J. Lane Bearden (fifth generation Gordon County resident). Son of Lt. Col Jimmy L. Bearden (1931-1993) and Charleen Whitehead Bearden (1933-2013). B - 1958. Married to Carol Jones Bearden, children: Joseph, Lloyd, Chaney.
Education: BA - University of Redlands (1981) (Debate team, Student Judicial Council); Juris Doctor - Univ of Alabama School of Law (1985)(Dean's Outstanding Senior Award, Bench & Bar, Jessup Moot Court team, Trial Ad team, Pres Envir law, Pres Internatl law, represent to ABA, ACLU).
Law: 1985 Georgia State Bar, N. District of Georgia, Court of Appeals and Supreme Court of Georgia. 1985-1991 Bailey & Bearden, Calhoun (general practice, criminal defense and personal injury, Regional VP, GTLA, GACDL); 1991 - present Bearden Law Firm, sole practitioner, with sister, D. Lynn Bearden. President, Gordon County Board Association (1988), State Bar Board of Governors (1995-2000).
Limited practice to personal injury, wrongful death, and victim's rights litigation since 1991. More personal injury jury trials in Gordon County than any other attorney. Personal injury trials in Dekalb, Cobb, Bartow, Pickens, Cherokee, Whitfield, Floyd Counties. Largest personal injury verdict ($3.6 million) in the history of the Cherokee Judicial Circuit (Gordon & Bartow Counties). Largest personal injury verdict collected from insurance company ($986,000) in the Cherokee Judicial Circuit.
Judicial: Judge, Juvenile Court of Gordon County (1990 - part-time); Executive Committee, Council of Juvenile Court Judges of Georgia (2010-2014), President CJCJ (2014); Presentations (Case law updates 1999, 2013; Visiting Professor at Emory Law school - 2010, 2013), Supreme Court J4C Committee (2009-2014); Judicial Council of Georgia (2013-2014), Juvenile Justice Reform Implementation Subcommittee (2013-2014).
Community: Debate Coach (Calhoun Middle School 2002-2013, Calhoun High School 2004 - ); Chair, Gordon Co Child Abuse Protocol Comm (1980 - ); Soccer coach, Gordon County Recreation (U6-8) 1995-1998; Director of soccer league 1998-2000. Gordon County Arts Council 2005-2009.
Legal/Judicial Awards: State Bar of Georgia - Robert Benham Community Service Award (2014), Gordon County/City of Calhoun School Counselor's Association Award; (1994), Mayor and City Council Proclamation (2007),