After a stint in the United States Army following college, I entered the police academy and became a police officer. This training, experience and connections from having served in one of the world's most dangerous jobs created credibility with other police officers and ultimately led me to my career as an attorney. I am in my 20th year of practice, after attending law school while working full time as a police officer.
I went into private practice upon graduating law school and being sworn in for the Georgia Bar, and began handling civil and criminal litigation. However, my roots in criminal law drew me in the direction of defending citizens accused of crimes. Divorce cases, personal injury cases and other litigation helped pay the bills in the early part of my career, but I became known --- among lawyers and judges --- for my skills in criminal defense.
For several years, I was the part-time prosecutor in Decatur Municipal Court. DUI cases were a nightly event in this job, and I learned all of the "ins and outs" of the prosecution's tactics and angles to limit the defense case. When you prosecute cases, you are permitted to attend the prosecutors' seminars, which I did.
Along my path to becoming a criminal trial attorney, I have taken advanced training in DRUG possession and trafficking cases, DUI, sex crimes, analyzing DNA evidence, challenging ballistics testing, child molestation cases, and over a dozen other highly-specialized areas of criminal defense. Most significantly, I am one of a handful of Georgia attorneys who is "death penalty" qualified, and have handled over 25 murder cases.
So, from defending speeding cases to DUI to drug possession to murder, I have done it all. Like in the medical field, and especially with SURGERY, experience is the best teacher.
|GA||Active Member in Good Standing||1994||10/31/2019|
|Award name||Grantor||Date granted|
|2013 Clients' Choice Award||AVVO.com - Clients' Choice Award||2013|
|AV Peer Review Rating||Martindale-Hubbell||2013|
|Police Officer Supervisory Certificate||POST - Peace Officers Standards and Training||1993|
|Conflict Defender||Georgia Public Defender Standards Council||2014 - Present|
|Senior Associate||Head, Thomas, Webb & Willis, LLC||2013 - 2014|
|Conflict Defender||Georgia Public Defender Standards Council||2010 - 2013|
|Prosecuting Attorney||City Of Decatur, Georgia||1996 - 2001|
|Attorney||The Law Office of Maurice G. Kenner||1996 - 2010|
|Association name||Position name||Duration|
|Rockdale County, GA Sheriff Review Board||Board Member||2013 - Present|
|Committee Member to Georgia's Fourth Congressional District||Nominating Member - Armed Forces Academies||2009 - Present|
|United States Supreme Court||Member||1997 - Present|
|National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers||Member||1995 - Present|
|Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association||Member||1994 - Present|
|Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity||Member||N/A|
|Fulton County Daily Report||Death Sentence Toosed on Basic Mistake||2006|
|Creative Loafing||Trial for Co-Defendent of Teenage Triple Murderers||2004|
|State Bar of Georgia||Defending Drug Cases - Case Law Update||2000|
|John Marshall Law School, Atlanta||JD - Juris Doctor||1993|
|Western Illinois University||BS - Bachelor of Science||1986|
|Georgia DUI Law Update 2013||Apocalypse Now: DUI Trial Practice in the New Georgia Evidence Code World||2013|
|Georgia DUI Law Update||The Importance of a Good Opening Statement||2002|
|Defending A Drug Case Seminar||Defending A Controlled Substances Forfeiture Action||2001|
|Defending A Drug Case Seminar||Case Law Update||2000|
|Capital Murder case resolved after Insanity Plea Rejected||http://m.ajc.com/news/news/crime-law/man-pleads-guilty-to-killing-2-college-park-teens/nXHwD/|
|Kenner and McDaniel get Death Sentence Lifted||Death penalty vacated and client was taken off death row.|
|Banks v. State||Trial judge refused to suppress search; overturned on appeal.|
|Defendant suspected of using date rape drug||Acquitted|
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