Steve Lister, Partner
Steven Lister moved to Forest Park in 1968 and has resided in Clayton County ever since. He worked as a uniformed police officer and later as a detective with the City of Forest Park from 1970 until 1973 when he was recruited by then District Attorney William H. Ison as an investigator in the Clayton County District Attorney's Office. While serving Clayton County in this capacity Lister was responsible for and participated in a number of investigations involving public corruption and numerous other major investigations which led to indictments and successful prosecutions in high profile cases.
Attending law school while working in the DA's office, Steve Lister was admtted to the Georgia Bar in 1981. He then began prosecuting cases until going into private practice in November of 1982 with David Harris and now judges John Carbo and Harold Benefield. During tenure in the DA's office as a prosecutor, Lister was the primary prosecutor of Cocaine Trafficking cases made at Hartsfield International Airport. He also successfully prosecuted many other crimes ranging from burglary and theft to rape, homicide and child molestation.
Since leaving the District Attorney's office he has been engaged in the exclusive practice of criminal defense for the past 35 years. He has represented a wide spectrum of persons ranging from doctors, lawyers, police officers, and political figures to indigent individuals.
Lister has served as the Municipal Court Judge for the City of Jonesboro from 1990-1991; again from 2008-2010; for the city of Forest Park from 2006-2010. He has also sat on a pro hac basis in the cities of Riverdale, Lake City, and Morrow and the State Court of Clayton County.
Steve Lister has been a member of the Georgia Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers since 1982, serving a year as vice president; he has maintained membership in the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers; is a member of the Clayton County Bar Association since 1981, serving as vice president and president; he is a member of both the Clayton and Henry County Bar associations as well as an approved mentor through the Georgia Supreme Court in the mentor program of the State Bar of Georgia. He is also admitted to practice in the Georgia Court of Appeals and Georgia Supreme Court; the United States 5th and 11th Circuit Courts of Appeal; and is admitted to practice before the United States Supreme Court.