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Kim T. Stephens

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Kim T. Stephens ranks as one of the most accomplished trial lawyers and attorneys in the state of Georgia. With more than twenty-two years of experience in litigation, Kim has successfully resolved numerous high profile cases, defending professional and college athletes, doctors, police officers, and teachers charged with crimes ranging from misdemeanors to serious felony crimes. Kim has extensive experience in the areas of criminal law, personal injury, business and contract litigation, and probate law in the Athens area and around the State of Georgia. He practices in all courts including federal courts, superior and state courts, local municipal courts, probate courts, recorders courts, UGA student hearings, administrative hearings, and appellate courts. Kim represents individuals charged with misdemeanor crimes, including DUI; felony crimes, including drug charges, sexual offenses, family violence crimes, burglary, theft, and murder; and federal crimes throughout Georgia, providing an aggressive defense for his clients and consistently achieving optimal results for the people he represents.

Kim is recognized both locally and nationally for his professionalism and skills as a litigator. He has earned the rank of 10.0, i.e. "superb," on avvo.com, achieving the highest possible score on the ten point scale that Avvo uses to grade attorneys. Avvo, the world’s largest online database committed to reviewing and ranking attorneys, awards the 10.0 ranking to less than 1% of attorneys nationally, placing Kim in the top percentage of attorneys in the United States.

Martindale Hubbell, an attorney peer review database, has recognized Kim as “distinguished counsel,” which is a widely respected mark of achievement, differentiating a lawyer from his or her competition and reflecting a high level of respect in the legal community.

More locally, the Athens Banner Herald named Kim as the people’s choice attorney for litigation in both 2013 and 2014. The Reader’s Choice Awards are based on votes from citizens in the Athens area and reflect Kim’s stellar reputation as a DUI and criminal defense attorney in the local community.

Kim has provided expert legal commentary and/or given interviews to both regional and national news media, including: the Athens Banner Herald, the Red and Black, the Atlanta Journal Constitution, ABC news, Fox news, ESPN, CBS news, and many other local and national news organizations.
Position Organization Location Duration
AttorneyStephens & Brown, LLCAthens, Georgia06/2012 - Present
AttorneyLaw Offices of Kim T. Stephens, LLCAthens, Georgia06/1998 - Present
AttorneyBlasingame, Burch, Garrard, Bryant & AshleyAthens, Georgia05/1993 - 06/1998
School Degree Major Graduation
Georgia State University College of LawJD Law School1993  
University of Georgia, AthensB.S.Ed.Mathematics1987
University of GeorgiaB.S.Ed.Sport Management08/1992
Georgia State UniversityJuris DoctorateLaw06/1993
State / Court Date
United States District Court for the Southern District of Georgia2005
Eleventh Circuit Court of Appeals1994
United States District Court for the Northern District of Georgia1994
Georgia1993
United States District Court for the Middle District of Georgia1993
  • National Academy of Criminal Defense Attorneys | Nationally Ranked Top 10 Attorney | 2016 - Present
    National Trial Lawyers Association | Top 100 Trial Lawyers | 2015 - Present
    Georgia Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers | Member | 1998 - Present
    Western Circuit Bar Association | Member | 1993 - Present
    American Bar Association | Member | 1993 - Present
  • Nationally Ranked Top 10 Attorney | National Academy of Criminal Defense Attorneys | 2016
    Top 100 Criminal Defense Trial Lawyers | The National Trial Lawyers | 2015
    Best Attorney - Athens Readers' Choice Award | Athens Banner Herald/Online Athens | 2014
    AV Rated | Martindale-Hubbell | 2014
    Best Attorney - Athens Readers' Choice Award | Athens Banner Herald/Online Athens | 2013
    AV Rated | Martindale-Hubbell | 2013
  • Restitution Order must contain factual findings supporting award
    The Trial Court ordered a several hundred thousand dollars in restitution without meeting the requirements of Georgia law. The Georgia Court of Appeals reversed the trial court and remanded the case for a hearing that satisfied United States and Georgia Constitutional requirements addressing the factors required by OCGA § 17-14-10, which provides that the court must consider several factors in determining the amount of restitution, including: the present financial condition of the offender and his dependents; their probable future earning capacity; the amount of damages; the goal of restitution; any prior restitution; and the period of time the restitution order will be in effect. Following the hearing, the court must make "written findings of fact relating to each of the factors set forth in OCGA § 17-14-10,." Failure to do so renders the order deficient.

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Kim T. Stephens ranks as one of the most accomplished trial lawyers and attorneys in the state of Georgia. With more than twenty-four (24) years of experience in litigation, Kim has successfully resolved numerous high profile cases, defending professional and college athletes, doctors, police officers, and teachers charged with crimes ranging from misdemeanors to serious felony crimes. Kim has extensive experience in the areas of criminal law, personal injury, business and contract litigation, and probate law in the Athens area and around the State of Georgia. He practices in all courts including federal courts, superior and state courts, local municipal courts, probate courts, recorders courts, UGA student hearings, administrative hearings, and appellate courts. Kim represents individuals charged with misdemeanor crimes, including DUI; felony crimes, including drug charges, sexual offenses, family violence crimes, burglary, theft, and murder; and federal crimes throughout Georgia, providing an aggressive defense for his clients and consistently achieving optimal results for the people he represents. Kim is recognized both locally and nationally for his professionalism and skills as a litigator. He has earned the rank of 10.0, i.e. "superb," on avvo.com, achieving the highest possible score on the ten point scale that Avvo uses to grade attorneys. Avvo, the world’s largest online database committed to reviewing and ranking attorneys, awards the 10.0 ranking to less than 1% of attorneys nationally, placing Kim in the top percentage of attorneys in the United States. Martindale Hubbell, an attorney peer review database, has recognized Kim as “distinguished counsel,” which is a widely respected mark of achievement, differentiating a lawyer from his or her competition and reflecting a high level of respect in the legal community. More locally, the Athens Banner Herald named Kim as the people’s choice attorney for litigation in both 2013 and 2014. The Reader’s Choice Awards are based on votes from citizens in the Athens area and reflect Kim’s stellar reputation as a DUI and criminal defense attorney in the local community. Kim has provided expert legal commentary and/or given interviews to both regional and national news media, including: the Athens Banner Herald, the Red and Black, the Atlanta Journal Constitution, ABC news, Fox news, ESPN, CBS news, and many other local and national news organizations.

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P.O. Box 1601
Watkinsville, GA 30677
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