Augusta lawyer Brian Epps has been selected as a federal court magistrate judge.
The federal district court judges of the Southern District of Georgia chose Epps from several highly qualified candidates, Chief Judge Lisa Godbey Wood said.
Epps’ affinity for hard work, intelligence and integrity drew the judges to the 40-year-old partner of Kilpatrick Townsend & Stockton in Augusta, she said.
Epps will serve as one of four magistrate judges in the Southern District.
The judges are responsible for conducting preliminary criminal matters, such as setting bonds, and for pretrial issues in civil cases.
Wood said the magistrate judges also may preside over civil trials if all of the parties agree.
The magistrates serve eight-year terms.
Epps is replacing Magistrate Judge W. Leon Barfield, whose work on the federal bench for 20 years provides a terrific role model, Wood said.
After graduating cum laude from the University of Georgia, Epps earned his law degree at the university’s school of law, where he was on the Georgia Law Review.
He passed the bar in 1999 and became a clerk for U.S. District Court Judge Richard W. Story of the Northern District of Georgia, who will attend Epps’ swearing-in ceremony.
After his clerkship, Epps worked for an Atlanta law office for two years before returning home to Augusta, he said.
At Kilpatrick Townsend & Stockton, Epps specializes in insurance litigation.
Epps has been active professionally and in his community and church, Aldersgate United Methodist.
He and his wife, Amy, have an 11-year-old daughter and a 5-year-old son.
Epps will be sworn in at 10 a.m. June 6 at a formal investiture ceremony at the federal courthouse at Telfair and Ninth streets in Augusta.