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Local lawyers find success, expansion needed

Firm grows beyond Walton and into Athens

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David Boyle and Eric Crawford

Posted: Wednesday, January 9, 2013 12:00 am | Updated: 12:59 pm, Wed Jan 30, 2013.

A local law firm is growing again as Monroe-based Crawford and Boyle opened a new office in Athens recently.

The law firm, opened two years ago in Monroe by Eric Crawford and David Boyle – both former prosecutors from the Walton County District Attorney’s Office – already had one secondary office in Lawrenceville, but opened the new Athens location late last year as a third office.

“After a very successful first year we expanded to Athens to better serve our clients,” Boyle said. “Our firm had been hired in several Athens cases and it made sense to open the office to help provide a closer meeting point for our Athens clients, who are often students at the University of Georgia.”

Boyle said the firm – which usually deals with criminal defense, family law and personal injury – needed the Athens location to continue their connection with the community, particularly the university.

“Both Eric and I have been featured as speakers at several university related events on topics of alcohol and drug awareness programs and the law,” Boyle said. “The events have been helpful to relay to students the potential negative impact that brushes with the law can have on their future careers.”

Boyle said the main office will remain in Monroe, where he and Crawford both have strong ties – Boyle was a past president of the Walton County Bar Association and the current prosecutor for Social Circle, while Crawford currently serves on the board of directors for the Walton County Bar – but it’s important to expand and bring in new cases with the additional offices.

“We typically accept cases in Gwinnett, Walton, Athens, Barrow, Rockdale, Newton, Morgan and Oconee counties but will travel to other counties should the need arise,” Boyle said.

With the Gwinnett office in Lawrenceville, located at 189 W. Pike St., and the new Athens office, located just outside of the university area at 337 S. Milledge Ave., Boyle said he and his partner are located in such a way to be able to reach anyone who might need their services in the region. With that in mind, he said more expansion is not on the horizon at this time.

“We do not have plans to open any new offices as we feel that we are well positioned to service the geographic areas in which we practice,” Boyle said. “We have hired an additional administrative assistant to assist with the firm’s business growth.”

With the offices spread out to reach all possible clients, the firm is also reaching out to clients outside of the three locations.

“Our firm has also produced and published legal resource guides that help individuals who are facing potential criminal ramifications regarding drug and alcohol issues,” Boyle said.

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