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Michael is a graduate of the South Texas College of Law in Houston, Texas, where he earned his doctorate in jurisprudence. He graduated with High Honors from the University of Florida. His college honors thesis may be found amongst the collection of the Library of Congress in Washington, D.C.


Michael is a founding partner of Rothenberg & Barnes, LLC, where he practices in the areas of criminal defense - both felonies and misdemeanors, personal injury, wrongful death, automobile accidents and injuries, medical malpractice, workers compensation, business litigation, contracts, parole and probation, criminal appeals, family law - including divorce, child custody, child support and modifications, corporate law, wills, discrimination and sexual harassment in the workplace - including federal civil and criminal practice and civil rights.


Michael is licensed to practice in all Georgia Trial Courts, the Supreme Court of Georgia, the Court of Appeals of Georgia, the United States District Court for the Northern District of Georgia, the United States District Court for the Middle District of Georgia and the 11th United States Circuit Court of Appeals.


Michael is a member of the State Bar of Georgia and belongs to the Criminal Defense Section of the State Bar. He is also a member of the American Bar Association, the Georgia Trial Lawyer’s Association, the American Trial Lawyer’s Association, the Georgia Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers and the DeKalb and Clayton County Bar Association. He is further a member of the Georgia Council of Municipal Court Judges.


Michael was appointed to the bench on August 7, 2007 and sworn in as Judge pro hac vice of the Dekalb County Recorder's Court.


Throughout his career, Michael has gained a reputation as a zealous advocate of his client’s interests. He has handled cases in nearly all areas of civil law, and has tried criminal cases ranging from traffic tickets to murder cases.


Languages spoken: Hebrew

Practice areas

  1. Child Custody: 35%
    14 years
  2. Divorce: 30%
    14 years
  3. Criminal Defense: 15%
    14 years
  4. Personal Injury: 15%
    14 years
  5. Business: 5%
    14 years


Payment types:

Cash, Check, Credit card

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  • Steven Jay Mandel

    I endorse this lawyer. I was fortunate when Michael agreed to work with me on several complicated legal matters. His knowledge, expertise, dedicationand total preparedness helped me greatly to obtain an extremely favorable result for my clients. Thank you, Michael


    Steven Mandel Divorce and separation Attorney
    Relationship: Worked together on matter

Contact info

Melville Johnson, P.C.

22 7th Street NE
Atlanta, GA, 30308



Professional misconduct

This lawyer was disciplined by a state licensing authority.

  1. Disbarment
    issued in GA, 2013


    This is the most serious penalty for a lawyer. If this attorney is currently practicing law, you should contact the Georgia State Bar to understand the reasons for this disbarment.

Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
Who's Who American Law StudentsWho's Who Legal2000
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
Managing AttorneyMelville Johnson, P.C.2011 - Present
AttorneyMandel Law Firm2009 - 2010
PartnerMcKinley Rothenberg LLC2008 - 2009
Judge Pro Hac ViceDeKalb County Recorder's Court2007 - 2009
PartnerRothenberg & Barnes, LLC2006 - 2008
Association namePosition nameDuration
New York State Bar AssociationMember2009 - Present
DeKalb Bar AssociationN/A2008 - Present
Georgia Association of Criminal Defense LawyersMember2008 - Present
Georgia Trial Lawyers AssociationMember2005 - Present
State Bar of GeorgiaMember2002 - Present
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
State v. PryorNot Guilty on all charges
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School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
South Texas College of LawN/AJD - Juris Doctor2002
University of FloridaJewish Studies and LawBA - Bachelor of Arts1995