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Maurice Gibson Kenner

Maurice Gibson Kenner

Practice areas:

Criminal Defense, DUI & DWI, Appeals

Maurice Kenner

About Me

After a stint in the United States Army following college, I entered the police academy and became a police officer. This training, experience and connections from having served in one of the world's most dangerous jobs created credibility with other police officers and ultimately led me to my career as an attorney. I am in my 20th year of practice, after attending law school while working full time as a police officer.


I went into private practice upon graduating law school and being sworn in for the Georgia Bar, and began handling civil and criminal litigation. However, my roots in criminal law drew me in the direction of defending citizens accused of crimes. Divorce cases, personal injury cases and other litigation helped pay the bills in the early part of my career, but I became known --- among lawyers and judges --- for my skills in criminal defense.


For several years, I was the part-time prosecutor in Decatur Municipal Court. DUI cases were a nightly event in this job, and I learned all of the "ins and outs" of the prosecution's tactics and angles to limit the defense case. When you prosecute cases, you are permitted to attend the prosecutors' seminars, which I did. 


Along my path to becoming a criminal trial attorney, I have taken advanced training in DRUG possession and trafficking cases, DUI, sex crimes, analyzing DNA evidence, challenging ballistics testing, child molestation cases, and over a dozen other highly-specialized areas of criminal defense. Most significantly, I am one of a handful of Georgia attorneys who is "death penalty" qualified, and have handled over 25 murder cases.


So, from defending speeding cases to DUI to drug possession to murder, I have done it all. Like in the medical field, and especially with SURGERY, experience is the best teacher.

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Practice Areas

Licensed since 1994

  1. Criminal Defense: 90%
    21 years, 1.8 thousand cases
  2. DUI & DWI: 7%
    21 years, 550 cases
  3. Appeals: 3%
    21 years, 12 cases

Attorney Endorsements

38 total 

  • Allison Elizabeth McCarthy

    Whether a felony case or a misdemeanor case, Maurice is always in front for his clients. He will go to trial when needed and will not back down. He is always so kind to court staff and other attorneys. Maurice treats his clients with the professional conduct that they deserve.

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    Allison McCarthy DUI & DWI Attorney
    Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community

  • William C. Head

    Maurice Kenner is one of Georgia's best criminal defenders. Whether defending against murder charges or DUI or any offense between those extremes, Maurice has the broad range of experience, expertise and courtroom savvy to successfully fight any case. He started his legal career as a cop, then started as a private attorney. Then, he took on a part-time role as prosecutor in the City of Decatur Municipal Court. Now, he is full time criminal defense and working for our law firm. I commend his services to anyone facing criminal charges anywhere in Georgia. He now has the support and clout of Georgia's largest DUI law firm, and he will be one of the State's Top-Rated attorneys very soon, I predict.

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    William Head DUI & DWI Attorney
    Relationship: Worked together on matter

Contact Info

Stone Mountain Judicial Circuit Conflict Defender Office

120 W. Trinity Place
Suite 310
Decatur, GA, 30030

Resume

License
StateStatusAcquiredUpdated
GAActive Member in Good Standing 199405/08/2015

Professional Misconduct

We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo Contributions
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Awards
Award NameGrantorDate Granted
2013 Clients' Choice AwardAVVO.com - Clients' Choice Award2013
AV Peer Review RatingMartindale-Hubbell2013
BV RatedMartindale-Hubbell2012
BV RatedMartindale-Hubbell2011
Police Officer Supervisory CertificatePOST - Peace Officers Standards and Training1993

Work Experience
TitleCompany NameDuration
Conflict DefenderGeorgia Public Defender Standards Council2014 - Present
Senior AssociateHead, Thomas, Webb & Willis, LLC2013 - 2014
Conflict DefenderGeorgia Public Defender Standards Council2010 - 2013
Prosecuting AttorneyCity Of Decatur, Georgia1996 - 2001
AttorneyThe Law Office of Maurice G. Kenner1996 - 2010

Associations
Association NamePosition NameDuration
Rockdale County, GA Sheriff Review BoardBoard Member2013 - Present
Committee Member to Georgia's Fourth Congressional DistrictNominating Member - Armed Forces Academies2009 - Present
United States Supreme CourtMember1997 - Present
National Association of Criminal Defense LawyersMember1995 - Present
Aircraft Owners and Pilots AssociationMember1994 - Present
Phi Beta Sigma FraternityMemberN/A

Legal Cases
Case NameOutcome
Banks v. StateTrial judge refused to suppress search; overturned on appeal.
Kenner and McDaniel get Death Sentence LiftedDeath penalty vacated and client was taken off death row.
Capital Murder case resolved after Insanity Plea Rejectedhttp://m.ajc.com/news/news/crime-law/man-pleads-guilty-to-killing-2-college-park-teens/nXHwD/

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Publications
Publication NameTitleDate
Fulton County Daily ReportDeath Sentence Toosed on Basic Mistake2006
Creative LoafingTrial for Co-Defendent of Teenage Triple Murderers2004
State Bar of GeorgiaDefending Drug Cases - Case Law Update2000

Education
School NameMajorDegreeGraduated
John Marshall Law School, AtlantaLawJD - Juris Doctor1993
Western Illinois UniversityScienceBS - Bachelor of Science1986

Speaking Engagements
Conference NameTitleDate
Georgia DUI Law Update 2013Apocalypse Now: DUI Trial Practice in the New Georgia Evidence Code World2013
Georgia DUI Law UpdateThe Importance of a Good Opening Statement2002
Defending A Drug Case SeminarDefending A Controlled Substances Forfeiture Action2001
Defending A Drug Case SeminarCase Law Update2000