Michael has over thirty five years of trial experience serving Metro Atlanta and the West Georgia area. Michael proudly calls himself a consumer lawyer. He represents consumers in auto fraud and lemon car claim. Michael is recognized state wide as a leader in consumer claims involving auto fraud and has won several appellate court decisions favoring consumers. Mauk v. Pioneer Ford, Raysoni v. Payless Auto, Edel v Southtowne. Michael receives referrals for his expertise from lawyers all over the state. Michael has received the highest ratings from his peers and the judiciary being recognized as an AV Preiminent Lawyer through Martindale Hubbell and recognistion as a "Super Lawyer".
Michael has spent the last 21 years as a Special Assistant Attorney General representing the interests of the State and the County in protecting children in dependency cases. Michael spent 11 previous years as Carroll County Public Defender. Michael has personally tried hundreds of cases before the State and Federal Courts of Georgia. He has also done pro bono legal work for the Georgia Legal Services Program, and has been recognized as a "Star Performer" for representation of women in domestic violence divorces who could not afford an attorney to help them get out of the cycle of abuse.
Born and raised in Carroll County, Michael is the son of Emery Flinn, Jr. and Elizabeth Flinn. He attended Oak Mountain Academy where he was Valedictorian in 1978. He attended the University of West Georgia with a pre law major and graduated magna cum laude. Michael then attended the University of Georgia School of Law from which he graduated cum laude in 1985.
Michael entered the practice of law in 1985 when he joined the former Word, Cook and Word, Attorneys. They immediately put Michael in Court where he tried jury trials in lemon car cases. One year later, Michael formed the firm of Word & Flinn with Gerald P. Word. Michael and Jerry served as public defenders and maintained a thriving private practice for over ten years. Michael has been in solo private practice for the past twenty five years.
Michael is married to the former Marni Pinkerton, owner of Ms. Marni’s Pre School. Marni has lived in Carrollton most of her life and is a graduate of the Carrollton City School system and the University of West Georgia. They have three children, Katy, Justin and Logan. Michael and Marni are members of Carrollton First United Methodist Church. Michael was a volunteer soccer coach with the Carrollton Parks and Recreation Program for over 20 years. He was instrumental in beginning the select soccer program and the four year old program. He was recognized as Athletic Volunteer of the Year in 1997. He was recognized as a Georgia Youth Soccer Regional Volunteer of the year in 2005. In addition to graduating from the Carroll County Chamber of Commerce Leadership Academy, Michael has served his community as President of the Carrollton Jaycees and as Empty Stocking Fund Chairman for two years. Michael was recognized for his community service efforts with the Crutchfield Memorial Award. Michael has also served on the Board of Trustees of Oak Mountain Academy which his three children attend.
"Consumers deserve and should expect the best from their lawyers. The best in reasoned fairness. The best in integrity. The best in strong enforcement of the consumer laws. Having been raised in a home where I was taught ‘a man’s word should be his bond’, I pledge to uphold that tradition of honesty and integrity and to continue my service to Georgia consumers."
|GA||Active Member in Good Standing||1985||08/09/2022|
|Award name||Grantor||Date Granted|
|Star Performer Award||Georgia Legal Services||2004|
|Athletic Volunteer of the Year||Carrollton Parks Recreation and Cultural Arts Dept.||1997|
|Crutchfield Memorial Award||Carrollton Jaycees||1994|
|Owner||Law Offices of T. Michael Flinn||1995 - Present|
|Partner||Word & Flinn Attorneys||1986 - 1995|
|Associate||Word Cook & Word||1985 - 1986|
|Association name||Position name||Duration|
|National Association of Consumer Attorneys||Member||2009 - Present|
|State Bar of Georgia||Member||N/A|
|Georgia Trial Lawyers Association||Member||N/A|
|Association of Trial Lawyers of America||Member||N/A|
|Association of Trail Lawyers of America - Intrastate Mock Trial Team||Member||1985 - 1985|
|American Bar Association - National Mock Trial Team||Member||1984 - 1985|
|University of Georgia School of Law||JD - Juris Doctor||1985|
|University of West Georgia||BA - Bachelor of Arts||1982|
|State Bar of Georgia||Consumer Law and Automobiles||2010|
|Georgia Trial Lawyer Association||Lemon Car Law UCC and Magnuson Moss Act||2010|
|Fulton v. Altanta Luxury Motors Inc.||Plaintiff verdict $77,000|
|McCoy v. Sargent||We got judgment against Sargent for the client for over $130,000.|
|Bryant v. Pioneer Ford||Verdict for over $150,000 including punitive damages and attorney's fees.|
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