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Practice Areas: Business Law; Corporate Law; Contracts; Charitable Organizations; Mechanics Liens; Mergers and Acquisitions; Restrictive Covenants; Estate Planning; Estate Administration

With over 35 years’ experience as an attorney, Mr. Burnette specializes in small business law with a particular focus on the insurance agency industry.   He has presented on many occasions to the Independent Insurance Agents of Georgia and at the Georgia Insurance Expo in Athens, Georgia.  He has also written numerous articles on various legal topics for the Independent Insurance Agents of Georgia.  Click here to review some of those articles.

Mr. Burnette 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.  Mr. Burnette 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.  In 2010, Mr. Burnette became Of Counsel to that firm.  Since 1992, Mr. Burnette 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 and families.

Mr. Burnette 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. He was admitted to practice law in the State of Florida later that same year. He was subsequently admitted to practice law in the State of Colorado in 1983 (now inactive) and then in the State of Georgia in 1986.



attorney-john-c-joynerPractice Areas: Estate Planning; Estate Administration; County Administrator; County Conservator (Guardian of Property) for the DeKalb County Probate Court.

Mr. Joyner has over 25 years experience as the County Administrator and County Conservator for the DeKalb County Probate Court. He has served in this capacity in over 1,000 cases as executor, administrator, temporary administrator, conservator, or trustee for cases assigned by the probate court. Mr. Joyner has extensive experience in all phases of probate law.

In addition to his duties as fiduciary for probate court appointed cases, Mr. Joyner accepts private appointments as executor, administrator, trustee, and other fiduciary roles.

He also advises clients who are serving as executors or administrators of estates and maintains an active estate planning practice.

Mr. Joyner is a former chair of the DeKalb County Bar Association, and has served as a speaker for Georgia Continuing Legal Education seminars and for seminars for the Georgia Probate Judges Council.

Mr. Joyner currently serves on the State Bar Fiduciary Legislative Committee. This committee studies and recommends changes to the fiduciary law of Georgia. He also serves on the Liaison Committee for the State Bar Fiduciary Section and the Georgia Probate Judges Council. The Liaison Committee coordinates activity regarding recommended legislative changes between the fiduciary law section and the State probate judges.

Mr. Joyner graduated from the University of Florida, Georgia State University, and Emory Law School.