Meet the Experienced Attorneys of Willis McKenzie LLP

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Since 1949, Willis McKenzie LLP has offered a wide range of personal injury and divorce services to clients throughout West Central Georgia.  There are many difficult struggles that come with personal injury and divorce issues, none of which you should have to face alone. Whether you suffered a debilitating injury in a car accident or you are embroiled in an arduous custody battle, we stand by your side ready to address all of your concerns.

Each of our attorneys has extensive experience helping clients get through difficult times. Learn more about our attorneys by viewing their personal bios:

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At Willis McKenzie LLP, we have extensive experience in various personal injury and divorce cases. Call us at 706.350.5938 or contact us online for a free initial consultation.


Jerry Willis

Jerry began his practice in LaGrange in 1968 after clerking for the Honorable Griffin Bell. He has focused his practice on civil litigation and has established himself as one of the preeminent trial attorneys in Georgia. By invitation of his peers, he is a fellow in the American College of Trial Lawyers, an organization representing less than 1% of the trial attorneys in America. His vast experience has included successful representation of hundreds of clients.

Practice areas

  • Litigation
  • Corporate litigation
  • Insurance defense
  • Medical malpractice

Admitted

  • Georgia, 1967

Honors

  • AV Preeminent Peer Review Rated from Martindale-Hubbell
  • The Best Lawyers in America®, 2012

Education

  • J.D., Emory University, 1968
  • B.A., University of Georgia, 1962

Associations and memberships

  • Fellow, American College of Trial Lawyers
  • Member, Bryan Society
  • Troup County Bar Association
  • Coweta County Bar Association
  • Georgia State Bar Association

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Dewey Ray McKenzie, Jr.  

Ray joined the firm in 1979 and has a wealth of experience in areas such as business and corporate law, trusts and estates, probate and commercial real estate.  Now a managing partner at the firm, he served as an assistant district attorney in the Coweta Judicial Circuit from 1978 to 1979 and as judge in the Juvenile Court of Troup County from 1987 to 1989.

Practice areas

  • Business law
  • Corporate law
  • Probate
  • Commercial real estate
  • Wills
  • Trusts and estates
  • Contracts

Admitted

  • Georgia, 1978

Honors

  • AV Preeminent Peer Review Rated from Martindale-Hubbell

Education

  • J.D., Mercer University, 1978
    • Staff, Mercer Law Review
  • B.A., University of Georgia, summa cum laude, 1975
    • Phi Beta Kappa,

Associations and memberships

  • Georgia State Bar Association
  • Troup County Bar Association
  • Chairperson, LaGrange – Troup County Chamber of Commerce, 2000

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Mark L. DeGennaro   

Mark DeGennaro has more than 20 years of experience providing clients with a variety of legal services. He has served as adjunct faculty for the University of Georgia Independent and Distance Learning Institution along with LaGrange College.

Practice areas

  • General practice
  • Public law
  • Appellate practice
  • Medical malpractice
  • Insurance defense

Admitted

  • Georgia, 1991

Honors

  • BV Distinguished Peer Review Rated by Martindale-Hubbell

Education

  • J.D., University of Georgia, cum laude, 1991
  • Ph.D., University of Georgia, 2004
  • M.A., University of Georgia, 1997
  • B.A., Berry College, Political Science, summa cum laude, 1988

Associations and memberships

  • Troup County Bar Association
  • Georgia State Bar Association

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Matthew Alford   

Born and raised in LaGrange, Matt joined the firm in 1999. He has focused his practice on civil litigation including personal injury and domestic relations.

Practice areas

  • Personal injury
  • Litigation
  • Insurance defense
  • General practice
  • Domestic relations

Admitted

  • Georgia, 1999

Education

  • J.D., Mercer University, , 1999
  • B.A., LaGrange College, 1994

Associations and memberships

  • Troup County Bar Association
  • Georgia State Bar Association
  • Moot Court Board

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Nathan D. Cronic, Sr.   

Nathan joined Willis McKenzie LLP in 2004. He handles personal injuury and domestic relations cases, and he also has experience in multiple general practice areas.

Practice areas

  • Medical malpractice defense
  • Insurance defense
  • General practice
  • Civil litigation

Admitted

  • Georgia, 2003

Education

  • J.D., University of Georgia, cum laude, 2003
  • B.A., Valdosta State University, magna cum laude, 2000, Phi Kappa Phi

Associations and memberships

  • National Order of the Barristers
  • Regional Champions, National Moot Court Competition
  • National Semi-Finalists, National Moot Court Competition
  • Best Team, Intrastate Moot Court Competition
  • Best Brief, Intrastate Moot Court Competition
  • Member, Moot Court Board

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