Mel Mobley began life in Tifton, Georgia, but grew up in Florida, where he attended high school and college. Since his grandfather Omer W. Franklin, Sr., a lawyer, captained the Georgia Bulldogs from 1909 to 1910, at 265 pounds from working on his family’s farm in Thomaston, Georgia, he pulls for the Bulldogs, except for one barely noticed game that takes place in Jacksonville, Florida each year.
Admission to the State Bar of Georgia took place in July of 1987. Prior to entering law practice, Mel served on the faculties of Emory University and Georgia State University, where he continues to teach Law and Society as an adjunct. Mel volunteers in his community and his profession, currently serving as the Vice President for Legal Affairs for Heritage Sandy Springs, as a member of the Design Review Board of the City of Sandy Springs, and in the State Bar of Georgia as a member of the Standards of the Profession Committee and an advisor to the Professionalism Committee.
Mel received his B.A. degree from the University of Florida in 1970, a M.Div. from Duke University in 1973, a Ph.D. degree in 1980 from Emory University, and received his law degree from Georgia State University in 1987.
Mel has successfully tried cases in all state and federal courts. His published and non-published appellate cases include: Williams v. Ga. Dep’t of National Guard Headquarters, 147 Fed. Appx. 134 (2005) (employment discrimination); Artzner v. A & A Exterminators, 242 Ga. App. 766 (2000) (professional negligence, fraud, punitive damages); Crowder v. Timber Creek Mobile Home Park, 236 Ga. App. 858 (1999) (premises liability, wrongful death); Vester v. Mug-A-Bug Pest Control Co. Inc., 270 Ga. 407 (509 SE2d 925)(1999) (professional negligence, fraud); Sparks v. MARTA, 223 Ga. App. 768 (1996) (escalator liability); May Dep’t Store v. Center Developers, 266 Ga. 806 (1996) (insurance and contract); Griffin Motel Co. v. Strickland, 223 Ga. App. 812 (1996) (dram shop, wrongful death); and, Freeman v. Elgin Sweeper and the City of LaGrange, 885 F2d 825(11th Cir. 1989) (42 USC § 1983, wrongful death).
Mel is AV rated by Martindale-Hubbell. He is admitted to all state courts, and the Bars of the Northern District and Middle District of the United States District Court, the Eleventh Circuit Court of Appeals and the United States Supreme Court. Mel practices in the areas of torts, employment law, insurance and business issues (including intellectual property defense) and malpractice defense. He is happily married, the father of a 20-year-old daughter, and a member of the Defense Research Institute, Atlanta Bar Association, the Lawyers’ Club of Atlanta, and the Old Warhorse Lawyer’s Club.