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Donald P. Edwards

Attorney Profile

Top Rated Personal Injury Attorney in Atlanta, GA

Edwards & Hawkins, LLC
50 Hurt Plaza SE, Suite 910
Atlanta, GA 30303
Phone: 404-720-9107
Fax: 404-526-8855
Selected to Super Lawyers: 2010, 2012 - 2014, 2022
Licensed in Georgia Since: 1973
Practice Areas: Personal Injury - General: Plaintiff, Personal Injury - Medical Malpractice: Plaintiff, Personal Injury - Products: Plaintiff
Languages Spoken: Bengali, English
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Attorney Profile

An attorney at Edwards & Hawkins, LLC, Donald P. Edwards focuses his practice on personal injury and wrongful death litigation from the firm's offices in Atlanta, Georgia. Mr. Edwards attended Morehouse College in Atlanta as an undergraduate and received a Bachelor of Arts cum laude in 1969. He then pursued his legal education at Boston University School of Law, and in 1973, he was awarded his Juris Doctor.

Mr. Edwards represents people throughout the greater Atlanta metropolitan area who have been harmed due to the negligence of other parties. His cases have included truck and other motor vehicle crashes, medical malpractice, and premises liability, among other incidents, and he has been successful in obtaining millions of dollars in compensation through jury awards and negotiated settlements, including a $6 million settlement in a wrongful death case on behalf of the surviving family members of a man whose car was hit by a big rig and recently an $8 million settlement involving a truck/pedestrian injury. These results have earned Mr. Edwards a great deal of recognition from his colleagues, including an AV Preeminent* peer review rating through Martindale-Hubbell and SuperLawyers.

Mr. Edwards has devoted a great deal of his life to the pursuit of social justice for people who are less fortunate, and he has been involved in numerous community organizations. His numerous civic memberships have included the Fulton County Board of Ethics, the Division of Family & Children Services, and Leadership Atlanta, among many others, and he devoted considerable time to the Hillside International Truth Center, Inc. Admitted to practice in both Georgia and Tennessee, Mr. Edwards is also admitted to practice before the U.S. District Courts for the Northern and Middle Districts of Georgia and the U.S. Court of Federal Claims.

*AV®, AV Preeminent®, Martindale-Hubbell Distinguished and Martindale-Hubbell Notable are certification marks used under license in accordance with the Martindale-Hubbell certification procedures, standards and policies. Martindale-Hubbell® is the facilitator of a peer review rating process. Ratings reflect the anonymous opinions of members of the bar and the judiciary. Martindale-Hubbell® Peer Review Rating™ fall into two categories – legal ability and general ethical standards.

Practice Areas
  • 80%Personal Injury - General: Plaintiff
  • 10%Personal Injury - Medical Malpractice: Plaintiff
  • 10%Personal Injury - Products: Plaintiff
Focus Areas

Motor Vehicle Accidents, Personal Injury - Plaintiff, Wrongful Death, Trucking Accidents, Medical Malpractice


5 Years Super Lawyers
  • Super Lawyers: 2010, 2012 - 2014, 2022

About Donald P. Edwards

First Admitted: 1973, Georgia

Professional Webpage:


  • For work in the areas of world peacemaking., Special Honoree, Women's Action for New Directions
  • "100 Most Influential African Americans in Atlanta", Black Business Magazine
  • A boys dormitory for boys in the care and custody of the Fulton County Department of Family and Children Services was renamed in my honor., Fulton County DFCS
  • Chief Justice Benham Comunity Service Award, State Bar of Georgia
  • "For inspiring courageous and faithful efforts to build a just and peaceful world" This award was personally presented to me by the Secretary General of the World Council of Churches, Blessed Are the Peacemakers Award, World Council of Churches
  • Atlanta's Most Influential African American Men, The Atlanta Business Journal, 2009
  • For list of honors and client tributes, please review the firm's website, Please review my website
  • "In recognition of the highest service to the profession and the community", Inductee Gate City Hall of Fame, Gate City Bar Association, 2004
  • For Distinguished Service to Youth, Presented by the National Court of Honor. This award represents the highest award presented for volunteer service by the Atlanta Area Council of the BSA., Silver Beaver Award, Atlanta Area Council, Boy Scouts of America
  • Father of the Year Award, Hillside International Truth Center

Pro bono/Community Service

  • Producer and Host of "Every Church A Peace Church", an award-winning weekly TV program airing on the Atlanta Interfaith Broadcast Channel on Comcast and DISH TV.
  • Chair of Christian Council of Metroplolitan Atlanta, Inc., 1999
  • District Chair for the South Atlanta "Sankofa" District of the Boy Scouts of America, 1999
  • Founding Member of the "InterFaith Atlanta Coalition For Justice and Peace In The World", 2001
  • Member and President of the Board of The Christian Council of Metropolitan Atlanta, 1988
  • Atlanta Magazine's "100 Top Atlantans Under 40", 1984
  • Every Chuch A Peace Church, Inc., 2001
  • Chairperson to the Fulton County Board of Ethics, 2003
  • Founding President and Chairman of the Board of Southwest Hospital Foundation., 1991
  • Member, Leadership Atlanta, 1986
  • Special Citation, awarded by the DeKalb (GA) Branch NAACP "For Your untiring Efforts in Protecting the Constitutional Rights of Black School Children in DeKalb County", 1983
  • Atlanta Branch NAACP Thurgood Marshall Award for "Dedicated Service to the NAACP in the Fight for Freedom and Justice", 1985
  • Member of "The Open Door Community Advisory Board". THe Open Door Community provides hands on services to the homeless in Atlanta., 2007
  • Board of Trustees of Southwest Hospital & Medical Center, Inc., 1991
  • Member of the Board and Chair of the Fulton County Department of Family and Children Services, 1986
  • Earl Warren Fellow, NAACP Legal Defense and Education Fund, Inc., 1973
  • The Atlanta Business Journal listed "Atlanta's Top Influential African-American Men", 2009

Educational Background

  • Morehouse College, cum laude, 1969

Bar/Professional Activity

  • Elected President of the Gate City Bar Association, 1984
  • Member of the U.S. District Court Magistrate Selection Panel, 1986
  • Special Member, Georgia Trial Lawyers Association, 1990
  • President of the Northern District of Georgia Litigation Fund, Inc., 1985
  • Life Member, National Bar Association., 1973
  • Member, Tennessee State Bar, 2011
  • National Bar Association Board of Governors, 1984
  • Member of Board, Atlanta Volunteer Lawyers Foundation, Inc., 1984
  • Member, American Association for Justice, 2001


  • Recently obtained $1.14M against city of Atlanta on behalf of a young lady whose heel was caught in broken pavement within a crosswalk. She incurred a sprained ankle and ligament damage that is permanent., 2011
  • Multiple verdicts and settlements exceeding $1M.
  • Received a confidential settlement in excess of $300K from an international trucking company that struck plaintiff's vehicle while plaintiff was making a left turn. The challenging liability facts were overcome by a personable client., 2016
  • Obtained confidential settlement in the amount of $6M against a trucking company following the death of a 45 year old gentleman whose car was struck by a tractor trailer while in the emergency lane of I-285., 2015


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Office Location for Donald P. Edwards

50 Hurt Plaza SE
Suite 910
Atlanta, GA 30303

Phone: 404-720-9107

Fax: 404-526-8855

Last Updated: 5/15/2022

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