Cale grew up in Smyrna, Georgia and went to the University of Georgia, where he earned a Bachelor of Arts in Journalism, summa cum laude with highest honors. After completing his undergraduate degree, Cale worked as a clerk at the law firm of Butler, Wooten in Atlanta, where he had his first taste of Plaintiffs’ litigation as the initial document clerk in the case of Moseley v. General Motors, a side-saddle GM fuel tank case which ultimately tried to a $105 million jury verdict in 1993 in Atlanta.
Cale left Butler, Wooten to pursue a writing career, authoring two critically-acclaimed hardbound books in two years — War Between the States (1992, Gridiron Publishers) and Sunshine Hate (1993, Gridiron Publishers) – chronicling the histories of southern college football rivalries.
Cale then enrolled at the University of Georgia Law School, where he was a member of both the Georgia Law Review Editorial Board and the Georgia Moot Court Program and graduated magna cum laude. His law review note, A State Law Theory for Product Liability Claims: A Journey Best Not Taken, was published in the Georgia Law Review, and in his third year, he was a member of Georgia’s National Moot Court Team which finished 2nd in the nation at the National Championship in New York. Cale also worked in the Hall County District Attorney’s office under the third-year practice act and prosecuted three narcotics cases to verdict while still in law school. He was named a member of both Order of the Coif, for academic excellence, and Order of the Barristers, recognizing excellence in courtroom advocacy. In 1998, Cale also served as an adjunct professor at the UGA School of Law, teaching a class in Appellate Advocacy.
Cale took a full time position as an attorney at Butler, Wooten in 1996, where he worked for five years. In 1997, he participated in the two-month trial of Rodriguez v. Suzuki in St. Louis, a Suzuki Samurai rollover case which resulted in a jury verdict of $36.9 million. He also worked as lead associate during the six-week trial of Six Flags v. Time Warner in Gwinnett County, Georgia in 1998, a case which resulted in a Georgia-record $454 million verdict for the Plaintiffs. Cale participated heavily in the appellate briefing on that case as well, which became and still is the largest verdict ever to be affirmed by the Georgia appellate courts.
Since forming his own firm in 2001, Cale has served as lead counsel in dozens of cases involving serious injury, death, or economic damages to his clients. He has served as lead or co-lead counsel at trial in four verdicts exceeding $1 million dollars and three verdicts at or above $10 million since 2002, including a $24.8 million award in Gaines v. Cumberland County Hospital System in 2011 and a $10 million verdict in Hernandez v. Hi-Tech Engineering in 2013. Cale’s current practice focuses primarily on products liability, trucking wrecks, business tort and wrongful death cases, with specific expertise in automotive products liability cases involving seat belt failures, tire tread failures or negligent vehicle repairs by tire or automotive repair shops. He also regularly handles business disputes, with an emphasis on breach of fiduciary duty and fraud cases. Relying on his deep ties within the State of Georgia, Cale regularly serves as local counsel for law firms across the nation who have significant cases in Georgia and need expertise in Georgia practice, procedure and custom.
Cale is admitted to practice in all state courts in Georgia, the Northern District of Georgia, the Middle District of Georgia, the 11th Circuit Court of Appeals, and the State of West Virginia. He has also served as counsel pro hac vice in cases throughout the Southeast.
Beyond zealous representation of clients, Cale is a leader in both the state and national legal community. Cale was a member of the Executive Committee of the Georgia Trial Lawyers Association (GTLA) from 2001-2006, was Editor-in-Chief of The Brief, the national magazine of the ABA Tort and Insurance Practice Section from 2002-2004, and currently serves the State Bar of Georgia on both its Communications Committee and Bench & Bar committee. He is also a District Representative on the University of Georgia Law School Alumni Council. Cale is a frequent speaker at CLE programs through various professional groups, and has appeared on programs across the country on various topics. He is also a member of the Summit Council, an exclusive national organization of trial lawyers who have obtained significant results for their clients and demonstrated a commitment to the betterment of the law.
Cale has been named a “SuperLawyer” by Atlanta Magazine for ten consecutive years in the area of automotive products liability, and has twice been named to Georgia Trend’s list of the “Legal Elite” in Georgia. He was also featured on the United Airlines’ SkyRadio program “America’s Best Lawyers.”
Cale lives in Atlanta with his wife and four children, and is a member of Trinity Presbyterian Church. If he gets any spare time beyond family and the law, he spends it watching the Georgia Bulldogs, going bird hunting, or reading a good book.
Cale Conley has been selected as a Super Lawyer every year since 2005.
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4200 Northside Parkway, NW Building One, Suite 300
Atlanta, GA 30327