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I was born in Fort Walton Beach, Florida and grew up in the small town of Blakely, Georgia. I attended the University of Georgia and graduated from there in 1992 with a bachelor's degree in Political Science. I attended the University of Memphis School of Law and received my law degree in 1995.
I began my legal career as an associate with the law firm of Shepherd & Johnston in Griffin, Georgia in August of 1995. I became a partner with the firm in 2002. The firm became known as Johnston, Owen & Bullard, in 2006. The firm of Johnston & Owen, LLC was formed in 2018. I am currently the manager of the firm with offices located in Fayetteville, Griffin and McDonough.
Family law is something that I enjoy. I have handled thousands of contested and uncontested divorces, custody and support modification cases, legitimations, adoptions, contempt cases and guardianship matters. I believe that going through my own divorce and custody case made me a better lawyer, and it helped me to better understand what my clients are feeling when they meet with me. I get a lot of satisfaction out of helping to ease a client's fears and concerns, but I will always be truthful with my clients. I won’t make promises that I can’t keep, I won’t tell clients what they want to hear just to make them feel better and I won’t create false expectations just to get a prospective client to pay me a retainer fee.
My practice has focused substantially in the area of family law, but I also handle a significant number of personal injury cases, car wreck cases and cases involving wrongful death. I have obtained multiple six figure settlements for my clients over my 24 years of practice. When we handle a family law matter for a client we give that client our very best each and every day that we have a professional relationship. By handling our cases in this fashion we establish something that is very important. TRUST. So, when a former family law client has been injured due to the negligence of another individual that client will typically return to us for help in obtaining the compensation that they deserve.
If you have read my biography then perhaps you should schedule an appointment with me to discuss the matter or the issues that you are dealing with. I may be able to help you. I may not be able to help you. In either case I promise to give you sound legal advice. Please take some time to read my client reviews that are posted on this website.
|GA||Active Member in Good Standing||1995||08/01/2019|
|Award name||Grantor||Date granted|
|AV Preeminent Rated||Martindale-Hubbell||2018|
|AV Peer Review Rating||Martindale-Hubbell||2018|
|AV Preeminent Rated||Martindale-Hubbell||2017|
|AV Peer Review Rating||Martindale-Hubbell||2017|
|AV Preeminent Rated||Martindale-Hubbell||2016|
|AV Peer Review Rating||Martindale-Hubbell||2016|
|AV Preeminent Rated||Martindale-Hubbell||2015|
|Manager||Johnston & Owen, LLC||1995 - Present|
|Association name||Position name||Duration|
|State Bar of Georgia||N/A||1995 - Present|
|Griffin Bar Association||Member||N/A|
|Henry Bar Association||Member||N/A|
|University of Memphis School of Law||JD||1995|
|University of Georgia||BA||1992|
|Guerrero v. Guerrero (2015)||Reversal in Client's favor|
|Killingsworth v. Killingsworth||Reversal in Client's favor|
|Eubanks v. Rabon||Reversal in Client's favor|
|Cook v. Cook||Affirmed in Client's favor|
|Murray v. Gardner||Reversal in Client's favor|
|Shah v. Shah||Affirmed in part, Reversed in part|
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Sat Dec 15 2018
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