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Attorney Griggs is a native of Atlanta who grew up in South DeKalb County prior to relocating to South Cobb during his teens. As a youth, Griggs attended Atlanta Public Schools until enrolling in Woodward Academy in 1990. Attorney Griggs graduated from Woodward Academy in 1996 and was offered a scholarship to Oxford College of Emory University. In 1998, Griggs graduated from Oxford College with an Associate Degree and moved on to Emory University in Atlanta. While at Emory, Attorney Griggs had the opportunity to work for the City of Atlanta Solicitor’s Office under Atlanta Solicitor Raines Carter.   In 2000, Attorney Griggs graduated from Emory University with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Anthropology and Political Science.


Griggs continued to work for the Solicitor’s Office after graduation as a Warrant Officer. In 2001, Attorney Griggs received a full scholarship to attend the University of Cincinnati College Of Law, the fourth oldest law school in the country. 


While in Cincinnati, Griggs distinguished himself as a passionate community activist with the Cincinnati CAN Commission on Police and Community Relations. Moreover, Griggs distinguished himself as a skilled advocate participating on the University of Cincinnati Honorary Moot Court Executive Board and working for the Hamilton County Prosecutor’s Office. Griggs graduated from the University of Cincinnati in 2004 and returned to Atlanta. 


In August 2004, Attorney Griggs passed the Georgia State Bar Examination in his first seating. Griggs began his legal career in the winter of 2004 with a Cobb County Family lawyer, where he served as an associate mainly practicing family law in Cobb and Cherokee counties.


In January of 2005, Griggs joined the Rockdale County Public Defender’s Office as an Assistant Public Defender where he distinguished himself as an aggressive and passionate advocate of indigent defense. Griggs’s practice primarily focused on domestic violence, traffic, and DUI cases. Griggs received extensive training in trial advocacy and the fundamentals of criminal defense with the Georgia Public Defenders Standards Council during his time in Rockdale. 


In September of 2005, Griggs was offered a position with the DeKalb County Public Defender’s Office after distinguishing himself as a passionate advocate during the Trial Skills Seminar at the University of Georgia. While in DeKalb, Griggs co-authored the DeKalb County Public Defender’s State Court Trial Practice Manual. Further, Griggs handled annually over 700 cases, successfully trying multiple criminal jury and bench trials ranging from MURDER to DUI.


In January of 2007, Griggs left the Public Defender’s Office and opened his own boutique criminal defense firm in Decatur with the help of prominent criminal defense attorney Keith E. Adams. Since opening the firm, Griggs has continued to set himself apart as passionate and skilled defense attorney in Metro Atlanta. This past June, Attorney Griggs opened his new Downtown Atlanta office. The new office maintains its dedication to present top quality legal defense in Metro Atlanta.


Gerald A. Griggs is an attorney who is a servant of the people fighting for what’s right. Attorney Griggs is firmly dedicated to the fundamental principle that “We seek truth, mercy, and justice forever.” Attorney Griggs seeks to serve the needs of the community one client at a time.


Languages spoken: English, Spanish

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Practice areas


  1. Criminal Defense: 60%
    11 years, 2 thousand cases
  2. Personal Injury: 20%
    8 years, 50 cases
  3. Education: 15%
  4. Entertainment: 5%



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  • Holly Michele Waltman

    Gerald is one of those attorneys that steals the show in a courtroom. When he speaks, people listen! He is an amazing trial attorney, advocate, and community spokesman. He is attention detailed and has the respect of the judges he appears before, I endorse him 110%


    Holly Waltman Criminal defense Attorney
    Relationship: Worked together on matter

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    Alexandra Gonzalez-Waddington Military law Attorney
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Contact info

Gerald A. Griggs LLC

1550 Scott Blvd
Decatur, GA, 30033


GAActive Member in Good Standing 200408/05/2016
We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
Top 100 Trial LawyersNational Trial Lawyers2015
Anti-bullying Hero Award for Community LeaderAuburn University2014
Proclamation for Bullying Is Not HotCity of Atlanta2013
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
Assistant Public DefenderDekalb County Public Defenders Office2005 - 2007
Assistant Public DefenderRockdale County Public Defenders Office2005 - 2005
Association namePosition nameDuration
State Bar of GeorgiaMember2004 - Present
Gate City Bar AssociationMember2004 - 2007
Georgia Association of Criminal Defense LawyersMember2004 - 2007
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
Jaheem Herrera Bullying CaseGeorgia passed a new Anti-Bullying Law.
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Publication nameTitleDate
Atlanta Journal ConstitutionAtlanta Educator Prevails in Tribunal2012
Atlanta Journal and ConstitutionTrial begins for alleged ‘Georgia Powers’ scammer2012
Atlanta Journal and ConstitutionJury gets case in DeKalb robbery murders2012
Jet MagazineAge of Consent Not a Factor In Bishop Long Case2010
People MagazineBullied to Death2009
Atlanta Journal And ConstitutionTroubled ex-Cobb Commissioner Kesting denies latest charges2009
Atlanta Journal and ConstitutionMan who spray-painted dog not guilty of animal cruelty2009
Atlanta Journal and ConstitutionTeen driver charged in wreck that killed Sandy Creek student2009
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
University of Cincinnati College of LawN/AJD - Juris DoctorN/A
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
Bullying Is Not Hot School TourBullying2012
Federal Partners in Bullying Prevention SummitBullying2011
National Action Network Summer ConferenceCrimnal Justice TownHall Meeting2009