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Wayne Darrin Keaton

State, local, and municipal law Attorney at Dallas, GA

3.0   2 reviews

also known as Darrin Keaton

This attorney is currently not accepting new clients.
Reason: Government Attorney
This attorney is currently not accepting new clients.
Reason: Government Attorney
  • Licensed for 25 years
    State GA
    Acquired 1998
    Active Member in Good Standing No misconduct found

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About Wayne

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Practice area
  1. State, local, and municipal law
    City Attorney for the City of Dallas, GA

I grew up in the west and try to get back there as often as possible.  I enjoy poker, soccer (I'm a huge Manchester United fan), and hunting.

I am also a gadget freak and love to get the latest new thing.

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City of Dallas
129 East Memorial Dr
Dallas, GA, 30132


3.0 / 5.0
  2 customer reviews
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Posted by anonymous | September 14, 2014
Friendly, courteous staff, always quick to handle any upcoming issues. Mr. Keaton is very knowledgable with current law, any new laws that may have changed. He kept us very informed on what to anticipate, and kept our minds at ease through the whole judicial process. Great guy indeed.
Posted by anonymous | November 28, 2017
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Zero stars should be allowed
I hired him to get a default judgement thrown out because I wasn't notified, the day after receiving the default in the mail. He said he had 2 weeks to file and I trusted that he would work diligently, after all he had boasted that he was the 5th best custody atty in the state. A month later when nothing had been stopped and my wages started being withheld, I called him upset that he had not done what we hired him to do and fearing losing my home in the injustice. He gave an attitude like how dare I, and suggested I might want another lawyer, but when I cooled off I made sure he got my apology and was assured by office staff and Alan Turner that Darren was used to high emotion in his field and my case would continue to be taken care of. It wasn't. He filed 6 months later and had me sign a verification without looking directly at the document, as I had met that day with his female paralegal britany who assured me that she would personally return my calls from now on, but in my tears discussing my case, she had earned my trust enough that I took her oral summary as fact of what I was signing for and off it went. He then filed a LOA and postponed the hearing inevitably, as the staff kept claiming his LOA was extended paternity leave for a sick infant, even getting upset with me for my sense of urgency, due to my attorney's "sick" infant. When my kids, my home, and my freedom were at stake. He waited a full year and had Alan call me in to dump me, but as a courtesy he had made the resceduled hearing date, and had Brittany jot it on a postit for us. I went to court for show cause and found out there was indeed no court date, the LOA filed was one week, and every attempt I made to get back in court ended tumultuously with him withdrawing another year later the day of court and I lost of course. But when he finally released my case to me I saw the motion he originally filed and realized I had not seen it. It's main purpose was not about helping me or my kids, but was to cover for his lack of due diligence, claiming I couldn't afford an atty and had to wait until I could! He then said I hired him and he filed as soon as he could. He did not work for me. His work was solely against me. My own attorney that I paid 2500 retainer to accomplish a simple filing to set asside a default. 5 best for who?
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AVVO RATING 9.3 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • City Attorney
  • City Of Dallas, City Attorney's Office
  • 2023 - Present
  • Municipal Judge
  • City Of Dallas, Georgia
  • 2021 - 2023
  • Managing Attorney
  • Allen Turner Law
  • 2014 - 2023
  • Prosecuting Attorney
  • City Of Hiram, Georgia
  • 2012 - 2013
  • Public Defender
  • City of Dallas, Georgia
  • 2009 - 2013
  • Public Defender
  • City of Hiram, Georgia
  • 2007 - 2012
  • Indigent Parent Counsel
  • Paulding County Juvenile Court
  • 2006 - 2013
  • Owner
  • Law Offices of Darrin Keaton
  • 1998 - 2023
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  • University of Southern California Law School
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 1997
  • Kennesaw State University
  • BA - Bachelor of Arts
  • 1994

Legal Cases

  • MORGAN v. MORGAN - Supreme Court of Georgia
  • Reversed and remanded
  • In re: KLH, 281 Ga. App.394
  • Judgment affirmed.


  • National Association of Drug Court Professionals
  • Member
  • 2007 - Present
  • Georgia Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
  • Member
  • 2004 - Present
  • State Bar of Georgia, Family Law Section
  • Member
  • 2004 - Present
  • Paulding County Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2003 - Present
  • Association of Trial Lawyers of America
  • Member
  • 1999 - Present
  • State Bar of Georgia
  • Member
  • 1998 - Present
  • Cobb County Bar Association
  • Member
  • 1998 - Present
  • American Bar Association
  • Member
  • 1998 - 2001
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Languages Spoken

  • English

Honors and Awards

  • Pro Bono Project
  • State Bar of Georgia
  • 2009
  • Pro Bono Project
  • State Bar of Georgia
  • 2008
  • Pro Bono Project
  • State Bar of Georgia
  • 2007
  • Pro Bono Project
  • State Bar of Georgia
  • 2006
  • Pro Bono Project
  • State Bar of Georgia
  • 2005
  • Pro Bono Project
  • State Bar of Georgia
  • 2004
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Attorney endorsements

Received (14)
Given (13)
Endorse Wayne
Unknown Attorney | Apr 12
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I have known Darrin professionally for many years, and he is a pleasure to work with. He is extremely knowledgeable and works hard for his clients. I would not hesitate to recommend his services."
Juvenile law Attorney | Nov 01
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. I work with Darrin on a regular basis. He is a pleasure to work with, both as opposing counsel and as counsel for parents in juvenile and family law matters. I often go to Darrin to brainstorm the most reasonable and effective way to help parents remain involved in their children's lives. Highly recommend."
Family Attorney | Aug 20
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Family Attorney | Nov 26
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Darrin is an excellent family law attorney who has an excellent reputation in the Cobb and Paulding legal communities. I highly recommend Darrin."
Family Attorney | Oct 23
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"Darrin and I have known each other for many years. We have worked together on various personal injury claims and I feel comfortable referring family, juvenile, and criminal cases to him. He will work hard on your claim and treats each client with respect."
Family Attorney | Oct 03
Relationship: Co-worker
"I endorse this lawyer. I had the privilege learning by observing Darrin when I first entered The Manely Firm, P.C. Darrin is exceptionally smart and has a great deal of experience. Unlike many attorneys who become jaded after years of practice, Darrin's compassion for clients and passion for law is obvious."
Family Attorney | Oct 02
Relationship: Co-worker
"Darrin is a terrific Family law attorney. Even more important than his knowledge of Family law is his passion for helping families. Darrin has a gentle style when dealing with clients and is incredible in court. Frankly, Family lawyers do not come any better than Darrin Keaton."
Family Attorney | Oct 01
Relationship: Co-worker
"Darrin is AMAZING! The depth of his knowledge of family law is apparent inside and outside the courtroom. He exudes confidence in his craft because is truly an advocate and comes equipped with the weapon that conquers all- knowledge. It is a pleasure building bridges to justice with Darrin."
Family Attorney | Oct 01
Relationship: Co-worker
"Darrin is a great guy. He is laid back and easy to work with, but will turn around and surprise you with his stellar performance in court. His strategy in cases is both well thought out and executed. I wholeheartedly recommend him."
Family Attorney | Oct 01
Relationship: Co-worker
"Darrin is one of the most experienced attorneys in our Firm and is the go-to attorney when I need advice or insight on a case. Darrin's no-nonsense approach to family law coupled with his talent in the courtroom gives our clients exceptional representation. He is also incredibly hard working - he is typically one of the first in the office each day and one of the last to leave."
Child custody Attorney | Sep 30
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"I endorse this lawyer. Darrin Keaton is a very competent and qualified Attorney. He advocates zealously for his clients and I would not hesitate to recommend him for any juvenile or custody matter."
Family Attorney | May 24
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I have known Darrin in a professional capacity for several years. He is one of the most diligent and knowledgeable attorneys I have had the pleasure of working both with and against. I highly recommend his services to anyone seeking representation."
Criminal defense Attorney | May 30
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I fully endorse Darrin Keaton. Darrin is a personal friend and an excellent civil and criminal attorney."
Criminal defense Attorney | Mar 27
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. I have known Darrin as a professional colleague for a number of years and know both his work and reputation; both of which are superb. I refer all calls that need representation, not only criminal, but family and personal injury as well, in his 'neck of the woods' to him."
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