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William M. Brownell Jr.

Criminal defense Attorney at Gainesville, GA

5.0   8 reviews

also known as Bill Brownell

  • Licensed for 39 years
    State GA
    Acquired 1984
    Status
    Active Member in Good Standing No misconduct found

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About William

Learn William’s areas of practice.

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Practice areas
  1. Criminal defense
    35%
    Going the extra mile to ensure your freedom. All Felonies and Major Felonies including Murder charges, Serious Misdemeanors, Appeals, Probation Revocations. Call today!

    40 years, 700 cases

  2. Personal injury
    35%
    Motor Vehicle Accidents, Slip and Fall, Wrongful Death, Hazardous Conditions. Free Consultation

    30 years, 300 cases

  3. Family
    30%
    Divorce, Child Custody, Modifications, Contempt and Enforcement.

    30 years, 300 cases

OVER 30 YEARS OF TRIAL EXPERIENCE. OUR GOAL: MAXIMUM CLIENT SATISFACTION!

Over our numerous years, cases and circumstances in representing clients in all types and emotional levels of court cases, we have come to recognize and appreciate that clients must feel comfortable with their attorney and have complete confidence in their representation. To that end, it is vital that the client and attorney have liberal communication concerning the ongoing status of the case and for the attorney to keep the client abreast of ongoing legal and factual issues concerning the case.

I began practicing law and litigating in 1983 as a Clarke County Assistant District Attorney while still in The University of Georgia Law School under Georgia’s Third Year Practice Act. My focus in Law School was in Criminal Law and Litigation. I secured a position as an Assistant District Attorney in the Northeastern Judicial Circuit while still in Law School. I was an Assistant District Attorney from 1985 through 1994, achieving the status of Senior Assistant and then Chief Assistant District Attorney before entering into private practice. During that prosecutorial period, I prosecuted over 2000 felony cases and tried over 100 felony jury trials and 150 misdemeanor jury trials ranging from traffic offenses and minor felonies through death penalty murder cases.

In 1995, I entered into private practice. Initially My practice involved criminal defense, personal injury, family law and representing Lumpkin County as its County Attorney. Presently I have limited my representation of private practice clients to Personal Injury, Criminal Defense and Divorce and Child Custody cases in all Georgia State, Superior and Appellate Courts and the United States Supreme Court.

More specifically, I represent clients in all serious bodily injuries and deaths resulting from: automobile and other motor vehicle related wrecks and injuries; negligently maintained unsafe conditions on either private, commercial (stores, offices, etc.) or government locations (slip and fall, etc.); and most other negligently and intentionally inflicted bodily injuries. I have represented over 300 personal injury clients recovering over millions in damages for my clients.

I represent clients in all criminal cases including but not limited to all Felony and Misdemeanor charges, bond hearings, preliminary hearings, suppression hearings, jury trials, probation revocation charges, appeals, habeas corpus petitions and juvenile charges. I have defended over 650 criminal cases since going into private practice.

And I represent clients in Divorce and Child Custody litigation – from simple and uncontested cases to complex, “knockdown” cases. I have represented over 250 divorce and family law clients

Awards

Platinum Client Champion
Distinguished Peer Review Rating
Top Contributor 2013
Top Contributor
2013

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Location

William M. Brownell Jr.
500 Spring Street SE
Suite 204
Gainesville, GA, 30501

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Posted by anonymous | August 15, 2013
A true professional!
William (Bill) Brownell was cool, calm, and organized when he handled a case I was involved in. He gave me plenty of conference time to discuss my case and concerns. He was ALWAYS prepared for court (even when the prosecution was not!) He kept my best interests first, and NEVER made me feel unsure of his plans. His guidance, strait forwardness, follow through, and even aftercare was tremendous in my getting this behind me. Thanks Bill, you are a true professional in all areas!
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Posted by CAS | August 10, 2013
Bill Brownell is amazing
Mr. Brownell is a good person and an outstanding lawyer. He is highly qualified and takes pride in each case. I wouldn't feel comfortable going to anyone else after having the best.
Posted by Vicky | March 16, 2022
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Great attorney
Mr. Brownell represented me in my case for grandparents rights. He was very thorough and professional throughout the entire process. He cared about my case, and in the end, he won my case. I am more than happy with the outcome, and I highly recommend Mr. Brownell. I am extremely satisfied with how I was represented, and will never forget Mr. Brownell's kindness and professionalism. He is fantastic!
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Posted by Tammy | December 7, 2021
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Highly Recommend his Services
Bill Brownell is a very knowledgeable attorney. He will walk you through every aspect of your legal needs. He always stayed in contact with me as to keep me up to date with each step in my case. His legal fees are very reasonable and he was always very straight forward. Mr Brownell was always very nice and made me feel comfortable when asking questions I needed more information about.
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Posted by Leigh Ann | July 23, 2015
Money and time well spent!
My case isn't over yet, but I felt compelled to go ahead and write a review. When I called Mr. Brownell's office seeking representation for my Divorce, HE answered the phone. I was dumbfounded! He spoke to me for a while, asking excellent questions, and then quoted me a reasonable retainer fee. I immediately scheduled an appointment. Every meeting I have had with him since has left me feeling at ease and confident about my case. I know he is a very busy man, but he makes me feel like I am his only client. I have never felt rushed. Mr. Brownell is very intelligent, knowledgeable about the law, and he sincerely cares about his clients. I could not have asked for a better attorney to represent me. Truly a good man and a good attorney!!!!!
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Posted by Jordan | January 28, 2015
Very Satisfied
Mr. Brownell recently represented me in my divorce, he was absolutely GREAT!!! He was in constant contact with me throughout every step of the way, which I feel is VERY important!! He was sure to inform me of every detail of my case. He responded to all my calls and emails in a very timely manor. He was professional, caring, understanding, encouraging and fair. I am beyond satisfied with his representation and would recommend him to anyone seeking legal counsel.
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Posted by D.Powers | August 19, 2013
Excellent!
YES.. We will absolutely recommend Mr. Brownell! And will certainly use him as our Attorney, if ever in need. Mr. Brownell went above and beyond in my husbands case. He was always in contact, and answered ever email I sent, and took all of my calls "Himself", if not when I called due to being in Court or with his clients, he always returned my call and was pleasant when doing so. Our case took some time due to the Defendant side, and OUR Hearing lasted a total of three minutes. (With exceptional results). My suggestion to anyone needing his help, call him. Even if its a case you feel he won't handle, you too, may be very surprised. If your looking for an excellent, honest, skilled and very knowledgeable Attorny I suggest you call him FIRST. I will! Thank you Mr. Brownell for all you do, and have done. You ARE the best! ~ D. Powers
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Posted by Greg | August 6, 2013
Greg Fields
Mr. Brownell's experience and integrity became evident during his handling of my divorce in May of 2013. During a very emotional hard time (Bill) kept me focused with my best interest in mind. I highly recommend his services. Sincerely Greg Fields
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AVVO RATING 9.1 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Owner
  • The Brownell Law Office
  • 1995 - Present
  • County Attorney
  • Lumpkin County, Georgia
  • 1996 - 2000
  • Chief Assistant District Attorney
  • District Attorney's Office, Enotah Judicial Circuit
  • 1994 - 1994
  • Senior Assistant District Attorney
  • District Attorney's Office, N.E. Judicial Circuit
  • 1984 - 1994
  • Two jobs
  • two companies while obtaining BA and JD degrees
  • 1979 - 1984
  • Second Class Petty Officer
  • United States Navy
  • 1974 - 1979
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Education

  • University of Georgia School of Law
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 1984
  • Univerity of West Florida
  • BA - Bachelor of Arts
  • 1982

Sample of Legal Cases

  • State v. J.H.
  • Acquittal
  • State v D. A. G.
  • Dismissed
  • R.R. v Juana Quitero
  • $70,00.00 Uninsured motorist settlement.
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Associations

  • State Bar of Georgia - Worker's Compensation Section
  • Member
  • 2004 - Present
  • United States Supreme Court
  • Member
  • 1998 - Present
  • State Bar of Georgia - Family Law Section
  • Member
  • 1995 - Present
  • State Bar of Georgia - Tort & Insurance Section
  • Member
  • 1995 - Present
  • State Bar of Georgia - Criminal Section
  • Member
  • 1990 - Present
  • State Bar of Georgia
  • Member
  • 1984 - Present
  • Georgia Court of Appeals
  • Member
  • 1984 - Present
  • Georgia Supreme Court
  • Member
  • 1984 - Present
  • American Bar Association
  • Member
  • N/A
  • Gainesville-Northeastern Circuit Bar Association
  • Member
  • N/A
  • Drug Free Coalition of Hall County
  • Board of Directors
  • 2007 - 2009
  • Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA)
  • Board of Directors
  • 1996 - 1998
  • State Bar of Georgia - Government Attorneys Section
  • Member
  • 1996 - 2000
  • Georgia Trial Lawyers Association
  • Member
  • 1995 - 1999
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Languages Spoken

  • English

Honors and Awards

  • Peer Review Rated
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2022
  • Best Attorneys Online
  • www.bestattorneysrankings.com
  • 2019
  • 15 Year Anniversary of "Distinguished" Rating
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2017
  • Distinguished
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2017
  • Distinguished
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2016
  • BV Distingushed Attorney
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2015
  • Client Distinction Award
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2014
  • BV Distinguished Attorney
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2014
  • 30 Years Community Serice
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2014
  • Top Contributor Award
  • AVVO
  • 2013
  • Client Distinction Award
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2013
  • BV Distiguished Atorney
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2013
  • BV Disinguished Atorney
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2010
  • Graduation with Honors
  • University of West Florida
  • 1982
  • President's List
  • University of West Florida
  • 1981
  • Honorable Discharge
  • U.S. Navy
  • 1979
  • Captain's Letter of Comendation
  • U.S. Navy
  • 1978
  • Good Conduct Medal
  • U.S. Navy
  • 1978
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Speaking Engagements

  • Association of Hall County Municipalities
  • Social Hosting
  • 2014
  • Hall County Middle Schools
  • Constitutional Law
  • 1994
  • Hall County High Schools
  • The Legal Profession
  • 1992

Attorney endorsements

Received (7)
Given (7)
Endorse William
Criminal defense Attorney | Sep 12
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I highly endorse Mr. Brownell. Truly exceptional and caring attorney who produces great results in representing clients! I want all people with legal problems to contact him first."
Criminal defense Attorney | Aug 14
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Family Attorney | Apr 22
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I have known Bill Brownell for well over twenty years as a fellow practicing attorney. We have had many dealings with each other - mostly as opposing counsel. Although Bill is always a strong advocate for his client, I have always found him to be honest and professional with opposing counsel and with the courts. And without compromising his client's interests, he actively looks for ways to settle cases thereby avoiding unnecessary time delays and expenses for all parties involved."
Divorce and separation Attorney | Feb 05
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. I have known Bill for 30 years. he is very dedicated to his practice. he prepares his cases and does good work for his clients. He is very professional in his interactions with clients, the courts and other lawyers."
Unknown Attorney | Aug 11
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse Attorney Brownell. From his answers and time on Avvo, it is clear he is dedicated to serving those in need and his clients. It's rare that lawyers spend so much valuable time helping the community, for free, and I applaud him for doing it to such a great level. Kudos"
Criminal defense Attorney | Aug 06
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. I have known Bill for many years and have found him to be ethical, reliable and competent in all his areas of practice."
Criminal defense Attorney | Aug 05
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. He has extensive experience in criminal law and always comes to court fully prepared. He's easy to work with and is a person of high integrity."
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Gainesville Criminal defense Lawyer William M. Brownell Jr.
William M. Brownell Jr.
Criminal defense Attorney
Gainesville, GA
Licensed for 39 years