» jUDICIAL pROfILEs // CoBB CoUnty SUperior CoUrt 162
1978-81; judge, State Court of Cobb County 1981-91; judge,
Superior Court of Cobb County, 1991-2005; senior judge,
Superior Courts of Georgia, 2005-present
policies, procedures and Recommendations:
2. Pretrial conferences and pretrial orders: If assisting a court I
follow that court’s procedures.
3. Require dispute resolution: See No. 2.
4. Telephone conferencing: See No. 2.
5. Special settings: See no. 2
6. Attaching supporting authorities: Not unless it is a citation
from a foreign jurisdiction.
7. Letter briefs: Yes
8. Filings on computer disk: Prefer not to use CDs.
9. Voir dire: I try to use the procedures established in the court
I am assisting.
10. Court hours/breaks: 9 a.m. to noon., 1: 30 to 5: 30 p.m., unless the attorneys need other hours.
11. Available audio-visual equipment: Having traveled over
substantial portions of the state, I’ve seen there is a large variety of court resources available.
12. Using audio-visual equipment: See No. 2.
13. Trial exhibits: See No. 2.
14. Courtroom decorum: I hope for professionalism and civility, with the understanding that local customs vary.
15. Jury charges: The rule requires that they be submitted at
the outset, and I encourage attorneys to get their requests as
early as possible.
16. Pattern charges: No, reference to the charge is sufficient,
however counsel should be aware of the numerous PJI amendments.
17. Resolving pretrial issues prior to striking jury:
a) Criminal: I require it, and will try to have these heard prior to
trial, again subject to local practices.
b) Civil: Same as no. 17.
18. What constitutes good cause for granting continuances?
Medical certificates, properly authenticated agreement of
counsel as to personal issues.
19. What constitutes good cause for discovery: the volume
involved, whether counsel has been properly responding to
20. Order preparation guidelines: I may make findings of fact
that are announced, and that should be included.
21. Suggestions/admonitions for counsel: As I think any judge
would like be prepared, civil, precise and attentive.
22. Irritating lawyer conduct: Sneering by lawyers is frowned
upon, as is misrepresentation of facts or law.
23. Other recommendations: For newer lawyers, handing your
card to the court and the court reporter is helpful.
senior judge G. Grant Brantley
College: Emory University, 1962
Law school: Emory University,
previous Experience: Served in the
U.S. Air Force as a judge advocate
in the Strategic Air Command,
1965-68; Cobb County attorney;
city attorney for Kennesaw; associate attorney for the Cobb
Development Authority; assistant city attorney for the City of
Acworth; assistant city attorney for Powder Springs. Elected
judge of Cobb Superior Court in 1980. Re-elected in 1984-88.
Nominated to the U.S. District Court by President George Bush
in 1992 (expired). Smolar, Roseman, Brantley & Seifter, 1992 to
2001; Balch & Bingham, counsel, 2001-07. Ran unsuccessfully
for Supreme Court of Georgia in 2004. Sworn in as senior
superior court judge on Nov. 20, 2007.
senior judge G. Conley Ingram
College: Emory University, 1949
Law school: Emory University,
Born: Sept. 27, 1930, Dublin, Ga.
previous Experience: Justice,
Supreme Court of Georgia, judge,
Superior Court of Cobb County,
judge, Juvenile Court of Cobb
County, practicing lawyer in Marietta and Atlanta.
senior judge Michael stoddard
College: Emory University
Law school: Emory University
School of Law
Born: Jan. 22, 1944
previous Experience: U.S.A.F.
JAG, 1970-74; military judge,
Republic of Vietnam, 1971-72; chief,
International Law Division, U.S.
Taiwan Defense Command 1972-73; assistant district attorney,
Cobb Judicial Circuit, 1974-76; deputy director, Prosecuting
Attorneys’ Council of Georgia 1977-78; private practice,