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Patrick Scott Ferris

About me

Patrick Ferris is a member of the National College for DUI Defense (NCDD) and the elite Georgia Defense of Drinking Drivers group (DODD). He primarily focuses on defending clients accused of alcohol-related and drug-related offenses, and also handles all types of felonies and misdemeanors, including vehicular homicide and serious injury by vehicle charges.

Mr. Ferris has been lead counsel in dozens of jury trials and hundreds of bench trials during his career, and has won acquittals in countless cases. 

Mr. Ferris regularly speaks at legal seminars. As a continuing legal education speaker, Mr. Ferris teaches lawyers winning techniques for DUI cases.  He has also spoken to law enforcement agencies, covering subjects from DUI case investigation to officer safety when investigating mentally ill suspects.

Unlike so many attorneys who claim to be "DUI defense specialists," Mr. Ferris is not a plea lawyer. Although he charges a reasonable fee for representation, he thoroughly investigates and fights for his clients, because he is dedicated to the ideal of providing his clients with the best defense for a realistic fee.


Every case is unique.  Schedule a consultation with Patrick if you need to discuss the facts of your case with him.


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Practice areas


  1. Criminal Defense: 30%
  2. DUI & DWI: 30%
  3. Litigation: 20%
  4. Divorce: 20%



Fixed (sometimes), Retainer (sometimes)

Payment types:

Cash, Check, Credit card

Attorney endorsements

33 total 

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  • Gregory Allen Willis

    I endorse this lawyer. Patrick does a great job for his clients. He knows the prosecutors, judges and police. I highly recommend him to represent you for a DUI case.


    Gregory Willis DUI and DWI Attorney
    Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community

  • Ralph Powell

    Patrick is an outstanding attorney. I have had the opportunity to work with Patrick and have witnessed his knowledge of the law, his hard work and his compassion for representing his clients. He is a tremendous advocate who gets results for his clients.


    Ralph Powell Government Attorney
    Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community

Contact info

Law Offices of Patrick S. Ferris, LLC

411 Ward St. W.
Douglas, GA, 31533

Law Offices of Patrick S. Ferris LLC

400 Main Street Suite 6B
St. Simons, GA, 31522



SCGood Standing200108/03/2016
GAActive Member in Good Standing 200008/05/2016
We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
Top Rated Lawyer in LitigationMartindale-Hubbell2016
AV RatedMartindale-Hubbell2016
AV RatedMartindale-Hubbell2015
Super Lawyers Rising StarSuper Lawyers Magazine2015
Super Lawyer Rising StarAtlanta Magazine2015
Super Lawyers Rising StarSuper Lawyers Magazine2014
Super Lawyer Rising StarAtlanta Magazine2014
AV RatedMartindale-Hubbell2014
Instructor/PanlistGeorgia ICLE2013
Super Lawyer Rising StarAtlanta Magazine2013
Super Lawyers Rising StarSuper Lawyers Magazine2013
Pharmacology & Toxicology in DUID and Drug CasesScientific Law Forums/GACDL2012
Summer Session at Harvard Law SchoolNational College for DUI Defense2012
Instructor/PanelistGeorgia ICLE2011
Mastering Scientific EvidenceTexas Criminal Defense Lawyers Association2010
Standardized Field Sobriety Test InstructorIDS/NHTSA/IACP2009
Summer Session at Harvard Law SchoolNational College for DUI Defense2009
Police Instructor, 2003 AGAT ClassAthens-Clarke County Police Dept.2003
Police Instructor, 2002 AGAT ClassAthens-Clarke County Police Dept.2002
Police Instructor, 2001 AGAT ClassAthens-Clarke County Police Dept.2001
ABA National Trial Competition TeamUniversity of Georgia School of Law2000
Georgetown University Invitational Trial CompetitionUniversity of Georgia School of Law1999
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
PartnerPatrick S. Ferris, LLC2007 - Present
PartnerFerris & Lott LLC2005 - 2007
AssociateAustin & Sparks, PC2003 - 2004
Assistant SolicitorAthens-Clarke County Solicitor's Office2001 - 2003
Association namePosition nameDuration
DUI Defense Lawyers AssociationFounding Member2014 - Present
Georgia Defense of Drinking DriversMember2009 - Present
Lawyers Foundation of GeorgiaFellow2008 - Present
National College for DUI DefenseGeneral Member2009 - 2015
Douglas Bar AssociationPresident2008 - 2009
Douglas Bar AssociationVice President2006 - 2008
Georgia Association of Criminal Defense LawyersContributing Member2001 - 2015
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
State v. A.B.NOT GUILTY of possession of marijuana with the intent to distribute, NOT GUILTY of the lesser included of possession of felony quantity of marijuana, NOT GUILTY of lesser included of possession of misdemeanor amount of marijuana.
State v. L.M.After a hearing on out pre-trial motion, the DUI charges were dismissed.
State v. C.C.Jury verdict of NOT GUILTY of DUI
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Publication nameTitleDate
Georgia DUI Update (Georgia ICLE)Regarding Some Less Common Issues...2011
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
University of Georgia, AthensLawJD - Juris Doctor2000
University of Georgia, AthensEnglishAB1997
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
Defense of Drinking Drivers InstituteHow We Can Make DUI Law Practice Better2015
June 2013 SRTEN Operations MeetingMaking a DUI Case2013
Georgia DUI Update 2013How The State & The Defense Can Ethically Do A Better Job2013
Georgia DUI Update 2011A Primer on Plea Negotiations, Trials, and Client Representation in DUI Cases2011
Georgia Crisis Intervention Team Training (POST)Legal Aspects of Mental Health Law2010
Academy Graduate Advanced TrainingDUI Investigation2003
Academy Graduate Advanced TrainingDUI Investigation2002
Academy Graduate Advanced TrainingDUI Investigation2001