ATTORNEYS
DON GEARY 

PARTNER

BIO
An attorney for over 27 years, with over 20 of those years as an Assistant District Attorney in Fulton County and Gwinnett County, and as a Chief Assistant District Attorney in DeKalb County and Cobb County.  During that period he practiced family law, criminal prosecution and criminal defense, and has had over 300 jury and bench trials.

Retired Marine Corps Reserve Lieutenant Colonel who served as a pilot during his time in service.  He saw direct action in Operations Desert Storm and Desert Shield, as well as other non named operations, where he was awarded an Air Medal and the Navy Commendation Medal. 

He was appointed by both Governor Perdue and Governor Deal to the Georgia Athletic and Entertainment Commission, also known as the Boxing Commission, and has served in that role for almost eight years. 

Don also taught as an adjunct professor at Emory Law School for eight years, teaching Advanced Evidence, Advanced Criminal Litigation, Pre-Trial Civil Litigation, and Cross-Examination. 

He retired from the State of Georgia in November 2016 to pursue private practice. 

EDUCATION
Political Science, B.S., East Carolina University, 1979

Finance, M.B.A., National University, 1983
Juris Doctorate, Georgia State University, 1989

COURT ADMISSIONS
United States Supreme Court
11th Circuit Court of Appeals

United Stated District Court for the Northern District of Georgia

Georgia Supreme Court

Georgia Court of Appeals

Georgia State Courts 

CREDENTIALS:
Adjunct Law Professor, Emory University School of Law 2008-2016

KELSEY GEARY WILEY

PARTNER

BIO
Mrs. Wiley grew up and attended high school in Lawrenceville, Georgia. After receiving her undergraduate degree from the University of Georgia, she entered the working world in the hospitality field.  After years of of searching for her purpose, she realized that the legal field was her true calling. She began law school in the fall of 2013 at a small school in North Miami. She quickly rose towards the top of her class. Mrs. Wiley joined Moot Court in her second year at law school and went on to be President of Moot Court in her third year. While in Moot Court, she participated in the John J. Gibbons competition twice. The first time she earned the honor of being the fourth best overall oralist among over a hundred participants. The second time Mrs. Wiley and her teammates won the Best Respondent Brief. Mrs. WIley also coached a team that participated in the Burton D. Wechsler First Amendment competition. 

Mrs. WIley was a member of the St. Thomas Law Review during law school and held the position of an editor in her third year. During law school, she wrote an article that was later published on the benefits of coupling Therapeutic Jurisprudence with reentry courts. 

During her third year of law school, Mrs. Wiley was a member of the Appellate Litigation Clinic, which was an internship group associated with the Miami Public Defender's Office, Appellate Division.  She helped write two appellate briefs for two different defendants, one which resulted in the defendant being granted a new trial. 

Mrs. Wiley graduated from law school Summa Cum Laude and ranked second in her class of 223 students. She now hopes to continue working on post-trial issues such as appeals and habeas corpus petitions. 

EDUCATION
Psychology, B.S., The University of Georgia, 2005
Juris Doctorate, St. Thomas University School of Law, 2016

COURT ADMISSIONS

Georgia State Courts 

Georgia Court of Appeals 

Georgia Supreme Court 

AWARDS AND ACHIEVEMENTS:
Law School Summa Cum Laude

Moot Court President 

St. Thomas Law Review Editor

Best Respondent Brief - John J. Gibbons Moot Court Competition 2016

Member of The Order of Barristers

PUBLICATIONS:

A Warmer Welcome Home: The Need for Incorporating Therapeutic Jurisprudence in Reentry Courts 

St. Thomas University School of Law, Law Review Journal, Fall 2015.

What's the Deal? Informing a Criminal Defendant on the Types of Pleas and the Collateral Consequences of Taking a Plea

The Georgia Defender, Issue I, 2018.

ASSOCIATIONS: 

Gwinnett County Bar Association 

Georgia Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers

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STAFF
ATTORNEY
STEPHANIE PENLAND

PARALEGAL

BIO
Originally from Asheville, North Carolina, Stephanie grew up in the metro Atlanta area.  She has been a paralegal for almost 30 years, working predominately in family law and domestic relations.  She is well versed with the court system and enjoys every opportunity she has to help a client. 

CREDENTIALS:
The University of Georgia

Paralegal Certification

ANA RODRIGUEZ

LEGAL ASSISTANT 

BIO
Ana was born in Mexico.  She moved to California at a very young age and eventually moved to Georgia in 1999 with her mother and father.  She started with The Geary Law Firm in 2019 and has been an amazing asset.  Ana is bilingual in English and Spanish and is always available to assist our Spanish-speaking clients.  She is married with three boys who keep her very busy!  During the little free time she has, she enjoys reading and cooking for her family.  

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