Mr. Ballard completed his undergraduate studies at Troy State University and received his bachelor of science in criminal justice in 2004. He received his juris doctor from John Marshall School of Law in 2008 and joined Foster & Hanks, LLC, the initial name of the presently known Hanks, Ballard & Barth, LLC, in 2009. Mr. Ballard became a partner in the firm in 2013.
Prior to becoming an attorney, Mr. Ballard had a successful career in law enforcement. He worked as a police officer with a small police department for two years before becoming a deputy sheriff with the Newton County Sheriff’s Office in 1995. A majority of Mr. Ballard’s law enforcement career was focused on specialized operations and investigations of both state and federal offenses, including the investigation of major narcotics violations, sexual offenses, and homicide. Mr. Ballard also served as the commander of a federally funded multijurisdictional drug enforcement taskforce.
Mr. Ballard has significant experience in civil and criminal law. He has represented clients in complex civil and criminal matters in state and federal courts throughout Georgia.
Mr. Ballard previously served on the board of directors of the Faith & Justice Project, a non-profit Christian legal-aid ministry. He also previously served as Solicitor of the municipal courts in Social Circle and Walnut Grove and presently serves as the Chief Municipal Court Judge and Associate Municipal Court Judge of those Courts, respectively.
Mr. Ballard is married and has a daughter.
Areas of Practice:
Trusts and Estates
State of Georgia, 2008
Court of Appeals of the State of Georgia, 2009
Supreme Court of the State of Georgia, 2009
U.S. District Court Northern District of Georgia, 2009
U.S. District Court Middle District of Georgia, 2013
Supreme Court of the United States, 2017
Juris Doctor, John Marshall School of Law, 2008
Bachelor of Science, Criminal Justice, Troy State University, 2004
Professional Associations and Memberships:
Alcovy Circuit Bar Association
Ocmulgee Circuit Bar Association
Georgia Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
National College for DUI Defense
Certified Peace Officer, 1993
Chief Municipal Court Judge of the City of Social Circle.
Associate Municipal Court Judge of the City of Walnut Grove.
Member of the Unlicensed Practice of Law Standing Committee, Appointed by the Supreme Court of Georgia
Former District 10 Chairman of the Unlicensed Practice of Law Committee, Appointed by the Supreme Court of Georgia