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John Preston Smith

Divorce and separation Attorney at Athens, GA

4.2   5 reviews

About John

Learn John’s areas of practice.

Practice areas
  1. Divorce and separation

    22 years, 500 cases

  2. Child custody

    22 years, 200 cases

  3. Domestic violence

    22 years, 200 cases

  4. Child support

    22 years, 200 cases

  5. Family

    22 years, 200 cases

I am committed to helping clients find the best path through simple or complex family law issues with empathy, professionalism and integrity.

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Licensed for 22 years
State GA
Status Active Member in Good Standing
Acquired 2000
Updated 11/03/2022

We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.

Contact John

J.P. Smith Law
P.O. Box 81507
Athens, GA, 30601


4.2 / 5.0
  5 customer reviews
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Posted by Bobby Jones | August 9, 2018
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
John Smith Truly Is An Outstanding Divorce Lawyer!
John took my case after I had to fire an incompetent wanna-be lawyer from Monroe Georgia! John got this matter of divorce finalized, in tact and also got me through it. If you want a great divorce lawyer, trust me on this one, hire John Smith. He was fantastic in court and in running a past judge/prosecutor under the table. I loved it! John is the real deal when it comes to a professional lawyer.
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Posted by anonymous | April 1, 2011
He is without a doubt more honorable than any attorney I have used. John Smith is a man with integrity and you can trust him. I highly recommend this Attorney.
Posted by Gary | November 5, 2009
Warm, caring professional
John has helped me formulate my will and a number of other vital personal legal documents. He is an intelligent, articulate professional attorney who was the epitome of what a great lawyer really needs to be. I would wholeheartedly recommend him for whatever legal issue you need resolved.
Posted by anonymous | October 14, 2009
Wonderful attorney
Mr. Smith handled my case last year and let me know exactly what was going on every step of the way. He worked out strategies with me that we used during trial and I was really pleased with the outcome. I felt like he handled my case better than my original attorney ever did - Mr. Smith is a good listener and really paid attention to the details of what I needed to acheive. I'd recommend him to anyone who needs a competent attorney.
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Posted by anonymous | October 4, 2015
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Custody Settlement Modification
Mr. Smith had issues with listening to what I wanted as a client. He literally billed me for a process that I did not agree to (I asked him to look into the issue and would confirm with him whether to proceed). His lack of comprehension as to my dismay further supports my experience that he has issues with listening, comprehension or underlying biases that he himself is unaware of.
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Response from John Smith January 20, 2016
I am always ready to discuss any aspect of my client's case with them especially if there is some dissatisfaction. This post is anonymous and I have received no direct complaints from any past or existing clients. I urge the writer to contact me immediately. Lawyers need to be good listeners with as little bias as possible. I believe I do that and make great effort to hear and comprehend everything my clients tell me and work with them to achieve a beneficial result in their individual matters.
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  • Hourly Rates $ 250-250 per hour
  • Retainer Always
Payment methods
Cash, Check, Credit Card


AVVO RATING 9.8 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Senior Associate
  • Daniels & Taylor, P.C.
  • 2013 - 2017
  • Senior Associate
  • Stearns-Montgomery & Associates
  • 2008 - 2009
  • Associate
  • Ballinger & Associates
  • 2005 - 2007
  • Principal
  • Law Office of J. P. Smith
  • 2003 - 2005
  • Associate
  • McGinnis & Chambers
  • 2000 - 2003
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  • University of Georgia
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 1999
  • University of Georgia, Athens
  • BA
  • 1996

Legal Cases

  • Chafin v. Chafin
  • Pending
  • Ms. P v. Mr. P
  • Custody to Mother with appropriate support


  • American Divorce Lawyers
  • Member
  • 2009 - Present
  • Family Law Professionals
  • Member
  • 2009 - Present
  • Collaborative Family Law Group
  • Member
  • 2009 - Present
  • State Bar of Georgia, Family Law Section
  • Member
  • 2000 - Present
  • Phi Alpha Delta
  • Member
  • 2000 - Present
  • Gwinnett County Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2012 - 2017
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Languages Spoken

  • English


  • Premier Attorney
  • American Academy of Trial Attorneys
  • 2015
  • Pro Bono Award
  • Cobb County Bar Association
  • 2013


  • Legal Ethics
  • The Law of Professional Responsibility
  • 1998

Speaking Engagements

Attorney endorsements

Received (16)
Given (15)
Divorce and separation Attorney | Aug 09
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I endorse this lawyer."
Child custody Attorney | Aug 09
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I endorse this lawyer."
Family Attorney | Aug 04
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"John is an experienced family law attorney offering his clients the knowledge and experience necessary for successful results."
Child support Attorney | Mar 04
Relationship: Supervised lawyer
"John is a kindhearted family lawyer but aggressive when necessary."
Divorce and separation Attorney | Mar 04
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"John is a compassionate and aggressive negotiator."
Divorce and separation Attorney | Feb 24
Relationship: Co-worker
"John is an attorney with a unconventionally genious strategic approach."
Divorce and separation Attorney | Feb 23
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"John is an extremely intelligent attorney."
Divorce and separation Attorney | Feb 23
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"John is very efficient and honest."
Divorce and separation Attorney | Feb 23
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"John is an attorney who knows everything about what's involved with complicated divorce."
Family Attorney | Oct 03
Relationship: Co-worker
"John Smith is an excellent attorney and a wealth of knowledge. I am grateful to have someone with his experience as a resource I can turn to. John cares deeply about his clients and is dedicated to providing the highest quality legal representation possible."
Family Attorney | Oct 02
Relationship: Co-worker
"John is an amazing lawyer who is extremely dedicated to his clients. He is very thoughtful and thorough with his legal work. He is a great asset to his firm and to the community at large. With his vast knowledge and experience in the Family law field, there aren't many better attorneys that you could have advocating on your behalf."
Family Attorney | Oct 01
Relationship: Co-worker
"John and I have worked at the same firm for some time now. John is both excellent in court and one of the best legal writers that I have had the pleasure of coming in contact with. He is knowledgeable in many areas of family law, but his expertise in cases involving military families has proved to be a particularly helpful resource. I wholeheartedly recommend him."
Divorce and separation Attorney | Oct 01
Relationship: Co-worker
"John has a wealth of experience that makes him invaluable to our clients and our firm. I go to John anytime I need advice on a case; our clients should rest easy at night knowing John is representing them on their case. He is an outstanding family law attorney that I would wholeheartedly recommend to anyone."
Family Attorney | Jan 30
Relationship: Supervised lawyer
"I endorse this lawyer. John is the most straight forward attorney I know. His smooth style and rock solid disposition results from years of success in the Courtroom."
Unknown Attorney | Jan 23
Relationship: Co-worker
"I am grateful to have John as a co-worker. He is smart, conscientious, hard-working and has a lot of common sense. John also possesses a vast amount of knowledge and experience. I endorse him without reservation."
Family Attorney | Oct 30
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I endorse this lawyer's work. John is a great family law attorney!"
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