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Joel McKie

Joel McKie
191 Peachtree Street, NE
Suite 2900
Atlanta, GA 30303

Joel grew up on a peanut, cotton, watermelon, swine and cattle farm in Abbeville, Georgia. Instructed by those experiences on the farm, Joel now leads HBS’s food and agriculture industry group. Joel counsels farm and agribusiness clients, both institutional and family-owned, during every stage of farm land and agricultural operations transactions, including negotiations, due diligence, closing, and post-closing integration and operations. Joel also provides regulatory guidance and litigation services in the food, agriculture, timber, and energy spaces, including representing clients in front of the United States Department of Agriculture, the Georgia Department of Agriculture, and the Georgia Public Service Commission. A member of the firm’s management committee, Joel has also lead commercial and real estate transactions in the healthcare space.

Joel currently serves as the President of the University of Georgia College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences Alumni Association and is a member of the University of Georgia College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences Dean’s Advisory Council. A former State President and National Vice President for the National FFA Organization (formerly Future Farmers of America), Joel was twice appointed by former Governor Sonny Perdue to the Agricultural Education Advisory Commission. In August 2010, Georgia Trend listed him as one of the Movers and Shakers in the Georgia Agribusiness Industry. In 2011, Commissioner Gary W. Black appointed Joel to serve on the Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness task force for the Georgia Department of Agriculture. Joel was recognized in 2011 with the University of Georgia College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences Alumni Association Young Alumni Achievement Award.

Joel is active in the Georgia Agribusiness Council, a lifetime member of the National FFA Alumni Association, a member of the American Agricultural Law Association, and a member of the Agriculture Law Section and Animal Law Section of the Georgia Bar Association. Joel has been a guest speaker for the American Agricultural Law Association, the State Bar of Georgia Agriculture Law Section, the University of Georgia School of Law Annual Red Clay Conference, the Georgia Young Farmer Association, Georgia Farm Bureau, the Southeast Regional Fruit and Vegetables, and the Georgia Agritourism Association. Joel and his wife are members of Oak Grove United Methodist Church in Decatur, Georgia.

EXPERIENCE

ADMITTED

  • State of Georgia
  • Middle District of Georgia
  • Northern District of Georgia
  • 11th Circuit Court of Appeals
  • Southern District of Georgia

(All State and Superior Courts, Court of Appeals, and Supreme Court)

EDUCATION

  • J.D., cum laude, University of Georgia School of Law
  • B.S. in Agriculture, Agribusiness, summa cum laude, Univeristy of Georgia
  • Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College, Associate of Science, Highest Honors

PUBLICATIONS

  • Overcoming Bad Seed: Legal Protections for Farmers and Seed Dealer, Joel McKie. Growinggeorgia.com, 18 May 2011,  For the full article, please click here.

MEMBERSHIPS

  • Georgia Foundation for Agriculture’s Board of Directors
  • State Bar of Georgia
  • Agriculture Law Section
  • Georgia Foundation For Agriculture, Board Member
  • National FFA Alumni Association
  • UGA College of Agriculture and Environmental Sciences Alumni Association, Past-President
  • American Agricultural Law Association
  • Georgia Agribusiness Council

Recognitions

  • Georgia Super Lawyers ® Rising Star, 2013-2021
  • James Magazine Rising Star, 2010-2011
  • Young Alumni Achievement Award, University of Georgia College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences Alumni Association
LITTLE ROCK, ARK. – July 1, 2021 – Hall Booth Smith, P.C. is pleased to announce that Patrick B. Feilke is joining the firm as
In the 2021 edition of the Georgia Super Lawyers magazine, the law firm of Hall Booth Smith (HBS) has once again been recognized for its
In the 2020 edition of the Georgia Super Lawyers magazine, the law firm of Hall Booth Smith (HBS) has once again been recognized for its
In the 2019 edition of the Georgia Super Lawyers magazine, the law firm of Hall Booth Smith (HBS) has once again been recognized for its
In the 2018 edition of the Georgia Super Lawyers magazine, the law firm of Hall Booth Smith (HBS) has once again been recognized for its
In the 2017 edition of the Georgia Super Lawyers magazine, the law firm of Hall Booth Smith (HBS) has once again been recognized for its
Practice Specific Experience

Joel grew up on a peanut, cotton, watermelon, swine and cattle farm in Abbeville, Georgia. Instructed by those experiences on the farm, Joel now leads HBS’s food and agriculture industry group. Joel counsels farm and agribusiness clients, both institutional and family-owned, during every stage of farm land and agricultural operations transactions, including negotiations, due diligence, closing, and post-closing integration and operations. Joel also provides regulatory guidance and litigation services in the food, agriculture, timber, and energy spaces, including representing clients in front of the United States Department of Agriculture, the Georgia Department of Agriculture, and the Georgia Public Service Commission. A member of the firm’s management committee, Joel has also lead commercial and real estate transactions in the healthcare space.

Joel currently serves as the President of the University of Georgia College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences Alumni Association and is a member of the University of Georgia College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences Dean’s Advisory Council. A former State President and National Vice President for the National FFA Organization (formerly Future Farmers of America), Joel was twice appointed by former Governor Sonny Perdue to the Agricultural Education Advisory Commission. In August 2010, Georgia Trend listed him as one of the Movers and Shakers in the Georgia Agribusiness Industry. In 2011, Commissioner Gary W. Black appointed Joel to serve on the Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness task force for the Georgia Department of Agriculture. Joel was recognized in 2011 with the University of Georgia College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences Alumni Association Young Alumni Achievement Award.

Joel is active in the Georgia Agribusiness Council, a lifetime member of the National FFA Alumni Association, a member of the American Agricultural Law Association, and a member of the Agriculture Law Section and Animal Law Section of the Georgia Bar Association. Joel has been a guest speaker for the American Agricultural Law Association, the State Bar of Georgia Agriculture Law Section, the University of Georgia School of Law Annual Red Clay Conference, the Georgia Young Farmer Association, Georgia Farm Bureau, the Southeast Regional Fruit and Vegetables, and the Georgia Agritourism Association. Joel and his wife are members of Oak Grove United Methodist Church in Decatur, Georgia.

EXPERIENCE

ADMITTED

  • State of Georgia
  • Middle District of Georgia
  • Northern District of Georgia
  • 11th Circuit Court of Appeals
  • Southern District of Georgia

(All State and Superior Courts, Court of Appeals, and Supreme Court)

EDUCATION

  • J.D., cum laude, University of Georgia School of Law
  • B.S. in Agriculture, Agribusiness, summa cum laude, Univeristy of Georgia
  • Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College, Associate of Science, Highest Honors

PUBLICATIONS

  • Overcoming Bad Seed: Legal Protections for Farmers and Seed Dealer, Joel McKie. Growinggeorgia.com, 18 May 2011,  For the full article, please click here.

MEMBERSHIPS

  • Georgia Foundation for Agriculture’s Board of Directors
  • State Bar of Georgia
  • Agriculture Law Section
  • Georgia Foundation For Agriculture, Board Member
  • National FFA Alumni Association
  • UGA College of Agriculture and Environmental Sciences Alumni Association, Past-President
  • American Agricultural Law Association
  • Georgia Agribusiness Council

Recognitions

  • Georgia Super Lawyers ® Rising Star, 2013-2021
  • James Magazine Rising Star, 2010-2011
  • Young Alumni Achievement Award, University of Georgia College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences Alumni Association
LITTLE ROCK, ARK. – July 1, 2021 – Hall Booth Smith, P.C. is pleased to announce that Patrick B. Feilke is joining the firm as
In the 2021 edition of the Georgia Super Lawyers magazine, the law firm of Hall Booth Smith (HBS) has once again been recognized for its
In the 2020 edition of the Georgia Super Lawyers magazine, the law firm of Hall Booth Smith (HBS) has once again been recognized for its
In the 2019 edition of the Georgia Super Lawyers magazine, the law firm of Hall Booth Smith (HBS) has once again been recognized for its
In the 2018 edition of the Georgia Super Lawyers magazine, the law firm of Hall Booth Smith (HBS) has once again been recognized for its
In the 2017 edition of the Georgia Super Lawyers magazine, the law firm of Hall Booth Smith (HBS) has once again been recognized for its
Practice Specific Experience