About HPS Law

HPS Law was founded on two principles: CLIENT SERVICE and RESULTS. To reinforce these principles, HPS Law does not employ case managers. At large law firms, your case is usually handled by case managers. This means someone without a law degree is handling your legal case.


From start to finish, every HPS case is handled by an experienced lawyer. We founded our firm on the belief that clients hire lawyers, not case managers or legal assistants. And frankly, we believe that a client will never get a just result unless he or she works directly with an experienced lawyer.

  • Bachelor of Arts and Science in Business, Cum Laude, Miami (OH) University, 1998
  • Juris Doctor, Wake Forest University School of Law, 2001
  • Super Lawyers Rising Star, Super Lawyers Magazine, 2014 and 2015
  • National Academy of Personal Injury Attorneys – Top 10 Attorney, 2016
  • Georgia Super Lawyer, Super Lawyers Magazine, 2016 – present

Michael W. Horst

Michael has been practicing law since 2001. For more than 14 years, Michael’s practice focused on representing companies and insurers in personal injury actions. His specialty was defending truck drivers, motor carriers, and their insurers. Michael enjoyed the legal work the cases’ results often left him empty and unfulfilled.


“When I did my job well, an injured person’s recovery was limited or, in some cases, eliminated. I needed more from my profession.”


In 2015, Michael transformed his practice. Instead of representing companies and insurers, he changed to filing lawsuits against them. He now enjoys being part of the solution instead of one of the many obstacles standing between the injured person and just compensation.


“It is hard work for sure going up against billion dollar insurance companies but it is made easier by the fact I used to be one of their lawyers. I know their tactics, their strategies, and their ploys.”


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  • Bachelor of Arts, Cum Laude, Oglethorpe University, 2005
  • Juris Doctor, Western Michigan University Cooley Law School, 2008
  • Super Lawyers Rising Star, Super Lawyers Magazine, 2020
  • Admitted in all Georgia state and superior courts
  • Admitted in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Georgia

Beau T. Pirkle

Over the last decade Beau has worked tirelessly to successfully settle, mediate, arbitrate, and litigate more than 1,000 personal injury cases – recovering millions of dollars for his clients. He is experienced in a wide range of property and personal injury cases: car crashes, trucking accidents, Federal Tort Claims Act Cases (FTCA), premises liability cases involving falls or injuries that occur because of a company’s negligence, dog bite cases, and wrongful death cases.


“My clients often describe me as ‘a no-nonsense direct and to the point kind of guy.’ I couldn’t agree more. My clients get frank and useful advice because I evaluate each case that I handle meticulously, turning over every stone and confronting each potential issue head-on.”


Beau is licensed to practice law in all Georgia superior and state courts, the United States District Court for the Northern District of Georgia, Supreme Court of Georgia, and Georgia Court of Appeals. In 2008, he earned his Law Degree at Western Michigan University and is a member of the State Bar of Georgia and the Tort and Insurance Law Section.


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  • Bachelor of Arts, Centre College, 2003
  • Juris Doctor, Cum Laude, University of Georgia School of Law, 2006
  • Super Lawyers Rising Star, Super Lawyers Magazine, 2013-2015
  • Georgia Super Lawyer, Super Lawyers Magazine, 2016 – present
  • Top 100, The National Trial Lawyers, 2015

Zachary S. Shewmaker

Zach has been practicing law since 2006. He earned a Juris Doctor with honors from the University of Georgia School of Law, then he joined a law firm in Buckhead.


Zach spent his first seven years practicing law as a defense attorney representing truck drivers, trucking companies, and insurance companies in complex catastrophic injury cases.


“I learned all of the tricks insurance companies use to avoid paying full and fair compensation to injured parties. My defense experience made me realize I was on the wrong side of justice.”


In 2013, Zach became a personal injury trial lawyer. He changed his career to fight for the seriously injured and families who have lost loved ones due to the wrongful acts or omissions of others. During this time Zach has been named by Super Lawyers Magazine as one of Georgia’s “Rising Stars” in 2013, 2014, and 2015, and as one of Georgia’s “Super Lawyers” every year since.


“Insurance companies put profits over people. I put people first. I represent each client the way I would represent a family member. I work tirelessly to maximize the recovery for every client so that wrongdoers are held accountable for their actions.”


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