Lance N. Owen
Mr. Owen has an AV Preeminent Martindale-Hubbell Peer Review Rating. This means that a substantial group of his colleagues familiar with his professional knowledge, analytical capabilities, judgment, communication abilities, legal experience and ethical standards have anonymously rated him. They have given him the highest rating possible. Mr. Owen has also been rated by AVVO based upon his experience, industry recognition and professional conduct. Mr. Owen has an AVVO Superb Rating of 10.0
I was born in Fort Walton Beach, Florida, and grew up in the small town of Blakely, Georgia. I graduated from Early County High School and attended the University of Georgia. I graduated from UGA in 1992 with a bachelor’s degree in Political Science. I received my law degree from the University of Memphis in 1995.
I began practicing law as an associate with the law firm of Shepherd & Johnston in Griffin, Georgia, in 1995. I became a partner with the firm in 2002. The firm of Johnston & Owen, LLC, was formed in 2018. I am currently the manager of the firm with a fully staffed office in Griffin and satellite offices located in Fayetteville and McDonough.
A substantial amount of my practice focuses on family law and domestic relations litigation. I have handled thousands of contested and uncontested divorces; child custody matters; child support cases; legitimations; adoptions; and guardianship matters. These cases can be extremely stressful on both the client AND the attorney, but I believe that going through my own divorce made me a better at what I do. I had two small children that were in no way to blame for the change that suddenly occurred in their lives. The secure financial plan that I had established for my family’s future suddenly evaporated. Despite being well educated on the subject matter and knowing the law I still had many sleepless nights and a feeling of helplessness during the process. I felt I had no control over my future. BUT…. I got through it and so did my children. That experience helped me to better understand the “client side” of the process.
In every family law case I handle my first goal is to support the client and to make him or her recognize that there most definitely will be a day when everything is concluded and the recovery process begins. Prospective clients quite naturally want to be told what they want to hear. They are often happy to hand an attorney a retainer fee if they are reasonably convinced that their case will be concluded to their satisfaction, but I won’t mislead a client. I am committed to being truthful with my clients and not making promises that I might not be able to keep. The only promises that I will make to any prospective client is that I will give them my very best, that I will take the time to learn the facts pertaining to their case, that I will have a thorough understanding of the law that is applicable to their case and that I will appear at all proceedings prepared to represent them to the best of my ability.
My firm also handles personal injury cases, car wreck cases and cases involving wrongful death. I have obtained multiple six figure settlements for my clients over my 28 years of practice. During my career I have noticed something that I find quite satisfying. A substantial number of my personal injury clients are clients that I previously represented in a family law matter. This tells me that the client didn’t hire a personal injury lawyer because of a flashy advertisement or a clever slogan. They hired me because of their prior experience with me and my firm. They developed a personal relationship with us. They trusted us in the past and they they feel they can trust us again.
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