Joey Strength is a partner at HunterMaclean, practicing primarily in real estate and development law, estates and trusts, and business transactions. He is a trusted advisor for his clients, which range from individuals to publicly traded companies, and provides them quality legal representation and advice across a broad range of areas. Joey seeks to learn about and understand his clients’ personal and business needs and find creative solutions to their legal problems.
Joey represents large and small corporate clients in a broad range of industries, as well as individual clients in connection with their estate planning and real estate administration. He is a connector, bringing in other HunterMaclean attorneys when needed to assist clients with a wide variety of legal needs.
Joey regularly represents buyers and sellers in structuring, negotiating, and consummating commercial and residential real estate transactions; advises developers in connection with site selection, due diligence, contract negotiation, zoning and land use regulation, property acquisition, closing, and subdivision and condominium development; represents borrowers and lenders in secured transactions; represents landlords and tenants in leasing transactions; guides clients through conservation projects and like-kind real estate exchanges; and represents property owners in ad valorem tax appeals. Joey’s broad real estate experience includes residential, commercial, mixed-use, resort, timber, office, retail, shopping center, hotel, and hospitality projects. He has served as an escrow agent and issued title insurance in hundreds of transactions involving more than one billion dollars in coverage.
Joey is a proponent of the Opportunity Zone legislation that was included in the 2017 Tax Cut and Jobs Act and has represented HunterMaclean in a national working group of attorneys, accountants, developers, and others who have collaborated to provide input in the regulatory process. He is currently working with a number of clients who are considering how they might benefit from the program and enjoys sharing about the program with others.
Joey has a long history of community service. He is serving or has served on the boards of the United Way of the Coastal Empire, the Brunswick Downtown Development Authority, the Golden Isles Youth Orchestra, the United Way of Coastal Georgia, the City of Brunswick Audit Committee, St. Simons Land Trust, St. Marks Towers, and Frederica Academy. He has served as a Trustee of St. Simons Presbyterian Church. Joey has also taught as an adjunct instructor at Coastal Georgia Community College (now the College of Coastal Georgia) in the areas of real estate law and paralegal studies.
Joey has achieved the highest possible Martindale-Hubbell peer review rating (AV/5.0) and has been recognized by the St. Simons Land Trust for his support of conservation efforts on St. Simons Island and by the Golden Isles Association of Realtors for his exceptional work within the real estate community.
Joey attended the University of Alabama, where he graduated from the College of Arts and Sciences, with Phi Beta Kappa distinction, and the School of Law, with honors. Upon graduation from the College of Arts and Sciences, Joey was awarded the Algernon Sydney Sullivan Medallion, the University of Alabama’s premier senior award. Following graduation from law school, he entered the U.S. Army Judge Advocate General’s Corps and was assigned to Fort Hood, Texas, where he served as a legal assistance attorney, military prosecutor, and a Special Assistant U.S. Attorney for the Western District of Texas.
He is a member of the American Bar Association, the State Bar of Georgia, the State Bar of Alabama, and the American Land Title Association.
Joey is married to Rev. Deanie Strength, and they have two children.