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About me

It is my passion to help entrepeneurs, businesses and artists with their legal needs.  I consider myself an ally to help my clients sort out tough legal problems with effective legal solutions that work.  


My favorite moment is when a new client walks into my office and says, "So, I have this idea and I am not sure what to do with it."  Together, we figure it out.  It's my job to foresee the potential areas of challenge and design a solution to avoid the difficult expensive problems that can derail a new business or a new way of operating.  


I love my work and I would love to work with you.


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Practice areas


  1. Litigation: 40%
    19 years, 250 cases
  2. Business: 30%
    19 years, 500 cases
  3. Contracts: 20%
    19 years, 500 cases
  4. General Practice: 10%
    19 years, 500 cases



Hourly ($225-295/hour)

Payment types:

Cash, Check, Credit card

Attorney endorsements

3 total 

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  • Cary Stephen Wiggins

    I refer clients only to lawyers that I would hire for my own affairs. Chris fits that bill. He's sharp and compassionate. He is effective, responsive and his billing practices are ethical to the letter. I have referred many clients to Chris because he treats them right, and they appreciate it. I recommend Chris to anyone seeking a Georgia-based business attorney.


    Cary Wiggins Civil rights Attorney
    Relationship: Worked together on matter

  • John Andrew Creasy Jr.

    I have worked with Chris on a number of corporate acquisitions and other matters over the years and have come to know Chris as one of the most competent and professional lawyers in the Atlanta legal community. I have referred a number of clients to Chris for representation when our firm has a conflict and always get a positive report back from the client. Additionally, I have referred a number of my own clients to Chris for litigation of corporate and contract matters. Chris is someone I can refer a client to and be sure he will provide prompt, legally effective and cost-effective service.


    John Creasy Real estate Attorney
    Relationship: Worked together on matter

Contact info

1273 Metropolitan Ave SE
Atlanta, GA, 30316


GAActive Member in Good Standing 199708/05/2016
We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
Youth Volunteer of the YearMetro Des Moines YMCA1988
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
Managing AttorneyChristopher P. Berney PC2004 - Present
AttorneySmith, White, Sharma & Halpern2000 - 2004
Association namePosition nameDuration
Atlanta Bar Association, Solo & Small Firm SectionN/A2013 - Present
Atlanta Bar Association, Business Law SectionN/A2013 - Present
American Bar AssociationN/A2012 - Present
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
Drake University Law SchoolLawJD - Juris Doctor1995
Drake UniversityN/AMBA1992