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Kim Thomas Stephens

Criminal defense Attorney at Athens, GA

4.9   57 reviews

also known as Kim T. Stephens


Licensed for 29 years

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Professional Advice.  Powerful Defense.  Call 706-510-3503 if you have been charged with DUI, MIP or serious felony crimes.

Kim Stephens aggressively defends people accused of crimes. He graduated from the University of Georgia with a B.S.Ed. in Mathematics and a Master’s Degree in Sport Management. While attending UGA, Kim started 46 games (a Bulldog record at the time) and lettered for four years on the Bulldogs’ football team receiving numerous academic and athletic honors including: team captain; NCAA Post Graduate Scholarship; Region III GTE Academic All American; Toyota Leadership Award; Football News All American; Academic All Southeastern Conference; and All Southeastern Conference.

Kim completed his law degree at the Georgia State University College of Law and was admitted to the Georgia Bar in 1993. He worked with the largest law firm in Northeast Georgia as a litigator handling personal injury cases, civil matters, UGA Student cases, NCAA investigations, and criminal cases in Athens, around the State of Georgia, and in the Southeastern United States. He opened his own law office in 1998 and honed his craft as a trial lawyer becoming by reputation and performance one of the top criminal and civil trial attorneys in Athens and Northeast Georgia.

Kim has more than 20 years of experience and knowledge in the areas of criminal law, personal injury, business and contract litigation, and probate law in the Athens and around the State of Georgia. He practices in all courts including federal courts, superior and state courts, local municipal courts, probate courts, recorders courts, UGA student hearings, administrative hearings, and appellate courts. Kim gets the best possible outcome for each of his clients by working intelligently and doggedly throughout his clients’ cases aggressively negotiating and, when necessary, aggressively litigating until optimum results are reached.

Client's Choice 2019
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Licensed for 29 years
State GA
Status Active Member in Good Standing
Acquired 1993
Updated 11/03/2022

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

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Client's Choice 2019
Client's Choice
Kim received a significant number of 4+ stars in 2019
Posted by Vicki | January 23, 2019
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
A Very Satisfied Client
When seeking legal representation for someone you care about (love) it is very important to look for the best attorney to give you the best representation and outcome as possible. Kim Stephens (Stephens & Brown, LLC) meet our needs immediately. He was very compassionate and my doubts were reassured. After hiring him my nerves were calmed and he thoroughly explained the process and the strategy in which the case would be handled. I felt very comfortable and confident in my choice of hiring Mr. Stephens. He got us through a difficult time in our lives. He is very professional, extremely knowledgeable, with outstanding analytical skills. He understood my personal situation, and he listened to my questions and provided answers. Finding the best fit for your situation can be challenging, but he was highly recommended to me, and he lived up to the recommendation that was given to me regarding his abilities. He is an excellent, experienced attorney who handles each case with extreme professionalism and care! A very satisfied client! Vicki.
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Posted by anonymous | June 5, 2018
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Rape charges against son dismissed
My son was falsely accused of rape by 2 girls during his first year at UGA. I hired Kim Stephens to represent him with UGA and eventually the criminal case. It was the best decision I could’ve made. After more than a year of working on the cases all charges were dismissed. My son has his future and dreams back. Our family has our lives back. All because we hired the right lawyer. Thank you Mr. Stephens.
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Posted by Janae | October 1, 2022
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Best lawyer in Athens Ga
We hired Kim as a lawyer for my cousin who was facing 7 felony charges. 2 which were vehicular homicide. He won the case with nothing but facts! He's the best hands down!!
Posted by Brandon | April 29, 2022
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| Hired Attorney
My lawyer.
Kim Stephens was the best decision I’ve ever made in my life. His team were always responsive and very helpful. Thanks!
Posted by Wendy | October 23, 2020
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| Hired Attorney
Kim Stephens is excellent Attorney
Kim Stephens helped my family in a legal matter in the past year. He always returned my calls and emails. His staff is efficient, kind and helpful. I recommend him 100%! Wendy N
Posted by Tracey | May 4, 2020
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| Consulted Attorney
Great People make Great Attorneys.. An amazing Experience!!!
Mr. Kim Stephens has without a reason of a doubt displayed extreme professionalism , kindness and Moral. His approach to my Legal matter was handled with care , consideration and thoughtfulness. It is assuring to know that people with great intent are able to assist with outstanding resolve. I will most definitely recommend him for all of any future legal matters.
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Posted by Drew | September 11, 2019
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Kim was responsive and did did exactly what he said he would do.
Kim gave us a best case scenario in the beginning and got it. We are very pleased with his results
Response from Kim Stephens September 12, 2019
Thank you for your kind words.
Posted by anonymous | September 11, 2019
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| Hired Attorney
Dependable and cares about his clients
I have worked with him over the past 10 years and he is the best Attorney I have ever met. He is on top of things and very well respected in the community and surrounding area. Will always highly recommend his professionalism and respect he shows his clients.
Response from Kim Stephens September 12, 2019
Thank you for your kind words.
Posted by Natalie | August 27, 2019
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| Hired Attorney
The Ideal Lawyer Especially For Students
Mr. Stephens was extremely kind and helpful throughout my entire case. He got around $3,000 worth of fines cleared for me and appeared in court while I was out of state visiting family so I did not have to be there. He and his staff were very easy to contact and communicative throughout the process. As a student whose parents live far away he was also a great fatherly figure to make me feel safe during the anxious moments in court. I can not suggest his services enough he is an Amazing guy and Attorney!
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Response from Kim Stephens September 12, 2019
Thank you Natalie.
Posted by Shannon | July 8, 2019
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Great lawyer
I just wanna start by saying thank you to Mr. Stephens for all that he did for my brother. He keep me and my family updated with his case and answered all of our questions. He made a bad situation easy to deal with because you knew hat he would take care of your family.
Posted by anonymous | October 19, 2018
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Forever Thankful
Kim helped me through a very difficult time in my life. I am forever grateful for all that he did for me as I transitioned from UGA to the workforce. Handled everything for me on time and even immediately when hiccups occurred through my own actions. I am able to move forward in life because of Kim. Thank you!
Posted by anonymous | September 3, 2018
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| Hired Attorney
GREAT LAWYER
TOOK MY CASE AT THE LAST MOMENT AND WAS VERY PROFESSIONAL. I HIGHLY RECOMMEND KIM.
Posted by anonymous | August 20, 2018
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Kind, Wise, Dependable
My husband was falsely accused, charged, jailed, and was looking at 25 years in prison for aggravated child molestation. His accuser was a child from the foster care system that we had tried to rescue. We hired Kim Stephens as our attorney. He was very kind to both my husband and I. DFCS, The ADA, The Sherriff’s Dept., and the GBI were all coming down hard on us. It was a very frightening experience. However, Kim Stephens used his years of experience and wisdom to get us through our case. He came to my hearings with DFCS when they were trying to establish a case of neglect for not picking up and housing the accuser. Kim Stephens went the extra mile by attending these neglect hearings. Because of his dependability, our name was not put on the child abuse registry. My husband was in jail for 3 months. During that time, Kim Stephens helped me meet the criteria for getting a bond for my husband. He also collected evidence through myself, family members and friends. Mr. Stephens did not pressure us to take any deals from the ADA. He kept fighting for us. In the end, our case had a favorable outcome. The accuser confessed to lying. Mr. Stephens was the one who recorded that confession. We will be forever greatful for his diligent work on our case.
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Posted by Dunbar | June 21, 2018
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Attorney
Kim Stephens did everything a good lawyer is supposed to do. He kept us informed. He told us what to do and what to expect. He kept us aware of deadlines. He completed our matter start to finish with great professionalism and a fantastic result and his fees were very reasonable. I would highly recommend him for legal assistance in Athens, GA and the surrounding counties.
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Posted by anonymous | June 13, 2018
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Grateful for the outstanding work of Mr. Stephens
We could not be more pleased with our choice to hire Mr. Stephens to represent our son on a legal matter. Mr. Stephens has extensive knowledge of the Athens-Clarke County court system and understands how to develop a strategy to get the best possible outcome for his clients. I am beyond grateful for the work Mr. Stephens did to resolve our son’s case, which resulted in dismissal of the case with no criminal record, upon completion. We are thankful to Mr. Stephens for helping our son overcome a mistake and complete his goal to become a college educated young man with no criminal record. If you find yourself in need of an attorney, I highly recommend Mr. Stephens.
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Posted by Charlotte | June 5, 2018
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Best in Georgia!
Kim is the most amazing attorney in ga he walked me through the the legal system and won my case if you need a A++ Attorney pick him!!!!
Posted by anonymous | June 4, 2018
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| Hired Attorney
Gave me my life back
I was involved in a car accident that resulted in the loss of my fiance. This time in my life was one of the hardest I ever had to go through and Kim was a source of hope for a better tomorrow. He dealt with me on an individual basis and never once judged me or treated me like a number. His expertise gave me comfort and confidence in the midst of many unknown factors and worries. I was facing years in prison but Kim was able to get the judge to agree to probation. Now I have a new outlook and a second chance at life. I am forever indebted to him and would say that he deserves all the accolades he gets. Call him if you are looking for a lawyer with knowledge, professionalism, and concern. Thank you Kim.
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Posted by anonymous | June 4, 2018
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Best Attorney In A Crisis and More
Kim Stephens handled my nieces Recklass Driving case. Upon our first meeting I noticed he was a great listener, compassionate and caring attorney. He is skillful and diligent about working for what is best for his client. As a family member he kept us at ease during my nieces long wait for trial. He made sure we were prepared for each twist and turn along the way. He made himself available for any and all questions and concerns. Kim supported my niece with clear and concise information. Most importantly Kim Stephens is a lawyer you can trust. I hope I never need to use a criminal attorney again. But if for any reason I had cause, Kim Stephens is who I would call. He is a blessing. I can't recommend him enough. He is voted best in my book.
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Posted by anonymous | March 1, 2018
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Client
Mr. Stephens represented our kid in a serious drug case in Athens. Prior to meeting Mr. Stephens, we hired another well-qualified attorney. We added Mr. Stephens based on his tremendous work on another similar case. It was the best decision we have made in a long time. Mr. Stephens was very informed, proactive and an aggressive advocate for our son. The results were better than we thought achievable. He has our highest recommendation and respect. There is not a better criminal defense attorney in the area.
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Posted by anonymous | February 16, 2018
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Highly Reccommend
My 19 year old made some poor choices and was arrested with MIP, False ID, and a felony possession. I found Kim online, called him, and set up a meeting the following week. Kim had already pulled my child's arrest record and obtained copies of the body cam footage from the arrest. He did not make us any promises but he worked diligently within the system. He told us what to expect and what the possible outcomes could be. He also guided us as to what steps we could proactively take prior to our court date. When we finally went to court, he successfully had the false ID charge dropped and the felony reduced to a misdemeanor. My child made a BIG mistake that could have significantly impacted his eventual career options and his future. I am incredibly grateful Kim's legal knowledge and expertise has given my child another chance. Kim was not the first lawyer we hired. The first lawyer we hired had an excellent reputation, however; he did not focus on criminal defense. I would strongly suggest you talk to Kim if you or your child has been charged with a similar offense. Kim went above and beyond our expectations and I could not give a stronger recommendation.
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Cost

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  • Free Consultation 30 minutes
  • Contingency 33%-40%
Payment methods
Cash, Check, Credit Card

Resume

AVVO RATING 10.0 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Attorney
  • Stephens & Brown, LLC
  • 1998 - Present
  • Specially Appointed Attorney General
  • Attorney General's Office
  • 1997 - 1997
  • Attorney
  • Blasingame, Burch, Garrard & Ashley, PC
  • 1993 - 1998

Education

  • Georgia State University College of Law
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 1993
  • University of Georgia, Athens
  • M.Ed.
  • 1992
  • University of Georgia, Athens
  • BS - Bachelor of Science
  • 1987

Legal Cases

  • State v. C.M.
  • Case resolved via a "global settlement" through negotiations in a manner that kept client out of prison and without a felony conviction on his record.
  • State v. L.L.
  • Case dismissed.
  • State v. P.M.
  • Case resolved via negotiated plea to misdemeanor charge allowing client to avoid going to jail or have a felony conviction on his record. No fine or community service.
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Associations

  • National Trial Lawyers Association
  • Top 100 Trial Lawyers
  • 2015 - Present
  • Georgia Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
  • Member
  • 1998 - Present
  • Western Circuit Bar Association
  • Member
  • 1993 - Present
  • American Bar Association
  • Member
  • 1993 - Present
  • National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
  • Member
  • N/A
  • State Bar of Georgia, Young Lawyers Division
  • Director
  • 1996 - 1998
  • Association of Trial Lawyers of America
  • Member
  • 1993 - 1998
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Languages Spoken

  • English

Awards

  • Nationally Ranked Top 10 Award
  • National Academy of Criminal Defense Attorneys
  • 2016
  • Top 100 Criminal Defense Trial Lawyers
  • The National Trial Lawyers
  • 2015
  • AV Rated
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2014
  • Best Attorney - Athens Readers' Choice Award
  • Athens Banner Herald/Online Athens
  • 2014
  • Best Attorney - Athens Readers' Choice Award
  • Athens Banner Herald/Online Athens
  • 2013
  • AV Rated
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2013
  • AV Rated
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2012
  • BV Rated
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2011
  • BV Rated
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2010
  • Permanent Team Captain - Football
  • UGA
  • 1987
  • Post Graduate Scholarship
  • NCAA
  • 1987
  • Academic All American
  • GTE
  • 1987
  • All American - Football
  • Football News
  • 1987
  • All Conference - Football
  • Southeastern Confernce
  • 1987
  • Jenkins Award - Offensive MVP
  • UGA
  • 1987
  • Sphinx Honor Society
  • University of Georgia
  • 1987
  • Academic All SEC
  • Southeastern Conference
  • N/A
  • Hugh Hendrix Award
  • University of Georgia
  • N/A
  • Master 4-H Club Member
  • Georgia 4-H
  • N/A
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Publications

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Speaking Engagements

  • Caribbean Seminar
  • High Profile Cases
  • 1997

Attorney endorsements

Received (6)
Given (5)
Criminal defense Attorney | Apr 22
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I highly recommend Kim Stephens. As an attorney in Atlanta, I sometimes have clients and their friends and family who find themselves in a difficult circumstance in Athens. I regularly recommend that they reach out to Kim for his expertise, experience and practical approach. I cannot recommend Kim highly enough! Matt Clarke"
Criminal defense Attorney | Mar 24
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Kim Stephens is an outstanding trial lawyer. Kim is smart, tough and personable. He has the skills and experience in high profile cases to effectively represent people in real trouble. Kim has a special ability to connect with jurors in a way they can appreciate. He knows what it takes to build a compelling case and is excellent at spotting weakness in the government's arguments. All of these talents benefit his clients. Last but not least, Kim Stephens is a Georgia football legend and is well known by everyone in North Georgia."
Litigation Attorney | Sep 26
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I have known Kim for many years and I endorse him in the area of litigation without any reservations. Having the unique prospective of working with Kim on cases and opposing him on others, I can say that anyone who is thinking of hiring Kim to represent them will be well represented."
Criminal defense Attorney | Sep 22
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I have known Mr. Stephens for over 30 years. There is no other person I would have represent me if I needed help."
Criminal defense Attorney | Sep 22
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Kim is one of the Athens lawyers that knows everyone there is to know. He is a great trial lawyer that will fight in court. He has had several high profile cases in which his clients have been acquitted. If you hire him, you will be in good hands."
Criminal defense Attorney | Sep 17
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I have known Kim for many years. He is an outstanding lawyer. I have worked with him on several cases and have always been very impressed with his legal knowledge, hard work, and compassion for his clients. But Kim's best quality is his judgement. He knows what to do to and when to do it. Whether it's a negotiated settlement or a trial, Kim gets results in cases that other lawyers only wish for. I have referred many clients to Kim over the years and they have all been very impressed with his work and pleased with the outcome. Hire Kim and you will not be disappointed."
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