Hull Barrett law firm is committed to delivering results in today’s world with a vision for the needs of tomorrow. We are a full-service firm with a long successful history in Georgia and South Carolina, proudly serving the Central Savannah River Area (CSRA) which includes 13 counties in Georgia (Augusta/Richmond, Burke, Columbia, Emanuel, Glascock, Jefferson, Jenkins, Lincoln, McDuffie, Screven, Taliaferro, Warren and Wilkes) and 5 counties in South Carolina (Aiken, Allendale, Barnwell, Edgefield and McCormick.) Our client-centered focus and depth of experience enables us to provide exceptional value in the most cost effective manner to you. With 23 lawyers and support staff, we look forward to providing top quality legal representation and unparalleled service to you and the community.
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Many Georgia plaintiff and health care lawyers were paying attention the Georgia Supreme Court decision on Monday. The Georgia Supreme Court affirmed the appeals court decision and validated hospital lien laws. “Kight is important to all Georgia hospitals for preserving their right to make use of the Georgia Hospital Lien Act without exposure to individual or class action claims of the type asserted by the plaintiff,” said David Hudson, Managing Partner of Hull Barrett and attorney who argued the case for MCG Health, Inc.
The Daily Report covers the story in full:
Hospital Wins Right to Place Liens on Patients' Injury Suits
The Georgia Supreme Court on Monday scuttled a lawsuit against an Augusta hospital over its collection practices, rejecting a patient's attempt to test the limits of the state's lien laws.
Although the unanimous decision was a victory for the hospital run by MCG Health Inc., plaintiffs lawyers who were watching the case could take some comfort in the high court distancing itself from remarks in a Court of Appeals decision that appeared to give hospitals even greater leeway to place liens on their patients' personal injury suits.
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Hull Barrett, PC is included in the 2015 “Best Law Firms” with a Tier 1 Ranking.
The “Best Law Firms” were announced publicly by U.S. News & World Report and Best Lawyers. Inclusion signifies “professional excellence with persistently impressive ratings from clients and peers. Achieving a tiered ranking signals a unique combination of quality law practice and breadth of legal expertise.” Only 7 Practice Areas are ranked in the Augusta area with only 11 firms making the list. Hull Barrett, PC is ranked in the following Practice Areas:
In addition to the Tier 1 Rankings, Hull Barrett received a Tier 2 Ranking in Mediation.
“To be eligible for a ranking, a firm must have a lawyer listed in The Best Lawyers in America, which recognizes the top 4 percent of practicing attorneys in the US.” Twelve attorneys from Hull Barrett, PC were selected by their peers for inclusion in 2015 Best Lawyers in America® as released earlier in this year.
George Robertson, a new addition to Hull Barrett and recent law graduate from Washington and Lee University, just passed the Georgia Bar. George was born and raised in Augusta and received his undergraduate degree from University of Georgia. George joins the firm as our newest associate. Congratulations, George!
Hull Barrett is pleased to announce that attorney and partner Neal Dickert co-authored a chapter in Trying Your First Case: A Practitioner’s Guide.
Available August 1, 2014, “Trying Your First Case gives lawyers both young and experienced, a ‘playbook’ to use in preparing a case for trial.” Co-authored by Neal, Chapter 8 focuses on “issues relating to the choice of the witnesses to use, meeting and preparing the witness, preparation and use of a trial notebook, organization of the direct examination of the witnesses, use of documentary evidence, and handling the difficult witness.”
Neal Dickert began practicing law in 1974. From 1997-2007, he served as a Superior Court Judge for the Augusta circuit and returned to practice with Hull Barrett in 2008. Practicing in the areas of general, civil and commercial litigation; mediation and arbitration; and appeals practice, Neal is a frequent lecturer on trial practices, ethics, evidentiary issues and testimony. He also wrote the Georgia Handbook on Foundations and Objections. Neal has successfully mediated over 300 cases including personal injury, product liability, premises liability, contractual disputes, business dissolution, medical malpractice, employment litigation and divorce. Neal is the only Georgia-based lawyer to contribute to the “how-to” guide to presenting a case at trial.
For more information about the book, check out the American Bar Association website.
JAMES Magazine, a leading Georgia publication focusing on government, politics and business, has selected lawyer David Hudson and lawyer Patrick Rice, both of Hull Barrett, PC, as one of the magazine’s 2014 Most Influential Attorneys. Only 4 attorneys in private practice in the CSRA received this honor.
The American Red Cross held its annual Heroes Breakfast on June 4, 2014 at First Baptist Church of Augusta.
The breakfast serves as a capstone of a month long fundraising effort. Hero volunteers raised over $45,000 for the organization. The funds are allocated to stay local... READ MORE
Yesterday, the Attorney General announced the results of Legal Food Frenzy:
In total, 270 firms participated and raised 1,140,672 lbs of food!
Hull Barrett, PC raised over 32,000 lbs of food! All of the food and funds raised will remain local and benefit Golden Harvest Food Bank. Hull Barrett raised the most amount of poundage during the competition for the Golden Harvest Food Bank region.
Thank you to the attorneys, staff members, business associates, and clients that made this fundraiser a success. And a special thanks to First Citizens Bank for allowing Hull Barrett to place barrels in 8 locations for convenient collections. 32,000 lbs. will certainly help the 1 in 5 individuals that struggle with food insecurity.
The 2014 Edition of the Georgia Handbook on Foundations and Objections written by attorney Neal Dickert is now available. This book incorporates the new Georgia Evidence Code and focuses on courtroom fundamentals.
An Augusta shopping center owner and management company were sued in a trip and fall liability case seeking in excess of $250,000. The case was tried in the US District Court in Augusta.
The plaintiff suffered serious injuries to his right elbow. He subsequently had surgery and received a permanent impairment rating of 8%. His medical bills totaled over $52,000.
The retailer in the shopping center was also sued by the plaintiff. The retailer settled before trial.
This week, attorney George Hall of Hull Barrett, PC and co-counsel went to trial on behalf of the shopping center owner and management company. After 2 days of trial, the jury awarded $15,725 to the plaintiff, far from the $250,000 sought.
Legal Food Frenzy, a state wide food and fund drive organized by The Office of the Attorney General, the Young Lawyers Division of the State Bar of Georgia and the Georgia Food Bank Association, kicked off Monday and will run through May 2nd.
Hull Barrett has participated in Legal Food Frenzy the last 2 years and will be increasing its efforts for the 3rd annual event. Hunger in Georgia and South Carolina is a very real and large issue. Statistics released by Golden Harvest Food Bank indicate that “1 in 5 Georgians are food insecure (struggling with hunger), well above the national average of 16.4%.”
With this in mind, Hull Barrett has set a large goal of collecting 39,000 lbs. of food and funds for contribution in the fight against hunger. In order to help attain our goal, the firm has partnered with First Citizens Bank.
Food may be dropped off at any Hull Barrett or First Citizens location. Financial contributions may be made online at: http://bit.ly/QzFDJe.
Thank you for your support of the food banks serving the Central Savannah River Area. Hull Barrett proudly supports Golden Harvest Food Bank and its mission to end hunger.
A case that went to the Georgia Court of Appeals reversed a class certification previously granted by Judge J. Carlisle Overstreet of Richmond County Superior Court. Attorney David Hudson of Hull Barrett, PC represented MCG Health, Inc. Plaintiffs in this case asked for class certification against the hospital taking issue with the practice of filing liens on patients’ suits against alleged persons causing injuries. David Hudson defended the practice of lien filing because MCG must “protect itself in case, for example, a patient’s health insurer won’t pay, telling the hospital to seek recourse from the party that caused the injury” or “if the patient’s health coverage has lapsed.”
The lawyers of Hull Barrett are pleased to announce the appointment of Chris Driver as Columbia County Attorney.
Chris Driver has been working with Columbia County as an Assistant County Attorney for over nine years. He will now act as primary counsel for the County in all legal matters.
“It has been a professional privilege and an honor for the firm, through County Attorney Doug Batchelor, to represent Columbia County through the recent years of exceptional progress and growth. We have the same gratification that the County has chosen our partner, Chris Driver, to be the new County Attorney and for our firm to continue this important representation,” says David Hudson, Managing Partner, Hull Barrett, PC.
Chris Driver works out of the firm’s Evans, Georgia office and is admitted to practice in Georgia and South Carolina. Professionally, Mr. Driver is a member of the American Bar Association, Augusta Bar Association, Institute of City and County Attorneys, State Bar of Georgia Property Law Section, and Young Lawyers of Augusta. In addition, Mr. Driver has a strong relationship with the CSRA and shows his commitment through working with several local organizations: Columbia County Chamber of Commerce (Ambassador Committee), Kiwanis Club of Augusta (Board Member), Leadership Columbia County (Class of 2012), and Boy Scouts Council (Past Board Member).
Hull Barrett is pleased to announce that 4 of the firm’s attorneys are included in the 2014 Georgia Super Lawyers® list. No more than 5 percent of Georgia attorneys are chosen annually for this list. These attorneys “attained a high degree of peer recognition and professional achievement.” The 2014 Super Lawyers list includes:
George Hall - Civil Litigation: Defense
David E. Hudson - Business Litigation
James V. Painter - Personal Injury Medical Malpractice: Defense
Patrick J. Rice - General Litigation
In addition, 3 of the firm’s attorneys are included in the 2014 Georgia Super Lawyers Rising Stars list. No more than 2.5 percent of Georgia attorneys are chosen annually for this list. These attorneys are 40 years old or younger and have been practicing law for 10 years or less. The 2014 Rising Stars list includes:
Thomas L. Cathey - Civil Litigation: Defense
Christopher A. Cosper - General Litigation
Davis Dunaway - Construction Litigation
Hull Barrett, PC is proud to announce that David E. Hudson has been named “Augusta Best Lawyers Personal Injury Litigation - Defendant Lawyer of the Year” for 2014 by Best Lawyers in America. After more than a quarter of a century in publication, Best Lawyers is designating “Lawyers of the Year” in high-profile legal specialties in large legal communities. Only a single lawyer in each specialty in each community is being honored as the “Lawyer of the Year.”
A national guide of the country's top attorneys, The Best Lawyers in America® 2014, has recognized 13 attorneys from Hull Barrett in 17 legal specialties. Since it was first published in 1983, Best Lawyers has become universally regarded as the definitive guide to legal excellence. Because Best Lawyers is based on an exhaustive peer-review survey in which more than 36,000 leading attorneys cast almost 4.4 million votes on the legal abilities of other lawyers in their practice areas, and because lawyers are not required or allowed to pay a fee to be listed, inclusion in Best Lawyers is considered a singular honor. Corporate Counsel magazine has called Best Lawyers "the most respected referral list of attorneys in practice."
Hull Barrett, PC is excited to announce that T. Paul Timmerman has joined the Aiken office. Mr. Timmerman has a diverse civil litigation practice that focuses on commercial litigation, personal injury claims, medical malpractice defense, construction litigation, and general business claims. His prior experience in both private practice and the local prosecutor’s office has given him a strong background for trial work as well as matters resolved by mediation and arbitration. Mr. Timmerman earned his degree from Clemson University and his J.D. from the University of South Carolina School of Law. He is a member of the Aiken County Bar Association and is licensed to practice in South Carolina.
Hull Barrett, PC is excited to announce Mary Runkle Smith has joined the firm as an associate. Mrs. Smith's practice concentrates on commercial litigation. Her experience includes defending clients in a variety of complex litigated matters, particularly allegations of federal securities law violations. She also has experience in class actions, complex business litigation, consumer, securities, contract disputes, intellectual property, protection of trade secrets and proprietary information, product liability and toxic tort litigation, securities litigation, shareholder class actions, SEC and FINRA investigations and litigation and broker-dealer litigation and arbitration. Mrs. Smith is a graduate of Vanderbilt University Law School and is licensed to practice in Georgia and New York.
Patrick J. Rice weighs in on the new residential treatment center that could be built at 959 Bennock Mill Road in the Augusta Chronicle's Article, "Georgia Recovery Center at Bluff Plantation is Not a Halfway House."
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The Georgia Defense Lawyers Association was founded over 40 years ago by a group of civil defense attorneys, who wanted to create a forum for networking outside of the office, courtroom and arbitration table. Initially the GDLA's focus was social camaraderie and the informal sharing of techniques and war stories. Today, it has expanded on the vision of its founders and evolved to offer formal avenues for training, networking and communication. Mr. Hall previously served on the Board from 2003-2005.
For the second year in a row, William H. Tucker, has been selected by the readers of the Aiken Standard Newspaper as Best Attorney 2013. Every year the Aiken Standard runs ballots in the newspaper for several weeks before the tally and asks Aiken County residents to vote for their favorite businesses and services. Established in 1867, the Aiken Standard is a newspaper published in Aiken, SC that has a daily circulation of over 17,000.
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All of us at Hull Barrett, PC mourn the passing of our esteemed colleague, mentor, and friend, William Hale Barrett. Hale, as he was affectionately known, passed away on the 24th day of May at the age of 84. He is surely missed by everyone who had the pleasure of meeting and knowing him.