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About me

I am a criminal appellate and trial attorney. I have represented clients throughout the State of Georgia at the trial, appellate, administrative, and habeas corpus level.


Practice areas


  1. Appeals: 70%
    15 years, 150 cases
  2. Criminal Defense: 30%
    15 years, 800 cases

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  • Joseph Sam Habachy

    I strongly endorse Scott Key. He is one of the most talented criminal defense attorneys in Georgia and genuinely cares about his clients. He works tirelessly to get each one the result they desire.


    Joseph Habachy Criminal Defense Attorney
    Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community

  • Jeremy Mathew Hayes

    Scott is a brilliant criminal defense attorney and an expert at handling all kinds of appeals. His clients and even his opponents in court love working with him because he is fair and reasonable and treats you with dignity and respect even if you happen to disagree on the law.


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    Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter

Contact info

Miller & Key

79 Lawrenceville Street
McDonough, GA, 30253


GAActive Member in Good Standing 200111/07/2015
We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
Best Lawyer, Appellate CategoryGeorgia Trend Magazine2012
"On The Rise"Fulton Daily Report2009
GACDLPresident's Award2009
AppealsGeorgia Super LawyersN/A
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
PartnerJ. Scott Key, P.C.2007 - 2009
PartnerSexton & Key, P.C.2001 - 2007
Association namePosition nameDuration
Georgia Association of Criminal Defense LawyersParliamentarian2014 - Present
State Bar of Georgia, Appellate Practice SectionChair2013 - Present
State Bar of Georgia, Formal Advisory Opinion CommitteeMember2013 - Present
Georgia Association of Criminal Defense LawyersAmicus Chair2010 - 2013
Henry County Bar AssociationPresident2006 - 2007
Georgia Association of Criminal Defense LawyersVice-President, Amicus Committee Member2005 - Present
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
Cisco v. State of GeorgiaReversed
State v. Ronnie MooreAcquittal
Hampton v. StateReversed
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Publication nameTitleDate
LexBlogGeorgia Criminal Appellate Law Blog2015
Lexis Nexis Publishing"Cross Examination"2011
Lexis Nexis Publishing"Expert Witnesses"2011
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
Emory UniversityTheologyM.Div.1998
Mercer UniversityEnglishBA - Bachelor of Arts1995
Georgia State University College of LawN/AJD - Juris DoctorN/A
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
In the Public EyeProgram Chair2014
Georgia Appellate PracticeKeys to an Effective Oral Argument2014
The New Evidence CodeThe 700 Series: Experts and the New Evidence Code2013
Defense of the Child Molestation CaseDevelopments in the Law: Top Ten Tips2013
Annual Appellate SeminarCriminal Appellate Practice2013
Spring SeminarTypography in Appellate Briefs2012
Fall SeminarCriminal Caselaw Update2012
Fall Seminar Program ChairSuperheroes of Criminal Defense2009
Defense of Drinking Drivers CLEPlanning Your Appeal2009
Winter SeminarDefending Children in Tribunal Hearings2007