Kirby Mason is a partner in the litigation practice group and serves as HunterMaclean’s general counsel, contributing over thirty years of experience to the Firm. A tough litigator, Kirby is at home in the courtroom where she presents the facts and law in a straightforward manner. She is equally effective in front of a jury as in a bench trial or in mediation/arbitration proceedings.
Over the years, Kirby has litigated a variety of cases. Her breadth of training and knowledge permits her to represent businesses in contract disputes, litigate real estate issues, and defend banking institutions. She has successfully represented employers who have faced employment claims as well as medical providers who have been charged with professional negligence, resulting in numerous defense verdicts.
Kirby is admitted to the State Bars of Georgia, South Carolina, and Montana. She is admitted to practice in all courts in Georgia, South Carolina, and Montana; the U.S. District Courts for the Southern, Middle, and Northern Districts of Georgia; the U.S. District Court of South Carolina; and the U.S. Supreme Court. She is a member of the American Bar Association, Defense Research Institute (DRI), and the Savannah Bar Association and remains an active board member of the Georgia Defense Lawyers Association, after previously serving as president of the organization. She has also served on the Firm’s management committee.
Kirby received two B.A. degrees from Whitman College in 1986 and graduated, cum laude, from the University of Georgia School of Law in 1989. Her civic and volunteer efforts include: having served as a board member for Greenbriar Children’s Center, Savannah’s Rape Crisis Center, the Boy Scouts of America, the Emmaus House, and Hancock Day School; volunteering at her church; participating in the Truancy Intervention Program; volunteering in Habitat for Humanity’s Women’s Build in Rincon, Georgia; and serving on the Allocation Panel of United Way for several years. She participated in Leadership Savannah and was recognized as a Community STAR.
Burkett v. Vidalia Medical Associates: Trial resulting in defense verdict in sexual harassment case.
Matos v. Fulcrum Properties: Trial resulting in defense verdict in race/national origin discrimination case.
Bigglest v. Keystone Savannah, LLC: Motion to dismiss granted in race discrimination suit.
Bellamy v. Intermarine USA, LP: Motion to dismiss granted in race discrimination suit.
Dorsey v. Memorial Medical Center: Summary judgment granted in race discrimination suit.
Jones v. Hinchey and St. Joseph Hospital: Summary judgment granted in ERISA, Title VII suit.
Lee v. Southeast Fast Food Partners, LP: Summary judgment granted in ADA suit.
Cooper v. National Linen Service: Summary judgment granted on claim for intentional infliction of emotional distress.
General Civil Litigation
Spies v. DeLoach Brokerage, Inc.: Summary judgment in case involving real estate dispute.
Osborne, Uhlig, Reinke, Lokey, Harris and Hunt v. Drayprop LLC et al.: Summary judgment in real estate dispute.
Baker v. Bascombe: Trial resulting in $1 verdict for plaintiff in construction dispute.
English v. Ringling Brothers Barnum & Bailey Circus: Summary judgment granted in premises liability action.
Wilkins v. Memorial: Trial resulting in defense verdict in premises liability action.
Shuman v. Strickland Transport-Leasing Company: Trial resulting in defense verdict in trucking accident.
Chester v. Lismore and Consolidated Stores Corporation: Trial resulting in defense verdict for alleged assault and battery.
Kelly v. BB&T: Secured payment of mortgage in dispute over legal ownership of land.
Ferguson v. Memorial: Arbitration resulting in defense verdict in case of alleged surgical negligence.
Peterson v. Memorial: Trial resulting in defense verdict in case of alleged nursing negligence.
Scott v. Memorial: Arbitration resulting in defense verdict in wrongful death claim.
Chadwick v. Memorial: Arbitration resulting in defense verdict in case of alleged nursing negligence.
Williams v. Memorial: Trial resulting in defense verdict involving claim of nursing negligence.
Big Brothers & Sisters: Past Board Member
Boy Scouts of America: Past Board Member
Girls on the Run: Past Board Member
Greenbriar Children’s Center: Past Board Member
Emmaus House: Past Board Member
Habitat for Humanity’s Women’s Build: Volunteer Builder
Hancock Day School: Past Board Member
Leadership Savannah: Class of 2009
Marshes of Skidaway Island: Past Board Member
Rape Crisis Center of the Coastal Empire: Past Board Member
Truancy Intervention Program of Chatham County: Volunteer
United Way: Allocation Panel, Volunteer; Past Chair
Wesley Monumental United Methodist Church: Pastoral Relations Committee, Past Member
University of Georgia School of Law: J.D., cum laude, 1989 Whitman College: two B.A. degrees, 1986
American Bar Association
American Bar Foundation: Fellow
Georgia Defense Lawyers Association: Past President; Board Member
Defense Research Institute (DRI)
Savannah Bar Association
State Bar of Georgia
State Bar of Montana
State Bar of South Carolina
American Bar Foundation: Fellow The Fellows is an honorary organization of attorneys, judges, law faculty, and legal scholars who have been elected by their peers to become members of The Fellows. Membership is by invitation only and limited to less than 1% of lawyers licensed to practice in each jurisdiction.
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Community STAR The Savannah Technical College Foundation Community Council presents Community STARS awards once a year to individuals who have demonstrated service and dedication in the community or at work.
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By Kirby G. MasonSpecial to Business in Savannah Many employers hire employees on an at-will basis, without any formal employment contract. Written employment contracts for management employees, however, are not…