Preventing a Parent's Worse Nightmare: Teaching Abduction Prevention

Gary Martin Hays
Atlanta, GA

Education Justice & Law


Gary Martin Hays
Founder and Chairman, Keep Georgia Safe
Keep Georgia Safe
Gary Martin Hays has a passion for providing safety education and crime prevention training to families. As the founder of Keep Georgia, he can discuss child safety issues, abduction prevention & response, bullying, and internet safety. Gary is also a highly experienced personal injury and workers' compensation lawyer, who knows the law and can discuss topics within those practice areas.
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Atlanta, GA 30097
United States
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As a personal injury and wrongful death attorney, Gary Martin Hays has seen, first-hand, how unexpected tragedies can devastate a family. He founded Keep Georgia Safe in 2008 to provide safety education and crime prevention training to Georgia's families, and created the only network that sends out all three of Georgia's emergency alerts for missing or dangerous persons using the latest cell phone texting technology.

Hays was inspired to start Keep Georgia because of the abduction and murder of 3 young women with ties to Georgia:  Meredith Emerson, Lauren Burk, and Eve Carson.  Motivated to find a way to make sure his 3 young daughters knew how to stay safe, Hays was alarmed when he discovered the huge void that existed in providing real safety education and training.  With the assistance of Mary Ellen Fulkus, the executive director of Keep Georgia, Hays has helped train 90 State and local law enforcement officers in Child Abduction Response Team (CART) through the U.S. Dept. of Justice and Fox Valley Technical College.  Hays has also funded the training of over 20 instructors in the radKIDS curriculum, and over 30 kids in the radKIDS program.  Hays is an advocate of being proactive to try and prevent bad things from happening to our families, and he provides the safety education through their facebook page, and through his many appearances on radio and television.

Gary began his law career in 1989 in Atlanta, Georgia.  His firm specializes in personal injury, wrongful death, worker's compensation, diminished value cases, and pharmaceutical claims. Since 1993, his firm has helped over 39,000 victims and their families.

Gary has conducted numerous lectures to other Georgia attorneys, including presentations at the Workers' Compensation Law Institute for the ICLE of Georgia, as well as the Georgia Trial Lawyers' Auto Torts Workshop in 2005, 2006 and 2007. He was selected as one of the Top 100 Trial Lawyers in Georgia for 2007 and 2008 by the American Trial Lawyers Association, and recognized by Lawdragon as one of the leading Plaintiffs' Lawyers in America.

When Georgia lawyers voted on the Super Lawyers in this state, they selected Gary three years in a row as being among the top 5% of Georgia's lawyers (as featured in Atlanta Magazine). He has hosted a radio show on News Talk 1340 WGAU, and also appeared as a regular guest on WKHX and WUBL in Atlanta, and WNGC and WXAG in Athens, Georgia. He has provided legal commentary on WSB TV, and has appeared on WXIA TV's Atlanta & Company and WAGA TV's Good Day Atlanta.

Hays is a member of the Million Dollar Advocates Forum, a Champion member of the Georgia Trial Lawyer's Association, a board member of the Georgia Consumer Justice Foundation, a member of the Georgia Civil Justice Pac, and serves on the Board of Directors for Georgia's WINPAC, a political action committee engaged in lobbying efforts on behalf of the injured worker in Georgia.

Gary has been seen on countless television stations and shows, including Fox & Friends, CNN Headline News, ABC, CBS, NBC and Fox affiliates and has appeared on over 110 radio stations.  He also served as an executive producer of a documentary entitled “Mi Casa Hogar” in 2013, which highlighted the amazing work done by this orphanage in Acapulco, Mexico.  This project earned him his second Silver Telly Award, as his first was as an executive producer for “All Are Our Heroes” in 2010, a documentary regarding cancer survivors.  A documentary about Gary and his law firm, “Stand & Serve,” was featured on the Biography Channel in 2014, and this project also won a Silver Telly Award.

He has been quoted in USA Today, The Wall Street Journal, and featured on over 250 online sites including, CBS News’s, The Boston Globe, The New York Daily News, and The Miami Herald. Gary is also a 13 time best-selling author/co-author, including the #1 best-selling legal books, The Authority On Personal Injury Claims in Georgia and The Authority On Workers’ Compensation Claims in Georgia as well as the #1 best-selling child safety book, The Authority on Child Safety.

Hays was awarded Georgia Trial Lawyers Association's Community Service Award in 2007 for his charitable endeavors for the American Cancer Society, the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society, St. Jude's Children's Research Hospital, and Dream House for Medically Fragile Children. Gary has also served on the Advisory Council for Mothers Against Drunk Driving in Georgia. He has helped raise over $3.5 million for charities, given away 1,000 bicycle helmets and 14 college scholarships, and supported numerous youth sports teams.

Gary attended Emory University where he earned a Bachelor's degree in political science, with a minor in African-American and African Studies. He received a J.D. from the Walter F. George School of Law of Mercer University. He, his wife Sheri and their three daughters live in Duluth, Georgia.

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Recent Publications/Appearances


January 2013  ATL&CO    "Child Safety Book Discussed"


January 16, 2011 Patch "Safety Program Empowers Children"

October 20, 2011 Cherokee Tribune "Free service can keep Georgia children safe"

Dec 16, 2010 Atlanta Journal-Constitution "Gary Martin Hays moves easily from law to hockey to bistro to causes"

July 2012 CNN HLN "Discussing Child Abduction Prevention"

August 2013 CNN HLN "Part 1 of 4: Raising America Special"

August 2013 CNN HLN "Part 2 of 4: Raising America Special"

August 2013 CNN HLN "Part 3 of 4: Raising America Special"

August 2013 CNN HLN "Part 4 of 4: Raising America Special"

September 2013 11 Alive News "Tips on Preventing Kidnapping"

October 2013 CBS News "School Violence"

May 2014 11 Alive News "Vehicle Theft and Child Abduction"

May 2014 Fox 5 News "Elizabeth Smart and Child Safety"

May 2014 11 Alive News "Discussing radKIDS and Child Safety Seminar"





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