Wesley Gerard Person was born and raised in Norfolk, Virginia. His father, Willie Person, worked as laborer and was able to provide for his family despite his limited education. He always instilled in his son the importance and value of education. Because of this understanding, Wesley graduated from Lake Taylor High School and then attended Wayne State University, where he received his Bachelor of Arts degree in political science in 2000. In 2003, Wesley graduated from Walter F. George School of Law at Mercer University in Macon, Georgia.
Wesley started his legal career as an Assistant District Attorney in the Griffin Judicial Circuit under the leadership of William McBroom. As an Assistant District Attorney, Wesley prosecuted many felony criminal cases, including defendants charged with armed robbery, rape, child molestation, and drug trafficking. This trial experinece allowed Wesley to work with numerous members of law enforcement in developing cases from start to finish.
After starting his legal career as a prosecutor, Wesley transitioned into private practice, first as an associate with the Kendall Law Firm located in Griffin, Georgia. At the Kendall Law Firm, Wesley represented clients in the many facets of civil litigation including personal injury, business transactions, family law, and real estate transactions. He also represented people charged with various criminal charges ranging from shoplifting to homicide.
In 2006, Wesley was ready to hang his own shingle. He moved to Gwinnett County and started the Person Law Firm, LLC. The primary focus of Wesley's practice was provide representation to indigent defendants in Gwinnett Country.Wesley's effective and zealous representation has earned him the privilege of being appointed to a bevy of complex and difficult criminal cases. During his time in Gwinnett, Wesley has been involved in some of the county’s most high-profile cases. Wesley has developed a reputation for being a passionate and professional advocate.
Wesley Person is seeking the position of Gwinnett Superior Court judge. He is uniquely qualified as he has practiced on "both sides of the aisle" as prosecutor and as a defense attorney. He believes that the court plays a unique role in our democracy because at its best, when it is operating as it should, the court is the place where everyone is equal before the law. Here, status and wealth, or the lack thereof, should not be a factor. Justice requires a judge to be singularly concerned with the rule of law. Wesley believes that every accused citizen should have his or her day in court with an impartial judge. His derives his legal philosophy from a bible passage, Amos 5:24, which reads, "Let justice flow like a river, righteousness like a never-failing stream." He believes that the courthouse should be a place where justice is administered without favor or bias – and that this truth should be more than a philosophical notion; it should be the guiding principal for the judiciary at large.
If given a chance to serve as Gwinnett’s next Superior Court judge, Wesley will call on his life experiences as the son of a man with few opportunities and give to the county all of the skill, knowledge, and wisdom he’s garnered as a man who has had many opportunities. Wesley believes that a judge should never forget that he is a servant of the people. He will bring experience, skill, compassion, and integrity to the bench. Wesley Person: A lifelong student of the law. A lifelong servant of the people.