Patrick Barkley is a partner in the Savannah office within the Firm’s specialty litigation group. His practice areas include admiralty, transportation, logistics, commercial collections, insurance defense, business litigation, and real estate litigation.

As part of Patrick’s real estate litigation practice, he represents clients in a wide range of disputes, including condemnation matters, boundary and easement disputes, landlord-tenant disputes, and annual ad valorem property tax appeals. Patrick has successfully handled hundreds of property tax appeal disputes in the Boards of Equalization and Superior Courts of southeastern Georgia involving residential, commercial, personal, historic rehabilitated, and special classes of tax-exempt properties.

Patrick is admitted to practice in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit; the U.S. District Courts for the Middle, Northern, and Southern Districts of Georgia; and all courts of the State of Georgia.

Patrick earned his J.D. in May 2012 from the Samford University Cumberland School of Law where he was awarded multiple Scholar of Merit awards, served as an articles editor for the American Journal of Trial Advocacy, and was selected by faculty as a Caruthers Fellow to assist incoming students in legal writing and research classes. Prior to law school, Patrick earned his bachelor’s degree in Business Management from Auburn University.

Representative Engagements

  • Lead trial counsel in successful representation of a non-vessel operating common carrier in setting aside a warehouse lien wrongfully asserted by an international shipping and logistics company.
  • Defense of a multinational roofing company in a complex breach of warranty and products liability action leading to favorable settlement.
  • Obtained summary judgment in favor of large marine carriers in multiple personal injury actions brought by longshoremen.
  • Secured numerous judgments over $100,000, including client attorney’s fees, for a fuel supplier in the southeastern United States.
  • Obtained a defense verdict on behalf of a police officer of the Savannah-Chatham Metropolitan Police Department in a tortious interference with business relations, trespass, wrongful arrest, and 42 U.S.C. § 1982 rights lawsuit after a three-day jury trial.
  • Lead counsel for commercial developers, landlords, tenants, and property owners in all aspects of real estate litigation.
  • Representation of taxpayers in Chatham, Glynn, Liberty, Bryan, and Effingham counties in ad valorem property tax appeals involving residential, commercial, historic rehabilitated, and personal property.
  • Successfully represented buyer in the acquisition of a cleaning and restoration company, including negotiation, financing, and transfer of franchise licenses.
  • Assists in the representation of all fourteen member Clubs of the International Group of Protection and Indemnity Clubs, providing their ocean carrier members legal advice, casualty investigation, regulatory assistance, and related services for legal matters arising in the Port of Savannah and the Port of Brunswick.


Georgia Super Lawyers Rising Star: Business Litigation, 2021-2022

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Ones to Watch: Commercial Law, Transportation Law; 2021-2022

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28 HunterMaclean Attorneys Listed in The Best Lawyers in America© 2023

HunterMaclean is pleased to announce that 28 attorneys from the firm were recently selected for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America© 2023. Founded in 1983, Best Lawyers is an annual publication that recognizes attorneys for outstanding achievements in their areas of practice.

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Thirteen HunterMaclean Attorneys Recognized as 2022 Super Lawyers and Rising Stars

HunterMaclean was recently honored with the selection of eleven attorneys as 2022 Georgia Super Lawyers and two attorneys as 2022 Rising Stars. Attorneys are selected based upon peer review, professional achievements, and independent research.

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