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Crowsert & Avery LLP

Attorney Profiles

Meet the experienced team of attorneys at the Athens, Georgia law firm of Cowsert & Avery, LLP.

Bill Cowsert

A native of Jackson, Mississippi, Bill Cowsert has lived in Athens for the past 28 years with his wife Amy and their three children. He has been practicing law in Athens for 24 years. Prior to his tenure with Cowsert & Avery, LLP, Bill was first a partner in Blasingame, Burch, Garrard & Bryant law firm and the founder of William S. Cowsert, P.C., in 1995. William S. Cowsert, P.C. eventually expanded into Cowsert & Avery, LLC, which currently has seven attorneys representing clients in a variety of litigation throughout Northeast Georgia.

Bill currently serves as a State Senator representing District 46 (Clarke, Oconee, and Walton Counties) in the Georgia legislature. His committees include—

  • Appropriations
  • Judiciary
  • Higher Education
  • National Resources
  • Special Fiduciary

Bill also serves as a Senate Floor Leader for Governor Sonny Perdue.

An AV® PreeminentTM Peer Review RatedSM attorney by Martindale-Hubbell®, Bill was selected as a "Super Lawyer" by Atlanta Magazine in 2008. 

Practice areas

  • Civil Litigation
  • Insurance Defense
  • Automobile Accidents and Injuries
  • Products Liability
  • Wrongful Death
  • Medical Malpractice
  • Driving While Intoxicated (DWI)
  • Commercial Litigation

Education

  • J.D., University of Georgia, 1983
  • B.S., cum laude, Presbyterian College, 1980

Memberships

  • State Bar of Georgia
  • Western Circuit Bar Association
  • American Bar Association
  • Defense Research Institute
  • Georgia Defense Lawyers Association

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Craig C. Avery

Craig C. Avery is an AV® PreeminentTM Peer Review RatedSM attorney by Martindale-Hubbell®. He has 25 years experience in civil trial practice; for the past 18 years he has focused on insurance defense. Craig represents insurers and their policy holders in the areas of automobile liability, premises liability, and coverage questions.  He has defended personal injury and wrongful death cases throughout Northeast Georgia, having tried more than 250 jury trials in 20 Georgia counties.

Practice areas

  • Civil Litigation
  • Insurance Law

Education

  • J.D., cum laude, John Marshall Law School, 1983
  • B.A., University of Kentucky, 1978

Bar admissions

  • Georgia, 1983
  • U.S. District Court, Northern and Middle Districts of Georgia, 1983

Memberships

  • Gwinnett County Bar Association
  • Western Circuit Bar Association
    • Past President
  • State Bar of Georgia
  • Defense Research Institute
  • Georgia Defense Lawyers Association
    • Board Member
  • Georgia Legal Services Program
    • Volunteer

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M. Steven Heath

M. Steven Heath has lived in Athens, Georgia since 1970 and has practiced law in Athens and northeast Georgia for 35 years. He obtained his undergraduate degree from University of Georgia where he graduated magna cum laude in 1974, and in 1977 he obtained his law degree from the University of Georgia School of Law, where he served on the editorial staff of the Georgia Law Review. He is an AV™ Peer Review Rated™ attorney by Martindale Hubell®. During his practice, he has been selected by his peers to be included in the Best Lawyers in America, and was selected in 2004 as a “Super-Lawyer” by Atlanta Magazine. His practice is generally focused on civil litigation, including insurance defense, commercial litigation and worker’s compensation.

Practice areas

  • Civil Litigation
  • Automobile Accidents and Injuries
  • Medical Malpractice
  • Worker's Compensation
  • Insurance Defense
  • Premises Liability
  • Commercial Litigation

Education

  • J.D., University of Georgia, 1977
  • B.B.A., University of Georgia, 1974

Memberships

  • State Bar of Georgia
  • Western Circuit Bar Association
  • Georgia Defense Lawyers Association
  • American Bar Association

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Susan S. Elder

Susan S. Elder is a partner with Cowsert & Avery, LLP.  She is a native of Tuscaloosa, Alabama and has been practicing with the firm for 11 years. Susan earned her Juris Doctor and Master of Human Resources from the University of South Carolina in 1996.

Practice areas

  • Insurance Defense Litigation
  • Business Law
  • Probate
  • Estate Planning

Education

  • J.D., University of South Carolina, 1996
  • M.H.R., University of South Carolina, 1996
  • B.A., Florida State University, 1992

Bar admissions

  • Georgia, 1996

Memberships

  • State Bar of Georgia
  • Western Circuit Bar Association
  • Georgia Defense Lawyers Association

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Matthew A. Moseley

Matt Moseley has lived in Athens, Georgia since 1998 and has practiced law in Athens and northeast Georgia for nearly 20 years. He obtained his undergraduate degree in finance from the University of Georgia in 1993. He obtained his law degree in 1997 from Cumberland School of Law in Birmingham, Alabama.

Practice areas

  • Civil Litigation
  • Automobile Accidents and Injuries
  • Commercial/Business Litigation
  • Insurance Defense
  • Premises Liability

Education

  • J.D., Cumberland School of Law, 1997
  • B.B.A., University of Georgia, 1993

Memberships

  • State Bar of Georgia
  • Western Circuit Bar Association, Past President
  • George Defense Lawyers Association

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Ben Avery

 

Practice areas

  • Civil Litigation
  • Insurance Defense

Education

  • J.D. John Marshall Law School
  • B.A., University of Georgia

Bar Admissions

  • Georgia
  • Georgia Court of Appeals
  • United States District Court for Northern & Middle Districts of Georgia

Memberships

  • State Bar of GA
  • Western Circuit Bar Association
  • Georgia Defense Lawyers Association

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Michael Broun

Michael Broun is a native of Athens, Georgia and has practiced law with Cowsert & Avery since 2006.  Michael graduated from the University of Georgia with a degree in Political Science in 2003 and then earned his law degree from the University of Mississippi School of Law where he graduated magna cum laude. As a trial attorney, Michael focuses on general civil practice and criminal defense.

Practice areas

  • Civil Trial Practice
  • Insurance Law
  • Automobile Accidents and Injuries
  • Premises Liability
  • Commercial Litigation
  • Appellate Practice
  • Criminal Law

Education

Bar admissions

  • Georgia, 2006

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Let Cowsert & Avery, LLP represent you

Are you or a loved one in need of quality legal counsel? Call us at 706-543-7700 or contact us online today. We look forward to discussing your case.

2405 West Broad Street, Suite 250
Athens, Georgia 30606

Tel: (706) 543-7700
Fax: (706) 543-7731

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