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Oliver Maner LLP congratulates nine of its lawyers who have been named to the 2017 Georgia Super Lawyers list

David H. Dickey - Estate & Probate

William P. Franklin, Jr. - Personal Injury, Medical Malpractice (Defense)

Julian R. Friedman - Estate & Probate

I. Gregory Hodges - Personal Injury, General (Defense)

Patrick T. O'Connor - Civil Litigation (Defense)

Christopher L. Ray - Personal Injury, Medical Malpractice (Defense)

Timothy D. Roberts - Business Litigation

Robert W. Schivera - Closely Held Businesses

Paul H. Threlkeld – General Litigation

The Georgia Super Lawyers list recognizes and honors those attorneys, selected by their peers, who excel in their areas of practice.

Oliver Maner LLP would like to congratulate the following attorneys named to the 2017 Georgia Rising Stars list

R. Benjamin Lingle - General Litigation (Defense)

George T. Major, Jr. - Personal Injury (Plaintiff)

Lauren H. Meadows – Civil Litigation (Defense)

Benjamin M. Perkins - State/Local/Municipal

Andrew M. Wilkes - General Litigation

Attorney George Major Named Partner at Oliver Maner

Oliver Maner LLP announces that George T. Major, Jr. has become partner in the firm. Major has been with the firm since 2009 and focuses his litigation practice in the areas of plaintiff’s personal injury, wrongful death and products liability litigation and the defense of medical malpractice cases.

Major earned his law degree from the Mercer University Walter F. George School of Law and his undergraduate degree from The Georgia Institute of Technology. Major is a 2016 graduate of Leadership Savannah and has been named as a Georgia Rising Star by Atlanta Magazine each year since 2013.

Three Named to Georgia Trends Legal Elite

Three Oliver Maner LLP lawyers have been honored by Georgia Trend magazine as top lawyers in the state in the 2016 Legal Elite edition. Oliver Maner congratulates them on their deserved recoginition:

I. Gregory Hodges – General Practice

Patrick T. O’connor – Business Law/General Practice

Lee A. Summerford – Taxes and Estates

U.S. News and World Report names Oliver Maner LLP as one of the Best Law Firms of 2017

Oliver Maner LLP has been named by U.S. News - Best Lawyers as one of the Best Law Firms for 2017. Oliver Maner was selected for its areas of practice in commercial litigation, legal and medical malpractice law, personal injury litigation, real estate law, tax law and trusts & estates.

The "Best Law Firm" selections are based upon client and lawyer evaluations, peer review from leading attorneys in their fields of practice and review of additional information provided by law firms as part of submission process.

Drew Wilkes Speaks at Family Law CLE

Partner Drew Wilkes presented on the topic of "Prenuptial Agreements" at the Family Law Seminar held in Savannah on August 19, 2016. The annual seminar is sponsored by the Family Law Section of the State Bar of Georgia.

15 Oliver Maner Attorneys Named to 2017 Best Lawyers in America List

Oliver Maner LLP proudly announces that 15 of its lawyers have been listed in 14 separate categories of the 2017 Edition of Best Lawyers in America, one of the oldest and most respected peer-review publications in the legal profession.

2017 Best Lawyers in America

(Savannah, GA region)

Patrick T. O'Connor - Bet-the-Company Litigation, Commercial Litigation, Legal Malpractice Law - Defendants, Litigation - Muncipal, Mediation

Douglas E. Herman - Litigation - Commercial Litigation, Real Estate

Timothy D. Roberts - Commercial Litigation

Julian R. Friedman - Employee Benefits (Erisa) Law, Tax Law, Trusts and Estates

William P. Franklin, Jr. - Medical Malpractice Law - Defendents, Personal Injury Litigation - Defendants

I. Gregory Hodges - Medical Malpractice Law - Defendents, Personal Injury Litigation - Defendants

William J. Hunter - Medical Malpractice Law - Defendents, Personal Injury Litigation - Plaintiffs

Christopher L. Ray - Medical Malpractice Law - Defendents, Personal Injury Litigation - Defendants, Personal Injury Litigation - Plaintiffs

Andrew M. Wilkes - Medical Malpractice Law - Defendants

James P. Gerard - Real Estate Law

David Herschel Dickey - Tax Law, Trusts and Estates

Douglas J. Giorgio III - Trusts and Estates

Robert W. Schivera - Trusts and Estates

Lee A. Summerford - Trusts and Estates

In addition, Oliver Maner LLP congratulates the following attorney for being chosen as "Lawyer of the Year" in his respective area of practice for the Savannah, GA region:

I. Gregory Hodges - Personal Injury Litigation-Defendants


Oliver Maner's Patrick T. O'Connor Inducted as President of the State Bar of Georgia

Amelia Island, FL - June 18, 2016 - Oliver Maner LLP, is pleased to announce that Patrick T. O'Connor has been installed as President of the 48,000 member State Bar of Georgia. O'Connor was sworn in at the State Bar of Georgia's Annual meeting on Saturday, June 18, 2016. O'Connor is the first Savannah lawyer to hold the post since Frank "Sonny" Seiler in 1973.
O'Connor was sworn in as Treasurer of the State Bar in June, 2015 and served as President-Elect and Treasurer of the State Bar of Georgia from October 2015 until his installation as President on June 18, 2016.
O'Connor has served as a member of the State Bar's Board of Governors and Executive Committee and, as its Secretary. He is a Fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers, is a past president of the Savannah Bar Association and its Young Lawyers Section and has served as chairman of the U. S. District Court for the Southern District of Georgia Advisory Committee. He is also a member of the Georgia Judicial Nominating Commission and serves on the board of the Georgia Institution for Continuing Legal Education. In 2009, O'Connor's work was recognized by the Savannah Bar Association with the Frank Cheatham Professionalism Award.

Justice Melton swears in the 54th president of the State Bar, Patrick T. O'Connor. #GaBarAM16 @GACourts @ptoau78

Drew Wilkes Presents at Family Law Institute

Drew Wilkes was a Speaker at the 2016 Family Law Institute ("FLI") held at Jekyll Island on May 19-21, 2016. Mr. Wilkes prepared materials and addressed current issues arising from post judgment contempt issues arising from divorce. The FLI is the annual meeting of family law attorneys and Judges practicing in Georgia.

David Dickey recognized by The National Association of Distinguished Counsel

National association of distinguished counsel | Nation's top one percent|NADCDavid Dickey, of Oliver Maner LLP, has been selected to the 2016 list as a member of the Nation’s Top One Percent by the National Association of Distinguished Counsel. NADC is an organization dedicated to promoting the highest standards of legal excellence. Its mission is to objectively recognize the attorneys who elevate the standards of the Bar and provide a benchmark for other lawyers to emulate.

Members are thoroughly vetted by a research team, selected by a blue ribbon panel of attorneys with podium status from independently neutral organizations, and approved by a judicial review board as exhibiting virtue in the practice of law. Due to the incredible selectivity of the appointment process, only the top one percent of attorneys in the United States are awarded membership in NADC. This elite class of advocates consists of the finest leaders of the legal profession from across the nation.

George Major Guest Lecturer at South University

George Major was recently a guest lecturer at the South University School of Pharmacy. The presentation given to the Pharmacy Law and Ethics class covered issues of professional liability as it applies to pharmacists and the basics of civil lawsuits.


Oliver Maner Partner, Paul H. Threlkeld, has been appointed to the Law School Association Council (LSAC) board of directors at University of Georgia School of Law. The LSAC is the law school's alumni association whose purpose is to support the mission of the law school, foster permanent affiliation among lawyers who attended UGA and strengthen alumni support.

Oliver Maner LLP is pleased to announce its selection by U.S. News - Best Lawyers as one of the "Best Law Firms" for 2016

The U.S. News - Best Lawyers "Best Law Firms" rankings are based on a rigorous evaluation process that includes the collection of client and lawyer evaluations, peer review from leading attorneys in their fields, and review of additional information provided by law firms as part of the formal submission process. To be eligible for a ranking in a particular practice area and metro region, a law firm must have at least one lawyer who is included in Best Lawyers in that practice area and metro.

The Oliver Maner law firm was selected in the Metropolitan Tier 1 practice areas of Commercial Litigation, Legal Malpractice Law - Defendants, Mediation, Medical Malpractice Law - Defendants, Personal Injury Litigation - Defendants, Personal Injury Litigation - Plaintiffs, Tax Law and Trusts & Estates Law. In addition, Oliver Maner was selected in the Metropolitan Tier 2 areas of Litigation - Real Estate and Real Estate Law.

Drew Wilkes Speaks at Family Law CLE

Partner Drew Wilkes was a speaker on "Evidence Issues Specific to Family Law Cases" at the Family Law seminar held on August 28th, 2015. The seminar was sponsored by the family law section of the State Bar of Georgia.

George Major Selected for 2015-2016 Leadership Savannah Program

An associate in the firm's tax and corporate section, and George Major, a litigation associate, have been selected to participate in the 2015-2016 Leadership Savannah Program. This year-long program focuses on developing leadership skills to improve the community and consists of monthly interactive sessions led by community leaders and experts within their fields.

Aa native of Savannah and graduated from St. Vincent's Academy. She attended college at the University of Georgia and law school at Mercer University. Upon earning her Juris Doctor, she attended Georgetown University where she received a LL.M. in Taxation. Outside of her law practice, she is a member of the Junior League of Savannah and is an attorney advisor for the Boy Scouts of America Law and Government Explorer Post.

George is a Savannah native and graduated from Savannah Christian Preparatory School. After attending college at Georgia Tech and law school at Mercer University, George returned to Savannah to practice law. George has involved himself in the community through his service as a member of the Board of Directors of MedBank Foundation, membership in the Wilmington Island Lions Club, and as a member of the Savannah Pipes & Drums.

Leadership Savannah classes are limited to 42 individuals who must go through an application selection process. Classes are comprised of a cross-section of the community that represents leaders and potential leaders active in business, education, the arts, religion, government, community-based organizations, ethnic and minority groups and reflect the diversity of the community. Leadership Savannah is the second-oldest such organization in the country, and its graduates have helped build one of the most effective leadership training programs in existence today.

Pat O'Connor obtains judgment for Eastern Judicial Circuit
District Attorney Meg Heap

On July 2, 2015, Oliver Maner's Managing Partner, Patrick T. O'Connor, won a judgment denying a court petition seeking that Eastern Judicial Circuit District Attorney Meg Heap be disqualified from any investigation or prosecution of individuals for the death of Mathew Ajibade in the Chatham County Detention Center earlier this year. Attorney Will Claiborne, representing the family of Mr. Ajibade, filed a "Petition for Mandamus and Disqualification" on June 9, 2015 in the Superior Court of Chatham County asking that the Court disqualify Heap and her office and appoint a District Attorney pro tempore "in all matters related to the death of Mathew Ajibade." Claiborne argued that Heap should be disqualified because of her relationship with Sheriff Al St. Lawrence and because of her alleged involvement in the required inspection of the Chatham County Detention Center by the Chatham County grand jury.

O'Connor, who represented Heap along with FisherBroyles attorney Bates Lovett, moved to dismiss the petition on June 17 as "a meritless and transparent attempt to manipulate the independent judgment of the District Attorney" and "an apparent effort to drum up publicity" with "false accusations which attempt to discredit the work District Attorney Heap has done to help bring answers to the community and the Ajibade family." O'Connor presented oral argument on the motion to dismiss before Superior Court Chief Judge Michael Karpf on June 29, who also heard from Claiborne in response. O'Connor argued that no legal basis existed for the mandamus relief sought and that Claiborne's arguments for relief were "something right out of Alice in Wonderland." Karpf soundly rejected from the bench Claiborne's arguments that District Attorney Heap was operating "hand in glove" with Sheriff St. Lawrence because of their political connections. Karpf stated that there was nothing to indicate that the District Attorney's office or Heap "is protecting anyone in this prosecution because they belong to the same political party," and barred Claiborne from making further argument to that effect.

In the Court's full order granting Heap's Motion to Dismiss on July 2, Karpf first found that Plaintiffs lacked any standing to control the prosecutorial discretion of an elected District Attorney before going on to echo the Court's comments at oral argument by stating that the Plaintiff's allegations were either "too attenuated to constitute a colorable claim of conflict of interest" or "essentially political in nature" and thus could not be used to support a claim for the relief sought. District Attorney Heap and her office are now proceeding with the prosecution of three individuals indicted by the Chatham County grand jury for the death of Mathew Ajibade.

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Patrick T. O'Connor Installed as Treasurer of State Bar of Georgia

Savannah, Ga. - Patrick T. O'Connor, managing partner of Oliver Maner LLP in Savannah, was installed as treasurer of the 47,000-member State Bar of Georgia on June 20 during the organization's Annual Meeting.

O'Connor has previously served as a member of the State Bar's Board of Governors and Executive Committee and, for the past year, as its secretary. He is a past president of the Savannah Bar Association and its Young Lawyers Section and has served as chairman of the U.S. District Court Southern District of Georgia Advisory Committee and as a member of the Georgia Judicial Nominating Commission and the State Bar's Commission on Continuing Lawyer Competency.

His law practice concentrates on business litigation, the defense of civil rights claims and the defense of legal malpractice and other professional negligence claims. A Fellow in the American College of Trial Lawyers, he also represents plaintiffs in select personal injury and wrongful death cases. He is also a mediator and arbitrator and previously served as a judge pro tempore for the Savannah-Chatham County Recorder's Court.

O'Connor is a graduate of Auburn University and the University of Georgia School of Law.


Partner Drew Wilkes recently moderated a seminar entitled "What Civil Court Judges Want You to Know." The seminar speakers included Superior Court and State Court Judges who addressed up-to-date aspects in civil litigation and trial work.

William "Bill" Hunter named Fellow of Litigation Counsel of America

Georgia attorney, William "Bill" Hunter, of the Oliver Maner law firm has been selected as a Fellow of the Litigation Counsel of America. Hunter concentrates his practice in the areas of plaintiff's personal injury/wrongful death, business litigation, and medical malpractice defense. A 1999 graduate of Valdosta State University Hunter received his Juris Doctor degree from the University of Arkansas School of Law in 2003. With an expertise in litigation and trying complex personal injury cases for both plaintiffs and defendants, Bill has an impressive list of cases under his belt already.

The LCA is a trial lawyer honorary society composed of less than one-half of one percent of American lawyers. Fellowship in the LCA is highly selective and by invitation only. Fellows are selected based upon excellence and accomplishment in litigation, both at the trial and appellate levels, and superior ethical reputation. The LCA is aggressively diverse in its composition. Established as a trial and appellate lawyer honorary society reflecting the American bar in the twenty-first century, the LCA represents the best in law among its membership. The number of Fellowships has been kept at an exclusive limit by design, allowing qualifications, diversity and inclusion to align effectively, with recognition of excellence in litigation across all segments of the bar. Fellows are generally at the partner or shareholder level, or are independent practitioners with recognized experience and accomplishment. In addition, the LCA is dedicated to promoting superior advocacy, professionalism and ethical standards among its Fellows.

Oliver Maner, LLP would like to welcome, David Bobo Mullens, III, to their Litigation Department

As an Associate of Oliver Maner, Mr. Mullens' primary areas of practice will be business litigation, county and municipal defense, transportation, immigration and personal injury.

Upon earning his undergraduate degree, Mr. Mullens attended the University Of Georgia School Of Law, and received his Juris Doctor cum laude in 2014. While in law school, he served on the editorial board of the Georgia Journal of International and Comparative Law, authoring Dredging the Port of Savannah to Deepen Georgia's Connections Worldwide, in 2013. He was also a member of the Prosecutorial Clinic, gaining valuable courtroom experience, including trying bench and jury trials while working in the Rockdale County DA Office. His third year of law school, Mr. Mullens was recognized for his involvement in trial advocacy and chosen as a pupil at the Orr Inn of Court. The summer before joining Oliver Maner, Mr. Mullens worked for Congressman Jack Kingston in Washington, D.C.

Bill Hunter recipient of The Daily Report's 40 Under 40 for 2014

Oliver Maner LLP is honored to congratulate William "Bill" Hunter as one of the 2014 recipients of The Daily Report's 40 under 40. This honor is given to an elite group of Georgia lawyers under 40 who contribute to both the legal community and the communities in which they live.

Savannah CEO Briefing

There are many terms that could accurately describe the managing partner of a century-old law firm that is among the largest in Southeast Georgia: Dedicated. Driven. Passionate. Hard-working. And a heck of a lot of fun.


Oliver Maner Congratulates Blake Greco

Blake Greco, an Associate with Oliver Maner, was selected as one of the 42 participants in the 2014-2015 Leadership Savannah program. Leadership Savannah seeks to inspire individual leadership growth by providing the learning experiences that lead to a better understanding of our community and preparation for meeting the challenges of the present and future. Leadership Savannah supports the continued development, expansion, and operation of Leadership programs, and provides a forum for exchange of community information, resources and viewpoints.

The class is made up of a representation from a cross-section of the community. These leaders and potential leaders are active in business, education, the arts, religion, government, community-based organizations, ethnic and minority groups and reflect the diversity of the community.

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