William’s son, Charles T. Ballard, knew from an early age he wanted to become a lawyer. Growing up in the shadow of the old Fayette County jail put him in contact with Fayetteville’s local attorneys, whom he respected and admired. Charles knew he wanted to become an attorney so he could help people in his community. After graduating from the University of Georgia School of Law, Charles started his legal career as judge advocate at Fort Benning’s Center Troop Command.
In 1961, Charles returned to Fayette County and established Ballard Law Office at its current home in the heart of downtown Fayetteville. Charles quickly proved to be a successful litigator and trial lawyer capable of handling a wide variety of legal matters. He also played a vital role in the development of Fayette County in his capacity as county attorney, school board attorney, and counsel for a number of local municipalities. Charles also incorporated many of our community’s churches. And he has helped thousands of individuals and businesses resolve their legal issues.
Scott L. Ballard graduated from Fayette County High School in 1977 and continued on to the University of Georgia and the Florida State University College of Law. After graduating from law school in 1984, he pursued his life long dream: he joined Ballard Law Office and practiced law with his dad. Over the course of two decades, Scott developed a reputation as being one of the best criminal defense attorneys in South Metro Atlanta as well as a skilled civil litigator.
Scott left Ballard Law Office in 2004 after he won so many criminal trials that he was asked by local law enforcement to run for District Attorney for the Griffin Judicial Circuit, which includes Fayette, Pike, Spalding, and Upson Counties. Scott won that election and, in doing so, scored a landslide victory in Fayette County. He was reelected in a second landslide in 2008, sweeping all four counties. He was unopposed for reelection in 2012. As District Attorney, Scott deftly handled several high profile cases that made international news. In 2017, Scott became Superior Court Judge for the Griffin Judicial Circuit, following a third landslide victory in Fayette County and strong support in the surrounding counties.
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