I'm a trial lawyer representing real people who need real help: people who have been injured, people accused of crimes, and people fighting systemic injustice. I've spent hundreds of hours in the courtroom and thousands of hours outside representing my clients to the best outcomes possible. The results speak for themselves.
I'm widely recognized for my good work. I am an Adjunct Professor at Emory University School of Law and Of Counsel at The Shah Law Firm. I am AV Preeminent rated by Martindale-Hubbell and rated 10/10 by Avvo--the highest ratings for both organizations--and was selected as a Rising Star by SuperLawyers in 2017. At the University of Georgia School of Law, I was honored for my skill in trial advocacy by being invited to the Joseph Henry Lumpkin Inn of Court as a pupil. I was one of ten students inducted into The Order of Barristers at graduation.
I've been representing vulnerable people against powerful interests for a long time. Right after law school, I lived in Mexico and represented refugees and asylum-seekers with the South Texas Pro Bono Asylum Representation Project. Later in Atlanta, I represented the indigent against the massive power of the State as a public defender in the Atlanta Judicial Circuit. Today at Locke Law Firm, LLC, I devote a substantial amount of time to pro bono efforts. I've performed free work for wrongfully evicted tenants, the International Community School, Occupy and Black Lives Matter protestors, and federal prisoners seeking clemency for unfairly tough drug sentences. I hold the record for the largest verdict obtained by the Atlanta Volunteer Lawyers' Foundation. I am also pro bono general counsel for a nonprofit engaging in international humanitarian work.
I live in East Atlanta with my wife, two small children, and one medium-sized dog.
If you need a lawyer, call me: 404-909-7795.
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|GA||Active Member in Good Standing||2010||11/27/2016|
|Award name||Grantor||Date granted|
|Top 100 Trial Lawyers||National Trial Lawyers Association||2015|
|The Order of Barristers||University of Georgia School of Law||2010|
|Pupil||Joseph Henry Lumpkin Inn of Court||2010|
|Attorney||Locke Law Firm||2013 - Present|
|Attorney||Goodman, McGuffey, Lindsey & Johnson||2012 - 2013|
|Staff Attorney||Office Of The Public Defender Atlanta Judicial Circuit||2010 - 2012|
|Association name||Position name||Duration|
|National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers||Member||2014 - Present|
|Georgia Trial Lawyers Association||Member||2013 - Present|
|Georgia Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers||Member||2010 - Present|
|Order of Barristers||Member||2010 - Present|
|Six-Figure Judgment against Landlord||Six-figure judgment|
|Domestic Violence Battery in Fulton County Magistrate Court||Charges dismissed after pretrial diversion program.|
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|Fulton County Daily Report||Fighting For The Oppressed Until They're Made Whole||2013|
|Buffalo Intellectual Property Law Journal||Resetting the Doomsday Clock: Is it Constitutional for Laches to Bar a Copyright Infringement Claim within the Statute of Limitations?||2009|
|University of Georgia School of Law||Law||JD - Juris Doctor||2010|
|University of Richmond, The T. C. Williams School of Law||Rhetoric & Communication Studies, Psychology||BA - Bachelor of Arts||2007|
|Kessler-Eidson Program for Trial Techniques||Trial Techniques||2016|
|Kessler-Eidson Program for Trial Techniques||Trial Techniques||2015|
|Sutherland Scholars||Legal Career Panel||2014|
|Supreme Court Friday||Loving v. Virginia||2014|
|Sunday School||Same-Sex Marriage: A Legal History||2014|
|Panel Discussion||Grand Juries, Police Misconduct, and Ferguson||2014|
|Kessler-Eidson Program for Trial Techniques||Trial Techniques||2014|
|Sutherland Scholars||A Legal Career||2013|
|100 Club||Effect of Criminal Charges on Immigration Status||2013|