Our Attorneys

Joseph C. Parker

Joe Parker has spent his entire legal career with Downey & Cleveland, starting as an associate in 1976, and becoming a partner in 1980. Since 2011, Joe has been Of Counsel to the firm. During his tenure with the firm, Joe has tried over 150 jury trials, primarily in the area of personal injury defense, although he has also tried a number of cases in the areas of medical malpractice, probate, real estate, condemnation, zoning, municipal law (including federal actions under 42 U.S.C. 1983), and commercial matters. Joe currently focuses his practice on estate planning, probate matters, and commercial issues. In 2011, Joe was privileged to be appointed as an Assistant Probate Court Judge in Cobb County, Georgia. He is a certified neutral with the Georgia Office of Dispute Resolution.


Duke University; The University of Florida, B.A., with honors, 1973

The University of Florida, J.D., with honors, 1976

Practice Areas

Probate, Estate Administration, Estate Planning, Wills, Trusts, and Corporate Law; Mediation and ADR

Court Admissions

Georgia State and Superior Courts
Georgia Court of Appeals
Supreme Court of Georgia
United States District Court for the Northern District of Georgia
United States District Court for the Middle District of Georgia
United States Court of Appeals for the Eleventh District
United States Supreme Court


Cobb County Bar Association
State Bar of Georgia

Published Decisions

Joe has handled over 60 reported decisions in the Georgia Court of Appeals, the Supreme Court of Georgia, and the United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth and Eleventh Circuits