R. Parker McFarland Jr.

Mr. McFarland kept me informed and was able to get my DUI dropped to a reckless driving due to his training and knowledge of the laws. He was always available when I had questions or concerns. I would highly recommend him when an attorney with his expertise is needed.

- Stan

Attorney R. Parker McFarland, Jr. focuses on criminal cases, with a focus on DUI and drug cases. He's also experienced in handling catastrophic personal injury and wrongful death cases, both at the trial court level and on appeal.

Parker has successfully handled jury trials and appeals; he's also obtained reduced charges in criminal cases and secured favorable settlements against insurance companies for serious personal injury claims.

Parker has received extensive training in the field of DUI and has completed the following courses through NHTSA/IACP, which are identical to the training given to police officers:

  • Parker was in the 1st ever attorney class to receive training on the new Intoxilyzer 9000, Georgia's future breath test machine starting in 2013-2014.
  • Standardized Field Sobriety Testing in 2004
  • Drugs that Impair Driving in 2008
  • Drug Recognition Expert Overview Course in 2010
  • Standardized Field Sobriety Instructor Course in 2010

Twice annually Parker co-instructs the Standardized Field Sobriety practitioner course to other DUI defense attorneys across America, including a two-hour segment on cross-examining the arresting officer.

Parker McFarland graduated from South Forsyth High School in 1994, and obtained his B.A. degree in English at Covenant College. He earned his Juris Doctor degree from Mississippi College of Law in 2001, although he completed his final year of law school at the University of Georgia. He and his wife, Nicole, their daughter, and their son, live in Cumming, Georgia.

Parker and Nicole have attended Browns Bridge Community Church since it opened in 2006.

Parker is an excellent and compassionate attorney. He took the time I needed to help me consider all issues and helped me make an informed decision and weigh all options. He was always very responsive and demonstrated professionalism at all times. I would highly recommend Mr. McFarland.

- a client

Areas of Practice

Litigation Percentage

  • 80% of Practice Devoted to Litigation

Bar Admissions

  • Georgia, 2001


  • J.D. - 2001, Mississippi College School of Law, Jackson, Mississippi
  • B.A. - 1998, Covenant College, Lookout Mountain, Tennessee
    Major: English

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • Forsyth County Criminal Defense Bar Association, Past President
  • Georgia Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, Member
  • National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, Member
  • National College for DUI Defense, Member
  • Georgia Trial Lawyers Association, Member
  • Forsyth County Bar Association, Past President

Past Employment Positions

  • McFarland & McFarland, Partner, 2001 - 2015
  • Pro Bono Activities
  • North Forsyth Rotary Club, Member, 2012 - 2015