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Business litigation attorney with over 25 years of experience providing goal oriented and cost effective represenation in state and federal courts for small and large sized businesses.

Areas of practice include business litigation, insurance coverage, construction, employment, real estate, debtor/creditor, landlord/tenant, and shareholder/partnership disputes.

Practicing in Alpharetta, Roswell, Milton, Johns Creek, Cumming, Canton and throughout the metro Atlanta area including Fulton, Forsyth, Cherokee, Gwinnett, Cobb and DeKalb Counties. 

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Practice areas


  1. Lawsuits & Disputes: 40%
  2. Business: 20%
  3. Insurance: 20%
  4. Construction: 10%
  5. Employment: 10%


Payment types:

Check, Credit card

Attorney endorsements

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  • J. Thomas Salata

    I endorse this lawyer. John makes it look easy. He is a talented lawyer and provides excellent representation in complex litigation matters.


    J. Salata Criminal Defense Attorney
    Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community

  • E. Dale Dewberry

    I endorse this lawyer because I have seen him handle complex matters as well as relatively simple litigation matters and I know that he is honest, responsible, thorough and fair in his treatment of his clients. He has a wide range of experience in litigation especially in business and insurance matters.


    E. Dewberry Real Estate Attorney
    Relationship: Co-worker

Contact info

Hipes & Belle Isle, LLC

178 South Main Street
Suite 250
Alpharetta, GA, 30009


GAActive Member in Good Standing 198801/14/2016
We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
Hall of FameRotary Club of Alpharetta2013
Sheffield Leadership AwardRotary District 69002009
Rotarian of the YearRotary Club of Alpharetta2006
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
Member / AttorneyHipes & Belle Isle, LLC2013 - Present
Member / AttorneyBach, Dewberry & Hipes, LLC2004 - Present
PrincipalHipes & Norton, P.C.1996 - 2004
PrincipalJohn D. Hipes, P.C.1993 - 1996
AssociateMorris Manning & Martin1991 - 1993
AssociateSmith Gambrell & Russell1988 - 1991
Association namePosition nameDuration
Alpharetta Public Safety FoundationBoard of Directors2013 - Present
Greater North Fulton Chamber of CommerceBoard of Directors2012 - Present
Rotary Club of AlpharettaBoard of Directors2012 - Present
North Fulton Bar AssociationPast President2011 - 2012
Milton Business AllianceMember2011 - Present
Rotary Club of AlpharettaPast President2008 - 2009
North Fulton Bar AssociationBoard of Directors2006 - 2013
North Fulton Bar AssociationMember2002 - Present
Leadership North FultonMember1999 - 2000
Rotary Club of AlpharettaMember1997 - Present
State Bar of GeorgiaMember1988 - Present
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
Admiral Ins. Co. v. Cresent Hills ApartmentsSummary judgment for insurance agency affirmed
Cohran v. State Bar of GeorgiaMotion to dismiss granted
Barber v. H & H Muller Enterprises, Inc.Summary judgment for defendant affirmed
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Publication nameTitleDate
Georgia ICLEFraud in the Application1999
Georgia State Univ. L. Rev., Vol. 3, 1987Abusive Litigation in Georgia1987
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
Georgia State University College of LawLawJD - Juris Doctor1988
Wake Forest UniversityHistoryBA - Bachelor of Arts1981
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
Insurance Law InstituteFraud in the Application1999