Stephen Garner

  • Member


Bremen, GA





I have approximately 32 years experience as a trial lawyer representing plaintiffs and claimants in a variety of personal injury, wrongful death, property damage, insurance, subrogation, social security, and workers' compensation cases throughout the west Georgia and metro Atlanta areas. I have been lead counsel in approximately 400 trials and hearings during my legal career.  I have evaluated for settlement or trial approximately 1700 personal injury and workers' compensation cases. I have participated as an attorney in mediating approximately 60 personal injury, wrongful death, and workers' compensation cases. As a mediator, I have successfully mediated approximately 400 personal injury and workers' compensation cases. I am the founder of Peace Like A River Mediation Services.  I am certified as a General Mediator by the State of Georgia, and am on the list of approved mediators for the court-connected ADR programs in: Bartow, Douglas, Floyd, Gordon, Haralson, Paulding, and Polk Counties. I also mediate many cases from Carroll and Cobb Counties.  I have been a frequent speaker at Continuing Legal Education seminars relating to: various topics in Workers' Compensation, including subrogation; trial practice; and mediation.

Areas of Practices

  • Social Security Disability
  • Workers' Compensation
  • Personal Injury
  • Mediation
  • Insurance Law- Insurance Subrogation
  • Life & Health
  • Motor Vehicle
  • Personal Injury Plaintiff - Property Damage Plaintiff
  • Wrongful Death Plaintiff
  • Residential Real Estate

Bar Admissions

  • Georgia, 1983
  • Supreme Court of Georgia, 1983
  • U.S. District Court Northern District of Georgia, 1983
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 11th Circuit, 1983
  • Georgia Court of Appeals, 1983


  • Mercer University, Walter F. George School of Law, Macon, Georgia
    • J.D.
  • West Georgia College, Carrolton, GA
    • B.A. - 1979
  • Institute for Christian Conciliation, Conciliator Training Program
    • Basic Training Course: Resolution Resources - 1999

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • State Bar of Georgia, Member, 1983 to 2008
  • Christian Legal Society, Member
  • American Association for Justice - F/K/A American Trial Lawyers Association, Member, 1982
  • Georgia State Board of Workers' Compensation Advisory Council, Chairman of Legislative Subcommittee, 1992
  • Worker's Compensation Claimants' Lawyers Section of Georgia Trail Lawyers, Executive Committee Member 1988-2002; Chairman 1989, 1988
  • Georgia Trial Lawyers' Association, Member, 1983
  • Governor's Workers' Compensation Review Commission, 2001 to 2001
  • Governor's Workers' Compensation Advisory Commission 2002
  • Workers' Compensation, Tort Insurance, ADR, Member
  • Certified Peace Sowers Instructor

Ancillary Businesses

  • Peace Like A River Mediation Services


  • Phi Kappa Phi