Donald P. Edwards
THE LAW OFFICE OF DONALD P. EDWARDS
50 Hurt Plaza,S.E., Ste 910
Atlanta, Georgia 30303-2940
Born: August 27, 1947
Place of Birth: Buffalo, New York
Boston University School of Law
Juris Doctor, January 1973
Morehouse College, Atlanta, Georgia
B.A. cum laude, 1969
State Bar of Georgia, 1973-Present
Tennessee State Bar 2012-Present
Certified Civil Mediator, Georgia 2018-Present
Gate City Bar Association
National Bar Association, 1973-Present
Life Member, 1995
Director, Region XI, 1987
Board of Governors, 1984-87
Special Ass't to the President, 1985
Northern District Litigation Fund, Inc.
Vice President, 1984
Atlanta Volunteer Lawyers Foundation, Inc.
Board Member, 1984
U.S. District Court Magistrate Selection
Georgia Trial Lawyers Association, Special Member
Association of Trial Lawyers of America
Atlanta Bar Association
Producer and Program Host,
Every Church A Peace Church, an award winning weekly TV program airing on the Atlanta Interfaith Broadcast Network, May, 2003-2009.
Chairperson, Fulton County (GA) Board of Ethics
Appointed by Fulton County Bd. of Commissioners, 2003-2017
January, 2003 - 2006 Founding Member, InterFaith Atlanta Coalition For Justice and Peace In The World, November 2001- Present
Boy Scouts of America, Atlanta Area Council
Executive Board of Directors
District Chair, South Atlanta Sankofa District,
May, 1999 - Present
Board of Trustees, Southwest Hospital & Medical Ctr., Inc.
Board of Directors, Southwest Hospital Foundation, Inc.,
Founding President and Chairman of the Board
Board of Directors, American Cancer Society,
Mid-Atlanta Unit, 1989-1991
Board of Directors, Southeast Region NAACP
Education and Legal Advisory Board, 1989-Present
Board of Directors, Fulton County Department of Family and Children Services, 1986-1996; (Vice-Chair 1988, Chairperson, 1990-1993)
Founding President, Association of Metropolitan Atlanta
DFACS Boards, 1991-93;
Christian Council of Metropolitan Atlanta,
Board of Directors, Hillside Chapel and Truth Center, Inc. 1978-83; Board President, 1980-83, Trustee, 1995- 1998
Leadership Atlanta, 1986
Executive Committee, 1993
Leadership Georgia, 1998
Board of Directors, Atlanta International Museum of Art and Design, 1989-91
100 Black Men of Atlanta, Inc.
Georgia Association of Black Elected Officials
Legal Advisory Team Member
AWARDS AND HONORS:
Selected by his peers as one of Georgia's Super Lawyers for 2010, 2011 and 2013 as appears in the Georgia Super Lawyer magazine, February 2010, 2012 and 2013
Blessed Are The Peacemakers Award, "For inspiring, courageous and faithful efforts to build a just and peaceful world." Presented by World Council of Churches on October 6, 2004
Atlanta Interfaith Broadcasters' Allen Award for Best Continuous Faith Based Program, presented to Every Church A Peace Church-TV , produced, sponsored and hosted by Don Edwards, October 12, 2004
2004 Inductee to the Gate City Bar Assn. "Hall of Fame" in recognition of the highest service to the profession and the community. Gate City Bar Assn. "Hall of Fame" Dinner. November, 2004
The Donald P. Edwards Humanitarian Award
Inaugurated by the South Atlanta Sankofa District, February 7, 2003 and awarded to an active Boy Scout who has exampled extraordinary concern for humanity.
"100 Most Influential African Americans in Atlanta"
Black Business Magazine, February, 2003 issue
The Silver Beaver Award
For Distinguished Service to Youth
Atlanta Area Council, Boy Scouts of America
Presented by National Court of Honor, March, 2002
District Award of Merit
South Atlanta District, Boy Scouts of America Presented at the South Atlanta District
Annual Banquet, May 11, 2000
Chief Justice Robert Benham Community Service Award
State Bar of Georgia
State Bar of Georgia Annual Meeting, July, 2000
Father of the Year
Hillside Chapel and Truth Center, Inc.
Presented Hillside Men on Father's Day, June, 1999
Fulton County Department of Family Children Services
Boys Dormitory at Oak Hill Homes renamed "Attorney Donald P. Edwards Hall", April 6, 1996
Morehouse College National Alumni Association,
Atlanta Chapter awarded for achievements in the legal profession, presented at its Annual Awards Banquet, April 22, 1995
The Black Pages Professional Achievement Award, presented by The Black Pages magazine at its Eighth Annual Awards Banquet, September 24, 1992
Thurgood Marshall Award awarded by the Atlanta Branch NAACP for "Dedicated Service to the NAACP In The Fight For Freedom and Justice", presented September 14, 1985
Special Citation, awarded by the DeKalb (Georgia) Branch NAACP "For Your Untiring Efforts In Protecting The Constitutional Rights Of Black School Children In DeKalb County", presented November 11, 1983
"100 Top Atlantans Under 40", Atlanta Magazine
Outstanding Community Service Award, presented by College Park Neighborhood Voters League, 1980
Presidential Award, presented by National Black American Law Student Association "For Untiring Dedication Contribution To The National Black American Law Student Association", March 1983
Earl Warren Fellow, NAACP Legal Defense and Education
Fund, 1973-77. The Earl Warren Fellowship is awarded to selected law school graduates and provides financial and moral support in the development of a civil rights' practice.
THE LAW OFFICE OF DONALD P. EDWARDS
50 Hurt Plaza, S.E.,
Atlanta, Georgia 30303
Term: August 1, 1992-Present
Position Summary: Civil litigation with emphasis on personal injury, wrongful death and medical malpractice.
Co-owner and Chairman of the Board of Directors
CLEF PRODUCTIONS, INC.
5520 Old National Highway, Ste. B
College Park, Georgia 30349
Term: May, 1993 to July, 1997
Position Summary: A recording production company providing motivational and inspirational music and messages.
THOMAS, KENNEDY, SAMPSON, EDWARDS & PATTERSON
1600 Bank South Building
55 Marietta Street, N.W.
Atlanta, Georgia 30303
Term: September, 1974-July, 1992
Position Summary: Primary responsibilities include civil litigation with an emphasis on personal injury litigation (plaintiff and defendant). Significant experience in civil rights' litigation in matters involving housing, voting rights and school desegregation. Litigation efforts accomplished the historic election of black-elected officials in Marietta and College Park, Georgia, and faculty and pupil desegregation in DeKalb County (Georgia) schools.