Hull Barrett included in 2015 “Best Law Firms”

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:

  • Commercial Litigation
  • Health Care Law
  • Personal Injury Litigation – Defendants

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.

The full national publication may be viewed online at: http://bestlawfirms.usnews.com.

Neal Dickert Co-Authors Chapter in Trying Your First Case: A Practitioner’s Guide

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.

clip_image001Available 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.

2014 American Red Cross Augusta Chapter Heroes Campaign and Breakfast

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 and “aid during times of disaster, seeing to the welfare of military families and providing citizens with lifesaving CPR and first aid skills.”

During the breakfast, The American Red Cross recognizes local individuals that have gone above and beyond to impact the life of another.  These individuals do not consider themselves to be a hero by definition, but simply acted according to conscience and intuition.  This event “celebrate[s] the spirit of humanitarianism by honoring those individuals in the CSRA who have shown courage, kindness and unselfish character by their acts of heroism in our community.”  The CSRA is better and stronger because of these heroes.

Brooks Hudson, Associate at Hull Barrett, PC, is a board member of the American Red Cross Augusta Chapter and helped organize the event.  The firm is a proud sponsor of this great cause.

 

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Pictured: Milton Martin, Of Counsel, (left) and Brian Coursey, Associate, (right), lawyers at Hull Barrett, PC.

JAMES Magazine Releases 2014 Most Influential Attorneys

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. This recognition was announced in the May/June 2014 edition of the publication.

“Along with the dictionary definition of ‘influential,’ JAMES Magazine’s spotlight on ‘influential Georgia attorneys’ takes into consideration not just expertise in court … but activity influencing the court of public opinion. This listing takes into account a lawyer who may or may not serve powerful clients but who shapes public or private policies- sometimes behind the scenes – in the interconnected and fascinating world of the law, business, and politics.  So this is not your usual ‘super lawyer’ list of the many fine Peach State attorneys who are tops in their areas of litigation.”

Phil Kent compiled the article featured in JAMES Magazine.  He is also “co-publisher of Insider Advantage and a panelist on Atlanta Fox5 WAGA-TV’s ‘The Georgia Gang.’”

Congratulations to David Hudson, Patrick Rice and all the influencers of the State of Georgia.

2014 Legal Food Frenzy Results

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 for this 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.

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Hull Barrett Receives Favorable Jury Verdict

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.

Click Here to read more about Mr. Hall.

Hull Barrett and First Citizens Bank Partner to Collect Food and Funds

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 and First Citizens Bank proudly support Golden Harvest Food Bank and its mission to end hunger.

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Court of Appeals Reverses Class Certification Against MCG Health, Inc.

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.”

Mr. Hudson further argued “that each plaintiff presents a different situation, making class treatment of the matter inappropriate.”

Judge Sara Doyle, on the panel of the Court of Appeals, noted, “an examination of the plaintiffs’ claims reveals a variety of factual and legal issues resulting in numerous individualized inquiries and answers.”

On March 20th, the Court of Appeals reversed the class certification.  Hudson said, “the whole lesson from this case is each patient’s claim is different.”

Read more about this decision HERE.

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Picture Credit: John Disney/Daily Report

Chris Driver Appointed as Columbia County Attorney

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).

Click HERE to learn more about Mr. Driver.

Georgia Super Lawyers and Rising Stars Recognizes 7 Attorneys from Hull Barrett

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

The selection for these respected lists are made by “a patented multi-phase process that includes a diverse list of the top attorneys nominated by their own peers, validated with third-party research across 12 key categories, and reviewed by a highly credentialed panel of attorneys.”  Please join us in congratulating all the attorneys recognized on the 2014 Georgia Supers Lawyers and Georgia Rising Stars lists.

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David E. Hudson Comments on City Leaders’s Closed Meeting to Discuss Compensation

David E. Hudson provided comments in the Augusta Chronicle’s
article “Augusta leaders talk pay raises behind closed doors.”

In the article, Mr. Hudson discusses whether city leaders are able to meet behind closed doors when discussing employment, hiring, evaluation and compensation.

Read More: “Augusta Leaders Talk Pay Raises Behind Closed Doors”

David E. Hudson Named “Personal Injury Litigation: Defendant Lawyer of the Year” By Best Lawyers in America

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.”

Best Lawyers compiles its lists of outstanding attorneys by conducting exhaustive peer-review surveys in which thousands of leading lawyers confidentially evaluate their professional peers. The lawyers being honored as “Lawyers of the Year” have received particularly high ratings in their surveys by earning a high level of respect among their peers for their abilities, professionalism, and integrity.

Mr. Hudson is a senior member of the firm and has a trial skill and track record of noteworthy results which have earned the respect of peers in the legal community. He practices in the area of general civil litigation with an emphasis on business and commercial disputes, media law and construction law. In addition to being named “Lawyer of the Year”, Mr. Hudson is a Fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers and currently serves as the Georgia chairman. He formerly served as a member and Chair of the State Board of Bar Examiners. He also is consistently named to the Georgia Super Lawyer and in 2013 was recognized as Georgia Trend’s Legal Elite.

 

13 Lawyers from Hull Barrett, PC Selected to The Best Lawyers in America® 2014

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.”

Douglas D. Batchelor, Jr.
  • Government Relations Practice
  • Health Care Law
Augusta & Evans, GA
Mark S. Burgreen Tax Law Augusta, GA
Neal W. Dickert Mediation Augusta, GA
James B. Ellington
  • Employment Law: Management
  • Litigation: First Amendment
  • Litigation: Labor and Employment
Augusta, GA
George R. Hall
  • Legal Malpractice Law: Defendants
  • Personal Injury Litigation: Defendants
  • Professional Malpractice Law: Defendants
Augusta, GA
R.E. Hanna, III
  • Public Finance Law
  • Real Estate Law
Aiken, SC
David E. Hudson
  • Bet the Company Litigation
  • Commercial Litigation
  • Litigation: Construction
  • Litigation: First Amendment
  • Personal Injury Litigation: Defendants
Augusta, GA
William J. Keogh, III
  • Litigation: Construction
  • Commercial Litigation
Augusta, GA
Darren G. Meadows Environmental Law Augusta, GA
James V. Painter Medical Malpractice Law: Defendants Augusta, GA
Patrick J. Rice
  • Bet the Company Litigation
  • Commercial Litigation
  • Personal Injury Litigation: Defendants
Augusta, GA
F. Michael Taylor Personal Injury Litigation: Defendants Augusta, GA
William H. Tucker Real Estate Law Aiken, SC