‘We Take Unpopular Cases’: When Judges Are in Trouble, Here’s

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Dennis Cathey of Cathey & Strain, left, and S. Lester Tate III of Akin & Tate, right. Courtesy photos Dennis Cathey of Cathey & Strain (left) and S. Lester Tate III of Akin & Tate. (Courtesy photos)


“When I left the JQC, I had a judge that called me not long after that, that needed some representation,” said attorney S. Lester Tate III, formerly of the Judicial Qualifications Commission of Georgia. “I really went from chairing one meeting to going back to almost the very next meeting and sitting at the other end of the table representing a judge.”

February 08, 2023 at 06:00 AM

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Cedra Mayfield


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What You Need to Know

  • Two Georgia attorneys represent the bulk of jurists who defend themselves against ethics violations investigated by the Judicial Qualifications of Georgia.
  • Based in Habersham County, civil litigator Dennis T. Cathey of Cathey & Strain in Cornelia has spent the past two decades also handling judicial misconduct defense cases.
  • Situated in Bartow County, S. Lester Tate III of Akin & Tate in Cartersville has developed a reputation over the past six years for representing high-profile judicial defense cases.

When Georgia jurists come under scrutiny for allegations of judicial misconduct, they often turn to one of two attorneys to handle their ethics cases before the Judicial Qualifications Commission of Georgia.

Now both trial litigators with former ties to the JQC are opening up about how they became household names for judicial defendants and why they continue to take on such clients.

‘All Word of Mouth’

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