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About McManes Law

At McManes Law, we understand that dealing with insurance companies after an injury can be an intimidating and stressful process. That’s why Skip McManes is here to make things as easy as possible for you. With decades of experience in personal injury law, Skip is dedicated to defending your rights, fighting for the compensation you deserve, and guiding you through every step of your legal journey.

A Champion for Justice

Skip McManes specializes in workers’ compensation and personal injury claims, but his mission goes beyond the legal field. He believes in helping people recover not only financially but also emotionally, even if they can’t afford hefty upfront fees. Skip’s commitment to justice is unwavering, and he firmly believes that justice shouldn’t depend on the size of your wallet.

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Your Dedicated Advocate

When you choose McManes Law, you’re not just another case number. Skip personally engages with every client, listening closely to understand your unique situation and needs. He will work tirelessly to build the strongest possible case for you. Whether it’s representing you at your workers’ compensation hearing, advising you on legal matters, or negotiating with insurance companies, Skip is your dedicated advocate every step of the way.

Workers’ Compensation Expertise

Located conveniently in Alpharetta, Georgia, the McManes Law Offices are staffed with experienced professionals ready to represent you and your family in your work-related injury claim. We understand that navigating workers’ compensation can be complex and daunting, especially when insurance companies are involved. It’s crucial to remember that the workers’ compensation insurer is not on your side and may not have your best interests at heart.

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Guidance Through the Legal Process

Our commitment to your case extends to your initial workers’ compensation hearing. These hearings are typically held throughout the week at various locations in Georgia. During these proceedings, you’ll have the opportunity to present your side of the case to a judge. However, it’s essential to have a workers’ compensation lawyer on your side to ensure your rights are protected.

Maximizing Your Benefits

If you’ve been injured on the job, you may be entitled to various benefits, including compensation for medical treatment, lost wages, permanent disability ratings, and, in some cases, lump-sum settlements. At McManes Law, we are dedicated to helping you receive the full extent of benefits you deserve. This includes compensation for authorized medical expenses, hospital bills, rehabilitation, physical therapy, prescriptions, and necessary travel expenses related to your work-related injury.

Timely Payment of Benefits

We understand the importance of timely payments, especially if you’re entitled to weekly income benefits due to lost time at work. Our team ensures that you receive your checks promptly and consistently.

Supporting Your Return to Work

In cases where you’re able to return to work but can only secure a lower-paying job due to your injury, we work to ensure you receive additional weekly compensation income benefits to make up the difference in your regular pay.

In the Event of Tragedy

In the unfortunate event of a work-related fatality, your family is entitled to burial expenses and weekly compensation equal to two-thirds of your average weekly wage. In some cases, your spouse may also qualify for a lump-sum settlement. If benefits are not paid when due, our team will enforce penalties required to be paid by the insurance company.

The McManes Law Staff


Meet Skip McManes


Skip McManes is a skilled attorney with a career dedicated to defending the rights of injured workers. With over two decades of experience in personal injury law, Skip has witnessed firsthand the unethical practices of insurance companies. He has made it his mission to fight for justice on behalf of his clients.

Skip’s educational background includes graduating from Johnson High in Gainesville and the University of Georgia. At the University of Georgia, he earned both a degree in finance and a law degree. His extensive knowledge and expertise are invaluable assets in personal injury cases.

Beyond his legal work, Skip is a passionate supporter of the Georgia Bulldogs. He and his family currently reside in Alpharetta, where he continues to serve the community as a dedicated personal injury attorney.

If you are in need of a compassionate and skilled personal injury attorney who will fight tirelessly for your rights and compensation, don’t hesitate to reach out to Skip McManes and the team at McManes Law.

Cheryl Gongora


A passionate legal assistant, Cheryl graduated from the University of Florida and worked for law firms in DC, Florida, and Georgia. She began working for McManes law in 1996 and has spent decades working for the firm, assisting thousands of clients in finding great doctors under the work comp system, and obtaining proper treatment for their pain and suffering while aggressively pushing insurance companies to cover the costs. She serves as a liaison for client’s medical benefits as well as litigation coordination involving Court hearings, depositions, and the discovery process. Inspired by clients’ recovery and fighting spirit, Cheryl is deeply proud of what she and her colleagues achieve for injured workers. Cheryl has also suffered catastrophic loss and has had to fight insurance companies on a personal level, so she understands how life-altering an accident can become. When not behind her desk, she is an avid yogi, birdwatcher, and enjoys family time watching the Atlanta Braves and traveling.


Sheila Jones


Sheila received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Communications from The University of Texas – Arlington and has been a dedicated legal assistant since 2009 specializing in financial issues. Sheila helps clients receive all the compensation they deserve by pursuing lost wage benefits, reimbursements, processing settlements, and more. Among her interests are outdoor walking and running, attending Atlanta sports and music events, volunteering, and spending time with family and friends.

Doreen Janis

Doreen has worked as a devoted legal assistant for over five years with Skip and has a Bachelor’s in Communications/Public Relations from Iona College in New Rochelle, NY. As a people person, Doreen enjoys working as a team member and wears many “hats,” including accounts payable, client records management, and as a liaison between medical providers and insurance companies. With every case, she places the highest importance on confidentiality, attention to detail, and follow-through to ensure medical bills are paid to ease the client’s emotional and financial struggle. Doreen is married with two grown daughters, a Lhasa Apso, and enjoys yoga, walking, travelling and voiceover as a hobby.


Christina attended college at the University of North Georgia. She began working at McManes Law in 2019 and has become a passionate legal assistant specializing in client intake. Christina is dedicated to helping injured workers through the work comp process and getting them started on their journey to recovery. When not in the office, you can find her on the lake enjoying family time and playing with her two wild pups.

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