Joseph C. “Tripp” Peake, III is a founding partner of the firm, and brings over fifteen years of significant, hands-on experience litigating matters on behalf of corporate, individual, insurance, and governmental clients.  Tripp’s areas of practice include complex civil and commercial litigation, contract disputes, fraudulent and unfair business practices, construction and real property litigation, labor and employment claims, trade secret, confidential information, non-competition and restrictive covenant disputes, invasion of privacy and misappropriation claims, partnership disagreements, debt collection, as well as litigating personal injury, premise liability, automobile accidents, vicious animal, catastrophic injury, and wrongful death claims.

Tripp works closely with his clients to ensure that their goals are achieved.  He does not view a lawsuit as an economic opportunity or promote unnecessary and costly litigation.  A lawsuit is a burden to the client; a problem to be solved.  Clients working with Tripp can expect an honest and accurate appraisal of their case and a recommendation for resolution in the most practical, direct and economically feasible manner. Moreover, when it is appropriate, Tripp is an aggressive and focused legal advocate for his clients and will not shy away from legal battle.

Prior to establishing Stout Kaiser Matteson Peake & Hendrick, Tripp was a partner with Matteson Peake, LLC, where he successfully litigated numerous complex civil, personal injury, and commercial matters garnering settlements and judgments in excess of several million dollars.  Before that, Tripp was a partner with Jarrard & Davis, LLP, where he provided counsel to Forsyth, Cherokee, Franklin and Barrow Counties. In this capacity, Tripp represented those local governments in defense of employment matters, including discrimination and wage and hour claims, and provided direction in day-to-day workplace issues and procedures, as well as litigating contract disputes, enforcement of State and County administrative obligations, and matters concerning the destruction of property.

Tripp has authored several materials on employment law, including “Discrimination in the Workplace: Claims, Cases & Prevention,” “Cutting Corners: Focus on Cost Saving Measures that Impact Personnel,” as well as a presentation to the Georgia Local Government Personnel Association Spring 2010 conference entitled “Issues that Keep Local Governments in Court: Case Studies on Liability.” Tripp also co-authored “Fraud in the Application – The Insured’s Perspective,” an ICLE presentation at the 18th Annual Insurance Law Institute Conference.

Tripp received his undergraduate degree in Political Science from the University of Georgia in 1995, and his Juris Doctor from Cumberland School of Law at Samford University in 1998.  He is admitted to practice in all Georgia courts, including all State and Superior Courts, the Georgia Court of Appeals, and the Supreme Court of Georgia, as well as the United States District Court for the Northern District of Georgia, the United States District Court for the Southern District of Georgia, and the United States Court of Appeals, Eleventh Circuit.

Tripp is a member of the State Bar, the Forsyth County Bar Association, Associated Builders and Contractors, Leadership Resource Team, and the Lawyer’s Club of Atlanta.  Tripp is also an active member of Mountain Lake Church, a 2007 graduate of Leadership Forsyth, and he served as Treasurer of the Alpharetta Kiwanis Club from 2001-2003.  Outside of work Tripp enjoys spending time with his family, traveling, music, sports, and pretty much any physical activity that he can find the time to do, whether it be in the water, on the slopes, in the gym, or on the basketball court.  He and his wife, Emily, reside in Cumming, with their three daughters, Caroline, Whitney and Sara Cate.