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Lyon David Jemison

Immigration Attorney at Richmond Hill, GA

4.7   15 reviews
Licensed for 12 years Free consultation
Licensed for 12 years Free consultation

About Lyon

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Practice areas
  1. Immigration
    I have been assisting Chinese, Koreans, Japanese, Hispanics, South Americans, Russians, Latvians, Ukrainians, Germans, Ethiopians, Africans, Vietnamese, and many others, with their visa/immigration needs since 2003. I have strong experience with immigrant and non-immigrant visas, visa waivers, VAWA, NAFTA-based visas, F1 student visas, naturalization, and the immigration consequences of criminal conduct, (specifically the issues arising with crimes of violence and moral turpitude.).

    21 years, 10,000 cases

  2. Criminal defense
    I am a former Public Defender and Solicitor. I provide efficient and effective criminal defense legal services to my clients. Just ask my clients.

    13 years, 10,500 cases

  3. Divorce and separation
    My practice involves uncontested divorces and legitimation. I help spouses achieve optimal results with minimal negative impact. This saves parties significant money and time.

    13 years, 500 cases


Status:  Currently my own boss with my own practice.  I and my paralegal handle over 250 active cases.

Professionally, I am a former Solcitor General for the Municipal Court of Garden City.  Therefore I am competent to handle preliminary hearings, plea offers, motions, and trials.

I represent parties charged with felonies and misdemeanors in Pooler, Bloomingdale, Garden City, Port Wentworth, Tybee Island, Bryan County, Liberty County, Tatnall County, Chatham County, and beyond. I do not restrict myself and allow clients to hire me no matter the distance.  You want me, you got me.  Period.

I started as an immigration attorney helping family members bring family members to America.  Over the years I specialized in tourist visas, visas for those with emergency medical needs, L visas, H1B visas, Asylum and Refugee cases, Extreme Hardship cases, Violence Against Women's Act (VAWA) cases, DACA, DAPA, O visas for those of exceptional talent, and more. Being a specialist in certain visas does not mean much unless one is also an expert handling problems at the National Visa Center and at the U.S. Embassies abroad. My firm has these skills.

Immigration is the area I care about most because my passion is in it. And using my criminal law skills, I have branched off and specialized in alayzing and assisting those with immigration consequences caused by past criminal convictions.  I have the skill and talent to investigate past criminal convictions to determine whether they should and can be attacked and overturned in the courts, so a client can obtain lawful status in America.

Immigration is a time consuming practice for me. However when I am asked, I will handle divorce, custody and modification cases.  These matters often require mediation skills and sometimes even litigation.

A client from out-of-state with a temporary consent agreement will ask me to analyze the agreement for weaknesses and arguments to produce more favorable results for that particular client.  And I do this, though my input may not have a significant outcome outside the State of Georgia. I am only licensed in Georgia. However, I can offer an honest and objective opinion, based on the evidence and facts provided to me, of the competency of the attorney used by the client and the strength of the consent agreement.

People trust me.  You will too.  It is not about the money for me, but about the improvement of a person's life with his or her kids. I have a gift for bringing parties to the table to resolve their issues.  I like to eliminate ego and anger and pain, and just get to the life issues, the kid issues, the issues where love and passion preside.  In the end, my clients are grateful for my efforts because I work hard and get the best results possible under the circumstances. I also work face-to-face with the client and do not shuffle my clients off to an assistant.  When you need to see me, you see me. I am your attorney.

I am a hard worker and I do not leave all the work to my paralegal. From 9a.m. meetings with probation officers to meeting clients at 9p.m. at a coffee shop because of the client's busy work schedule, I do not close the window. If you work and need to meet me late, so be it.  I care and I am devoted to honest, affordable, legal representation.  No bullshit.  No lies.  No ego.  Directness and honesty and truth and effort will be all you find with me as your attorney.

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Licensed for 12 years
State GA
Status Active Member in Good Standing
Acquired 2010
Updated 05/03/2023

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

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4.7 / 5.0
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Posted by Ben | September 10, 2013
Lyon to the Rescue!!!
The following is a brief account of our pursuit of a Green Card for my wife which would eventually lead us to Lyon Jamison. Let me first say, that being separated from my wife and 4 year old daughter was not an option. Should there be no other choice, we would all move to her country together. A small country with high unemployment and very few opportunities for me to support my family. After several years with our first "well known" attorney filing motions and appeals and losing each time, we realized we were in trouble. He told us that our case had serious obstacles that were "cast in stone" and could not be overcome and we would have to file appeals on different issues. He was right in that respect as others were being deported for less serious obstacles. We couldn't give up so we decided to find another Attorney. We met with Mr. Jemison who quickly earned our confidence as his honesty, enthusiasm and knowledge gave us hope. His assessment was that this would be one of his most challenging cases. For those serious obstacles he developed a plan to overcome them. Our entire future was dependant on Lyon's strategy. We knew it would be several months before we would see some results. It was nail biting time for us and hard work time for Lyon! Lyon's dedication and tenacity which no amount of money can buy was to prove crucial in the final outcome of this case. When we needed him, we called him and he was there for us every time. Mr. Jemison is a straight shooter who won't waste your time and money with some "pie in the sky" defense and worthless motions. By this time we knew that win or lose we had a great attorney and great representation. There would be no other attorneys. At the end of the day, our first attorney was dead wrong about one thing because he had never met "Lyon David Jemison", those obstacles that were "set in stone" were not only overcome, they no longer existed and to our great joy last week my wife received her Green Card. For the rest of our lives we will be forever grateful to our Attorney Lyon Jemison. Our daughter will grow up with all the opportunities that this great country has to offer because "our" attorney is not only a great attorney, he is the "GREATEST"!!!
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Posted by anonymous | March 25, 2013
Beyond Impressive - Exceptional Service
I would recommend Lyon to anyone looking for an immigration lawyer. He is extremely kind and helpful, knowledgeable and efficient. He never rushes you, always has time to answer questions. We were referred to him by others who had the same wonderful experience.
Posted by Ivan | April 26, 2021
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
If you want to succeed, definitely hire this lawyer! Will take care of you to the roof
Mr. Jemison and cheryl is the best Duo that’s why I recommend them, they know what to do and what’s best for you, they will take care of you and do everything they can just to make sure that the result will be successful. He is currently taking care of my whole family situation and all i can say is great. If you really want a Great lawyer and want to succeed? I will recommend them
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Posted by Sama | September 17, 2020
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| Hired Attorney
Best immigration lawyer in Georgia
Mr Lyon Jemison, is unarguably one of the best immigration lawyer to work with in Georgia .He is very easy to access, and has a beautiful way of communicating with his clients. He handled my case as if it was the only case available to him, in partnership with Ms Cheryl, you can never go wrong in your choice, I recommend his firm to anyone seeking to have first class immigration service .
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Posted by Cheryl | March 14, 2016
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Mr. Jemison is the best!
I highly recommend Lyon Jemison for immigration work. He won't try to get you to make stuff up like some other lawyers out there. He will listen to your situation and let you know what he can do to help you where you're at. In my case, my family owes so much to Jemison's work. He took the time to do so much research and gathered all the necessary tools that my husband and I needed to send him to his home country with a quick and seamless return to the USA. If not for Mr. Jemison's honesty, hard-work and caring spirit, my family could be living a very different life right now, but he helped us work out every detail and be successful! Other lawyers don't know what Jemison knows! He takes the time to figure out peoples' unique situations. He tries to be honest and reasonable with pricing too and he worked great for us!
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Posted by joanne | February 9, 2016
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
My friend told me about Mr Jeminson and that he had helped her get her green card,I called him but didn't think he could really help because I had NO PASSPORT due to it being stolen with a few of my other items in a friend's storage,BUT Mr Jeminson tryed his best and he told my husband and I that he would get my green card,yep back and forth with immigration because NO PASSPORT,I finally had my interview and got approved of my green card,I can't thank Mr Jeminson enough,I highly recommend him,he's the best,yep January 2016,I celebrated my birthday and a celebration for being a permanent resident at Walt Disney World with my husband:)
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Posted by Milena | May 14, 2013
Immigration Status
I highly recommend Mr.Lyon D. Jemison to every one who want to receive qualified low help in field of Immigration .He helped us in situation from " Adjustment of Status" to receiving a " Status of Permanent Residence ". He is a very honest and open to problem's of human attorney.
Posted by Beate | March 10, 2013
Awesome immigration Lawyer
I was looking for immigration lawyers in the past to help me to get my Green card but never had any luck..Some said that they could not help me because I had been here in the states to long ,some said I had to go back to Germany .I came to the states in 91 had 2 Boys here .I was always afraid that I get deported because i didn't have any kind of valid I'D they were all exspirerd .But now my life is complete.Thanks to the Best Lawyer in the Southeast Mr. Lyon Jemison .I called to set up an appointment and I went to his office with the few papers I had and he told me, I get back with you not even 30 minutes later he called me and said that he can help me 99'9% and that he can get me a Greencard. Oh my did I cry out of Happiness I thought there was no hope at all because of what all the other Lawyers had told me . He is very straight on point and handle his work with care I will regument him to anybody that needs help especially for immigration.Thank you so much Mr. Lyon
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Posted by Julian Mendez Antigua | November 9, 2012
Awesome and Caring
Mr. Jemison handled my criminal case with professionalism and distinction. I had 24-7 access to his personal phone, he communicated well with me and my wife while our case was pending in the court, and he developed a strategy for helping me get the best result possible out of my case while being rigorously honest and forcefully ON MY SIDE! He advocated as an attorney determined to getting the best result possible for me. And he SUCCEEDED! My whole family is elated with Mr. Jemison's talent and intelligence. We will recommend everyone possible to him for both criminal and immigration matters!! God threw away the mold after making this guy! Thank you Mr. Jemison! Thank you! I would not have my green card nor would I have had the results I got in criminal court without you! God Bless!
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Posted by anonymous | September 24, 2012
Very Gracious & Very Helpful !
It's nice to see somebody care these days...and not just because you're putting money in their pocket! Mr. Jemison took my case as a public defender and truly cared about helping me!
Posted by Veronica | October 12, 2011
Reliable and trustworthy
Lawyer Jemison help me on my immigration status, as well on a DUI case. He demonstrated knowledge on both. I know i can trust and count on him when needed. He is very responsible and will tell you everything the way it is. It is great to know that theres someone out there we can trust and will he honest in every aspect of your case. I appreciate everything Mr. Jemison has done for me, this is why I recommend him.
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Posted by Martita | March 21, 2011
Humble and Respectful
I can't imagine a better immigration attorney. Mr. Jemison is diligent and patient despite the unique circumstances of our case. He is happy to answer questions in vivid details or demonstrate them in pictures. Even though I tried to handle aspects of my case from many miles away--he took charge and handled the issue as if it was right across the street. He works tirelessly to ensure no details are overlooked. I know Mr. Jemison will keep abreast of immigration issues in an ever-changing environment and regularly communicate the implications of changes to me. I am fortunate and pleased to be in the hands of Mr. Jemison's personable, knowledgeable, and responsive practice. Again, I am explosively satisfied with Mr. Jemison's performance and skills.
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Posted by anonymous | March 15, 2011
Outstanding Immigration Lawyer
Thanks to Mr. Jemison my husband was able to obtain his Resident Visa and, subsequently, his U.S. citizenship in a timely and efficient manner. I would definitely recommend Mr. Jemison to anyone looking for a knowledeable and efficient lawyer. Gracias al Sr. Jemison, mi esposo pudo obtener su Visa de Residente y, posteriormente su ciudadania norteamericana de una manera eficiente. Recomiendo ampliamente al Sr. Jemison.
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Posted by Kelly (& Eliot) | March 14, 2011
Immigration filing by marriage.
Mr. Jemison was top notch in handling our immigration case. Highly recommend this attorney! My husband nor I had a clue where to begin the green-card/ citizenship process after getting married in 2009. After meeting with Lyon just the first time we both felt informed about the process and confident in Lyon's abilities. He made the process very easy for us based on his organized directions and accessibility when ever we needed him. We are finally on the verge of completing my husband's citizenship and know we still can call Lyon if we ever have any new questions, concerns or comments. He is both very professional and personable and we enjoyed working with him. No questions asked; we will use Lyon's services in the future if need be.
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Posted by anonymous | July 12, 2017
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
bad lawyer
I went to Lyon for help with my immigration issue. he took my money and he didn't do anything about the case . Please do not waste your time and money going to this lawyer.
Response from Lyon Jemison July 13, 2017
Reviews that include accusations of criminal activity or unethical behavior must include some specific factual details. And the more serious the accusation, the more specific the reviewer needs to be about what was done wrong. I do not know who this client is or what his or her legal issue was/is. I cannot confirm or deny doing an entry of appearance, legal research, advising, filing, or anything else for this unknown individual. I cannot even confirm or deny I met this person but am being accused of highly unethical behavior. I welcome clients with any type of grievance to contact me and discuss a solution. "Anonymously" venting in this forum is unproductive and places me in an indefensible position.
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  • Free Consultation 60 minutes
  • Retainer Sometimes
Payment methods
Cash, Check, Credit Card


AVVO RATING 8.9 (Excellent)

Work Experience

  • Managing Partner
  • The Jemison Firm
  • 2015 - Present
  • Special Appointed Prosecutor
  • Bryan County
  • 2013 - Present
  • Assistant Solicitor
  • Garden City Solicitor
  • 2013 - Present
  • Partner
  • Tomlinson Jemison & Smith
  • 2013 - Present
  • Public Defender
  • Municipal Court of Garden City, Georgia
  • 2011 - 2013
  • Owner
  • Lyon D. Jemison, Attorney at Law, P.C.
  • 2010 - 2013
  • Immigration Paralegal
  • Balbo and Gregg, P.C. Attorneys at Law
  • 2006 - 2010
  • Immigration and Divorce Paralegal
  • Randall G. Levine, Attorney at Law
  • 2003 - 2006
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  • Whittier College School of Law
  • Juris Doctor
  • 2000

Legal Cases

  • State of Georgia vs. John Doe (Juvenile)
  • All charges were dismissed


  • Prosecuting Attorneys' Council of Georgia
  • Board Member
  • 2012 - Present
  • American Immigration Lawyers Association
  • Member
  • 2010 - Present
  • State Bar of Georgia
  • member
  • 2010 - Present
  • Atlantic Judicial Circuit Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2010 - Present
  • American Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2010 - Present
  • Savannah Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2010 - Present
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Languages Spoken

  • Spanish
  • English


  • Testifying Better
  • New Evidence Rules and how they affect police testimony
  • 2013

Speaking Engagements

  • HB87 Townhall Meeting
  • HB87
  • 2014

Attorney endorsements

Received (7)
Given (10)
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Criminal defense Attorney | Aug 14
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Unknown Attorney | Aug 28
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Immigration Attorney | Aug 15
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Lyon is second to none in the immigration arena."
Immigration Attorney | Sep 26
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. I often refer immigration calls to him. His knowledge of the law allows him to get results. He is one of the best immigration attorneys."
Immigration Attorney | Sep 04
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Mr. Jemison is an exceptional attorney with a wide array of legal skills. However, my experience with him has been in criminal and immigration. He is a sound advocate for his clients and respectful but firm with opposing counsel. When you hire Mr. Jemison you recieve a great attorney."
Immigration Attorney | Jan 23
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Mr. Jemison has shown his knowledge of immigration issues and skill in solving immigration obstacles. He appears to be able to solve problems that others would just give up on, but he perseveres, because he knows the significance of failure for the client...and he cares. Doug Andrews"
Immigration Attorney | Jan 13
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. I have referred many clients to this attorney and his work is excellent. He is head and shoulders above any immigration attorney in our area."
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Richmond Hill Immigration Lawyer Lyon David Jemison
Lyon David Jemison
Immigration Attorney
Richmond Hill, GA
Licensed for 12 years
Free Consultation