michael-2Michael Horst has spent his career helping those in need. He received his bachelor’s degrees from Miami University in 1998, graduating cum laude. He went on to attend law school at the Wake Forest University of Law, where he earned his Juris Doctor in 2001. Michael has extensive knowledge in tractor-trailer accident cases, especially those involving serious injury or death.

As an experienced trial attorney, Horst has extensive knowledge analyzing insurance policies, handling a broad range of commercial litigation matters, and regularly representing clients in complex federal and state cases.

Published Author

Horst has written several publications since the start of his career. In October 2010, he wrote “Crash Course,” which was published by Smart Business. In 2009, he authored “Personal Injury Statute of Limitations: Tolled While Criminal Prosecution is Pending” for the Georgia Defense Lawyers Association Journal.

Super Lawyers

Being selected for Super Lawyers is a notable achievement. Horst was selected out of thousands of upcoming attorneys in Georgia as a “Rising Star” for 2014 and 2015. In Georgia, only 2.5 percent of active attorneys are selected for such an honor. Super Lawyers is a rating service that locates outstanding attorneys from over 70 separate practice areas. They assess them for their degree of peer recognition as well as professional achievement. Selections are made each year using a rigorous multi-phase process including a statewide attorney survey, independent research, and peer reviews per practice area.

History

Before joining Van Sant Law, Horst was a shareholder in Baker Donelson’s Atlanta office. He was a member of their 24-hour Emergency Response Team, which was a group of attorneys dedicated to providing quick post-accident investigation and intervention. Mr. Horst also handled claims regarding negligent hiring, retention, and training and supervision issues against trucking company insurance carriers. He has vast experience in commercial litigation, including construction disputes, automobile dealerships, commercial lenders, and financial companies. He has provided his clients with business counseling as well as coverage options for policies including director’s and officer’s liability, commercial general liability, and bobtail/non-trucker’s policies. During his career, he has filed several declaratory judgment actions in state and federal courts regarding coverage issues.

Mr. Horst joined Van Sant Law Firm to help individuals and families pursue their claims against negligent individuals and companies, and to fight back against unfair insurance practices.

Education

  • Wake Forest University of Law – Juris Doctor, 2001
  • Miami (OH) University – Bachelor of Arts, cum laude, Bachelor of Science, cum laude, 1998

Bar Admissions

  • United States Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit
  • United States District Court for the Northern, Middle, and Southern Districts of Georgia
  • Supreme Court of Georgia
  • Georgia Court of Appeals
  • Georgia Superior and State Courts
  • Georgia State Bar

Organizations/Achievements:

  • Georgia’s Legal Elite in Personal Injury, Georgia Trend Magazine, 2013
  • Super Lawyers Rising Star 2014
  • Super Lawyers Rising Star 2015
  • Georgia Super Lawyers 2016
  • Georgia Super Lawyers 2017