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Our Lawyers

Tough, experienced trial lawyers ready to fight back to protect our clients.

Our firm exists to help people successfully navigate serious legal challenges. For over 20 years, we have defended people charged with serious crimes and helped whistleblowers who have reported corporate fraud recover substantial rewards.

The people who work at this firm come from different backgrounds, but we all share three core principals that guide our work every day:

1. We always tell the truth – We stay in close touch with our clients and their families, answer all of their questions, and tell them the honest truth about their case.

2. We finish the case strong – We don’t quit on our clients. We keep working until we have done everything we can possibly do to finish the case successfully, no matter how long that may take.

3. We work from the heart – We treat people like we would want to be treated, and we give each client the personal attention they deserve.



Page Pate

Senior Trial Attorney

Page Pate is one of the best trial lawyers in the United States with over 25 years of experience in criminal defense and civil litigation.


Jess Johnson

Trial Attorney

Recognized as a “Rising Star” in criminal defense and civil litigation by Super Lawyers Magazine for several years.


Thomas Church

Trial Attorney

Tom joined Pate & Johnson in 2017 after graduating with honors from the University of Georgia School of Law.


Kate Forrest

Trial Attorney

Kate is a criminal defense lawyer with an impressive record of “not guilty” verdicts and dismissals in serious criminal cases.


James Johnson

Of Counsel

James is an accomplished trial lawyer with over a decade of success in civil litigation and white collar investigations.