Edwin A. Treese


Atlanta, GA
D 770.818.1293 | F 770.937.9960


  • B.A., Emory University
  • J.D., Georgia State University, cum laude

Andy Treese is a Partner in Freeman Mathis & Gary’s Atlanta office. He practices in the Complex Litigation and Government Liability sections, where he primarily defends bodily injury claims, with an emphasis on trucking / transportation, premises liability, education claims, and malicious prosecution / false arrest. Mr. Treese also defends civil rights litigation against governmental entities, educational institutions, and their employees.

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Bar Admissions

Georgia Superior Courts and Georgia Court of Appeals

United States District Courts, Northern and Middle Districts of Georgia

Publications & Engagements
  • “The Jury Did WHAT? The Recent Trend Towards Large Verdicts in Personal Injury Cases” (October 3, 2016)
  • Let’s Go to the Replay: Effective Use of Video Footage to Defend Constitutional Claims,” with Kevin Stone (September 27, 2016)
  • “Supreme Court of Georgia Eliminates Direct Appeals from Denials of Immunity at Motion to Dismiss Stage,” (March 28, 2016)
  • “11th Circuit: Exclusionary Rule is Inapplicable to Malicious Prosecution Claims,” with Kevin Stone
  •  (March 8, 2016)
  • “Can You Hear (or see) Me Now? No, and that May Constitute Spoliation,” (February 24, 2016)
  • “Should We Have Seen This Coming? Supreme Court of Georgia: Duty to Preserve is Triggered by Constructive Notice of Anticipated Litigation,” (July 6, 2015)
  • “Supreme Court defines equitable power of courts in approving transfer of firearms by convicted felons,” with Charles Reed, Jr., (May 20, 2015)
  • “Supreme Court grants qualified immunity to Police Officers in Encounter with Mentally Ill Woman, Declines to Address Whether ADA Applies to Arrests,” with Charles Reed, Jr., (May 20, 2015)
  • “Supreme Court to determine standard for constitutional excessive force claims by pretrial detainees,” (May 18, 2015)
  • “Knowing the Deponent Through Social Media,” CLE Materials (October 2014)
  • “Overview of the Georgia Open Records Act of 2012,” CLE Materials (February 2012)
  • “Who Committed this Crime, Anyway? Recent Trial Court Rulings Denying Apportionment of Fault to Criminals in the Context of Premises Liability / Negligent Security Cases,” (November 2011)
  • “The Dust Begins to Settle: Georgia Supreme Court Rules on Constitutionality of Three Provisions of 2005 Tort Reform Litigation,” (March 2010)
  • “Georgia’s Magistrate Courts – A Different Playing Field,” (January 2010)
  • “Excuses, Excuses: What Constitutes a Proper Case to Open Default After Bellsouth v. Future Communications?” (November 2008)
Representative Cases & Clients
  • Hiner Transport, Inc. v. Jeter, 293 Ga. App. 704 (2008)
  • Hopkins v. DeVeaux, 781 F.Supp.2d 1283 (N.D. Ga. 2011)
  • Morrow v. Angkawijana, LLC, 327 Ga. App. 1 (2014)
  • Georgia Defense Lawyers’ Association: Education Subcommittee Member, 2009-present, Vice Chair, 2014-2016; Chair, 2016-present; Strategic Planning Committee Member, 2014-present
  • Defense Research Institute
  • American Bar Association, Vice-Chair of Commercial Transportation Litigation Committee, 2012-2013.
  • Student Trial Lawyers Association, Georgia State University College of Law 2006-2007
  • Moot Court Society, Georgia State University College of Law 2006-2007.
  • Bleckley Inn of Court, Georgia State University College of Law 2006-2007.
Client Successes
Awards and Recognition
  • Georgia Super Lawyers, Rising Star 2012, 2014, 2015, 2016
Classes/Seminars Taught
  • “Defending Federal and State Education Law Claims and Cases Based on Allegations of Sexual Assault or Sexual Harassment” (2023)
  • “Avoiding Large Verdicts: Lessons Learned from Recent Awards,” with Wayne Melnick (September 13, 2016)
  • “How Sanctions Happen,” Speaker (August, 2016)
  • “Civil Rights and Mental Illness, Guest lecturer,” Crisis Intervention Training law enforcement course sponsored by NAMI Georgia (July 27, 2016)
  • “Skits & Suds: The Choice,” Moderator of Ethics and Professionalism CLE presented by Georgia Defense Lawyers’ Association, (March, 2016)
  • “Risk Management Issues Related to High Speed Pursuits and the Effect of Pursuing and Arresting Mentally Disabled Suspects,” Moderator, Client Seminar (December 2015)
  • “Investigating the Investigation: Going Beyond the Police Report,” Client Seminar, 2012 and Georgia Defense Lawyers Association Deposition Boot Camp (2013 and 2014)
  • “Civil Rights and Mental Illness portion of Crisis Intervention Training Program,” Gwinnett County Sheriff’s Department(December 4, 2014)
  • “Civil Rights and Mental Illness portion of Crisis Intervention Training Program,” Georgia Perimeter College Police Department(Dec. 11, 2014)
  • “Managing Calls Involving Mental Illness, Emory University Police Department (Nov. 18, 2014)
  • “Civil Litigation Workshop,” American Board of Forensic Odonotology, (February 2012)