Maurice Gibson Kenner



After a stint in the United States Army following college, I entered the police academy and became a police officer. This training, experience and connections from having served in one of the world’s most dangerous jobs created credibility with other police officers and ultimately led me to my career as an attorney. I am in my 20th year of practice, after attending law school while working full time as a police officer.

I went into private practice upon graduating law school and being sworn in for the Georgia Bar, and began handling civil and criminal litigation. However, my roots in criminal law drew me in the direction of defending citizens accused of crimes. Divorce cases, personal injury cases and other litigation helped pay the bills in the early part of my career, but I became known — among lawyers and judges — for my skills in criminal defense.

For several years, I was the part-time prosecutor in Decatur Municipal Court. DUI cases were a nightly event in this job, and I learned all of the “ins and outs” of the prosecution’s tactics and angles to limit the defense case. When you prosecute cases, you are permitted to attend the prosecutors’ seminars, which I did.

Along my path to becoming a criminal trial attorney, I have taken advanced training in DRUG possession and trafficking cases, DUI, sex crimes, analyzingDNA evidence, challenging ballistics testing, child molestation cases, and over a dozen other highly-specialized areas of criminal defense. Most significantly, I am one of a handful of Georgia attorneys who is “death penalty” qualified, and have handled over 25 murder cases.

So, from defending speeding cases to DUI to drug possession to murder, I have done it all. Like in the medical field, and especially with SURGERY, experience is the best teacher.

Contact info
Stone Mountain Judicial Circuit Conflict Defender Office120 W. Trinity Place
Suite 310
Decatur, GA, 30030

Office (404) 687-4001
Fax (404) 371-2109

License
State Status Acquired Updated
GA Active Member in Good Standing 1994 05/20/2016

Awards
2013 Clients’ Choice Award AVVO.com – Clients’ Choice Award 2013
AV Peer Review Rating Martindale-Hubbell 2013
BV Rated Martindale-Hubbell 2012
BV Rated Martindale-Hubbell 2011
Police Officer Supervisory Certificate POST – Peace Officers Standards and Training 1993

Work experience
Conflict Defender Georgia Public Defender Standards Council 2014 – Present
Senior Associate Head, Thomas, Webb & Willis, LLC 2013 – 2014
Conflict Defender Georgia Public Defender Standards Council 2010 – 2013
Prosecuting Attorney City Of Decatur, Georgia 1996 – 2001
Attorney The Law Office of Maurice G. Kenner 1996 – 2010

Education
John Marshall Law School, Atlanta Law JD – Juris Doctor 1993
Western Illinois University Science BS – Bachelor of Science 1986

Speaking engagements
Georgia DUI Law Update 2013 Apocalypse Now: DUI Trial Practice in the New Georgia Evidence Code World 2013
Georgia DUI Law Update The Importance of a Good Opening Statement 2002
Defending A Drug Case Seminar Defending A Controlled Substances Forfeiture Action 2001
Defending A Drug Case Seminar Case Law Update 2000

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