|Georgia Department of Law – Atlanta, GA – 2/99 – 8/03
Assistant Attorney General, Criminal Division
Mr. Hames represented the State of Georgia in federal and state trial and appellate courts throughout Georgia. He acted as lead
counsel in numerous high profile and precedent setting cases, including over 95 cases resulting in published opinions by the
Georgia Supreme Court and U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit. Specialized in non-death penalty murder appeals and
habeas corpus petitions in state and federal court. His time at the Attorney General's Office provided invaluable training in
criminal law, habeas corpus, and appeals.
After leaving the Georgia Department of Law, Mr. Hames joined a samll law firm and continued representing governmental entities
such as the Secretary of State, the Georgia Real Estate Commission, the Georgia Real Estate Appraisers Board, counties and other
government authorities. For the Secretary of State, Mr. Hames investigated violations of Georgia's securities laws and other
regulations. Mr. Hames represented the Real Estate Commission and Appraisers Board in administrative hearings before the
Office of State Administrative Hearings.
In 2005, Mr. Hames started the Hames Law Firm L.L.C. to provide clients excellent legal representation at a fair price. Mr.
Hames has represented several individuals accused of all kinds of crimes from the time of the initial investigation through trial.
Mr. Hames has successfully represented people in almost every type of criminal case. Specifically, Mr. Hames has represented
people, and sometimes companies, accused of white collar crimes such as mortgage fraud, loan application fraud, health care
fraud, tax fraud, money laundering, wire fraud, bank fraud, and criminal copyright violations. Mr. Hames has also successfully
represented clients charged with sex crimes, crimes of violence, property crimes and murder.
In addition to his work for governmental entities, small corporations and individuals, Mr. Hames has gained valuable experience in
many different areas of the law. He has successfully represented individuals and small businesses in all kinds of civil litigation.
Mr. Hames has continued his work representing clients at trial and on appeal.
Tulane School of Law – New Orleans, LA
Cum laude, May 1998
Academic Honors Awarded Certificate of Advance Study of Arbitration;
Appointed to Dean’s Advisory
Committee and ADR Academic Advisory Committee.
Senior Articles Editor, Tulane Journal of Law And Sexuality
Activities Chief Administrator of the Honor Board
Appellate Advocacy Clinic
Awards Gary Lawton Fretwell Award - Award for outstanding graduate student leader
chosen from all graduate students.
Universita Di Siena - Siena, Italy, 1997
Summer program that included courses in comparative constitutional law, comparative civil procedure, and American
Constitutional History taught by former Chief Justice William Rehnquist of the United States Supreme Court.
The American University – Washington, D.C.
Bachelor of Arts, Literature, May 1991
Institute for Shipboard Education
Program of comparative international study and travel sponsored by the University of Pittsburgh.
Included on the 2012 list of Georgia Super Lawyers for Appeals
Chair, Appellate Practice Section of State Bar of Georgia
Barrister, Lamar Inn of Court
Chair, Georgia Appellate Practice Seminar 2002, 2003
Eleventh Circuit Appellate Practice Institute, (ECAPI), Organizing Committee
Lawyers Foundation of Georgia
Lawyers Club of Atlanta, Co-Chair Membership Committee and Judiciary Committee
American Bar Association
White Collar Criminal Law Section
Council of Appellate Lawyers
Coach, High School Mock Trial Team, The Paideia School
Alumni Advisory Committee, The Paideia School
Coach, Cheetahs girls soccer team, PRUMC
Coach, Purple Panthers, girls soccer team, PRUMC
Coach, Luck Clovers, girls soccer team, PRUMC
Professionalism on Appeal as Reflected in the Rules of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit, Written Materials for
ECAPI, October 2008.
Raising Claims of Ineffective Assistance of Counsel on Appeal in Georgia
The Appellate Review, Vol. 4, Number 1 (November 2004).
Review of the Georgia Supreme Court’s Appellate Practice Decisions for 2002 through 2003
Article for ICLE’s Georgia Appellate Practice Seminar 2003.