Frank S. Macgill

Partner

200 East Saint Julian Street
PO Box 9848
Savannah, GA 31412-0048

Tel 912.236.0261
Fax 912.236.4936

Frank Macgill is of counsel with HunterMaclean and practices in the areas of trusts and estates and nonprofit organizations law. He has experience in estate planning, trust and estate administration, federal tax issues, and tax matters affecting nonprofit and tax-exempt organizations.

Frank is admitted to practice in the Superior Court of Chatham County and U.S. Tax Court. He is a member of the Fiduciary Law Section of the State Bar of Georgia and a member of the Savannah Bar Association, where he previously served on the executive board of its Younger Lawyers Section. He is a member and former president (2007-2008) of the Savannah Estate Planning Council and previously served on the board of directors of the Georgia Academy of Healthcare Attorneys for the 2005-2009 term. Frank also previously served on the board of trustees of the Southern Federal Tax Institute.

Frank is involved with a number of community and nonprofit organizations. He is currently serving on the boards of the Savannah Economic Development Authority (SEDA), Savannah Community Foundation, and Savannah Benevolent Association. Frank previously served multiple terms on the boards of the United Way of the Coastal Empire and the Savannah Area Chamber of Commerce.

In addition to other leadership positions within the Firm, Frank served on the Firm’s management committee from 2005 to 2016 and as the Firm’s managing partner from 2010 to 2016.

Frank was selected as one of Savannah’s “40 Under 40 Business Leaders” by the Savannah Business Report & Journal in 2003 and was named a “Super Lawyer” by Atlanta Magazine from 2005 to 2022. Every year since 2007, he has been named one of the Best Lawyers in America. In addition, Georgia Trend recognized him as a “Legal Elite” for Trusts, Estates & Tax in 2009, 2011, 2012, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2020, and 2021.

Frank received his B.S. with distinction from the McIntire School of Commerce at the University of Virginia in 1991 and his J.D. from the University of Georgia School of Law in 1994. At Georgia, he was a member of the editorial board of the Georgia Law Review. Following law school, Frank attended New York University where he received his LL.M in Taxation in 1995.


Experience

Community Work

  • Savannah Area Chamber of Commerce: Board of Directors, Past Member
  • Savannah Economic Development Authority: Board of Directors
  • United Way of the Coastal Empire: Board of Directors, Past Member
  • Savannah Community Foundation: Board of Directors, Past Chairman
  • Savannah Benevolent Association: Board of Directors
  • Step Up Savannah: Board of Directors & Executive Committee, Past Member
  • Telfair Museums: Executive Committee, Past Member

Credentials

Education

New York University: LL.M., Taxation, 1995
University of Georgia School of Law: J.D., 1994
University of Virginia McIntire School of Commerce: B.S., with distinction, 1991

Affiliations

  • Savannah Bar Association
  • Southern Federal Tax Institute: Board of Trustees, Past Member
  • Savannah Estate Planning Council: Member; Past President, 2007-2008
  • State Bar of Georgia: Fiduciary Law Section
  • Georgia Academy of Healthcare Attorneys: Board of Directors, 2005-2009

Recognition

Lawyer of the Year: Tax Law, 2014, 2017, 2019, 2021 & 2023
The Best Lawyers in America named Frank Macgill the Lawyer of the Year for Savannah in the area of Tax Law. Only one lawyer in each practice area and designated city is honored as the Lawyer of the Year. The award reflects the high level of respect a lawyer has earned from his peers for his abilities, professionalism, and integrity.

Best Lawyers in America: Tax Law, Trusts & Estates; 2007-2023
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: Estate Planning & Probate, Tax Law, Corporate Law; 2005-2009, 2011-2016 & 2018-2022
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.

Georgia Trend Magazine Legal Elite: 2009, 2011-2012, 2015-2017 & 2021
Georgia Trend Magazine’s annual listing of Georgia’s top attorneys, selected by their peers. The list includes eight practice areas: business law; personal injury litigation; criminal law; labor and employment; taxes, estates and trusts; bankruptcy and creditors’ rights; family law; and general practice/trial law.

Lawyer of the Year: Trusts and Estates, 2013-2014, 2018 & 2020
The Best Lawyers in America named Frank Macgill the Lawyer of the Year for Savannah in the area of Trusts and Estates. Only a single lawyer in each practice area and designated metropolitan area is honored as the Lawyer of the Year, making this accolade particularly significant.

Savannah’s 40 Under 40 Business Leaders: 2003
Each spring, The Savannah Business Journal salutes 40 members of the community under the age of 40 for their business leadership, entrepreneurial savvy and dedication to the growth of the Chatham County area. These honorees represent a cross-section of the current generation of professionals who are blazing the trail for the future of the Coastal Empire and Lowcountry.

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.

Licensed In

Georgia

Insights

Presentations

Potential Estate and Gift Tax Changes in 2001
Presented to the Optimist Club in Augusta, Georgia, on April 19, 2001.

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