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I grew up in Milledgeville, and after attending law school at George Mason in northern Virginia, I decided to move home to practice law.  My practice focuses on eminent domain law, representing businesses (everything from setting up businesses to litigating business disputes), and representing individuals bringing consumer actions under the Fair Business Practices Act.  I also have handled several adoptions over the years, which are particularly rewarding to handle.


My wife is also at attorney in Macon, and we enjoy spending time with our two dogs, traveling, going to concerts, and golfing.


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Practice areas


  1. Litigation: 50%
    11 years
  2. Business: 30%
    11 years
  3. Land Use & Zoning: 15%
    11 years
  4. Adoption: 5%
    11 years



Hourly ($195-250/hour), contingent (33-40%), Fixed (sometimes), Retainer (sometimes), Free consultation (60 minutes)

Payment types:

Cash, Check, Credit card

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  • Kenneth Everett Barton III

    I have known Devlin personally and professionally for over a decade. Devlin is much more than an outstanding trial attorney and brilliant legal mind; he takes a great personal interest in his clients' legal difficulties. Devlin is not only well versed in the law, but he has the rare ability to explain it to his clients and juries alike. Devlin fights aggressively for his clients both in and outside of the courtroom, but never strays from the rules or his ethical duties. There is no doubt that these are traits he acquired while working to become an Eagle Scout. Clients should have no reservation trusting Devlin to handle their business and personal legal matters. It is because of these traits that I chose to start my legal career working for such a phenomenal individual and attorney.


    Kenneth Barton Litigation Attorney
    Relationship: Worked for lawyer

Contact info

577 Mulberry Street, 14th Floor
P.O. Box 229
Macon, GA, 31202-0229


GAActive Member in Good Standing 200508/05/2016
We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
Rising StarSuper Lawyers2016
AV Peer Review RatingMartindale-Hubbell2013
Silver Beaver AwardBoy Scouts of America2012
2004 Scott C. Whitney Writing Prize RecipientGeorge Mason University School of Law2004
Senator Leroy S. Bendheim Scholarship RecipientGeorge Mason University School of Law2003
Distinguished Service AwardOrder of the Arrow, Boy Scouts of America2002
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
Partner/AttorneyCooper, Shrable, & Cooper, L.L.P.2016 - Present
Special Assistant Attorney GeneralGeorgia Department of Transportation2013 - Present
Partner/AttorneySell & Melton, LLP2013 - 2016
Associate AttorneySell & Melton, L.L.P.2008 - 2012
Law Clerk, Judges Lamar W. Sizemore, Jr. & Tilman E. Self, IIISuperior Courts of Georgia, Macon Judicial Circuit2006 - 2008
InternMontgomery County, Maryland State Attorney's Office2004 - 2004
Law ClerkHouston County Government Offices - District Attorney2004 - 2004
Margaret "Peg" Rowley Summer FellowshipThe Ludwig von Mises Institute2003 - 2003
Intern, Center for Legal & Judicial StudiesThe Heritage Foundation2002 - 2002
Association namePosition nameDuration
The Supreme Court Historical SocietyMember2015 - Present
Central Georgia Council, Boy Scouts of AmericaBoard of Directors2007 - Present
William A. Bootle American Inn of CourtMember2007 - Present
Georgia Trial Lawyers AssociationMember2007 - Present
Macon Bar AssociationMember2006 - Present
State Bar of GeorgiaMember2005 - Present
American Bar AssociationMember2002 - Present
George Mason University Alumni AssociationMember2002 - Present
National Eagle Scout AssociationLife Member1993 - Present
Leadership Macon, Class of 2012Graduate2012 - 2012
Georgia College & State University Alumni AssociationBoard of Directors2008 - 2015
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
DOT v. Lamar Advertising Company, Superior Court of Bibb CountyBased on our motion, the Court declared a mistrial.
DOT v. Southeastern Village Market, Superior Court of Bibb CountyThe jury agreed with our legal positions, and we were able to obtain a very favorable result for our client.
Neel v. Macon Water AuthorityCase Settled Before Trial.
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Publication nameTitleDate
Issues in CondemnationLitigating a Condemnation Case Involving Franchise Rights in Georgia2013
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
George Mason University School of LawLawJD - Juris Doctor2005
University of Georgia, Georgia College and State UniversityEconomicsBS - Bachelor of Science2002
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
The Trial of an Eminent Domain Case from Start to FinishSpecial Ethics/Professionalism Presentation2016
Issues in CondemnationCo-Host2015
Issues in CondemnationNuances of Business Loss Litigation2015
GDOT Special Assistant Attorney General SeminarFranchise Rights and Business Losses2015
"May It Please The Court" - Effective Case Presentation at TrialMaximize the Effectiveness of your Exhibits2015
"May It Please The Court" - Effective Case Presentation at TrialEthical Considerations2015
Issues in CondemnationCo-Host2014
Issues in CondemnationFranchisor/Franchisee Rights in a Condemnation Case2014
Jones Cork & Miller CLE ProgramSuperior Court Practice Pointers2013
Issues in CondemnationFranchisor/Franchisee Rights in a Condemnation Case2013
Membership MeetingThe Basics of Parliamentary Procedure2010
Mercer University, Walter F. George School of LawPanel on Judicial Clerkships2008
Mercer University, Walter F. George School of LawPanel on Judicial Clerkships2007
Mercer University, Walter F. George School of LawPanel on Judicial Clerkships2006