Attorney - Michael C. Pruett

Attorney:

Michael C. Pruett
Partner
HBS Athens Office

P: 706-316-0231
F: 706-316-0111
E: mpruett@hallboothsmith.com
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Overview

Mr. Pruett is a native of Bethlehem, Georgia. He graduated from the University of Georgia School of Law summa cum laude in 1991 and has engaged in private practice in Georgia since that time. He has served as County Attorney of Madison County, Georgia, since 2001 and has represented numerous other governmental entities through his career including counties, cities, and public school districts. Mr. Pruett also concentrates in the area of trusts and estates, estate planning, and trust and estate related litigation.

Practice Areas

Education

Since graduating law school, Mr. Pruett has devoted much of his practice to the representation of school boards and other governmental entities. He has worked with the well-known and respected education attorney Terrell W. Benton, Jr., for almost twenty years. He has represented school district clients including the Athens-Clarke County School District (General Counsel since January 2013), the Walton County School District (General Counsel since January 2013), and the Oconee County School District.

Governmental Liability

Mr. Pruett has served as County Attorney of Madison County, Georgia, since 2001 and has represented numerous other governmental entities through his career including counties, cities, and public school districts. He also frequently handles matters as outside counsel for Oconee County and Athens-Clarke County, particularly in the areas of land use and ad valorem taxation.

Wills, Trusts, Estate Planning & Administration

Mr. Pruett is a member of the Wills, Trusts and Estates group. He was formerly a partner in the venerable Athens firm of McLeod, Benton, Begnaud & Marshall, which dissolved in 2003 after a history dating back to its formation in 1867 as the firm of Cobb & Cobb. As part of the estate planning practice there, he gained experience working with Athens' various banks and trust officers and benefitted from his association with some of Georgia's finest trust and estate attorneys, including the late Larry V. McLeod, who was a member of the committee that drafted Georgia's Revised 1998 Probate Code. Mr. Pruett represents individuals as well as institutional fiduciaries and provides counsel in both planning and administration.

Education

J.D., 1991, summa cum laude, University of Georgia

B.B.A., 1988, magna cum laude, University of Georgia

Admitted

Superior Courts of Georgia

Georgia Court of Appeals

Georgia Supreme Court

United States District Courts for the Northern, Middle and Southern Districts of Georgia

U.S. Court of Appeals for the 11th Circuit

Membership

State Bar of Georgia Western Circuit Bar Association

Publications

The Probate Process From Start to Finish in Georgia; annual seminar (NBI); co-author with J.C. Highsmith, Jr.

Lawyers Are From Mars, Judges Are From Venus, Ga. Probate Notes Feb. 2006; co author with Hon. Susan P. Tate, Probate Judge, Athens-Clarke County

Awards

 

AV® Preeminent™ Peer Review Rated by Martindale-Hubbell