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Gardner, Willis, Sweat, Plaire & Pickett, LLP
2408 Westgate Drive
Albany, Georgia 31707Locate in Google Maps
Telephone: 229-883-2441
Fax: 229-888-8148
E-Mail: gwsh@gwspplaw.com
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Mailing Address: P.O. Drawer 71788, Albany, GA 31708-1788
Established: 1976

Practice Areas
  • Insurance Defense
  • Workers' Compensation
  • Trucking Law
  • General Liability
  • Employment Litigation
  • Business Litigation
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Additional Locations
Atlanta, Georgia
400 Colony Square, Suite 200
1201 Peachtree Street N.E.
Atlanta, Georgia 30361
Telephone: 404-874-9588
Fax: 229-888-8148
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Client Information
Insurance Clients
State Farm Insurance Company
Non-Insurance Clients
City of AlbanyCoats & Clark, Inc.
State of Georgia
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Sherman Willis
Albany, GA
E-Mail:Sherman.Willis@gwspplaw.com
Admitted
  • Georgia, 1974
Memberships:
  • Dougherty Circuit Bar Association
  • State Bar of Georgia
Education:
  • Georgia State University, B.B.A., 1971
  • Emory University, J.D., 1973
Fraternity Information:
Phi Delta Phi
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Donald A. Sweat
Albany, GA
E-Mail:Donald.Sweat@gwspplaw.com
Admitted
  • Georgia, 1976
  • U.S. District Court, Middle and Northern Districts of Georgia, 1976
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Eleventh Circuit, 1976
  • Georgia Court of Appeals, 1976
  • Supreme Court of Georgia, 1976
Memberships:
  • State Bar of Georgia
  • Dougherty Circuit Bar Association
Education:
  • Georgia Institute of Technology, B.S. (summa cum laude), 1974
  • The University of Georgia, J.D. (cum laude), 1976
Fraternity Information:
Phi Eta Sigma; Pi Mu Epsilon; Phi Kappa Phi
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Gail S. Pursel
Albany, GA
E-Mail:Gail.Pursel@gwspplaw.com
Admitted
  • Georgia, 1986
  • U.S. District Court, Middle District of Georgia, 1986
Memberships:
  • American and Dougherty Circuit Bar Associations
  • State Bar of Georgia
  • Atlanta Claims Association
Education:
  • The University of Georgia, B.A. (magna cum laude), 1983
  • The University of Georgia, J.D., 1986
Fraternity Information:
Phi Beta Kappa
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Deena Plaire
Albany, GA
E-Mail:Deena.Plaire@gwspplaw.com
Admitted
  • Georgia, 1993
  • U.S. District Court, Middle District of Georgia, 1994
  • Georgia Court of Appeals, 1993
  • Supreme Court of Georgia, 1993
Memberships:
  • State Bar of Georgia
  • Dougherty Circuit Bar Association
Education:
  • Mercer University, B.B.A. (summa cum laude), 1990
  • Mercer University, J.D., 1993
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Mark L. Pickett
Albany, GA
E-Mail:Mark.Pickett@gwspplaw.com
Admitted
  • South Carolina, 1991
  • Georgia, 1995
  • U.S. District Court, Middle District of Georgia
  • U.S. District Court, District of South Carolina
  • South Carolina Court of Appeals
  • Georgia Superior and State Courts
  • Supreme Court of South Carolina
Memberships:
  • American and Dougherty Circuit Bar Associations
  • State Bar of Georgia
  • South Carolina Bar
Education:
  • Vanderbilt University, B.S., 1986
  • Vanderbilt University Law School, J.D., 1990
Clerkship:
Law Clerk to Hon. Jean Hoefer Toal, Associate Justice, South Carolina Supreme Court, 1991
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Smith N. Wilson
Albany, GA
E-Mail:Smith.Wilson@gwspplaw.com
Admitted
  • Georgia, 2010
Memberships:
  • Dougherty Circuit Bar Association
Education:
  • The University of Mississippi, B.A., 2006
  • University of Memphis, J.D., 2010
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High Profile Cases
Smith v. Lott, 317 Ga.App. 37 (2012); Goddard v. City of Albany, 285 Ga. 882 (2009); Steve A. Martin Agency Inc. v. PlantersFIRST Corp., 297 Ga.App. 780 (2009); Baxley v. Baldwin, 287 Ga.App. 245 (2007); Prime Retail Development, Inc. v. Marbury Engineering Co., 270 Ga.App. 548 (2004); Mustaqeem-Graydon v. SunTrust Bank, 258 Ga.App. 200 (2002); Royal v. Ferrellgas, Inc., 254 Ga.App. 696 (2002); Bartlett v. Maffett, 247 Ga.App. 749 (2001); Craig v. Lakeshore Marine, Inc., 228 Ga.App. 141 (1997); Spence v. Hamm, 226 Ga.App. 357 (1997); Sapp v. State Farm Fire & Cas. Co., 226 Ga.App. 200 (1997); PCS Joint Venture, Ltd. v. Davis, 219 Ga.App. 519 (1995); Goddard v. City of Albany, Ga., 307 Fed.Appx. 319 (11th Cir. 2009); Hill v. Oil Dri Corp. of Georgia, 198 Fed.Appx. 852 (11th Cir. 2006); Hill v. Safeco Ins. Co. of America, 93 F.Supp.2d 1375 (M.D. Ga., Sept. 30, 1999); Sanders v. Howze, 177 F.3d 1245 (11th Cir. 1999); Abernathy v. City of Albany, 269 Ga. 88 (1998)
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Service Areas
Bainbridge, Georgia58 miles
Cordele, Georgia39 miles
Tifton, Georgia43 miles
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