Christopher Willis











Chris Willis joined James Bates Brannan Groover LLP in the winter of 2022. His practice focuses on general litigation matters such as insurance defense. Chris has also practiced family and real estate law.

Chris is originally from Macon, Georgia. He earned his B.A. in Communication Information Technology from Middle Georgia State University, graduating in 2012. Chris then received his Juris Doctor from Mercer University School of Law in 2016.

Prior to joining James Bates Brannan Groover LLP, Chris gained experience in a wide variety of legal matters. Chris served as a judicial law clerk in the South Georgia Judicial Circuit for three superior court judges. After his clerkship in Georgia, Chris joined a team of twelve law clerks with the North Carolina Judicial Fellowship in Raleigh, North Carolina. Chris was promoted to supervise this office and served as the Senior Judicial Fellow responsible for managing the legal research and writing requests of 384 trial court judges. Chris and his wife, Heather, decided to move back to Georgia, and Chris spent a year as a staff attorney with Crisis Line & Safe House of Central Georgia. Chris has worked as a contract attorney on hundreds of residential real estate closings and served as a temporary Attorney Advisor to the Small Business Administration.

Chris and his wife, Heather, currently reside in Macon, Georgia and enjoy their Brittany Spaniels, playing tennis, live music, and visiting National Parks.

Practice Areas

Professional Organizations/Activities

  • State Bar of Georgia


  • Mercer University School of Law (J.D., 2016)

  • Middle Georgia State University (B.A., Communication Information Technology, 2012)


  • Georgia, 2020

Administrative/Legal Assistant Contact

Name: Cathy Padgett
Title: Legal Assistant
Phone: 478.749.9964

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