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Samuel Eugene Thomas

Child custody Attorney at Athens, GA

4.6   38 reviews
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  • State Years
    Tennessee - TN 4 years
    Georgia - GA 10 years
  • Licensed for 4 years
    State TN
    Acquired 2020
    Status
    Active No misconduct found
  • Licensed for 10 years
    State GA
    Acquired 2013
    Status
    Active Member in Good Standing No misconduct found

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

About Samuel

Learn Samuel’s areas of practice.

5
Practice areas
  1. Child custody
    20%
    In an emotional case such as child custody, you need skilled representation. Consider me for your needs in a moment like this.

  2. Child support
    20%

  3. Divorce and separation
    20%
    I handle both uncontested as well as contested divorces. No matter how complex your situation is, consider me!

  4. Family
    20%

  5. Adoption
    10%
    Adoptions are a beautiful thing in the law. You deserve the best representation in these special moments. Call today!

  6. Immigration
    10%

WE ARE HERE TO HELP! CALL TODAY!!

A life-long resident of Athens, Georgia, Samuel E. Thomas is a 2010 graduate of the University of Georgia with a B.A. in Political Science. He is also a 2012 graduate of the University of Alabama School of Law in Tuscaloosa. He was admitted into the practice of law in June of 2013. Samuel E. Thomas is a fourth-generation small business owner in the Athens, Georgia area. He is admitted to all State and Superior Courts throughout the state of Georgia, the Court of Appeals of Georgia, and the Supreme Court of Georgia. Samuel E. Thomas is the current Chair of the Child Support Committee of the Family Law Section of the American Bar Association and the former Co-Chair of the Law Practice Committee of the Family Law Section of the American Bar Association. He is also the Vice-Chair of the Solo/Small Firm of the Young Lawyers Division of the American Bar Association.

Awards

Client's Choice 2021,2020,2019,2018
Client's Choice
2021 2020 2019 + 1 ...
Top Contributor 2014,2013
Top Contributor
2014 2013

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Location

Law Office of Samuel E. Thomas, LLC
585 Research Drive
Suite-A
Athens, GA, 30605

Reviews

4.6 / 5.0
  38 customer reviews
Client's Choice 2021
Client's Choice
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Posted by anonymous | January 30, 2020
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Awesome Attorney!!!!
Sam is an awesome attorney. He did an amazing job on my divorce. Communication with him was very important to me & updates about my case & he never let me down & answered every question I had & always kept me up to date.
Response from Samuel Thomas January 31, 2020
Thank you so much!
Posted by Kristen | June 21, 2018
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Sam Thomas is MY Lawyer
Last year I moved a county away from my daughter's father that in turn lead to a custody battle. After 6 years of having my daughter with me every day and coparenting with her father (6 years of being divorced), I was facing the fear of having her taken from me. Being a single mother, with a new job and living in a new county I had very little resources. I found Sam Thomas through a local search and had a very insightful consultation with him. He worked with my income situation, broke down the legal terminology with me and walked me step by step through the process. The process lasted over a year but Mr. Thomas remained patient, active and kept clear communication with me throughout it all. I feel that on a professional level, Mr. Thomas is a humble, caring man who will provide you with and be the resources you need. I am proud to say he represented me. I am also happy to say my beautiful 8 year old loves her "new" school and all of the time she spends snuggling with me and going on adventures with me in our new home town. I still call Sam "my lawyer" even though I no longer have an open case and I recommend him to anyone who is looking for an affordable, dependable lawyer.
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Posted by Subrina | November 26, 2021
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Amazing divorce lawyer!
Sam is an amazing divorce lawyer. He not only helped me with the paperwork, but he added in anything that I thought was important. He's very kind and patient with you through the whole process. Everybody in his office is very kind and willing to help in any way they can. I would recommend him to anybody that is having to go through this process.
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Posted by anonymous | November 26, 2021
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| Hired Attorney
Excellent attorney
Sam has worked on a few cases for me communication is excellent & his guidance is extremely valuable. Will absolutely continue to use him to handle my future cases as well.
Posted by Robert | August 6, 2021
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Excellent job and professional
Sam and his staff are articulate and perform their due diligence. They allowed me to relax and fully know that my divorce was constantly progressing. Sam was was my advocate and he definitely exceeded my expectations. Thank you Sam.
Posted by Lorey | March 1, 2021
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| Hired Attorney
Excellent Communication Skills
I interviewed several attornies before hiring Mr. Thomas. I chose him based on the fact that he identified my needs immediately and had a firm grasp of the details of what I was facing. Mr. Thomas communicated thoroughly throughout my case. He was a sympathetic, active listener who prepared me for all phases of the process. Mr. Thomas worked tirelessly to the very end with confidence and cheer. I would recommend him without reservation to anyone entering the court system.
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Posted by Tina | February 25, 2021
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TL
I consulted him for my son. He needed advice about visitation with his 6 mos old daughter. I’m very happy with his advice, and I am looking forward to working with him to make sure my son’s “Dad” rights are fully exercised.
Posted by Karlye Duffield | February 11, 2021
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| Hired Attorney
Couldn't Ask for Better
I don't think there are enough stars to give Sam and his team honestly. He's is amazing. I went through a rough and hard child battle and Sam was there every step of the way. He answered every phone call , every question myself or my family had , and every email I sent I got an immediate response to . I was updated every step of the way no matter what from start to finish . My case wasn't easy and Sam didn't turn away . I would recommend him 100% to anyone looking for a family lawyer . Thank you so much for everything you did for my family and I Sam. You and your team are truly a blessing !!
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Posted by anonymous | December 17, 2020
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| Hired Attorney
Divorce
Sam was great! He answered all of my questions and kept me updated throughout the entire process. He made the process as simple as possible and it was finalized rather quickly. Very happy with my decision to hire and grateful that they handled almost all communications with my Ex husband.
Posted by Briana | December 1, 2020
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
The best!!
Sam is the absolute best... Very personable very approachable and Stayed on top of my divorce proceedings even through a pandemic. I would absolutely use him again and recommend him to anyone
Posted by Keith | September 3, 2020
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Knowledge is Power
I hired Mr Thomas back in 2017. He represented me in a nasty divorce case that had several contempt of court motions etc. I was taken to the cleaners so to speak. He did countless of hours of additional work without ever seeking additional funds because he wanted justice. When my case ended and after 18 months my child’s mother decided she no longer wanted the kids I tried on my own to get the case transferred. After being told No by the judge. I went back to Mr Thomas to get my case transferred to South Carolina. He was able to get the judge to relinquish my case and get it transferred using case law which is why I title this review knowledge is power. I highway recommend Mr Thomas to anyone who is in a divorce case or child custody case. This retainers are fair, he will go beyond and treat you fair. He will not nickel and dime you.
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Posted by Lindsey | July 9, 2020
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| Hired Attorney
Five stars!
We hired Sam to assist with a divorce & he was awesome to work with in such a frustrating/hard time he helped ease it all. Very responsive, knowledgeable, super nice guy! Would definitely recommend!
Posted by Marija | June 30, 2020
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Powerful
I wanted to write a review DURING my divorce process because of how Sam was handling my case. We are at the end now, and I am so pleasantly pleased! Sam was quick to respond to any questions I had, and he also had a way of calming the situation down and listening while also being direct. He understands the emotions involved with the divorce process, and was so kind and patient with me. Professional, empathic and reliable, Sam’s style as an attorney is exactly what I needed. Great results!
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Posted by Dale | April 8, 2020
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| Hired Attorney
MUST HIRE THIS MAN!
This man put time effort blood sweat and tears into my case couldn't ask for a better lawyer keeps GREAT contact with his client every step of the way!
Posted by Tiffany | October 2, 2019
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Sam is the BEST!
Sam represented me in an intense custody modification. He really knows his stuff. He is passionate about what he does, and it shines through in his work! He is knowledgeable, professional, and overall just a good guy. I highly recommend him for any custody or divorce. He has been a God send for our family!! I cannot thank him enough!!
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Posted by anonymous | June 26, 2019
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samual Thomas
samual was very pleasant to work with. He listened to all of my questions and responded quickly. Results were quick and fair. Would definatly use him again if the need arises.
Posted by Jennifer | June 7, 2019
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Number one lawyer.
Samuel Thomas was great at communication and returning my calls and answering all my questions and dealing with my situation. He was very honest and polite towards me. He was very professional about everything. He did and excellent proving results desired. All and all he is a great lawyer. I will be recommending him to everyone I can. Very pleased with him.
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Posted by Tyesha | March 20, 2019
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| Hired Attorney
The best!
I am current deployed and he made the process so quick and easy for me. I’d definitely recommend him to anyone military
Response from Samuel Thomas March 23, 2019
Thank you! It was a pleasure working with you!
Posted by anonymous | March 17, 2019
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| Hired Attorney
Samuel Thomas
He always contacted me immediately whenever anything was going on with my case. He also responded quickly whenever I contacted him. He explained things very well and was a great person to work with.
Posted by Troy | February 14, 2019
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Great divorce lawyer
I would recommend Mr thomas to anyone , I had never been through a divorce before , and he made everything super simple , I got everything I asked for and then some. He was very active if I needed an answer he got it the same day, always returned my calls and never had to second guess anything he did. I would highly recommend anyone to him no matter your case I'm sure you will be more than pleased with his services.
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Cost

Rates
  • Hourly Rates $ 100-200 per hour
  • Contingency 25%-50%
  • Retainer Sometimes
Payment methods
Cash, Check, Credit Card

Resume

AVVO RATING 10.0 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Owner
  • The Law Office of Samuel E. Thomas, L.L.C.
  • 2013 - Present
  • Partner
  • Classic City Legal, LLC
  • 2017 - 2019
  • Associate
  • Timmons, Warnes & Mercer, LLP
  • 2014 - 2015
  • Law Clerk
  • Law Office of Dennis Helmreich
  • 2012 - 2013
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Education

  • University of Alabama
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 2012
  • University of Georgia, Athens
  • BA - Bachelor of Arts
  • 2010

Sample of Legal Cases

  • Recent Child Custody Case I argued (Nov 2013)
  • Maintained primary phsyical custody for my client

Associations

  • American Bar Association, Family Law Section
  • Chair- Adoption Committee
  • 2022 - Present
  • Georgia State Bar Association, Family Law Section
  • Member
  • 2013 - Present
  • American Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2010 - Present
  • Phi Alpha Delta
  • Member
  • 2010 - Present
  • American Bar Association, Family Law Section
  • Vice Chair, Alimony Committee
  • 2017 - 2018
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Languages Spoken

  • English

Honors and Awards

  • Best of the Best-Family Law
  • OnlineAthens
  • 2023
  • Super Lawyers Rising Star
  • SuperLawyers
  • 2021
  • Athens' Favorite Lawyer to Sort Out Your Affairs
  • Flagpole Magazine
  • 2020
  • Athens' Favorite Lawyer to Sort Out Your Affairs
  • Flagpole Magazine
  • 2019
  • Lead Counsel
  • Thomson Reuters
  • 2018
  • Reader's Choice Awards- Best of the Best
  • Athens Magazine
  • 2017
  • Salomon Award
  • Sarah and Michael Salomon
  • 2011
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Publications

  • American Journal of Family Law
  • Technology Needed to Effectively Represent Modest Means Family Law Clients.
  • 2021

Speaking Engagements

  • American Bar Association, Family Law Section
  • Litigating Child Custody on a Shoestring Budget
  • 2019
  • Phi Alpha Delta-Monthly Meeting
  • Family Law/Owning a Law Firm
  • 2016
  • Phi Alpha Delta Pre-Law Meeting
  • Family Law
  • 2014
  • Local political organization
  • Governor's campaign
  • 2010
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Attorney endorsements

Received (45)
Given (75)
Endorse Samuel
Divorce and separation Attorney | Mar 17
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"I endorse this lawyer."
Divorce and separation Attorney | Feb 10
Relationship: Friend
"I endorse this lawyer."
Family Attorney | Jun 12
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I always recommend Sam to anyone who needs a family lawyer. Everyone I've referred to Sam has greatly appreciated the referral to an excellent attorney. Sam is a great attorney."
Unknown Attorney | May 16
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Sam is an excellent attorney committed to providing the highest quality representation to his clients."
Family Attorney | Apr 24
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Sam has an easy-going manner which can be very beneficial when dealing with the emotions involved in contested cases."
Unknown Attorney | Mar 13
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"An excellent lawyer who treats clients with patience, care, understanding, and utmost professionalism - an even better person and I wholeheartedly recommend for future services."
Unknown Attorney | Jan 20
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Divorce and separation Attorney | Jan 11
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Sam is diligent, knowledgeable and works well with attorneys and his clients."
Divorce and separation Attorney | Feb 11
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Mr. Thomas is a very knowledgeable and effective advocate for his clients."
Criminal defense Attorney | Oct 13
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Unknown Attorney | Feb 27
Relationship: Other
"Very determined and dedicated attorney. I endorse this lawyer"
Divorce and separation Attorney | Jan 09
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Divorce and separation Attorney | Dec 09
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Unknown Attorney | Oct 03
Relationship: Other
"I endorse this lawyer."
Unknown Attorney | Oct 01
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Zealous advocate -- asset to legal community."
Family Attorney | Sep 30
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Adoption Attorney | Sep 28
Relationship: Other
"I endorse this lawyer."
Unknown Attorney | Sep 24
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Unknown Attorney | Sep 17
Relationship: Other
"I endorse this lawyer. Excellent contributions and an asset to the AVVO community."
Unknown Attorney | Sep 15
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse Samuel. Highly respected in the legal community with a strong reputation for client advocacy and dedication."
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