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George Hall elected as Secretary of the Georgia Defense Lawyers Association

July 20, 2018

Congratulations! George Hall has been elected as the 2018 Secretary of the Georgia Defense Lawyers Association.

The Georgia Defense Lawyers Association (GDLA) was founded 51 years ago by a group of civil defense attorneys 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 on the vision of its founders and evolved to offer formal avenues for training, networking and communication. Wishing George all the best in his role with the GDLA.

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Hull Barrett shows their support at The Playground Ball.

March 19, 2018

Katie & Chris Driver attended the annual ‘Playground Ball’, supporting Hale House, Hope House and the Columbia County Community Connections on friday, March 17 2018.

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EXCELLENT WEEK OF RESULTS FROM THE GEORGIA COURT OF APPEALS

March 14, 2018

In four decisions rendered by the Georgia Court of Appeals during the week of March 5, 2018, clients of Hull Barrett obtained excellent outcomes.
One case involved a forest products manufacturing facility that was being sued by neighbors for nuisance, trespass and negligence. The Georgia Court of Appeals held that because the facility had been in existence prior to the construction of the neighbors’ residences, O.C.G.A. § 41-1-7 applied and the neighbors’ claim for nuisance was barred. The claims for negligence and breach of trespass were barred because of an inability of the plaintiffs to show a breach of any standard of care by the defendant in the operation of the facility.
In another case, Hull Barrett represented a company that supplied management services to a local hospital. A physician was terminated during a layoff by the hospital, and she filed suit claiming that her termination was based on her status as a whistleblower who had made complaints about patient referral requirements. The Georgia Court of Appeals exonerated the Hull Barrett client because there was no evidence that the executive who made the decision to terminate the physician had any knowledge of prior complaints she may or may not have made. The client was also absolved for any allegedly slanderous comments made by the executive.
In a third appeal, Hull Barrett represented a family member who brought suit contending that the executor of a deceased family member’s estate had misappropriated estate funds and breached fiduciary duties. At the trial court, Hull Barrett’s client obtained a substantial verdict of $206,000 in compensatory damages, $97,000 in attorney fees, and $12,500 in punitive damages. Upon appellate review, this verdict was upheld in its entirety by the Court of Appeals.
Lastly, the Court of Appeals upheld a verdict in favor of the Augusta Housing Authority, a Hull Barrett client, in a case in which a tenant challenged a dispossessory judgment that had been obtained in the trial court.

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Lending a helping Hand for Hurricane Harvey

September 6, 2017
Red Cross Hurricane Harvey

Hull Barrett is proud to lend a helping hand to the American Red Cross (Augusta Chapter) for their help & support to all of those affected by Hurricane Harvey. Our thoughts will be with Susan Jernigan & her team of volunteers as they head to Texas to assist. Donations are still welcome – see their website for more details.
http://www.redcross.org/

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Judge Dickert receives Justice Benham Award

March 17, 2017

As his nominators say, ” among fellow lawyers, members of the bench and citizens at large, there are a few, if any, who do not admire Neal Dickert for his many exceptional qualities: his kindness and humility; his service to his fellow citizens and his country; his service to his profession; and service to those throughout the community who need a helping hand.” Returning the the Augusta law firm Hull Barrett P.C. in 2008, Neal W. Dickert concentrates his practice in civil litigation, arbitration, and mediation. Dickert served for eleven years as Judge of the Superior Court for the Augusta Judicial Circuit from January 1997 to November 2007 where he presided over civil, criminal, and domestic cases, including over 100 jury trials.Before his judicial service, Dickert practiced for more than twenty years with Hull Towill Norman & Barrett, P.C. from Augusta 1974 to 1996, handling matters in the State and Federal courts of Georgia and South Carolina. A trained mediator since 1994 he has mediated extensively, is listed in The Best Lawyers in America – Mediation and is a Paul C. Harris Fellow of Rotary International.

Judge Dickert received his J.D. from the University of South Carolina in 1974 and was a member of the South Carolina Law Review and Wig and Robe Scholastic Honorary Society. He earned his M.B.A from the University of South Carolina in 1969 and B.A. in Economics from the Wofford College in 1968. Judge Dickert is a U.S. Army veteran who served as First Lieutenant in the U.S. Army Medical Service Corps from 1969 – 1971  and with the Medical Group Headquarters in Vietnam from July 1970 until July 1971. He received the Bronze Star and Vietnam Service Medal. He was admitted to the South Caroline Bar in 1974 and the Georgia Bar in 1975.

Serving the Community

Dickert has served on the Board of Managers for nine years and as President for one and a half years for the Tuttle-Newton Home that started as an orphanage in 1852 and now serves families and at-risk children by providing scholarships, emergency assistance, and other financial help. He serves as Secretary of the Board of the Augusta Partnership for Children that fosters cooperation among groups serving at risk families and combats teen pregnancies. He and two other lawyers started the Augusta Bar Foundation three years ago which how has an endowment of over $100 000 and has given grants to organizations serving at risk youth. He serves on the Disciplinary Board of the Episcopal Diocese, handling clergy disciplinary issues with the diocese and is a frequent speaker at local public schools and works with Communities in Schools.

Over the years, Dickert has served on the Board of Trustees of the Institute of Continuing Judicial Education for Georgia (Chairman, 2005 -2007), Board of Governors of the State Bar of Georgia (1986-1990), president of the Augusta Rotary Club (1991-1992) and the Wofford College Alumni Association (President, 1996-1997). He has also served on the Board of Directors of the University of South Carolina Law School Association (1992-1998) and as a Senior Warden of the Church of the Good Shepherd (2004-2007).

Personal Life

Married to the former Floride Clarkson for 47 years, they have one son, Dr. Neal W. Dickert, Jr., an Assistant Professor of Cardiology at the Emory University School of Medicine.

See profile here

 -Published in the 18th Annual Justice Robert Benham Awards for Community Service Reception Program, Feb 28, 2017

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Hull Barrett, PC Raises $340 for Breast Cancer

October 10, 2011

One in eight women will be diagnosed with breast cancer in her lifetime. That’s a startling statistic. On Denim Day®, October 7, Hull Barrett, PC employees donated $5 to wear jeans to help raise awareness and funds for the Women’s Cancer Programs of the Entertainment Industry Foundation.
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Augusta, Georgia

SunTrust Bank Building (7th Floor)
801 Broad Street Augusta, GA 30901
Office: 706.722.4481 | Fax: 706.722.9779
Hours: 9:00am-5:30pm

Aiken, South Carolina

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Aiken, SC 29801
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Evans, Georgia

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Evans, GA 30809 3rd Floor
Office: 706.722.4481 | Fax: 706.650.0925
Hours: 9:00am-5:30pm

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