Michael C. Pruett

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Michael C. Pruett



Michael 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 serves as County Attorney for Madison County, Georgia, General Counsel for the Madison County Industrial Development and Building Authority, General Counsel for the Nicholson Water Authority, General Counsel for the Clarke County School District, and Co-General Counsel for the Walton County School District. He has also represented numerous other governmental entities throughout his career including counties, cities, and public school districts. Michael also practices in the area of wills, trusts and estates.

Service Specific Experience


Since graduating law school, Michael 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

Michael 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

Michael 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. Michael represents individuals as well as institutional fiduciaries and provides counsel in both planning and administration.


  • 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
  • J.D., summa cum laude: University of Georgia, 1991
  • B.B.A., magna cum laude: University of Georgia, 1988


  • State Bar of Georgia
  • Western Judicial Circuit Bar Association


  • AV® Preeminent™ Peer Review Rated by Martindale-Hubbell


  • 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

In the Press

HBS attorneys make Georgia Trend’s 8th annual listing of Georgia’s top attorneys

Georgia Trend has officially announced their 8th annual list of Georgia’s top attorneys which includes seven of our very own here at Hall Booth Smith. Selected by their peers, the votes were compiled and categorized by nine practice areas: business law; personal injury litigation; criminal law; labor and employment; taxes; estates and trusts; bankruptcy and creditors’
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