McDonald & Cody, LLC: Personal Injury Attorneys in Alto and Cornelia Georgia
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Notable Recoveries in the Past Five Years:

Gus McDonald, ESQ.

McDonald Cody Law Firm of North GeorgiaIn addition to being a member of the State Bar of Georgia and a member of the Georgia Trial Lawyers Association, Gus is a member of both the Million Dollar Advocates Forum and the Multi Million Dollar Advocates Forum. The Million Dollar Advocates Forum is recognized as one of the most prestigious groups of trial lawyers in the United States and less than 1% of U.S. lawyers are members.


Notable Experience


  • • In 2015 Mr. McDonald represented a victim of a Tractor-Trailer collision and recovered 1.2 million for an ankle fusion
  • • In 2015 Mr. McDonald represented a victim in a high speed collision and recovered 1.1 million
  • • In 2015 Mr. McDonald represented a victim in a boating collision and recovered 1 million
  • • In 2015 Mr. McDonald represented a husband and wife who were victims in a tractor trailer collision and recovered 1 million
  • Between 2014-2015 Mr. McDonald recovered 4 confidential settlements that exceeded 1.5 million dollars
  • The law firm had 13 jury trials in State, Superior and Federal Courts with only 1 loss
  • In 2013-2015 Mr. McDonald recovered 8 settlements in excess of $600,000.00
  • Mr. McDonald has extensive experience in Dram Shop litigation and from prior experience relating to driver impairment
  • Mr. McDonald has lectured on Dram Shop and impaired driving in 12 States
  • Mr. McDonald is national published in the area of impaired driving
  • Mr. McDonald has earned a solid reputation for litigation


Gus has represented Judges, Lawyers and Law Enforcement Officers over the past 19 years. Gus is recognized as an authority in two areas of law - injury where alcohol is involved and where a driver is impaired & litigation involving wrongful death caused by automobile. Gus, along with his partners, has recovered over $50,000,000.00 for clients who are the victims of negligence. The law firm has the largest verdicts and settlements in surrounding Georgia Counties such as Rabun, Dawson, Barrow, Hall, Banks, Habersham and Stephen's County. Gus is a frequent lecturer for the State Bar and ICLE seminars.


Gus has been litigating cases since 1995 and has tried in excess of 90 jury trials. Over the years the litigation has taken place in Georgia, Texas, Florida, Tennessee, South Carolina and North Carolina. Since 2012, Gus has focused exclusively on Personal Injury with a focus on Dram Shop litigation and product liability. Since 1995 Gus has been a featured speaker in 19 states on topics such as liability for alcohol related injury and impaired driving. Recently Gus obtained a 3.4 million dollar verdict for Robert Elliot in a North Georgia. That verdict is now the record for that court. In addition, in 2016 Gus and his partner Gerald Cody also set the record for recovery in two other North Georgia Counties. Gus and Gerald maintain a low case load to provide quality representation and to maximize the recovery. Gus lives with his son Jackson McDonald on Lake Burton where they enjoy working around the lake and socializing. Jackson will be following the footsteps of his father and grandfather by starting law school in the fall.



Personal: Habersham County, Georgia.


Son, Jackson McDonald

Ranked top 30 speakers. In addition to practicing law, Gus has also been an educator to many of his peers on the handling of alcohol related deaths and accidents. Gus has been invited to speak on these topics in 24 different states for other professional groups including lawyers, law enforcement and judges.


  • Super Lawyers Georgia 2004-2016
  • Areas of Practice: Alcohol related injury / Automobile Death
  • Bar Admissions: State Bar of Georgia 1995
  • Education: JM Law School, Atlanta, Georgia 1996 and J.D. Mercer University, Atlanta, Georgia 1992; B.A.

Meet our team

Attorney Douglas W. McDonald
Attorney Gus McDonald
McDonald Cody Law Firm of North Georgia
McDonald Cody Law Firm of North Georgia

Douglas W. Mcdonald

gus mcdonald

Gerald cody

Sam Sliger

Sam is primarily focused on alcohol related litigation, serious traffic injury and arrest as well as criminal misdemeanors and felonies.

Sam graduated from the University of Georgia.

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Office Locations

Personal Injury Lawyer in Alto GA

4005 Hwy 365 South

Alto, GA 30510




+1 706 778 5291

+1 706 778 2889

+1 678 446 9216


Personal Injury Lawyer in Cornelia GA

383 U.S. Hwy 441 Business

Cornelia, GA 30531


+1 706 778 7178

Our Philosophy

Personal Injury Lawyer in Alto and Cornelia GA

If we are not able to settle your case in six months, we will file suit and begin the process of litigation. The philosophy at McDonald & Cody, LLC is to provide maximum results, one client at a time. We are dedicated to our cases and strive for quick, full and maximum compensation. We are committed to our core values of returning phone calls, candid assessments and responsibility.

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