Best Lawyers Honors HunterMaclean Partner John M. Tatum as 2012 Savannah Bet-the-Company Litigation Lawyer of the Year

October 5, 2011

HunterMaclean, a leading business law firm with offices in Savannah and Brunswick, is pleased to announce that Best Lawyers, the oldest and most respected peer-review publication in the legal profession, has named John M. Tatum the Best Lawyers’ 2012 Savannah Bet-the-Company Litigation Lawyer of the Year.

“This honor is well-deserved, particularly since it is conferred by John’s peers in the legal field,” said Frank S. Macgill, managing partner of HunterMaclean. “He is an exceptional litigator, an inspiring leader and a true asset to the firm.”

A longtime partner in the firm’s Savannah office, Tatum has more than 30 years of trial and appellate experience and concentrates his practice on business litigation including business torts, contractual and commercial disputes, fraud cases, RICO, ERISA, business governance and financial disputes, intellectual property disputes and class actions.

Tatum is a fellow in the American Bar Foundation, the American College of Trial Lawyers, and the Georgia Bar Foundation. He is also listed in Best Lawyers for intellectual property, commercial, ERISA and trusts and estates litigation.

After more than a quarter of a century in publication, Best Lawyers designates “Lawyers of the Year” in high-profile legal specialties in large legal communities. Only a single lawyer in each specialty in each community is honored as the “Lawyer of the Year.”

Best Lawyers compiles its lists of outstanding attorneys by conducting exhaustive peer-review surveys in which thousands of leading lawyers confidentially evaluate their professional peers. The 18th edition of The Best Lawyers in America (2012) is based on more than 3.9 million detailed evaluations of lawyers by other lawyers.

The lawyers being honored as “Lawyers of the Year” have received particularly high ratings in surveys by earning a high level of respect among their peers for their abilities, professionalism and integrity.


With offices in Brunswick and Savannah, HunterMaclean has extensive experience representing businesses and individuals in all areas of litigation as well as in corporate, tax, real estate, health care, information technology, business, transportation and maritime law. The firm’s clients include Fortune 500 companies, banks, hospitals, maritime companies, professional service organizations, industrial development authorities and nonprofit corporations. For more information about HunterMaclean, please call 912.236.0261 or visit

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