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Joseph C. Sumner Jr.


Candidate's Campaign Message

I am running for this seat because I want to serve the attorneys of this circuit and ensure that we have a strong voice on the State Bar Board of Governors. I grew up in this circuit and have spent the vast majority of my professional career here. I believe that the one who occupies this position can do lots for our members at the state level. There are past and present members of our circuit who I believe are worthy candidates for awards offered by the Georgia Bar. If I elected, it is my intent to nominate fellow members to be considered for these honors. In fact, I have done this in the past without holding the position. While holding this seat would be an honor, that is not why I am seeking it. Rather, I want to work on behalf of the fellow lawyers of this circuit and I hope to bring it the advocacy and recognition I believe it deserves. My door will always be open and please call me should you wish to discuss my motivations in greater depth.      


  • Mercer University, B.S., Finance and Economics
  • Walter F. George School of Law at Mercer University, J.D.


  • Joseph Sumner is a native of Wrightsville, Georgia.
  • After graduating from Brentwood High School, he attended Mercer University where he earned degrees in finance and economics.
  • After graduation from Mercer, he worked with Total Systems Services in Columbus, Georgia and as a stockbroker with Raymond James Financial before returning to law school at the Walter F. George School of Law at Mercer University.
  • Mr. Sumner is married to the former Ellen Green of Montrose, Georgia and they have a daughter, Bethany.
  • In his spare time, Mr. Sumner enjoys the outdoors, hunting, fishing and managing timberland.

Professional Background, Bar Activities, Civic Activities:

  • Mr. Sumner practices with Sumner, Avery & Harper, LLC in Dublin, Georgia.