Judge Christopher Willis was born in Atlanta and grew up in the Northlake area of DeKalb County. Judge Willis attended Harding University graduating with a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration and then went on to law school at St. Mary’s University School of Law in San Antonio, Texas. Judge Willis finished law school in the top 25% of his class as well as being on the Dean’s List, an Associate Editor of the St. Mary’s Law Journal, member of the Phi Delta Phi honor fraternity and recipient of the American Jurisprudence award. After receiving his law degree, Judge Willis returned to Georgia and became a member of the Georgia Bar in 1995.
Judge Willis practiced law for over 23 years specializing as a trial attorney in both civil and criminal cases. While practicing law in Cumming, Judge Willis was a member of the Forsyth County Bar Association and served as an officer in both the Forsyth County Criminal Defense Bar Association and the Forsyth County Juvenile Bar Association. Judge Willis has also served numerous times as a judge and juror in the Forsyth County Mock Trial program. Judge Willis is a Registered Mediator for civil and domestic relations matters through the Georgia Office of Dispute Resolution.
In January 2015, Judge Willis was appointed and began serving as a part-time Magistrate for the Magistrate Court of Forsyth County and served in that position until his appointment as Presiding Judge of the Juvenile Court of Forsyth County in August of 2018.
Judge Willis is married and has three adult children. He has lived in Forsyth County since 1997.