Attorney Joel Grist in gray suit

In 1988, I graduated from Emory College with a Bachelor's of Science in Economics and Political Science. Like most college students, I didn't know exactly where my degree would lead at the time. All I knew was that I wanted to make a difference in the world in a big way. Following my heart and my head, I figured I could achieve that goal working in the public, private, or non-profit sector. Maybe business is where the road would lead (hence the double major), or even journalism.

During my time as a student, I learned life lessons that I never saw coming. Simple things like interacting in a diverse community, and analyzing research in a manner that challenged me to think critically about how society at large works —  all became a big part of my educational experience. By the time it was my turn to walk across the stage and receive my diploma, I knew exactly what I wanted to do. I wanted to be an attorney. For me, it wasn't only about finding a lucrative career that aligned with my passions and education. It was also about doing something that resonated with my core desire for helping others. As a personal injury attorney, there's nothing that fits me more.

After graduating from Emory, I went on to Mercer University School of Law and earned my Juris Doctor from the school in 1995. I was admitted to the Georgia bar that same year and began practicing law right away. I gained valuable insight and honed my skills by working with other firms and partners, but ultimately I wanted to open my own firm — which I did in 2005.

With me, love is spelled t-i-m-e. That means I’ll give you the one-on-one, personal attention you and your case need to receive optimal results.

With over twenty years of experience under my belt, I've come to realize that there are some key traits people need from their attorney and I truly believe I deliver.

You matter. In situations like the cases I handle, it baffles me how the very people who should be cared for the most (the injured) are often the ones insurance companies and opposing parties fight the hardest. As your attorney, rest assured that I've got your back. I don't view you as just another case. I genuinely care about you, the real person who needs real help.

You deserve a break. My job is to recover as much compensation as possible for your pain and suffering and that's exactly what I aim to do. When we meet for the first time, your consultation is free of charge. As you heal, I'll take on the legal stuff and won't charge you anything unless we win your case.

You are heard. I'm not the type of attorney who's going to push you around and aimlessly shuffle your case to the finish line. I take my time in hearing you out to gain a full understanding of your situation and to establish a trusting relationship. I want to help you reach your goal and I'll make sure you're fully informed of the legal process along the way.

Whether it's workers' compensation, truck accidents, products liability, or another type of case, personal injury cases are time sensitive. With that in mind, if you're ready for me to help, don't hesitate to call. Schedule your free consultation with me today.

Bar Admissions

  • Georgia, 1995


  • Mercer University School Of Law, 1995
  • Emory College, 1988