Rafe Banks, III

Attorney Profile

Top Rated Criminal Defense Attorney in Cumming, GA

Banks Stubbs & McFarland, L.L.P.
Building F, 309 Pirkle Ferry Road
Cumming, GA 30040
Phone: 770-887-1209
Fax: 770-889-5898
Selected to Super Lawyers: 2012 - 2021
Licensed Since: 1976
Practice Areas: Criminal Defense
Attorney Profile

Attorney Rafe Banks, III, is a partner with Banks Stubbs & McFarland, L.L.P., law firm in Cumming, Georgia. Nationally ranked as among the top trial lawyers in Georgia as well as the country, Mr. Banks has more than 44 years of total legal experience, and he provides unmatched advocacy and support to clients throughout Forsyth County and the northern Atlanta as well as all across North Georgia who stand accused or are under investigation for any type of felony or misdemeanor criminal offense.

Over the course of his legal career, Mr. Banks has achieved considerable success defending the rights and liberties of his clients facing charges for DUI, drug crimes, property crimes, violent crimes, white collar crimes and more. He also has extensive experience with civil litigation, including medical malpractice and personal injury claims, and he has handled several matters involving power line and eminent domain litigation.

A 1972 graduate of Emory University, Mr. Banks returned to his alma mater and obtained his Juris Doctor from Emory University School of Law in 1975. He is admitted to practice before the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Georgia, the Georgia Court of Appeals, the Georgia Supreme Court, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 11th Circuit and the U.S. Supreme Court.

An active leader in his legal community, Mr. Banks serves as president of the Criminal Defense Bar of Forsyth County, and he is the former president of the Forsyth County Bar Association and the Blue Ridge Bar Association. He has also served on the Georgia State Bar disciplinary panel, and he is a member of the State Bar of Georgia, the Georgia Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, the Defense of Drinking Drivers Group and the Lawyers Club of Atlanta.

Honored for his outstanding professionalism and service, Mr. Banks has earned an AV Preeminent peer review rating* from Martindale-Hubbell and the organization's Silver Client Champion Award as well as many other top rankings and endorsements from his peers. He has also received "Superb" client ratings on Avvo along with the site's Clients' Choice Award.

Mr. Banks is also involved with the Cumming Rotary Club, and he is a former member of the Regions Bank advisory board and the First Methodist Church of Cumming board of trustees.

*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%Criminal Defense
Focus Areas

Assault & Battery, Criminal Fraud, Criminal Law, Drug & Alcohol Violations, Motor Vehicle Offenses, Probation, Sex Offenses, Theft, Traffic Violations, Criminal Domestic Violence

Selections

10 Years Super Lawyers
  • Super Lawyers: 2012 - 2021

About Rafe Banks, III

Admitted: 1976, Georgia

Professional Webpage: https://www.banksstubbs.com/attorneys/rafe-banks-iii/

Bar/Professional Activity

  • Blue Ridge Bar Association, President, 1989 - 1990
  • Georgia State Bar Disciplinary Panel, Former Member
  • Criminal Defense Bar of Forsyth County, President, 2000 - Present
  • Defense of Drinking Drivers Group , DODD
  • Lawyers Club of Atlanta
  • Georgia Association of Criminal Lawyers, GACDL
  • Member Forsyth County Bar Association, President, 1996 - 1997
  • Georgia Court of Appeals, 1979
  • State Bar of Georgia, Member
  • U.S. Supreme Court, 1992
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 11th Circuit, 1993
  • Supreme Court of Georgia, 1979
  • U.S. District Court Northern District of Georgia, 1976
  • Georgia, 1976

Pro bono/Community Service

  • Former Member, First Methodist Church of Cumming Board of Trustees  
  • Former Member, Regions Bank Advisory Board
  • Cumming Rotary Club, 1982 - Present

Educational Background

  • Emory University, Bachelor of Arts - 1972
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Office Location for Rafe Banks, III

Building F
309 Pirkle Ferry Road
Cumming, GA 30040

Phone: 770-887-1209

Fax: 770-889-5898

Last Updated: 6/18/2021

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