April’s Spotlight in Business: The Federal Firm

me in colorJoseph Blake Evans has served as the managing partner of The Federal Firm’s Dalton office, located at 710 S. Thornton Ave., Suite A, since it opened in the fall of 2013.  Mr. Evans has practiced general litigation since 2003 and specializes in commercial and business disputes, personal injury and death cases, general negligence, and probate and estate matters.

The founder and Senior Partner of The Federal Firm is the Honorable R. Keegan Federal, Jr., a former Superior Court Judge who was elected in 1976, at the age of 33, and served eight years in the Stone Mountain Judicial Circuit.  After leaving the bench in 1984, he represented the Atlanta Journal-Constitution newspapers and WSB-TV in First Amendment cases, and then opened his own trial practice firm in 1987.

“When we learned that Joseph Blake Evans might be available, we immediately pursued him and convinced him to partner with us in opening the Dalton office,” said Judge Federal. “I’ve known Joseph for over 15 years, and he’s absolutely one of the finest lawyers in the area. He was tutored by perhaps the best lawyer in Dalton, Warren N. Coppedge, Jr., and we think that by combining forces, we will be able to provide significant back-up and support to Joseph and he will then be even more able to assist the people and businesses of northwest Georgia with their legal issues.”

Mr. Evans, a native of Calhoun, Georgia, earned two Bachelor of Arts degrees (Latin and Classical Culture) magna cum laude, from the University of Georgia, where he was inducted into Phi Beta Kappa.  After college, Joseph returned home and taught Latin, British Literature and Mathematics at Calhoun High School before returning to Athens to study law.  Joseph practiced in Dalton for ten years with Mr. Coppedge before opening the Dalton office of The Federal Firm.

In addition to his legal practice, Mr. Evans is an active member of the Greater Dalton Chamber of Commerce, serving on the Chamber’s Legislative Action Committee.  He is also an organizer and the master of ceremonies of the Annual Georgia String Band Festival, held the last weekend of April at the Harris Arts Center in Calhoun.

“My family has been in this area since the Cherokee Land Lottery, so involvement in the community – both professionally and personally – is vitally important to me,” said Mr. Evans.  “With my knowledge of Northwest Georgia, my training in the legal system, and my experience in the legal and business communities, I think I am well positioned to help you and your business with your legal needs.”


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