MICHAEL A. O’QUINN
A native of Atlanta, Mr. O’Quinn obtained his undergraduate degree from Georgia State University in 1980 (magna cum laude) and his law degree from Creighton University in 1983 (summa cum laude). Mr. O’Quinn was selected to serve as the Editor-in-Chief of the Creighton Law Review, and upon graduation served a two year clerkship for the late Wilbur D. Owens, Jr., U. S. District Court Judge for the Middle District of Georgia. Upon entering private practice in 1985, Mr. O’Quinn quickly became a specialist in the area of local government law. He has represented cities and counties, along with their elected officials and employees, across the entire state. Mr. O’Quinn has mastered the use of immunity defenses available togovernment entities and their officials, as shown in his list of successful cases on this website.
Mr. O’Quinn has served as County Attorney for Henry County, Georgia, and currently serves as County Attorney for Butts County, Georgia, a position he has held for over 10 years. This experience enables Mr. O’Quinn to negotiate the maze of complex rules that apply to local governments, their constitutional officers and governing authorities, such as the Open Meetings and Open Records Acts, planning and zoning hearings, personnel hearings, and the day-to-day employment issues that confront both small and large employers.
As a result of his local government experience Mr. O’Quinn is a regular speaker and instructor at training seminars sponsored by the Association County Commissioners of Georgia, the ACCG-GMA Local Government Risk Management Service, and the Carl Vinson Institute of Government at the University of Georgia. Some of his popular presentations include the Newly Elected Commissioners seminar held in Athens, and Road Liability training for Public Works departments across the state. Mr. O’Quinn is the County Administrator for Henry County, by appointment of the Henry County Probate Court. In this capacity he serves as a Conservator for minors and incapacitated adults, and as Administrator of Estates, where family members are unable to do so. Mr. O’Quinn has been entrusted with the fiduciary management of several million dollars in assets by virtue of this appointment.
Mr. O’Quinn has earned the 5.0 AV Preeminent® peer review rating by Martindale-Hubble, which ranks him in the top tier of all lawyers.
Mr. Cronin is a graduate of the Georgia State College of Law (J.D., cum laude, 1996) and the University of Georgia (B.A., magna cum laude, 1993). His law school accomplishments include graduating cum laude, Law Review, and the receipt of American Jurisprudence Awards in Civil Procedure I and II. He is currently admitted to practice in all U.S. District Courts in Georgia, the Eleventh Circuit Court of Appeals, the Georgia Supreme Court, the Georgia Court of Appeals as well as all trial courts in the State of Georgia.
Since commencing the practice of law in 1996, Mr. Cronin has primarily specialized in representing the interests of governmental entities and government officials in state and federal courts in varied fields such as employment law and First Amendment and Due Process Jurisprudence. In addition to litigation, Mr. Cronin provides counsel to employers on personnel matters to ensure compliance with the FLSA, Title VII, FMLA and the ADA.
Mr. Cronin’s post-graduate scholarship includes co-authoring the chapter entitled “Liability of Public Officials and the County” appearing in the fifth edition of the “Handbook for Georgia County Commissioners.”
Megan graduated summa cum laude from the University of Georgia in 2010 and holds a Bachelor’s degree in Finance. She graduated from the University of Georgia School of Law in 2014, where she was a Notes Editor for the Journal of Intellectual Property Law. Upon graduation, she served as the law clerk for the Hon. Judge Daniel J. Craig and the Hon. Judge J. Wade Padgett in the Superior Court for the Augusta Judicial Circuit. She joined O’Quinn & Cronin, LLC as an associate in 2015.
Jacob is a native of Hahira, Georgia, and joined O’Quinn & Cronin, LLC as an associate in January 2014. He is a 2013 graduate of the University of Virginia School of Law, where he was a Deans Fellow, Chancellor of the William Minor Lile Moot Court Board, Executive Editor of the Virginia Journal of International Law, and a member of the Volunteer Income Tax Association (VITA) pro bono program.
Prior to joining the firm, Jacob worked as a summer associate at Hollberg & Weaver, LLP, in Atlanta, and The Bennett Law Firm in Valdosta, Georgia, and was a summer clerk for the Hon. Judge Richard Cowart of the Southern Judicial Circuit of Georgia.
Jacob graduated summa cum laude from Mercer University in 2010 and holds a Bachelor’s degree in Political Science, with an emphasis in Political Theory and a minor in Philosophy. While at Mercer, Jacob studied abroad at St. Peter’s College, Oxford and served as the President of Mercer Embassy, Chairman of the Mercer University College Republicans, and Parliamentarian of QuadWorks Campus Activities Board.
In his spare time Jacob enjoys reading, playing the piano, golf, and spending time with friends and family.