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Steven A. Pickens

Founding Partner

Steve Pickens is a founding partner of Mahaffey Pickens Tucker, LLP and leads the firm's litigation group. Mr. Pickens is a trial lawyer whose specialty is trying cases to a jury. He has tried cases all over Georgia and is often associated by other attorneys to help them try their cases. He has litigated over sixty-five civil jury trials to a verdict. During the course of his 30-year career, Mr. Pickens has applied his trial skills wherever his clients need them. He is just as comfortable litigating a medical negligence case as he is a case involving wrongful death, property tax, contract law, or even eminent domain.

Mr. Pickens has won multiple seven and eight figure verdicts, most recently winning a $30,000,000 verdict - which was the second highest medical malpractice verdict in Georgia History.  He has had multiple other verdicts recognized in TopVerdict's publication “Top 50 Verdicts in the United States.”  He is a longtime Champions member of the Georgia Trial Lawyer's Association and a Fellow of the Litigation Counsel of America - an invitation only honorary society for the best trial lawyers in America.  For over twenty years, Mr. Pickens has maintained the coveted “AV Preeminent – 5.0 out of 5.0” rating on Martindale-Hubbell, the leading national lawyer rating agency.

Mr. Pickens is a lifelong Georgia resident and a product of the Chatham County public school system. After graduating with honors from Mercer University in Macon, GA, he earned his law degree with honors from the University of Georgia School of Law.

Notable Results

  • $30,000,000.00 Final Verdict in 2022 Medical Mal Practice Case
  • $24,200,000.00 Final Verdict in 2018 Wrongful Death Case
  • $2,750,000.00 Settlement in Sexual Assault Case 
  • $2,568,000.00 Settlement in Car Wreck Case 
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Property Tax
  • $53,931,500.00 Tax Assessment Reduction, $2,650,000.00 in Tax Savings, 72% Property Tax Reduction 
  • $55,222,100.00 Tax Assessment Reduction, $2,320,000.00 in Tax Savings 
  • 83% Property Tax Reduction + 100% attorneys fees
  • 77% Property Tax Reduction 
  • See More Steve Pickens Property Tax Results


University of Georgia School of Law, Athens, Georgia

  • J.D. - 1992
  • Honors: cum laude

Mercer University

  • B.A. - 1989
  • Honors: cum laude

Areas Of Practice

  • Tort Litigation
  • Medical Negligence
  • Wrongful Death
  • Commercial Litigation
  • Property Tax Litigation
  • Land Use Litigation

Bar Admissions

  • Georgia, 1992
  • U.S. District Court Northern District of Georgia, 1992
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 11th Circuit, 1993

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • Georgia Trial Lawyers Association, Champions Member
  • Georgia Trial Lawyers Association, Regional Vice President - 2012-2014
  • Gwinnett County Bar Association
  • The American Association for Justice
  • Gwinnett Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors – 2000-2006
  • Gwinnett Chamber of Commerce Executive Committee - 2005
  • Leadership Gwinnett - Class of 1996

Recent Blog Posts


  • Sid Theus, CEO, American Painting and Renovations, Inc.:

    “I use the attorneys at MPT for all of my business's legal needs. In addition to being my lawyers, they are my friends. They believe in me and my business — I think that sets them apart from other service providers.”

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