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About me

I received my undergraduate degree from Western Michigan University and was awarded a Bachelor of Science Degree upon graduation. I also received my Juris Doctorate degree from Western Michigan University Cooley Law School.

I am licensed to practice law in the State of Georgia and have been admitted to and practiced law before the Georgia Supreme Court, Georgia Court of Appeals, and the United States District Court for the Northern District of Georgia

Although my main office is located in Coweta County, I have represented Clients in legal matters in most of the county and municipal courts systems across North and Central Georgia. 

Additionally, I have served as a Special Prosecutor for the Coweta County Juvenile Court and as a certified Child Support Guardian Ad Litem for the 6th Judicial District of Georgia.

I am also a regular presenter for the Fayette County Family Law Clinic.    


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Practice areas


  1. Divorce: 75%
    6 years
  2. Child Support: 10%
    6 years
  3. Litigation: 10%
    6 years
  4. Uncontested Divorce: 5%
    6 years



Hourly ($225-325/hour)

Payment types:

Cash, Check, Credit card

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  • Sean Cleary

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  • Brian Wesley Craig

    I referred a domestic relations case to Brian not too long ago as the client lived in the Coweta County area. The client recently told me what a great job Brian did representing him through his divorce. He said Brian knew when to be aggressive, but also knew when to let up to promote settlement. I will definitely be referring other clients to Brian.


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Contact info

7 1/2 East Court Square
Newnan, GA, 30263


GAActive Member in Good Standing 200201/14/2016
We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
Certificate of Appreciation6th Judicial District ADR2014
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
PrincipalThe Pettersson Law Firm, P.C.2011 - Present
Special Prosecuting AttorneyCoweta County Juvenile Court2009 - 2010
PartnerPalmer & Pettersson, LLC2008 - 2010
AttorneySlepian & Schwartz, L.L.C.2006 - 2008
AttorneySmith, Schroeder & O'Connell, P.C.2000 - 2006
Association namePosition nameDuration
American Bar AssociationMember2014 - Present
Newnan-Coweta Bar AssociationN/A2008 - Present
Fayette County Bar AssociationN/A2006 - Present
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
In the Interest of I.B. In re I.B., 690 S.E.2d 263 (Ga. App., 2010)Adjudication upheld by Court
D'BABS CONSTRUCTION, INC. v. CASCADE FENCE COMPANY, INC., 300 Ga. App. 234((2009)Judgment Reversed
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School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
Thomas M. Cooley Law SchoolLawJD - Juris Doctor2000
Western Michigan UniversityPolitical ScienceBS - Bachelor of Science1996
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
Fayette Family Law ClinicDivorce and Family Law2014
The People's Law SchoolFamily Law2013
Fayette Family Law ClinicDivorce and Family Law2013