Gary Wisenbaker is a native of South Georgia. He graduated high school from The McCallie School in Chattanooga, Tennessee. He attended undergraduate school at the University of Georgia and Valdosta State University where he received his BA degree in history. He received his Juris Doctorate degree from the Walter F. George School of Law at Mercer University in Macon, Georgia. He returned to Valdosta where he practiced law for four years.
During this time Gary changed 100 years of Georgia case law regarding the rights and responsibilities of landowners and trespassers with a case he argued before the Georgia Supreme Court. In 1984 he moved to Savannah, Georgia, where he practiced for 28 years.
As a trial attorney in Savannah, Gary tried and obtained the largest jury verdict in the history of Brooks Country, Georgia. Gary’s professional career settled into a transactional law practice centered on commercial and residential law and general contract law. He practiced in these areas until the end of 2011. He has lectured at seminars and written treatises on real and personal property foreclosure and the rights of creditors. His column “Law Wise” appeared in the Savannah Morning News and he hosted his own weekly radio call in program, “Ask the Expert”.
As an active attorney Gary participated in general civil mediations in a representative capacity including a national class action case involving a major drug manufacturing company. He holds a certificate in General Civil Mediation training and is a registered neutral with the Georgia Office of Dispute Resolution.
He established Wiregrass Mediation Services to provide mediation
services across South Georgia.
While in Savannah, Gary served his community as a member of the Jaycees, Civitan and Rotary clubs, as a board member of the Habersham Street YMCA and chairman of the Chatham County GOP. In 2008 Governor Perdue appointed him to represent the First Congressional District on the Georgia Student Finance Commission, a post he held for three years. Gary has three grown children residing in New York, San Francisco and Savannah.