About Our Firm

Criminal Defense Law Firm

Grisham & Poole is a specialized law practice located in Canton, Georgia. Our firm provides only criminal defense representation. We represent clients charged with misdemeanors or felony crimes in Georgia, including juvenile cases. We handle all aspects of a criminal case bond hearings, arraignments, post conviction matters such as probation and parole violations, and trials by judge or jury. Our experience and capabilities allow us to manage even the most challenging court cases, including complex, major felonies.

We represent clients throughout Metro Atlanta and North Georgia. Our primary service area is within the counties of Cherokee and Pickens, and the nearby counties of Bartow, Cobb, Dawson, Fannin, Floyd, Forsyth, Fulton, Gilmer, Gordon, and Lumpkin.

Attorney Ross D. Grisham (Partner)

Criminal Defense Attorney Ross Grisham

A Georgia native, Ross grew up in the Decatur area and later attended high school in Conyers. From there, he moved to Bristol, Tennessee, and attended King College, where he graduated with a degree in Political Science and History in 1993. He was then accepted to the University of Wyoming College of Law, and graduated with his Juris Doctor degree in 1998. While attending the University of Wyoming College of Law, Ross first entered the criminal law arena working in the Prosecution Clinic, Albany County Wyoming.

After graduation from law school, Ross returned to Georgia, and began working as a law clerk for the judges on the Appalachian Judicial Circuit. He then went on to serve as an Assistant Solicitor General in Cherokee County, and later as an Assistant District Attorney in Cherokee County. Ross then began his Criminal Defense career in 2004 as a trial lawyer in private practice.
On a personal note, Ross and his wife Stephanie live in Jasper, where Stephanie works as a special education teacher. During his free time, Ross likes to compete in triathlons, and enjoys traveling to remote locations.

Attorney Ross Grisham is a member in good standing of the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers. Ross firmly believes in maintaining good communication with his clients and in nurturing his relationships throughout the legal community. Attorney Grisham, or someone on his legal staff, will quickly respond to all inquiries regarding an active case, or persons seeking a criminal defense lawyer.

Attorney Scott Poole (Partner)

Criminal Defense Attorney Scott Poole Scott grew up in Conyers, Georgia, graduating from Rockdale County High School in 1990. From there, he moved to Rome, Georgia, and attended Berry College, where he earned a Bachelor of Arts majoring in Political Science. After graduating from Berry in 1994, he was accepted at the Georgia State University College of Law in Atlanta.

While attending GSU Law, he completed a Governor’s Internship with Superior Court Judge Stanley Gault in Forsyth County and worked with Fulton Senior Superior Court Judge William Daniel. There, he helped edit Daniel’s Criminal Trial Practice, a handbook utilized by lawyers and judges throughout the state of Georgia. Also, he was a member of the Student Trial Lawyers Association Mock Trial Team where he competed nationally against other student mock trial teams.

After graduation from law school, Scott took a position as an Assistant District Attorney in Cherokee County, Georgia, where he worked as a prosecutor from 1997 until 2008. During his tenure at the Cherokee County District Attorney’s Office, he prosecuted everything from theft to murder cases. Scott successfully prosecuted Cherokee County’s first racketeering case pursuant to the Georgia RICO statute and has successfully argued cases (including oral arguments) before both the Georgia Court of Appeals and the Georgia Supreme Court. From 2001-2004 he was the designated Drug Prosecutor for Cherokee County and handled all cases made by the Cherokee Multi-Agency Narcotics Squad (CMANS). Additionally, he was the lead Asset Forfeiture attorney from 2001 until 2008.

In 2008, he was recruited by the District Attorney for the Appalachian Judicial Circuit to come on-board as the Senior Assistant District Attorney in Pickens County, Georgia. There, he ran the day-to-day operations of the office supervising a staff of Assistant District Attorneys and Investigators. This position also allowed him to focus his efforts on the most serious cases, such as those involving violent offenses (Murder, Aggravated Assault , etc.), sexual offenses (Rape, Child Molestation, etc.) and Drug Trafficking (Methamphetamine, Cocaine, and Meth Labs). While working as a prosecutor, Scott developed a reputation in the legal community (among both prosecutors and defense attorneys) as both an effective litigator and a knowledgeable teacher. He served as an instructor for the Prosecuting Attorney’s Council of Georgia’s Drug Prosecutor Training from 2003-2012, teaching drug prosecutors from around the state the “ins and outs” of drug cases. Scott is also certified by the Georgia Peace Officer Standards and Training Council as a Guest Instructor in the areas of Search and Seizure, Courtroom Testimony, Asset Forfeitures and Report Writing.

In January of 2013, Scott made the leap from government employee to private practice when he joined noted attorney Ross D. Grisham to form Grisham & Poole, P.C. He now uses the experience he gained from 15 years as a state prosecutor to zealously defend clients who have been charged with violations of the law. As a prosecutor, he saw first-hand that not everyone arrested is guilty and after trying more than 90 jury trials as lead prosecutor, he knows what it takes to win both in and out of the courtroom.

On a personal note, Scott has been married to his wife Jennifer since 2005. He has a 12 year old step-son named Frankie and, in 2011, added a daughter named Mollie to the family. The Poole family lives in Ball Ground and attends Ball Ground United Methodist Church, where Scott is Chairman of the Church Counsel and plays guitar in the church band. The family enjoys traveling and outdoor adventures such as hiking, kayaking, and four-wheeling.

Attorney Ashley Carlile (Partner)

Attorney Ashley Carlile

Ashley Carlile grew up in Canton, Georgia, graduating from Cherokee High School in 2002. She attended Kennesaw State University where she graduated with a degree in Political Science in 2006. While at Kennesaw, Ashley participated in, and was the captain of the school’s national mock trial team that placed second at the National Mock Trial Competition in 2006.

After graduation, Ashley went on to attend Thomas M. Cooley Law School in Michigan. While in law school, Ashley was awarded the Leadership Achievement Award. Ashley also served as the Chair of the Auburn Hills Mock Trial Executive Board, and was a member of the first national mock trial team to compete from Auburn Hills. Ashley went on to win the intra-school individual mock trial competition, which distinguished her as the top litigator at Thomas M. Cooley Law School. Ashley was admitted into the State Bar of Colorado in 2010, and the State Bar of Georgia in 2011. In 2010, Ashley joined Thompson, Meier and King, P.C. as a clerk, and she made partner in 2016. Ashley then joined Grisham & Poole, P.C. as a partner in 2017.

Ashley focuses her practice in all areas of family law, including divorce, child custody, child support and legitimation actions. Ashley also has an extensive background in child welfare law having represented the Division of Family and Children Services for many years. Additionally, she serves as a Guardian Ad Litem in child custody cases in various counties across North Georgia.
Ashley continues to be a leader in the community as she received the Top 10 in 10 Young Professionals Under 40 award from the Cherokee County Chamber of Commerce in 2016. That same year, she was also awarded for being one of Top 40 Under 40 by The National Advocates, as well as one of the Top 10 Best Family Law Attorneys by the American Institute of Family Law Attorneys. Ashley has served as Secretary, Vice President, and President of the Blue Ridge Bar Association, and she is currently a member of the GAWL Blue Ridge Chapter.

On a personal note, Ashley remains actively involved with the Service League of Cherokee County, and serves as an attorney coach for the Cherokee High School Mock Trial Team. Ashley lives in Hickory Flat with her husband, daughter, and three dogs.

Attorney Michael A. Ray

Attorney Michael A. Ray

Michael grew up in Jasper, Georgia, graduating from Pickens County High School in 1999. He attended The University of West Georgia before transferring to Kennesaw State University where he graduated with a degree in Political Science in 2007. While attending Kennesaw State University, he competed in the American Mock Trial Association, winning national competitions and being recognized as an American Mock Trial All American.

After graduating from Kennesaw, he was accepted to the Thomas M. Cooley Law School in Michigan. Michael continued competing in moot court while attending Cooley Law, and was appointed to the student advisory board of mock trial and moot court.

In 2010, Michael accepted a position as a law clerk for Superior Court Judges Roger E. Bradley and Amanda H. Mercier in the Appalachian Judicial Circuit. In 2013, he joined the Office of the District Attorney in the Appalachian Judicial Circuit, and was appointed to Chief Assistant District Attorney in 2014. While at the District Attorney’s Office, Michael handled a variety of cases ranging from misdemeanor to felony. Some of the notable jury trials Michael prosecuted were Armed Robbery, Kidnapping, Aggravated Child Molestation, Rape, and Manufacturing Marijuana. Michael is currently an active member of the Appalachian Bar Association and the Blue Ridge Bar Association, and now uses his experience as a prosecutor to fervently defend clients who are facing criminal charges.