John D. Hipes

JDH 1aJohn Hipes is from Muncie, Indiana. He received his B.A. cum laude from Wake Forest University (Winston-Salem, North Carolina) in 1981 and his J.D. magna cum laude from Georgia State College of Law (Atlanta) in 1988, where he served as senior editor for the Georgia State University Law Review. He authored Abusive Litigation in Georgia, Georgia State Univ. L. Rev., Vol. 3, 1987.

John has practiced law for more than 28 years. He began his law practice in 1988 with Smith, Gambrell & Russell LLP and then with Morris, Manning & Martin (both in Atlanta) before forming Hipes & Norton, P.C. (Alpharetta) in 1996. In 2004, John helped to form Bach, Dewberry & Hipes, LLC (Alpharetta). In 2013, John founded Hipes & Belle Isle, LLC.

John practices commercial litigation, including insurance coverage and interpretation, construction, real estate, employment, partnership and shareholder disputes, and tort and injury law. He has successfully resolved and tried numerous business and contract lawsuits on behalf of policyholders, including issues involving bad faith, unfair claims practices, fraud, arson, theft, cancellation procedures, and coverage interpretation.

John is admitted to practice in all Georgia courts, including State and Superior, the Georgia Court of Appeals, and the Georgia Supreme Court. He is also admitted in the United States District Court, Northern District of Georgia and the United States Court of Appeals, Eleventh Circuit.

John is a member of the State Bar of Georgia. He is a Past-President of the North Fulton Bar Association for 2011-2012. John serves on the City of Alpharetta Planning Commission. He is also a Board Member and Vice President of North Fulton Community Charities, Board and Executive Committee Member of the Greater North Fulton Chamber of Commerce, Board Member of the Alpharetta Public Safety Foundation, and previously served on the Board for the Ed Isakson Alpharetta YMCA. He is a member of the Leadership North Fulton Class of 2000, Alpharetta Chamber of Commerce, and Alpharetta Business Association.

John is also a long-time member of the Rotary Club of Alpharetta where he served as President in 2008-2009, and serves as chairperson of the Alpharetta Memorial Day Tribute Committee. John is an Alpharetta Rotarian of the Year and Hall of Fame member, and a Rotary District 6900 Sheffield Award winner.

John is an active member of the Alpharetta First United Methodist Church where he serves on the Church Council and previously on the Board of Trustees and Missions Committee.

John has participated in many humanitarian and mission trips to Africa, Central and South America with Rotary and AFUMC. He and his wife, Karen, reside in Alpharetta.