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In 1976, Walter James Gordon, Sr. founded The Gordon Law Firm, and since then the firm has been dedicated to serving the people of Georgia. Based in Hart County, the firm extends service to Elbert and Franklin Counties. Concentrating in the areas of Real Estate Law, Local Government Law and Personal Injury, the firm has achieved Martindale-Hubbell’s highest possible rating for legal ability, and is listed in the Bar Register of Preeminent Lawyers. The firm’s commitment is to provide high quality representation, reflective of the highest diligence and integrity, and to achieve equal justice for all.


After graduating from Antioch School of Law in 1976, Walter began as a solo practitioner here in his home town.  Antioch School of Law was located in Washington D.C. and was founded for the purpose of training trial lawyers committed to justice and equality for all.  Walter has retained those ideals in his practice of local government law, general civil litigation, real estate and personal injury matters.  He is admitted to practice before the Superior Courts of the Northern Judicial Circuit, Georgia Court of Appeals, Georgia Supreme Court, United States District Court (Northern and Middle Districts of Georgia), U.S. Court of Appeals (11th Circuit), and the United States Supreme Court. Walter is listed in the Bar Registry of Preeminent Lawyers, and his Bar and practice activities include: Georgia EMC Counsel Association Charter Member (1990-present) and State President (1993-1994); County Attorney for Hart County, Georgia (1980-1984, 1990-Present); State President, County Attorney Section, Association of County Commissioners of Georgia (1997-1998); State Bar of Georgia member of the State Disciplinary Board (1992-1995), member of the Office of General Counsel Overview Committee (1994-1996), member of the Court Futures Committee (1997-2005), and member of the Committee on Judicial Independence (2005); Georgia Legal History Foundation (Trustee, 1995-Present); Northern Circuit Bar Association President (1990), Vice President (1989), and Secretary-Treasurer (1988); American Trial Lawyers Association; Georgia Trial Lawyers Association (1977-Present); Northern Judicial Circuit Public Defender Program Governing Committee (1981-1984; 1989-Present) and Circuit Public Defender Committee.  Other activities and achievements include:  Stone Mountain Memorial Association (Member 1992-2005) and Chairman (1993-1995; 1998-1999); Governor’s Local Government Commission Member (1991-1992); One of “Five Outstanding Young Men in Georgia” 1980 (awarded by Georgia Jaycees); Hartwell Rotary Club, Group Study Exchange; Australia Team Leader (2000), Director (1992-1993), District Interact Chairman (1982-1986), and President (1980-1981). Habitat For Humanity For Hart County Board of Directors (1992-1997); Legal Counsel (1992-Present); Y.M.C.A. Hart County Finance Chairman (1977-1992), District Board of Directors (1978-1992), State YMCA Board of Directors (1983-1995); Hart County Community Theatre Board of Directors (1979-1980 and 2006-present); First Baptist Church of Hartwell Deacon (1997-2007, Chairman 2007), Endowment Committee Chairman, and Sunday School Teacher; and Northview Cemetery Association, Board Member (1994-Present).  Walter and his wife, Pam, reside on beautiful Lake Hartwell.  They have two sons, Daniel Harry and Walter James “Jay”, Jr.  Together they enjoy music, theatre, boating, scuba diving, fly fishing, and adventurous vacations.


Practice areas


  1. Personal Injury: 25%
  2. Real Estate: 25%
  3. Government: 25%
  4. Litigation: 25%

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The Gordon Law Firm

415 East Howell Street
Hartwell, GA, 30643


GAActive Member in Good Standing 197607/15/2016
We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
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Award nameGrantorDate granted
AV Preeminent 5.0 out of 5 Peer Review RatedMartindale-Hubbell2016
Association namePosition nameDuration
State Bar of GeorgiaMember, Board of Governors2011 - Present
Lawyers Foundation of GeorgiaFellowN/A
Association of Trial Lawyers of AmericaMemberN/A
Hart County Bar AssociationMemberN/A
State Bar of Georgia - Committee on Judicial IndependenceMember2006 - 2008
State Bar of Georgia - Court Futures CommitteeMember1998 - 2005
State Bar of Georgia - State Bar Disciplinary BoardMember1992 - 1995
Northern Circuit Bar AssociationPresident1989 - 1990
Hart County Bar AssociationPresident1989 - 1990
Georgia Trial Lawyers AssociationMember1978 - 2008
Northern Circuit Bar AssociationMember1976 - 2008
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
Antioch School of LawLawJD - Juris Doctor1976
Emory UniversityN/ABA - Bachelor of Arts1972