John M. Hewson, III


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

Tel 912.236.0261
Fax 912.236.4936

John Hewson is a partner in HunterMaclean’s Savannah office. He practices in the areas of product liability law management, commercial transactions, and corporate law. John is a member of the UCC Committee of the Georgia Bar Association and is a former chairman of the Product Liability Advisory Council.

For the past thirty-five years, John has acted as counsel to Great Dane Trailers, the largest manufacturer of truck-trailers in the United States. John handles Great Dane’s contract negotiations and commercial issues. He advises Great Dane on issues dealing with its distribution network, which consists of more than fifty independent dealers and thirty-five wholly owned retail outlets. John also advises Great Dane on its customer warranties and matters relating to NHTSA. John also acts as general counsel for JCB, Inc., a manufacturer of construction equipment with a distribution network throughout the United States and Canada.

John graduated with a B.A. from the University of Virginia in 1965 and an LL.B. from the University of Georgia in 1968. He is the author of “Acceleration Clauses in Georgia: Consumer Installment Contracts and the Federal Truth-In-Lending Act” and “Annual Survey of Georgia Law; Commercial Law,” published in the Mercer Law Review. He is a member of the Savannah and American Bar Associations and a fellow of the American Bar Foundation.


Community Work

  • Chatham Club
  • Georgia Lawyers for the Arts: Volunteer
  • Oglethorpe Club
  • St. John’s Church



University of Georgia: LL.B., 1968
University of Virginia: B.A., 1965


  • American Bar Association: Business Law Section
  • American Bar Foundation: Fellow
  • Georgia Bar Association: UCC Committee
  • Georgia Bar Foundation: Fellow
  • Scribes
  • Product Liability Advisory Council: Great Dane Representative; Past Chairman; Director, 2007
  • Savannah Bar Association
  • TTMA Products Liability Committee: Great Dane Representative


Best Lawyers in America: Corporate Law, 2007-2024
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Lawyer of the Year: Corporate Law, 2013 & 2018
The Best Lawyers in America named John Hewson the Lawyer of the Year for Savannah in the area of Corporate 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.

Georgia Trend Magazine Legal Elite: 2012
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.

Georgia Super Lawyers: 2005
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Martindale-Hubbell: AV Rated
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Products Liability
Presented by John Hewson and Brad Harmon to a HunterMaclean client in Savannah, Georgia, on April 27, 2016.

Products Liability
Presented by John Hewson and Brad Harmon to a HunterMaclean client in Savannah, Georgia, on July 24, 2014.