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George Hall named Georgia Defense Lawyers President-Elect

June 29, 2020

George Hall, a defense attorney for Hull Barrett Attorneys, has been named president-elect of the Georgia Defense Lawyers Association. He has been a member since 1988.

The 900-member Georgia Defense Lawyers Association is a statewide organization for lawyers who specialize in defense litigation. Last year, he served as the treasurer. Before that, he was the organization’s secretary and the editor of its journal.

Hall joined Hull Barrett in 1986 after completing law school at the University of South Carolina. He specializes in general civil defense litigation and is a member of the American College of Trial Lawyers.

“The Georgia Defense Lawyers Association is great because it lets you meet and get exposure to lawyers from all over the state. I have made lots of referral relationships, but even more important, I have made a lot of good friends through the organization,” Hall said.

Originally from Red Springs, N.C., Hall and his wife, Margaret, live in Augusta and have two adult sons.

 

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Hull Barrett PC Welcomes Joan E. Smith

June 24, 2020

Hull Barrett PC is happy to welcome attorney Joan E. Smith.

Smith focuses her law practice on domestic litigation in the Aiken and Augusta areas. She actively practices in the Family Courts of Edgefield, Aiken and Barnwell counties in South Carolina, and the Superior Court and Juvenile Courts of Richmond and Columbia counties in Georgia. She often litigates cases in McCormick County, S.C., and in Burke and McDuffie counties in Georgia.

Her domestic litigation practice includes actions for divorce and post-divorce issues of custody, child support, alimony and equitable division; the legitimation of children born out of wedlock, termination of parental rights and adoption; appellate work in both states concerning all of these issues, and frequent UCCJEA jurisdictional disputes between a parent in Georgia or South Carolina and a parent in another state.

Before joining the firm, Smith was a partner at Mirshak and Smith LLC, Law Firm for 20 years, litigating domestic cases in Georgia and South Carolina.

A native of Oklahoma City, Smith earned her Juris Doctor degree from the University of Tulsa College of Law. She earned a Bachelor of Science in Journalism, a Bachelor of Arts in French and a minor in Political Science from Oklahoma State University.

Smith is a member of the Aiken County Bar, the Augusta Family Law Bar, the Augusta Bar Foundation Inc., and the Augusta Bar Association, where she previously served on the Executive Committee. She served as the judicial advisor for the Zeta Tau Alpha Sorority at Augusta University.

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Hull Barrett Attorneys Selected in Best Lawyers

August 16, 2019

AUGUSTA, GA – Hull Barrett PC is proud to announce that thirteen of the firm’s attorneys have been selected for inclusion in the 26th edition of Best Lawyers in America. Davis A. Dunaway was also selected as “Lawyer of The Year” for his work in insurance law. This award is made to only one attorney in a geographic region.

For more than 30 years, Best Lawyers has compiled its lists of outstanding attorneys by conducting extensive peer review surveys in which leading lawyers evaluate their professional peers. If the votes for a lawyer are positive enough for recognition in Best Lawyers, that lawyer must maintain those votes in subsequent polls to remain in each edition. Lawyers are not permitted to pay to participate in or be recognized by Best Lawyers.

The following attorneys from Hull Barrett have been included in the 26th edition of Best Lawyers in America:

  • Neal W. Dickert (appellate practice, mediation)
  • William H. Tucker (real estate law)
  • Patrick J. Rice (bet-the-company litigation, commercial litigation, medical malpractice law – defendants, personal injury litigation – defendants)
  • Davis A. Dunaway (commercial litigation, insurance law)
  • James B. Ellington (employment law – management, litigation – First Amendment, litigation – labor and employment)
  • Mark S. Burgreen (tax law)
  • Robert L. Buchanan Jr. (personal injury litigation-plaintiffs)
  • David E. Hudson (personal injury litigation – defendants , bet-the-company litigation, commercial litigation, first amendment law, litigation – construction, and first amendment – litigation)
  • Darren G. Meadows (environmental law)
  • Rand Hanna III (public finance law and real estate law)
  • Christopher A. Cosper (commercial litigation)
  • George R. Hall (legal malpractice law – defendants, litigation – insurance, personal injury litigation – defendants and professional malpractice law – defendants)
  • William J. Keogh III (commercial litigation and litigation – construction)

Established in 1916 in Augusta and in 1872 in Aiken, Hull Barrett PC serves the entire Central Savannah River Region and beyond. With 27 lawyers plus support staff, the firm aims to provide quality legal representation and service to its clients and the community.

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George Hall named Georgia Defense Lawyers Treasurer

July 12, 2019

George Hall, a defense attorney for Hull Barrett Attorneys, has been elected treasurer of the Georgia Defense Lawyers Association. He has been a member since 1988.
The 900-member Georgia Defense Lawyers Association is a statewide organization for lawyers who specialize in defense litigation. As the treasurer, he is in charge of finances for the organization. In the past year, he was the organization’s secretary and the editor of its journal.
Hall joined Hull Barrett in 1986 after completing law school at the University of South Carolina. He specializes in general civil defense litigation and is a member of the American College of Trial Lawyers.
“The Georgia Defense Lawyers Association is great because it lets you meet and get exposure to lawyers from all over the state. I have made lots of referral relationships, but even more important, I have made a lot of good friends through the organization,” Hall said.
Originally from Red Springs, N.C., Hall and his wife, Margaret, live in Augusta and have two adult sons.

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ROBERT L. BUCHANAN, JR. HAS JOINED HULL BARRETT, PC

September 6, 2018

Hull Barrett, PC is pleased to announce that Robert L. Buchanan, Jr. has joined the firm and has moved his law practice to the firm’s Aiken office.  He will continue to practice in the areas of civil litigation, including personal injury litigation, business litigation, probate and estate litigation, real estate litigation, as well as corporate governance and transactions.

A native of Aiken, Mr. Buchanan is a 1973 graduate of Erskine College and a 1976 graduate of the University of South Carolina School of Law.   Following graduation and his being admitted to the South Carolina Bar, Mr. Buchanan returned to Aiken and joined the former firm of Williams & Johnson.  He later formed Buchanan Law Office, PA where he has continued to practice until joining the Hull Barrett firm.  He has served as a part-time federal Magistrate Judge for the District Courts of South Carolina since 1979.    He is named in the Best Lawyers in America and holds the AV Preeminent Judicial rating by Martindale Hubbell.

Mr. Buchanan is an active member of the First Presbyterian Church of Aiken where he has served as a Ruling Elder, Deacon, Trustee, and Church School teacher.  He is a former youth sports coach in the community.  He and his wife, Tookie, are the parents of three adult children, all of whom are living in Aiken.  They have four grandchildren.

Hull Barrett, PC, founded in 1872 in Aiken and 1916 in Augusta, provides a full range of legal services to its clients through its offices in Aiken, Augusta, and Evans.

Dated: August 29, 2018

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Mitch Snyder selected to Leadership Augusta – Class of 2019

July 26, 2018

Mitch Snyder has been selected to Leadership Augusta, Class of 2019.

Leadership Augusta is a program of the Augusta Metro Chamber of Commerce. The mission of Leadership Augusta is to inform and inspire existing and emerging leaders of the greater Augusta area to build a stronger community. It’s vision is to  recognize the power that trusted relationships between community leaders bring to the region. They believe in cultivating leaders who will build upon those relationships, collaborate across cultural and economic boundaries, and develop innovative ways for the greater metro Augusta area to thrive, socially and economically.  Congratulations Mitch – we sure know you are a great asset to this team.

Read more about them here: https://www.leadershipaugustaga.com/

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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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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

111 Park Avenue, S.W.
Aiken, SC 29801
Office: 803.648.4213 | Fax: 803.648.2601
Hours: 9:00am-5:30pm

Evans, Georgia

7004 Evans Town Center Blvd.
Evans, GA 30809 3rd Floor
Office: 706.722.4481 | Fax: 706.650.0925
Hours: 9:00am-5:30pm

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