James J. McGinnis

Attorney Profile

Top Rated Family Law Attorney in Atlanta, GA

Warner Bates
 | 3350 Riverwood Parkway, Riverwood 100 Building, Suite 2300
Atlanta, GA 30339
Phone: 770-766-8148
Fax: 770-951-2200
Selected To Super Lawyers: 2009, 2014 - 2021
Licensed Since: 1982
Practice Areas:
  • Family Law
    Attorney Profile

    As a partner with the Warner Bates law firm in Atlanta, Georgia, attorney James J. McGinnis brings more than 30 years of experience to clients throughout the greater Atlanta Metro and surrounding areas who are going through a divorce or have some other serious legal issues affecting their families. Focusing solely on family law and divorce, Mr. McGinnis provides unmatched legal counsel and support to those he serves, and he has earned a reputation for his competency as an attorney as well as his passionate advocacy for those he serves.

    Over the course of his legal career, Mr. McGinnis has gained significant trial experience, first as an assistant district attorney, where he prosecuted major felony cases, to his current family law practice. He has also successfully handled more than a dozen appeals, with several published opinions. Although a highly-effective trial attorney, Mr. McGinnis is also trained in mediation and alternative dispute resolution techniques, and he has assisted countless clients with resolving their conflicts and reaching agreements regarding their divorce-related matters without the need for stressful and expensive litigation.

    Through his family law practice, he has represented the needs and interests of high net worth individuals and facilitated complex business valuations for family-owned businesses during divorce. Drawing upon his extensive legal knowledge, he conducts lectures and seminars across his region on a variety of legal topics, and he has taught classes on advanced domestic litigaiton as a member of the adjunct legal faculty at Georgia State University School of Law.

    Nationally recognized as one of the top attorneys in his region as well as the entire country, Mr. McGinnis holds an AV Preeminent peer review rating* from Martindale-Hubbell along with a Legal Elite designation from Georgia Trends Magazine. He has also received Superb client ratings on Avvo along with many other positive reviews and referrals from his satisfied clients.

    A 1979 graduate of Auburn University, Mr. McGinnis obtained his Juris Doctor from Mercer University's Walter F. George School of Law in 1982. He holds his admission to practice before all Georgia state courts as well as before the Georgia Court of Appeals, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 7th and 11th circuits and the Supreme Court of Georgia.

    A leader in his legal community, Mr. McGinnis is a Master with the Charles Weltner Inn of Court, and he has served as treasurer and executive committee member of the Atlanta Volunteer Lawyers Foundation. He is also an active member of the State Bar of Georgia and the Atlanta Bar Association, among his other professional affiliations.

    *AV®, AV Preeminent®, Martindale-Hubbell Distinguished and Martindale-Hubbell Notable are certification marks used under license in accordance with the Martindale-Hubbell certification procedures, standards and policies. Martindale-Hubbell® is the facilitator of a peer review rating process. Ratings reflect the anonymous opinions of members of the bar and the judiciary. Martindale-Hubbell® Peer Review Rating™ fall into two categories – legal ability and general ethical standards.

    Practice Areas
    • 100%Family Law
    Focus Areas

    Alimony & Spousal Support, Child Support, Custody & Visitation, Divorce, Domestic Violence, Prenuptial Agreements, Marital Property, Same Sex Family Law


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    Super Lawyers: 2009, 2014 - 2021

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    About James McGinnis

    Admitted: 1982, Georgia

    Professional Webpage: https://www.warnerbates.com/about-us/attorneys/james-j-mcgin...


    • “Legal Elite” by Georgia Trend
    • “AV” rating with Martindale-Hubbell
    • Georgia Super Lawyers

    Bar/Professional Activity:

    • U.S. 7th Circuit Court of Appeals
    • U.S. 11th Circuit Court of Appeals
    • Court of Appeals, Georgia
    • Supreme Court of Georgia
    • Georgia
    • Master, Charles Weltner Inn of Court
    • Member, Atlanta Bar Association
    • Member, State Bar of Georgia

    Pro bono/Community Service:

    • Atlanta Volunteer Lawyers Foundation, Executive Committee, Treasurer
    • Atlanta Volunteer Lawyers Foundation, President

    Scholarly Lectures/Writings:

    • Adjunct Professor, Georgia State University School of Law, Advanced Domestic Litigation

    Educational Background:

    • Auburn University, B.A. in Political Science


    • “Mr. McGinnis has wealth of experience in providing excellent services for his clients.”

    These comments were made by fellow attorneys during the annual nomination process.

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    Office Location for James J. McGinnis

    3350 Riverwood Parkway
    Riverwood 100 Building, Suite 2300
    Atlanta, GA 30339

    Phone: 770-766-8148

    Fax: 770-951-2200

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    Last Updated: 6/18/2021

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