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Posted on: November 12, 2020

Lawrenceville Appoints Judge Ethan P.H. Pham as Chief Judge of Municipal Court

Etham Pham

The City of Lawrenceville is pleased to announce the appointment of Judge Ethan P.H. Pham as Chief Judge of the Municipal Court of Lawrenceville.  Judge Pham will replace Chief Judge Dennis Still, who will retire in December after 42 years of combined service in Gwinnett as an attorney and judge.

Judge Pham was born in Saigon, Vietnam and immigrated to the United States with his parents.  His father was a soldier for the U.S.-backed South Vietnamese military during the Vietnam War and later imprisoned in North Vietnam.

“Given my family background and having seen first-hand what it was like to live in a society without the rule of law, I have come to develop a deep appreciation for our American legal and justice system – one designed to ensure the promotion and preservation of the rule of law,” said Judge Pham.  “In this democracy, lawyers and judges serve indispensable roles in preserving and upholding the rule of law.”

A graduate of the John Marshall Law School and Shorter University, Judge Pham is a Co-Founding Partner of Nguyen & Pham, LLC in Norcross, Georgia, and his practice has focused primarily on local government law, civil litigation and criminal law.  He was previously with Fincher Denmark, LLC in Jonesboro, Georgia. 

He is a co-founding member of the Vietnamese American Bar Association of Georgia, a member of the Gwinnett County Police Foundation Board, a member of the Access to Justice Committee, and serves as general counsel to the Atlanta International Night Market.

“Judge Ethan Pham will bring a wealth of knowledge and experience to the Municipal Court of Lawrenceville,” said Mayor David Still. “But beyond his extensive qualifications, he brings a unique perspective that will serve our city well.”    

Judge Pham currently serves as an Associate Judge for the City of Morrow, City of Norcross, and City of Chamblee.  He will begin his service in Lawrenceville in January 2021. 

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