Francesca Macchiaverna is a partner in the Savannah office of HunterMaclean. She has over twenty years of experience in business and commercial litigation in state and federal courts of Georgia and South Carolina. She represents clients in bankruptcy and creditors’ rights, real estate foreclosure and workouts, landlord-tenant matters, mechanic’s liens and bonds, health care, and post-judgment and foreign judgment collections. Additionally, she is a certified Circuit Court Mediator in the state of South Carolina. Francesca has received the highest possible rating (AV) from Martindale-Hubbell in the areas of commercial law, bankruptcy, and litigation.

Francesca is admitted to practice in all state and federal courts in Georgia and South Carolina as well as the U.S. Supreme Court. She is a member of the Bankruptcy and Creditor’s Rights Sections of the State Bar of Georgia, the Savannah Bar Association, and the Georgia Association for Women Lawyers. She is also a member of the South Carolina Bar, the South Carolina Women Lawyers Association, and the South Carolina Bankruptcy Law Association. Francesca is a frequent presenter at professional education programs on landlord-tenant topics, and she formerly authored the Greater Savannah Apartment Association legal newsletter for many years.

Prior to joining HunterMaclean, Francesca was managing partner of Thomerson Macchiaverna Smith & Freeman P.C.’s Savannah office. She received her B.A. from Emory University and her J.D. from the University of South Carolina. While in law school, she was on the editorial board and served as the articles editor for the South Carolina Environmental Law Journal.

Currently, Francesca’s primary community activities include serving as the secretary of the executive board of the Coastal Heritage Society and acting as a parent liaison for the first grade class of Savannah Country Day School. She is married with two daughters.

Published Opinions

  • Young v. Catoe, 33 Fed. Appx. 133 (4th Cir. 2002)
  • Robert Michael Ardis v. Educational Credit Management Corp. (In re Ardis), 340 B.R. 309 (Bankr. S.C. 2006)
  • SunTrust Bank v. Global One, L.L.C. (In re Global One, L.L.C.), 411 B.R. 524 (Bankr. S.D. Ga. 2009)
  • Gerguis v. Statesboro HMA Medical Group, LLC, No. A14A1616, 2015 WL 1215045 (Ga.Ct.App. March 18, 2015)
  • Gray Tybee, II, LLC, et al. v. Charles W. Coker, Jr. (In the Matter of Coker), 569 B.R. 521 (Bankr. S.D. Ga. 2017)



Martindale-Hubbell: AV Rated

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Publications & Presentations


Strengthening the Financial Foundation of Your Business in the New Year

January is an important time to set goals, finalize budgets, and strategize for the coming year. Francesca Macchiaverna discusses how businesses can benefit from extending credit to their clients in this article for BiS.

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The Reformulated Gasoline Case: International Trade's Impact on U.S. Environmental Policy

By Francesca Macchiaverna, published in the Summer 1998 issue of the South Carolina Environmental Law Journal.

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Bankruptcy Issues as a Result of COVID-19 – Small Business Reorganization Act and CARES Act

HunterMaclean partner Francesca Macchiaverna served as a panelist for this webinar by ALFA International’s Business Litigation Practice Group on May 5, 2020.

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HunterMaclean Announces Pandemic Response Team

COVID-19 has created unanticipated challenges for businesses of every size and across every industry. To assist clients, HunterMaclean has established a Pandemic Response Team.

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Savannah CEO: Growth Year for HunterMaclean

HunterMaclean had an unusual number of awards, events, and attorney announcements in 2015, particularly as the year wrapped up. Savannah CEO interviewed the firm’s managing partner, Frank Macgill, to find out more.

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