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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


  1. Federal Crime: 100%



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  • Morris Hugh Wiltshire Jr.

    Jess is an outstanding up and coming lawyer. He is smart, tough and relentless in his efforts for his clients. I have referred clients to him and will do so again. I know Jess Johnson will work hard for you and can recommend him to you without hesitation.


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  • Ryan Christopher Locke

    Jess is a smart and talented lawyer who really cares about his clients. If I were arrested, I would call Jess.


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Contact info

The Pate Law Firm, LLC

101 Marietta Street, Suite 3300
Atlanta, GA, 30303


GAActive Member in Good Standing 200911/07/2015
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
University of GeorgiaPolitical Science & SociologyBA - Bachelor of Arts2006