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Portland J. Downing Campanaro

Portland J. Downing Campanaro

Practice areas:

Personal Injury, Criminal Defense, Divorce & Separation, Child Custody, DUI & DWI

About Me

  I am an experienced trial attorney who has taken more than a hundred cases to trial.  As a client, you need an attorney who has actual experience in the trenches of litigation.  I care about my clients and the results that we receive.  


  I also have a passion for exercise.  I have completed a plethora of Half Marathons, a  Full Marathon, and most recently, the Augusta Half Ironman.  I belive that the mental and physical toughness required for these events help prepare me for the battles in the courtroom.  


  I look forward to taking on your case and getting you the best possible outcome.  


            PJ Campanaro




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Practice Areas

Licensed since 1999

  1. Personal Injury: 35%
    1 year
  2. Divorce & Separation: 20%
    16 years, 1.5 thousand cases
  3. Criminal Defense: 20%
    16 years, 1.5 thousand cases
  4. Child Custody: 15%
    16 years, 1.1 thousand cases
  5. DUI & DWI: 10%
    16 years, 1 thousand cases



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Payment Types:

Cash, Check, Credit Card

Attorney Endorsements

50 total 

  • Abraham Chaparian

    I endorse this lawyer.


    Abraham Chaparian Family Attorney
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  • Judd S Nemiro

    I endorse this lawyer. Very skilled and knowledgeable when it comes to the law.


    Judd Nemiro Divorce & Separation Attorney
    Relationship: Other

Contact Info



GAActive Member in Good Standing 200408/22/2015

Professional Misconduct

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

Avvo Contributions

Legal Answers


Award NameGrantorDate Granted
Top 100 Trial LawyersNational Trial Lawyers2014
Successful Prosecution of Domestic Violence CasesRural Legal Services of East Tennessee2001

Work Experience

TitleCompany NameDuration
AttorneyLaw Offices of PJ Campanaro2010 - Present
Of CounselGonzalez & Waddington, LLC2009 - Present
Deputy District AttorneyAugusta Judicial Circuit2004 - 2010
District AttorneyTennessee Attorney General's Office1999 - 2004


Association NamePosition NameDuration
National Association of Criminal Defense LawyersMember2014 - Present
Stratford Swim TeamMeet Manager2013 - Present
Augusta Bar Association, Family Law SectionMember2011 - Present
Georgia Association of Criminal Defense LawyersMember2010 - Present
Georgia Association for Women LawyersMember2009 - Present
Leadership AugustaClass of 20102009 - Present
State Bar of GeorgiaMember2008 - Present
Young Lawyers of Augusta AssociationPresident2008 - 2009
State Bar of Georgia, Young Lawyers DivisionPresident, Augusta District2008 - 2009
Young Lawyers of Augusta AssociationMember2007 - Present
Augusta Bar AssociationMember2007 - Present

Legal Cases

Case NameOutcome
UNITED STATES V. CRAMERNOT GUILTY verdict in favor of my client
Miles v. PayneSuccessfully Defended Appeal. Appeal was dismissed.

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Publication NameTitleDate
Verge MagazineVerge Columnist2014


School NameMajorDegreeGraduated
Samford University, Cumberland School of LawLawJD - Juris Doctor1999
University of Tennessee, ChattanoogaEnglishBA - Bachelor of Arts1996

Speaking Engagements

Conference NameTitleDate
Law CallLove and the Law2013
Law CallCrime and Punishment2012