Chief Judge C. LaTain "Tain" Kell
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.