Mike Cranford was born in Washington, D.C. and has lived in Macon, Georgia since 1948, when his mother and father returned after World War II. Mike attended Lanier High School; received his Associates in Science degree from Macon State College; his Bachelor of Arts from Mercer University and his Law Degree from Woodrow Wilson Law School. He has over 45 years experience as a successful business owner and has been an attorney in solo practice for over 25 years. In addition to his law practice he served as a City Council Member for the City of Macon in a city wide seat from 1995-1999 and was reelected to City Council in March of 2005, where he served as a council member for Ward II until December 2011. He served on numerous committees and boards and served as Chairman of Appropriations for the City.
Mike has been an active member of the community working with youth for over 45 years in sports, education, recreation and scouting. He lectures throughout the community and state on issues pertaining to youth, law and government.
In April 2010 Mike was honored at the spring meeting of the Georgia Association of Criminal Defense Lawyer's with the Rees Smith Lifetime Achievement Award. In May 2012 he was the recipient of the Lawyer of the Year by the Macon Bar Association.
On February 26, 2013 Mike was honored by the State Bar of Georgia’s Chief Justice’s Commission on Professionalism as a recipient the Justice Robert Benham Award for Community Service.
In addition to his law practice he served over 12 years as an indigent defense panel attorney and in 1994 was the recipient of the Hugh Q. Wallace Award, in recognition for his distinguished service in the criminal defense of indigent clients. He has served on the Bibb County Drug Court Committee since its inception 1994.
He is a member of the State Bar of Georgia, where he served as the Section Chair for the Criminal Law Section and on numerous committees over the years. Currently he continues to serve the Criminal Law Section as Vice-Chair and serves on both the Criminal Justice Reform Committee and the Indigent Defense Committee. He is also a member of the Macon Bar Association, Georgia Trial Lawyers Association, Middle Georgia Trial Lawyers Association, and a Life member of the Georgia Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, where he has served as vice President, Parliamentarian, Secretary and as President for 2007. He is also a member of the Macon Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, where he served four terms as President and currently serves as Executive Director.
He currently serves on as Chairman for the Fort Hawkins Commission and is past president to the Board of Trustees for the Georgia Children’s Museum and a past board member for the Museum of Arts and Sciences. He has been an active Cub Scout and Boy Scout leader for over 20 years. He has served on PTA boards for both Central High School and Alexander II Magnet School. During the past 45 years Mike has served on numerous boards and committees for a diverse number of organizations and charities throughout the Middle Georgia Area.
Mike and his wife, Teresa, continue to support many projects throughout the community, including The Georgia Sports Hall of Fame, The Douglas Theatre, The Museum of Arts and Science, The Georgia Children's Museum, The Tubman Museum, The Macon Arts Alliance, The Volunteers in Public Schools Program, PTA, Central Georgia Council of Boy Scouts, and most recently they have become involved and committed to the project to restore and rebuild Fort Hawkins.
In addition to his law practice Mike thrived on the competitive edge flat track racing motorcycles in the senior division. He held a top 10 from 1998 to 2005, and in 2005 he achieved his third consecutive championship in the state's senior division.
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