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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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COURTNEY ADKINS

ASSOCIATE

BIO

A former special victims prosecutor, Attorney Courtney Adkins spent her career as a prosecutor advocating for victims of physical and sexual abuse, particularly women and children. She now focuses her practice on criminal defense and domestic relations, and she effectively uses her skills both in and out of the courtroom to ensure that her clients receive the best possible representation and outcome. Having handled hundreds of cases over the course of her career, Courtney knows that being involved in the justice system, whether due to criminal charges, divorce, custody or child support issues, paternity and legitimation proceedings, or as a party to a lawsuit, can be a stressful and traumatic experience. Courtney understands the toll these experiences can take on clients and families, and she takes pride in being a dedicated advocate for each client and assisting them with navigating the tough circumstances in which they find themselves.

 

Courtney earned her undergraduate degree from the University of Georgia and her Juris Doctorate from Georgia State University. In law school, Courtney was a member of the Moot Court Board and the Student Trial Lawyers Association (mock trial), and she served as President of both the Criminal Law Association and the Oglethorpe Legal Society. She also spent a full year performing ADA duties in both the Cobb County DA’s Office and the DeKalb County DA’s Office under Georgia’s Third Year Practice Act. Prior to law school she worked on the Cathy Cox for Governor campaign and as a case assistant at the law firm of Alston and Bird in Atlanta. While in college, Courtney spent a semester studying at Oxford University in the UK and a semester in Washington, DC, as a White House Intern. Courtney met her husband Alex in law school, and they now live in Gwinnett County with their two rescue dogs, Indy and Huck.


EDUCATION
Political Science, B.A., University of Georgia, 2005

Juris Doctorate, Georgia State University, 2011

COURT ADMISSIONS

Georgia State Courts

Georgia Court of Appeals

Georgia Supreme Court

COMMUNITY AND PROFESSIONAL INVOLVEMENT:

Gwinnett County Bar Association

Georgia Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers

Leadership Gwinnett, Class of 2019

LUIS VIRGÜEZ 

OF COUNSEL

BIO
Luis A. Virgüez is a native of Caracas, Venezuela and fluent in both Spanish and English. He migrated to Atlanta when he was 8 years old.

Mr. Virgüez graduated cum laude from the University of Georgia with a bachelor's degree in Public Relations. While at UGA, he was involved with the Public Relations Student Society of America, the National Society of Collegiate Scholars, and the Golden Key International Society. 

Mr. Virgüez then attended the Sandra Day O'Connor School of Law at Arizona State University. While in law school, he was heavily involved with the Chicano Latino Law Student Association and in the Arizona State Immigration Clinic where he obtained his first experience in immigration law. 

After law school, Mr. Virgüez began his legal career at a non-profit organization handling immigration cases. In 2009, he co-founded what later became a high-volume boutique firm known as Sessoms & Virgüez. He has handled hundreds of immigration cases ranging from family petitions, business and employment visas to cases in removal proceedings across different jurisdictions and immigration courts in the United States. 

In 2016 Mr. Virgüez established his own firm, Virgüez & Associates which focuses on immigration and personal injury. Mr. Virgüez is Of Counsel at The Geary Law Firm in relation to those areas of law. 

EDUCATION
Public Relations, B.A., University of Georgia, 2005
Juris Doctorate, Arizona State University, 2008

COURT ADMISSIONS:

Georgia Supreme Court

Georgia State Courts 

ASSOCIATIONS:
American Immigration Lawyer's Association 

Georgia Hispanic Bar Association

Georgia Association of Elected Officials 

Prospanica (National Society of Hispanic MBAs)

Georgia Chamber of Commerce

Georgia Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers

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