J. Benedict Hartman


455 Sea Island Road
St. Simons Island, GA 31522

Tel 912.262.5996
Fax 912.279.0586

Ben Hartman is a partner in the estates and trusts practice group and the corporate taxation practice group.

Ben, based in the Firm’s St. Simons Island office, has extensive experience in the areas of estate planning, estate administration, fiduciary litigation, incapacity planning/conservatorships, corporate formation, and governance. Over the years, he has acted as counsel for Glynn County industries, the hospital authority, physician practice groups, nonprofit organizations, and the Brunswick Housing Authority. He also represents various timber interests and bank trust departments.

He is the past president of the Brunswick-Glynn County Bar Association. In 2007, Ben was selected as one of Brunswick’s “20 Under 40” business leaders by Golden Isles Magazine.

Ben has a legacy of extensive community involvement in the Golden Isles. A graduate of Leadership Georgia and Leadership Glynn, he currently serves on the board of governors for the Georgia Chamber of Commerce. He is also the chairman of the Katz-Helen and Ray Whittle, Jr. Foundation and serves on the boards of the College of Coastal Georgia Foundation and the Children’s Advocacy Centers of Georgia. Ben previously served as chairman of the Brunswick-Golden Isles Chamber of Commerce from 2020 to 2021.

Ben is licensed to practice law in Georgia and is a fellow with the Lawyers Foundation of Georgia. He is active in the Fiduciary Law Section of the State Bar of Georgia and has been a frequent lecturer at institutes sponsored by the State Bar.

Ben earned a B.A. in History from Furman University in 1993 and graduated cum laude from the University of Georgia School of Law in 1996. Ben is a longtime resident of St. Simons Island, where he lives with his wife, Leslie, and their three children. Ben is an elder at St. Simons Presbyterian Church.


Community Work

  • Georgia Chamber of Commerce: Board of Governors
  • Atlanta YMCA Camp High Harbour: Board Member
  • University of Georgia: Parents Leadership Council
  • Brunswick-Golden Isles Chamber of Commerce: Chairman, 2020-2021
  • Children’s Advocacy Centers of Georgia: Board Member
  • College of Coastal Georgia Foundation: Board Member
  • Furman University Planned Giving Advisory Board
  • Golden Isles Career Academy Foundation: Board Member
  • Gridiron Secret Society: Member
  • Katz-Helen and Ray Whittle, Jr. Foundation: Chairman
  • Leadership Georgia: Graduate
  • Leadership Glynn: Graduate
  • St. Simons Presbyterian Church: Elder



University of Georgia School of Law: J.D., cum laude, 1996
Furman University: B.A., History, 1993


  • State Bar of Georgia: Fiduciary Law Section, Legislative Committee, 2012-2013
  • Brunswick-Glynn County Bar Association: Past President
  • Lawyers Foundation of Georgia: Fellow


Georgia Trend Magazine Legal Elite: 2012 & 2015-2022
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.

Brunswick-Golden Isles Chamber of Commerce: Chairman’s Award, 2015
Attorney Ben Hartman received the Chairman’s Award at the Brunswick-Golden Isles Chamber of Commerce annual dinner on June 16, 2015.

Brunswick’s 20 Under 40: 2007
Brunswick’s 20 under 40 is an annually published list by Golden Isles Magazine, featuring 20 notable professionals and community leaders all under the age of 40.

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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