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Garvis L. Sams Jr. 
Marietta, Georgia
Managing Partner
phone (770) 884-4819
(866) 401-4401
fax (770) 426-6583
email Email Me

Garvis L. Sams, Jr., Senior and Managing Partner of Sams, Larkin, Huff & Balli, LLP, has practiced law for thirty (30) years and is admitted for practice before the Georgia Supreme Court, Georgia Court of Appeals, U.S. District Court, U.S. Court of Appeals (Eleventh Circuit) and the United States Supreme Court. His leadership within the community and of Sams, Larkin, Huff & Balli, LLP, continues the tradition begun in 1956 by Mr. Sams' father, Garvis L. Sams, Sr., whose law practice was also located in Marietta, Georgia.  Mr. Sams, a lifelong resident of the City of Marietta , has three (3) grown daughters and resides there with his wife, Cloma.

Mr. Sams is experienced in all areas of general civil trial practice and handles real estate litigation, construction litigation, eminent domain proceedings, personal injury claims, estate planning and administration, rezoning and entitlement matters and land acquisition and development issues. Additionally, Mr. Sams and other attorneys within Sams, Larkin, Huff & Balli, LLP are registered lobbyists in the State of Georgia and have represented local governments in zoning and condemnation matters, tax issues, civil litigation, risk management and personnel matters.

Mr. Sams was named named one of Georgia’s Super Lawyers® in the field of Land Use/Zoning in 2011 and 2012.

Areas of Practice:
Condemnation / Eminent Domain Law
Local Government Law
Land Use Litigation
Real Estate Litigation
Personal Injury
Defense Litigation
Estate Planning & Administration
Real Estate Acquisitions and Development
Civil Litigation
Litigation Percentage:
35% of Practice Devoted to Litigation
Bar Admissions:
Georgia, 1979
U.S. District Court Northern District of Georgia, 1979
U.S. Court of Appeals 11th Circuit, 1979
Georgia Court of Appeals, 1979
U.S. Supreme Court, 1982
Woodrow Wilson College of Law, Atlanta, Georgia, 1978

The University of Georgia, Athens, Georgia, 1975
Major:  English Literature

Representative Clients:
Ashton Woods Homes
BrandsMart USA
Brooks Chadwick Capital
Columbia Properties, Inc.
Coro Realty Advisors
Glock, Inc.
Green Street Properties
Jamestown Properties
Lowe's Home Centers, Inc.
Mall Properties, Inc.
North American Properties
North Georgia Presbyterian Homes, Inc.
PEC Development Group
Pace Academy
Pollo Tropical
Prime Interest, Inc.
RB Capital, LLC
RaceTrac Petroleum, Inc.
Ryland Homes
The Sembler Company
The Shopping Center Group
Trammel Crowe Residential
Bank of North Georgia
Bank of America
Classes/Seminars Taught:
Various Courses Related to Zoning and Land Use Law and Litigation, Institute of Continuing Legal Education

Various Courses Related to Zoning, Planning and Code Enforcement, Georgia Association of Zoning Administrators

Zoning & Condemnation Seminar, Cobb County Bar Association

Honors and Awards:
Georgia Legal Leader (James Magazine), 2005 - 2007

Legion of Honor (Marietta Kiwanis Club), 2006

Supreme Court of Georgia Mentor, 2008 - Present

Named one of Georgia's Best Lawyers by Fulton County Daily Report, 2009

Professional Associations and Memberships:
Cobb County Bar Association, 1983 - 1984
Former President YLD & Trustee

Cobb County Bar Association, 1979 - Present

American Bar Association, 1979 - Present

State of Georgia Bar Association, 1979 - Present

Marietta Kiwanis Club, 1988 - 1989

Marietta Kiwanis Club, 1980 - Present

Leadership Cobb, 1983 - 1984

Honorary Commanders Association, 1984 - 1985

Kennesaw Wellstar Regional Hospice, 1986 - 1987

Kennesaw Wellstar Regional Hospice, 1983 - 1987

Red Cross Advisory Board, 1986 - 1987

Past Employment Positions:
County Attorney for Cobb County, Georgia, 1979 - 1987

Ancillary Businesses:
Registered Lobbyist, State of Georgia