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Three assistant public defenders to test private practice

Three young Chatham County assistant public defenders have gone out on their own in a bid to expand their services to people with legal problems and their aftermath.

Attorneys Falen Cox, John Rodman and Christopher Middleton will combine in the firm Cox, Rodman & Middleton with offices at 5105 Paulsen St.

Cox, who spent six years in the Chatham County Public Defender’s office dealing with indigent defendants in criminal cases, said the trio wanted to move from a steady diet of criminal defense to a general law practice which will retain criminal defense, but add such areas a personal injury and contract law.

Rodman, who had eight years as an assistant public defender, and Middleton with 10, will join her.

All three were felony defense attorneys in Superior Court trial teams.

“Mainly we wanted to be able to assist people with legal matters that aren’t strictly criminal in nature,” Cox said.

She said they felt the need to deal with a more holistic approach to “make sure that when they (clients) left they were in a better position when we are through,” Cox said.

Often one legal matter will lead to another and their firm wants to be able to help.

“I just wanted to be able to help the community in a broader sense,” Cox said.

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