The next chal­lenge

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Fry grew up in Chattanooga, Ten­nessee, the son of a lawyer and a mu­sic teacher, and went to Belmont Col­lege. Af­ter grad­u­a­tion, he was in­spired by the Tom Cruise movie “Cock­tail,” and de­cided it was time for a break.

“I moved down to Fort Laud­erdale and for two years, all I did was work out and hang out on the beach and sling drinks at night,” Fry said. “Then my mo­ti­va­tion got to me and I was bored and ready for the next chal­lenge. I had al­ways wanted to be a lawyer, and I knew that was the right time to go.”

He didn’t want to do the same sort of law his fa­ther did — es­tate and tax work, “one of the most bor­ing fields in the world” — but re­mem­bered be­ing in­ter­ested in cases where older clients were taken ad­van­tage of by fi­nan­cial firms.

“That’s how I kind of went into the per­sonal in­jury area,” Fry said. “One thing that got me in­ter­ested in per­sonal in­jury law is I al­ways wanted to be in the court­room and be a lit­i­ga­tor, but … most law stu­dents thought there was too much liti­gious­ness in the coun­try. I wanted to be a de­fense at­tor­ney rep­re­sent­ing in­sur­ance com­pa­nies. Within months of see­ing how the in­sur­ance com­pa­nies treated the peo­ple, I knew now I found my call­ing of what I wanted to do.”

Fry at­tended John Mar­shall Law School in At­lanta, and worked as a per­sonal trainer to pay for his ed­u­ca­tion. He worked with sev­eral dif­fer­ent law firms in At­lanta and De­catur be­fore break­ing out to start his own firm.

“[At­tor­ney Bruce Ha­gen] is the one that re­ally taught me how to try cases, how to con­duct my­self as an at­tor­ney in the court­room and how to win with grace and how to win with hu­mil­ity,” Fry said. “I had six won­der­ful years work­ing for Bruce, but af­ter six years I was ready to go out on my own.”

The Fry Law Firm be­gan in 2011 with Fry and his tele­phone, and six years later there are three at­tor­neys, three par­ale­gals and seven le­gal as­sis­tants in the spa­cious suite at 1401 Peachtree Street.

“We’ve been very blessed to grow so quickly,” Fry said.

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