also known as Bill Brownell
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.
Licensed since 1984
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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.
John Coleman Divorce & Separation Attorney
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
|GA||Active Member in Good Standing||1984||07/26/2013|
|Award Name||Grantor||Date Granted|
|BV Distingushed Attorney||Martindale-Hubbell||2015|
|30 Years Community Serice||Martindale-Hubbell||2014|
|BV Distinguished Attorney||Martindale-Hubbell||2014|
|Client Distinction Award||Martindale-Hubbell||2014|
|Client Distinction Award||Martindale-Hubbell||2013|
|Top Contributor Award||AVVO||2013|
|BV Distiguished Atorney||Martindale-Hubbell||2013|
|BV Disinguished Atorney||Martindale-Hubbell||2010|
|Graduation with Honors||University of West Florida||1982|
|President's List||University of West Florida||1981|
|Honorable Discharge||U.S. Navy||1979|
|Captain's Letter of Comendation||U.S. Navy||1978|
|Good Conduct Medal||U.S. Navy||1978|
|County Attorney||Lumpkin County, Georgia||1996 - 2000|
|Owner||The Brownell Law Office||1995 - Present|
|Chief Assistant District Attorney||District Attorney's Office, Enotah Judicial Circuit||1994 - 1994|
|Senior Assistant District Attorney||District Attorney's Office, N.E. Judicial Circuit||1984 - 1994|
|Two jobs||two companies while obtaining BA and JD degrees||1979 - 1984|
|Second Class Petty Officer||United States Navy||1974 - 1979|
|Association Name||Position Name||Duration|
|Drug Free Coalition of Hall County||Board of Directors||2007 - 2009|
|State Bar of Georgia - Worker's Compensation Section||Member||2004 - Present|
|United States Supreme Court||Member||1998 - Present|
|Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA)||Board of Directors||1996 - 1998|
|State Bar of Georgia - Government Attorneys Section||Member||1996 - 2000|
|State Bar of Georgia - Tort & Insurance Section||Member||1995 - Present|
|State Bar of Georgia - Family Law Section||Member||1995 - Present|
|Georgia Trial Lawyers Association||Member||1995 - 1999|
|State Bar of Georgia - Criminal Section||Member||1990 - Present|
|Georgia Court of Appeals||Member||1984 - Present|
|Georgia Supreme Court||Member||1984 - Present|
|State Bar of Georgia||Member||1984 - Present|
|Gainesville-Northeastern Circuit Bar Association||Member||N/A|
|American Bar Association||Member||N/A|
|University of Georgia School of Law||Law||JD - Juris Doctor||1984|
|Univerity of West Florida||Political Science||BA - Bachelor of Arts||1982|
|Association of Hall County Municipalities||Social Hosting||2014|