About Georgia Agency Resource Blog

Georgia Agency Resource is intended to provide a place where Georgia insurance agents and agencies can go for up to date information on legal issues that may affect their business, links to other resources on the internet that may be of interest to them, and information on agencies or books of business for sale, buyers looking for opportunities to purchase agencies or books of business, job opening for producers and other agency personnel, and upcoming IIAG and other insurance industry events.

Mark Burnette has over 30 years experience as an attorney.  For the past 15 years, he has specialized in small business law with a particular focus on the insurance agency industry.  During that time, he has represented the Independent Insurance Agents of Georgia and has presented programs on many occasions to its members and at the Georgia Insurance Expo in Athens, Georgia.  He has also written numerous articles on various legal topics for the IIAG’s newsletter and quarterly magazine, the Dec Page.   In addition, Mark operates the Free Legal Service Program under which members of the IIAG are entitled to 30 minutes of legal consultation per calendar quarter on a variety of business related topics.  Click here for more information on this program.

Mark spent the first part of his legal career as a trial attorney, beginning in the State Attorney’s Office for Duval County, Florida, and then moving on to a small law firm in Winter Park, Colorado, before coming to the Atlanta, Georgia area in 1986.  In the Atlanta area, he was an associate at two law firms, Branch, Pike & Ganz (now part of Holland & Knight) and Weekes & Candler, before forming Joyner & Burnette, P.C. in September 1992.  Since then, Mark has focused his practice on the representation of family owned and other privately held businesses and providing estate planning services to the owners of such businesses and other individuals.

Mark graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree, summa cum laude, from Hampden-Sydney College in 1976.  While there, he was inducted into the Phi Beta Kappa society.  He then went on to attend Duke University School of Law, from which he graduated with distinction in 1979 with a Juris Doctor degree.  Mark was admitted to practice law in the State of Florida later that same year, and was subsequently admitted to practice law in the State of Colorado in 1983 and then in the State of Georgia in 1986.

Mark can be contacted at mburnette@decatur-law.com or 404-638-5891.