George R. Ference

Expertise and Experience

George Ference offers over thirty years of experience and skill as well as being reliable, smart, reasonable and trustworthy, to help with your important issues. He is rated “AV” by Martindale-Hubbell (International Law Directory), the highest rating indicating preeminent legal ability and very high ethical standards as established by confidential opinions from attorneys of the Bar.

Mr. Ference graduated from Emory College, with a B.A. with Honors in American History. He received his legal education at Emory University School Of Law, and was admitted to the State Bar of Georgia in 1979.

His Court admissions include:

  • Supreme Court and Court of Appeals of Georgia
  • All State of Georgia Courts including Superior Courts, State Courts, Family Courts, and Probate Courts
  • United States District Courts
  • United States Court of Appeals
  • State administrative boards such as the Police Officers and Standards Training Council (POST) and Composite State Medical Board for medical professionals

Experience and Activities

  • Assistant City Attorney for five years representing police, fire and corrections departments
  • Served as Arbitrator and Special Master for Superior Courts.
  • Professor for Masters in Litigation program, Atlanta Law School

Community Service And Professional Activities

  • Serves by appointment of Superior Court as a Guardian ad Litem to represent the best interests of children in contested custody matters.
  • Speaker at meetings and conferences of Georgia Certified Public Accountants, American Society of Women Accountants, and Georgia Home Economists in Business on Employment Law Issues.
  • Volunteer for domestic relations representation for Dekalb County, Cobb County, and Atlanta Volunteer Lawyers Foundation.
  • Graduate, First Class, National Academy for Police Legal Advisors, U.S. Department of Justice, Federal Bureau of Investigation, Quantico, VA.
  • Member of State Bar of Georgia, Atlanta Bar Association, Family Law Section and Small Firm Section, and Dekalb Bar Association and Family Law Section.
  • CourtTV; televised murder trial of State v. Meehan, October, 2000.

(over 40 State and Federal published decisions)

Everett v. Napper 632 F.Supp. 1481 (N.D. Ga. 1986) affirmed in part, reversed in part 833 F.2d 1507 (11th Cir. 1987). Precedential decision as to police officer due process and drug testing.

John Doe v. Continental Casualty Company, United States District Court (2000). Summary judgment for Plaintiff surgeon on disability insurance claim. Recovery; $3 million.

Terry v. Garibaldi 274 Ga. App. 405, (2005). Jurisdiction and procedure in custody proceedings.

Publications and presentations

  • NBI; “Divorce Issues in Georgia”; topics were Trial tactics, Guardian ad Litem Rules, Business valuation in divorce, and coping with ethics situations encountered by divorce attorneys, July, 2008
  • GEORGIA JURISPRUDENCE, Personal Injury and Torts, Chapter 37 “Premises Liability”, West Publishing, New York, 1995.
  • Trial Magazine, “Premises Liability for Apartments and Condominiums”,
    George R. Ference and Gilbert H. Deitch, 1997.
  • Georgia State Bar Journal, “Premises Liability For Criminal Attacks:
    Is A Growl As Good As A Bite?”, George R. Ference and Gilbert H. Deitch, Georgia Bar Journal, Vol 1, No. 6, June 1996.

Practice Areas

Business and General Civil Litigation

Family Law

Estates, Trusts and Will Litigation