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Donald P. Edwards


OFFICE ADDRESS:

THE LAW OFFICE OF DONALD P. EDWARDS
170 Mitchell Street, S.W.
Atlanta, Georgia 30303-3424
(404) 526-8866
e-mail: dedwards@altlaw.com

PERSONAL DATA:

Born: August 27, 1947
Place of Birth: Buffalo, New York

LEGAL EDUCATION:

Boston University School of Law
Juris Doctor, January 1973

UNDERGRADUATE
EDUCATION:

Morehouse College, Atlanta, Georgia
B.A. cum laude, 1969

PROFESSIONAL
AFFILIATIONS:

State Bar of Georgia, 1973-Present

Tennessee State Bar 2012-Present

Gate City Bar Association
President, 1984
President-Elect, 1983
Member-At-Large, 1980
Treasurer, 1979

National Bar Association, 1973-Present
Life Member, 1995
Director, Region XI, 1987
Board of Governors, 1984-87
Special Ass't to the President, 1985

Northern District Litigation Fund, Inc.
President, 1985
Vice President, 1984

Atlanta Volunteer Lawyers Foundation, Inc.
1982-Present
Board Member, 1984

U.S. District Court Magistrate Selection
Panel, 1986-1992

Georgia Trial Lawyers Association, Special Member

Association of Trial Lawyers of America

Atlanta Bar Association
 

COMMUNITY
AFFILIATIONS:

Producer and Program Host,
Every Church A Peace Church, an award winning weekly TV program airing on the Atlanta Interfaith Broadcast Network, May, 2003-Present.

Chairperson, Fulton County (GA) Board of Ethics
Appointed by Fulton County Bd. of Commissioners, 2003-Present

January, 2003 - 2006 Founding Member, InterFaith Atlanta Coalition For Justice and Peace In The World, November 2001- Present

Boy Scouts of America, Atlanta Area Council
Executive Board of Directors
District Chair, South Atlanta Sankofa District,
May, 1999 - Present

Board of Trustees, Southwest Hospital & Medical Ctr., Inc.
1991-Present

Board of Directors, Southwest Hospital Foundation, Inc.,
Founding President and Chairman of the Board
1991-1994

Board of Directors, American Cancer Society,
Mid-Atlanta Unit, 1989-1991

Board of Directors, Southeast Region NAACP
Education and Legal Advisory Board, 1989-Present

Board of Directors, Fulton County Department of Family and Children Services, 1986-1996; (Vice-Chair 1988, Chairperson, 1990-1993)

Founding President, Association of Metropolitan Atlanta
DFACS Boards, 1991-93;

Christian Council of Metropolitan Atlanta,
Vice-President, 1988-1992
President-Elect, 1997
President, 1998

Board of Directors, Hillside Chapel and Truth Center, Inc. 1978-83; Board President, 1980-83, Trustee, 1995- 1998

Leadership Atlanta, 1986
Executive Committee, 1993

Leadership Georgia, 1998

Board of Directors, Atlanta International Museum of Art and Design, 1989-91

100 Black Men of Atlanta, Inc.
1993-Present

Georgia Association of Black Elected Officials
Legal Advisory Team Member
 

AWARDS AND HONORS:

Selected by his peers as one of Georgia's Super Lawyers for 2010, 2011 and 2013 as appears in the Georgia Super Lawyer magazine, February 2010, 2012 and 2013

Blessed Are The Peacemakers Award, "For inspiring, courageous and faithful efforts to build a just and peaceful world." Presented by World Council of Churches on October 6, 2004

Atlanta Interfaith Broadcasters' Allen Award for Best Continuous Faith Based Program, presented to Every Church A Peace Church-TV , produced, sponsored and hosted by Don Edwards, October 12, 2004

2004 Inductee to the Gate City Bar Assn. "Hall of Fame" in recognition of the highest service to the profession and the community. Gate City Bar Assn. "Hall of Fame" Dinner. November, 2004

The Donald P. Edwards Humanitarian Award
Inaugurated by the South Atlanta Sankofa District, February 7, 2003 and awarded to an active Boy Scout who has exampled extraordinary concern for humanity.

"100 Most Influential African Americans in Atlanta"
Black Business Magazine, February, 2003 issue

The Silver Beaver Award
For Distinguished Service to Youth
Atlanta Area Council, Boy Scouts of America
Presented by National Court of Honor, March, 2002

District Award of Merit
South Atlanta District, Boy Scouts of America Presented at the South Atlanta District
Annual Banquet, May 11, 2000

Chief Justice Robert Benham Community Service Award
State Bar of Georgia
State Bar of Georgia Annual Meeting, July, 2000

Father of the Year
Hillside Chapel and Truth Center, Inc.
Presented Hillside Men on Father's Day, June, 1999

Fulton County Department of Family Children Services
Boys Dormitory at Oak Hill Homes renamed "Attorney Donald P. Edwards Hall", April 6, 1996

Morehouse College National Alumni Association,
Atlanta Chapter awarded for achievements in the legal profession, presented at its Annual Awards Banquet, April 22, 1995

The Black Pages Professional Achievement Award, presented by The Black Pages magazine at its Eighth Annual Awards Banquet, September 24, 1992

Thurgood Marshall Award awarded by the Atlanta Branch NAACP for "Dedicated Service to the NAACP In The Fight For Freedom and Justice", presented September 14, 1985

Special Citation, awarded by the DeKalb (Georgia) Branch NAACP "For Your Untiring Efforts In Protecting The Constitutional Rights Of Black School Children In DeKalb County", presented November 11, 1983

"100 Top Atlantans Under 40", Atlanta Magazine
September, 1984

Outstanding Community Service Award, presented by College Park Neighborhood Voters League, 1980

Presidential Award, presented by National Black American Law Student Association "For Untiring Dedication Contribution To The National Black American Law Student Association", March 1983

Earl Warren Fellow, NAACP Legal Defense and Education
Fund, 1973-77. The Earl Warren Fellowship is awarded to selected law school graduates and provides financial and moral support in the development of a civil rights' practice.
 

EMPLOYMENT:

Sole Practitioner
THE LAW OFFICE OF DONALD P. EDWARDS
170 Mitchell Street, S.W.
Atlanta, Georgia 30303-3424
Term: August 1, 1992-Present
Position Summary: Civil litigation with emphasis on personal injury, wrongful death and medical malpractice.

Co-owner and Chairman of the Board of Directors
CLEF PRODUCTIONS, INC.
5520 Old National Highway, Ste. B
College Park, Georgia 30349
Term: May, 1993 to July, 1997
Position Summary: A recording production company providing motivational and inspirational music and messages.

Partner
THOMAS, KENNEDY, SAMPSON, EDWARDS & PATTERSON
1600 Bank South Building
55 Marietta Street, N.W.
Atlanta, Georgia 30303
(404) 688-4503
Term: September, 1974-July, 1992
Position Summary: Primary responsibilities include civil litigation with an emphasis on personal injury litigation (plaintiff and defendant). Significant experience in civil rights' litigation in matters involving housing, voting rights and school desegregation. Litigation efforts accomplished the historic election of black-elected officials in Marietta and College Park, Georgia, and faculty and pupil desegregation in DeKalb County (Georgia) schools.
 



 




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