Meet Fani

God has equipped me with every tool I need to perform exceptionally in the role of your next Fulton County District Attorney. My abundant experience in felony trials and management has afforded me a wealth of compassion that extends to both victims and defendants. More importantly, the experience has provided me the courage to do what is right.”

Greetings, Citizens of Fulton County:

For many years, it has been the suggestion of community advocates, from all areas of this county, that I run for the position of Fulton County District Attorney.

Although I have long since accepted it as my calling to “run” one day, I rebuffed those immediate requests, as the time was not right. In the last two months, those requests for me to run have become much more frequent and urgent. Currently, I am, honestly, honored to have been chosen to serve as Chief Judge of South Fulton and my practice is thriving. However, I cannot continue to sit on the sidelines and be in step with my Maker.

I literally went to the mountains and prayed to God to lead my decision. I asked God, “Why must I jeopardize my family’s security? Why must I give up this life I enjoy?”

God’s answer, “To whom much is given, much is required.” 

So, here I stand, in line with my purpose… to change the way justice is served in Fulton County. Will you stand with me?

Your friend,

Fani Willis,

Candidate for Fulton County District Attorney

fani’s bio

A Howard Alum (Cum Laude ’92) and Emory Law (’96) grad, Willis’ first four years were within the private sector, representing citizens of Fulton County and surrounding areas in criminal cases, juvenile matters, family law and civil disputes, alike. These experiences ignited Willis’ indelible commitment to SERVE the people, above the solitary focus of efficiently practicing law.

In 2000, Willis served one year as an Assistant Solicitor for the City of Atlanta, and in 2001, made the leap into the Fulton County District Attorney’s Office as an Assistant District Attorney. After a short 3 years, Willis was put in position to serve in a dual capacity with the Major Case and Cold Case Divisions from 2004-2012.

Willis navigated the mammoth caseload with such poise and brilliance that it garnered a promotion; Deputy District Attorney of the Complex Trial Division. As Deputy, Willis supervised more than 25 Assistant District Attorneys at any given time. With Willis at the helm, her dedicated team of attorneys has prosecuted some of the most egregious, most multi-defendant bearing cases in Fulton County’s history.

Willis’ career, thus far, has been covered extensively by local and national print, as well as broadcast and cable media, Willis teaches hundreds of attorneys the rules of evidence and trial preparation, as a member and trainer for the Prosecuting Attorneys’ Council of Georgia. 

Willis actively advocated the passage of a hate crime bill at the 2018 Georgia Legislature and has been recognized as a strong advocate for children, victims of violent crime, the LGBT community, and domestic violence. In 2015, Willis founded For the Love of Carla, a non-profit that promotes the awareness of Sickle Cell Anemia, in honor of a close friend, currently battling the disease.

In conjunction with her other memberships, Willis is often a featured speaker at law events, for organizations, and school programs, where she passionately educates youth on the perils of criminal activity. Willis has been recognized many times in her career. Most recently, she was awarded the Most Powerful and Influential Woman of the Year, in 2018.

In August 2018, Willis returned to private practice by opening The Law Offices of Fani T. Willis, LLC., in Atlanta, Georgia, where she specializes in Criminal Defense, Business/Corporate Litigation, Civil Forfeiture, and Family Law. Also, in 2018, Willis was retained as Counsel for the Judicial Qualifications Commission.

On July 23, 2019, Willis was appointed Pro Tem Chief Municipal Court Judge for the City of South Fulton, a duty she is honored to have been granted. In the wake of the decision to announce her candidacy for Fulton County District Attorney’s race, Willis resigned her position as Chief Municipal Court Judge for the City of South Fulton.

fani’s background

EDUCATION

·         Howard University, B.A. Political Science, Cum Laude, 1992

·         Emory University School of Law, J.D., 1996

EXPERIENCES

·         Private Practitioner, 1996-2000

·         Assistant Solicitor – City of Atlanta, 2000-2001

·         Assistant District Attorney – Fulton County, 2001-2004

·         Senior Assistant District Attorney – Crimes Against Women and Children, 2004-2006 

·         Cheif Assistant District Attorney (Major Case and Cold Case Divisions) – Fulton County, 2004-2012

·         Deputy District Attorney (Complex Trial Division Supervisor), 2014-2018

·         Managing Attorney – The Law Offices of Fani T. Willis, LLC., 2018-Present

·         General Counsel – Judicial Qualifications Commission, 2018-2019

·         Pro Tem Chief Municipal Court Judge – City of South Fulton, 2019-2020

PRACTICE AREAS

·         Criminal Defense

·         Business/Corporate Law

·         Civil Law

·         Family Law

MEMBERSHIPS/BAR & COURT ADMISSIONS

·         Georgia Bar, 1996-Present

·         Georgia Association of Black Women Attorneys (GABWA)

·         Georgia Association of Women Attorneys

·         Georgia Court of Appeals

·         Supreme Court of Georgia

·         U.S. Court of Appeals for the 11th Circuit

·         U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Georgia

·         U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Georgia

·         U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Georgia

AWARDS

2019

  • We All Value Excellence – Outstanding Service Award
  • Whos Who Black Atlanta

2018

  • Whos Who Black Atlanta
  • Women of The Year Award, Most Powerful and Influential Attorney, Women Media Groups, Inc.

2014

  • Attorney of the Year, FCDA

2012

  • Top Manager of the Year, FCDA

2011

  • Highest Achievement Award, FCDA

2006

  • Highest Achievement Award, FCDA

2005

  • Highest Achievement Award, FCDA

1996

  • Lamar Inn of Court, Student Member, Emory University School of Law

1995

  • National Frederick Douglas Moot Court Winner (1st Time in Emory Law Schools History)
COMMUNITY VOLUNTEER WORK

WAVE – Volunteers countless hours serving the homeless and children.

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