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Oliver Maner Partner William J. Hunter Helps Secure Release of Last Remaining Non-Violent Offender

Oliver Maner is pleased to announce Partner William (Bill) J. Hunter’s groundbreaking efforts through pro bono representation of Samuel Smart, the only remaining person in Georgia serving a life without parole sentence for the non-violent drug offense of possession with the intent to distribute cocaine. Convicted in 1999, Smart has served nearly 22 years in prison. During that time, he was an exemplary inmate.


Oliver Maner’s Bill Hunter was hired pro bono by the Southern Center for Human Rights (SCHR). Mr. Hunter, along with the help of local attorney Lindy Moody, and two lawyers from the SCHR, Mike Admirand and Ali Ganem, worked together to secure an order granting Smart’s release and eliminating his life without parole sentence.


“Pro-bono work like this is the backbone of our justice system,” said Oliver Maner Partner Bill Hunter. “Giving help to people who need it the most, regardless of the situation, is part of being a good citizen and member of our community. I’m grateful to all of the people who worked so hard to help Mr. Smart.”


Since 2003, Hunter has devoted 100 percent of his practice to complex trial law including representing plaintiffs severely injured or killed in cases against product manufacturers, device manufacturers, trucking companies, and large industrial or construction companies and defending doctors or healthcare providers in malpractice cases. Hunter’s experience also includes cases related to large and complex business disputes, many times involving claims related to fiduciary duties, trade secrets, and “bet the company” issues.


Over the years, Hunter has been recognized by his peers with industry awards many times including Super Lawyers, Best Lawyers’ Lawyer of the Year, Georgia Trend’s Legal Elite, and others. He is also a member of the board of directors for Union Mission, a nonprofit leading the fight against homelessness in the Greater Savannah area, and spends many hours as a volunteer basketball coach for a competitive, travel team in Savannah.

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