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David Russell Willingham

David Russell Willingham

also known as David R. Willingham, David Willingham

About me

Mr. Willingham received his Bachelor of Business Administration in Business Economics from Georgia State University.  He received his Juris Doctor from Atlanta's John Marshall Law School, where the faculty conferred upon him the Harold R. Banke Advocacy Award, given every year to the graduate who best evidences the potential to develop into an accomplished litigator.  He also served as captain of the Mock Trial team and has since returned to serve as an adjunct professor  in trial advocacy.  


As a trial lawyer, Mr. Willingham has enjoyed a very successful track record. He began his career with the renowned Marietta firm of Leonard, Rickman & Holloway, P.C., whose lead partner has since been appointed to the bench of Cobb County Superior Court.  It was there that he learned the skills to be a successful criminal litigator, focusing primarily on DUI defense.  At a young age, David successfully obtained several "not guilty" DUI verdicts in a row, drawing the attention of lawyers and judges in Cobb County.  In 2011, Mr. Willingham was recruited by the Cobb County District Attorney's office to serve his community.  David answered that call and gained invaluable experience prosecuting and trying before juries every type of felony offense in Cobb County, including murder, armed robbery and complex financial fraud cases.  

Mr. Willingham is NHTSA trained in field sobriety evaluations.  He is trained on the Intoxliyzer 5000 and strives to stay on the cutting edge of law and technology.


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Practice areas


  1. DUI & DWI: 80%
    7 years
  2. Criminal Defense: 20%
    7 years



Fixed (always), Free consultation (60 minutes)

Payment types:

Cash, Check, Credit card

Attorney endorsements

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  • Robert David Johnson

    I endorse this lawyer. David is a skilled trial lawyer.


    Robert Johnson Workers Compensation Attorney
    Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community

  • Kenneth Peter Crosson

    David has a reputation that lawyers with a lot more grey hair would envy, and he earned it the right way, aggressively defending his clients, beating charges, and winning tough trials. I have referred a number of clients to him and will continue to do so. If I ever found myself on the wrong side of criminal charges, I would call on him myself without hesitation.


    Kenneth Crosson Personal Injury Attorney
    Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community

Contact info

Willingham Law Firm, P.C.

191 Roswell Street
Marietta, GA, 30060-1937


GAActive Member in Good Standing 200811/07/2015
We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
Young Lawyers Leadership AcademyState Bar of Georgia2010
Honorable Harold R. Banke Advocacy AwardAtlanta's John Marshall Law School2008
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
OwnerWillingham Law Firm, P.C.2013 - Present
Assistant District AttorneyCobb County District Attorney Office2011 - 2013
AttorneyLeonard, Rickman & Holloway, P.C.2009 - 2011
Association namePosition nameDuration
Pi Kappa Alpha - Kennesaw State UniveristyRisk Awareness Chapter Advisor2014 - Present
Cobb County Bar AssociationN/A2009 - Present
Cobb County Bar Association, Criminal Defense SectionN/A2009 - Present
Cobb County Bar Association, Young Lawyers SectionN/A2009 - Present
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
State of Georgia v. Phillamone ScottNot Guilty of DUI and DUI Serious Injury by Vehicle
State of Georgia v. Lindsey VanosterNot Guilty of DUI
State of Georgia v. Philip GibsonNot Guilty of DUI
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Publication nameTitleDate
Cobb County Bar Association - Bar NewsYou Need to Read the Case - Brown v. State2014
Cobb Bar JournalJones v. State - DUI Similar Transaction Evidence Under a New Influence2014
Cobb County Bar Association - Bar NewsWilliams v. State - What You Need to Know2012
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
John Marshall (Atlanta)LawJD - Juris Doctor2008
Georgia State UniversityBusiness EconomicsBBA - Bachelor of Business Administration2005
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
Pi Kappa Alpha at Kennesaw State UniversityRisk Awareness2014
Gamma Phi Beta Sorority at Kennesaw State UniversityRisk Awareness2014
DUI Case Preparation and Courtroom PresentationDUI Courtroom Testimony for Police Officers2014