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John Andrew Donsbach

Litigation Attorney at Martinez, GA

5.0   3 reviews
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  • State Years
    South Carolina - SC 22 years
    Georgia - GA 23 years
    Alabama - AL 24 years
  • Licensed for 22 years
    State SC
    Acquired 2001
    Good Standing No misconduct found
  • Licensed for 23 years
    State GA
    Acquired 2000
    Active Member in Good Standing No misconduct found
  • Licensed for 24 years
    State AL
    Acquired 1999
    Occupational License - Authorized to Practice No misconduct found

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

About John

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Practice areas

Mr. Donsbach is a founding member and managing partner of Donsbach Law Group, LLC. His practice focuses in the areas of Business Planning and Formation, Estate Planning, Probate & Estate Administration, Individual Tax Planning, Taxation and Real Estate.

He received his LL.M. (Masters of Law) degree in Taxation from Boston University in 2000. In 1999, he received his J.D. degree from the University of Alabama. While in law school, he served as an Intern for the Internal Revenue Service District Counsel's Office and as a student editor for the American Journal of Tax Policy. Mr. Donsbach majored in Economics at Vanderbilt University and received a B.A. degree with a minor in Business Administration in 1996.

He was admitted to the State Bar of Alabama in 1999, State Bar of Georgia in 2000, and State Bar of South Carolina in 2001. In addition to his state bar memberships, Mr. Donsbach is admitted to practice before the Federal District Court for the Northern District of Georgia, Federal District Court for the Southern District of Georgia, Federal District of South Carolina, Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals, Eleventh Circuit Court of Appeals and United States Tax Court.

After more than twenty (20) years of practice, Mr. Donsbach has extensive estate planning, probate, and corporate practice experience, involving the drafting as well as litigation of these matters in the state and federal courts of Georgia and South Carolina. He has served as a special master in both federal and state courts, as well as being a certified mediator. With his real estate practice, he handles numerous residential and commercial real estate closings on an annual basis, including 1031 transactions. He is currently a Title Agent with Chicago Title Insurance Company in both Georgia and South Carolina.

He is a member of the Augusta Estate Planning Council, Augusta Bar Association, Past President of the Martinez-Evans Rotary Club, Former Cubmaster for Pack 56 at Stevens Creek Elementary School, Assistant Scoutmaster for Troop 10 at the Church of the Holy Comforter, and member of Wesley United Methodist Church. Mr. Donsbach was selected by his peers to be honored in the Atlanta Magazine, Georgia Super Lawyers – Rising Star Edition and rated as Superb by AVVO lawyer directory.

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Donsbach Law Group, LLC
504 Blackburn Dr
Martinez, GA, 30907-8201


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Posted by Martha and Jim | April 29, 2021
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Dr. Martha Tingen and Mr. Jim Tingen
Mr. Donsbach is the ultimate listener, discerner, and expert at planning and implementing a proper approach to a challenging legal matter. I wish we had sought his distinguished counsel earlier as the two prior attorneys were basically a waste of time and dollars. We could not be more pleased with Mr. Donsbach and his services. He is always available and responds timely to questions. I have been known to be extremely particular, yet Mr. Donsbach met, no he exceeded my expectations. We are thankful for him and that he is in our community. If you need expert legal counsel, you should contact him!
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Posted by anonymous | May 23, 2019
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Honest, Effective, and Knowledgable Attorney
My case was highly complex and I hired him late in the game. I wish I had known about him much earlier. Nevertheless, he was able to get up to speed very quickly and become an effective advocate for me. I would never have been able to get the results I did without him. I highly recommend Mr. Donsbach for any legal needs you might have.
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Posted by robert | March 24, 2015
Honest and straight forward
John is a honest and straight forward attorney. John will never allow you to go down the wrong path. I would never use anyone else in Georgia.


  • Hourly Rates $ 375-375 per hour
  • Contingency 20%-40%
Payment methods
Cash, Check, Credit Card


AVVO RATING 8.9 (Excellent)

Work Experience

  • Partner
  • Donsbach Law Group, LLC
  • 2002 - Present


  • Boston University School of Law
  • LL.M - Master of Laws
  • 2000
  • University of Alabama School of Law
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 1999
  • Vanderbilt University
  • BA - Bachelor of Arts
  • 1996

Legal Cases

  • Forlando J. Brown, et. al. v. Adele J. Pope, et. al.
  • Summary Judgment by District Court which was affirmed by the Fourth Circuit Unites States Court of Appeals
  • Davis v. VCP South, LLC (321 Ga. App. 503 (2013); 297 Ga. 616 (2015)
  • Georgia Court of Appeals and Supreme Court of Georgia upheld determination.
  • Ford v. Reynolds, 315 Ga. App. 200 (2012)
  • The Georgia Court of Appeals affirmed the trial court's grant of summary judgment to our client.
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  • Historic Augusta
  • Board Member
  • 2015 - Present
  • State Bar of South Carolina
  • Member
  • 2001 - Present
  • Augusta Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2000 - Present
  • Augusta Estate Planning Council
  • Member
  • 2000 - Present
  • State Bar of Georgia
  • Member
  • 2000 - Present
  • State Bar of Alabama
  • Member
  • 1999 - Present
  • Rotary Club of Martinez-Evans
  • Past President
  • N/A
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Languages Spoken

  • English

Honors and Awards

  • Best Law Firms Trusts & Estates Law
  • Best Lawyers
  • 2020
  • Peer Review Rated
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2017
  • Rising Star
  • SuperLawyers
  • 2011
  • Rising Star
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2006
  • Rising Star
  • Georgia Super Lawyers
  • 2005
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  • Estate Administration from Start to Finish, National Business Institute
  • Estate Administration
  • 2015
  • Estate Planning Institute, ICLE of Georgia
  • What Have They Done To Us Now? and What, If Anything, Can We Do About It?
  • 2010

Speaking Engagements

  • Estate Administration from Start to Finish
  • Estate Administration
  • 2015
  • Landowners Initiative for Forestry Eductaion
  • Estate Planning for your Family's Future
  • 2014
  • Update on Probate Litigation in Georgia
  • Probate Litigation
  • 2013
  • Estate Planning Institute
  • Estate Planning - Changes in Law
  • 2010
  • Small Business Development Seminar
  • Business Planning For the Small Business: What you need to Know Before You Start
  • 2008
  • Augusta Bar CLE
  • Guardians and Conservators for Adults
  • 2006
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Attorney endorsements

Received (1)
Given (1)
Endorse John
Estate planning Attorney | Mar 26
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. I have referred many clients to John , and he has also done my personal estate work . John is the go to estate lawyer in the Augusta area . He can communicate complicated estate and tax issues in simple terms . I strongly recommend John and his team ."
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Martinez Litigation Lawyer John Andrew Donsbach
John Andrew Donsbach
Litigation Attorney
Martinez, GA
Licensed for 24 years
Virtual consultation available