Attorneys

Experience

Kirby Mason is a partner in the litigation practice group and serves as HunterMaclean’s general counsel, contributing over twenty years of experience to the Firm. A tough litigator, Kirby is at home in the courtroom where she presents the facts and law in a straightforward manner. She is equally effective in front of a jury as in a bench trial or in mediation/arbitration proceedings.

Over the years, Kirby has litigated a variety of cases. Her breadth of training and knowledge permits her to represent businesses in contract disputes, litigate real estate issues, and defend banking institutions. She has successfully represented employers who have faced employment claims as well as medical providers who have been charged with professional negligence, resulting in numerous defense verdicts.

Kirby is admitted to the State Bars of Georgia, South Carolina, and Montana. She is admitted to practice in all courts in Georgia, South Carolina, and Montana; the U.S. District Courts for the Southern and Northern Districts of Georgia; and the U.S. District Court of South Carolina. She is a member of the American Bar Association and the Savannah Bar Association and an officer and elected board member of the Georgia Defense Lawyers Association. She has also served on the Firm’s management committee.

Kirby received two B.A. degrees from Whitman College in 1986 and graduated, cum laude, from the University of Georgia School of Law in 1989. Her civic and volunteer efforts include: having served as a board member for Savannah’s Rape Crisis Center and the Boy Scouts of America; volunteering at her church; providing pro bono legal services for indigent persons; participating in the Truancy Intervention Program; having served as a board member of Greenbriar Children’s Center; participating in Habitat for Humanity’s Women’s Build in Rincon, Georgia; serving on the Allocation Panel of United Way for several years; and participating in Leadership Savannah.

Representative Engagements

Employment Law

  • Burkett v. Vidalia Medical Associates – Trial resulting in defense verdict in sexual harassment case.
  • Matos v. Fulcrum Properties – Trial resulting in defense verdict in race/national origin discrimination case.
  • Bigglest v. Keystone Savannah, LLC – Motion to dismiss granted in race discrimination suit.
  • Bellamy v. Intermarine USA, LP – Motion to dismiss granted in race discrimination suit.
  • Dorsey v. Memorial Medical Center – Summary judgment granted in race discrimination suit.
  • Jones v. Hinchey and St. Joseph Hospital – Summary judgment granted in ERISA, Title VII suit.
  • Burton v. Southeast Fast Food Partners, LP – Summary judgment granted in ADA suit.
  • Lee v. Southeast Fast Food Partners, LP – Summary judgment granted in ADA suit.
  • Cooper v. National Linen Service – Summary judgment granted on claim for intentional infliction of emotional distress.
  • United Family Life Insurance, Co. v. Sasser – Trial resulting in defense verdict in complex workers compensation action, affirmed by Georgia Court of Appeals.
  • Mims v. Memorial Medical Center, Inc. – Trial resulting in defense verdict in complex workers compensation action.

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General Civil Litigation

  • Galin v. Caribbean Clear USA, Inc., and Jack Walters d/b/a Caribbean Clear – Arbitration resulting in defense verdict for breach of contract claim.
  • Mazo v. Greenman and Wenzel – Trial to recover damages for client, resulting in verdict for full amount sought in breach of contract claim.
  • MacGregor Oaks v. Plantation Developers, LP – Trial resulting in compromise verdict in contract dispute.
  • Baker v. Bascombe – Trial resulting in $1 verdict for plaintiff in construction dispute.
  • English v. Ringling Brothers Barnum & Bailey Circus – Summary judgment granted in premises liability action.
  • Wilkins v. Memorial Medical Center, Inc. – Trial resulting in defense verdict in premises liability action.
  • Brady v. Memorial Medical Center, Inc. – Trial resulting in defense verdict.
  • Shuman v. Strickland Transport-Leasing Company – Trial resulting in defense verdict in trucking accident.
  • Chester v. Lismore and Consolidated Stores Corporation – Trial resulting in defense verdict for alleged assault and battery.
  • Colbert v. BB&T – Summary judgment granted on alleged wrongful foreclosure.
  • Kelly v. BB&T – Secured payment of mortgage in dispute over legal ownership of land.
  • M2 Lease Fund v. BB&T – Secured dismissal of suit over perfection and priority of security interests.

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Medical Malpractice

  • Peterson v. Memorial – Trial resulting in defense verdict in case of alleged nursing negligence.
  • Scott v. Memorial – Arbitration resulting in defense verdict in wrongful death claim.
  • Chadwick v. Memorial – Arbitration resulting in defense verdict in case of alleged nursing negligence.
  • Williams v. Memorial – Trial resulting in defense verdict involving claim of nursing negligence.
  • Williams v. Memorial – Medical malpractice case dismissed.
  • Watts v. CareOne – Summary judgment granted.
  • Shannon v. Hospice – Awarded summary judgment on claims of fraud and conspiracy.

Recognition

American Bar Foundation: Fellow

 The Fellows is an honorary organization of attorneys, judges, law faculty, and legal scholars who have been elected by their peers to become members of The Fellows. Membership is by invitation only and limited to less than 1% of lawyers licensed to practice in each jurisdiction.

Best Lawyers in America: Medical Malpractice 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

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.

Community STAR

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.

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

Arbitration of Employment Disputes

In this article for Business in Savannah, attorney Kirby Mason addresses employers about the importance of including an arbitration provision in written employment contracts for the resolution of disputes.

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An Injury Doesn't Mean Someone Did Something Wrong

HunterMaclean partner Kirby Mason addresses issues relating to medical malpractice, explaining that health care experts are not necessarily liable when the outcome of a medical procedure is less than ideal.

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Guidance for Criminal Background Checks

HunterMaclean Partner Kirby G. Mason discusses the EEOC’s new recommendations for employers using criminal background checks to make hiring and other employment decisions.

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ADR: Is it Right for You?

By Kirby G. Mason, published on November 15, 2007, in Inside The Minds, Alternative Dispute Resolution Strategies.

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Litigation Attorneys Ease Business Disputes

By Kirby G. Mason, published on December 31, 1999, in Business in Savannah.

Before a business owner decides to take a dispute to court, there are some important matters to consider.

First, there are three primary ways to resolve a civil dispute: mediation, arbitration and trial. Mediation allows both parties to agree to a settlement with the help of a neutral party whose job it is to listen to both sides and help find a mutually agreed upon solution. Arbitration allows disputing parties to choose a neutral party to make a binding decision in the case. The proceedings are usually confidential, and the decision is normally not subject to appeal.

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Presentations

Temporary Healthcare Placement Act

Presented for a health care client in 2011 by Kirby G. Mason.

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News

Fourteen HunterMaclean Attorneys Recognized as 2019 Super Lawyers and Rising Stars

HunterMaclean was recently honored with the selection of eleven attorneys as 2019 Georgia Super Lawyers and three attorneys as 2019 Rising Stars. Attorneys are selected based upon peer review, professional achievements, and independent research.

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23 HunterMaclean Attorneys Listed in The Best Lawyers in America© 2019

HunterMaclean is pleased to announce that 23 attorneys from the firm were recently selected for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America© 2019. Best Lawyers is an annual publication that recognizes attorneys for outstanding achievements in their area of practice.

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Eighteen HunterMaclean Attorneys Recognized as 2018 Super Lawyers and Rising Stars

HunterMaclean was recently honored with the selection of thirteen HunterMaclean attorneys as 2018 Georgia Super Lawyers and five attorneys as 2018 Rising Stars.

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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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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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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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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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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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Kirby Mason Named President of Georgia Defense Lawyers Association

Kirby Mason, a partner in the Savannah office of HunterMaclean, was recently elected president of the Georgia Defense Lawyers Association (GDLA), an organization founded more than 40 years ago to further the interests of the civil defense bar.

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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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Firm Partner Kirby Mason Honored at Annual Savannah Technical College Foundation Tribute to Community STARs

HunterMaclean partner Kirby Mason was honored earlier today at Savannah Technical College Foundation’s annual 2013 Tribute to Community STARs, which was held in the Eckburg Auditorium at Savannah Tech’s campus.

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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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Record Number of HunterMaclean Attorneys Selected for The Best Lawyers in America for 2012

HunterMaclean, a leading business law firm with offices in Savannah and Brunswick, is pleased to announce that Best Lawyers in America, the oldest and most respected peer-review publication in the legal profession, recently honored a record 23 HunterMaclean attorneys by including them on this prestigious list of leading lawyers.

“We are delighted to have a record number of attorneys from our firm featured on this year’s Best Lawyers in America list,” said Frank S. Macgill, HunterMaclean’s managing partner. “This honor reflects hard work on the part of the firm’s partners and associates.”

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Record Number of HunterMaclean Attorneys Selected for The Best Lawyers in America for 2011

The Best Lawyers in America® for 2011, a confidential peer-review survey, recently honored a record 28 HunterMaclean attorneys by including them on this prestigious list of leading lawyers. Last year, 20 attorneys at HunterMaclean earned this top honor.

“We’re delighted to have a record number of attorneys from our firm featured on this year’s Best Lawyers in America list,” said Frank S. Macgill, HunterMaclean’s managing partner. “Our attorneys work hard for our clients and it shows.”

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Frank S. Macgill Named Managing Partner At HunterMaclean

The partners at HunterMaclean, a leading law firm in Savannah, Ga., recently elected Administrative Partner and tax attorney Frank S. Macgill to serve as the firm’s Managing Partner for a three-year term.

Macgill will provide long-term vision and experienced leadership for HunterMaclean. He succeeds John M. Tatum, who served as Managing Partner for 12 years. Macgill served on the management committee with Tatum for three years, helping to ensure a smooth planned transition for the firm’s senior management. Additional members of HunterMaclean’s management team include Harold Yellin, Wade Herring and Kirby Mason.

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Record Number of HunterMaclean Attorneys Selected for The Best Lawyers in America for 2010

The Best Lawyers in America for 2010, a confidential peer-review survey, recently honored a record 20 HunterMaclean attorneys by including them on this prestigious list of leading lawyers. Last year, 18 attorneys at HunterMaclean earned this top honor.

“We are delighted to have a record number of attorneys from our firm featured on this year’s Best Lawyers in America list,” said John M. Tatum, HunterMaclean’s managing partner. “Our attorneys work hard for our clients and it shows.”

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Eighteen HunterMaclean Attorneys Named 2009 Best Lawyers in America

Eighteen leading attorneys with HunterMaclean were recently named to The Best Lawyers in America listing for 2009, a confidential peer-review survey, breaking the firm record set for 2008, when 16 attorneys earned this top honor.

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