Wrix McIlvaine


Trial Attorney
Brunswick, Georgia
Wrix McIlvaine is a talented and steadfast trial attorney that has battled for justice in courtrooms throughout Georgia. He is admitted to practice law in all Georgia trial courts, the Supreme Court of Georgia, the United States District Court for the Southern and Middle Districts of Georgia, and the United States Court of Appeals for the 11th Circuit. Dedicated to serving the underdog, he takes on tough cases against big government and corporate interests and fights for the downtrodden. His litigation practice focuses on defending the Constitution, protecting civil liberties, giving a voice to the voiceless, and ensuring the injured receive fair compensation. A lifelong musician and advocate for the arts and technology, Wrix also brings unique and specialized knowledge for those seeking to procure, defend and enforce copyright, trademark, patents and other intellectual property rights. After earning his Juris Doctor degree, cum laude, from Thomas Jefferson School of Law in San Diego, California, he studied at the Max Planck Institute in Munich, Germany and earned his Master of Laws in intellectual property from the Universität Augsburg in conjunction with the Munich Intellectual Property Law Center.
He provides both domestic and international solutions in this arena and engages in a variety of trademark/patent, unfair competition, right of publicity and entertainment litigation. Wrix has been recognized as one of the Top 40 Trial Lawyers Under 40 by the National Trial Lawyers and as a Rising Star in Criminal Defense  by Georgia Super Lawyers. In addition to civil litigation, he takes on difficult and high profile criminal matters throughout Georgia and has won acquittals for individuals charged with murder, armed robbery, and drug trafficking among other infamous crimes.

Areas of Practice

  • 50% Criminal Defense
  • 10% Civil Rights
  • 10% Personal Injury
  • 10% Family Law
  • 10% Bankruptcy
  • 10% Intellectual Property

Litigation Percentage

  • 100% of Practice Devoted to Litigation

Bar Admissions

  • Georgia, 2006


  • Thomas Jefferson School of Law, San Diego, California
    • Juris Doctor cum laude – 2005
  • Universitat Augsburg Juristischer Fachbereich, Augsburg, Germany
    • Master of Laws
    • Major: Intellectual Property
  • Max Planck Institute for Foreign and International Law, Hamburg, Germany
  • University of Delaware, Newark, Delaware
    • B.A.
    • Major: Journalism

Representative Clients

  • Brabant v. Patton, 321 Ga. App 37 (2013), Georgia Court of Appeals
  • Simmons v. United States, No. CV613-112, 2015 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 157734,2015 U.S. Dist. Lexis 45557 (S.D. Ga., 2015), Southern District of Georgia
  • Sheppard v. Pierce Cty., 631 F. App’x 718 (11th Cir. 2015), 11th Circuit Court of Appeals
  • Sheppard v. City of Blackshear, 2015 U.S. Dist. Lexis 7362 (S.D. Ga., 2015), Southern District of Georgia

Honors and Awards

  • Recognized as one of the Top 40 Trial Lawyers Under 40 by the National Trial Lawyers
  • Rising Star by Georgia Super Lawyer magazine in 2014, 2015 and 2016
  • National Trial Lawyers Top 100 Trial Lawyers

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • Georgia Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers (GACDL)
  • Glynn County Bar Association

Past Employment Positions

  • McIlvaine Law Group, Managing Partner, 2009 – 2016
  • Georgia Public Defender Standards Council, Supervising Trial Attorney, 2006 – 2009

Pro Bono Activities

  • Georgia Lawyers for the Arts
  • Georgia Legal Services


  • English


  • Sigma Chi