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Jess Brandel Johnson

Jess Brandel Johnson

Practice areas:

Criminal Defense, Litigation

About Me

Jess Johnson graduated first in his class from the University of Georgia in 2006, where he attained degrees in political science and sociology. He then graduated cum laude from the University of Georgia School of Law in 2009. During law school, Jess focused primarily on trial advocacy and criminal defense. As a third year law student, he was elected to the Mock Trial Executive Board and was a member of three different mock trial teams.

Jess was also heavily involved in UGA’s Criminal Defense Clinic where he represented indigent clients accused of serious crimes in the Superior Court of Athens–Clarke County. Prior to joining The Pate Law Firm, Jess worked for an Athens personal injury firm which focused on negligence claims as well as victims’ rights. Today, he remains committed to helping people who have been charged with crimes or harmed due to the negligence of others.


Practice Areas

Licensed since 2009

  1. Litigation: 50%
    6 years
  2. Criminal Defense: 50%
    6 years



Free Consultation (120 minutes)

Payment Types:

Cash, Check, Credit Card

Attorney Endorsements

6 total 

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    I endorse Jess wholeheartedly for anyone facing serious criminal charges. Jess is intelligent, hard-working, resourceful, and has established a strong reputation throughout Georgia.


    Matthew Herrington Employment & Labor Attorney
    Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community

  • Bernard Brody

    Jess is an outstanding lawyer. He is dedicated to his clients and achieves great results for them. He prepares his cases thoroughly and is one of the best legal researchers I have ever worked with. I would not hesitate to recommend Jess for any criminal or civil matter.


    Bernard Brody Criminal Defense Attorney
    Relationship: Supervised lawyer

Contact Info

The Pate Law Firm, LLC

101 Marietta Street, Suite 3300
Atlanta, GA, 30303



GAActive Member in Good Standing 200908/22/2015

Professional Misconduct

We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.

Avvo Contributions

Legal Answers


Award NameGrantorDate Granted
Rising StarSuper Lawyers Magazine2015
Rising StarSuper Lawyers Magazine2014
Rising StarSuper Lawyers Magazine2013
Rising StarSuper Lawyers Magazine2012
2010 Acquittal Club MemberFederal Defender Program2010

Work Experience

TitleCompany NameDuration
AssociateThe Pate Law Firm2011 - Present
AssociatePate & Brody, LLP2009 - Present
Law ClerkScott, Wells & McElwee2008 - 2008
InternWestern Judicial Circuit Public Defender Office2007 - 2009
InternUnited States House Of Representatives2004 - 2006


Association NamePosition NameDuration
American Bar AssociationMember2010 - Present
Georgia Trial Lawyers AssociationMember2009 - Present
Georgia Association of Criminal Defense LawyersMember2009 - Present
State Bar of GeorgiaMember2009 - Present

Legal Cases

Case NameOutcome
Trafficking in Cocaine (USDC NDGA)Not Guilty
Negligent Hiring (C.B. v. S.P.)Confidential Settlement
Wrongful Arrest (EG v ST)Confidential Settlement

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School NameMajorDegreeGraduated
University of GeorgiaLawJD - Juris Doctor2009
Univeristy of GeorgiaPolitical Science & SociologyBA - Bachelor of Arts2006