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David Shorter Kennedy Jr.

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David Kennedy speaks fluent Spanish and has been serving clients in Georgia and around the world for over ten years. Kennedy Holden Law Firm was established in June, 2013 in order to continue to provide better and better service to our clients. Our mission could not be more simple -- treat everyone like we would want to be treated.

David Kennedy graduated from The University of the South, in Sewanee, TN, in 1998, with a B.A. in Music.  He earned his J.D. at The University of Georgia School of Law in 2001, and was on the editorial board of the Georgia Journal of International and Comparitive Law.  After graduating from law school, he studied at the Instituta Technológica Autónoma de México in Mexico City in 2001.  He returned to Georgia and worked as a prosecutor for the Hall County Solicitor's Office before going into private practice. 

David Kennedy has been qualified as an expert witness to present expert testimony in court on matters related to Immigration law on numerous occasions.  He was the featured speaker on Immigration Consequences of Criminal Convictions at the Georgia Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers/Georgia Public Defender's Standards Council seminar at Brasstown Valley Resort in January, 2010.  He was the featured speaker on Removal Proceedings and Relief from Removal at Georgia's premier Immigration Law conference, sponsored by the American Immigration Lawyer's Association and the Georgia Institute of Continuing Legal Education, in January, 2011.  He also was a featured speaker at the 2011 conference for Healthy Families Georgia, Governor’s Office for Children and Families, where he spoke concerning eligibility of immigrants for public benefits. He was a panel member at the inaugural conference of the Georgia Immigrant and Refugee Rights Coalition (GIRRC) on January 26, 2013, and spoke on the issue of availability of higher education to undocumented immigrants.  He was a named plaintiff in the 2012 case of GLAHR, et. al. v. Deal,, which blocked the entrance into effect of most of GA H.B. 87, which would have made such things as giving a ride to an undocumented immigrant a crime.  He has also appeared on local and national radio and television on occasions too numerous to be set forth here.  

You can listen to David Kennedy on Monday Mornings from 7:00 to 8:00, and Wednesday afternoons from 6:00 to 7:00 on La Que Buena, 101.9 FM / 950 AM, and on Sunday mornings from 10:00 to 11:00 on La Raza 102.3 / 100.1 FM, speaking about immigration law and answering immigration related questions in Spanish.

David is also an accomplished player of the banjo, dobro, guitar, steel guitar, pedal steel guitar, piano, and other instruments.  He has a recording studio in his home, and works on a daily basis with highly functioning synesthetic savant Wayde Powell, playing music and recording.  Together, they have created and/or recorded music for many artists and applications, including The Backstreet Boys, Brian Littrell, Usher, The Dr. Oz Show,  the Atlanta Braves, Glee, and many others.


Languages spoken: Spanish, English

Practice areas


  1. Immigration: 100%
    16 years, 5 thousand cases



Fixed (always)

Payment types:

Cash, Check, Credit card

Attorney endorsements

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  • John M O'Brien

    An extremely talented and well respected attorney in the legal community, I wholeheartedly recommend him to anyone looking for a lawyer who knows the law and truly cares about protecting the rights of his clients and getting them the most favorable result possible.


    John O'Brien Personal injury Attorney
    Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community

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    it is with tremendous pleasure that i rite this endorsement for David. i have had the pleasure of working with David for over 5 years and have seen his work for more than 10. David has an enormous knowledge base and cares deeply about the impact the law has on his clients and their families. he is a tireless advocate for his clients and has extra charitable endeavors. this is an attorney who is respected in our community and i would highly recommend him. his connections with the Latin community, as well as his fluent Spanish make him an ideal attorney in his field.


    Michael Friedman Criminal defense Attorney
    Relationship: Co-worker

Contact info

675 E.E. Butler Pkwy
Gainesville, GA, 30501


GAActive Member in Good Standing 200107/15/2016
We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
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Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
PresidentKennedy Holden Law Firm2012 - Present
Co-PresidentCorso, Kennedy & Campbell, LLP2003 - 2012
Assistant Solicitor GeneralHall County Solicitor's Office2002 - 2003
Association namePosition nameDuration
American Immigratoin Lawyer's AssociationN/A2003 - Present
Georgia Journal of International and Comparitive LawEditorial Board2000 - 2001
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
GLAHR, et. al. v. Deal, implementation of most of H.B. 87
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Publication nameTitleDate
Institute of Continuing Legal Education (ICLE Georgia)Removal Proceedings and Relief From Removal2011
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
Instituta Technológica Autónoma de MéxicoLawN/A2001
University of Georgia School of LawLawJD - Juris Doctor2001
University of the SouthMusicBA - Bachelor of Arts1998
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
Georgia Immigrant and Refugee Rights Coalition (GIRRC) Annual ConferenceAvailability of higher education to undocumented immigrants2013
Healthy Families Georgia, Governor’s Office for Children and Families Annual ConferenceEligibility of Immigrants to receive public benefits2011
AILA Atlanta Annual ConferenceRemoval Proceedings and Relief from Removal2011
Georgia Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers/Georgia Public Defender's Standards CouncilImmigration Consequences of Criminal Convictions2010