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FMG is pleased to announce that Elissa Haynes has joined the Firm as a partner in the Atlanta office.


Freeman Mathis & Gary, LLP, a leading nationwide litigation law firm, is pleased to announce that Elissa Haynes has joined the Firm as a partner in the Atlanta office.

Ms. Haynes concentrates her practice in both trial and appellate law. Ms. Haynes’s trial practice is focused primarily on defending claims involving negligent security, premises liability, personal/catastrophic injuries, wrongful death, and religious institution liability. She has served as both lead and solo counsel in jury trials throughout the state. Her background as a former plaintiff’s personal injury attorney provides her with a unique perspective and leverage to successfully resolve even the most complex cases. 

In her appellate practice, Ms. Haynes has argued before the Georgia Supreme Court and Georgia Court of Appeals and also was among the first group of attorneys to argue at the Georgia Supreme Court remotely during the COVID-19 pandemic. Ms. Haynes routinely consults on appellate matters and often begins her involvement at the trial court level to perfect the record and maximize the likelihood of an advantageous result in any subsequent appeal. 

She serves as Chair of the Georgia Defense Lawyers Association’s Amicus Curiae Committee where she is tasked with reviewing amicus requests from GDLA members as well as authoring and submitting briefs on issues that pose particular significance to the defense bar. Ms. Haynes also serves on the State Bar of Georgia’s Executive Committee.

Ms. Haynes received her J.D. from Loyola University New Orleans College of Law and her B.A. from the University of Georgia where she graduated cum laude.

Ben Mathis, Managing Partner at Freeman Mathis & Gary, said, “Elissa brings to us a wealth of trial and appellate law experience. She has an enviable record of successful defense verdicts and appellate wins, and we welcome her as a great addition to our trial and appellate advocacy teams.”