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Morris Hugh Wiltshire Jr.

also known as Mo Wiltshire

About me

MORRIS H. WILTSHIRE, JR. "Mo"is one of the very few lawyers in Georgia to have earned the rating  “Superb” scoring a perfect “10.0/10.0″ by, the world’s largest online legal directory and attorney rating and review organization, in both Criminal Defense and DUI Defense. In the State of Georgia less than 5% of lawyers have earned these top ratings in both Criminal Defense and DUI Defense.

Mo Wiltshire is rated AV Preeminent the highest rating afforded for "Legal Ability" and “Very High Ethical Standards” by Martindale-Hubbell the peer review attorney  rating guide. Mo is a member of the National Association of Distinguished Counsel an organization whose membership is limited to the top 1% of attorneys in the country. Mo holds a ranking as a “Top 10 Defense Attorney” in the State of Georgia by The National Academy of Criminal Defense Attorneys. Mo was also selected as one of the“Top 100 Criminal Defense Lawyers” in the State of Georgia by The American Society of Legal Advocates and as a “Top 100 Trial Lawyer” in the area of Criminal Defense by the National Trial Lawyers: Top 100 Lawyers group. Mo has also been recognized as one of the top DUI Defense Attorneys in the state by the National Advocacy for DUI Defense. Mo was honored as one of the 10 Best Criminal Defense Lawyers in Georgia for Client Satisfaction for 2014, 2015 & 2016 by the American Institute of Criminal Law Attorneys. Mo has been selected for a Client’s Choice Award from AVVO for 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015 & 2016.


Mo graduated cum laude from Millsaps College in Jackson, MS in 1991 and received his J.D. from the University of Georgia School of Law in 1994. His law school honors include being named to the Order of Barristers.


Mo was admitted to the Georgia Bar in 1994 and served as an Assistant District Attorney in the Blue Ridge Judicial Circuit from 1994-1996 prosecuting violent felony crimes and drug trafficking cases. Mo was a member of the Athens firm Garcia, Rose & Wiltshire were he practiced law upon returning to Athens in 1996. In the year 2004 Mo Wiltshire was the Republican Party Nominee for District Attorney for Athens-Clarke and Oconee County and was endorsed by the Police Benevolent Association of Georgia, Inc., the Athens-Banner Herald, and the Athens Daily News during the election. Mo was appointed by Governor Perdue as Solicitor-General for Athens-Clarke County in 2005 and served in that post until January 1, 2007 where he lead the office charged with the prosecution of all matters in the State Court of Clarke County and Athens City Courts. When his term as Solicitor-General expired he joined the law firm of Prior, Daniel & Wiltshire and resumed the private practice of law.

His law practice includes extensive criminal jury trial work in courts throughout Georgia and the Southeast as well as business, insurance, personal injury and family law litigation. He is a member of the Georgia Bar Association, The Western Circuit Bar Association (Treasurer 2005-2006) and the Georgia Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers.

 Mo Wiltshire has served and continues to serve in many capacities in the community including as the Special Prosecutor for Athens-Clarke County Coroner's Inquests in Death Investigations (2000-2005). He serves as a Volunteer Instructor for the Athens-Clarke County Police Department, NOBIC (New Officer Basic Investigation Course) Program (2000-present). He also serves as Faculty Member for the Institute of Continuing Legal Education in the Georgia Trial Skills Clinic (1999-present). Mo is also a frequent speaker at Athens-Clarke County Hospitality Resource Panel initiatives regarding Underage Alcohol Consumption and Liability Issues for local business owners (1999-present), he has served with the American Cancer Society Relay for Life, as a Judge for the University of Georgia School of Law Mock Trial and Moot Court Programs (1996-present), and as a Judge for many High School Mock Trial Competitions sponsored by the Georgia Bar Association (1996-present) as a speaker and panelist for Safe Campuses Now, Inc. and as the lawyer's chair of the United Way of Northeast Georgia, Doctors v. Lawyers Basketball Challenge.


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Contact info

Prior Daniel & Wiltshire, LLC

490 North Milledge Avenue
Athens, GA, 30601

Prior Daniel & Wiltshire, LLC

288 South Main Street
Madison, GA, 30650

Prior, Daniel & Wiltshire, LLC

1360 Caduceus Way
Building 800, Suite 103
Watkinsville, GA, 30677

Prior Daniel & Wiltshire, LLC

3475 Lenox Road
Atlanta, GA, 30326


Practice areas


  1. Criminal Defense: 50%
    22 years
  2. DUI & DWI: 40%
    22 years
  3. Domestic Violence: 5%
    22 years
  4. Wrongful Death: 5%
    22 years



Hourly ($300/hour), contingent (25-40%), Fixed (always), Retainer (always)

Payment types:

Cash, Check, Credit card

Attorney endorsements

19 total 

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  • Ralph Powell

    Quite simply, Mo is one of the best trial attorneys in the State of Georgia. He is a gifted lawyer who has an incredible ability to cross-examine a witness. I have personally seen experienced law enforcement witnesses wilt under his cross-examination. He is smart, hard-working and always has his client's interest at heart. If you or someone you know has a criminal charge, I strongly urge you to make an appointment to see Mo Wiltshire.


    Ralph Powell Government Attorney
    Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community

  • Page Anthony Pate

    Morris is an outstanding trial lawyer. I have watched him in court on numerous occasions and I am always impressed with his persuasiveness and ability to win tough criminal cases. He works very hard for his clients, and he has a natural connection with jurors and judges. I watched him win a murder trial several years ago that no one else thought was winnable. He is always well prepared and is dedicated to his clients. He is definitely the "go to" lawyer in Athens for serious criminal cases and DUI's. Hire him. He will take good care of you.


    Page Pate Federal crime Attorney
    Relationship: Worked together on matter


GAActive Member in Good Standing 199408/05/2016
We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
Nation's Top 1 PercentNational Association of Distinguished Counsel2015
Top 100 Criminal Defense LawyerAmerican Society of Legal Advocates2015
Top 100 Trial LawyersNational Trial Lawyers2014
Nationally Ranked - Superior AttorneyNational Advocacy for DUI Defense2014
Top 10 Criminal Defense LawyerNational Academy of Criminal Defense Attorneys2014
AV Peer Review RatingMartindale-Hubbell2014
10 Best Attorneys in Client SatisfactionAmerican Institute of Criminal Law Attorneys2014
Top 100 Trial LawyersNational Trial Lawyers2013
Top 100 LawyersNational Academy for DUI Defense2013
Top 100 LawyersAmerican Society of Legal Advocates2013
Top 10 Defense Lawyer - State of GeorgiaNational Academy of Criminal Defense Attorneys2013
Endorsed for District AttorneyPolice Benevolent Association of Georgia2004
Intrastate Mock Trial ChampionState Bar of Georgia, Young Lawyers Division1994
Order of BarristersUniversity of Georgia School of Law1994
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
PartnerPrior Daniel & Wiltshire2007 - Present
Solicitor GeneralState Court Of Athens Clarke County2004 - 2007
Special Prosecutor for InquestsAthens Clarke County Coroner's Office2000 - 2014
PartnerGarcia, Rose & Wiltshire2000 - 2004
Associate AttorneyGarcia & Powell1997 - 2000
Assistant District AttorneyDistrict Attorney Blue Ridge Judicial Circuit1994 - 1997
Association namePosition nameDuration
The Western Circuit Bar AssociationMember1996 - Present
State Bar of GeorgiaMember1994 - Present
Georgia Association of Criminal Defense LawyersMemberN/A
Western Circuit Bar AssociationTreasurer2006 - 2007
Athens-Oconee Domestic Violence Task ForceCo-Chair2005 - 2007
Prosecuting Attorneys' Council of GeorgiaMember2005 - 2007
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
State of Georgia v. T.L. (recent Felony Jury Trial win)Not Guilty Verdict
United States v. J.S. (Federal Criminal Case)Charges reduced and dropped.
State of Georgia v. L.B. (DUI and Drug charges)Charges dropped.
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School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
University of Georgia School of LawLawJD - Juris Doctor1994
Millsaps CollegePolitical ScienceBA - Bachelor of Arts1991
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
G. Christy Memorial Trial Skills ClinicTrial Advocacy Skills2015
Athens Clarke County Police DeptNew Officer Investigation Course: Courtroom Training2015
The Council on Alcohol & DrugsAlcohol Liability Issues for Business2014
Sigma Kappa SororityDUI/MIP Avoidance for Students2014
G. Christy Memorial Trial Skills ClinicTrial Advocacy Skills2014
Addiction Counselors Continuing EducationEthical Considerations in DUI Probation2014
G. Christy Memorial Trial Skills ClinicTrial Advocacy Skills2013
Athens-Clarke County Police DepartmentNew Officer Investigation Course: Courtroom Training2013
Addiction Counselors Continuing EducationGeorgia DUI Update for Therapists2013
Phi Kappa Psi at UGADUI Defense for Students2012
Lambda Chi Alpha at UGADUI Defense for Students2012
Delta Tau Delta at UGAAvoiding DUI/MIP Issues2012
Delta Sigma Phi at UGAAvoiding DUI/MIP Issues2012
Beta Theta Phi at UGAAvoiding DUI/MIP Issues2012
Athens-Clarke County Police DepartmentNew Officer Investigation Course: Courtroom Training2012
Addiction Counselors Continuing EducationGeorgia DUI Update for Therapists2012
Georgia Civil Justice Foundation: The People's Law SchoolFrom Arrest to Prosecution: An Overview for the Citizen2011
G. Christy Memorial Trial Skills ClinicTrial Advocacy Skills2011
Athens-Clarke County Police DepartmentNew Officer Investigation Course: Courtroom Training2011
Gary Christy Memorial Trials Skills ClinicTrial Advocacy Skills2010
ACC Police DepartmentNew Officer Investigation Course: Courtroom Training2010
Georgia Trial Skills ClinicTrial Advocacy Skills2009
Advanced Academy Graduate TrainingCourtroom Testifying for Police Officers2009
Georgia Trial Skills ClinicTrial Advocacy Skills2008
Academy Graduate Advanced TrainingCourtroom Testifying for Police Officers2008
Georgia Trial Skills ClinicTrial Advocacy Skills2007
Academy Graduate Advanced TrainingCourtroom Testifying for Police Officers2007
Safe Campuses NowSexual Assault and Safety in Clarke County2006
Academy Graduate Advanced TrainingCross Examination for Police Officers2006
University of Georgia Student Government AssociationWestern Judicial Circuit District Attorney Forum2004
Federation of NeighborhoodsDistrict Attorney's Forum2004
Athens-Clarke County Hospitality Resource PanelDowntown Athens Safety Seminar2002
Hospitality Resource PanelBar Owners Liability and Security Issues2001