Will Cheves is a member of the Georgia and Alabama Bar Associations. He has handled over 60 trials and worked with cases in 50 different counties in Georgia.
Originally from Greenville, South Carolina, Attorney Will Cheves grew up in Columbus, Georgia. Will descends from a long line of attorneys which includes his father and uncle.
However, it wasn't until he graduated from college that Will decided to become an attorney.
"I knew that I wanted to help injured victims because my mother was involved in a wreck when she was about 18 years old that left her with a permanent limp from a broken hip," he said. "The wreck was caused by a drunk driver who fled the scene and was never caught. Watching my mother limp daily and hearing the story of her wreck gave me a passion to assist those who are injured and need the assistance of an attorney."
Working at two different Fortune 500 insurance companies allowed Will to gain invaluable experience while trying personal injury cases for the defense. He learned how insurance companies operate behind the curtain, granting him a unique perspective when dealing with a plaintiff's personal injury case.
"The experience has helped me identify the potential weaknesses in a case early on and the knowledge to deal with the weaknesses and maximize the recovery for the client," Will explained.
In 2014, Will accepted an offer to work for Gary Martin Hays & Associates and represent personal injury victims against some of the very insurance companies he once defended.
Gary Martin Hays remarked on Will's time with the firm saying, "I was very thankful when Will came to work with our firm. He is an excellent trial lawyer and an amazing individual. His heart is in helping people, not trying to save insurance companies money. He is right where he needs to be and we are proud to have him on our team."
Will has handled many cases in the four and a half years he's been with the firm but one case, in particular, reminds him what personal injury law is all about.
"I represented a client who was hit head-on while operating an 18-wheeler. The defendant rear-ended a car on the other side of the road and caused it to veer across the center line and hit my client's 18-wheeler head-on," Will said. "This pushed the 18-wheeler off the roadway and into a ditch on the side of the road, causing a traumatic fracture of my client's wrist."
The injured truck driver turned out to be an independent contractor, so workers' compensation benefits were not available to him. On top of that, the client's fractured wrist required two surgeries and caused him to miss a substantial amount of work.
The only possible recovery available was against the defendant who caused the wreck and their vehicle's insurance.
"Through a fight with multiple insurance companies, we were able to obtain for him a substantial settlement that allowed him to purchase his own tractor-trailer and begin working as an owner-operator," Will continued. "The client was an excellent and deserving individual who needed the assistance of an attorney. I was honored to represent him to the best of my ability and secure for him an excellent result from multiple insurance companies."
Core Values: I am a Christian who seeks to walk with Jesus Christ. I am also a family man and enjoy spending time with my wife and children.
Favorite Food: Steak and potatoes.
Fun fact most people don't know about you: I am a student pilot.
Hobbies: Travel and family outings.
Favorite place or thing to do in Atlanta/Georgia: One of my favorite places in Atlanta is no longer around. I used to love Dante's Restaurant when I lived here as a child. However, it closed a few years ago. I do enjoy the excellent Buckhead-area restaurants, Lenox Mall, concerts, and sporting events in Atlanta.
Learn more about Will Cheves and how to contact him at: https://www.garymartinhays.com/personal-injury/attorney-will-cheves/