Christopher J. Walker, III
Member of the State Bar of Georgia, Member of the Northeast Georgia Bar Association.
Chris Walker has been engaged in the practice of law in excess of 33 years. His broad background enables him to handle complex matters involving multiple areas of law which are often intertwined. Following law school he clerked for Superior Court Judge Walter C. McMillan where he developed an interest in litigation. Beginning in 1981 he served as assistant district attorney to the legendary Jeff C. Wayne who was notorious for giving his assistants dozens of cases on the Friday after Grand Jury to have ready for trial the following Monday. It was here that Chris developed his trial skills and went on to be appointed Chief Assistant District Attorney for the Northeastern Judicial Circuit. Chris is peer review rated AV Preeminent by Martindale-Hubbell. His law practice is now mostly litigation oriented although he still engages in the general practice of law including wills, probate, zoning, real estate, personal injury and wrongful death litigation, fire and casualty litigation, and is often hired by insurers for insurance defense matters in these areas of law.
Chris is also a certified trained mediator for general civil matters and his background as a litigator for both individuals and insurers gives him a unique understanding of the issues involved in reaching an amicable settlement in most disputes.
In 1983, Chris began his private practice of law in Gainesville initially with Sartain & Carey law firm, and was later a law partner with Jack Carey at Carey & Walker before its merger with Deal & Jarrard to form Carey, Deal, Jarrard & Walker in 1990. Later, after Nathan Deal’s departure to Congress the firm became Carey Jarrard & Walker LLP, which later merged with Whelchel and Dunlap LLP to form Whelchel Dunlap Jarrard & Walker LLP in 2007, where Chris is currently a partner.
He has developed a reputation as a detail oriented attorney who knows his cases and is tireless in representing his clients. He believes strongly in keeping in touch with clients and always returns phone calls, even into the night. Chris lives his cases and believes there is no substitute for thorough legal research and preparation.
FAMILY: Chris is married to Kay Reese Walker and they have two sons, Kit and Reese. Biking, running, woodworking, and grilling BBQ are his favorite hobbies. In the Fall of 2002, at the age of 46, Chris completed the famed Six Gap 100 mile bicycle ride in the North Georgia mountains. The Walkers are members of the First United Methodist Church where Chris has served as a Trustee and as Chairman of the Church Council.
COMMUNITY INVOLVEMENT: Board of Directors on initial founding board of Challenged Child, Past Chairman of Board for Rehabilitation Institute of NE GA, Past Chairman of Trustees of Gainesville First United Methodist Church, past Chairman of Church Council, 1st UMC, currently a mentor through Center Point, and active with homeless ministry.
Whelchel, Dunalp, Jarrard & Walker, LLP
Phone: (770) 535-4001