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Magistrate Court Judges

Hon. Brendan F. Murphy

Judge Brendan Murphy

Judge Brendan F. Murphy was appointed Chief Magistrate of Cobb County by the Superior Court bench of the Cobb Judicial Circuit in July 2019.

Judge Murphy began his legal career handling civil cases with the Marietta law firm now known as Gregory, Doyle, Calhoun & Rogers, LLC.  There, he was an attorney in the Education Law Group where he counseled metro Atlanta school districts—including the Cobb County and Marietta City School Districts—on a wide variety of legal matters.

Committed to public service, Judge Murphy left his career in private practice to serve the people of Cobb County as a prosecutor.  He first worked as an Assistant Solicitor-General in the Cobb Solicitor’s Office.  There, in addition to full courtroom responsibilities, he also served as lead prosecutor for the Domestic Violence Court program.

Judge Murphy subsequently moved to the Cobb County District Attorney’s Office, serving as an Assistant District Attorney and later as a Senior Assistant District Attorney in the Trial Division.  At the DA’s Office, he was a strong supporter of the Circuit’s successful accountability court programs.

Judge Murphy currently sits on the Board of Trustees of the Cobb County Bar Association, where he has previously served as Parliamentarian.  He has been a volunteer judge for the annual High School Mock Trial competition and was a Mentor for the State Bar of Georgia’s Transition Into Law Practice Program.

A proud “Double Dawg,” Judge Murphy is a two-time graduate of the University of Georgia.  He received a Bachelor of Arts in History and Political Science, attending on the Foundation Fellowship—a full academic, merit scholarship.  At the School of Law where he earned his Juris Doctor, Judge Murphy was elected President of the Student Bar Association.  

Brendan is married to his wife Sarah, a board-certified clinical pharmacist.  They are the proud parents of two busy children.  The Murphys reside in East Cobb where they attend and volunteer at the Catholic Church of St. Ann.

Judge Angela Z. Brown, Esq.

Judge Angela Z. Brown, Esq.

Judge Angela Brown, a native of Philadelphia, has been an attorney for approximately 29 years and has a wealth of legal experience in diverse areas. She is the proud daughter of a school teacher and a Tuskegee Airman. She graduated from Brown University in 1989. After being awarded the Dean's Outstanding Scholar Full Academic Scholarship, Attorney Brown attended the University of San Diego Law School where she received her J.D. in 1993.

She received the Thurgood Marshall Graduation Service Award there. She began her professional career as a litigation associate in the prestigious law firm of Davis Wright Tremaine in Seattle, Washington. She has also prosecuted criminals as an Assistant District Attorney in several Prosecutor's Offices located in Washington, New Jersey, and Georgia. Attorney Brown served as In House Counsel for ASARCO, Inc. and was responsible for the environmental legal management from Mississippi to the West Coast. She was the first African American lawyer in the company since 1812. Before her appointment to the bench, Attorney Brown successfully ran her own litigation firm, specializing in criminal, family, personal injury, and guardian ad litem law. She has conducted hundreds of trials on all sides of the bench and has taught others how to be an effective, knowledgeable attorney of integrity. Her Mentees can be found in the government sector, the private sector, and even on the bench.

Judge Brown has been honored to serve as a Judge by Designation for the State Courts of DeKalb and Cobb County, the Recorders Court of DeKalb County and the Superior Court of DeKalb County. It is that wealth of experience she brings to currently advocating for her clients in her own firm the Moore Brown Law Group in the areas of criminal, family and personal injury. Judge Brown is actively involved in legal and community organizations, including the Georgia Association of Women Lawyers, the Georgia Association of Black Women Lawyers, the Cobb Bar Association, and Delta Sigma Theta Sorority. She is married to Felipe Brown, a law enforcement officer, with whom she shares three children, Malaysia, Ciara, and Christopher, as well as two dogs, Thor and Loki.

Judge Charles Chesbro

Judge Charles Chesbro

Charles Chesbro has been a Magistrate Judge for Cobb County since April 1990. Judge Chesbro graduated from the University of Texas at El Paso, in 1984, and earned his Juris Doctor from Georgia State University of College of Law, cum laude, in 1987. He is admitted to practice law in Georgia, Colorado and the District of Columbia. Judge Chesbro maintains a mediation practice in Cobb County in the areas of general, commercial, family law, and civil litigation.

He has been a state certified mediator in the Superior Court since the program's inception in 1993. Judge Chesbro is co-founder of the Cobb Justice Foundation, an organization providing civil representation for low-income individuals in Cobb County. He is past Chair of the Georgia Magistrate Court Council Research Committee, updating Magistrate Judges statewide on cases and changes in the law.

Judge Chesbro is an active faculty member of the Institute for Continuing Judicial Education, having taught courses in evidence, ethics, contracts, trial, injury, foreclosure and updating civil case law. He is also an Adjunct Professor at Kennesaw State University, teaching legal research, mock trial, and constitutional law courses. He has also taught Magistrate Court seminars for the public on Small Claims Court and Bad Check Claims.

Judge Carrie Fiedler

Judge Carrie Fiedler has resided in Cobb County for about two decades. She received her Juris Doctor from the Georgia State University College of Law in 2006, Master of International Management from the University of Saint Thomas in Saint Paul, Minnesota in 2000, and Bachelor of Arts from the American University of Paris in France in 1995.

Judge Fiedler maintains a private practice in Cobb County focused on family and juvenile law. She also serves as a mediator, arbitrator and guardian ad litem. Judge Fiedler has provided countless hours of pro bono work for the Spanish-language community and frequently volunteers with international exchange students and youth programs. Judge Fiedler speaks Spanish, French, and Mandarin Chinese.

Judge Rita M. Cherry

Judge Rita Cherry headshot

Judge-designate Rita M. Cherry rejoins the Magistrate Court bench after previously serving in 2015.  Ms. Cherry was thankful to resume her service, “Cobb County is home. And I am honored to serve.”

Ms. Cherry received her Bachelor of Science degree in Business from Grambling State University and Juris Doctorate degree from John Marshall Law School. Her career began under the leadership and mentoring of the Hon. Leah Ward Sears, former Chief Justice of the Georgia Supreme Court, for whom she clerked as an Intern. 

During her career, Ms. Cherry formed her own law firm where she represented clients in Employment and Labor cases. She served as a defense attorney with the Cobb County Circuit Defender’s office, representing indigent defendants in criminal cases. Ms. Cherry worked as an Assistant District Attorney with the Fulton County District Attorney’s Office and thereafter a Senior Assistant City Attorney for the City of Atlanta where she litigated civil cases and constitutional issues on behalf of municipal government and officials. Ms. Cherry also taught law as an Adjunct Law Professor for Georgia Perimeter College.

Ms. Cherry has been actively involved in organizations such as the American Bar Association, National Bar Association, National Employment Lawyers Association, Gate City Bar Association, Leadership Academy for Women of Color, the Language Institute of Atlanta, Smyrna Library Club and Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. She is actively involved with her Church and serves as a mentor for young lawyers.  She is a resident of Smyrna.

Judge Toqeer Chouhan

Judge Toqeer Chouhan headshot

Judge Toqeer Chouhan is a native and lifelong resident of Georgia.  

Mr. Chouhan earned his law degree from Mercer University Walter F. George School of Law and also has a Masters in Business Administration (MBA) from Kennesaw State University. Toqeer obtained his undergraduate degree in Business Administration with dual concentrations in Finance and Marketing from Berry College in Rome, GA.

He has been a member of the Georgia Bar since 2005 and is the managing partner of The Chouhan Law Firm, LLC in Cobb County. Through his private practice in Cobb County, Toqeer has extensive experience in business and corporate issues, as well general civil litigation, domestic relations, criminal, personal injury, and collections matters.  

He is an active member of the Cobb County Bar Association.  He is a resident of Smyrna.

Judge Louis Feingold

Judge Louis Feingold

Louis Feingold was born in Camilla, GA. He received his undergraduate degree in Communications from the University of Georgia and his law degree from Georgia State University College of Law. Judge Feingold currently practices at a large national collections law firm located in Marietta. He is a member in good standing in the State Bar of Georgia and the Cobb County Bar Association.

He has been a member of the Georgia Trial Lawyers Association, Atlanta Bar Association and the Lawyers Club of Atlanta. Louis was involved for many years with Kids Chance, an organization which raises money for scholarships for the children of Georgia Workers who have been seriously injured in work related accidents. Judge Feingold and his wife, Susan, have three children and have resided in Cobb County for 17 years.

Judge Don Hicks

Judge Don Hicks

Donald Hicks has been a Magistrate Judge for Cobb County since 1987. Judge Hicks graduated from Emory University in 1974 and earned his law degree from Woodrow Wilson College of Law in 1980. He currently is practicing in the area of real estate foreclosure law at the firm of McCalla, Raymer, Padrick, Cobb, Nichols and Clark. Judge Hicks is a member of the Atlanta Track Club and USA Triathlon association. He is currently serves as a Trustee for the Atlanta Track Club Foundation.

Judge Kellie Stevens Hill

Judge Kellie Hill is a native of Jersey City, New Jersey. Upon graduating from The Academy of Saint Aloysius high school, she attended the University of Pennsylvania where she obtained her Bachelors of Art degree in International Relations with a concentration in International Business and her Juris Doctorate degree from the Rutgers University School of Law.

Judge Hill moved to Georgia after law school and began her professional career. Prior to her appointment as a judge in the Cobb County Magistrate Court, she practiced as a trial attorney in the public and private sectors. Judge Hill began The Kellie Hill Legal Group, a private criminal defense and legal consulting firm in Cobb County after serving as managing attorney for a plaintiffs' personal injury firm in Atlanta. Judge Hill also served the citizens of Georgia as a prosecuting attorney in Fulton and Dekalb counties. Before retiring from prosecution, Judge Hill served as the Chief Trial Assistant District Attorney, Director of the Public Integrity Unit and as the lead trial attorney on many of the most notable cases in the state of Georgia, to include the Fulton County Courthouse shootings.

Judge Hill and her work have been featured on national and international media outlets such as live "Gavel to Gavel" coverage on the network formerly known as Court TV and NBC's "48 Hours", to name a few. She has also appeared as a legal expert on nationally and locally aired programs and news segments. Judge Hill has been recognized for her trial work in the Georgia House of Representatives' Resolution 1994, by the National District Attorneys' Association, and has received the "Lewis Slaton Highest Achievement Award" twice for her contributions to the Fulton County District Attorney's Office. She is a National Black Lawyers' "Top 100 Lawyers" and a Who's Who "Executive Professional Award" recipient. Judge Hill and her husband Lesley have two children and they have made Cobb County their home for more than twenty-five years.

Judge Jennifer M. Inmon

Judge Jennifer M. Inmon

Jennifer Inmon received her B.A. in Business from Wittenberg University in 1992. She went on to receive her J.D. from Vanderbilt University in Nashville, Tennessee in 1995. Judge Inmon served as the law clerk for the Cobb County Magistrate Court and the Cobb County Drug Court from 1996 until 1999 when she was appointed Cobb County Magistrate Court Judge. She maintains a private law practice in Cobb County concentrating on corporate and business law.

She is also an active member of the Leadership Cobb Alumni Association and volunteers for the Cobb County Youth Diversion Program, the Consequences of Crime Education Program and Cobb County Family Resources.

Judge Quinn M. Kasper

A Gwinnett County native, Quinn McGill Kasper earned her B.A. in 2007 from Auburn University and her J.D in 2010 from Thomas Goode Jones School of Law at Faulkner University in Montgomery, Alabama. She is admitted to practice in Georgia. She currently serves as the Senior Attorney with a national creditor’s rights law firm in Marietta.  Outside of practicing law, Judge Kasper is an active member of the Atlanta Chapter of the Gamma Phi Beta Alumni Association volunteering at various community events.  Judge Kasper, her husband, Sean, and her stepson have resided in Cobb County since 2012.

Judge Jonathan Marigliano

Judge Jonathan Marigliano

Jonathan Marigliano earned his law degree Emory School of Law in 1996. He received his undergraduate degree in finance in 1992 from the Wharton School of Business at the University of Pennsylvania. Judge Marigliano began his legal career at Hall, Booth, Smith & Slover, PC in 1996 and was elected to the partnership in 2001. He co-founded the civil litigation firm of Slover, Prieto, Marigliano & Holbert, LLC in October, 2012.

Judge Marigliano represents injured parties, companies and individuals involved in business disputes and athletes, coaches and others involved in sports-related matters. He has lived in Atlanta since 1993 and Cobb County since 2009.

Outside of practicing law, Judge Marigliano has volunteered with the Atlanta Community Food Bank, the Emory Board of Visitors, and the Shepherd Center. He also assists the Georgia Athletic & Entertainment Commission as an event official and judge at state-sanctioned mixed martial arts and boxing events, making sure all combat sport promotions are in compliance with state rules and regulations. He has also served as a professional scout for the Oakland Raiders for sixteen years.

Judge Janné Y. McKamey

Judge Janné Y McKamey

Judge Janné Y. McKamey has been licensed to practice law in Georgia and a Cobb County resident since 1993. She has extensive experience in legal compliance, contracts, domestic relations, collections and small business matters.

She earned her BA in Political Science with a minor in General Business from the University of Tennessee (Knoxville).

She was a recipient of the UT Freshman Alumni Scholarship and the Zeta Phi Beta Sorority Scholarship. While attending Tennessee, Judge McKamey was active in the UT Trackettes and Zeta Phi Beta Sorority. Zeta Phi Beta actively supported the Knoxville Ronald McDonald House where Judge McKamey was a regular volunteer.

Judge McKamey went on to receive her JD from North Carolina Central University School of Law (Durham), where she was awarded the James A. Martin Scholarship and the Am Jur Book Award for Torts. She was a member of Phi Alpha Delta Law Fraternity and served as its Vice-Justice during her attendance at NCCU.

Judge McKamey was in private practice for over a decade prior to entering the collections field as an attorney supervising the call center, garnishment and arbitration departments at Gerald E. Moore & Associates, PC in Marietta. While employed by Mr. Moore, Judge McKamey received her Tennessee law license in 2007. She went on to become Managing Attorney of Hollander Law Offices, LLC’s (Earth City, MO) Marietta Office until they closed their doors in 2009.

From October 2009 – September 2011, Judge McKamey was an Associate at Stearns-Montgomery & Proctor. In September 2011, she went into private practice, focusing primarily on collections, Alternative Dispute Resolution, domestic relations, juvenile and contracts matters. In addition to her private practice, she was Of Counsel at the Molden Law Firm from 2014-2016, focusing on contracts, HOA collections and employment matters. Judge McKamey maintains her practice in Cobb County.

Judge McKamey is active in her community, serving as a volunteer at Holy Family Catholic Church, her daughter’s high school, Friends Against Domestic Violence in Cobb County, pro bono legal work through the Cobb Justice Foundation and the Atlanta Volunteer Lawyers Foundation, DragonCon and the American Cancer Society. In her spare time, she enjoys her children, cooking, watching college football, science fiction genre media and events, and anything Disney.

Judge Michael McLaughlin

Michael McLaughlin has been a part-time Magistrate since 1985, presiding over civil small claims cases, as well as, the issuance of criminal warrants.

Judge McLaughlin graduated from Florida State University in 1976 and John Marshall Law School in Atlanta, Georgia, in 1980. He maintains a private law practice in Cobb County, concentrating in family law, and personal injury.

Judge McLaughlin co-authored "Admissibility of Evidence in Civil Cases, A Manual for Georgia Trial Lawyers", Harrison Publishing Company, 1984, 1st Edition. Judge McLaughlin is also a frequent speaker for the Institute of Continuing Judicial Education. Judge McLaughlin and his wife, Michelle, have two children and have resided in Cobb County for 20 years.

Judge Gerald Moore

Judge Gerald Moore

Gerald Moore received his undergraduate degree from the University of California at Davis and his law degree from Santa Clara University School of Law. Judge Moore is admitted to practice law in California, Georgia and Arizona.

He currently serves as a principle in his own creditor rights law practice. In addition to his private practice, he was appointed in 2003 by the State Attorney General to serve as a Special Assistant Attorney General representing the Georgia Department of Revenue.

Judge Moore remains an active alumni to Santa Clara through his continued support of scholarships and moot court competitions related to the study of Human Rights Law at the International Global Policy Institute. Judge Moore and his wife, Erin, have two sons and have resided in Cobb County for twelve years.

Judge Amanda Perez

Judge Amanda Perez headshot

Judge-designate Amanda Perez has been an attorney practicing in Georgia since 2009. 

Ms. Perez has handled domestic cases, civil litigation, immigration, and criminal defense—particularly specializing in matters where there can be some impact on immigration status. Her emphasis is on helping clients who are vulnerable navigate the legal system.
She has also served in several roles which are in frequent contact with the judicial system, such as probation officer, bail bondsman, process server, and real estate agent. In her private practice, Ms. Perez also represented injured parties recovering unpaid labor, as well as negotiations for clients with their creditors.
Being a resident of Cobb County for more than 30 years, and a criminal justice graduate from Georgia State University, Ms. Perez has had ties with Georgia nearly her entire life. She obtained her J.D. from John Marshall Law School. She is a member of AILA (American Immigration Lawyers Association). In her spare time, she is a dedicated softball mom and motivator to her future baseball slugger. She is a resident of East Cobb.

Judge John J. Strauss

Judge John L. Strauss

John J. Strauss was appointed as a Cobb County Magistrate Court Judge in 2005. He received a BMME Degree from the University of Miami (FL) in 1975 and earned his Juris Doctor from the Atlanta Law School in 1980. Since 1982, he has been engaged in private practice, and is currently practicing in the areas of personal injury, domestic relations, landlord-tenant, general business litigation, and some criminal matters.

He has been a resident of Cobb County since 1985. In 1990, he was a recipient of the S. Philip Heiner Award for pro bono indigent defense, awarded by the Atlanta Legal Aid Society. Judge Strauss is a professional trumpet player and a member of the Cobb Wind Symphony, a premier adult community band in Cobb County.

Judge Lee Tollison

Judge Lee Tollison

Judge Lee Tollison is a Mississippi native who moved to Georgia to attend law school in 2008. Judge Tollison graduated from Mississippi State University in 2007 with a B.S. in Psychology. He went on to receive his J.D. from John Marshall Law School in Atlanta, Georgia, in 2011. Judge Tollison currently practices at a property law firm specializing in landlord-tenant law. He is a member in good standing with the State Bar of Georgia.