Mourning the Passing of Page Anthony Pate, Legal Giant and Founder of Pate, Johnson & Church

The Federal Docket

September 15, 2022

Our firm’s founder, Page Anthony Pate, passed away Sunday, September 11, 2022 in St. Simons Island, Georgia. A memorial service will be conducted at 2pm on Saturday, September 17, 2022 at St. Mark’s Episcopal Church with Father Alan Akridge officiating.

He was 55 years old and is survived by his loving wife, Elizabeth, his sons, Chatham and Asher, his parents Robert and Mary Elizabeth, and his younger brother, Lane.

Page Pate was many things to many people—a husband, a father, a son, a mentor, a colleague, a friend, and most prominently, a trial lawyer, one who poured himself into his practice and fought hard for his clients. Above all, he was a true gentleman who embodied service and grace.

Page was born in Dublin, Georgia on May 3, 1967. He graduated from Woodward Academy in Atlanta, Georgia and went on to graduate from Georgia State University in the top ten percent of his class.

Page married his wife, Elizabeth, in 2005, and they soon became parents to two boys, Chatham and Asher. Some of Page’s happiest moments were on trips with his sons, whether long hikes on the West Coast or taking in NASCAR races.

Page attended the University Of Georgia School Of Law, where he was consistently recognized as one of the school’s finest advocates in mock trial and moot court. After graduating from Georgia Law with honors in 1994, Page worked for a few prominent firms in Atlanta before starting his own practice.

For over 25 years, Page represented people in courts across the state of Georgia and the United States. Page won countless awards and recognition for his outstanding advocacy on behalf of others, including recognition as a “Super Lawyer” since 2008. Page later became a trusted face and voice of reason on local and national media outlets, including CNN, Georgia Public Broadcasting, and others. Page was best known for giving his honest take and straightforward answers to some of the nation’s most pressing legal questions during one its most turbulent times.

Page was also a founding member of the Georgia Innocence Project, an organization dedicated to seeking justice for the wrongfully convicted. He was a member of the Federal and Atlanta Bar Associations, the Georgia Trial Lawyers Association, and numerous other organizations dedicated to advancing justice and the legal profession. Page gave back to countless other causes as part of a broader effort to leave the world a better place than he found it. He believed in serving others, and that is clearly reflected in his life’s work, work that will live on through his partners and his staff at Pate, Johnson & Church.

Some of the best things about Page won’t be in the news but will live on in the memories of the people whose lives he touched. Though he was a formidable, sometimes intimidating, attorney in the courtroom, Page had an easy smile, an earnest laugh, and a great sense of humor. He was guided by his faith and his creator, but he had an open heart and an open mind to all.

Page’s passing is an enormous loss to his family, his friends, his community, and the entire legal profession. He will be deeply missed.

Click here to light a candle or leave a memory with Page.

Memorials may be made to St. Mark’s Episcopal Church, P.O. Box1155, Brunswick, GA 31521.

Edo Miller and Sons Funeral Home is entrusted with arrangements.

Tom Church - Tom is a trial and appellate lawyer focusing on criminal defense and civil trials. Tom is the author of "The Federal Docket" and is a contributor to Mercer Law Review's Annual Survey in the areas of federal sentencing guidelines and criminal law. Tom graduated with honors from the University of Georgia Law School where he served as a research assistant to the faculty in the areas of constitutional law and civil rights litigation. Read Tom's reviews on AVVO. Follow Tom on Linkedin.

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