J. Michael McGarity, Esq.


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Email: J. Michael McGarity

5328 Lanier Islands Parkway
Suite 202
Buford, Georgia 30518

Phone: 770.932.8477
Fax: 770.932.8437



  • Georgia Bar, 1979
  • Supreme Court of Georgia, Georgia Court of Appeals, 1979
  • U.S. District Court, Northern District of Georgia
  • Court of Appeals, Eleventh Circuit

Law School

  • University of Georgia School Of Law, J.D., 1979


  • Georgia Institute of Technology, B.S., Industrial Management, 1976


  • Atlanta and Gwinnett County  Bar Associations (President, 1984-1985)
  • State Bar of Georgia
  • Lawyers Club of Atlanta
  • Georgia Trial Lawyers Association
  • Litigation Counsel of America
  • The American Association for Justice
  • Old War Horse Lawyers Club
  • Multi-Million Dollar Advocates Forum


  • Mike McGarity was named a Georgia “Super Lawyer” for 2005 through 2021.
  • America’s Top 100 High Stakes Litigators 2019.
  • Lawyers of Distinction 2019 for Excellence in Personal Injury Law.
  • Mike received the coveted AV Rating (since 1987) from Martindale-Hubbell National Legal Directory, the highest such designation given for both attorney competence and integrity.

Gwinnett County Injury Attorney | Accident Attorney

Mike McGarity graduated from Georgia Institute of Technology in 1976, receiving a Bachelor of Science degree in Industrial Management. He received his Juris Doctor from the University of Georgia School Of Law in 1979, was admitted to the Georgia Bar, the Supreme Court of Georgia, and the Georgia Court of Appeals in 1979. Mr. McGarity is admitted in the U.S. District Court, (Northern District of Georgia), and the Eleventh Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals.

After receiving his J.D. degree, Mr. McGarity joined the Gwinnett County District Attorney’s Office as Assistant District Attorney. In 1997, Mr. McGarity was appointed by Attorney General Thurbert Baker as Special Assistant Attorney General and for four years represented the Gwinnett County Child Support Enforcement Division. He was appointed by the Supreme Court of Georgia as Special Master in several disciplinary matters and has also tried well over a hundred jury trials and hundreds of bench trials.

Mr. McGarity shifted into private practice, joining the Lawrenceville firm of Webb, Fowler and Tanner as an associate. He became partner in that firm after trying a large number of complex litigation cases, including wrongful death claims, medical malpractice, personal injury, multi-party claims, felony criminal trials and real estate litigation matters. Mr. McGarity was later named partner at Anderson, Tate, Mahaffey and McGarity, where he spent four and a half years before opening The McGarity Group in September 2006. Mr. McGarity has been appointed by the chief superior court judge to the Gwinnett County Law library Board as of December 13, 2013.

Mr. McGarity is also active in community affairs having served previously on the Gwinnett County Chamber of Commerce Executive Board for five years. He also served as the Chairman of the Environmental Heritage Center for a number of years. He was active in the Boy Scouts of America Board and served as the Council President for the Northeast Council from 2003-2005. He is currently active in the Braselton Rotary Club being a Paul Harris Fellow as well as a Will Watt Fellow. Mr. McGarity has been recognized as a SuperLawyer since 2005 and was again honored with that selection in 2020. He is also active in his hometown of Braselton, Georgia serving as the President of the Legends of Chateau Elan Homeowners Association having been a Board Member the last five years. 

Mr. McGarity also enjoys spending time with his two married adult children and his three grandchildren along with his wife Caryn and with his fourlegged bird dog friends, one of which is a stellar Brittany Spaniel that serves as the office mascot. 

Practice Areas


  • Georgia SuperLawyers from 2005 through 2020
  • Formerly served as an Assistant District Attorney in the Gwinnett County District Attorney’s Office
  • Trial lawyer having tried over 125 jury trials and hundreds of bench trials
  • Gwinnett County Law Library Board Member 
  • Special Assistant Attorney General, State of Georgia, 1991-1997, Appointed by Attorney General Thurbert Baker, representing the Gwinnet County Child Support Enforcement Division, 1977
  • Appointed, Special Master, Supreme Court of Georgia handling disciplinary matters for Attorneys
  • President, Northeast Georgia Council for the Boy Scouts, 2003-2005
  • Former Partner, Webb, Fowler and Tanner and Andersen, Tate, Mahaffey & McGarity
  • Trustee, Georgia Gwinnett College
  • Rotary Club Braselton
  • Former Member, Gwinnett County Board, Department of Family and Children Services
  • Former Trustee and Chairman of the Environmental Heritage Center Foundation
  • Georgia Trial Lawyers Association- Vice President (1999-2009)
  • Current Barrister of Charles Longstreet Weltner Inn of Court
  • Lawyers Club of Atlanta Member
  • Old War Horse Lawyers Club Member
  • Recognized by the Lawyers of Distinction for 2019 for Excellence in Personal Injury Law
  • Recognized by America’s Top 100 High Stakes Litigators for

Strong Community Involvement

  • Mr. McGarity is an active community leader, with strong roots to Gwinnett County and surrounding areas.
  • Mr. McGarity was a long time member of the Executive Board of Directors for the Northeast Georgia Council for the Boy Scouts (covering 26 counties) and the President of the Council for 2003 and 2004. He received the Silver Beaver Award for distinguished service to youth in the Northeast Georgia Council in 2009.
  • Former Trustee for Georgia Gwinnett College
  • 1986 graduate of Leadership Gwinnett
  • Member of the Braselton Rotary Club
  • Formerly a member of the Gwinnett Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors and Chairman’s Club
  • Formerly a member of the Gwinnett County Board for the Department of Family and Children’s Services
  • Formerly a member of the J.M. Tull YMCA Board of Directors and honored with the Gwinnett YMCA’s Volunteer of the Year Award in 1988
  • Former Coach of the Mock Trial Team for Mill Creek High School

To contact a skilled and experienced injury attorney, call J. Michael McGarity today.

To discuss your concerns, call Mike McGarity at 877.851.4261.  You can also email him at mmcgarity@mandefirm.com, or use our Contact Us page.

About the Firm

The McGarity Group, LLC is located in Buford, Georgia and serves clients in and around Metro Atlanta and throughout the State of Georgia.

Buford Office

5328 Lanier Islands Parkway
Suite 202
Buford, Georgia 30518

Phone: 877.851.4261
Fax: 770.932.8437