I completed my undergraduate education at Augusta State University. During my time there, I was a member of the Augusta State University baseball team, where I was a three-time team captain, a two-time Male Student-Athlete of the Year award winner, and also set a NCAA record with a 47 game hitting streak. I was elected Student Body President and received the Senior Service Leadership Award, recognizing outstanding service to the university and the community. Following my time at Augusta State, I played professional baseball in Europe. I attended law school at Michigan State University and graduated in the top 10% of my class. I was also a member of the school’s arbitration and negotiation teams, and played on the school's club ice hockey team.
Upon graduating, I had the privilege to work as a law clerk for The Honorable John M. Ott, Chief Superior Court Judge for the Alcovy Judicial Circuit (Walton and Newton counties). While working for Judge Ott, I gained valuable experience handling domestic relations cases, which included divorce, child custody, child support, and adoptions. After my clerkship, I accepted a position as an Assistant District Attorney in the Alcovy Judicial Circuit. During my time with the Walton County District Attorney’s Office, I prosecuted over 600 felony and misdemeanor cases and had numerous jury trials, obtaining convictions including murder, child molestation, and aggravated assault.
In January 2015, I joined Foster, Hanks & Ballard as an associate practicing primarily in the areas of domestic relations and criminal defense.
In July 2016, I was appointed Associate Magistrate Judge of Oconee County and was one of the youngest serving Judges in the State of Georgia. Following the completion of my initial term in December 2016, I was reappointed to serve Oconee County for another four-year term. Since taking the bench in Oconee County, I have had the honor of sitting as a Superior Court Judge by designation handling criminal jury trials and temporary protective orders. In September 2017, I was hired by the City of Walnut Grove in Walton County, Georgia to be its Chief Municipal Court Judge.
I'm a member of the State Bar of Georgia and also admitted to practice before the United States Supreme Court, United States District Court of the Northern District of Georgia, United States District Court of the Middle District of Georgia, Supreme Court of Georgia, and the Georgia Court of Appeals.
I was born in Marion, South Carolina and moved to Watkinsville, Georgia in 1997. I'm married with three children and a golden retriever. I enjoy spending time with my family and friends, traveling, and cheering on the Michigan State Spartans, Georgia Bulldogs, Atlanta Braves, and Atlanta United.
|GA||Active Member in Good Standing||2010||12/21/2020|
|Award name||Grantor||Date granted|
|Best Law Firm||The Walton Tribune||2015|
|Senior Service Leadership Award||Augusta State University||2005|
|Partner||Hanks, Ballard & Barth||2019 - Present|
|Municipal Court Judge||City of Walnut Grove||2017 - Present|
|Associate Magistrate Judge||Oconee County Magistrate Court||2016 - Present|
|Municipal Court Solicitor||City of Walnut Grove||2015 - 2016|
|Indigent Counsel||Walton County Magistrate Court||2015 - 2017|
|Associate||Foster, Hanks & Ballard, LLC||2014 - 2019|
|Assistant District Attorney||Walton County District Attorney's Office||2012 - 2014|
|Staff Attorney||The Honorable John M. Ott, Chief Superior Court Judge, Alcovy Judicial Circuit||2010 - 2012|
|Law Clerk||Foster & Harmon P.C. - East Lansing, Michigan||2008 - 2009|
|Law Clerk||Robert W. Hunter, III, Attorney At Law - Augusta, Georgia||2004 - 2005|
|Association name||Position name||Duration|
|State Bar of Georgia, Unauthorized Practice of Law, District 10 Committee||Vice-Chairman||2017 - Present|
|Western Judicial Circuit Bar Association||Member||2016 - Present|
|National College of DUI Defense||Member||2015 - Present|
|Georgia Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers||Member||2015 - Present|
|Ocmulgee Circuit Bar Association||Member||2015 - Present|
|Walton County Bar Association||Member||2010 - Present|
|Northeast Georgia Officials Association||Member||2009 - Present|
|The Augusta Chronicle||Former Augusta State Star Works Hard to Accomplish Goals||2014|
|The Walton Tribune||Trial Begins for Parents Accused in Death of Child||2013|
|Athens Banner-Herald||Barth Making His Mark||2005|
|The Augusta Chronicle||ASU Catcher Excels on Field, Classroom||2004|
|Michigan State University College of Law||JD - Juris Doctor||2009|
|Augusta State University||BA - Bachelor of Arts||2005|
|FIrst Pitch Dinner & Fundraiser||Being a Student-Athlete and Life After Baseball||2016|
|Law Day 2014||Serving on a Jury: The Right and Duty of a Citizen||2014|
|State of Georgia v. Jami Lea Jones||Guilty Verdict for Malice Murder - Conviction Upheld by Georgia Supreme Court|
|State of Georgia v. Louis David Jones||Guilty Verdict for Malice Murder - Conviction Upheld by Georgia Supreme Court|
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