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J. Thomas Salata

Family Attorney at Alpharetta, GA

4.4   13 reviews
  • Licensed for 24 years
    State GA
    Acquired 1999
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At The Law Office of J Thomas Salata, we understand that you need an attorney who not only has the experience and knowledge to fight for you, but also addresses your concerns and educates you about your rights. A native of Dunwoody, Georgia, J Thomas Salata is married to Lori Johnson Salata. Together they have two children, and attend St. Brendan's Roman Catholic Church.

Areas of Practice

  • Family law- divorce, child visitation, modification of existing orders, etc.

  • Criminal law - DUI, drug charges, etc.

  • Bankruptcy law – Chapter 7 bankruptcy for both general consumers and creditors

  • Mediation


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J. Thomas Salata
2500 Northwinds Parkway
Suite 330
Alpharetta, GA, 30009-2245


4.4 / 5.0
  13 customer reviews
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Posted by JR | January 4, 2018
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Very helpful with a letter of explanation to an employer for a past offense
I have a couple charges on my record from when I was a teenager decades ago. I recently accepted a job offer at a new employer and those old charges actually came up on a background check. I was asked by the employer for a letter of explanation. I hired Tom to assist me with crafting this letter of explanation. After spending time reviewing my court documentation, charges, and discussing the circumstances with me, Tom helped me craft a carefully-worded letter that highlighted the most important aspects for an employer to consider about my specific case and the charges I have on my record. Tom has a way with words - a way of describing things that painted me in the most positive, yet honest light. Thanks to Tom's help, I ended up passing the background check and getting the job. This job was a huge opportunity for me so Tom's assistance was worth every penny and then some.
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Posted by Joyce | July 15, 2016
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| Hired Attorney
Tom is an effective communicator and takes a personal interest in his clients. He thoroughly researched the best course of action to take for my son's complicated case. We were very pleased with the outcome of the case and highly recommend Thomas Salata, attorney.
Posted by anonymous | June 23, 2016
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Best Attorney/Friend
Mr Salata represented me in my recent divorce case. While I may not be a very good client (I surely pushed his buttons and his patience) Mr Salata ensured my 3 boys and I prevailed in this nasty divorce. His wisdom and guidance was second to none, and I surely didn't take his advice willingly most times, but I won in my heart and I am so very happy. Thank you Tom you will always be my go to guy.
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Posted by JEFF | June 15, 2016
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Excellent Attorney
Mr. Salata did a outstanding job for me on my case in Atlanta. His major experience showed as well as his expertise shined all the way thru to the end of my case. If you want justice for your case, you should retain his Law Firm. You can be rest assured that you are in very good hands with him!
Posted by Lindsey | June 3, 2015
Tom has been my lawyer for over a year and has helped me through a very long custody battle. From the beginning he was honest and straight forward with me. He told me what I could expect for an outcome. Instead of telling me what I thought I wanted to hear, he told me what was realistic. He always looked out for what was best for my daughter. He was prepared for every hearing and him and his staff got any necessary paperwork filed very quickly. Great lawyer and a great person to have on your side!
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Posted by anonymous | February 1, 2014
Bailed me out even though I asked last minute.
I had an issue with a local government I thought I could handle on my own but realized just a couple days before my hearing I was over my head. Tom stepped up and dug in and got the job done.
Posted by Dell | January 30, 2014
Responsive and a fantastic attorney
I was involved in an automobile accident in Cumming and received heavy damage to my car, I was taken to the hospital for observation but was found to be fine. The accident occurred on a very busy section of Rte 20 , I had a green arrow to take a left hand turn in front of traffic, unfortunately it must have changed to red when I was half way through the intersection and was hit on the passenger side of my car. I called Attorney J. Thomas Salata and reviewed the accident with him, I was also cited for a ticket which I felt was not fair as I was half way through the intersection when hit, which meant to me the person saw me coming and just did not stop. The passenger side of the car was heavily damaged and to me that was proof enough. Mr. Salata took me back to the accident scene and we reconstructed what happened right there. I was due in court in a few days and did not want this mark on my license, or to give the insurance a reason to increase my rates. Mr. Salata appeared in court with me and had the case dismissed, meaning I was not charged with a traffic violation or the accident. He saved me a great amount of money on a ticket and the increase in the insurance. Mr husband and I have called Mr. Salata quite a few times for information that we needed to have, he has always been very professional and never kept us waiting for an answer. We have recommended him to many of our friends and they all had the same results as we did, professional and caring and right on top of things. Dell Johnson
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Posted by anonymous | August 30, 2013
Helping is his style trustworthiness is what he is about
I have had to hire Tom on a few occasions to help out one of my children who had lost his way. Tom guided myself and my child through the legal system with ease. He kept my child aware of the consequences of his childish behavior, and the reprecussions that will follow him throughout his life. If you want an attorney that will be straight with you and tell you WHAT will happen instead of what you WANT to hear then hire Tom.
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Posted by Tara Woods | July 19, 2012
Amazing Attorney
I needed help desperately, I knew that Mr. Salata could not personally represent me as it would be a conflict of interest to a prior retainer my ex-husband had with him years prior. I do know the work Thomas did for us back then was fantastic, he was a pit-bull and he brought us to victory. I needed help finding an attorney to protect my 5 year old and me from my now ex-husband’s harassment. Mr. Salata knew that he could not represent me as a conflict of interest, but within an hour 1 received a call from another amazing lawyer he directed my case to. Mr. Salata has integrity and that is rare. I would recommend him to anyone. If you want to win, choose him!
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Posted by anonymous | January 8, 2012
An Attorney who will stand by you and fight with you using honesty and integrity!
After finding Mr. Salata off of the internet I met with him regarding my divorce and custody of my children. He sat across from me and listened wholeheartedly as I told him my concerns about my divorce. He was honest, patient and told me what I needed to hear not what I wanted to hear. He explained to process of divorce, and how he would be there every step of the way navigating it for me. His staff is just as accommodating and helpful as Mr. Salata is. While divorce is not an easy thing to go through Mr. Salata made it palpable and rather painless by being upfront and honest. I highly recommend Tom Salata to anyone who is in need of legal help. He is one person I am glad I had on my side fighting for me.
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Posted by anonymous | March 25, 2011
Could not be more pleased
Without getting into specifics, Mr. Salata represented me in an extremely nasty and contentious divorce and custody battle. He provided excellent representation and went above and beyond in terms of ensuring that I was kept informed of developments in my case and was extremely responsive when issues arose. This was especially important in the early stages of the litigation when I was unsure of how to deal with the unreasonable and erratic behavior of my ex. In addition to adhering to the highest ethical standards, Tom is very honest in his dealings with his clients. He doesn't engage in any bs or pandering in order to gain favor or pad his billing. He's extremely candid in his opinions and will never tell you what you want to hear if he doesn't believe it to be realistic. I can't adequately describe how much I appreciated his honesty and respect for my opinions. Tom is very knowlegable and skilled in legal drafting and is an excellent litigator. Just as importantly, he has a firm grasp on the nuts and bolts of how the court system works and has the ability to use that knowledge to his clients' benefit. His rates are very reasonable compared to other top flight divorce attorneys but he matches any of them in knowledge and skill. Finally, he never advocates strategies that will allow him to bill more unless he strongly believes that they will help your case. If you are getting divorced, I strongly recommend that you contact Tom.
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Posted by Sharron | January 3, 2022
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| Consulted Attorney
Listening skills are key. I read your reviews and seems I’m not your first complaint.
Posted by Father Fighting | December 22, 2013
Not an Advocate for Children
Mr. Salata represented me in a Child Custody matter recently. He came recommended by peers. I was in a spot and did not do an adequate job of vetting him myself. Mr. Salata came out of the gates very aggressively and impressed me with his apparent passion for Family Law - and that is where it all stopped. To make a very long story short - Mr. Salata gave up on me and my child. After a lengthy process of gathering evidence and tens of thousands in expense - Mr. Salata cowardly bailed at trial time. A critical report was issued just prior to trial and Mr. Salata did nothing to prepare to argue against it - even though I had obtained critical evidence that would have given even a beginner lawyer a great argument - he chose to talk me into a consent agreement that has done nothing but cause serious financial and emotional damages to myself and my child. Mr. Salata did not even apologize for cowardly bowing out, nor did he advise me in any way in my best interest. I have waited quite some time before writing this review. Since my case ended with Mr. Salata, I have consulted no less than 7 other attorneys - 2 of which are preparing affidavits for my Malpractice Action I have been advised to file. If you have a DUI, then Tom is probably your guy. If your child's welfare lies in his hards - RUN away from using Mr. Salata. Your children deserve an advocate, not this attorney.
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Work Experience

  • Attorney/Owner
  • The Law Offices of J Thomas Salata
  • 1999 - Present


  • John Marshall Law School, Atlanta
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 1998
  • West Virginia Wesleyan College
  • BA - Bachelor of Arts
  • 1988


  • Watch D.O.G.S. Midway Elementary School
  • Member
  • 2009 - Present
  • Chattahoochee High School Mock Trial Team
  • Coach
  • 2008 - Present
  • Greater North Fulton Chamber of Commerce
  • Member
  • 2007 - Present
  • North Fulton Bar Association
  • Director
  • 2007 - Present
  • Georgia Project Innocence
  • Founding Member
  • 2006 - Present
  • US Triathalon Association
  • Member
  • 2005 - Present
  • Southern Poverty Law Center
  • Honoree Wall of Tolerance Member
  • 2001 - Present
  • Georgia High School Mock Trial Competition
  • High School Teacher-Coach
  • 2000 - Present
  • North Fulton Bar Association
  • President
  • 1999 - Present
  • Georgia Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
  • Member
  • 1999 - Present
  • State Bar of Georgia, Aviation Law Section
  • Member
  • 1999 - Present
  • State Bar of Georgia, Criminal Law Section
  • Member
  • 1999 - Present
  • State Bar of Georgia, Family Law Section
  • Member
  • 1999 - Present
  • Alpharetta Police Athletic League
  • Mentor
  • 2010 - 2011
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Languages Spoken

  • English

Honors and Awards

  • Cum Laude
  • John Marshall Law School
  • 1999

Attorney endorsements

Received (23)
Given (24)
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Chapter 7 bankruptcy Attorney | Jan 30
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"Tom and I met as opposing counsel. He is very organized and professional. Tom cares about his clients and works very hard in obtaining the result that the client wants. Do not hesitate using Tom for your legal matter."
Criminal defense Attorney | May 26
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Mr. Salata is a fantastic criminal lawyer. He knows his stuff inside and out. He is one of the folks I send referrals to and I would recommend him in a heartbeat. He is also a wonderful member of the legal community, and a testament to the professionalism of the bar. When I had a criminal case I took and had questions about procedure, tactics, and what to expect, Mr. Salata took the time out of his busy day to speak with me and mentor me. Multiple times. He is not just a great lawyer for his clients, but he is a great colleague to his fellow lawyers."
Unknown Attorney | Oct 14
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Tom is a very good. I endorse this lawyer."
Bankruptcy and debt Attorney | Oct 29
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Tom Salata is not only an outstanding attorney but a very nice man as well. I've known Tom for about seven years and he is one of the sharpest guys in the field! It's a pleasure to endorse him!"
Chapter 7 bankruptcy Attorney | Dec 31
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Criminal defense Attorney | Sep 27
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Tom and I have worked together for almost 15 years. He is a skilled advocate that I would trust for any case, big or small."
General practice Attorney | May 20
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Tom is a scholar in the law, and I've always been impressed by the fine work he does for his clients."
Criminal defense Attorney | May 14
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Family Attorney | Mar 28
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. I have personally been acquanited with him throgh the North Fulton Bar Association for years. He has a solid reputation as a family lawyer and I would not hesitate to recommend him to anyone needing advice or assistance in his field of expertise. He is also an avid volunteer to the community at large."
Chapter 7 bankruptcy Attorney | Mar 01
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. A solid all-around, real-world lawyer."
Chapter 7 bankruptcy Attorney | Feb 26
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"I endorse this lawyer. I have worked with Tom many times over the years. He is a fierce advocate for his clients. I often refer clients to Attorney Salata for their Bankruptcy needs."
Criminal defense Attorney | Feb 17
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I endorse this lawyer."
Family Attorney | Dec 06
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"I endorse this lawyer. Top flight litigator. Challenged me throughout our case together."
Family Attorney | Jul 10
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Mr. Salata is a very well respected attorney. In all of my dealings with him I have been very impressed with his knowledge, the thoroughness of his work and his integrity."
Unknown Attorney | Jun 03
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I have known Tom for over 12 years. He has always provided excellent representation for his clients. He is very knowledgeable, skilled and professional. I highly endorse Tom and would recommend his services to anyone."
Criminal defense Attorney | Apr 11
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I have known Tom since I was a prosecutor. He was always a zealous advocate for his clients while always conducting himself in a professional manner. I do not hesitate to endorse Tom for any service that he provide."
Family Attorney | Mar 09
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"I had the opportunity to work opposite Mr. Solata on a family law case. He is an excellent attorney and a strong advocate for his clients. I heartily endorse him."
Divorce and separation Attorney | Mar 05
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I endorse this lawyer. We have served together many years on a legal association board and I have been associated with him on some cases. Tom is very professional, friendly and very effective for his clients."
Family Attorney | Mar 01
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I fully endorse Tom Salata. I have known Tom since we were in high school and know him to be a person of the highest character. Tom is a great lawyer that fights hard for his clients. I have and will continue to refer clients to Tom as he always takes good care of his clients."
Criminal defense Attorney | Mar 01
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Tom has an excellent reputation in the legal community. I frequently see him in Court where he fights for his clients. I would not hesitate to recommend Tom to anyone needing an experienced attorney."
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