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Attorney Smith

J. Stanley Smith (Retired Superior Court Judge)

Mr. Smith was born in Macon, Georgia, and attended the public schools there, graduating from the Walter F. George School of Law.  He was admitted to practice law in 1977 and has resided in Dublin, Georgia, for the past 38 years. He and his wife, Annette, have two adult children and attend First United Methodist Church in Dublin, Georgia.
 
He worked his way both through undergraduate school and graduated from Mercer University in 1973 and thereafter attended law school. He obtained his Jurist Doctor Degree from the Walter F. George School of Law in June of 1977.
 
Mr. Smith has practiced law in the public and private sector since July 1, 1977, when he became the first Assistant District Attorney for the Dublin Judicial Circuit. In 1979, he entered into private practice and was appointed as Juvenile Court Judge for Laurens County and served in that capacity for the next 18 years while practicing law.
 
He began private practice of law as an associate with Douglas & Robertson, which became Robertson & Smith when the Honorable Dubignion Douglas was appointed to Superior Court Judge for the Dublin Judicial Circuit. He is a former member of Nelson, Gillis & Smith, where he practiced 10 years. In 2000, Mr. Smith was elected as a Judge to the Superior Court and served almost 12 years before retiring and re-entering private practice. He is now the managing partner of Smith Garner, LLC, here in Dublin.
 
Mr. Smith is a member of Gideons International. While serving as Superior Court Judge, he served as Administrative Judge for the Eighth Judicial Administrative District, served on the Council of Superior Court Judges and the Judicial Council of Georgia, served on the Legislative Committee, Drug Court Committee, and the Compensation Retirement Committee with a Council of Superior Court Judges and as a former member of the Council of Juvenile Court Judges.

James C. Garner

Mr. Garner was born in Bainbridge, Georgia, and was raised in the Orianna community of Treutlen County, Georgia. He and his wife, April, and their four children, all attend the Soperton United Methodist Church in Soperton.
 
He received his Bachelor of Arts Degree, Cum Laude, from Mercer University in 1993 with majors in both History and Political Science. An ROTC scholarship award winner, Mr. Garner was commissioned in the United States Army through the ROTC program upon graduation from Mercer.  He then immediately went on to the University of Georgia Law School where he received his Jurist Doctor Degree, also Cum Laude, in 1996.
 
 Following his passing of the Georgia Bar, Mr. Garner entered the United States Army Judge Advocate General’s Corp as a JAG Officer. His Army career included work in both the civil and criminal fields of law. He served as a Claims Attorney, Hospital Attorney, and Trial Counsel (prosecutor) while a member of the 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault) at Fort Campbell, Kentucky. He then served as a Trial Defense Counsel attached to the 3rd Infantry Division at Fort Stewart, Georgia. Achieving the rank of Captain, Mr. Garner is also a graduate of the Airborne and Air Assault schools and received several service ribbons.
 
 Mr. Garner’s public service has continued following his time in the U.S. Army. In the past, he has served as an Assistant District Attorney in the Dublin Judicial Circuit and the Solicitor-General of the Treutlen County State Court. In 2008, Mr. Garner was appointed by the Governor of the State of Georgia to serve as the Judge of the Treutlen County State Court, a position to which he has twice been re-elected.
 
Mr. Garner’s prior private law practice has included being a sole practitioner and time with two law firms. Mr. Garner and retired Superior Court Judge J. Stanley Smith, Jr have formed the law partnership of Smith Garner, LLC, where he is a partner and practices both in the civil and criminal fields of law.
 
Mr. Garner’s outside interests and activities are centered around his family, his church, and Georgia football.
Attorney Bozeman

J. Benjamin Bozeman

Ben Bozeman was born in Laurens County and raised on his family’s farm just north of the city limits of Dublin. He graduated from Dublin High School in 2003. He attends Marie Baptist Church in Dublin.
Ben graduated from the University of Georgia in 2009 with a Bachelor's Degree in both Forestry and Water & Soil Resources. He went on to work with the Georgia Forestry Commission until 2012 when he began the process of applying to law school. He graduated from Walter F. George School of Law at Mercer University in 2015 where he received his Juris Doctor Degree. Upon graduating from law school, Ben began working under the supervision of Stan Smith and Jim Garner at Smith Garner, LLC. Ben was admitted to the State Bar of Georgia in 2016 and he continues to work at Smith Garner, LLC.
Ben completed the rank of Eagle Scout with Troup 66 of Dublin, and continues to exemplify the morals and values instilled in him through that endeavor in his personal life and professional career. His outside interests and activities include spending time with family and friends, as well as hunting, fishing and farming.

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