July 11, 2022
By Sarah B. "Sally" Akins
To the Editor:
The State Bar of Georgia extends condolences to the family, colleagues and many friends of John C. Staton Jr., retired partner with King & Spalding LLP in Atlanta, on his passing at the age of 83.
A member of the Georgia Bar since 1963, Mr. Staton was a clerk for U.S. District Court Judge Griffin Bell, the future U.S. attorney general. He joined King & Spalding in 1964 and was an expert practitioner in the areas of trademarks, patents and intellectual property.
Mr. Staton was active in numerous community service organizations and served his alma mater as president of the Georgia Tech Alumni Association and as chair of the Georgia Tech Foundation Board and received the Georgia Tech Petit Distinguished Service Award and the Emory School of Law Distinguished Alumni Award. He also served his country for 10 years in the Coast Guard.
John Staton Jr.’s exemplary career of service is an inspiration to all Georgia lawyers. We appreciate and will remember his many contributions to the justice system in our state.
Sarah B. “Sally” Akins
President, State Bar of Georgia