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Willis McKenzie

Meet the Experienced Attorneys of Willis McKenzie LLP

Since 1949, Willis McKenzie LLP has offered a wide range of litigation services to clients throughout West Central Georgia.  The firm currently consists of attorneys Jerry Willis, Dewey Ray McKenzie, Mark Degennaro, Matt Alford and Nathan Cronic. Both Jerry Willis and Ray McKenzie are AV® Preeminent™ Peer Review Rated by Martindale-Hubbell®, and Mark Degennaro is BV® Distinguished™ Peer Review Rated. Jerry Willis is also a fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers and has been included in the 2012 edition of The Best Lawyers in America®.

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


Attorney Jerry WillisJerry 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 defense

Admitted

  • Georgia, 1967

Honors

  • AV® Preeminent™ Peer Review Rated by 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
  • State Bar of Georgia

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Attorney Dewey Ray McKenzie, Jr.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.  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 by 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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Attorney Mark L. DeGennaroMark 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 as well as at LaGrange College, and as an instructor for the Georgia Crisis Intervention Team

Practice areas

  • General practice
  • Public and government law
  • Appellate practice
  • Medical malpractice defense
  • 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
  • State Bar of Georgia

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Attorney Matthew C. AlfordMatthew C. Alford

Born and raised in LaGrange, Matt joined the firm in 1999. Matt focuses his practice on medical malpractice defense and personal injury. Matt also has experience in additional areas of the law, such as divorce, family law, commercial litigation and insurance defense.

Practice areas

  • Litigation
  • Insurance defense
  • General practice

 Admitted

  • Georgia, 1999

Education

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

Associations and memberships

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

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Attorney Nathan D. CronicNathan D. Cronic

Nathan joined Willis McKenzie LLP in 2004. He primarily practices in the areas of medical malpractice defense, personal injury, divorce and family law. Nathan also practices in the areas of commercial litigation, general insurance defense and government law.

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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300 Smith Street
LaGrange, Georgia, 30240 USA
706.350.5938