Jack Reale has been practicing law for 45 years and focuses his trial practice on General Liability and represents corporations, insurance companies, and sports venues and arenas. He handles premises liability and general tort cases.
For nearly 25 years he has been the Administrator of the Georgia Self-Insurers Guaranty Trust Fund. Throughout this period, he has worked closely with the legislature and the State Board of Workers’ Compensation in drafting legislation regarding self-insurance in Georgia. Jack and his staff have resolved more than 400 claims and provided for nearly $50 million in benefits to injured workers, families and their dependents.
During his career, Jack has represented hundreds of professional football players in the negotiation and drafting of playing contracts and commercial endorsements as well as estate planning, tax preparation, and general legal services. He has represented first round draft picks, and a number of NCAA National Football Coaches of the Year, as well as an NFL Coach of the Year. Jack is the Workers’ Compensation panel attorney for the NFL Players Association for Georgia and has the distinction of being the first licensed sports agent in Georgia.
Jack is designated a Martindale-Hubbell AV peer review attorney, the highest rating available for legal ability and professional ethics. In 2017, he was selected by his peers for inclusion in the Best Lawyers in America© 24th edition. Jack was selected by his peers for inclusion in the 25th edition of Best Lawyers in America in the field of Workers' Compensation in Atlanta.
Vanderbilt Law School, J.D., 1976
Trinity College, B.A., 1971
All Georgia State and Federal Courts
USDC Northern and Middle District
11th Circuit Court of Appeals
5th Circuit Court of Appeals
Georgia Court of Appeals
Supreme Court of Georgia
State Bar of Georgia, Workers' Compensation Section and the Sports and Entertainment Section
Atlanta Bar Association
Federal Bar Association
American Bar Association, Torts and Insurance Practice Section
Sports Lawyers Association
Related News, Publications & Presentations
DEF Attorneys Recognized in The Best Lawyers in America© 2020. Best Lawyers. August 2019.
Jack Reale Presenting Champ Bailey into the NFL Hall of Fame. Firm News. August 2019.
DEF Attorneys Recognized in The Best Lawyers in America© 2019. Best Lawyers. August 2018.
Partner Jack Reale to Speak at the Annual SIGFA Meeting. Self-Insurance Guaranty Funds of America. October 2018.
Attorney Jack Reale Recognized As One of the Best in Sports Law. Georgia Trend Magazine. December 2016.