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H. Michael Bray

H. Michael Bray
Practice Areas: Personal Injury, Medical Malpractice, Business Formation, Contracts, Zoning Planning and Land Use, Wills and Probate, & Worker’s Compensation
Biography: H. Michael Bray, “Mike,” grew up in Southern Georgia in the beautiful small town of Thomasville, known as “The City of Roses” in Thomas County. He is the 8th of 10 children of hard working parents.
Mike has held paying jobs consistently since he was 9 years old. At one point, he and his older brother dropped out of high school to help support the family when his dad got too sick to work. Mike later returned to high school and graduated with his class at the age of 19.
Mike served his country after high school and spent three years in the United States Army during the Vietnam era, stationed in Korea as a paratrooper in the 1st Battalion, 7th Cavalry Regiment under the leadership of Lieutenant General (Ret.) Hal Moore. Just as Mike was completing his tour of duty and his honorable discharge was being processed, his battalion was given their orders to ship to Vietnam. He was excused from this order since he was a “short-timer.” We Were Soldiers is a 2002 war film that dramatizes the Battle of Ia Drang on November 14, 1965 based on the heroic efforts of Mike’s battalion in their first battle in Vietnam in which nearly the entire squadron was killed. The film was directed by Randall Wallace and stars Mel Gibson.
Mike is the father of three and grandfather of five. He is also an animal lover and a proud English Bulldog owner.
Mike used the GI Bill to pay for his Bachelor’s degree and his Juris Doctor from the University of Georgia while working two part-time jobs, and having a wife and small baby.
When not practicing law, Mike enjoys being outdoors and being a “gentleman farmer.”
Mike has practiced in Canton, Georgia since 1971. He and his partner, Roger Johnson, founded Bray and Johnson in 1973.
Admitted: Georgia, 1971
U.S. Court of Appeals 11th Circuit, 1972
U.S. District Court Northern District of Georgia, 1972
Law School: University of Georgia, 1971
Undergraduate: University of Georgia, 1968
Georgia Supreme Court and Court of Appeals Cases: 
(I have represented well over a thousand clients since 1971. I have brought cases before the Courts in many counties in Georgia: Cherokee, Cobb, Pickens, Fulton, Dawson, Polk, Floyd, Bartow, Gordon, Gilmer and Forsyth. I have even had a few international cases. Some cases reach a settlement before going to court. Some cases are dropped before going to court. Some make it to court.  
Some cases actually make it to the Supreme Court.)
A small sampling of my cases follows:
House Hasson Hardware Co., Inc. v. Lawson’s Home Center, Inc. 772 S.E.2d 3889
Henry v. Cherokee County 669 S.E.2d 393
Patterson v. Bristol Timber Co. 649 S.E.2d 795
Henry v. Blankenship 644 S.E.2d 419
In re M.J.H. 522 S.E.2d 491
Tyson v. McPhail Properties, Inc. 478 S.E.2d 467
Oglethorpe Power Corp. v. Lewis 452 S.E.2d 167
Klein v. Williams 441 S.E.2d 270
Krull v. State 438 S.E.2d 152
Wachovia Bank of Georgia, N.A. v. Mothershed 437 S.E.2d 852
State v. Elliott 422 S.E.2d 58

H. Michael Bray
Bray & Johnson Attorneys
10 North Street
Canton, Georgia 30114
Office:      (770)  479-1426
Fax:        (770) 479-6488

Roger M. Johnson

Practice areas: Family/Marital Law; Divorce, Custody, Child Support, Alimony, Equitable Division, Modifications, Paternity and Legitimation, Contempt, Family Violence.
Biography:Roger Johnson co-founded Bray & Johnson in 1973, and Bray & Johnson has been a recognized leader in the legal field since that time. Roger has spent his life and career right here in Cherokee County. Roger began his law practice forty-two years ago and, since that time, has tirelessly and successfully represented the interests of families and individuals throughout Cherokee County and surrounding areas. Roger and his wife Susie live in Canton; he has three daughters, nine grandchildren, and three great-grandchildren. Roger enjoys raising goats and miniature donkeys on a small 14 acre farm just 4½ miles from downtown Canton.
Admitted:1972; Georgia.
Law School:John Marshall Law School; summa cum laude; Valedictorian; 1972.
Undergraduate:Reinhardt University
Member:Blue Ridge Judicial Circuit Bar Association; State Bar of Georgia; United States District Court, Northern District of Georgia; Georgia Supreme Court; Georgia Court of Appeals.
Georgia Supreme Court and Court of Appeals Cases: 
Rutter v. Rutter, 325 Ga. App. 508 (2014) 
Rutter v. Rutter, 294 Ga. (2013)
Rutter v. Rutter, 316 Ga. App. (2012)
Viskup v. Viskup, 291 Ga. 103 (2012)
Galvin v. Galvin, 288 Ga. 125 (2010)
Klardie v. Klardie, 287 Ga. 499 (2010)
Michel v. Michel, 286 Ga. 892 (2010)
Ralston v. Etowah Bank, 207 Ga. App. 775 (1993)
Roper v. Durham, 256 Ga. 845 (1987)
Healthdyne, Inc. v. Odom, 197 Ga. App. 184 (1984)
Archer v. Newkirk, 167 Ga. App. (1983)
Westbrook v. Cherokee County, 247 Ga. 511 (1981)
Denson v. State, 149 Ga. App. 453 (1979)
Rampley v. State, 235 Ga. 1010 (1975)
Beavers v. State, 132 Ga. App. 94 (1974)

Roger M. Johnson  
Bray & Johnson Attorneys
10 North Street
Canton, Georgia 30114
Office:      (770) 479-1426
Fax:         (770) 479-6488

Jennifer S. Gill

Jennifer S. Gill
Practice areas: Family/Marital Law; Divorce, Custody, Child Support, Alimony, Equitable Division, Modifications, Paternity and Legitimation, Contempt, Family Violence, Pre- and Post-Nuptial Agreements, Grandparent Visitation Rights, Post Judgment Review and Appeals. 
Biography: Jennifer Gill joined Bray & Johnson in 2003 and since that time has practiced exclusively family law. Jennifer helps clients navigate through the legal system and the divorce process in an effort to make a very difficult time more understandable and less traumatic. While it is Jennifer’s goal to help her clients reach an amicable resolution in their cases, often through the use of mediation, she has litigated family law cases in both Cherokee and Pickens county courtrooms. Jennifer has also been appointed by the Court to act as a Guardian ad Litem in a number of custody disputes in Cherokee County.
 Prior to joining Bray & Johnson, Jennifer served as an Assistant Attorney General for the State of Georgia for just over two years. While an Assistant Attorney General, Jennifer handled cases in the post-conviction litigation department including state habeas corpus cases and non-death-penalty murder appeals.
Admitted: 2001; Georgia.
Law School: Mercer University, Juris Doctor.
Undergraduate: University of Georgia; Kennesaw State University – Graduated 1997, with honors.
Member: Blue Ridge Judicial Circuit Bar Association; State Bar of Georgia; United States Supreme Court; United States Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit; Georgia Supreme Court; Georgia Court of Appeals.
Georgia Supreme Court and Court of Appeals Cases:
Rutter v. Rutter, 325 Ga. App. 508 (2014) 
Rutter v. Rutter, 294 Ga. (2013)
Rutter v. Rutter, 316 Ga. App. (2012)
Viskup v. Viskup, 291 Ga. 103 (2012)
Galvin v. Galvin, 288 Ga. 125 (2010)
Klardie v. Klardie, 287 Ga. 499 (2010)
Michel v. Michel, 286 Ga. 892 (2010)
Moody v. State, 277 Ga. 676 (2004)
Kennedy v. State, 277 Ga. 588 (2004)
Byrd v. State, 277 Ga. 554 (2004)
Gibson v. State, 277 Ga. 486 (2004)
Everrit v. State, 277 Ga. 457 (2003)
Herring v. State, 277 Ga. 317 (2003)
Martin v. State, 277 Ga. 227 (2003)
Wilson v. State, 277 Ga. 195 (2003)
Strozier v. State, 277 Ga. 78 (2003)
Marshall v. State, 276 Ga. 854 (2003)
Ross v. State, 276 Ga. 747 (2003)
Whitner v. State, 276 Ga. 742 (2003)
Laster v. State, 276 Ga. 645 (2003)
Washington v. State, 276 Ga. 655 (2003)
Powell v. State, 276 Ga. 592 (2003)
Fairclough v. State, 276 Ga. 602 (2003)
Weston v. State, 276 Ga. 680 (2003)
Daniels v. State, 276 Ga. 632 (2003)
Rush v. State, 276 GA. 541 (2003)
Anderson v. State, 276 Ga. 389 (2003)
Ricketts v. State, 276 Ga. 466 (2003)
Bell v. State, 276 Ga. 206 (2003)
Head v. State, 276 Ga. 131 (2003)
Heckman v. State, 276 Ga. 141 (2003)
Spickler v. State, 276 Ga. 164 (2003)
Martin v. State, 276 Ga. 121 (2003)
Foster v. State, 275 Ga. 795 (2002)
Holmes v. State, 275 Ga. 853 (2002)
Bates v. State, 275 Ga. 862 (2002)
Myers v. State, 275 Ga. 709 (2002)
Marshall v. State, 275 Ga. 740 (2002)
Baitey v. State, 275 Ga. 681 (2002)
Hubbard v. State, 275 Ga. 610 (2002)
Trigger v. State, 275 Ga. 512 (2002)
Coggins v. State, 275 Ga. 479 (2002)
Webb v. State, 275 Ga. 425 (2002)
Turner v. State, 275 Ga. 343 (2002)
Parks v. State, 275 Ga. 320 (2002
Clark v. State, 275 Ga. 220 (2002)
Jones v. State, 275 Ga. 156 (2002)
Harvell v. State, 275 Ga. 129 (2002)
Durden v. State, 275 Ga. 868 (2002)

Jennifer S. Gill
Bray & Johnson Attorneys
10 North Street
Canton, Georgia 30114
Office: (770) 479-1426
Fax: (770) 479-6488

Derek S. Poarch

Dereck S. Poarch
Practice Areas: Commercial and Residential Real Estate; Real Estate Development; Wills and Probate; Contracts; Materialman Liens; Landlord/Tenant; Foreclosure/Foreclosure Defense; Debt Collection
Biography: Derek S. Poarch was born in Ft. Oglethorpe, Georgia in 1978. In 1988 he moved to Woodstock, Georgia where he attended Little River Elementary, Dean Rusk Middle School, and graduated from Sequoyah High School with both the College Prep and Vocational Seals in 1997. While growing up in Woodstock, Derek played soccer with SCRA and tennis out of Harrison Tennis Center. Derek lettered in Tennis all four years at Sequoyah. In addition to school and sports, Derek was heavily involved in the summer day camp and the after school program at Waller Park in Roswell, Georgia where he was the director of the camp after his senior year in high school. After High School, Derek attended Mercer University in Macon, Georgia where he was able to complete the Great Books Program and graduated in 2001 with a B.A. in Political Science with minors in Communication, Sociology and Business Administration. Derek graduated from Walter F. George School of Law in 2004 with a J.D. and Advanced Legal Writing Certificate.
In his spare time Derek enjoys spending time with his wife and daughter as well as playing tennis and woodworking. Derek currently plays tennis out of Deer Run on their Men’s and Mixed Doubles ALTA teams.
Derek Poarch joined Bray & Johnson in 2004, and since that time has practiced law in many varied areas including Real Estate, Wills, Probate, Contracts, Materialman Liens, and Collections. Because of Derek’s expertise in Real Estate matters, Derek has been appointed as a Special Master in various real estate matters by the Cherokee County Superior Court.
Admitted: 2004, Georgia.
Law School: Mercer University, Juris Doctor. Derek received an Advanced Legal Writing Certificate from Mercer, and is a member of the Phi Delta Phi International Legal Honor Society.   
Undergraduate: Mercer University – graduated 2001.
Member: Blue Ridge Judicial Circuit Bar Association; State Bar of Georgia; Georgia Supreme Court; Georgia Court of Appeals; American Bar Association. 

Derek S. Poarch
Bray & Johnson Attorneys
10 North Street
Canton, Georgia 30114
Office: (770) 479-1426
Fax: (678) 493-2679

Marjorie M. Musgrave

Marjorie M. Musgrave
Practice areas: Criminal Law; DUI; Family Violence; Child Protective Services/DFCS/Child Welfare/Juvenile Law; Family/Marital Law; Divorce, Custody, Child Support, Alimony, Paternity and Legitimation
Biography: Marjorie Musgrave has been practicing law since 2002. She joined Bray & Johnson in 2012 and practices primarily in the areas of Criminal Law, Child Welfare, and Family Law. Marjorie is uniquely qualified to handle complex Juvenile/Family/Criminal law cases. Often her cases involve all three areas when a client is involved in a criminal case that results in the Department of Family and Children Services becoming involved which in turn results in a divorce or child custody action. This is most common with DUI, drug, and Family Violence arrests. Ms. Musgrave prides herself on her ability to work all three types of cases (Criminal – DFCS – Custody) together so that the final result in all the cases works to one fair resolution for the client. She takes her interest in building strong families into her personal life as a Cub Scout leader, a member of the Creekview JROTC Booster’s Board, and a Sunday School teacher.
Admitted: 2004, Georgia; 2002, California
Law School: University of San Diego, 2001.
Undergraduate: Loyola Marymount University, 1992 (Honors Program).
Faculty: Adjunct Professor, Reinhardt University.
Member: Blue Ridge Judicial Circuit Bar Association; State Bar of Georgia; Georgia Supreme Court; Georgia Court of Appeals; State Bar of California; California Court of Appeals; California Supreme Court; United States District Court, Southern District of California.
Georgia Court of Appeals Cases:
In the Interest of P.N., 291 Ga. App. 512 (2008)
Harbin v. State, 297 Ga. App. 877 (2009) 
Boivin v. State, 298 Ga. App. 411 (2009) 
In the Interest of C. A. J., 331 Ga. App. 788, (2015)

Majorie M. Musgrave
Bray & Johnson Attorneys
10 North Street
Canton, Georgia 30114
Office:      (770) 479-1426
Fax:         (678) 493-2679
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