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Anne M. Bishop

Probate Attorney at Gainesville, GA

4.8   20 reviews
  • Licensed for 37 years
    State GA
    Acquired 1986
    Active Member in Good Standing No misconduct found

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About Anne

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Practice areas
  1. Probate
    Preparing Wills, Powers of Attorney and other documents necessary for proper estate planning. Extensive experience with administering estates, guardianships and conservatorships.

    12 years

  2. DUI and DWI
    Experienced in both prosecution and defense of D.U.I. cases in Georgia on the trial and appellate levels.

    36 years

  3. Speeding and traffic ticket
    Experienced in both prosecution and defense of speeding and traffic citations. Versed in Georgia's driver's license point system and license suspensions.

    10 years

  4. State, local, and municipal law
    Expertise in consulting, advising and representing local governments including both cities and counties. Ordinances, Open Meetings, Employment Law, Code Enforcement, Environmental, Planning are just some of the areas of law used in conjunction with other skills in representing local governments.

    36 years

Anne Bishop is a local Hall County attorney with more than 36 years of experience in criminal law including both defense and prosecution, general litigation & negotiation,  local government, probate (guardianship, conservatorship, wills and estates), family violence protection, employment and environmental law and also including both conservatorship and estate management.

Ms. Bishop has extensive knowledge and experience as an attorney having worked in many different capacities and other areas of the law as well.  Ms. Bishop has sucessfully litigated criminal cases before Superior, State, Juvenile, Magistrate and Appellate Courts of Georgia and uses her knowledge and experience to guide her clients with their legal needs. 

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Anne M. Bishop, Attorney at Law
P.O. Box 313
Gainesville, GA, 30503


4.8 / 5.0
  20 customer reviews
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Posted by anonymous | May 28, 2021
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Ms Bishop advised and facilitated a plea to a traffic citation that might otherwise have caused me additional troubles.
Posted by Dino | May 23, 2021
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
My son's 1st speeding ticket
I am really thankful for what Anne did for me and my son. The consequences these days are tougher than they used to be and you really can't mess up even once. It is good to know that with the right representation you can help lighten the penalty and continue your life. Thank you so much
Posted by Shannon | October 28, 2020
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Outstanding Service
Hired Anne for two separate cases several years apart. She made some frustrating situations as pleasant as they could be. Got the results I had hoped for each time. Was prompt, professional, answered and replied quickly. I could not have been more impressed with her. Highly recommend!
Posted by Sherrye | October 23, 2020
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Rock Star!!
Ms Bishop went above and beyond to assist my daughter with her traffic offense. She was able to consult with another jurisdiction to come to a favorable conclusion. We really appreciate her stellar work, dedication and determination to make this negative situation into a better outcome. Thanks again Ms Bishop for you hard work and assistance with this traffic offense. You are a rock star!
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Posted by Esteban | August 6, 2020
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Experienced, Smart, Educated and Effective
We needed a defense attorney in the Gainesville area who was familiar with the courts and how they operate. Attorney Bishop handled our case expertly and quickly. She communicated all activities promptly. Anne represented us extremely well by negotiating a considerably lower judgement than we expected. We will be forever grateful to her.
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Posted by Belen | August 31, 2019
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Great outcome
Since the moment we hire attorney Bishop, we knew she was an expert on her field. She explained every step on the process, she keep us informed and her professionalism was a key for the excellent outcome of our case. I will recommend her service to anyone needing a good lawyer.
Posted by Shawn | June 26, 2019
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Responsive, quickly handled, professional
First of all, Anne listens, gathers info needed to defend you. Then proposes options, and handles your situation with care. Extremely professional, and knows the system from both sides. Excellent service.
Posted by James | May 29, 2019
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Completey Satisfied
Ms. Bishop was awesome in her representation of my case. She kept me informed along the way and just about predicted what the outcome of my case would be......thanks
Posted by Edgar | May 29, 2019
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Excellent Work!
Anne Bishop has been such a great help. She would advise me of any changes to the case as soon as they came, contacting her was even easier. Wouldn’t take her long to answer back with an email at all!
Posted by Karyn | May 29, 2019
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Great Service!
I am so happy I contacted Ms. Bishop to get my speeding ticket reduced so that I could avoid points. Once I contacted her, she handled everything and I got exactly the result I was hoping for. Thanks so much!
Posted by Craig | May 29, 2019
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Outstanding representation for non-resident client
After being cited for work zone speeding (at 5:30 am., in total darkness, on a strange road, and on a remote roadway) I sought an attorney to represent me in my case. Having no idea to contact, being in the area on business, and having never been there, a Google search led me to Ms. Bishop's practice. I was impressed with the positive reviews and made contact with her. She returned my call the same day, listened to my situation, and clearly explained the process to me. During the process I received timely updates about the case. It was resolved favorably. I only spoke with Ms. Bishop one time but it was enough for me to lend her my trust. I highly recommend her.
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Posted by Amy | May 7, 2019
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Excellent advice and Friendly Service
Mrs. Bishop gave us excellent advice about my son’s juvenile court case for speeding. She followed up and was very helpful in the courtroom as well. I plan to hire her again for other family matters.
Posted by anonymous | April 23, 2019
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Great to work with very easy everything went as she stated in the initial interview
Posted by David | March 22, 2019
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Great service and results
She is very knowledgeable and would let me know exactly what was going to happen next. She was able to reduce the fine significantly. I would re-hire again.
Posted by Mark | December 21, 2018
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
I would highly recommend Anne Bishop as an attorney to represent you. Anne represented my son in a super speeding violation in a construction zone. Anne explained the options to us and was honest with us on the possible outcomes. Anne was very professional and her knowledge and experience was the difference we needed. Anne was able to negotiate a deal that was the very best we could hope to get. She did a great job and I would recommend contacting her for any legal needs you might have.
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Posted by anonymous | December 4, 2018
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
I think Anne did a excellent job in my case. She got the charges dropped to lesser charge.
Posted by Alexis | November 29, 2018
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Went above and beyond
I contacted Anne with a really unique problem. She was extremely helpful and worked very hard to help me solve my problem. I would definitely recommend her. She is knowledgeable, kind, and followed through.
Posted by anonymous | October 18, 2018
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Ms. Anne Marie Bishop is an excellent attorney. She took my case, and got me an excellent outcome. Throughout the ordeal she kept me informed; I felt comfortable knowing I chose the right attorney to help me with my case. If I ever needed an attorney again, I wouldn’t hesitate to contact her.
Posted by Melissa | July 27, 2016
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Dedicated Representation
Anne has represented me in a DUI case that had some additional charges attached. She was dedicated to doing the work that it took to get my charges reduced. Although Anne knew what strategies would be priority in my case she never failed to have a back up plan. Her experience and tenure in the field has created a network of partners she is able to reach out to. I always felt like I had someone on my side, she made sure I understood what was going over the duration of my case. I am truly thankful for the time and effort Anne put into my case. When the time came for me to need a lawyer again, I knew Anne was going to be my first call.
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Posted by anonymous | July 10, 2018
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Very Disappointing Experience
Attorney Bishop seems like a very nice person, however I was very dissatisfied with the service I have received. When I first spoke to her on the phone about my speeding ticket, she was very helpful and told me so many things that she would like to do (such as taking a look at a police dash cam, ect.. ect. to give me results I wanted to see) however, it seem as though she always waited to do anything until the very last minute.. usually when I finally ask her about it just few days before the court date. However, the moment I paid her the attorney fees.. I felt as though I was pushed aside.. I have not really heard from her even when the letters from the court came with updates, which she told me she would contact me. I've never really received any updates unless I emailed her about the letters I received. and even after about 7-8 months since she has said she will take a look at the police dash cam... she hasn't done it until 5-6ish days right before the court date when I asked her about it and even that... I had to pay for so she can get the video via email and i didn't want to risk her not having enough time to go up there to see it. When i finally got my non-jury trial date in the mail.. I emailed her right when i got it and i had no response for several days.. so 2 days before the court date.. i emailed her again and she finally responded back and told me the solicitor wasn't really budging. I know she might be busy, but I felt as though she didn't really help me not just because of the outcome but because of lack of service and felt like maybe the outcome would have been different if i felt like she wasn't putting me off to the side throughout this whole process. To make the matters worse.. We agreed to meet at 8:20 the day of non-jury trial and she ran late. and I have emailed her my Defensive Driving School certificate but I'm not sure if she lost it or not but she asked me to bring that when I feel like it would be an attorney's job to have all those in hand / in file coming to court and she took a picture of the defensive driving school certificate after I paid my fines... at the very end of it to "keep it for her record" . all in all.. I ended up pleading guilty and didnt get ANY benefits of hiring an attorney because i ended up having to pay my speeding ticket fine with nothing reduced and insurance rate just going up. I didnt care about paying more.. but wanted to hire an attorney specifically to try and get this reduced to prevent my insurance rate from going up high. I have a lot of respect for Attorney Bishop, however, I felt like it was super unfair and I am quite upset needless to say. Even if I had the same outcome, I would have been happy if I felt like as though she actually cared and tried rather than me always feeling like I have to keep reminding her of my case and feeling frustrated that she was not really doing what she promised and waiting until the very end to do anything.
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Response from Anne Bishop October 17, 2018
I am sorry you were disappointed. Please feel free to contact me with your concerns. Often times matters in the legal system do revolve around court dates and information is not available until close to that time. I look forward to hearing further from you!
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Work Experience

  • Duty Day Attorney
  • Gateway
  • 2014 - Present
  • County Administrator
  • Hall County Probate Court
  • 2013 - Present
  • Attorney
  • Anne Bishop, Attorney at Law
  • 2010 - Present
  • Instructor
  • University of Georgia Carl Vincent Institute of Government
  • 2008 - Present
  • Solicitor
  • City of Gainesville, Georgia
  • 2016 - 2020
  • Deputy Solicitor
  • City of Gainesville, Georgia
  • 2013 - 2016
  • Administrative Hearing Officer (Temporary)
  • Georgia Department of Labor
  • 2011 - 2012
  • Adjunct Professor
  • University of North Georgia
  • 2011 - 2016
  • Contract Attorney
  • Fox, Chandler, Homans, Hicks and McKinnon
  • 2002 - 2007
  • Staff Attorney
  • Hall County Board Of Commissioners
  • 1996 - 2010
  • Assistant District Attorney
  • Northeastern Judicial Circuit District Attorney's Office
  • 1991 - 1994
  • Law Clerk
  • Dougherty Judicial Circuit Superior Court
  • 1986 - 1990
  • Law Clerk
  • McDonald, Head, Carney & Haggard
  • 1984 - 1986
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  • University of Georgia School of Law
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 1986
  • B.B.A, Accounting and Business Systems
  • Georgia Southwestern College
  • 1983


  • City of Gainesville Georgia Initiative for Community Housing (GICH) Committee
  • 2012 - Present
  • Northeast Georgia Bar Association
  • 1991 - Present
  • Chattahoochee Inn of Court
  • 2006 - 2010
  • City of Gainesville Park and Recreation Vision Committee
  • 2000 - 2000
  • State Bar of Georgia: Strategic Planning Task Force
  • 1994 - 1995
  • Younger Lawyers' Section
  • Ninth District Representative
  • 1993 - 1995
  • EPD Local Government Environmental Task Force
  • 1992 - 1993
  • Criminal Law Committee
  • Chairman
  • 1991 - 1994
  • Dougherty County Children and Youth Commission
  • Substance Abuse Committee Chairman
  • 1990 - 1990
  • Dougherty County Tripartite Committee
  • Chairman
  • 1989 - 1990
  • Appointed Counsel Task Force
  • 1987 - 1988
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Languages Spoken

  • English

Honors and Awards

  • Award of Merit
  • Younger Lawyers' Section by the State Bar of Georgia
  • 1993


  • Batson: The Question It Left With Us
  • 1986

Speaking Engagements

  • Society for Human Resource Management, Foothills of Georgia Chapter
  • Unemployment Hearings
  • 2014
  • Keep Hall Beautiful Crimes Against Environment
  • Using Local Government Ordinances and Other Laws to address Environmental Violations
  • 2006
  • Soil Erosion Seminar Attendees
  • Local and State Laws
  • 2004
  • Hall County Soil Erosion
  • Citation Procedures
  • 2004
  • Hall County Engineering
  • Preparation of Soil Erosion Cases for the Issuance of Citations and Court Proceedings
  • 2003
  • Northeast Georgia Regional Development Center, Athens, Georgia
  • The Hall County “Environmental Court” and Environmental Prosecution
  • 2002
  • Hall County Animal Control
  • Legal Aspects for Animal Control Cases
  • 2002
  • EPD Environmental Compliance Officer Training, Savannah, Georgia
  • Legal Aspects of Environmental Enforcement
  • 2001
  • Hall County Commission
  • Prosecution of Violations for the Official Code of Hall County, Georgia
  • 2000
  • Newton County
  • Presentation on the Hall County Environmental Court and Gainesville-Hall Enforcement Office
  • 1999
  • Association of County Commissioner’s of Georgia /Environmental Enforcement, St. Simons Island, Georgia
  • A Presentation on the Hall County “Environmental Court”
  • 1999
  • TV 18 Viewers
  • Hall County Connection: Hall County Code Enforcement and Hall County “Environmental Court”
  • 1998
  • WDUN
  • Hall County Code Enforcement and Hall County “Environmental Court”
  • 1997
  • Sheriff’s Office
  • Hall County Code Enforcement
  • 1997
  • Keep Hall Beautiful
  • Hall County “Environmental Court”
  • 1997
  • Environmental Protection Division Training
  • Georgia Criminal Environmental Offenses
  • 1994
  • Institute of Continuing Legal Education
  • Nuts and Bolts of Criminal Law
  • 1992
  • Council of Superior Court Clerks
  • The Inherent Powers of the Court
  • 1991
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Attorney endorsements

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Given (1)
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Family Attorney | Mar 30
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I have known Ann Bishop as an attorney for over 30 years. I have seen her practice law on countless occasions. And as a fellow member of the local bar, I have come to know her reputation among other attorneys. Ann is an attorney who clearly knows and accepts her responsibility for honesty , integrity and professionalism in her practice of law. She is a strong and dedicated advocate for her clients. And she has obvious concern for the outcome of her clients' interests. I highly endorse Ann Bishop."
Criminal defense Attorney | Feb 15
Relationship: Friend
"Anne is OG in the Hall county legal community. She's very good at what she does!"
Speeding and traffic ticket Attorney | Mar 07
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I have worked with Ms. Bishop on more than one matter. She is always professional, timely and treats all clients fairly."
Criminal defense Attorney | Jun 12
Relationship: Supervised lawyer
"I hired Anne as a law clerk when after her first year at the University of Georgia Law School. She was one of four clerks, and turned out to be the best researcher, best writer and the most dependable law clerk. The other clerks asked HER to read over their memos and briefs before submitting to me. She has been a strong an steady Gainesville attorney for three decades, and is the type of reliable and smart attorney that all lawyers should strive to be --- detailed, dedicated and honest to a fault."

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Gainesville Probate Lawyer Anne M. Bishop
Anne M. Bishop
Probate Attorney
Gainesville, GA
Licensed for 37 years