Marla Blackstone

Marla Blackstone


EDUCATION                                                                       Southern Illinois University, B.A. 1979
Kennesaw State University, B.S. summa cum laude 1985
University of Georgia, D.V.M. magna cum laude 1990
Georgia State University, College of Law, J.D., cum laude 2004

BAR MEMBERSHIP                                                            State of Georgia, 2004

Probate, Landlord/Tenant, Real Estate,  Civil Litigation


Dr. Marla Blackstone is a long time resident of Cobb County and lives with her husband, Wayne Blackstone, in West Cobb. Marla is a founding partner of Skelton & Blackstone specializing in Probate, Real Estate, Landlord/Tenant and Civil Litigation.   

Marla is a current member of the Cobb Bar Association, Cobb Elder Bar Association, Cobb Women’s Bar Association, Marietta Rotary Club, and the Cobb County Veterinary Medical Association. Marla is a Director of Sweetwater Mission.

John H. Skelton



Rice University, B.A., cum laude 1993
University of Georgia, School of Law, J.D. 1996

State of Georgia, 1996

Probate, Landlord/Tenant, Real Estate,  Civil Litigation, Criminal Defense.


John was born and raised in Cobb County. John and his wife, Brooke, live in West Cobb with their sons Alex and Eric. As a child, John assisted his father, attorney H. Gray Skelton, Jr., by researching property records for Gray's real estate practice. After graduating from Walton High School in 1989, John attended Rice University where he earned his Bachelor’s Degree in 1993. John spent summers working in Cobb County Superior Court Clerk's property deed room. 

John attended University of Georgia School of Law and graduated in 1996.

Gray and John opened Skelton & Skelton Attorneys in October of 1999. While with the firm, John handled Real Estate, Probate, Civil, Criminal, and Landlord/Tenant matters. 

After Gray retired from law, John and Marla created Skelton & Blackstone Attorneys, LLC.  John is a 3 time Jeopardy! champion and a concert cellist.  He is a long term member of Powder Springs First United Methodist Church and plays cello with The Marietta Pops Orchestra (formerly known as Symphony on the Square).