Cortney M. Stuart

Cortney M. Stuart

Jasper, Georgia
Cortney M. Stuart's legal background began with the Superior Court of Athens, Georgia, where she interned while studying as an undergraduate at the University of Georgia, from which she graduated with Bachelors in Criminal Justice, Sociology, and Political Science. She later graduated from the Florida Coastal School of Law, cum laude, receiving her Juris Doctor in May of 2011, subsequently sitting for the Georgia and Tennessee Bars in July of 2011, and being admitted to both in November of 2011. In 2012, she began her career as an associate at the Law Offices of Edwin Marger, LLC. Under Edwin Marger's teaching, she grew as an attorney and was admitted to the bars in Florida and Washington D.C. In January, 2013, Cortney became the city attorney for McCaysville, Geogia as well as the city prosecutor. In October of 2017, Cortney founded Marger Stuart, LLC and added Edwin Marger as a law partner.

Areas of Practice

  • Family Law
  • Criminal Defense
  • Estate
  • Civil Litigation
  • Business

Bar Admissions

  • Georgia, 2011
  • Tennessee, 2011
  • Florida, 2012
  • Washington, 2012


  • Florida Coastal School of Law, Jacksonville, Florida
    • J.D. cum laude - 2011
    • Honors: 1L Best Oral Argument
    • Honors: 2008 Outstanding Oral Advocate Award
    • Honors: Top 8% of Class (3.34/4.00)
    • Honors: Magister (President) Phi Delta Phi, Legal Honor Fraternity
    • Honors: Dean's List Fall 2009 and Dean's Scholar, multiple semesters
    • Honors: Book Awards for highest grade in Georgia Practice and Procedure, Persuasive Legal Writing, and Pretrial Litigation Drafting
    • Honors: Legal Research, Writing, and Drafting Certificate
    • Honors: Pro Bono Certificate (over 120 hours)
    • Honors: Family Law Certificate
  • University of Georgia
    • B.A., Bachelor of Arts cum laude - 2007
    • Major: Political Science
  • University of Georgia
    • B.A., Bachelor of Arts
    • Major: Criminal Justice
  • University of Georgia
    • B.A., Bachelor of Arts cum laude - December, 2007
    • Major: Sociology

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • Bill Daniels Trial Advocacy Program
  • Georgia Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, October 2012
  • Guardian ad Litem Training, Office of the Child Advocate, September 2013

Past Employment Positions

  • Law Offices of Edwin Marger, LLC, Jasper, Georgia, Associate, 2012 - 2017
  • John P. Tucker, Attorney at Law, Blue Ridge, Georgia, Law Clerk, 2009 - 2011
  • Mollie Garrett, Attorney at Law, Law Clerk, 2011
  • Professor Wenona Whitfield, Florida Coastal School of Law, Teaching Assistant, 2009 - 2011
  • Florida Coastal Housing Rights Clinic, Certified Legal Intern, 2010
  • Angela Stewart DeLorme, Attorney at Law, Law Clerk, 2010
  • David E. Ralston and Amanda H. Mercier, Attorneys at Law, Law Clerk, 2008 - 2009
  • State Representative Timothy Bearden, Georgia General Assembly, Legislative Aide, 2008
  • Honorable Steve C. Jones, Superior Court Athens-Clarke County, Intern, 2007