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John William Rife

Family Attorney at Cumming, GA

5.0   5 reviews
  • State Years
    Georgia - GA 23 years
    Arkansas - AR 31 years
  • Licensed for 23 years
    State GA
    Acquired 2000
    Active Member in Good Standing No misconduct found
  • Licensed for 31 years
    State AR
    Acquired 1992
    Active No misconduct found

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

About John

Learn John’s areas of practice.

Practice areas
  1. Criminal defense

    32 years, 2,500 cases

  2. Family
    Divorce, Custody, Visitation DFACS, Grandparents and Adoptions

  3. DUI and DWI
    I was also a former prosecutor who handled DUI prosecutions

    32 years, 750 cases

  4. Speeding and traffic ticket
    All types of trafic tickets, Including Juvenile

    32 years, 2,000 cases

I have practiced criminal law, Family Law and Personal Injury law in two states for over 27 years. I have tried all types of cases from parking tickets to capital murder to multi million dollar divorce cases. I was a chief deputy prosecutor, am a special judge and a certified law enforcement instructor. The protection of the rights of the accused and the rights of people suffering through a divorce is my only business.

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Rife Law Firm
106 Pilgrim Village Drive
Suite 200
Cumming, GA, 30040


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Posted by anonymous | March 4, 2023
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
John’s the man!
I was recommended John through a friend with high expectations and he did more than deliver. He was a very smooth and down to earth speaker and able to turn complicated legal terms into understandable laymens. His ability to let you know what all possible options are and based on his considerable experience what he believes is best for you is very reassuring. I would highly recommend John to anyone of my friends or family that live in the Forsyth area.
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Posted by Bristiel | September 26, 2015
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| Hired Attorney
Stellar Representation in a Down to Earth Manner
Mr. John Rife is a lawyer I would recommend to anyone and everyone. He helped me get out of a really tough situation with the best possible outcome, in compliance with the law, and while taking the 'scary' out of needing a lawyer and being involved with the court system. He talked to me like a human being, and made sure that I understood legal terminology put into plain English, and always along the way never put me into a position where I was uncomfortable or disagreed with the way he was proceeding with my case. He told me everything I'd need to do to get my case handled directly and smoothly, and gave me the chance to be proactive which really helped me out. Your not just another dollar sign to this guy- and that's rare to find in lawyers.
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Posted by Donna | September 17, 2014
Excellent Attorney - End result was probation for Cobb County drug arrests
John Rife provided excellent representation for my son who was arrested twice on drug offenses; one arrest occurring while he was out on bail for the first arrest. While my son was required to serve two months jail time while he was awaiting his court dates, Mr. Rife was able to get him probation, drug counseling, and community service with no additional jail/prison time to serve. I believe Mr. Rife's established rapport with law enforcement/judicial officials in Cobb County helped in my son's case. He was also very responsive to me and my husband and my son throughout the process, despite the fact that he was very busy with other cases. I would definitely recommend Mr. Rife if you are in need of an experienced criminal attorney in Cobb County.
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Posted by MichelleH. | December 16, 2013
best lawyer: charges possession of marijuana less than oz then two yr. later DUI Charge
The best lawyer, hands down. John helped us in 2 diffrent charges in Forsyth co. And i wouldn't hire anyone else to represent my family or I. I trust him fully. I would recommend to anyone.
Posted by Sandra | March 5, 2013
John Rife is the best
When my high school age son was arrested and charged with possession of a small amount of marijuana -- with intent to distribute -- in Forsyth County, we hired a lawyer (not John) who I quickly found out was not up to the task. That lawyer was not well versed in the procedures and opportunities for making a strong case for my son for deferment of charges, given our particular circumstances. John Rife fought long and hard and won a deferment for my son - an option our previous lawyer said was not possible. This deferment has allowed him to go to college out of state as scheduled and pursue his career goals. He is now thriving in college, participating in university sports, working and volunteering. He is still under the deferment guidelines, but when he graduates, those charges will be erased from his records. Hiring John Rife was the best decision we could have made - I only wish I had hired him first as it would have saved me many sleepless nights. He is smart, tenacious, and knows the ins and outs of working with the local courts. He is the attorney you want on your team - he fights for your rights.
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AVVO RATING 10.0 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Pro Hac Judge
  • Cobb County State Court
  • 2007 - Present
  • Owner
  • Rife Law Firm
  • 2000 - Present
  • Pro hac Judge
  • Yell County Municipal Court
  • 1998 - 2000
  • Deputy Prosecutor
  • 15th Judicial District
  • 1994 - 1998
  • Partner
  • Tatum, Rife and Tatum
  • 1992 - 1998
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  • University of Arkansas, Fayetteville, Leflar Law Center
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 1991


  • Forsyth County Criminal Defense Bar Association
  • Vice Chairman
  • 2006 - Present
  • Cobb County Guardian Ad Litem Program
  • Guardian Ad Litem
  • 2005 - Present
  • National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
  • Member
  • 2004 - Present
  • Georgia Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
  • Member
  • 2003 - Present
  • Cobb County Bar Association, Criminal Defense Section
  • Member
  • 2003 - Present
  • Cobb County Bar Association- Family Law Section
  • Member
  • 2003 - Present
  • North Fulton Bar Association
  • Former director
  • 2002 - Present
  • U.S. District Court- Northern District of Georgia
  • Member
  • 2001 - Present
  • U.S. 11th Circuit Court of Appeals
  • Member
  • 2001 - Present
  • State Bar of Georgia- Criminal Law Section
  • Member
  • 2000 - Present
  • State Bar of Georgia- Family Law Section
  • Member
  • 2000 - Present
  • United States Supreme Court Bar
  • Member
  • 1998 - Present
  • State Bar of Arkansas
  • Member
  • 1992 - Present
  • U.S. District Court- Eastern & Western Districts of Arkansas
  • Member
  • 1992 - Present
  • U.S. 8th Circuit Court of Appeals
  • Member
  • 1992 - Present
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Languages Spoken

  • English

Honors and Awards

  • Arkansas Best Trial Lawyers
  • Arkansas Times
  • 1998

Attorney endorsements

Received (11)
Given (8)
Endorse John
Criminal defense Attorney | Mar 24
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. One of the most down to earth attorneys I have ever met. Very knowledgeable and always zealously fights for his clients."
Criminal defense Attorney | Jul 14
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Outstanding trial lawyer. He is very knowledgeable in his field."
Criminal defense Attorney | Oct 31
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Criminal defense Attorney | Sep 27
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I have known John for many years as an ethical and hardworking lawyer. He was a tough prosecutor and now he is a tough defense lawyer."
Criminal defense Attorney | Apr 25
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. He is extremely knowledgeable and ethical. John cares about his clients and goes the extra mile for them. He is also well known in the community and liked by all. I highly recommend him."
Criminal defense Attorney | Apr 05
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"John is fearless and experienced. He works zealously and diligently for each and every one of his clients. He truly cares about every case that he handles and obtains great results. I without question endorse John Rife."
Criminal defense Attorney | Nov 30
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I have known John Rife for quite a few years and have found him to be very competent, professional and skilled in his handling of cases. He has also taken time to give back to the community by serving on local high school mock trial programs."
Criminal defense Attorney | Feb 29
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. John is meticulous and vigorous in defense of clients. A great lawyer to have during difficult times."
Criminal defense Attorney | Jan 29
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"John is a lion in the trial arena. He is a no-nonsense lawyer, with a compassionate side that is readily seen. Whether John is co-counsel, or opposing counsel, he is an excellent attorney who will test you constantly."
Criminal defense Attorney | Jan 29
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"John is a tough, zealous advocate who is never afraid to push it to the limits in order to protect his clients and their rights. He is a phenominal litigator, who will always work to keep "the constitution from becoming a doorstop on the way to the courtroom." Finally, he is a wealth of legal knowledge, and an exceptional teacher. No words can truly describe how good he is... you just have to see him to believe it! I endorse this lawyer's work."
Criminal defense Attorney | Jul 11
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"John is a tenacious advocate for his clients. He has excellent relationships with the courthouse community which always benefit the clients he represents. I have great respect for his legal skills."
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Cumming Family Lawyer John William Rife
John William Rife
Family Attorney
Cumming, GA
Licensed for 31 years