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Michael W. Horst

Michael W. Horst

Horst Pirkle & Shewmaker, LLC
  • Personal Injury, Insurance Claims
  • Georgia
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Summary

I grew up in Toledo, Ohio. I went to college at Miami (OH) University. I then went to Wake Forest University School of Law.

I have been practicing law since 2001. For more than 14 years, my practice focused on representing companies and insurers in personal injury actions. My specialty was defending truck drivers, motor carriers, and their insurers. I enjoyed the legal work the cases’ results often left me empty and unfulfilled. In 2015, I transformed my practice. Instead of representing companies and insurers, I changed to filing lawsuits against them. I now enjoys being part of the solution instead of one of the many obstacles standing between the injured person and just compensation. It is hard work for sure going up against billion dollar insurance companies but it is made easier by the fact I used to be one of their lawyers. I know their tactics, their strategies, and their ploys.

Practice Areas
  • Personal Injury
  • Insurance Claims
Fees
  • Free Consultation
  • Contingent Fees
Jurisdictions Admitted to Practice
Georgia
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Languages
  • English: Spoken, Written
Professional Experience
Trial Attorney
Vant Sant Law, LLC
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Baker, Donelson, Bearman, Caldwell & Berkowitz, PC
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Hall Booth Smith & Slover, PC
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Dennis, Corry, Porter & Smith, L.L.P.
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Associate
Freeman Mathis & Gary, LLP
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Education
Wake Forest University School of Law
J.D. | Law
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Miami University of Ohio
B.S. | Bachelor of Arts and Science
Honors: Graduated cum laude
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Publications
Articles & Publications
Crash Course
Smart Business
Personal Injury Statute of Limitations: Tolled While Criminal Prosecution is Pending
Georgia Defense Lawyers Association Journal
Websites & Blogs
Website
Legal Answers
2 Questions Answered

Q. Will asking questions here negatively effect an ongoing lawsuit?
A: So long as you remain anonymous you should be okay. What you want to stay away from is providing details where your identity or the identity of your case can be determined. Information which appears on-line can be used in a civil case, and possibly to your detriment depending on what is disclosed.
Q. My father died 22 years ago in a car accident caused by someone else. I was a minor and Nothing was pursued.
A: I am very sorry to hear about your father. In terms of your question, the short answer is nothing can be done 22 years later. In Georgia, when someone dies to the negligence of another two claims arise. The first claim is the wrongful death claim. It must be brought within two years of the person's death. The other claim is the estate claim. It too must be brought within two years. However, there is a 5 year tolling provision which stays the statute of limitations assuming the estate is not created. If after five years the estate has still not been created, then the two year statute of limitations begins to run. That means there is up to 7 years to assert an estate claim assuming the estate is created five years after the person's death. In your case, too much time has passed to assert either an estate claim or a wrongful death claim.
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Contact & Map
Horst Pirkle & Shewmaker, LLC
3030 Royal Boulevard South
Suite 125
Alpharetta, GA 30022
USA
Toll-Free: (404) 400-1175
Fax: (404) 400-1176