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Joni Fletcher Cawthon
Director of Legal Services
1-800-233-3506 ext 353
Joni began her career at PBA in 1994 as the Director of Communications. In that capacity she was responsible for producing The Front Line, (PBA’s Newsletter), preparing political ads, designing layouts and other communications functions. In 1996, Joni started law school attending evening sessions because she worked during the day. She later moved into a dual role at PBA serving as the Front Line editor and legal assistant. Upon being admitted to the Georgia Bar Association, Joni became a staff attorney. In August of 2004, she became the PBA Legal Services Director.


Joni holds B.S. and M.M.C. degrees from the University of Georgia. She has a Juris Doctor degree from Georgia State University.
"I enjoy being a part of an organization that law enforcement officers can turn to for help when they need it most. Members turn to our department when they are faced with losing their jobs, defending themselves in lawsuits and even having to defend themselves against criminal charges, and PBA has a system in place to assist them. Our purpose is clear, and we work hard to protect our members."

Charlie Cordell
Assistant Director of Legal Services
1-800-233-3506 ext 361
Charlie Cordell attended Jacksonville State University (B.S. in Criminal Justice). Prior to attending law school, he was employed by the Clayton County Juvenile Court as a Probation Officer.


Charlie attended the University of Georgia School of Law and received his J.D. in 2002. He previously worked at King & Spalding, where he was a Staff Attorney in their Discovery Center. He is happy to be part of SSPBA and looks forward to the challenges that lie ahead.
"It’s rewarding to assist our members when they contact our legal department. We obtain all their information regarding their particular situation and then monitor it until its conclusion."

Don English
Georgia Counsel
1-800-233-3506 ext 364
SSPBA attorney Donald C. English has over 30 years of experience practicing law. He began his law practice as an assistant solicitor for the Fulton County Solicitor’s Office in Atlanta, GA. He later served as the assistant district attorney for the DeKalb County District Attorney’s Office in Decatur, GA. Don English joined the PBA in 1990 and has served as General Counsel ever since. Mr. English has successfully represented many PBA members in civil lawsuits, grievances and disciplinary actions. Don English is married to Laurie English. They have one daughter and two grandchildren.
"One of the many reasons I enjoy my work here at PBA is I learned long ago that law enforcement officers make the best clients: they respect the law, they are more likely to tell their lawyer the truth, and are usually grateful for your work."

Dale Preiser
Senior Staff Attorney
1-800-233-3506 ext 392
Dale moved to Georgia in 1991 after receiving a Bachelor of Science in economics from Illinois State University. He received a Masters degree in Business Administration in 2000 from Georgia College & State University. Dale had a prior career in medical practice management. He went to law school in 2002 and graduated from Oklahoma City University with a JD in 2005. Dale then opened a private law practice in McDonough, Georgia and joined SSPBA in June 2012. Dale has two children.
"I am proud to be a part of an organization that provides legal assistance to members facing serious issues directly arising out of performance of their law enforcement duties."

Andrew Valli
Staff Attorney
1-800-233-3506 ext 314
Andy joined the PBA legal staff in October 2015. His prior work experience includes investigating potential violations of the federal securities laws with the Enforcement Division of the U.S. Securities & Exchange Commission, general practice work as a solo practitioner and employment as a staff attorney with the business litigation and e-discovery practice groups at King & Spalding.


Andy earned his J.D. degree from Georgia State University College of Law and holds undergraduate degrees from UNC-Chapel Hill and Brevard College. He enjoys spending time outdoors with his wife and five children.

Dana Nicolazzi Johnson
Staff Attorney
1-800-233-3506 ext 193
Dana’s prior work experience includes clerking for Cordele Circuit Superior Court Judges, handling small claim litigation, and serving as a public defender for criminal defense. She joined the PBA legal staff in January 2020.


Dana attended Mercer University (B.A. English Literature & J.D. degree from the Walter F. George School of Law). She is an active member of the Junior League of Macon and loves to spend her time at local events and exploring all of what the city of Macon has to offer.

Jeana Johnson
Staff Attorney

Stephen Wasley
Staff Attorney

Jim Wright
General Counsel
1-800-233-3506 ext 784

Kelly Curran
Legal Administrative Services
1-800-233-3506 ext 373

Jennifer Gossett
Legal Administrative Services
Assistant Manager
1-800-233-3506 ext 377

Natalie Woodall
Legal Administrative Services
1-800-233-3506 ext 190

April Crumbley
Legal Manager
1-800-233-3506 ext 148

Lindsey McLain
Legal Case Manager
1-800-233-3506 ext 735

Amy Coursey
Legal Call Manager
1-800-233-3506 ext 379

Joye Moore
Legal Assistant
1-800-233-3506 ext 186

Amy Barnett
Legal Receptionist
1-800-233-3506 ext 685

Jennifer Gunter
Legal Receptionist
1-800-233-3506 ext 300

Lori Kurz
Legal Receptionist

Jordan Mitten
Legal Assistant

Jon Williams
Legal Assistant

Erika Lee
Legal Case Coordinator


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