Jim is a member of Butler Snow’s Public Finance, Tax Incentives and Credit Markets group. ​

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Associations

Bar Admissions

  • Georgia, 1982

Civic Involvement

  • Professional Interest Exploration, Program for Houston County, Georgia High School Seniors, Mentor, 1988-2019
  • State Bar of Georgia, Professionalism Training, 2005-Present
  • Chamber of Commerce
  • American Heart Association
  • Alzheimer’s Association
  • Georgia Tech Alumni Association
  • Family Promise of Houston County
  • Trinity United Methodist Church

Distinctions

  • Mercer University Law School, Adjunct Faculty Member of the Year, 2017
  • Recipient, James H. Epps III Award for Longevity of Service to a Community, 2015
  • Graduate, Georgia Academy for Economic Development, 2012

Education & Honors

  • Mercer University, J.D., 1982
    • Treasurer, Student Bar Association
    • Phi Delta Phi 
  • Georgia Institute of Technology, B.S., Industrial Management, 1979
    • Kappa Alpha Order
    • President, Ramblin’ Reck Club
    • Order of Omega

Experience

  • City Attorney, City of Warner Robins, Georgia, 1985-2019
  • City Attorney, City of McDonough, Georgia, 2019-Present
  • City Attorney, City of Hawkinsville, Georgia, 2019-Present
  • Counsel, Jointly Owned Natural Gas 
  • Adjunct Professor, Walter F. George School of Law, 2005-Present
  • Instructor, Carl Vinson Institute of Government, University of Georgia, 2007-Present
  • Instructor, Georgia Municipal Association, 2005-Present
  • Special Counsel, Board of Ethics, Clayton County, Georgia, 2018-Present
  • Special Counsel, Board of Ethics, City of McDonough, Georgia, 2016
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Papers, Presentations, & Publications

  • Presenter, “Handling Meeting Disruption,” Georgia Municipal Association, City Attorneys’ Section Seminar, 2016.
  • Presenter, “Amending the City Charter – For What Purpose, and by Whom,” Georgia Municipal Association, City Attorneys’ Section Seminar, 2014.
  • Author, “Annual Survey of Local Government Law,” 64 Mercer Law Review 213, 2012.
  • Author, “Annual Survey of Local Government Law,” 61 Mercer Law Review 205, 2009.
  • Presenter, “Judicial Update,” Institute for Georgia City and County Attorneys, annually 2005-Present.
  • Presenter, “Beware How Many Hats They Give You,” Georgia Municipal Association, City Attorneys’ Section Seminar, 2008.
  • Presenter, “Open Meetings: The Gray Aras,” Lorman Education Services, 2006, 2007, 2008.
  • Presenter, “Tax Issues for Local Governments,” 48th Annual Institute for Georgia City and County Attorneys, 2001.
  • Presenter, “Legislative Update: Annexation, Service Delivery, Taxation and Finance,” Georgia Municipal Association, City Attorneys’ Section Seminar, 2000.
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