Judge Kimberly Charles was appointed to the Fulton County Magistrate Court in March of 2019. She has extensive experience in civil litigation, including landlord/tenant matters, domestic relations, consumer law and administrative law. Serving in a part-time capacity, she also works full-time as the managing attorney of Atlanta Legal Aid's Clayton & South Fulton Office, practicing exclusively in Clayton County. Ms. Charles has worked at Atlanta Legal Aid for over fourteen years. She has litigated numerous bench trials to final decision, has successfully represented clients in cases before the Georgia Court of Appeals and in administrative hearings.
Judge Charles is a Member at Large of the Atlanta Bar Association board, treasurer of the Clayton County Bar Association board and member of the Lawyers Club of Atlanta. She is a past chair of the Women in the Profession Section Board of the Atlanta Bar Association and a past chair of the CLE Board of Trustees for the Atlanta Bar Association. Judge Charles is the 2017 recipient of the Rita A. Sheffey Public Interest Award given by the Public Interest Law Section of the Atlanta Bar Association.
Judge Charles received her undergraduate degree from Point Loma Nazarene University and JD from Golden Gate University. She is a charter member and board member of the Villages at Carver Family YMCA. She is a member of the Church at Ponce and Highland where she attends and sings in the sanctuary choir. In her spare time, she enjoys walking her Great Dane or riding her bicycle through the Cascade neighborhood where she and her husband live.