David P. Taylor, Esq.
Originally from Muscle Shoals, Alabama, I am a proud graduate of Georgia State University College of Law, having received my undergraduate degree in chemistry from Auburn University. Having worked for 8 years before returning to law school, I have something most other attorney’s do not have in this day and age: real world work experience. I have worked in grocery stores, laboratories, and on the factory floor. I understand what it is like to live paycheck to paycheck and have to work for what you have.
After graduating from Auburn University, I worked for a National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) certified toxicology lab. This provided me experience with the same testing techniques used by experts to test for everything from illegal drugs to chemical contamination. After running thousands of tests, I left this position to work in the engineering department with a large carpet and textile manufacturer in LaGrange, Georgia. Here, I worked with people from all different walks of life and learned to communicate with people at all levels. I stayed with this company for over 7 years before being inspired to return to law school.
Upon graduating from Georgia State University College of Law with honors, I immediately began working in the Carroll County District Attorney’s office. I quickly began preparing cases for the grand jury, learning how charges have to be structured to ensure they will hold up in court. I conducted hearings and had my first jury trial just a few weeks later. For the next 6 years, I would be in court multiple days per week and prosecute numerous felony cases including murder, armed robbery, drug trafficking, and domestic violence. I have also practiced in probate court handling DUI’s, speeding tickets, and hunting violations. However, most criminal or divorce cases do not end up in trial, most are handled in other ways. Having negotiated thousands of cases, I have the experience to deal with opposing counsel and work to get my client the best settlement to their case.
I started my own law practice to help people through the increasingly difficult and complex legal process. From criminal charges to divorce proceedings, when someone is involved with the court system they need an attorney who will work hard for them in or out of the courtroom. With dedication to clients, the ability to communicate in a way everyone can understand, and real world working experience, I can help you when you need it the most.
After practicing for several years as a defense attorney I was approached on becoming the Municipal Court Judge of Franklin in Heard County. I accepted that position and have been ensuring that justice is delivered fairly within the confines of the City of Franklin. Working as a judge gives an attorney a unique look at a different angle and you also serve as the fact finder to ensure that the city proves its case. I have done all of this in a fair manner in Franklin and now also serve as the Judge of the City of Ephesus also in Heard County.
If you need an attorney that will represent you and be available to you when you need them, please contact us today to schedule your free consultation.
Jim Strickland, Esq.
I was born and raised in Newnan, Georgia. The time I spent here, from my childhood through my days playing baseball for the East Coweta Indians, formed a strong connection between myself and this community. When I left to begin college at Kennesaw State University, I knew that I wanted to return someday to contribute to the community I had grown so fond of, I just didn’t know how yet.
During my first year at Kennesaw State University, I took a class that piqued my interest in the law. During my second year of college I transferred to the University of Georgia and became a Criminal Justice major intent on attending law school. During this time, I was fortunate enough to participate in internships at two different District Attorney’s offices in Carroll County and Athens-Clarke County. Although I wasn’t even in law school yet, this experience was instrumental in becoming familiar with the prosecutorial side of the legal system. It was also during this time that my interest in the law became a passion that I have to this day.
After graduating from the University of Georgia, I enrolled at the University of Arkansas School of Law. During my second year of law school, I was named Ben J. Altheimer Moot Court Champion. In my third year of law school, I participated in the University of Arkansas School of Law Advanced Civil Clinic. This clinic provided free legal representation, with a focus on unpaid wage claims, wage disputes, and minimum wage/overtime violations. My time in the clinic truly strengthened my desire to be an advocate and to fight for my clients.
Since graduating from law school, I have been back in Georgia working primarily on criminal and family law cases. Over the past several years I have handled hundreds of criminal cases, getting dismissals, negotiating plea deals and going to trial. I have tried cases dealing with misdemeanors and traffic violations including DUI's to serious felonies such as armed robbery and aggravated assault.
I am eager to continue mixing my passion for the law and my desire to help people in this community when they need it the most. Please call or contact us today if you have any questions or concerns with a legal situation that you are in, get help when you need it the most.