Margaret Washburn

Margaret Washburn

Attorney at Law since 1996
Location:
Lawrenceville, Georgia
Phone:
770-676-1191
Fax:
770-963-2828
Email:

Areas of Practice

  • Family
  • Criminal
  • Personal Injury
  • Workers' Compensation

Certified Legal Specialties

  • Current ICJE Recertification training, as per O.C.G.A. §36-32-21

Education

  • Emory University School of Law, Atlanta, Georgia
    • J.D. - 1979
  • Oglethorpe University
    • B.A. cum laude - 1976

Published Works

  • INSTALLMENT PAYMENTS FROM A DORMANT JUDGMENT ARE SUBJECT TO REVIVAL: HOLMES-BRACY v. BRACY, Gwinnett County Bar Association Newsletter, S17A1682; 808 S.E.2d 669; 2017, 2018
  • Family Law Update: What does "artificial insemination" mean? PATTON v. VANTERPOOL, Gwinnett County Bar Association Newsletter, 302 Ga. 253, Supreme Court of Georgia, S17A0767, 2017
  • FLESCH v. FLESCH, Gwinnett County Bar Association Newsletter, S17F1231, 2017 WL 3468517, 2017
  • In the Interest of C. W., a child, Gwinnett County Bar Association Newsletter, A17A0084, 2017
  • IN RE: ESTATE OF Emmett Taylor BOYD, A16A1632, 2017
  • Marks v. Soles, Georgia Court of Appeals, A16A0723, 2017
  • Christian v. Christian, Supreme Court of Georgia, S16F1160, 2016
  • King v. State, Georgia Court of Appeals, A16A1144, 2016
  • Sheffield v. Sheffield, Georgia Court of Appeals, A16A1135, 2016
  • Judge Steve Franzén, Retiring from the Juvenile Court of Gwinnett County, But, On the Road Again!, 2016
  • Custody Disputes between Parent and a Third Party, 2016
  • SPOTLIGHT! Judge Carla Brown, Gwinnett County State Court, 2016
  • Flory v. Flory, Supreme Court of Georgia, S15F1331, 2016
  • SPOTLIGHT! Judge Patricia Muise, Gwinnett County Recorder’s Court, 2016
  • SPOTLIGHT! Judge Rodney Harris, Gwinnett County Recorder’s Court, 2015
  • SPOTLIGHT! Judge Robert Waller, Gwinnett County Juvenile Court, 2015
  • JACKSON v. SANDERS: We Had A Deal…then We Changed It- Who Needs the Courts?, 2015
  • Even Lawyers Have a Heart and a Soft Spot for MOM!!, 2015
  • Lowry v. Fenzel, Ga. App., 3/9/2015: Even When Your Client Has Passed Away, the Ex Can Get into His Pockets, IF They were JOINT Pockets!, 2015
  • GORDON v. ABRAHAMS, Georgia Court of Appeals, A14A1453, 2015
  • KELLEY v. COOPER, HAPPY VALENTINE’S DAY – OR IS IT?, 2015
  • Mystery Bar Member-‐For those of you who guessed David Will, you are correct!, 2015
  • SENTINEL OFFENDER SVCS., LLC v. GLOVER et al, WL 6613169, 2014
  • IT'S THE HOLIDAYS! OVER THE RIVER AND THROUGH THE WOODS TO GRANDMA'S HOUSE, WHO HAS THE PASSPORT?, 294 Ga.783,757 S.E.2d 51(Ga.,2014), 2014
  • Res Judicata Issues in a Divorce? Hardman v. Hardman, S14A1187, 2014
  • PNC BANK v. TIDWELL, Wrongful foreclosure of security deed and breach of Contact, July 16, 2014, 2014
  • Dalenberg v. Dalenberg, Attorneys Fees, The Family Law Review, Family Law Section of the State Bar of Georgia-Spring, 2014
  • Sauls v. Allstate Prop. & Cas. Ins. Co, A14A0452, 2014
  • BARKER v. BARKER, S13A1705, 2014
  • Happy Valentine's Day. What have you done this past year for Love?, 2014
  • City of Atlanta v. Mitcham, Georgia Court of Appeals, 2014
  • Williams v. State, S13G0178, 2013
  • The State Bar Law Practice Management Program, 2013
  • Child Support Issue: Gross Income includes all income from any source, earned or unearned, S13F0715, 2013
  • Valentine v. State, 2013
  • The Triola Case: Court erred in Denial of Motion for New Trial in Divorce Without First Holding a Hearing, The Family Law Review, 2013
  • HAPPY VALENTINE'S DAY, From Beethoven to Bradshaw; A Little Something for Everyone, 2013
  • Even More Evidence Questions Under the New Code- Part 3, by: Professor Paul S. Milich, Professor of Law and Director of the Litigation Program, Georgia State Univ., College of Law, 2013
  • More Evidence Questions Under the New Code- Part 2, by: Professor Paul S. Milich, Professor of Law and Director of the Litigation Program, Georgia State Univ., 2013
  • Some Evidence Questions Under the New Code; Professor Paul S. Milich, Professor of Law and Director of the Litigation Program, Georgia State Univ., 2012
  • HIGHLY CONFIDENTIAL!" But-is it? Does your email admonition protect you? The case of Moriber v. Dreiling, et al, 2012
  • SHAW v. SHAW: Lerch Principles Revisited and Judicial Comments in Bench Trial Prior to Final Ruling, 2012
  • I want the Kids to Play Golf-and it’s on Your weekend: The Earle v Earle Case, 2012
  • TPO’s: A Potential Way to Cure that “Alienation” of Affection by Your Citizen Spouse, 2010
  • Judge Patricia H. Muise “The Environmental Judge of Recorder’s Court, 2009
  • State Court Judge Pam South Waxes Eloquent on Football, Kids, Attorneys, and Her love for Gwinnett County, 2009
  • Rosanna Szabo, Gwinnett’s first woman to be elected county wide as Solicitor-General, The Gwinnett Solicitor’s Office , 2008
  • I Was Buying Liquor So Could Not Afford to Pay My Child Support and Did Not Get Busted for DUI - So How Can My License Still Be Suspended?!, 2003
  • The Biggest Gorilla in The Forest, 2002
  • Slip and Fall Plaintiff Prevails Against Home Depot, 2001
  • Judicial Ethics-Survivor Island, Institute of CJE of Georgia, 2002
  • Watch Out for Bill!, 2002
  • Malicious Prosecution: Financial Institution Immunity, Nicholl v. Great Atlantic & Pacific Tea Company, 1999
  • Municipal Court Judge's Recertification Course, Traffic Law - D.U.I Update, Institute of Continuing Judicial Education of Georgia, 1994
  • The Roles of the Guardian Ad Litem in Custody Cases, Institute of Continuing Legal Education, 12th Annual Family Law Institute, 1994
  • Mediation and Guardian Ad Litem Programs: Alternatives and Options in Domestic Matters, State Bar of Georgia Family Law Section Newsletter, 1993
  • Municipal Court Judge's Recertification Course, Traffic Law - Speed Detective Devices, Institute of Continuing Judicial Education of Georgia, 1993
  • Gwinnett County Juvenile Court Program, State Bar of Georgia Family Law Section Newsletter, 1993
  • Divorce and Child Support: Peripheral Issues for the Claimant, Workers' Compensation Law Institute, 1991

Classes/Seminars

  • Family Law Institute, Speaker, 2014 - 2015
  • Some People Call it Love; Others Call it Stalking, Fun Facts About TPOs, Atlanta Bar Association Middle Income Divorce 2010 Seminar
  • Mediation and Guardian Ad Litem Programs: Alternatives and Options in Domestic Matters, Key Issues in Family Law in Georgia Seminar, July 22, 1993

Honors and Awards

  • Voted Best of Gwinnett Law Firm, 2015 - 2017
  • Gwinnett County Bar Association Award of Merit, 2016
  • State Bar of Georgia Newsletter Award, on behalf of the Gwinnett County Bar Association, 13 awards, 1995 - 2005
  • Council for Municipal Court Judges Special Recognition Award, June 2012
  • Charles Longstreet Weltner Family Inns of Court Best Program Award, 2010 - 2011
  • 2d place in the National Inns of Court Program Awards, 2000
  • Gwinnett County Bar Association Service Recognition, October 2011
  • Gwinnett Magazine People of the Year, 2007 - 2018
  • Gwinnett Magazine People to Know, 2009 - 2018
  • Special Recognition Award, Gwinnett County Bar Association, Newsletter Editor 2003
  • Special Recognition for 20 years’ Service City of Duluth, 2006
  • Lawrenceville Kiwanis Club President 2004
  • Outstanding Service Award, Lawrenceville Kiwanis Club, 2009
  • Kiwanian of the Year, Ga. Dist., 2007
  • President's Award, Ga. Dist., Kiwanis, 2007
  • Kiwanis, Georgia District, Award for Best District, Lt. Gov., 2006 - 2007
  • 1999 Gwinnett County Bar Association – Pro Bono Project Award, Outstanding Service
  • 1993 William B. Spann Award on behalf of the Gwinnett Pro Bono Project
  • President Gwinnett County Bar Association, State Bar of Georgia Award of Merit and Best Newsletter Award and Law Day Award 1994
  • Recipient, Award of Merit, Gwinnett County Bar Association, Law Day 2016
  • Voted “Best of Gwinnett” for legal representation, 2015 - 2017
  • AV Rated by Lexis Nexis-Martindale Hubbell, Legal Ability and Ethical Standards

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • Council of Municipal Court Judges Training Council, Chair, 2016 - Present
  • Serve as Special Master by appointment by the Supreme Court of Georgia
  • Criminal Justice Reform Committee; Probation Sub-committee, Member
  • Judicial Council Standing Committee on Education and Training, Member
  • Charles Longstreet Weltner Family Inn of Court, Master
  • ICJE Municipal Court Judges Training Council, Speaker, Instructor, 2015 - 2017
  • Gwinnett County Bar Association Newsletter, Sr. Contributing Editor
  • Council for Municipal Court Judges of Georgia News Bulletin, Past Editor
  • Council of Municipal Court Judges Executive Committee, Past Dist. 9 Rep
  • Council of Municipal Court Judges of Georgia, Past President, 1998
  • Gwinnett County Bar Association, Past President
  • Lawyers Club of Atlanta
  • State Bar of Georgia, Consumer Assistance Program
  • State Bar of Georgia, Bench and Bar Committee
  • Statewide Judiciary Committee Civil E-Filing Steering Committee
  • State Bar of Georgia, Member, Family Law Section
  • State Bar of Georgia, Member, Workers Compensation Section
  • Gwinnett County Pro-Bono Project Advisory Committee
  • State Bar of Georgia, Georgia Mock Trial Competition, Coach, Judge
  • National Association of Women Judges
  • State Bar of Georgia, Vice Chair, Local Bar Activities Committee
  • State Bar of Georgia, Pro-Bono Advisory Committee
  • State Bar of Georgia, Chief Justice's Committee on Professionalism
  • State Bar of Georgia, Chief Justice's Committee on Professionalism
  • State Bar of Georgia, Law Practice Management Program Committee
  • State Bar of Georgia, Next Generation of Courts Committee

Past Employment Positions

  • Municipal Court for the City of Sugar Hill, Chief Judge, 1991 - 2018
  • Municipal Court for the City of Duluth, Associate Judge, 2005 - 2018
  • Municipal Court for the City of Duluth, Chief Judge, 1985 - 2005
  • Municipal Court for the City of Berkeley Lake, Associate Judge, 2018
  • Municipal Court for the City of Buford, Judge, 2000 - 2007
  • City of Norcross, Interim Judge, 1988
  • Washburn & Washburn, Attorneys at Law, 1985 - 1996
  • Margaret Gettle Washburn, 1983 - 1985
  • DeKalb County Solicitor's Office, Assistant Solicitor, 1981 - 1983
  • Lamb & Associates, Associate, 1980 - 1981
  • Chief Judge Thomas L. Camp, Fulton County State Court, Staff Attorney, 1979 - 1980