Gerald M. Edenfield, managing partner for the firm, was born and raised in Bulloch County. Lessons on the value of hard work and the privilege of helping others were instilled in him from an early age, growing up on a tobacco farm in rural Stilson, Georgia. He has translated these early lessons into a successful, thriving law practice which has spanned nearly 40 years. After graduating from Mercer University’s Walter F. George School of Law in 1970, Gerald practiced law in Atlanta for nine years. While in Atlanta, he had the distinction of learning to practice law in the trenches with real trial lawyers. He was a partner in the firms of Heyman & Sizemore and then Edenfield & Dailey, before returning in 1979 to practice law in Statesboro with the law firm of Allen, Brown & Edenfield.

In 1988, along with Susan Cox, Gerald formed the present law firm, Edenfield, Cox, Bruce & Classens. While he has enjoyed great success on the plaintiff’s side of cases, Gerald has also handled numerous cases for the defense, ranging from personal injury defense to business litigation defense. He has appeared in courtrooms around the state and country on cases ranging from complex business litigation, catastrophic personal injury, and education law issues. He regularly argues cases before the Georgia Court of Appeals and Georgia Supreme Court on issues ranging from insurance law to estate law. Despite his success in the courtroom, Gerald has also been very successful in negotiating settlements in excess of several million dollars. Additionally, he also is counsel for numerous businesses and public school boards.

Gerald is very dedicated to serving his profession, which has culminated in his serving as president of The State Bar of Georgia, the unified professional association that governs the practice of law throughout the state. The State Bar’s membership includes more than 39,000 lawyers and judges. As president in 2007-2008, Gerald dedicated his term to increasing the public’s awareness of the judicial system, the importance of the roles that judges and attorneys fill in upholding justice, and seeking judicial pay raises for the state and federal judiciary. Prior to serving as president, Gerald served as the State Bar secretary (two terms), Chairman of the Legislative Advisory Committee, member of the Executive Committee, and as a member of the Board of Governors for nearly 20 years. Additionally, Gerald is a member of the prestigious American College of Trial Lawyers, a Fellow of the American Bar Association, and a “Super Lawyer” in Atlanta Magazine in 2005, 2006, 2007 and 2008.

Statesboro is Gerald’s home, and he has served Statesboro/Bulloch County as president of the Statesboro Rotary Club, president of the Statesboro-Bulloch Chamber of Commerce, and as a director of the Statesboro chapter of the American Lung Association. He is a director of Farmers & Merchants Bank and has taught courses at Dekalb College and Georgia Southern University and for the State Bar.

Gerald and his wife, Sharon, have been married since 1968 and have two daughters, Sharri and Kristie, both lawyers, and a son, Gerry, a senior at the University of Georgia.

Practice Areas

Business Litigation

Corporate Law, Finance and Banking

Education Law

Personal Injury and Medical Malpractice

Real Estate

Professional Affiliations

State Bar of Georgia, president, secretary and board of governors
State Bar Advisory Committee on Legislation, chair
State Bar Long Range Planning Committee, chair
Reapportionment of the State Bar of Georgia, co-chair
American Bar Association, fellow
Atlanta Bar Association
Ogeechee Bar Association
Atlanta Lawyers Club
American Judicature Society
American Trial Lawyers Association
Georgia Trial Lawyers Association
Georgia Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
Georgia School Boards Association
American Board of Trial Advocates
Fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers

Community Involvement

Statesboro Bulloch County Chamber of Commerce, president
Chairman of the Board of Statesboro Bulloch County Chamber of Commerce, director
Bulloch 2000 Executive Committee
Chamber of Commerce Committee, chairman, to establish a new Post Office in Statesboro, Georgia
Statesboro Rotary Club, president
Statesboro Rotary Club, board of directors
Paul Harris Fellow
Will Watt Fellow
Downtown Statesboro Rotary Club, co-founder
Deen Day Smith Service to Mankind Award, co-founder
Leadership Georgia 1990
United Way
American Cancer Society
American Lung Association, board of dDirectors
A Day for Southern
Hospice Steering Committee
Bulloch County Heart Association

Representative Clients

Bryan County Board of Education
Farmers and Merchants Bank
Rozier Ford Lincoln Mercury, Inc.
Bulloch County Board of Education
Candler County Board of Education
Blount, Burke, Wimberly and Hendrix, Insurers
Sorin, Inc.
Forest City Gun Club
Lee, Hill & Johnston Insurers
Bryan Fishermen’s Cooperative
Bulloch Gin

Awards

Named a Super Lawyer in litigation by Atlanta Magazine, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008
Founders Award for Deen Day Smith, Outstanding Service to the Community
Deen Day Smith Service to Mankind Award, 1995
Georgia Business Person of the Year, 1995, selected by Georgia Future Business Leaders of America
Ranked among Top Ten National Business Leaders, 1995, National Future Business Leaders of America
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EDUCATION

  • Mercer University, Walter F. George School of Law, J.D., 1970
  • University of Georgia, A.B. Political Science and Philosophy, 1967

BAR ADMISSIONS

  • All Georgia Courts
  • Georgia Court of Appeals
  • Georgia Supreme Court
  • U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Georgia, 1970
  • U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Georgia, 1970
  • U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Georgia, 1970
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit, 1980
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit, 1980
  • U.S. Supreme Court, 1980