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James Michael Money

also known as Mike Money

About me

As of May of 1997 worked for nine judges including an externship with the Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of Georgia, Hon. Willis B. Hunt, who is now a federal judge. Since 1997, I've had more than 2,200 cases from armed robbery jury trials to jury trials over the validity of wills, to bad septic tanks to hundreds and hundreds of divorces.

Where I can help my client get to a point where we can settle the case, that's what we do. Getting a case to a point where it can settle takes work because the other party usually has an attorney who believes the lies that their client tells. The only way to disprove the lies to the other attorney is to do the pretrial work it takes to get the case ready for trial. If the other attorney won't settle, then we have done the work it takes to go to trial.

Where I can save my client money by putting my client to work as my 'virtual' paralegal, then I do that. Doing so helps the client learn how the law interacts with the facts and helps the client understand why it is that I need documents - and not just the client's words - to win the case or at least to reach a reasonable settlement.

Make no mistake, where a case shouldn't be settled because the other side is unreasonable then I will not advise a client to settle. I have no qualms about going to and through a bench trial or a jury trial in any case. Where custody is at issue or jail time is at issue, a family can be destroyed if the wrong decisions are made. I won't contribute to that sort of a result. I fight for people at whatever level they need me to fight for them; I simply try to balance the amount of fighting that truly needs to be done with the resources that my client has and the true needs of the client's family, the business' needs, the rights of the heirs, and the Defendants accused of crimes by the government.

You can trust me to help you. If I can't help you, I'll tell you that. I am often much more candid than some folks prefer.




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Practice areas


  1. Divorce & Separation: 50%
    19 years
  2. Criminal Defense: 40%
    19 years
  3. Litigation: 5%
    19 years
  4. Probate: 5%
    19 years



Hourly ($250/hour)

Payment types:

Cash, Check, Credit card

Attorney endorsements

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    Mike is a bright, talented and hardworking advocate whose insight, legal knowledge and preparation help his clients get the best result in difficult matters. At the same time, his genuine care for his clients and their families guide them through the challenging processes of family law with the least possible "collateral damage". He is someone to whom clients can entrust their most personal legal issues with the knowledge that he will be their trusted advisor and zealous advocate.


    Jennifer McLeod Divorce & Separation Attorney
    Relationship: Co-worker

  • Jason W. Swindle

    I have known Mike Money for over 10 years and consider him one of the best family law attorneys in the west Georgia area. I have referred clients to Mike in the past and will continue to send Mike referrals because I know that he is dedicated to representing his clients in a highly competent and ethical manner. He is also well respected by lawyers and judges in our community. Because of his history of excellent advocacy, I would highly recommend Mike Money.


    Jason Swindle Criminal Defense Attorney
    Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community

Contact info

Edwards, McLeod & Money, P.C.

8701 Hospital Drive Suite B
Douglasville, GA, 30134


GAActive Member in Good Standing 199611/07/2015
We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
Regional Champion Mock Trial Team CoachState Bar of Georgia, Young Lawyers Division2010
Regional Champion Mock Trial Team CoachState Bar of Georgia, Young Lawyers Division2009
Regional Champion Mock Trial Team CoachState Bar of Georgia, Young Lawyers Division2008
Regional Champion Mock Trial Team CoachState Bar of Georgia, Young Lawyers Division2006
Army Commendation MedalDepartment of the Army1990
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
PartnerEdwards, McLeod & Money, P.C.1997 - Present
Law ClerkTallapoosa Judicial Circuit1996 - 1997
InternGeorgia Supreme Court1995 - 1995
InternFulton County Solicitor's Office1995 - 1995
Paralegal on Tobacco ProjectKing & Spalding LLP1995 - 1996
InternFederal Bureau of Prisons1994 - 1995
Law Clerk/Intern after Hon. Frank Hull leftFulton County Superior Court1994 - 1994
ParalegalResolution Trust Corp.1992 - 1993
Paralegal to Hall McKinleyDrew Eckl & Farnham, LLP1991 - 1992
Paralegal: Healthcare TeamKing & Spalding LLP1988 - 1991
Captain/Battery CommanderAlabama Army National Guard (Field Artillery): Elba then Daleville1982 - 1993
Association namePosition nameDuration
Main Street Lawyers Committee, State Bar of GeorgiaMember2011 - Present
Douglas County Bar AssociationPresident2006 - 2008
Georgia Association of Criminal Defense LawyersMember2005 - Present
Douglas County Bar AssociationVice President2004 - 2005
National Association of Criminal Defense LawyersMember2004 - 2010
Douglas County Bar AssociationMember1997 - Present
Georgia Trial Lawyers AssociationMember1997 - Present
State Bar of GeorgiaMember1996 - Present
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
Abushmais v. Erby (Ga. App.)Plaintiff
Abushmais v. Erby (Ga.)Plaintiff won on different reasoning
Parker v. Phillips A13A0045Trial court reversed. Not officially reported.
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Publication nameTitleDate
Discovery: Douglas County Bar NewsletterChild Support Guidelines (and other articles over three year term as President of local bar)2007
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
Georgia State University College of LawLawJD - Juris Doctor1996
Auburn University, AuburnEnglishBA - Bachelor of Arts1987
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
Family Law Institute John Marshall College of LawDomestic Law2014
Douglas County TelevisionLegally Speaking: Family Law - Episode 32011
Douglas County TelevisionLegally Speaking: Family Law - Episode 22011
Douglas County TelevisionLegally Speaking: Family Law - Episode 12011
"Ask A Lawyer" DayLead Attorneys Responding to Public Inquiries2010
Veterans' Day CelebrationConstitutional Freedoms2008
"Ask A Lawyer" DayLead Attorneys Responding to Public Inquiries2008