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W. Brian Cornwell in Savannah, GA

W. Brian Cornwell

Mr. Cornwell was born in Savannah and raised in Effingham County, and earned a BS in Political Science from the University of West Georgia and his Juris Doctor from Samford University’s Cumberland School of Law. While at Cumberland, Mr. Cornwell was named to the Dean’s List. After practicing for several years in South Carolina, Mr. Cornwell returned home to Savannah and worked several years with another local personal injury firm. Mr. Cornwell, along with Brad Stevens, founded the firm in 2017 and handles matters throughout the states of Georgia and South Carolina.

Mr. Cornwell concentrates his practice on the representation of clients who have received injuries through the negligence of others as well as property owners who have been damaged as a result of negligent and faulty construction.

Mr. Cornwell was the lead attorney in the seminal case of Jane Doe vs. USA Gymnastics. Mr. Cornwell represented a former gymnast who was sexually assaulted by a USA Gymnastics member coach. The case garnered national and international attention and has been featured in the USA Today, IndyStar and Washington Post. The case was the catalyst for the investigation into USA Gymnastics and led to the revelations of sexual abuse by the national team doctor Larry Nassar. Mr. Cornwell has represented Nassar victims in Michigan and other athletes throughout the country in their claims for abuse by coaches. Mr. Cornwell has also lectured on the topic of sexual abuse in youth-serving organizations.

As a former insurance defense lawyer Mr. Cornwell is well-versed in how insurance companies adjust claims and uses this experience for the benefit of his clients.

Mr. Cornwell also has extensive experience in multi-party complex litigation and has represented individuals, governmental entities, universities, and both large and small corporations. As the son of general contractor, Mr. Cornwell has extensive practical experience in the construction industry and was co-counsel for Virginia Newman in one of the leading construction insurance coverage decisions in South Carolina Auto Owners v. Newman.

Mr. Cornwell is admitted to practice before all state courts in South Carolina and Georgia along with the U.S. District Court for the District of South Carolina and the Southern District of Georgia.

Mr. Cornwell is also a past member of the City of Pooler’s Planning Commission. In his spare time, Mr. Cornwell enjoys traveling with his family, watching his daughters play sports, and is an avid golfer.

Bar Admissions

State Bar of South Carolina
South Carolina Supreme Court
State Bar of Georgia
Georgia Court of Appeals
Supreme Court of Georgia
United States District Court for South Carolina and the Southern District of Georgia

Education

B.S. Political Science University of West Georgia
Juris Doctor Samford University’s Cumberland School of Law (Dean’s List)

Areas of Practice

Personal Injury/Wrongful Death
Products/Premises Liability
Sexual Abuse of Minors
Construction Site Accidents
Construction Defect Litigation (water intrusion, structural damage)
Construction Disputes
Worker’s Compensation

Professional Memberships

Georgia Trial Lawyers Association
Savannah Trial Lawyers Association
Effingham Bar Association
Savannah Bar Association
American Bar Association
South Carolina Construction Law Section
Charleston County Bar Association

Community Involvement

Pooler Planning Commission
Pooler Recreation Coach
Effingham Chamber of Commerce

J. Brad Stevens in Savannah, GA

J. Brad Stevens

Mr. Stevens began practicing law in 2003 after working seven (7) years handing insurance claims as an insurance adjuster. Mr. Stevens worked as an insurance adjuster for Crawford & Company, in Savannah, Georgia, and Claims Management Services, Inc., in Roswell, Georgia. He went to law school at night while handling insurance claims during the day.

Mr. Stevens has focused his practice on the representation of individuals who have been injured as a result of the negligence of other individuals or corporations. Since beginning his practice in 2003, Mr. Stevens has assisted his clients by recovering over $23 million dollars in verdicts or settlements from individuals or corporations who harmed his clients. He was admitted to the State Bar of Georgia in 2002. He is admitted to practice in the Court of Appeals of the State of Georgia, the Supreme Court of the State of Georgia, and the United States District Court for the Southern District of Georgia. Mr. Stevens is a member of the Savannah Bar Association, the Savannah Trial Lawyers Association, the Effingham County Bar Association, and the Georgia Trial Lawyers Association. Mr. Stevens is a Past President of the Savannah Trial Lawyers Association.

In 2010, Mr. Stevens was selected as one of the top 2.5% of lawyers under the age of 40 in the State of Georgia and designated as a Rising Star by Minneapolis-based Law & Politics, publisher of Super Lawyers magazines. In 2011, Mr. Stevens was selected as one of the top 100 Trial Lawyers in the State of Georgia by the National Trial Lawyers. In 2013, Mr. Stevens was named one of Georgia Trend’s 2013 Legal Elite by Georgia Trend magazine. In 2015, Mr. Stevens was named a Regional Vice President for the Georgia Trial Lawyers Association. Mr. Stevens has served on the Executive Council for the Savannah Bar Association for several years.

Education

Mr. Stevens was born in Birmingham, Alabama, and grew up and went to high school in Stone Mountain, Georgia. He received his Bachelor of Science degree from Presbyterian College in Clinton, South Carolina with a major in Business Administration and a minor in Political Science. After graduating in 1995, he obtained his Property and Casualty Insurance License and began working as a Casualty Claims Insurance Adjuster in Savannah, Georgia. Mr. Stevens returned to the Atlanta, Georgia area through the insurance adjusting business in 1998 and handled insurance claims during the day while attending John Marshall Law School at night. He obtained his Juris Doctor (Cum Laude) in 2002.

Qualified Experience

Mr. Stevens grew up working at public golf courses Georgia and in South Carolina. He learned about people and life while picking up range balls, parking golf carts, stocking vending machines, running a cash register in a retail environment, and working golf course maintenance including cutting grass, watering greens, laying sod, and raking sand traps. Working at golf courses allowed Mr. Stevens to play golf for free and allowed him to develop a passion for the game that would develop into positions on the Stone Mountain High School Golf Team and the Presbyterian College Golf Team.

Mr. Stevens’s father, Neill Stevens, worked as an insurance adjuster for forty (40) years before retiring. Mr. Stevens’s brother, Craig Stevens, is currently an insurance adjuster. Mr. Stevens began his career as a Casualty Insurance Adjuster in 1996 with Crawford & Company’s branch office in Savannah, GA. At Crawford & Company, Mr. Stevens handled claims for many insurance companies and self-insured companies including investigating tractor trailer wrecks on I-95 and I-16 and handling fall cases at the area businesses and hotels. Mr. Stevens worked with his father and brother as a Casualty Insurance Adjuster at Claims Management Services, Inc., in Roswell, Georgia after working for Crawford & Company in Savannah, Georgia. Mr. Stevens never planned on practicing law, but went to law school at night while handling claims during the day toward developing a career in the insurance industry. At one time, Mr. Stevens held Casualty Insurance Adjusting licenses in over twenty (20) states. Mr. Stevens handled an Interstate Commercial Auto Program for TIG Insurance Company out of Irving, Texas and then Westport Insurance Corporation out of California before deciding to move back to Savannah, Georgia and start practicing law.

Mr. Stevens began the practice of law as an associate at Ashman, Lasky & Cooper in 2003. The firm transitioned to become the Lasky Law Group. Mr. Stevens became a partner at Friedman, Martin & Stevens, LLP, in 2012 and then formed The Stevens Firm, PC, in June 2015. Thankfully, Mr. Stevens’s longtime friend and paralegal, Mrs. Jennifer Granat, has remained with Mr. Stevens during the move to each law firm, and the two of them have developed a partnership in the handling of our clients’ cases that is second to none.

Mr. Stevens’s practice is primarily focused on wreck cases (tractor trailer, automobile, and motorcycles) and fall cases (trip and slip and fall). Mr. Stevens has received a number of awards associated with these practice areas and been invited to speak and present updates on the practice areas by a number of organizations. While the team has developed a large client base through helping many families around Savannah and the State of Georgia, Mr. Stevens is also referred cases by other lawyers who may be less familiar with these areas of practice.

Today – The Difference

Working as an Insurance Claims Adjuster for seven (7) years, as an Associate in a medium-size personal injury trial practice for ten (10) years, as a Partner in a personal injury trial practice for almost three (3) years, and as a Solo Practitioner for almost three (3) years has prepared Mr. Stevens to develop a style of practice that anticipates the needs of the insurance adjusters and defense attorneys that are on the other side of our clients’ cases toward maximizing our clients’ recoveries. Mr. Stevens is well aware of what the insurance adjusters and defense attorneys are doing to defend the cases, and this knowledge allows for complete preparation in the investigation and resolution of our clients’ cases.

Bar Admissions

State Bar of Georgia, 2002
Court of Appeals of the State of Georgia, 2002
Supreme Court of the State of Georgia, 2002
United States District Court for the Southern District of Georgia, 2006

Professional Associations & Memberships

Savannah Trial Lawyers Association (Past President)
Georgia Trial Lawyers Association (Past Regional Vice President)
Savannah Bar Association (Executive Council)
Effingham County Bar Association
National Trial Lawyers Association

Presentations & Seminars

Utility of Ethics in a Personal Injury Practice – Southeastern Association of Legal Assistants; Oct. 2007
Property Damage Claims, 1st and 3rd Party – Automotive Service Assoc. of Georgia, Nov. 2009
Bankruptcy and the Personal Injury Claim – South College, May 2009
Handling Reimbursement Claims – Savannah Bar Assoc. Hot Topics Seminar; Jan. 2010
Important Considerations for the First Meeting in a Personal Injury Case – Savannah Bar Assoc. Hot Topics Seminar; Jan. 2011
Uninsured Motorist & Underinsured Motorist Insurance Coverage – Abyssinia Baptist Church; Oct. 2012
Premises Liability – Fall Cases – Savannah Bar Assoc. Hot Topics Seminar; Jan. 2014
Understanding the Insurance Claims Process & Negotiating with Insurance Adjusters – Georgia Trial Lawyers Association; March 2015
Professional Responsibility & Advertising – Savannah Law School; June 2015

Outside Interests & Activities

Independent Presbyterian Church, Savannah, GA
Family: Spouse (Emily), Two Boys (James and Thadd), Chocolate Lab (Scout), Yellow Lab (Jack)
Meeting with clients and their families
Running
Golf
Fishing
Boating on the Intracoastal Waterway and around the Georgia and South Carolina barrier islands
Reading

Awards

Top 2.5% of lawyers under the age of 40 in the State of Georgia and a Rising Star by Minneapolis-based Law & Politics, publisher of Super Lawyers magazines; 2010
Top 100 Trial Lawyers in the State of Georgia by the National Trial Lawyers Association; 2011
Georgia Trend’s 2013 Legal Elite by Georgia Trend magazine; 2013

Cornwell & Stevens, LLP in Savannah, GA

Hours

Monday – Thursday: 8:00 AM – 5:00 PM

Friday: 8:00 AM – 2:00 PM

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