Expertly Impeaching the Medical Expert

Hull Barrett, PC is please to announce that James V. Painter’s article, “Expertly Impeaching the Medical Expert” is featured in the American Bar Association’s Health Law Litigation Volume 9, Number 1, Fall/Winter newsletter. Health Law Litigation is published quarterly by the Health Law Litigation Committee of the American Bar Association. The ABA’s Health Law Litigation Committee, which is comprised of over 800 health care litigators, strives to be the premier resource to become informed, engaged and included in discussion and debate regarding current and emerging issues and trends in health care litigation. The Health Law Litigation Committee is divided into subcommittees that are designed to address in further detail topics and developments in areas specific to each member’s practice. Jim is currently serving as co-chair for the ABA’s Health Law Litigation subcommittee on medical professional practice for his experience and depth of knowledge in medical malpractice defense. He also is a diplomate in medical professional liability with the American Board of Professional Liability Attorneys (ABPLA) and has been recognized by his peers for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America® in the field of medical malpractice law for the past three years.

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Mercer Trustees Elect Hull Barrett Attorney to Chair of the Board

Mercer University’s Board of Trustees elected nine new members during its fall meeting and named David E. Hudson of Augusta, Mercer alum and senior partner with Hull Barrett, PC, Chair of the Board. Founded in 1833, Mercer University is a dynamic and comprehensive center of undergraduate, graduate and professional education. The University enrolls more than 8,300 students in 11 schools and colleges, according to Mark Vanderhoek, director of media relations. Mercer University is governed by a 45-member Board of Trustees, which has responsibility for overall policy-making for the University. The Board is responsible for establishing broad institutional goals and for securing the resources to support the University’s programs.

New trustees elected to five-year terms include Curtis G. Anderson, investor/philanthropist from Savannah; William (Bill) Coates, senior pastor of First Baptist Church, Gainesville, Ga.; T. Michael Crook, certified public accountant and financial adviser from Stuart, Fla.; Benjamin W. (Benjy) Griffith III, Macon business owner; Frank C. Jones, Macon attorney; J. Curtis Lewis III, attorney and business owner from Savannah; Judge M. Yvette Miller, presiding judge, Georgia Court of Appeals, Atlanta; William Anthony (Tony) Moye, business owner and member of the Georgia Pharmacy Board from McDonough; and Richard A. (Doc) Schneider, Atlanta attorney. Crook, Griffith, Jones, Miller, Moye and Schneider are also Mercer graduates.

A loyal Mercer alumnus, Mr. Hudson has served as Chair of the Board previously in 2006 and 2007. He has served on the Board of Trustees for thirty years and chaired the University’s presidential search committee in 2006. Mr. Hudson practices in the area of general civil litigation with an emphasis on business and commercial disputes, media law and construction law.

Brian S. Coursey & Brooks K. Hudson Sworn into the South Carolina Bar

Hull Barrett, PC is pleased to announce Brian S. Coursey and Brooks K. Hudson were officially sworn into the South Carolina Bar on Monday, November 14th in Columbia, SC. Now licensed in both South Carolina and Georgia, Mr. Coursey and Mr. Hudson join 12 other Hull Barrett attorneys who are licensed in both states:

Hull Barrett, PC Raises Over $980 for First Annual St. Jude Give Thanks Walk

On Saturday, November 19, St. Jude supporters in the Augusta community joined together to participate in the St. Jude Give thanks. Walk. and raise money for the children of St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. Hull Barrett, PC is honored to have participated and raised funds for the kids, doctors and support staff dedicated to fighting cancer and other catastrophic diseases.

Hull Barrett, PC Finalist for Primerus Community Service Award

Hull Barrett, PC was recently recognized at the 2011 Primerus Annual Conference as one of the finalist for the annual community service award. This year’s award went to Kubasiak, Fylstra, Thorpe & Rotunno, P.C. from Chicago. Other finalists included Rothman Gordon of Pittsburgh.

Each summer, Primerus members are asked to submit a summary of their firm’s community service efforts and activities during the prior year. All submissions are reviewed by the Primerus Nominating Committee, which is comprised of the Chairs of the Primerus Institutes. After careful consideration, the Nominating Committee selects the top three finalists. The winner is then determined by the Primerus members through online voting, and announced at the Primerus Annual Conference in October.

This year, Hull Barrett was deemed one of the finalist for its participation in numerous community service events, its commitment to pro bono services, active involvement with a number of local charitable and civic organizations, including but not limited to the Press On To CURE Childhood Cancer, The Golden Harvest Food Bank, St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, the Salvation Army, Relay for Life, Augusta Red Cross, and others.

“Our law firm understands the importance of supporting the CSRA area’s organizations and community in which our three offices are located,” says William J. Keogh, III, Partner of Hull Barrett, PC. “Our lawyers and staff have always both individually and as a whole, given countless hours, donations and services to causes that affect the area in which we work, play and raise our families. We are truly honored and humbled to be selected as a finalist for this prestigious award and look forward to continuing our commitment to community service.”

Primerus firms are characterized by their commitment to the Six Pillars of Primerus, one of which is Community Service. Primerus members contribute countless hours to leadership activities, pro bono legal services, fundraising, volunteering, and other community service endeavors. The Community Service Award is given to a Primerus firm that has shown extraordinary service and dedication to their local communities in: Promoting Youth and Education; Leadership in Community Organizations and Non Profits; Promoting Local Business and Economic Development; Professional Involvement; Community Fundraisers; and Pro Bono Efforts.

James B. Ellington Named to the Board of Directors for Wheel Movement CSRA, Inc.

James B. Ellington has joined the board of directors for Wheel Movement CSRA. Inc. The mission of Wheel Movement is to promote and support the local cycling community. Wheel Movement recognizes the lifestyle, economic, health, and public relations value of cycling in the CSRA. Wheel Movement will work to provide educational programs, conduct community outreach initiatives, and engage in advocacy efforts that not only generate, but also sustain a positive cycling environment throughout the community.

LexisNexis® Martindale-Hubbell® Ranks Hull Barrett, PC Among Top Law Firms in the Nation

Hull Barrett, PC has been recognized by LexisNexis® Martindale-Hubbell® as one of the top nationally ranked law firms in the United States, as determined by the firm’s percentage of AV Preeminent rated lawyers. Out of 254,000 firms rated by Martindale-Hubbell, only 966 firms were selected nationally. This ranking was determined by the firm’s percentage of AV Preeminent rated lawyers through the Martindale-Hubbell® Peer Rating system.

“Having a large percentage of attorneys with this peer review rating is a reflection of your firm’s expertise, experience, integrity and overall professional excellence,” Carlton Dyce, Vice President, Martindale-Hubbell Peer Review Ratings stated. “Your firm’s lawyers are part of a select group recognized for exceptional legal abilities and professional ethical standards.”

William H. Tucker, managing partner of Hull Barrett, PC’s Aiken, South Carolina office, stated, “Being praised by your peers is one of the greatest honors that can bestowed. We are proud to have 14 attorneys rated AV Preeminent and look forward to continuing to provide outstanding legal representation for our clients in and around Georgia and South Carolina.”

The list of Top Ranked Law Firms in the United States will be published in Fortune Magazine’s Investor’s Guide 2012 Issue on December 26th, 2011. This is Martindale-Hubbell’s® first ever Top Ranked Law Firms™ list.

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David E. Hudson Quoted on Open Meetings Act Violation

David E. Hudson, media law attorney for Hull Barrett, PC, gives his opinion to WRDW-TV Augusta regarding Hancock County Board of Education not allowing cameras into a public meeting Thursday night. The meeting was in regards to a fight three weeks ago just after the Hancock County – Warren County football game.
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Hull Barrett, PC Receives 11 First-Tier Metropolitan Rankings in the U.S. News – Best Lawyers “Best Law Firm” Survey

Hull Barrett, PC is proud to announce the firm has earned eleven first-tier rankings in the second edition of U.S. News – Best Lawyers® “Best Law Firms” rankings. Rankings of practice areas are included in U.S.News & World Report’s Money issue, available November 15, with the full results available online now at

In the survey, Hull Barrett, PC was recognized with first tier rankings in the following practice areas:

Commercial Litigation
Employment Law – Management
Government Relations Practice
Health Care Law
Litigation – Construction
Litigation – First Amendment
Litigation – Labor Employment
Litigation – Tax
Medical Malpractice Law – Defendants
Personal Injury Litigation – Defendants
Tax Law

James B. Ellington, practice group leader of Hull Barrett, PC’s labor & employment group, said, “We take great pride in representing and serving our clients. To be recognized in 11 practice areas by our peers and clients is truly an honor and a great accomplishment.”

To rank firms across America for U.S. News – Best Lawyers “Best Law Firms,” thousands of clients were surveyed along with leading lawyers and law firm managers. Clients were asked about “expertise, responsiveness, understanding of a business and its needs, cost-effectiveness, civility, and whether they would refer another client to a firm.” Meanwhile, lawyers were asked about their colleagues “expertise, responsiveness, integrity, cost-effectiveness, and whether they would refer a matter to a firm and whether they consider a firm a worthy competitor.”

Last month, the firm announced that David E. Hudson was named Best Lawyers’ 2012 “Lawyers of the Year” for the Bet-the Company Litigation. Earlier, Hull Barrett, PC announced that 14 of the firm’s attorneys been named to the peer-review publication in 18 specialties,The Best Lawyers in America 2012® (Copyright 2011 by Woodward/White, Inc., of Aiken, S.C.).

Georgia Supreme Court Rules Employers Must Use Attorneys When Responding to Garnishments

On September 12, 2011 the Georgia Supreme Court adopted an informal State Bar of Georgia advisory opinion stating that any non-lawyer, such as a payroll clerk, third party vendor, or human resources employee, cannot answer a garnishment in Georgia if they are unauthorized to practice law.
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David E. Hudson Quoted in the Article, “Redacted Passages Leave Some Questions in Expedia Case”

David E. Hudson, general counsel for the Georgia Press Association, recently was asked to comment on the reluctance of the city of Columbus to release under the Open Records Act a contract with a local law firm suing the online travel company Expedia over lodging taxes. In the article Mr. Hudson notes exceptions to the Open Records statute based on attorney-client privilege “to the extent that a record pertains to the requesting or giving of legal advice or the disclosure of facts concerning or pertaining to pending or potential litigation.”
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Patrick J. Rice Selected to Serve on the Board of Directors for the Augusta Boys and Girls Club

Patrick J. Rice was recently selected to serve on the Board of Directors for the Augusta Boys and Girls Club. For over 59 years, the Augusta Boys and Girls Club has been changing the lives of our youth and positively affecting their future. Serving more than 3,000 youth each year, the Boys and Girls Club of Augusta enables all young boys and girls, to reach their full potential as productive, caring, responsible citizens.
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