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John has Spent His Legal Career Fighting for His Clients Throughout Georgia and Gainesville, Hall County (whether it be an auto accident, DUI, Speeding Ticket, criminal charge or general litigation). Additionally, John is a Registered Court Mediator and Helps Parties Resolve Their Disputes via Mediation.

Plaintiff's Personal Injury:
Gainesville, Hall County, Georgia attorney John Breakfield represents those that need a lawyer because of an auto accident, car wreck, trucking accident, tractor trailer wreck (18 wheeler), property damage, a DUI driver, negligence, intentional torts, slip and fall or helping the family of a wrongful death victim.

John Breakfield, as a lawyer in our Hall County law firm, knows the process and has assisted clients by dealing with insurance companies, insurance adjusters and insurance defense lawyers on important issues like: lost wages, pain and suffering, fair compensation for injuries and damages, accident reports, photos, witnesses, police reports, medical bills, medical records and trial or settlement.


DUI in Georgia:


A DUI in Georgia is a very serious crime.  Attorney John Breakfield has the knowledge and experience to skillfully defend these charges.  John uses his expereicne as a DUI Defense Lawyer and DUI prosecutor to help his client fight their charges.  He understands the legal and practical aspects of defending a DUI case.  In fact, he has some of the same training as DUI law enforcement officers.

Criminal Defense:
Additionally, John Breakfield, as a criminal defense lawyer has represented numerous clients through out all of Georgia, Hall County and Gainesville.

John, as a criminal defense attorney in our Gainesville, Hall County, Georgia office informs clients of the options in their case, whether it be a jury trial, bench trial, a negotiated plea, a motion to attack the case on legal grounds or alternative sentencing options (such as drug and alcohol counseling), First Offender Act, Nolo Plea, conditional discharge or pretrial diversion.

If you need a lawyer anywhere in Georgia and have been charges with possession of marijuana, cocaine, meth, underage possession of alcohol, consumption of alcohol by a minor, shoplifting, burglary, possession with intent, manufacturing, DUI/ D.U.I. (Driving Under the Influence), assault, battery, Family Violence Act (FVA), or any other crime, please understand that you have rights and the presumption of innocence.

After seeing the large number of cases being fairly and efficiently resolved in mediation, attorney John Breakfield decided to take the training to become a registered mediator with the Georgia Office of Dispute Resolution and the local office of the 9th District.

As a mediator, based in Gainesville, Georgia, John understands that his job is not to simply pass dollar amounts back and forth, but to listen to each party and to engage the parties in a meaningful discussion about the strengths and weakness of both sides of the case. If both parties can agree upon a reasonable resolution, then a formal written agreement can be reached in order to resolve the matter without the need for further court or trial.

Business Litigation, Real Estate Litigation and Eminent Domain

Likewise, attorney Breakfield can also assist our clients through out Georgia that have Business Litigation, Real Estate Litigation or Eminent Domain/ Condemnation/ Government Taking cases.


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Practice areas


  1. DUI & DWI: 50%
    15 years, 100 cases
  2. Speeding Ticket: 20%
    15 years, 100 cases
  3. Personal Injury: 10%
    15 years, 50 cases
  4. Criminal Defense: 10%
    15 years, 100 cases
  5. Car Accident: 10%
    15 years, 50 cases



Hourly ($150-250/hour), contingent (25-45%), Fixed (sometimes), Retainer (sometimes), Free consultation (30 minutes)

Payment types:

Cash, Check, Credit card

Attorney endorsements

21 total 

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  • Alfred Wei-Keung Chang

    John and I tried a business litigation case several years ago. It was a week long jury trial. We were on the same side. John is a bull dog. He was relentless in his fight for his client. The facts didn't favor John but he caused the jury to find favorably for his client on most of the issues and had a hung jury on the rest. That's good work. The jury found favorably for my client as well - though he was a minor player in the litigation. John represented the principal, which was the more difficult part of the case. While John is a great lawyer, he's a lot of fun too. You really get to know someone after spending a week long jury trial with him. I hope to work with him again.


    Alfred Chang Family Attorney
    Relationship: Worked together on matter

  • John Greel Ralls Jr.

    I endorse this talented and knowledgeable attorney, who is well-respected in the legal community.


    John Ralls Oil & Gas Attorney
    Relationship: Other

Contact info

Breakfield & Associates, Attorneys

539 Green Street NW
Gainesville, GA, 30501


GAActive Member in Good Standing 200101/14/2016
We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
Judicial Nominating CommissionGovernor Appointment2015
Georgia Building AuthorityLt. Governor Appointment2014
State Properties CommissionLt. Governor Appointment2014
Legal EliteGeorgia Trend Magazine2013
Silver DonorChicopee Woods Trillium Trek2010
DonorRun for Recovery2010
YLD Leadership Academy ParticipantYoung Lawyers Division of the State Bar of Georgia2007
Dean's ListMercer Law School2000
CALI Award Criminal Procedure (Litigation)CALI2000
Dean's ListMercer Law School2000
Dean's ListMercer Law School1999
Alumni of the YearPi Kappa Phi (Zeta Chapter)1996
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
MemberGeorgia Judicial Nominating Commission2014 - Present
MemberGeorgia State Properties Commission2014 - Present
MemberGeorgia Building Authority2014 - Present
Solicitor, Part-timeGainesville Municipal Court2012 - Present
Adjunct ProfessorGainesville State College2009 - Present
Founding PartnerBreakfield & Associates, Attorneys2009 - Present
Founding PartnerBreakfield & Dean, LLC2009 - 2011
PartnerMedium Size Firm in Gainesville, Georgia2008 - 2009
AssociateMedium Size Firm in Gainesville, Georgia2002 - 2008
Summer AssociateDowney & Cleveland2000 - 2000
Law ClerkBibb County State Court1999 - 1999
General ManagerTaco Bell1995 - 1998
ClerkMcKinney & Givens1990 - 1990
Association namePosition nameDuration
Greater Hall Chamber of CommerceVice President Chairman Government Affairs2015 - Present
Judicial Nominating CommissionCommission Member2015 - Present
State Bar of GeorgiaLaw School Outreach Program Committee Member2014 - Present
Georgia Building AuthorityAuthority Member2014 - Present
State Properties CommissionCommission Member2014 - Present
Boys & Girls Clubs of Hall CountyBoard Member2013 - Present
Greater Hall Chamber of CommerceBoard of Directors2013 - Present
Greater Hall Chamber of CommerceAssociate Director2012 - 2013
Safe Kids Gainesville/ Hall CountyAdvisory Board2012 - Present
Family Ties/ Prevent Child AbuseBoard Member2011 - 2014
Georgia Trial Lawyers Association, Georgia Verdict Editorial CommitteeMember2010 - 2012
Georgia Trial Lawyers Association, Trucking SectionMember2010 - 2012
Georgia Association of Criminal Defense LawyersMember2010 - 2012
Georgia Trial Lawyers AssociationMember2010 - 2012
State Bar of Georgia, Dispute Resolution SectionMember2009 - Present
Greater Hall Chamber of CommerceMember2009 - Present
Inn of CourtBarrister2008 - Present
State Bar of Georgia, Eminent Domain SectionMember2007 - 2009
YMCA After School BoardBoard Member2007 - 2009
State Bar of Georgia, Dispute Resolution SectionMember2004 - Present
Northeastern Judicial District Bar AssociationMember2002 - Present
State Bar of Georgia, General Practice and Trial Law SectionMember2001 - Present
State Bar of Georgia, Tort and Insurance Practice SectionMember2001 - Present
State Bar of Georgia, Criminal Law SectionMember2001 - Present
State Bar of GeorgiaMember2001 - Present
American Bar AssociationMember1998 - 2009
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
(Confidential) v. (County, GA)Favorable Settlement Settlement with County
Counsin v. RelativesMistrial Granted (Pending Appeal)
Land Owner v. DOTLand Owner Obtains favorbale settlement from DOT
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Publication nameTitleDate
Breakfield & Associates, AttorneysGeorgia DUI: Pre-Trial License Suspension Process2013
Breakfield & Associates, AttorneysGeorgia DUI Field Sobriety Tests2013
Breakfield & Associates, AttorneysDo I need a lawyer for a car accident in Georgia?2013
Breakfield & Associates, AttorneysGeorgia Boat Education Law (New for 2013)2013
Breakfield & Associates, AttorneysDo I need a lawyer for a First DUI in Georgia?2013
Breakfield & Associates, AttorneysGeorgia Affidavit of DUI First Conviction and Limited Driving Permit2011
Breakfield & Associates, AttorneysTo Blow or Not to Blow: Refuse a Breathalyzer Test?2011
Breakfield & Associates, AttorneysGeorgia Car Wreck: What to Do if You Have Been Injured2011
Breakfield & Associates, AttorneysGeorgia Super Speeder Ticket Law2011
Breakfield & Associates, AttorneysGeorgia DUI Drivers License Suspension Issues: A Step by Step Guide2010
Breakfield & Associates, AttorneysGeorgia U.M. Coverage (Uninsured and Under Insured Motorist Coverage)2009
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
ArbitrationRegistered ArbitratorN/A2015
MediationDomestic MediationN/A2009
MediationGeneral Civil EducationN/A2006
Mercer University - Walter F. George School of LawLawJD - Juris Doctor2001
Wofford CollegeEnglishBA - Bachelor of Arts1995
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
Youth Leadership HallLeadership for Youth2014
Youth Leadership HallJudicial Process2014
First Year SeminarOverview of Common Legal Violations2014
Character Development ProgramLeadership Principles2014
Youth Leadership HallLeadership for Youth2013
Youth Leadership HallJudicial Process2013
First Year SeminarOverview of Common Legal Violations2013
Youth Leadership HallJudicial Process2012
First Year SeminarOverview of Common Legal Violations2012
Understanding Personal Injury LawUnderstanding Indemnity, Subrogation and Contribution2008
Understanding Georgia Personal Injury LawReview of Important Laws and Cases2008
Adjunct ProfessorAdvance Research and WritingN/A
Adjunct ProfessorLaw Practice ManagementN/A
Adjunct ProfessorComputers for the Legal ProfessionN/A