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Judge Mary E. Staley

Judge S. Lark Ingram

Judge Robert E. Flournoy, III

Judge Adele P. Grubbs

Chief Judge J. Stephen Schuster

Judge C. LaTain Kell, Sr.

Judge Reuben M. Green

Judge Robert D. Leonard

Judge A. Greg Poole 

Judge Ann B. Harris

Senior Judges





Judge Mary E. Staley
Staff Attorney - Jennifer Walker (770) 528-1818
Administrative Assistant - Charlotte Rooks (770) 528-1816
Fax Number- (770) 528-1821

Judge Staley graduated cum laude with a Bachelor of Arts degree from the State University of West Georgia in 1975. She earned her Juris Doctor from the University of Georgia School of Law in 1978. After graduating from law school, Judge Staley served as an Assistant District Attorney for the Cobb Judicial Circuit from 1978-1982. She was elected Magistrate Judge of Cobb County in 1982, and then elected State Court Judge, Division I in 1984. She was elected Judge of the Superior Court of Cobb County in 1992, and served as Chief Judge from 2005-2006. She is currently the presiding judge for the Cobb County Mental Health Court.

Judge Staley is actively involved in many civic and professional organizations. She was selected to be a member of the 1996 Class of Leadership Georgia. She is co-author of Georgia Jurisprudence Family Law. She was the 2001 recipient of the Joseph T. Tuggle Professionalism Award, Family Law Section, State Bar of Georgia. She was recognized by the Cobb County Y.W.C.A as its 1994 Woman of Achievement. She was the 2014 recipient of the Cobb Schools Foundation Leaders & Legends Award. She was awarded the Cobb County Chamber of Commerce Distinguished Woman award in 2015. She served as president of the Kiwanis Club of Marietta 2014-2015. She served as president of the Council of Superior Court Judges 2014-2015.  

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Judge S. Lark Ingram
Staff Attorney - Mary Catherine Fudger (770) 528-1833
Administrative Assistant – Debbie Brock (770) 528-1831
Court Reporter – Rhonda Eubanks (770) 528-1832
Fax Number – (770) 528-1834

Judge S. Lark Ingram was appointed as a Superior Court Judge of Cobb County on November 21, 1995. She qualified without opposition for re-election in July 1996 and in 2000 and in 2004. Previously, Judge Ingram was appointed as a State Court Judge of Cobb County in May 1991. She was re-elected to the State Court bench in July 1992 and served until November 21, 1995. Prior to her service as a State Court Judge, from 1980 to 1991, Judge Ingram served as an Assistant United States Attorney in the Criminal and Civil Divisions of the United States Department of Justice in the Northern District of Georgia. Judge Ingram graduated from Marietta High School in 1971, Emory University in 1975 and University of Georgia School of Law in 1978
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Judge Ingram is a life-long resident of Cobb County and is active in such civic organizations as: Cobb Landmarks and Historical Society, (Board Member); Alumni Council, Oxford College of Emory University, (Past Member); Leadership Cobb Alumni Association (Past Member, Selection Committee; Past Chair, Law Enforcement Day; Politics Day); Cobb Chamber of Commerce (Past Member Public Safety Committee; Cobb Executive Women; Focus Cobb); Former Board Member, YMCA of Cobb County; Past Board Member, YWCA; Honoree, YWCA Women of Achievement – 1992; Kiwanis Club of Marietta, Inc. (Past Board Member); Past Advisory Board Member, Charter Bank & Trust; Past Board Member, Board of Trustees, The Walker School; Past Board Member, The Walker School Association; Past Chair of Founder’s Day Cobb Family Resources; Junior League of Cobb-Marietta (former Board Member); Marietta/Cobb Museum of Art (former Board Member); American Association of University Women – “Cobb Woman of the –1992”; Cumberland Jaycees’ Candidate for one of the five Outstanding Young Georgians- 1991; Member, First United Methodist Church of Marietta.

She is also a member of these professional organizations: State Bar of Georgia; Past member of the Council of State Court Judges; Member of the Council of Superior Court Judges; Former Chair, Board of Visitors, University of Georgia School of Law; Former Alumni Council Member, University of Georgia School of Law; Master of the Inn, Joseph Henry Lumpkin Inn of Court; Cobb Bar Association (Past Chair, Speakers Bureau) (Law Day Committee) (Former Trustee); Atlanta Bar Association (past president of the Atlanta Council of Younger Lawyers) (Past Chair, Law Day) (Committee of the Year Award ‘92-93); Past Member, Board of Trustees of the Trial Judges and Solicitors Retirement Fund.

Judge Ingram and her husband, Daniel V. Pompilio, III, live in Smyrna, Georgia. Their daughter is married and after receiving her Masters in Education at Samford University, resides and teaches in Birmingham, Alabama.

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Judge Robert E. "Rob" Flournoy, III
Staff Attorney - Matthew Freedman (678) 581-5402
Administrative Assistant: Christa Flint (678) 581-5400
Court Reporter: Alison Jordan (770) 528-8136
Fax: (678) 581-5407

Judge Flournoy
Spouse: Julie Beazel Flournoy
Children: Trent

Personal History:
Judge Flournoy, III was born August 22, 1952 in Atlanta, Georgia. He moved to Marietta in 1957, and attended the Marietta Public School System. He graduated from Marietta High School in 1970.

Judge Flournoy graduated from:

• University of GA – BBA, 1974. Magna Cum Laude, Beta Gamma Sigma & Phi Kappa Phi
• University of GA – J.D., 1979. Cum Laude
• University of Nevada, National Judicial College: Graduated, 2001

Legal Experience:
Judge Flournoy, III engaged in the private practice of law in Cobb County for 20 years at 236 Washington Avenue Marietta, Georgia 30060 handling general, civil, and criminal trial and appellate cases in all courts, with a concentration in family law matters. He was appointed by Governor Barnes on July 14, 2000, to fill the Ninth Superior Court Judgeship.

Civic Activities:
Vice Chairman of Board of Trustees – Marietta/Cobb Museum of Art (1998 – Present)

Past Member and Chairman – Downtown Marietta Development Authority (1990-2000) and Board of Historic Review

Former Member of the Board of Directors – Premier Bancshares, listed on (1997 – 2000) New York Stock Exchange

Founding Member of Board of Directors – First Alliance Bank (1985 – 1997) Chairman, Audit Committee

Judge Flournoy, III is a Member of the Marietta Kiwanis Club, the First United Methodist Church, and the State Bar of GA, Cobb Bar Assoc., and GA Trial Lawyers Assoc.

Please note:  Effective January 1, 2009, Judge Flournoy will require all pro se litigants in domestic cases to attend the Cobb County Family Law Workshop before being issued a court date.  Please contact ADR at 770-528-8100 for registration information.

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Judge Adele P. Grubbs
Law Clerk - Kenneth Holmes (770) 528-1827
Administrative Assistant - Peggy Massey  (770) 528-1826
Court Reporter – Paul Crowder (770) 528-1828
Fax Number- (770) 528-1830

Professional Background
Admitted to the State Bar of Georgia October 1969. Admitted to all Georgia and Federal Courts. Trial Lawyer in Cobb County from 1969, with two years as an Assistant District Attorney, until appointed to Juvenile Court Bench in January 1996. Elected to the Superior Court bench in 2000, and re-election without opposition in 2004 & 2008.

Bar Activities
Master of the Weltner Family Law Inn of Court, Chair of Special Committee on Family Law of the Council of Superior Court Judges, Sustaining member of the Lawyers Foundation of Georgia.  Past President of the Cobb Division of the Georgia Association of Women Lawyers.  Speaker at Institute of Continuing Legal Education and Family Law Institute Seminars.
 
Cobb County Bar Association – Past President, former member of Board of Trustees for over 20 years.  Have served on or chaired various committees including Continuing Legal Education, and Bench and Bar.  Member of the Family Law Section and Trial Lawyers Section.  Founder of Cobb Justice Foundation.  Received the President’s Award on two occasions.

Elected member of the State Bar of Georgia Board of Governors for 20 years.  Member and former chair of the Advisory Committee on Legislation, and member of many Bar committees, 2005 Justice Benham Award for Community Service, 2007 Distinguished Bar Leadership Award.

Member of the National Coordinating Council on Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention for over 10 years.

Civic Activities
Member of the First Baptist Church of Marietta, Chair-elect of Deacons, and choir member and Sunday School teacher, President of the Rotary Club of Marietta; Former member of the Rotary Club of East Cobb; member of the Board of the American Heart Association, Boy's and Girls Clubs, Member of the Touchdown Club of Marietta High School and Past President and member of the Marietta Schools Foundation. United Way, Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors, Public Safety Committee.

1997 Cobb County Woman of Achievement recipient, 2005 Marietta Citizen of the Year.  

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Chief Judge J. Stephen "Steve" Schuster
Judicial Administrative Assistant - Angie Bullock (770) 528-1849
Staff Attorney - Brooke Stewart (770) 528-1851
Court Reporter - Maribeth Brownhill (770) 528-7016
Fax (770) 528-1854

Residence: Marietta, Georgia

Education:       1973, B.A. - Economics – Tulane University; 1976, Juris Doctor Degree – University of Georgia School of Law; 2002- Graduate National Judicial College – General Jurisdiction
Profession:     Judge, Superior Court of Cobb County; Prior Experience:  Presiding Judge Juvenile Court of Cobb County, Attorney with an extensive family law practice and former Assistant District Attorney, Cobb Judicial Circuit

Personal:        Married with two adult daughters

Activities and Awards:  American College of Business Court Judges – Charter Member and  Member of  Executive Committee; Board of Governors for State Bar of Georgia; State Bar of Georgia - Young Lawyers Division: “Distinguished Judicial Service Award” for Cobb County Truancy Program; Cobb County Legal Secretaries Association “Boss of the Year”; Past President and Past Chaplain of Cobb County Bar Association; Board of Directors for Cobb County Boys and Girls Club, Inc.; Cobb County Chamber of Commerce;  Member of Honorary Commanders with the U.S. Military; Marietta Kiwanis; Past President of Cobb County Symposium; Former Chairman of the Cobb County Board of Ethics for the Cobb County Board of Education; Master, Charles Weltner Family Law  Inn of Court; Frequent speaker in the areas of Family Law, Business Law and Ethics and Professionalism.

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Judge C. LaTain (Tain) Kell, Sr.
Staff Attorney -Ryan Browne (770) 528-8131
Administrative Assistant - Natalie Bloodworth (770) 528-8130
Fax Number - (770) 528-8128

Judge Kell was appointed by Governor Sonny Perdue on December 10, 2007 as the tenth Superior Court Judge of the Cobb Judicial Circuit. He was elected to his first full term on November 4, 2008. He obtained his A.B.J. from the University of Georgia’s Grady School of Journalism and Mass Communications in 1984.  He obtained his law degree from the University of Georgia in 1987.

From 1987-1997, Judge Kell served in the Georgia Attorney General’s Office, practicing in the area of civil litigation.  He was in the Litigation Section at Troutman Sanders law firm in Atlanta from 1997 to 2000.  In 2000, he joined the Marietta law firm of Brock, Clay, Calhoun & Rogers, P.C. where he became a partner/shareholder until his appointment in 2007.

Judge Kell practiced law for over 20 years in courtrooms across the State of Georgia, including both state and federal courts, the Georgia Court of Appeals and Georgia Supreme Court, all three federal district courts, and the Eleventh Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals.  He is also admitted to practice in the U.S. Supreme Court.

Judge Kell grew up in Cobb County, where his father, Corky Kell, was a football coach and athletic director, and his mother, Carole Kell, was an English teacher and middle school principal.  He graduated from Wheeler High School in Marietta in 1980.

Judge Kell has been active in many civic and community activities, including participating in the 2001 class of Leadership Cobb, serving as Chairman of the Marietta Area Council of the Cobb Chamber of Commerce, Chairman of the Advisory Board of the East Cobb YMCA, and serving for many years in the Hospitality Ministry of his church.

He and his wife, Sheri, live in East Cobb with their son.  They are members of Johnson Ferry Baptist Church where Judge Kell serves as a deacon.

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Judge Reuben M. Green
Staff Attorney - Robert Mollohan (770) 528-1890
Administrative Assistant - Traci Hatfield (770) 528-1860
Court Reporter - Cindy Heckler (770) 528-1891
Fax Number - (770) 528-8105

Judge Reuben Green presides over Cobb County Veterans Accountability and Treatment Court. Veterans Court serves veterans who have underlying issues associated with their military service that, in part, cause them to be involved in the criminal justice system.

Prior to becoming a Superior Court Judge in 2010, Judge Green served as a Special Assistant United States Attorney in the Northern District of Georgia, an Assistant District Attorney in the Cobb Judicial Circuit, and as an attorney with the law firm of King & Spalding.

Judge Green graduated with Honors from Emory University School of Law and received a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Political Science from Lewis & Clark College in Portland, Oregon. Before attending college he served on active duty in the United States Marine Corps.

Judge Green is heavily involved in the legal community as a member of the Marine Corps Association of Georgia Lawyers, the Charles Weltner Family Law Inn of Court, Cobb County Bar Association, and the State Bar of Georgia. He also participates annually as a judge in the Georgia Intrastate Moot Court Competition. He is on the Boards for the Rotary Club of Marietta, Marietta Mentoring for Leadership and the Continuum of Care for Cobb County, and serves on the Advisory Board for the Atlanta Chapter of the Federalist Society. He has participated with a number of civic and professional organizations, including Rotary International, Boy Scouts of America, the Cobb Chamber of Commerce, and the Marietta Pilgrimage Tour. Judge Green has also taught courses in law, professionalism, and criminal justice at Emory University School of Law, Kennesaw State University, and Chattahoochee Technical College.

Judge Green is a member of Johnson Ferry Baptist Church. He is married and has two children.

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Judge Robert D. Leonard
Staff Attorney - Melissa Brickey (770) 528-1839
Administrative Assistant- Michelle Jordan(770) 528-1837
Court Reporter - Hannah Jones (770) 528-1838
Fax Number - (770) 528-1842
Judge Robert (Rob) D. Leonard II

Professional Background
Judge Leonard was appointed by Governor Nathan Deal to the Superior Court of Cobb County in November of 2012 and was elected in 2014 to retain that office. Immediately preceding that, Judge Leonard was serving on the bench in the State Court of Cobb County. He was appointed to that position by Governor Sonny Perdue in 2010 and was later elected to retain that position.

Prior to taking the bench, Judge Leonard maintained his law practice in Marietta where he employed 11 people practicing primarily in criminal law and civil litigation.

Judge Leonard received his undergraduate and law degrees consecutively from the University of Kentucky.

As a member of the Council of Superior Court Judges, Judge Leonard serves on the following committees: Accountability and Treatment Court, Pattern Jury Instructions and Uniform Rules.

Bar Activities
Judge Leonard has been involved in many bar-related activities including: Past-President of the Cobb County Criminal Law Section of the Bar, Vice-President of the Georgia Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, President of the Younger Lawyers Section of the Cobb Bar, former member of the Board of Trustees of the Cobb Bar and also served on various committees for the bar. He is also a member of the Marietta Lawyers Club and the Atlanta Lawyers Club.

Awards and Recognition
Judge Leonard was recognized as a “Georgia Super Lawyer Rising Star” for three consecutive years, from 2009 to 2011 prior to taking the bench. He was the 2006 recipient of the Ross Adams Award given out by the Cobb County Bar Association. In 2009, he won the “Greatest Trial Victory of the Year” award. Judge Leonard was featured in Cobb Life’s “Top 20 under 40” publication. Judge Leonard was also featured in the Daily Report’s “On The Rise” publication honoring the top 40 under forty lawyers in the state.

Judge Leonard is a frequent speaker at Continuing Legal Education courses for judges and lawyers on subjects ranging from family law, criminal law, evidence, ethics and professionalism. Judge Leonard enjoys talking to young lawyers about the importance of integrity and professionalism in the practice of law. He lectures on professionalism as a keynote speaker for incoming law students as part of the Chief Justice’s Committee on Professionalism.

Civic Involvement
Currently, Judge Leonard serves on the Board of Directors for Nobis Works, formerly known as the “Tommy Nobis Center,” an organization that provides job training and placement for people with disabilities. He is also involved in the Chamber of Commerce and is an alumnus of the Leadership Cobb Class of 2013. He is also a member of Marietta Kiwanis and has volunteered his time at numerous local non-profit organizations such as the Calvary Children’s Home, American Cancer Society, Safe Path and MUST Ministries. He speaks to local youth groups and schools about the impact of how these young people’s choices today will impact them for the entirety of their life. He also invites school groups and Girl and Boy Scout troops to the courthouse to conduct mock trials and learn about the court system. Judge Leonard volunteers a substantial about of time coaching youth sports.

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Judge A. Gregory Poole
Staff Attorney - Jennifer Marcotte (770) 528-1845
Administrative Asst. – Tracie Grabarkewitz (770) 528-1843
Court Reporter – Lisa Tims-Wooten (770) 528-1844
Fax Number - (770) 528-1881

Judge Poole was elected to the Cobb County Superior Court in July of 2012, taking office January 1, 2013.  Prior to joining the Superior Court, Judge Poole served on the Cobb County Juvenile Court for nearly ten years, where he presided over child delinquency and deprivation matters, focusing on rehabilitation of children and re-uniting families.

Upon graduating law school, Judge Poole joined the law firm later known as Dupree, Poole & King, where he practiced law for eighteen years.  While with that firm his areas of concentration included criminal, civil, family, and education law.  He represented the Marietta Board of Education from 1990 until his appointment to the Juvenile Court.

Judge Poole graduated from Presbyterian College in 1982 with a B.A. degree in History.  He attended Cumberland School of Law of Samford University where he received his juris doctor in 1985.  He was admitted to the State Bar of Georgia in June of that year.  He is a member of the State Bar of Georgia (Bench and Bar Committee; Consumer Assistance Program; Next Generation Courts Commission), the Cobb County Bar Association, the Cobb Justice Foundation, the Georgia Supreme Court Committee on Justice for Children, an Advisor to the Barton Child Law and Policy Center at Emory University, and he is a Master of the Bench in the Charles Longstreet Weltner Family Law American Inn of Court where he serves on its Executive Committee.  He served as President of the Georgia Council of Juvenile Court Judges in 2012 and is a past Trustee of the Georgia Institute of Continuing Judicial Education the Judicial Council of Georgia.  In 2004 he was presented with the Distinguished Judicial Service Award by the Younger Lawyers Section of the State Bar of Georgia.  Judge Poole is on several local charity boards of directors, including the Marietta Schools Foundation.  He frequently lectures in juvenile, criminal, and domestic relations law, and speaks to schools and civic organizations.

         Family and Community: A. Gregory Poole was born and raised in Marietta, Georgia, attending its public schools.  He is married to Lucia Poole, who teaches advanced mathematics at Harrison High School.  Together, they have five children.  They are members of Marietta First United Methodist Church.

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Judge Ann B. Harris
Staff Attorney - Leanne Dolin (770) 528-1857
Administrative Assistant - Ashley Everett (770) 528-1822
Court Reporter - Sally Dixon (770) 528-1856
Fax Number- (770) 528-8141


Judge Harris was elected to the Superior Court bench in July of 2014.  She earned her Juris Doctor from Vanderbilt University in 1994, and her bachelor of science degree in finance from Auburn University, where she graduated with high honors in 1984.  Judge Harris is originally from Birmingham, Alabama.  She and her husband Jim have been married for 29 years and live in Smyrna with their two rescue dogs Willie and Bert. 

Legal Experience

After finishing law school, Judge Harris served the people of Cobb County as an assistant district attorney for 19 years.  As a senior assistant district attorney, she prosecuted all types of serious felony offenses in Superior Court, including murder, rape, armed robbery, drug trafficking and child cruelty.  She prosecuted a double homicide that resulted in the jury’s return of a death penalty verdict, as well as the first case of felony elder abuse in the state of Georgia.

While in the District Attorney’s office, she served as an instructor for both law enforcement and fellow prosecutors in principles of constitutional law and trial practice and procedure.   Judge Harris sat for several years on the regional Human Trafficking Taskforce and has lectured state and local prosecutors, governmental organizations and civic groups on the subject.  In conjunction with federal prosecutors, she traveled to the Baltic region to introduce their prosecutors to the adversarial system of justice and effective criminal investigations and prosecutions.  Judge Harris is admitted to practice in the Georgia Supreme Court and Court of Appeals, U.S. District Court (Northern District) and the U.S. Supreme Court.   She is a member of the State Bar of Georgia and the Cobb County Bar Association.

Business Experience

After graduating from Auburn, Judge Harris worked as a senior consultant with Andersen Consulting, an international management consulting and technology services company (now operating as Accenture), where she managed the functional review and analysis of business information needs for clients in a variety of industries, and directed the development and implementation of integrated software solutions.  Several years later she joined Atlanta-based Equifax, where she managed the Information Systems Audit Department in reviewing the security and effectiveness of software systems supporting the company’s operations.

Civic Involvement

Judge Harris is active in the Cobb community, particularly in the Smyrna Optimist Club, where she is a past president and member of the board of directors, chair of several committees and recipient of the Service to the Community Award.  She serves on committees for the Cancer Society Swordsman’s Ball and 100+ Women Against Domestic Violence.   She was a member of Honorary Commanders (2012) and Leadership Cobb (2004), and remains active with both groups.  She has served as an attorney-coach for Campbell High School Mock Trial Team and as a judge for the Georgia High School Regional Mock Trial Competition.  Judge Harris is a member of the Cobb Chamber of Commerce, as well as several business associations in the county.  




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Senior Judges

Senior Judge G. Conley Ingram
Senior Judge Michael Stoddard
Senior Judge G. Grant Brantley
Senior Judge George Kreeger
Senior Judge James G. Bodiford
Administrative Assistant - Rhonda Cochran (770) 528-1880
Administrative Assistant - Babe Byrne (770) 528-1880
Administrative Assistant - Sheila Ross (770) 528-1880
Staff Attorney - Thomas Davis (770) 528-8091
Fax (770) 528-8103


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