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Judge Poole was elected to the Cobb County Superior Court in July of 2012, taking office January 1, 2013. Prior to joining the Superior Court, Judge Poole served on the Cobb County Juvenile Court for nearly ten years. As a Superior Court Judge, he presides over a wide variety of cases including family law matters, civil and criminal trials (both jury and non-jury), and actions involving land and equity.
After graduating law school, Judge Poole practiced law for eighteen years. His areas of concentration included criminal, civil, family, and education law. He represented the Marietta Board of Education from 1990 until his appointment to the Juvenile Court.
Judge Poole graduated from Presbyterian College in 1982. He attended Cumberland School of Law of Samford University, where he received his juris doctor in 1985. He was admitted to the State Bar of Georgia in June of that year. He is a member of the State Bar of Georgia (Bench and Bar Committee), the Cobb County Bar Association, the Cobb Justice Foundation, The Weltner Family Law American Inn of Court (where he is Master of the Bench and serves on its Executive Committee), and The Marietta Lawyers Club. He served as President of the Georgia Council of Juvenile Court Judges in 2012, and is a Trustee of the Georgia Institute of Continuing Judicial Education. In 2004 he was awarded the Distinguished Judicial Service Award by the Younger Lawyers Section of the State Bar of Georgia. In 2016 he received the West Cobb County Citizen of the Year Award. Judge Poole is involved with several local charities, including the Marietta Schools Foundation and Marietta Pops Orchestra.
Judge Poole was born and raised in Marietta, Georgia, attending its public schools. He is married to Lucia Poole, who is an Assistant Principal for the Cobb County School System. Together, they have five children. They are members of Marietta First United Methodist Church.