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Jonathan P. Hayes

JONATHAN P. HAYES

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Jonathan Hayes is a nationally recognized trial attorney and partner at Goldstein Hayes & Lina, LLC, a personal injury trial firm focused on helping individuals and families who have suffered catastrophic injuries or wrongful death in cases involving tractor-trailer and motor vehicle accidents, medical malpractice, swimming pool accidents and injuries from defective products.

An Atlanta native, Jonathan is a 1990 graduate of Woodward Academy in College Park. Jonathan received his Bachelor of Science from the College of Charleston, in South Carolina in 1994.

Jonathan graduated law school from Mercer University, Walter F. George School of Law. During law school, Jonathan clerked for the Honorable Rowland W. Barnes, Superior Court Judge, Fulton County, Georgia. Jonathan and his wife now live in Atlanta, Georgia and are members of Peachtree Road United Methodist Church.

Awarded for Legal Excellence

Jonathan was selected as one of the American Trial Lawyers Association’s Top 100 Georgia Trial Lawyers, one of the National Trial Lawyers Association’s Top 100 Georgia Trial Lawyers, one of Georgia’s Top 25 Brain Injury Trial Lawyers, Top 10 Trucking Trial Lawyers, and he was selected to serve on the National Advisory Board for the Interstate Trucking Lawyers of America and the Executive Committee for the National Trial Lawyers. Jonathan holds the highest possible peer review rating possible from Martindale-Hubbell® for outstanding ethics and legal skill: the rating of AV Preeminent®.

Each year since 2007, Jonathan has been recognized by Georgia Super Lawyers®, a rating service limited to 5% of outstanding lawyers from more than 70 practice areas who have attained a high-degree of peer recognition and professional achievement. Jonathan is an active member of the National Drowning Prevention Alliance, an organization dedicated to saving lives through drowning prevention and water safety efforts.

    • Multi-Million Dollar Advocates Forum
    • Martindale-Hubbell®
    • The National Trial Lawyers: Top 100
    • Best Lawyers
    • 2021 America’s Top 100 Personal Injury Attorneys
    • Top 25 Brain Injury Trial Lawyers
    • Top 25 Motor Vehicle Trial Attorneys
    • Top 10 Trucking Trial Attorneys
    • Top Attorneys in Georgia 2020
    • 2021 Best Attorneys of America, Lifetime Charter Member
    • The American Society of Legal Advocates
    • 2020 America’s Top 100 High Stakes Litigators
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Bar Admissions

  • Georgia, 2000
  • U.S. Supreme Court
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 11th Circuit
  • U.S. District Court Northern District of Georgia
  • U.S. District Court Middle District of Georgia
  • Supreme Court of Georgia
  • Georgia Court of Appeals

Education:

  • Mercer University, Walter F. George School of Law, Macon, Georgia
    • J.D., 2000
  • College of Charleston, Charleston, South Carolina
    • B.S., 1994

Professional Associations and Memberships:

  • State Bar of Georgia
    • General Practice and Trial Section
    • Tort and Insurance Section
  • Academy of Truck Accident Attorneys
  • American Bar Association (ABA)
    • General Practice, Solo and Small Firm Division
    • Litigation Section
    • Tort and Trial Insurance Practice Section
  • American Association for Justice (AAJ)
    • Insurance Law Section
    • Interstate Trucking Litigation Group
    • Motor Vehicle Collision, Highway & Premises Liability Section
    • Products Liability Section
    • Professional Negligence Section
    • Spinal Cord Injury Litigation Group
  • Association of Plaintiff Interstate Trucking Lawyers of America
    • National Advisory Board 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019, 2020, 2021
  • Atlanta Bar Association
    • Litigation Section
  • Georgia Trial Lawyers Association (GTLA)
  • Interstate Trucking Litigation Group of AAJ
  • Lawyers Club of Atlanta
  • Million Dollar Advocates Forum
  • Multi-Million Dollar Advocates Forum
  • National Drowning Prevention Alliance
  • Southern Trial Lawyers Association (STLA)
  • Ten Leaders
    • Plaintiff’s Personal Injury Law Atlanta: Age 45 & under
  • The American Trial Lawyers Association
    • Top 100 Georgia Trial Lawyers
  • The National Trial Lawyers Association
    • Top 100 Georgia Trial Lawyers
  • The National Trial Lawyers Association
    • Top 40 Lawyers Under 40
    • 2013 Executive Committee: Top 40 Lawyers Under 40
    • 2014 Executive Committee: Top 40 Lawyers Under 40
    • 2017 Executive Committee
    • 2018 Executive Committee
    • 2019 Executive Committee
    • 2020 Executive Committee
    • 2021 Executive Committee
  • Association of Interstate Trucking Lawyers of America
    • National Advisory Board 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019, 2020, 2021

Professional Honors

2021

  • 2021 America’s Top 100 Personal Injury Attorneys
  • 2021 Best Attorneys of America, Lifetime Charter Member of an invitation-only organization limited to less than 1% of the lawyers in America
  • 2021 Best Lawyers in America, Peer reviewed recognition for top legal talent.
  • 2021 Best Lawyers, Georgia, Peer reviewed recognition published in The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, The Washington Post, and U.S. News and World Report
  • 2021 The American Society of Legal Advocates, an invitation-only organization of elite lawyers, limited to less than 2% of all licensed lawyers nationwide and the top 100 lawyers in Georgia demonstrating excellence in their field and a sustained commitment to the legal profession.
  • 2021 America’s Top 100 High Stakes Litigators
  • 2021 Georgia Super Lawyers, top 5% of outstanding lawyers from more than 70 practice areas who have attained a high-degree of peer recognition and professional achievement
  • 2021 Georgia’s Top Rated Lawyers, Legal Leaders, Top Rated Lawyers in Georgia offered exclusively to AV Preeminent attorneys
  • 2021 Martindale-Hubbell, AV Preeminent, highest level of peer reviewed rating for ethical standards and legal abilities
  • 2021 The National Trial Lawyers Association, Top 100 Georgia Trial Lawyer
  • 2021 The National Trial Lawyers Association, Top 10 Trucking Lawyers
  • 2021 The National Trial Lawyers Association, Top 25 Brain Injury Lawyers
  • 2021 The National Trial Lawyers Association, Top 25 Motor Vehicle Trial Lawyers

2020

  • 2020 America’s Top 100 Personal Injury Attorneys
  • 2020 Best Attorneys of America, Lifetime Charter Member of an invitation-only organization limited to less than 1% of the lawyers in America
  • 2020 Best Lawyers in America, Peer reviewed recognition for top legal talent.
  • 2020 Best Lawyers, Georgia, Peer reviewed recognition published in The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, The Washington Post, and U.S. News and World Report
  • 2020 The American Society of Legal Advocates, an invitation-only organization of elite lawyers, limited to less than 2% of all licensed lawyers nationwide and the top 100 lawyers in Georgia demonstrating excellence in their field and a sustained commitment to the legal profession.
  • 2020 America’s Top 100 High Stakes Litigators
  • 2020 Georgia Super Lawyers, top 5% of outstanding lawyers from more than 70 practice areas who have attained a high-degree of peer recognition and professional achievement
  • 2020 Georgia’s Top Rated Lawyers, Legal Leaders, Top Rated Lawyers in Georgia offered exclusively to AV Preeminent attorneys
  • 2020 Martindale-Hubbell, AV Preeminent, highest level of peer reviewed rating for ethical standards and legal abilities
  • 2020 The National Trial Lawyers Association, Top 100 Georgia Trial Lawyer
  • 2020 The National Trial Lawyers Association, Top 10 Trucking Lawyers
  • 2020 The National Trial Lawyers Association, Top 25 Brain Injury Lawyers
  • 2020 The National Trial Lawyers Association, Top 25 Motor Vehicle Trial Lawyers

2019

  • 2019 Best Attorneys of America, Lifetime Charter Member of an invitation-only organization limited to less than 1% of the lawyers in America
  • 2019 Best Lawyers, Georgia, Peer reviewed recognition published in The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, The Washington Post, and U.S. News and World Report
  • 2019 The American Society of Legal Advocates, an invitation-only organization of elite lawyers, limited to less than 2% of all licensed lawyers nationwide and the top 100 lawyers in Georgia demonstrating excellence in their field and a sustained commitment to the legal profession.
  • 2019 Georgia Super Lawyers, top 5% of outstanding lawyers from more than 70 practice areas who have attained a high-degree of peer recognition and professional achievement
  • 2019 Georgia’s Top Rated Lawyers, Legal Leaders, Top Rated Lawyers in Georgia offered exclusively to AV Preeminent attorneys
  • 2019 Martindale-Hubbell, AV Preeminent, highest level of peer reviewed rating for ethical standards and legal abilities
  • 2019 The National Trial Lawyers Association, Top 100 Georgia Trial Lawyer

2018

  • 2018 Best Attorneys of America, Lifetime Charter Member of an invitation-only organization limited to less than 1% of the lawyers in America
  • 2018 Best Lawyers, Georgia, Peer reviewed recognition published in The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, The Washington Post, and U.S. News and World Report
  • 2018 The American Society of Legal Advocates, an invitation-only organization of elite lawyers, limited to less than 2% of all licensed lawyers nationwide and the top 100 lawyers in Georgia demonstrating excellence in their field and a sustained commitment to the legal profession.
  • 2018 Georgia Super Lawyers, top 5% of outstanding lawyers from more than 70 practice areas who have attained a high-degree of peer recognition and professional achievement
  • 2018 Georgia’s Top Rated Lawyers, Legal Leaders, Top Rated Lawyers in Georgia offered exclusively to AV Preeminent attorneys
  • 2018 Martindale-Hubbell, AV Preeminent, highest level of peer reviewed rating for ethical standards and legal abilities
  • 2018 The National Trial Lawyers Association, Top 100 Georgia Trial Lawyer
  • 2018 Georgia Super Lawyers, top 5% of outstanding lawyers from more than 70 practice areas who have attained a high-degree of peer recognition and professional achievement
  • 2018 Best Lawyers, Georgia, Peer reviewed recognition published in The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, The Washington Post, and U.S. News and World Report

2017

  • 2017 Best Attorneys of America, Lifetime Charter Member of an invitation-only organization limited to less than 1% of the lawyers in America
  • 2017 Best Lawyers, Georgia, Peer reviewed recognition published in The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, The Washington Post, and U.S. News and World Report
  • 2017 The American Society of Legal Advocates, an invitation-only organization of elite lawyers, limited to less than 2% of all licensed lawyers nationwide and the top 100 lawyers in Georgia demonstrating excellence in their field and a sustained commitment to the legal profession.
  • 2017 Georgia Super Lawyers, top 5% of outstanding lawyers from more than 70 practice areas who have attained a high-degree of peer recognition and professional achievement
  • 2017 Georgia’s Top Rated Lawyers, Legal Leaders, Top Rated Lawyers in Georgia offered exclusively to AV Preeminent attorneys
  • 2017 Martindale-Hubbell, AV Preeminent, highest level of peer reviewed rating for ethical standards and legal abilities
  • 2017 The National Trial Lawyers Association, Top 100 Georgia Trial Lawyers

2016

  • 2016: Best Attorneys of America, Lifetime Charter Member of an invitation-only organization limited to less than 1% of the lawyers in America
  • 2016: The American Society of Legal Advocates, an invitation-only organization of elite lawyers, limited to less than 2% of all licensed lawyers nationwide and the top 100 lawyers in Georgia demonstrating excellence in their field and a sustained commitment to the legal profession.
  • 2016: Georgia Super Lawyers, top 5% of outstanding lawyers from more than 70 practice areas who have attained a high-degree of peer recognition and professional achievement
  • 2016: Georgia’s Top Rated Lawyers, Legal Leaders, Top Rated Lawyers in Georgia offered exclusively to AV Preeminent attorneys
  • 2016: Martindale-Hubbell, AV Preeminent, highest level of peer reviewed rating for ethical standards and legal abilities
  • 2016: The National Trial Lawyers Association, Top 100 Georgia Trial Lawyers
  • 2016: National Academy of Personal Injury Attorneys, Top 10 Personal Injury Attorneys in Georgia

2015

  • 2015: Best Attorneys of America, Lifetime Charter Member of an invitation-only organization limited to less than 1% of the lawyers in America
  • 2015: The American Society of Legal Advocates, an invitation-only organization of elite lawyers, limited to less than 2% of all licensed lawyers nationwide and the top 100 lawyers in Georgia demonstrating excellence in their field and a sustained commitment to the legal profession.
  • 2015: Georgia Super Lawyers, top 5% of outstanding lawyers from more than 70 practice areas who have attained a high-degree of peer recognition and professional achievement
  • 2015: Georgia’s Top Rated Lawyers, Legal Leaders, Top Rated Lawyers in Georgia offered exclusively to AV Preeminent attorneys
  • 2015: Martindale-Hubbell, AV Preeminent, highest level of peer reviewed rating for ethical standards and legal abilities
  • 2015: The National Trial Lawyers Association, Top 100 Georgia Trial Lawyers
  • 2015: National Academy of Personal Injury Attorneys, Top 10 Personal Injury Attorneys in Georgia

2014

  • 2014: The American Society of Legal Advocates, an invitation-only organization of elite lawyers, limited to less than 2% of all licensed lawyers nationwide and the top 100 lawyers in Georgia demonstrating excellence in their field and a sustained commitment to the legal profession.
  • 2014: Georgia Super Lawyers, top 5% of outstanding lawyers from more than 70 practice areas who have attained a high-degree of peer recognition and professional achievement
  • 2014: The National Trial Lawyers Association, Top 100 Georgia Trial Lawyers
  • 2014: Martindale-Hubbell, AV Preeminent, highest level of peer reviewed rating for ethical standards and legal abilities
  • 2013: The American Society of Legal Advocates, an invitation-only organization of elite lawyers, limited to less than 2% of all licensed lawyers nationwide and the top 100 lawyers in Georgia demonstrating excellence in their field and a sustained commitment to the legal profession.
  • 2013: Georgia Super Lawyers, top 5% of outstanding lawyers from more than 70 practice areas who have attained a high-degree of peer recognition and professional achievement
  • 2013: The National Trial Lawyers Association, Top 100 Georgia Trial Lawyers
  • 2013: The National Trial Lawyers Association, Top 40 Georgia Lawyers under 40
  • 2012: Georgia Super Lawyers, Rising Stars, limited to the top 2.5% of Georgia lawyers either 40 years old or younger or in practice for ten years or less who have attained a high-degree of peer recognition and professional achievement
  • 2012: The National Trial Lawyers Association, Top 100 Georgia Trial Lawyers
  • 2012: The National Trial Lawyers Association, Top 40 Georgia Lawyers under 40
  • 2011: Georgia Super Lawyers, Rising Stars, limited to the top 2.5% of Georgia lawyers either 40 years old or younger or in practice for ten years or less who have attained a high-degree of peer recognition and professional achievement
  • 2011: The National Trial Lawyers Association, Top 100 Georgia Trial Lawyers
  • 2011: The National Trial Lawyers Association, Top 40 Georgia Lawyers under 40
  • 2011: Ten Leaders, America’s Experienced, Accomplished Professionals, Plaintiff’s Personal Injury Law- Atlanta
  • 2010: The American Trial Lawyers Association, Top 100 Georgia Trial Lawyers
  • 2010: Georgia Super Lawyers, Rising Stars, limited to the top 2.5% of Georgia lawyers either 40 years old or younger or in practice for ten years or less who have attained a high-degree of peer recognition and professional achievement
  • 2010: Ten Leaders, America’s Experienced, Accomplished Professionals, Plaintiff’s Personal Injury Law- Atlanta
  • 2009: The American Trial Lawyers Association, Top 100 Georgia Trial Lawyers
  • 2009: Georgia Super Lawyers, Rising Stars, limited to the top 2.5% of Georgia lawyers either 40 years old or younger or in practice for ten years or less who have attained a high-degree of peer recognition and professional achievement
  • 2009: Ten Leaders, America’s Experienced, Accomplished Professionals, Plaintiff’s Personal Injury Law- Atlanta
  • 2008: The American Trial Lawyers Association, Top 100 Georgia Trial Lawyers
  • 2008: Ten Leaders, America’s Experienced, Accomplished Professionals, Plaintiff’s Personal Injury Law- Atlanta
  • 2007: Georgia Super Lawyers, Rising Stars, limited to the top 2.5% of Georgia lawyers either 40 years old or younger or in practice for ten years or less who have attained a high-degree of peer recognition and professional achievement

How We Put Our Clients First

  • 75 Years of Combined Experience

    We apply our 75 years of combined legal experience to make sure each and every case is meticulously prepared for trial.

  • Over $400 Million in Recoveries

    We have successfully represented clients against some of the largest corporations, insurance companies, and hospitals.

  • Recognized for Our Expertise, with the Awards to Prove It

    Our attorneys are nationally recognized for providing exceptional service and obtaining outstanding results.

  • Personal Attention, Like You Are One of Our Own

    Our boutique setting ensures you receive small firm care – all with the advocacy, skill, and experience of a large firm.

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