Robert M. Patten

Robert M. Patten

Summerville, Georgia

Robert M. Patten joined the law firm of Kenneth D. Bruce, LLC (formerly Bruce & Thompson) in Summerville, Georgia in January 2017.  He replaced Hon. Don Thompson whom was appointed as a Superior Court judge by Governor Nathan Deal.  Prior to joining Kenneth D. Bruce, LLC, Mr. Patten worked as an attorney with the Office of the Public Defender in Georgia's Lookout Mountain Judicial Circuit from 2009 to 2016.  While there, he represented people charged with all manner of felonies ranging from drug possession and theft to murder, sex offenses, and other serious violent offenses.  Mr. Patten is a graduate of The University of Alabama School of Law (J.D.), Appalachian State University (M.A., Political Science and International and Comparative Politics), and Auburn University (B.A., B.A., Political Science, Spanish).


Year Joined Firm

  • 2017

Areas of Practice

  • Criminal Defense
  • Family Law

Bar Admissions

  • Georgia, 2009
  • Alabama, 2008
  • U.S. District Court Northern District of Georgia, 2017


  • The University of Alabama School of Law, Tuscaloosa, Alabama
    • J.D. - 2008
  • Auburn University, Auburn , Alabama
    • B.A. - 2000
    • Major: Political Science
    • Major: Spanish
  • Appalachian State University
    • M.A.
    • Major: Political Science and International and Comparative Politics

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • Georgia Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, Member, 2009 - 2017

Past Employment Positions

  • Office of the Public Defender, Assistant Public Defender, 2009 - 2016