Attorneys

Experience

From Chambers USA: “Shawn Kachmar stands out for both his in-depth knowledge of labor and employment law and excellent client service skills. As one interviewee comments: ‘Your problems always seem to be his priority – no matter how small you are, you always feel like you are his most important customer.’” He also “does an exceptional job and brings a really proactive approach to litigation.”

Shawn practices in the areas of employment law, employee benefits, and business litigation. He has recently successfully represented companies faced with claims under Title VII, the Family and Medical Leave Act, the Americans with Disabilities Act, the Age Discrimination in Employment Act, the Employee Retirement Income Security Act (ERISA), and the Fair Labor Standards Act, as well as a wide variety of business disputes including breach of contract and intellectual property claims. Shawn also advises employers on employment agreements, executive compensation and ERISA matters, alternative dispute resolution, and restrictive covenants. He is a frequent speaker at employment law and human resources seminars and is a registered arbitrator in the state of Georgia.

Shawn is a member of the State Bars of Georgia and South Carolina. He is admitted to practice in all Georgia and South Carolina State Courts; the U.S. Supreme Court; the U.S. Courts of Appeals for the Eleventh and Fourth Circuits; the U.S. District Courts for the Southern, Middle, and Northern Districts of Georgia; and the U.S. District Court for the District of South Carolina. He is also a member of the American and Savannah Bar Associations.

Shawn received his B.S., with high distinction, in Public Policy from Pennsylvania State University in 1994 and his J.D., with distinction, from the Emory University School of Law in 1997. During law school, Shawn was a notes and comments editor for the Emory Law Journal and clerked for the Honorable Hugh P. Thompson, Associate Justice, Georgia Supreme Court. Following law school, Shawn clerked for the Honorable Ira DeMent, U.S. District Court, Middle District of Alabama.

Shawn is active in the community. He is an elected member of the Savannah-Chatham County Public School Board and serves on the boards of several organizations, many devoted to education. He is also an instructor for Georgia Southern University’s LAW program and is a graduate of the Leadership Georgia class of 2013 and the Leadership Savannah class of 2006.

Representative Engagements

  • Caley v. Gulfstream Aerospace Corp. (successful enforcement of dispute resolution policy requiring arbitration)
  • McKee et al. v. Citi Trends, Inc. (favorable resolution of FLSA collective action)
  • Old Town Trolley Tours Of Savannah, Inc. v. Jay Womble, Old Savannah Tours, LLC and Coastline Travel, Inc. (enforcement of restrictive covenant through obtaining injunctive relief and settlement with favorable terms)
  • Advantica, Inc. v. Environmental Pipeline Rehabilitation, Inc. (enforcement of patent and settlement with favorable terms)
  • Causey v. Hartford Life and Accident Insurance Co. (favorable settlement of claim for benefits under ERISA)
  • Cornwell Quality Tools Co. v. Ezell et al. (enforcement of trademarks and settlement with favorable terms)
  • Clabbers v. Gulfstream Aero. Corp. (summary judgment on Equal Pay Act and Title VII claims)

Recognition

Chambers USA, America’s Leading Lawyers for Business: Employment Law

Chambers USA ranks the leading firms and lawyers in an extensive range of practice areas throughout America.

Best Lawyers in America: Employment Law

Best Lawyers is the oldest and most highly-respected peer review guide to the legal profession worldwide. A listing in Best Lawyers is widely regarded by both clients and legal professionals as a significant honor, conferred on a lawyer by his or her peers.

Georgia Super Lawyers: Employment & Labor

Super Lawyers is a rating service of outstanding lawyers from more than 70 practice areas who have attained a high-degree of peer recognition and professional achievement. The selection process is multi-phased and includes independent research, peer nominations and peer evaluations.

Georgia Trend Magazine Legal Elite: 2015-2016

Georgia Trend Magazine’s annual listing of Georgia’s top attorneys, selected by their peers. The list includes eight practice areas: business law; personal injury litigation; criminal law; labor and employment; taxes, estates and trusts; bankruptcy and creditors’ rights; family law; and general practice/trial law.

Community STAR: 2012

The Savannah Technical College Foundation Community Council presents Community STARS awards once a year to individuals who have demonstrated service and dedication in the community or at work.

Savannah’s 40 Under 40 Business Leaders

Each spring, The Savannah Business Journal salutes 40 members of the community under the age of 40 for their business leadership, entrepreneurial savvy and dedication to the growth of the Chatham County area. These honorees represent a cross-section of the current generation of professionals who are blazing the trail for the future of the Coastal Empire and Lowcountry.

Georgia Super Lawyers Rising Star: Employment Litigation

Super Lawyers is a rating service of outstanding lawyers from more than 70 practice areas who have attained a high-degree of peer recognition and professional achievement. The selection process is multi-phased and includes independent research, peer nominations and peer evaluations.

Martindale-Hubbell: AV Rated

The Martindale-Hubbell® PEER REVIEW RATINGS™ are an objective indicator of a lawyer’s high ethical standards and professional ability, generated from evaluations of lawyers by other members of the bar and the judiciary in the United States and Canada.


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Publications & Presentations

Publications

Participating in the Growing Savannah Film Economy

It’s an exciting time for film production in Savannah. HunterMaclean attorney Shawn Kachmar discusses how Savannah businesses can prepare for the growing local film industry in his article for BiS.

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How Should Federal Contractors Prepare for the New Federal Minimum Wage?

Per an executive order issued by President Obama on February 12, 2014, government contractors entering into new federal construction or service contracts are required to pay employees $10.10 per hour. The order also dictates that the minimum hourly wage for federal contractors’ tipped employees be raised to $4.95 an hour. What does the executive order do, to whom does it apply, and what is the timeframe?

 

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Commentary: Identify Youth Programs That Work, Then Junk the Rest

Shawn Kachmar discusses how to encourage parental involvement in education through a more coordinated community effort.

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Overhaul Of Overtime Rules

By Shawn A. Kachmar, published in Savannah Morning News.

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Mediation Can Serve as a Smart Alternative to Litigation

HunterMaclean partner Shawn A. Kachmar discusses why mediation can be a beneficial way to resolve business disputes.

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Does the Company or Staff Own Its Social Media Activities?

By Shawn A. Kachmar, published in Business in Savannah.

There is no doubt that the emergence of social media use in our everyday lives – both personally and professionally – has generated conflicting feelings of enthusiasm and uncertainty.

Businesses looking to establish a social media presence are faced with questions about which social media platforms and strategies are most effective and who is responsible for implementing the company’s social media strategy. Often overlooked in this process are questions about ownership of the company’s social media activities.

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Restrictive Covenants for Technology Companies

By Shawn A. Kachmar, published in Business in Savannah.

All employers are faced with similar employment law issues: How should we conduct our hiring and screening process? When should an employee be disciplined or terminated? Can we conduct a pre-hire drug test? How should the employee be classified under the Fair Labor Standards Act for pay purposes? What types of conduct are prohibited in the workplace? What laws governing the workplace apply to us?

Technology companies, however, are confronted with several unique issues because of the rapid pace of innovation and change in the technology industry. Some of those issues include the retention of talented employees and the preservation of the company’s most valuable assets — the technology and intellectual property it is producing. Employee retention and the protection of a company’s intellectual property are often addressed through restrictive covenants and invention agreements. The laws governing these types of agreements vary widely from state to state. This article provides a brief overview of the types of covenants and agreements typically utilized by technology companies and a description of how they are interpreted in Georgia.

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Using Social Media to Screen Job Candidates

By Shawn A. Kachmar, published in Business in Savannah.

When it comes to screening job candidates, criminal background checks and credit report reviews have been standard procedure for many Savannah area companies for years. However, a growing number of area companies are now requiring job candidates to pass a social media background check, marking the latest frontier in a larger national employment trend.

Social media is here to stay and, by any measure, is having a major impact on the way employers screen and hire job applicants. According to the 10th Annual Sources of Hire Study released by CareerXroads in March of 2011, more than 88 percent of employers surveyed reported that they consider social media to be an important part of their overall direct-sourcing efforts.

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Employee Retention in Smaller Businesses: How to Attract, Keep Employees

By Shawn A. Kachmar, published in Business in Savannah.

All businesses, large or small, routinely confront recruiting and retention problems.

Such problems are magnified in small or medium-sized businesses where a star employee’s departure can have a significant impact on the bottom-line. Most small and medium-sized businesses cannot afford the highest pay or best benefits package in their industry, but are still competing with market giants for talent.

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Presentations

Legal Awareness in the Workplace: Managing Employee Leave, Including FMLA, ADA & Workers Comp

Presented by Shawn A. Kachmar in Savannah, Georgia, on November 17, 2015, as part of Georgia Southern University’s series on Legal Awareness in the Workplace.

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Legal Awareness in the Workplace: Social Media – What Human Resource Professionals Should Know

Presented by Shawn A. Kachmar in Statesboro, Georgia, on October 20, 2015, as part of Georgia Southern University’s series on Legal Awareness in the Workplace.

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Legal Awareness in the Workplace: Social Media Use – What Employers Should Know

Presented by Shawn A. Kachmar in Savannah, Georgia, on April 21, 2015, as part of Georgia Southern University’s series on Legal Awareness in the Workplace.

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Social Media & Privacy

Presented at Employment LAW: 2014 Comprehensive Guide, a seminar by the National Business Institute, in Savannah, Georgia, on December 10, 2014, by Shawn A. Kachmar.

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Employment Law: Beyond the Basics

A Sterling Education seminar presented by Wade HerringShawn KachmarSarah Lamar, and Rebecca Sczepanski on June 3, 2014, in Savannah, Georgia.

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Recent Developments and Emerging Trends

Presented at the Employment Law Update in Georgia seminar in Savannah, Georgia, on October 23, 2012, by Shawn A. Kachmar.

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Hiring Employees in Georgia

Presented at the Employment Law Update in Georgia seminar in Savannah, Georgia, on October 23, 2012, by Shawn A. Kachmar.

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Employment Law From A to Z

Presented at multiple CLE, human resources, and management seminars by Shawn A. Kachmar.

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HIPAA

Presented at multiple CLE, human resources, and management seminars by Shawn A. Kachmar.

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White Collar Exemptions Under the FLSA

Presented at multiple CLE, human resources, and management seminars by Shawn A. Kachmar.

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Alternative Dispute Resolution

Presented at multiple CLE, human resources, and management seminars by Shawn A. Kachmar.

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Payroll Management

Presented at multiple CLE, human resources, and management seminars by Shawn A. Kachmar.

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Contracts for Artists

Presented at multiple CLE, human resources, and management seminars by Shawn A. Kachmar.

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Employment Law Issues in the Construction Industry

Presented at multiple CLE, human resources, and management seminars by Shawn A. Kachmar.

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Overview of the NLRA

Presented at multiple CLE, human resources, and management seminars by Shawn A. Kachmar.

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Hiring, References & Background Checks

Presented at multiple CLE, human resources, and management seminars by Shawn A. Kachmar.

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Protecting Company Trade Secrets

Presented at multiple CLE, human resources, and management seminars by Shawn A. Kachmar.

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Government Investigations

Presented at multiple CLE, human resources, and management seminars by Shawn A. Kachmar.

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Drafting Effective Employee Handbooks

Presented at multiple CLE, human resources, and management seminars by Shawn A. Kachmar.

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Wage & Hour Law

Presented at multiple CLE, human resources, and management seminars by Shawn A. Kachmar.

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FLSA Overview

Presented at multiple CLE, human resources, and management seminars by Shawn A. Kachmar.

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Effective Restrictive Covenants

Presented at multiple CLE, human resources, and management seminars by Shawn A. Kachmar.

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Avoiding EEOC Claims

Presented at multiple CLE, human resources, and management seminars by Shawn A. Kachmar.

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South Carolina Employment Law Update

Presented at multiple CLE, human resources, and management seminars by Shawn A. Kachmar.

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Georgia Employment Law

Presented at multiple CLE, human resources, and management seminars by Shawn A. Kachmar.

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Employment Case Law, Regulatory & Statutory Update

Presented at multiple CLE, human resources, and management seminars by Shawn A. Kachmar.

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Employee Leave Laws (Interplay of FMLA, ADA & Workers Comp)

Presented at multiple CLE, human resources, and management seminars by Shawn A. Kachmar.

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Immigration Compliance

Presented at multiple CLE, human resources, and management seminars by Shawn A. Kachmar.

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Social Media in the Workplace

Presented at multiple CLE, human resources, and management seminars by Shawn A. Kachmar.

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Internal Investigations, Documentation & Discharge

Presented at multiple CLE, human resources, and management seminars by Shawn A. Kachmar.

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News

23 HunterMaclean Attorneys Listed in The Best Lawyers in America© 2018

HunterMaclean is pleased to announce that 23 attorneys from the firm were recently selected for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America© 2018. Best Lawyers recognizes attorneys for significant achievements in their area of practice.

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HunterMaclean Listed in Prestigious Chambers USA 2017 Guide

HunterMaclean was recognized again this year in the exclusive Chambers USA 2017. Chambers guides are the result of thousands of in-depth interviews by the largest research team of its kind. HunterMaclean is the only Savannah law firm to be ranked by Chambers USA.

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Thirteen HunterMaclean Attorneys Recognized as 2017 Super Lawyers and Rising Stars

HunterMaclean was recently honored with the selection of eight HunterMaclean attorneys as 2017 Georgia Super Lawyers and five attorneys as 2017 Rising Stars. Attorneys are selected based upon peer review, professional achievements, and independent research.

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HunterMaclean Attorneys Honored as 2016 Georgia Trend Legal Elite

Eight HunterMaclean attorneys were recognized as 2016 Legal Elite by Georgia Trend. Georgia Trend’s Legal Elite is compiled by attorneys submitting their nominations through the publication’s website.

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21 HunterMaclean Attorneys Listed in The Best Lawyers in America© 2017

HunterMaclean is pleased to announce that 21 attorneys were recently selected for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America© 2017. Best Lawyers, which is published annually in almost 70 countries, recognizes attorneys for outstanding achievements in their area of practice.

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HunterMaclean Listed in Prestigious Chambers USA Guide 2016

Three practice areas and four attorneys were recently ranked in the exclusive Chambers USA 2016. HunterMaclean is the only law firm in Savannah to be ranked by Chambers USA.

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SMN: Showtime in Savannah: Film, TV biz may boom

At HunterMaclean’s Critical Issues Forum on February 25, experts discussed how Savannah could benefit from the growing local film industry. Mary Mayle of the Savannah Morning News covered the event for the newspaper’s Sunday issue.

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Fifteen HunterMaclean Attorneys Recognized as 2016 Super Lawyers and Rising Stars

Ten HunterMaclean attorneys were recently selected as 2016 Georgia Super Lawyers and five attorneys as 2016 Rising Stars. The prestigious Super Lawyers honor, awarded annually, represents the top five percent of attorneys in each state in the nation.

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Six HunterMaclean Attorneys Honored as 2015 Georgia Trend Legal Elite

HunterMaclean, a leading business law firm with offices in Savannah and Brunswick, is pleased to announce that six attorneys were recently named as 2015 Georgia Trend Legal Elite. Georgia Trend, a statewide business publication, publishes the annual feature honoring Georgia’s leading attorneys.

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20 HunterMaclean Attorneys Listed in The Best Lawyers in America© 2016

HunterMaclean, a leading business law firm with offices in Savannah and Brunswick, is pleased to announce that 20 attorneys from the firm were selected for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America© 2016.

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HunterMaclean Law Firm Ranked in Prestigious Chambers USA Guide 2015

HunterMaclean has been ranked in the Chambers USA Guide 2015, an exclusive annual listing of top law firms and lawyers in the United States. Chambers & Partners is widely considered the authority on rankings in the legal profession across the world.

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Thirteen HunterMaclean Attorneys Honored as 2015 Georgia Super Lawyers and Rising Stars

HunterMaclean attorneys were recently honored as 2015 Georgia Super Lawyers and Rising Stars. The prestigious Georgia Super Lawyer honor is awarded annually to the top five percent of attorneys in the state.

 

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HunterMaclean Attorneys Selected For The Best Lawyers in America® 2015

HunterMaclean is pleased to announce that 22 lawyers from the firm were recently selected by their peers for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America® 2015.

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Junior Achievement and HunterMaclean Win Gold “Award of Excellence” for Online Video

Junior Achievement and HunterMaclean were recently honored with the gold “Award of Excellence” from the Academy of Interactive and Visual Arts (AIVA) for a video about Junior Achievement’s Job Shadow Program, in which HunterMaclean attorneys speak to students about their jobs and encourage them to consider careers in law.

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HunterMaclean Law Firm Ranked in Chambers USA Guide 2014

HunterMaclean is pleased to announce that it has been ranked in the Chambers USA Guide 2014, an exclusive annual listing of top law firms and lawyers in the U.S. Chambers and Partners is widely considered the authority on lawyer and firm rankings in the legal profession across the world.

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Fifteen HunterMaclean Attorneys Honored as 2014 Georgia Super Lawyers and Rising Stars

Atlanta magazine just announced the top attorneys in the state of Georgia, and 15 attorneys at HunterMaclean were named either Georgia Super Lawyers or Rising Stars.

 

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25 HunterMaclean Attorneys Selected for The Best Lawyers in America® 2014

HunterMaclean is pleased to announce that 25 lawyers from the firm were recently selected by their peers for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America® 2014.

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HunterMaclean Law Firm Ranked by Chambers USA Guide 2013

Four HunterMaclean attorneys and three practice areas earned rankings by Chambers USA, an elite peer-review process, for 2013.

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HunterMaclean Partner Shawn Kachmar Honored as WTOC "Hometown Hero"

Attorney Shawn Kachmar was recently featured as a WTOC Hometown Hero, in recognition of his exceptional service to the Savannah community.

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28 HunterMaclean Attorneys Among 'Best'

HunterMaclean, a business law firm with offices in Savannah and Brunswick, has announced that 28 lawyers from the firm were selected for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America 2013.

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HunterMaclean Ranked by Chambers USA Guide 2012

HunterMaclean attorneys and practice areas have been listed by Chambers and Partners, an exclusive annual ranking of leading law firms and lawyers worldwide. The rigorous peer-review process followed by Chambers results in one of the most prestigious rankings in the legal profession.

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HunterMaclean Partner Shawn A. Kachmar Appointed to Savannah-Chatham County Board of Education

The Savannah-Chatham County Board of Public Education recently selected HunterMaclean partner Shawn A. Kachmar to join the board, which is devoted to promoting excellence at area public schools.

Kachmar fills the board seat left vacant when Georgia Governor Nathan Deal appointed Greg Sapp a state court judge. He will serve the remaining 18 months of Sapp’s term as the public school board’s 4th District representative.

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Record Number of HunterMaclean Attorneys Honored as 2009 Rising Stars

Georgia Super Lawyers recently honored eight HunterMaclean attorneys as 2009 Rising Stars, setting a new firm record. All Georgia Rising Stars are 40 or younger or have been in practice for 10 years or less.

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Videos & Podcasts

Videos

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Video: Highlights of 2016 Critical Issues Forum on the Business of Film and TV Production

The highlight video of the 2016 Critical Issues Forum features a panel discussion on the growth, challenges, and opportunities associated with film and TV production in the Savannah area.

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Video: HunterMaclean and Junior Achievement: Educating Future Leaders

HunterMaclean partners with Junior Achievement of Savannah to expose K-12 students to business professionals and law careers, as well as educate them for the 21st century workplace. In this award-winning video, HunterMaclean attorneys teach in local classrooms, speak at Career Day, and bring students to the Firm on Job Shadow Day.

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Spotlight

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HunterMaclean Critical Issues Forum on the Business of Film and TV Production

The 2016 HunterMaclean Critical Issues Forum on the Business of Film and TV Production was held on Thursday, February 25 at the Savannah Technical College Eckburg Auditorium. An audience of 150 local business, community, and film industry leaders heard panelists prominently involved in diverse aspects of the Georgia film economy address the growth, challenges, and opportunities associated with film and TV production in the Savannah area.

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Creative Financing: Firm Secures Multi-Million New Markets Tax Credit for Health System

Firm partners Ben Hartman and Adam Kirk spearheaded a landmark multi-million-dollar New Markets Tax Credit Program deal for Southeast Georgia Health System, one of HunterMaclean’s clients. The deal will lead to significant savings for the Health System’s new Medical Office Building and Community Care Center.

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HunterMaclean Partners with Junior Achievement: Educating Tomorrow's Business Leaders

HunterMaclean partners with Junior Achievement to help build tomorrow’s business leaders.  Attorneys teach in local classrooms, speak at Career Day, and bring students to the firm on Job Shadow Day.  The firm also sponsors Junior Achievement through its golf tournament and annual gala.

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Flying High: Firm Protects Gulfstream's Dispute Resolution Policy

One of Savannah’s largest employers, Gulfstream Aerospace Corporation designs, develops, manufactures, markets, services and supports the world’s most technologically advanced business-jet aircraft. HunterMaclean attorneys have worked with Gulfstream since it first moved to Savannah in 1967 with the encouragement and support of the late Malcolm R. Maclean, then a HunterMaclean partner and former Savannah mayor.

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