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William M. Brownell Jr.
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William M. Brownell Jr.

also known as Bill Brownell

Practice areas:

Car Accidents, Criminal Defense, Divorce & Separation, Personal Injury, Child Custody

About Me

I grew up in DeKalb County, Georgia. Joined the U.S. Navy at 17 and "saw the world" for 5 great years. Decided to leave the Navy with an Honorable Discharge to pursue my college and law degrees. I received my Bachelors of Arts with honors from the University of West Florida in 2 1/2 years while working full time and supporting my wife and two small children. I was accepted to study law at the University of Georgia School of Law in 1982. I graduated  6 months before my class in 1984.


I began practicing law and litigating in 1983 as a Clarke County Assistant District Attorney while still in The University of Georgia Law School under Georgia's Third Year Practice Act. My focus in Law School was in Criminal Law and Litigation. I secured a position as an Assistant District Attorney in the Northeastern Judicial Circuit while still in Law School. I was an Assistant District Attorney from 1985 through 1994, achieving the status of Senior Assistant and then Chief Assistant District Attorney before entering into private practice. During that prosecutorial period, I prosecuted over 2000 felony cases. I tried over 100 felony jury trials and over 150 misdemeanor jury trials ranging from misdemeanors and minor felonies through major felonies including rape, robbery, murder and death penalty murder cases.


In 1995, I entered into private practice. Initially my practice involved criminal defense, personal injury, family law and representing Lumpkin County as its County Attorney. Presently I have limited my representation of private practice clients to Personal Injury, Criminal Defense and Divorce and Child Custody cases in all Georgia Municipal, Juvenile, State, Superior and Appellate Courts and the United States Supreme Court.


More specifically, I represent clients in all serious bodily injuries and deaths resulting from: automobile and other motor vehicle related wrecks and injuries; negligently maintained unsafe conditions on either private, commercial (stores, offices, etc.) or government locations (slip and fall, etc.); and most other negligently and intentionally inflicted bodily injuries. I have represented over 275 personal injury clients recovering over $5 million in damages for my clients.


I  represent clients in all criminal cases including but not limited to all Felony and Misdemeanor charges, bond hearings, preliminary hearings, suppression hearings, jury trials, probation revocation charges, ordinance violations, appeals, habeas corpus petitions and juvenile charges. I have defended over 600 criminal cases since going into private practice.


And I represent clients in Divorce and Child Custody litigation - from simple and uncontested cases to complex, "knockdown" cases. I have represented over 200 divorce and family law clients.

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Practice Areas

Licensed since 1984

  1. Car Accidents: 30%
    21 years
  2. Criminal Defense: 25%
    31 years
  3. Divorce & Separation: 20%
    21 years
  4. Personal Injury: 15%
    21 years
  5. Child Custody: 10%
    21 years

Payment

Payment Types:

Cash, Check, Credit Card

Attorney Endorsements

5 total 

  • John (Bob) Coleman

    I have known Bill Brownell for well over twenty years as a fellow practicing attorney. We have had many dealings with each other - mostly as opposing counsel. Although Bill is always a strong advocate for his client, I have always found him to be honest and professional with opposing counsel and with the courts. And without compromising his client's interests, he actively looks for ways to settle cases thereby avoiding unnecessary time delays and expenses for all parties involved.

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    John Coleman Divorce & Separation Attorney
    Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community

  • Lydia Jackson Sartain

    I endorse this lawyer. I have known Bill for 30 years. he is very dedicated to his practice. he prepares his cases and does good work for his clients. He is very professional in his interactions with clients, the courts and other lawyers.

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    Lydia Sartain Family Attorney
    Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community

Contact Info

500 Spring Street, S.E.,Suite 204
Gainesville, GA, 30501

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License
StateStatusAcquiredUpdated
GAActive Member in Good Standing 198407/26/2013

Professional Misconduct

We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
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Awards
Award NameGrantorDate Granted
BV Distingushed AttorneyMartindale-Hubbell2015
30 Years Community SericeMartindale-Hubbell2014
BV Distinguished AttorneyMartindale-Hubbell2014
Client Distinction AwardMartindale-Hubbell2014
Client Distinction AwardMartindale-Hubbell2013
Top Contributor AwardAVVO2013
BV Distiguished AtorneyMartindale-Hubbell2013
BV Disinguished AtorneyMartindale-Hubbell2010
Graduation with HonorsUniversity of West Florida1982
President's ListUniversity of West Florida1981
Honorable DischargeU.S. Navy1979
Captain's Letter of ComendationU.S. Navy1978
Good Conduct MedalU.S. Navy1978

Work Experience
TitleCompany NameDuration
County AttorneyLumpkin County, Georgia1996 - 2000
OwnerThe Brownell Law Office1995 - Present
Chief Assistant District AttorneyDistrict Attorney's Office, Enotah Judicial Circuit1994 - 1994
Senior Assistant District AttorneyDistrict Attorney's Office, N.E. Judicial Circuit1984 - 1994
Two jobstwo companies while obtaining BA and JD degrees1979 - 1984
Second Class Petty OfficerUnited States Navy1974 - 1979

Associations
Association NamePosition NameDuration
Drug Free Coalition of Hall CountyBoard of Directors2007 - 2009
State Bar of Georgia - Worker's Compensation SectionMember2004 - Present
United States Supreme CourtMember1998 - Present
Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA)Board of Directors1996 - 1998
State Bar of Georgia - Government Attorneys SectionMember1996 - 2000
State Bar of Georgia - Tort & Insurance SectionMember1995 - Present
State Bar of Georgia - Family Law SectionMember1995 - Present
Georgia Trial Lawyers AssociationMember1995 - 1999
State Bar of Georgia - Criminal SectionMember1990 - Present
Georgia Court of AppealsMember1984 - Present
Georgia Supreme CourtMember1984 - Present
State Bar of GeorgiaMember1984 - Present
Gainesville-Northeastern Circuit Bar AssociationMemberN/A
American Bar AssociationMemberN/A

Legal Cases
Case NameOutcome
State v DuarteDismissed
State v B.L.Dismissed
State v D.E.Dismissed

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Education
School NameMajorDegreeGraduated
University of Georgia School of LawLawJD - Juris Doctor1984
Univerity of West FloridaPolitical ScienceBA - Bachelor of Arts1982

Speaking Engagements
Conference NameTitleDate
Association of Hall County MunicipalitiesSocial Hosting2014