Johannes S. Kingma (Joe)

Joe Kingma represents international, national, and regional accounting and law firms in professional liability litigation. He also represents a variety of business entities in commercial litigation. Joe's practice focuses on cases involving audit, secured lending, real estate, corporate governance and tax. He has substantial involvement in matters involving trusts and estates, conservation easements, mergers and acquisitions, captive insurance companies, local government, and election law contests. He has represented auditors in proceedings before the SEC (Washington, Fort Worth, and Manhattan), the FDIC, and the IRS. Joe has more than 45 appellate decisions reported by Westlaw along with more than 100 more trial court decisions issued in the Bankruptcy and Federal District Courts of Georgia, South Carolina, North Carolina, and Tennessee.

Recent News, Articles & Speaking Engagements

Engagement Letters For Lawyers and Accountants

co-author with Daniel H. Hecht, Sompo International Insurance,, March 20, 2023

Panel Ends Golf Club's Bid for Damages Over Liquor License

by Tom Lotshaw,, January 26, 2023

Tax Malpractice Risk

2022 Pre-Tax Season Presentation, co-presenter with Conrad Davis of Crowe LLP and Deb Rood of CAN, December 13, 2022

Lawyers, Accountants, and Other Professionals (OH MY!)

Fall 2022 National Legal Malpractice Conference, Belleview, Washington, September 22, 2022

7th Annual Accounting Risk Management Seminar

presented by Stites & Harbison's Accounting Defense Team, Atlanta, GA, October 26, 2022

Managing Partners Roundtable

BDO Alliance Conference Green Group, Las Vegas, NV, May 4, 2022

Stites & Harbison Adds 19 To Atlanta Team From 2 Firms

Risk Avoidance

Atlanta Tax Forum, Georgia Society of CPAs, November 5, 2021

Don't Get Taken Down in a Zombie Ethics Apocalypse

2020 Southern Federal Tax Institute, October 27, 2020

COVID Related Risk Arising from Audit, Tax and Consulting Engagements

presented to more than 3000 Accountants, Webinar, April 29, 2020

Accounting Risk Management

2019 Lemme Best Practices Forum (annual gathering of the Managing Partners and General Counsel of most of the 25 largest accounting firms in the U.S.), Chicago, September 5, 2019

Recent Assignments
Bar Admissions
Admitted Pro Hac Vice in Florida, Alabama, New York, Tennessee, North Carolina, and South Carolina
American College of Trial Lawyers, Fellow
Professional Liability Underwriting Society, Member
State Bar of Georgia, Member
Atlanta Bar Association, Member
American Bar Association, Standing Committee on Lawyers Professional Liability (2014-18)
Community Involvement

Intown Collaborative Ministries, Board Member (2014-18)

Druid Hills Golf Club, Member


Martindale-Hubbell® AV-Preeminent® Peer Review Rated

Best Lawyers in America® (2009-23)

Best Lawyers in America®, Atlanta Area Lawyer of the Year for Legal Malpractice Law - Defendants (2021, 2023)

Georgia Super Lawyers® (2005-23)

Georgia Super Lawyers®, Top 100 (2012, 2013, 2014, 2016, 2022)

MH 2022
Kingma Best Law2023
Kingma Best Law LOY2023
Kingma Super Law
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Press Releases

Stites & Harbison Attorneys Honored by 2023 Georgia Super Lawyers

ATLANTA—The 2023 edition of Georgia Super Lawyers recently honored three Stites & Harbison, PLLC attorneys based in the firm’s Atlanta office. The attorneys named on this years list are Dan Douglass, Joe Kingma and Billy Newcomb.

by Stites & Harbison, PLLC February 23, 2023

7th Annual Accounting Risk Management Seminar

Date: 10/26/22
Time: 11:45 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.

City Springs Conference Center, 1 Galambos Way, Sandy Springs, GA 30328

Stites & Harbison's Accounting Defense Team will present this Accounting Risk seminar on October 26th at the City Springs Conference Center in Atlanta.

Brian A. Cromer, Matthew A. Gass (Matt), Jeffrey C. Hoffmeyer (Jeff), William M. Joseph (Bill), Johannes S. Kingma (Joe), Shannon M. Sprinkle, and John C. deMoulpied September 21, 2022
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Stites & Harbison, PLLC Lawyers Named to 2023 Best Lawyers® Publications

LOUISVILLE, Ky.—Stites & Harbison, PLLC is pleased to announce that 98 of its lawyers are included in the 2023 Edition of The Best Lawyers in America©. Additionally, 11 Stites & Harbison attorneys are named as “Lawyer of the Year” and 19 attorneys are recognized in “Best Lawyers: Ones to Watch,” which recognizes attorneys early in their careers for outstanding professional excellence in private practice in the United States.

by Stites & Harbison, PLLC August 18, 2022
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Stites & Harbison Attorneys Honored by 2022 Georgia Super Lawyers

ATLANTA—The 2022 edition of Georgia Super Lawyers recently honored four Stites & Harbison, PLLC attorneys based in the firm’s Atlanta office. Of special note, Joe Kingma was named to the Top 100 Georgia Lawyers list for the fifth time.

by Stites & Harbison, PLLC June 01, 2022

Stites & Harbison Adds 19 To Atlanta Team From 2 Firms

Law360 (January 24, 2022, 1:17 PM EST) -- Stites & Harbison PLLC has added 12 Copeland Stair Kingma & Lovell LLP attorneys and all seven of Owen Gleaton Egan Jones & Sweeney LLP's attorneys to its Atlanta office, the firm recently announced.

by Jack Rodgers January 25, 2022
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Stites & Harbison Continues Expansion in Atlanta – Lands Commercial Litigation Team of 12 from Copeland, Stair, Kingma & Lovell LLP

ATLANTA—Stites & Harbison, PLLC is pleased to announce that 12 attorneys from Copeland, Stair, Kingma & Lovell, LLP (CSKL), including named Partner Johannes S. Kingma, Managing Partner Shannon M. Sprinkle and General Counsel William D. Newcomb, have joined Stites & Harbison’s Atlanta office.

by Stites & Harbison, PLLC January 24, 2022