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Michael D. Hostetter

For over thirty-five years, Mike has defended serious personal injury and wrongful death lawsuits involving a wide range of general liability theories. His current practice focuses on two primary areas – transportation litigation and behavioral health care. He leads the firm’s motor carrier section representing large and small trucking companies and trucking insurers throughout the Southeast. Additionally, Mike serves as lead counsel for twelve behavioral health care facilities in Georgia defending a wide variety of malpractice cases and providing legal services in support of their health care law needs.

Mike has served as lead trial attorney in over fifty jury trials in Georgia, California, and Illinois. He has argued appeals in the Georgia Court of Appeals and Georgia Supreme Court, as well as the United States Court of Appeals for the Seventh and Eleventh Circuits. Mike prides himself on using innovative approaches in the courtroom as well as creative solutions for case resolution.

Background & Education

Mike grew up on Long Island and attended and graduated from the Stony Brook School in Stony Brook, New York.  During his junior year, he lived with his family in India attending the Kodaikanal School in Tamil Nadu.  He attended the College of Wooster in Wooster, Ohio where he was a member of the wrestling team and graduated with a Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science.  In 1984, Mike headed south to attend law school at Emory University and has lived here ever since.  He graduated in 1987 joining Nall & Miller and has been with the firm for over thirty years.

Community Involvement & Personal Interests

Mike and his wife, Jan, live in Roswell and enjoy outdoor activities and travel.   Mike is active in his community having served in leadership positions for Right in the Community (formerly ARC Cobb), Eastminster Presbyterian Church, and Fellowship Christian School.  He has also coached youth and high school wrestling teams.

Representative Cases

Hicks v. Universal Health Services/Universal Health Services v. Hicks (A22A0204, July 2022)

UHS of Peachford, L.P. v. Brady, 361 Ga. App. 290 (2021)

Blake v. Tribe Express, 360 Ga. App. 874 (2021)

Macy v. Whirlpool Corporation, 613 Fed. Appx. 340 (5th Cir. 2015)

Plyler v. Whirlpool Corporation, 751 F.3d 509 (7th Cir. 2014)

Plyler v. Whirlpool Corporation, 2012 WL 3480942, 5845428, and 2590497 (N.D. Ill. 2012)

Conner v. Gregg, WL 5592769 (E.D. Kent. 2011)

Cameron v. Mississippi Valley Gas Co., Inc., 2008 WL 1840626 (S.D. Miss. 2008)

Chesser v. Chesser, 284 Ga. App. 381 (2007)

Dew v. Motel Properties, Inc., 282 Ga. App. 368 (2006)

Singer Asset Finance Co. v. CGU Life Ins. Co. of America, 275 Ga. 328 (2005)

Munroe v. Universal Health Services, Inc., 277 Ga. 861 (2004)

Munroe v. Universal Health Services, Inc., 270 Ga. App. 320 (2004)

Edwards Bros., Inc. v. Overdrive Logistics, Inc., 260 Ga. App. 222 (2003)

CGU Life Ins. Co. v. Singer Asset Finance Co., LLC, 250 Ga. App. 516 (2001)

Moore v. ECI Management, 246 Ga. App. 601 (2000)

Wilson Industrial Elec., Inc. v. Cincinnati Ins. Co., 246 Ga. App. 90 (2000)

Roberts v. Brown, 230 Ga. App. 522 (1998)

Anderson v. City of Glenwood, Ga., 893 F. Supp. 1086 (S.D. Ga. 1995)

Sykes v. Smolek Grading, Inc., 204 Ga. App. 633 (1992)

Titan Indemnity Co. v. Hall County, 202 Ga. App. 38 (1991)

Clough v. Lively, 193 Ga. App. 286 (1989)

O-I Doctors Memorial Holding Co. v. Moore, 190 Ga. App. 286 (1989)

Empire Fire and Marine Ins. Co. v. J Transport, 880 F. 2d 1291 (11th Cir. 1989)

  • Defense Research Institute
  • Federation of Defense and Corporate Counsel
  • Georgia Academy of Hospital Attorneys
  • Georgia Defense Lawyers Association
  • Georgia Motor Trucking Association
  • Georgia Society for Healthcare Risk Management
  • Lawyers Club of Atlanta
  • Transportation Lawyers Association
  • Trucking Industry Defense Association
  • Professional Liability Defense Federation
  • Trucking Defense Advocacy Council
Publications & Presentations

“Knowledge is Power – Understanding our Adversaries,” TDAC Annual Conference (2022)

“Legal Issues Affecting the Trucking Industry” Mississippi Trucking Association, Annual Conference (2016)

“Presenting High Tech Evidence at Trials” Swiss Re Americas Claims Conference (2012)

“Leveraging the Technology of Tomorrow in the Courtroom Today,” International Association of Claim Professionals (2010)

“The 2020 Courtroom, Harnessing/Leveraging the Technology of Tomorrow in Litigation,” 20/20 Insurance Symposium (2009)

“Technology in the Courtroom,” Federation of Defense and Corporate Counsel, Winter Meeting (2008)

“Avoiding Malpractice,” In-Service for Medical Staff at Peachford Hospital, Anchor Hospital and Talbott Recovery Campus (2003-2005)

“Legal Aspects of Patient Care,” National Association of Addiction Treatment Providers, SECAD Conference (2004)

“Uninsured/Underinsured Motorist Law in Georgia,” by Michael Hostetter, National Business Institute (2001)

“Liquor Liability in Georgia,” by Michael Hostetter (2000)

Honors & Awards
  • 2020 Super Lawyer – Transportation
  • 2021 Super Lawyer – Transportation
  • 2022 Super Lawyer – Transportation
  • 2023 Super Lawyer – Transportation
  • 2024 Super Lawyer – Transportation