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W. Brian Cornwell, lawyer in Savannah, GA

W. Brian Cornwell

Mr. Cornwell was born in Savannah and raised in Effingham County, and earned a BS in Political Science from the University of West Georgia and his Juris Doctor from Samford University’s Cumberland School of Law. While at Cumberland, Mr. Cornwell was named to the Dean’s List. After practicing for several years in South Carolina, Mr. Cornwell returned home to Savannah and worked several years with another local personal injury firm. Mr. Cornwell founded the firm in 2017 and handles matters throughout the states of Georgia and South Carolina.

Mr. Cornwell concentrates his practice on the representation of clients who have received injuries through the negligence of others as well as property owners who have been damaged as a result of negligent and faulty construction.

Mr. Cornwell was the lead attorney in the seminal case of Jane Doe vs. USA Gymnastics. Mr. Cornwell represented a former gymnast who was sexually assaulted by a USA Gymnastics member coach. The case garnered national and international attention and has been featured in the USA Today, IndyStar and Washington Post. The case was the catalyst for the investigation into USA Gymnastics and led to the revelations of sexual abuse by the national team doctor Larry Nassar. Mr. Cornwell has represented Nassar victims in Michigan and other athletes throughout the country in their claims for abuse by coaches. Mr. Cornwell has also lectured on the topic of sexual abuse in youth-serving organizations.

As a former insurance defense lawyer Mr. Cornwell is well-versed in how insurance companies adjust claims and uses this experience for the benefit of his clients.

Mr. Cornwell also has extensive experience in multi-party complex litigation and has represented individuals, governmental entities, universities, and both large and small corporations. As the son of general contractor, Mr. Cornwell has extensive practical experience in the construction industry and was co-counsel for Virginia Newman in one of the leading construction insurance coverage decisions in South Carolina Auto Owners v. Newman.

Mr. Cornwell is admitted to practice before all state courts in South Carolina and Georgia along with the U.S. District Court for the District of South Carolina and the Southern District of Georgia.

Mr. Cornwell is also a past member of the City of Pooler’s Planning Commission. In his spare time, Mr. Cornwell enjoys traveling with his family, watching his daughters play sports, and is an avid golfer.

Bar Admissions

State Bar of South Carolina
South Carolina Supreme Court
State Bar of Georgia
Georgia Court of Appeals
Supreme Court of Georgia
United States District Court for South Carolina and the Southern District of Georgia


B.S. Political Science University of West Georgia
Juris Doctor Samford University’s Cumberland School of Law (Dean’s List)

Areas of Practice

Personal Injury/Wrongful Death
Products/Premises Liability
Sexual Abuse of Minors
Construction Site Accidents
Construction Defect Litigation (water intrusion, structural damage)
Construction Disputes
Worker’s Compensation

Professional Memberships

Georgia Trial Lawyers Association
Savannah Trial Lawyers Association
Effingham Bar Association
Savannah Bar Association
American Bar Association
South Carolina Construction Law Section
Charleston County Bar Association

Community Involvement

Pooler Planning Commission
Pooler Recreation Coach
Effingham Chamber of Commerce


Monday – Thursday: 8:30 AM – 5:00 PM

Friday: 8:30 AM – 2:00 PM

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