Colin McRae is a partner in the Savannah office. His practice areas include admiralty, transportation, logistics, business litigation, real estate disputes, landlord/tenant law, and tax appeal disputes involving both real and personal property. Colin’s maritime experience includes defense of personal injury claims, collisions, bill of lading and charter party disputes, cargo damage claims, oil spill and other environmental pollution cases, Coast Guard penalties, and recreational boating casualties. In addition to his experience in disputes involving real estate and commercial transactions, Colin has over fifteen years of experience representing property owners in tax appeal disputes in the Boards of Equalization and Superior Courts of southeast Georgia counties, including several jury trials representing property owners against county Boards of Assessors.
Colin is one of a select few United States-based attorneys to hold Qualification Certificates from the International Group of Protection and Indemnity (P&I) Clubs in connection with his work as a P&I Correspondent for the Port of Savannah. As part of his twenty-year service to the P&I Clubs, which insure the oceangoing vessels that call the Port of Savannah, Colin recently sat for and passed the P&I Qualification examinations for Module 1 (The Shipping Business), Module 2 (P&I Insurance: History, Operation and Practice) and Module 3 (Underwriting, Loss Prevention and Claims Handling) of the qualification process. The Certificates Colin received for passing these three P&I Qualification examinations can be found here:
In recognition of Colin’s two decades of experience in the maritime law field, he has been appointed an Adjunct Professor in Admiralty Law on the faculties of both the Mercer University School of Law and the Savannah Law School.
Colin is a member of the State Bar of Georgia and is admitted to practice in all courts of Georgia; the U.S. District Courts for the Southern, Middle, and Northern Districts of Georgia; and the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit. He is a member of the Savannah Bar Association, for which he served as president in 2015 and 2016. Colin has also served two terms as a member of the Savannah Bar Association’s Executive Committee and as president of its Young Lawyers Division.
A native Savannahian, Colin graduated from Yale University with a B.A. in History in 1995 and from the University of Georgia School of Law with a J.D., cum laude, in 1999. Colin is the current chairperson of the Chatham County Board of Registrars and served for fifteen years as attorney coach of the High School Mock Trial team at Savannah Country Day School, his alma mater, leading to an award from the State Bar of Georgia as Outstanding Attorney Coach for the 2008-2009 season.
Colin was presented by the Savannah Bar Association with the Robbie Robinson Award for outstanding service to the Savannah community in 2010. He is AV rated by his peers on Martindale-Hubbell.
Colin and his wife, Lindsay, live with their two children in the Ardsley Park neighborhood of Savannah, where they are active members of First Presbyterian Church.