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David Russell Willingham

David Russell Willingham

also known as David R. Willingham, David Willingham

Practice areas:

DUI & DWI, Criminal Defense

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

Licensed since 2008

  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

13 total 

  • 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

  • William Thomas Davis

    David is an excellent attorney who I have no doubt in referring clients to for criminal matters in Cobb County and other places in metro-Atlanta. A former prosecutor, David knows the law and is able to zealously represent his clients from the early stages of their case all the way to trial. Upon leaving criminal practice, I referred my existing criminal cases to David because I knew he would do an excellent job representing their interests, and I know that all of them have been pleased with his services.


    William Davis Family 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 200808/22/2015

Professional Misconduct

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