Columbus, GA --- Hall Booth Smith, PC (HBS) is pleased to announce expansion of the HBS Columbus office with the addition of 10 attorneys from the law firm of Hatcher Stubbs, Columbus, GA. This expansion will result in the total of 15 attorneys in the HBS Columbus office and 155 attorneys firmwide in 11 offices. The union will be effective on January 1, 2016.

Hatcher Stubbs is among Georgia’s oldest and most respected law firms, tracing its roots back to 1872. HBS plans to relocate to the current Hatcher Stubbs' Columbus office location at the Corporate Center,  233 12th Street, Suite 500, Columbus, GA  31901. The Corporate Center is a nine-story building located in the heart of Uptown Columbus.

“The Columbus office of Hall Booth Smith is extremely excited to be joining forces with attorneys from Hatcher Stubbs.  Hatcher Stubbs has provided quality legal services in Columbus for over 140 years and we have had the opportunity to work side by side with their attorneys on a number of matters," said, Paul Ivey, managing partner of HBS Columbus office. "We look forward to collaborating with our new colleagues which will enhance the depth and breadth of legal services to continue to provide to the community.”

Hatcher Stubbs attorneys will bring decades of experience and expertise in numerous legal practice areas: education, employment, general liability, litigation, commercial & business transactional, estate planning, fiduciary litigation and taxation. This union will enrich and provide added depth to the legal services provided to local and national clients. HBS and Hatcher Stubbs have highly respected law practices with solid reputations and strong identities, and are committed to continuing to serve their clients with excellence.

"Hatcher Stubbs has been engaged for some time in a strategic planning process to discern the best way to expand our resources and our footprint so that we can serve our valued Columbus clients even better and provide our top quality services in a broader market," said, Greg Ellington, partner at Hatcher Stubbs. "We believe that joining forces with the great attorneys at Hall Booth Smith will be the best possible to help us accomplish these goals for the benefit of our clients, and we are excited about the opportunity." The partners joining HBS include Bradley R. Coppedge, Gregory S. Ellington, William B. Hardegree, Robert C. Martin, Jr.,  John M. Sheftall, Melanie V. Slaton, and Charles T. Staples.

“We are honored to have attorneys of Hatcher Stubbs join HBS and offer their expertise to our clients across the Southeast,” said Alex Booth, managing partner of HBS. 

Hatcher Stubbs provides clients throughout Georgia and Alabama with a broad range of sophisticated legal services. The attorneys at Hatcher Stubbs have extensive experience and are regularly recognized by their peers as leaders in their practice fields. The firm is ranked “AV” by Martindale Hubbell, which is a recognition by legal colleagues as the “highest levels of skill and integrity.” Members of Hatcher Stubbs are also listed in Atlanta Magazine’s Super Lawyers, Best Lawyers in America, and Who’s Who in American Law.

Headquartered in Atlanta, GA, Hall Booth Smith, P.C. is a full-service law firm with eleven regional offices strategically located throughout Georgia, N. Palm Beach, Florida; Charleston, South Carolina; Charlotte, North Carolina; Memphis and Nashville, Tennessee. Experienced across a wide range of legal disciplines, HBS attorneys pride themselves on providing knowledgeable, proactive, client-specific counsel to individuals, domestic and international corporations, state and federal agencies, and nonprofit organizations.