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Joseph Scott Key

Appeals Attorney at McDonough, GA

5.0   6 reviews

also known as J. Scott Key, Scott Key

  • Licensed for 22 years
    State GA
    Acquired 2001
    Active Member in Good Standing No misconduct found

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About Joseph

Learn Joseph’s areas of practice.

Practice areas
  1. Appeals
    I have been recognized for my appellate advocacy statewide.

    24 years, 150 cases

  2. Criminal defense

    24 years, 800 cases

I am a criminal appellate and trial attorney. I have represented clients throughout the State of Georgia at the trial, appellate, administrative, and habeas corpus level.


Miller & Key
79 Lawrenceville Street
McDonough, GA, 30253


5.0 / 5.0
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Posted by Sidney | December 3, 2019
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| Hired Attorney
I could write a novel of a review but I will stick to the important things. Hiring Scott Key and his associate attorney Kaci Timmons was the best choice I could have made when I found myself in the position of being the victim of a bad court decision. These two are phenomenal at their practice. I cannot emphasize enough their expert experience, professionalism, and knowledge of the law. My calls and emails were returned promptly. Always. Everything about this complex process and the laws that govern it was always explained to me in terms that I could understand. Nobody wants to be in the position of having to defend them selfs or fight in court. It’s not fun, cheap, or easy. But if you find yourself in a position where you need an attorney to right a wrong, these two are your best defense. 100%. Picking the right or wrong attorney can change a persons life trajectory entirely for better or worse. This one is the RIGHT one! Worth every single red cent!
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Posted by Jessica | July 24, 2015
Upstanding Attorney
Highly recommended! Mr. Key is irreproachable, ethical Attorney. A Reputable, intelligent man committed to seeking Justice. Mr. Keys Paralegal is also outstanding. This firms keeps you informed, returns calls, and Practices law the way it was intended to be.
Posted by anonymous | July 28, 2014
Highly recommended
Scott Key is an outstanding lawyer! I can not put into words the graditude that my family and I, have for Mr.Key. HIGHLY RECOMMEND!
Posted by anonymous | March 16, 2014
Excellent Attorney
Attorney Scott Key has done an outstanding job in my case.  He is informative, straightforward and patient in answering all of my questions.  His mastery of the law and his willingness to go the extra mile to uncover case law and decisions that were not a matter of published public record are unparalleled.  I appreciate the fact that he took a genuine interest in my case and always kept me updated.  Mr. Key not only listened to me and heard my concerns, but he engaged me and made sure that I was involved in the process.   Mr. Key’s paralegal Shanda is a definite asset to Mr. Key’s practice.  She, also, has been knowledgeable and responsive to all my inquiries. In addition to Mr. Key’s excellent legal representation, he is trustworthy and straightforward about his compensation, he states the costs upon commencement of engagement and does what he says he will do on time and within budget.  I will recommend him without reservation to anyone requiring excellent legal representation.
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Posted by anonymous | March 4, 2014
Habeas Corpus Professional.
I have so many good things to say about my attorney that I really don't know where to start. Lets start by "Habeas Corpus" This is a law that to my understanding questions the legality of a prosecution from a judge (court). The writ of habeas corpus isn't meant to determine whether the detainee is guilty of the crime of which he or she is accused -- it's a call for an examination of the legality of his or her imprisonment . Was the due process of law followed? Did the judge in the case railroad the defendant? Was the jury tampered with? Did the prosecution hide evidence that exonerates the prisoner? I was facing deportation charges doe to cases from a long time ago (serious charges). Scott ordered the Habeas Corpus petition and was able to prove to the court that their were mistakes in the ruling of all charges I remember the two hours like it was yesterday. Even one of the clerks almost got arrested, the D.A was left with no answers in the end. Scott key is a very professional attorney, ones he is on your case he takes care of it like it's his baby. His efficiency is evident and the way he and his team work is out standing. I give my attorney 5 stars because thanks to God and him I am with my family and still in the United States. PS: I will always be amazed at his performance in that court room. I remember the judge looked at him with admiration like the judge knew that he was a good lawyer. Thank You Scott and ones again God Bless You!
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Posted by anonymous | February 22, 2014
A Second Chance for My Son
My son had gotten into serious trouble with drug charges. Mr. Key immediately spoke with the DA in the case, negotiated a bond so he could be released into my custody and his office assisted us in finding a rehab for my son that would be acceptable to the courts and the DA. Mr. Key and his office were very knowledgeable about the law, what needed to be done, what kind of facility would not only be acceptable to the courts but would work in my sons rehabilitation. Upon Mr. Key's request, the DA has agreed to drop charges and expunge my Son's record upon his successful completion of the program. My son is doing very well in his program and is very happy and excited about his future. Mr. Key and his office were very caring and helped our family cope and make it through what otherwise could have been a devastating situation with a very different outcome.
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Work Experience

  • Partner
  • J. Scott Key, P.C.
  • 2007 - 2009
  • Partner
  • Sexton & Key, P.C.
  • 2001 - 2007


  • Candler School of Theology, Emory University
  • M.Div.
  • 1998
  • Mercer University
  • BA - Bachelor of Arts
  • 1995
  • Georgia State University
  • law
  • N/A

Sample of Legal Cases

  • Darst v. State
  • Reversed
  • Cisco v. State of Georgia
  • Reversed
  • State v. Ronnie Moore
  • Acquittal
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  • Georgia Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
  • Parliamentarian
  • 2014 - Present
  • State Bar of Georgia, Appellate Practice Section
  • Chair
  • 2013 - Present
  • State Bar of Georgia, Formal Advisory Opinion Committee
  • Member
  • 2013 - Present
  • Georgia Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
  • Vice-President, Amicus Committee Member
  • 2005 - Present
  • Georgia Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
  • Amicus Chair
  • 2010 - 2013
  • Henry County Bar Association
  • President
  • 2006 - 2007
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Languages Spoken

  • English

Honors and Awards

  • Best Lawyer, Appellate Category
  • Georgia Trend Magazine
  • 2012
  • "On The Rise"
  • Fulton Daily Report
  • 2009
  • President's Award
  • 2009
  • Appeals
  • Georgia Super Lawyers
  • N/A
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  • Lexis Nexis Publishing
  • "Cross Examination"
  • 2011
  • Lexis Nexis Publishing
  • "Expert Witnesses"
  • 2011

Speaking Engagements

  • The New Evidence Code
  • The 700 Series: Experts and the New Evidence Code
  • 2013
  • Defense of the Child Molestation Case
  • Developments in the Law: Top Ten Tips
  • 2013
  • Annual Appellate Seminar
  • Criminal Appellate Practice
  • 2013
  • Spring Seminar
  • Typography in Appellate Briefs
  • 2012
  • Fall Seminar
  • Criminal Caselaw Update
  • 2012
  • Defense of Drinking Drivers CLE
  • Planning Your Appeal
  • 2009
  • Winter Seminar
  • Defending Children in Tribunal Hearings
  • 2007
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Attorney endorsements

Received (9)
Given (4)
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Appeals Attorney | Oct 20
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"Scott is a tremendous attorney and a great person. His work ethic and his legal skills are among the best. He argues his cases with enthusiasm and zeal and brings a level of creativity to his cases that is unparalleled."
Criminal defense Attorney | Oct 08
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I strongly endorse Scott Key. He is one of the most talented criminal defense attorneys in Georgia and genuinely cares about his clients. He works tirelessly to get each one the result they desire."
Unknown Attorney | May 15
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"Scott is a brilliant criminal defense attorney and an expert at handling all kinds of appeals. His clients and even his opponents in court love working with him because he is fair and reasonable and treats you with dignity and respect even if you happen to disagree on the law."
Unknown Attorney | May 01
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"Scott and I have known each other for over a decade. He is one of the most brilliant legal minds I have ever met. He is one of the attorneys I call when I need help. I am endorsing him without reservation or hesitation."
Criminal defense Attorney | May 05
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"Scott Key is amazing, one of the most brilliant lawyers I have ever seen. Scott fights hard for each and every client that he has."
Appeals Attorney | Apr 24
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"If you are looking for an appellate lawyer you can't go wrong with Scott. He brings a wealth of knowledge and experience to the table and has a keen eye for spotting legal issues that many attorneys would simply miss. But even beyond his knowledge and skill I have a great deal of respect for the passion he brings to the table in defending his clients."
Appeals Attorney | Aug 06
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Scott Key is a fantastic lawyer. A Westlaw or Lexus search will quickly reveal the high caliber of this talented Georgia lawyer. He appeals, he wins. I am not alone in recognizing Scott as a smart, professional and effective attorney. Judges and prosecutors respect him and know that he will take a case to the next level and prevail. Winning on appeal is not easy, but Scott applies his intellect and experience, and gets results. If you need to appeal, you need to talk to Scott. An effective appellate lawyer is a blessing for all Georgians. When Scott wins an appeal, lawyers all across Georgia, from Jasper to St. Mary's, can rely on his work to defend their clients. Protecting the rights of citizens is hard work and Scott's dedication to the Constitution helps to bring justice to those who deserve it and fairness to the entire court system."
Criminal defense Attorney | Dec 09
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer's work."
Criminal defense Attorney | Nov 11
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I am happy to endorse Scott Key's legal work. Mr. Key is an excellent attorney and a consummate professional. He provides excellent legal representation to his clients and is a conscientious member of the legal community. He is devoted to zealous and ethical representation of his clients."
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McDonough Appeals Lawyer Joseph Scott Key
Joseph Scott Key
Appeals Attorney
McDonough, GA
Licensed for 22 years