Barry L. Zimmerman

Managing Partner & Retired Judge
Phone: 770-350-0100 x223

Barry L. Zimmerman was born in Charlotte, NC, but has lived in Atlanta virtually all his life. He graduated from the University of North Carolina, with a Bachelor of Arts Degree, in 1972, and received his law degree from the University of Georgia School of Law in 1975. While at the University of Georgia Law School, Barry was a Senior Editor of the Georgia Law Review.

For 42 years Barry served as both a Municipal Court Judge and a Magistrate Court Judge, in the Municipal Courts for the cities of Atlanta, Alpharetta, Milton, and Roswell, and in the Fulton County Magistrate Court. For eight years, he was the Chief Judge for the City of Milton, Georgia. Barry was the Chief Judge for the City of Alpharetta, Georgia, from 2014 to 2022. Barry was also a Designated Fulton County Superior Court Judge, which allowed him to assist the police and detectives throughout the northern portions of Fulton County. Barry continues to be appointed by Fulton County Superior Court Judges, as a Fulton County Superior Court Special Master. Barry has been a member of the Council of Municipal Court Judges, as well as, a member of the Council of Magistrate Court Judges.

As a Judge, Barry presided over tens of thousands of cases under state laws and city ordinances, including D.U.I.s, traffic and moving violations, as well as, disorderly conduct, drug offenses, and shoplifting cases. Barry’s 42 years on the bench has given him a uniquely comprehensive knowledge of, and experience with, the inner-workings of the judicial system. Additionally, during Barry’s 42 years on the bench, he has established close and personal relationships with other Judges and Prosecutors, as well as, other Attorneys that appeared before him in court.

Besides being a Judge for 42 years, Barry has been practicing law in the Atlanta Metropolitan area for over 47 years. He is a member of the Georgia Bar Association and has been a member of the Atlanta Bar Association. In addition, he is, or has been, a member of the Litigation, Criminal, and Domestic law sections of the Atlanta and Georgia Bar Associations. Barry has also provided his time to the Atlanta Volunteer Lawyers Foundation.

Barry has been extremely active in the community. For 16 years, he coached boys and girls soccer at the YMCA; girls and boys basketball at Holy Innocents' Episcopal Church; boys T-ball and baseball, as well as travel baseball, girls softball, as well as travel softball, and youth football, for Sandy Springs Youth Sports. Currently, Barry gives educational lectures at various high schools, youth groups, and other social and charitable organizations on legal issues that affect teens.

Barry has been happily married to his wife Cindy for 38 years and they are very proud of their two children, Brad and Rachel.

In his free time, Barry enjoys traveling, as well as participating in ALTA and USTA Tennis leagues. He also enjoys working out, boating, water skiing, snow skiing, and spending time with friends and family. He is also an avid Atlanta sports fan.

JUDGE (retired)