About Us

Our Mission

Fighting for your freedom is more than just a phrase. We commit to work with you and your family, to be your voice, and to fight to bring you home. After decades of representing incarcerated individuals, we know just how hard even one more day behind bars can be for your family, friends, loved ones, and you. When facing the Parole Board, you need Abbi Taylor - an experienced, respected attorney. We will be there by your side and advocate for you each step of the way.

Our Firm

Abbi, nicknamed “The Parole Goddess” by her clients and their families, founded The Law Firm of Abbi Susan Taylor, LLC in 2001. Since then, we have helped hundreds of clients and their families navigate the Department of Corrections and Parole Board processes to get our clients home. We have also helped clients win their cases through investigations, trials, and appeals.

About Abbi S. Taylor

About Abbi S. Taylor. Looking back on more than three decades of lawyering, I am reminded that I have been dedicated to this path since I was eight years old. Years ago, I told an aunt I was going to be a criminal defense lawyer;everything I have done since then has been toward that single goal. I am a full-time lawyer, part-time Judge and a mediator/arbitrator. Being a Judge since 1997 has helped me be a better lawyer by giving me insight as to what prosecutors and judges look for in a case. It also gives me an intimate knowledge of the inner workings of our justice system, from both sides of a case. Being a mediator and arbitrator has made me a better attorney because it demonstrates how to help people negotiate and reach agreements in lieu of being stuck in the court system.

I chose to focus on parole cases when I witnessed how the system was stacked against any given defendant and saw that he or she had no voice. I decided to be that voice. I have helped hundreds of people get home to their families. I have helped individuals move to better placements in the prison system. I have made a difference in the quality of individuals’ lives in and out of prison.

I have also had the privilege of helping people in the very darkest times of their lives. I was able to prove that a little boy’s parents did nothing to harm him; in fact, the babysitter had caused the injury. I made sure that the boy’s parents did not spend a day apart from him and that no charges were filed. They were so grateful, they named their next child after me. Unfortunately for them, she has my gift of gab.

I was the lead attorney on a case with national exposure when five camp counselors at a program for troubled youngsters were charged with murder in the death of a participant. I was able to prove the counselors had done everything properly, the way they were trained, and that the participant died for other reasons and not as a result of anything the clients did. The charges were eventually dropped and I was able to get the arrests erased off of their records. I was honored to attend one of the counselor’s weddings. He and his family now regard me as a member of their family.

In another case, I represented a client who was convicted of a domestic incident with his wife that made him deportable. When I was hired, he was in immigration custody and in the process of being deported. I was able to get his conviction set aside and he was released from custody and able to resume his life with his wonderful family.

These are a few examples of why I am so proud to do this kind of work. In my personal life, my husband and I have a daughter, son-in-law, and two fast-growing grandchildren. We love spending time with them. My husband and I enjoy running half marathons (I did my first full marathon a few years ago), hike, play tennis, do yoga and relax with our dogs. I was a founding member and board member of MostlyMutts.org, an animal rescue organization and no-kill shelter, for over ten years. I still volunteer as a legal consultant for the organization.

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Education

Education:

  • Mercer University - Walter F. George School of Law; J.D. Cum Laude 1991

  • New College of Florida; B.A. in Psychology 1987

Honors & Activities:

  • Top 10% of Graduating Class; Dean’s List

  • Brainerd Currie Award (Order of the Coif)

  • Order of the Barristers

  • Law Review Senior Staff 1990, 1991

  • Moot Court Board 1989, 1990

  • National Moot Court Team 1990, 1991

  • ABA Team 1989-90

Publications:

  • Note “Webster v. Reproductive Health Services: What Remains of the Right to Choose?”

  • 41 Mercer Law Review 769 (1990)

Special Training:

  • State Certified Mediator & Arbitrator

  • National Criminal Defense College

  • Defending a Death Penalty Case (numerous seminars)

  • Defense of Drinking Drivers (numerous seminars)

  • Georgia Institute of Trial Advocacy

  • Federal Criminal Defense Training Seminars

  • Judicial Training (ICJE) (numerous seminars)

Experience

Law Firm of Abbi S. Taylor, LLC

January 2001 - Present

Mediator and Arbitrator, DeKalb Dispute Resolution

September 2003 - Present

Associate Magistrate Judge, DeKalb County Magistrate Court

April 1997 - Present

  • Preside over Civil and Criminal Calendars

  • Preliminary Hearings; Issue Warrants, Set Bonds

  • Helped develop Diversion Court Program for accused who have mental health issues

  • Fill in for Superior, State and Municipal Court Judges

Adjunct Professor – Georgia State Law School

January 1998 to 2008

Peters, Roberts, Borsuk & Taylor

October 1995 to January 2001

DeKalb County Public Defender

April 1992 to October 1995

Fain, Major and Wiley

June 1991 to April 1992

Neely and Player

May 1990 to September 1990

Associations

Bar Associations

  • Member: of the DeKalb Bar Association

  • Member: of the Atlanta Bar Association

  • Member: of the Georgia Bar since 1991

  • Member: of the Florida Bar since 1991

  • Member: of the United States Virgin Islands Bar since 2005

Memberships

  • Georgia Superlawyer 2008-present

  • Honorary Member of the Georgia Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers (GACDL)

  • Honorary Member of the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers (NACDL)

  • Member of the Georgia Council of Magistrate Judges

  • Member, CJA panel for federal cases

Linda Cornwall

Linda Cornwall. Linda has been a valuable member of the firm for many years. Before joining the Law Firm of Abbi S. Taylor, Ms. Cornwall, who is from the United Kingdom, worked for two criminal and civil law firms as a paralegal. Prior to arriving in Atlanta, Ms. Cornwall received her L.L.B. from Birmingham Law School in England and subsequently worked for The Crown Prosecution Service exclusively in criminal law. Ms. Cornwall enjoys helping people and has been an advocate for victims of domestic violence; she has worked closely with the police, the homeless, and people with drug and or mental health issues. Ms. Cornwall is a member of the Gate City Bar Association.

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