Gus McDonald

Gus McDonald

Attorney Profile

Top Rated Personal Injury Attorney in Alto, GA

McDonald & Cody, LLC
 | 4005 Hwy 365 South, Alto, GA 30510
Phone: 706-778-5291
Fax: 706-408-0510
Selected to Super Lawyers: 2006 - 2007, 2013 - 2019
Licensed Since: 1995
Practice Areas:
  • Personal Injury - General: Plaintiff
Attorney Profile

The law firm of McDonald & Cody, LLC has two main practice areas. Personal Injury and Motor Vehicle crimes. For a comprhensive look at the type of the firm's cases there are two web sites and At the personal injur web page there are tabs that show cases currently in litigaiton and past results. 

About Gus McDonald

Admitted: 1995, Georgia

Professional Webpage:

Scholarly Lectures/Writings:

  • Defense of Drinking Drivers Institute, speaker, Sentencing & Punishment: Effective Techniques for Entering a Plea, 2003
  • Defending a Traffic Case Agenda, speaker, Traffic Case Law Update & Libation Legislation, 2003
  • NACDL & NCDD 2002 DUI Seminar, speaker, Skills That Win Cases, 2002
  • Georgia Public Safety Training Center, speaker, DUI Case Preparation & Courtroom Presentation, 2002
  • Georgia Public Safety Training Center, speaker, DUI Case Preparation & Courtroom Presentation, 2001
  • Georgia Public Safety Training Center, speaker, DUI Case Preparation & Courtroom Presentation, 2000
  • Georgia Public Safety Training Center, speaker, DUI Case Preparation & Courtroom Presentation, 1999
  • speaker, How to win your case before trial begins, ICLE, Georgia Laywers, 2013
  • Gus remains an active speaker for Georgia ICLE and NACDL for topics such as: Refusal to Submit to Testing Breath Alcohol, Blood Testing, Cross-Examination, License Suspension, Arrest, Punishment,  Intox Testing, speaker, DUI Litigation, 200
  • Georgia  Law Update, speaker, Navigating Vehicular Homicide and the Civil Case, 2011
  • 1st Annual  Training Super Symposium, speaker, Chemical Evidence, 2010
  • New World DUI Seminar in South Carolina, speaker, How Violations Are Reported to Other States - Affect on Violators in Home State, 2008
  • NACDL & NCDD's 2008  Seminar, speaker, Cross Examination of the Blood Tech, 2008
  • Defense of Drinking Drivers Institute, speaker, How to Pick a Winning Jury for Your DUI Client, 2008
  • NACDL, NCDD, ICLE, speaker, DUI Blood, 2007
  • DUI Trial Practice Update - ICLE, speaker, Attacking the Crime Lab Results, 2007
  • NACDL & NCDD 10th Annual DUI Seminar, speaker, Blood Testing, 2006
  • Las Vegas, Boston, Kansas, South Carolina, Georgia, speaker, DUI Blood, 2006
  • Defense of Drinking Drivers Institute, speaker, Cross-Examining the Chemical Expert in Blood Cases, 2006
  • License Revocation & Suspension Seminar, speaker, Reasonable Suspicion v. Probable Cause, 2004
  • Georgia Public Safety Training Center, speaker, DUI Case Preparation & Courtroom Presentation, 2004
  • GACDL Winter Seminar, speaker, Trouble at the Crime Lab, 2004
  • GA Public Safety Training Center, speaker, DUI Case Preparation & Courtroom Presentation, 2005
  • NACDLE & NCDD's 8th Annual DUI Seminar, speaker, Blood Tests Revisited, 2004
  • DUI Case Preparation & Courtroom Presentation, speaker, DUI Case Preparation & Courtroom Presentation, 2004
  • National College for DUI Defense 2003 Summer Session, speaker, Punishment, 2003
  • NACDL & NCDD's 7th Annual DUI Seminar, speaker, Mitigating Punishment in DUI Sentencing, 2003
  • Georgia Public Safety Training Center, speaker, DUI Case Preparation & Courtroom Presentation, 2003


  • CEO killed in an airplane crash with defective auto pilot system, 2016
  • Grandfather killed in boating accident.  DNR placed restrictions on lake for line of sight, 2017
  • Law enforcement officer given excessive amounts of propofol for a minor injury in a motor vehicle accident.  The hospital changed its policy for administering this drug after wrongful death claim, 2015
  • Young woman permanently injured when she was struck on the tarmac by a taxing aircraft; reconstructive facial surgery, 2017
  • Young mother, larynx removed after an explosion due to defective product, 2016
  • A 16 year-old girl, who was severely burned in fire, McDonald & Cody successfully proved the heater was defective and the heater was recalled in the Untied States as a defective product, 2017
  • Husband paralyzed 12 months at Sheppard’s rehab from fall through unprotected skylight while working on HVAC. After being paralyzed, company paid for his life care plan, removed access to the roof and protected the skylights with railing, 2017
  • The family members of a 60 year old grandfather/father successfully argued for air bag sensor to be designed and placed inside frame to deploy the passenger side air bag in time; major automobile manufacturer installs sensor in all new models, 2017
  • Grandfather at gas station was pinned at a gas pump by a commercial truck; after amputation the gas station placed barriers around the gas station island., 2016
  • Construction worker injured by falling beam survives near amputation of arm. , 2017
  • A champion high school runner from Savannah suffered partial foot amputation; graduated Emory with an undergraduate degree and attended Emory medical school., 2018
  • Father killed from commercial vehicle illegally crossing Ga. Highway 365; wrongful death claim settled and company policy change, 2016
  • Bar pays wrongful death claim for son who was a passenger in crash resulting from over-served and impaired customer with blood alcohol of .23, 2016
  • Restaurant pays $2,379,000 medical bills and life care plan for injured driver for allowing drunk customer to drive and injure band member., 2016
  • 2012 $4,450,000Wrongful death teenager.2012 $2,250,000Tractor trailer injury.2012 $100.000Auto accident limits tendered.2012 $125,000Auto accident limits tendered.July 15, 2011 $3,250,000 Cash SettlementPlaintiff’s husband was killed when his vehicle was struck by another vehicle that was towing a utility trailer loaded with product. When the trailer reached highway speeds, it began to violently sway and the driver lost control and struck the decedent’s vehicle. Plaintiffs filed suit against the driver of the vehicle that lost control and against the person that loaded the trailer and that person’s employer. Decedent was 71 years old at the time of his death. July 7, 2011MCC hired to investigate drunk driving collision following serious injuries to client who was life-flighted to Erlanger Hospital. July 5, 2011Matt Cook lends pro bono support with GTLA to victims of drunk driver which leads to in the Georgia Supreme Court’s ruling in Flores v. ExprezitA Stores 98-Georgia, LLC, — S.E.2d —-, 2011 WL 2610393, Ga., 2011. June 28, 2011MCC hired after Cement Truck injures Plaintiff in collision and leaves the scene of the wreck. June 8, 2011Matt Cook and Gus McDonald file suit in Road Rage Incident in Dawson County. June 4, 2011Gus McDonald featured presenter at Masters of Trial in Georgia, 2010. May 13, 2011Gus McDonald featured speaker at Institute of Continuing Legal Education: Vehicular Homicide and Wrongful Death May 9 2011Gerald Cody again forces Insurance Company to Pay in Excess of its policy limits. April 17, 2011MCC hired to represent family of man killed by drunk driver after leaving a Cartersville restaurant and bar April 11, 2011Gus McDonald wins jury trial in Dawsonville. April 8, 2011Gerald Cody helps secure a confidential, cash settlement in a products liability case following the death of a 15 year old girl. April 5, 2011Matt Cook secures a confidential cash settlement for 90 year old client injured in a collision with a tractor-trailer. March 18, 2011Matt Cook featured speaker at Institute of Continuing Legal Education In Georgia: Personal Injury Cases Best Verdicts. March 17, 2011Matt Cook and Gerald Cody Force Insurance Company to Pay 5 ½ times Policy Limits. March 17, 2011Gerald Cody secures confidential cash settlement for man severely injured in collision in Columbus, Ga. February 24, 2011MCC hired in fiery tractor trailer crash in South Georgia. February 16, 2011Gus McDonald wins civil jury trial in business dispute case.
  • Vehicular Homicide Acquittals, 2007
Office Location for Gus McDonald

4005 Hwy 365 South
Alto, GA 30510

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Last Updated: 12/13/2018

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