History

HunterMaclean marked its 135th anniversary in 2014, making it one of the oldest law firms in Georgia.

The Firm has engaged in the general practice of law since 1879, when Walter G. Charlton, a graduate of the law department of the University of Virginia, formed a partnership with N.C. Collier, who was later a United States Judge in New Mexico. J. Randolph Anderson joined the firm in 1891, and the Firm was re-named Charlton, Mackall & Anderson. J. Randolph Anderson served as lieutenant governor of Georgia and also helped form the railroad lines that became the Seaboard Coast Line Railroad, now part of CSX. In later years, the Firm acted as system-wide counsel for the Seaboard Coast Line in employment discrimination and other matters, and it continues to serve CSX. The Firm became Anderson, Cann & Cann in 1903. One of its specialties was maritime law, a practice it established through acting as a regional representative of various London Protection and Indemnity Clubs. HunterMaclean continues to handle “P & I” matters and today represents an expanded number of maritime interests.

In 1946, Anderson, Cann, Dunn & Houlihan formed a seven-man firm when it merged with Connerat, Hunter & Cubbedge. In 1980 the Firm, then known as Hunter, Houlihan, Maclean, Exley, Dunn & Connerat, P.C., became Hunter, Maclean, Exley & Dunn, P.C.

HunterMaclean continues to grow. In 1995, the Firm merged with Miller, Simpson and Tatum in Savannah. In 1999, former partners of Chamlee, Dubus and Sipple, and Ronald H. Cohen joined the Firm. In 2002, the Firm  expanded to include an office in Brunswick, Georgia.

The Life and Legacy of Malcolm Maclean was presented by Wade W. Herring, II at the Georgia Legal History Foundation CLE event Oglethorpe’s Nightmare: Lawyers in Savannah. In 2016, the City of Savannah asked Mr. Herring to share his presentation as part of the City’s Hungry for History? series, and recorded it on video.

Mr. Maclean was inducted into the Savannah Business Hall of Fame in 2012, and a tribute video was created for that event:

 

Serving The Community

Through the years, the Firm’s members have actively participated in professional, civic, and charitable organizations and endeavors and have maintained a long-standing tradition of service to the community. E. Ormonde Hunter and Spencer Connerat served in the Georgia General Assembly. Walter G. Charlton and George Cann were Superior Court judges, and Sam Cann was a district attorney. Malcolm R. Maclean was mayor of Savannah. John B. Miller served as chairman of the Savannah-Chatham County Board of Education and as chairman of the Georgia Board of Bar Examiners. William Mallie Exley, Jr. was a former chairman of Savannah’s Metropolitan Planning Commission.

Brooks Stillwell served as alderman and mayor pro tem of Savannah and as chairman of the Chatham County Board of Elections. He was recently named City Attorney for the City of Savannah. Mills Fleming served as president of The Lucas Theater of the Arts. Brooks Stillwell, Jennifer Dickinson, and Wade Herring have served as president of the Savannah Bar Association. John Miller has served as vice president of the Georgia Bar Association. Ben Hartman has served as president of the Glynn County Bar Association.

Our Present And Future

Today HunterMaclean is one of the largest law firms in the state of Georgia outside of Atlanta. The Firm maintains offices in Savannah and Brunswick to serve the breadth of the thriving coastal region. HunterMaclean represents a wide variety of companies and individuals throughout Georgia, South Carolina, the Southeast, and the United States. HunterMaclean is committed to its clients and connected to the communities in which it practices law.

The Firm has extensive experience representing businesses and individuals in litigation, corporate, tax, real estate, employment, and business planning matters. Its clients include Fortune 500 manufacturing companies, privately held businesses, banks, hospitals, professional service organizations, public authorities, and nonprofit corporations.

In recent years, HunterMaclean has expanded to more than 30 business practice areas, including health care, employee benefits, immigration, logistics and transportation, affordable housing, M&A, bankruptcy, and environmental law. The Firm has been joined by attorneys licensed to practice in South Carolina, allowing it to effectively serve clients that work in both states.

The Firm’s commitment to professional excellence and growth over the years has created a lasting and vital organization that today employs over 120 people. For over 135 years, HunterMaclean has served its clients and community with distinction. Its lawyers are dedicated to continuing that tradition well into the future.