael: Great work! Amazing result.
Client In-House Counsel
Mike is an excellent attorney and I would have no problem recommending him. From the day we met him to the last days of our homeowners meeting, Mike was always on top of this case. He always supplied us with valued legal opinions and always made the right decisions. For me, I really enjoyed the time spent with Mike throughout all the depositions and the way he worked the witnesses in getting to the bottom line. He was impressive. There is not one doubt in my mind, that if we did not have Mike on our side, the conclusion of this case would not have been as it is. We have a conclusion we are happy with and Mike is on main reason for that.
Client
Rishi – I love working with you! You totally have all the balls in the court.
Claims Examiner with a Major Client
Matt: Congratulations on the decision. Thank you for your great work! You guys are developing almost a mythic reputation for your positive results. I am glad you are working on our side.
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
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
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