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Walter J. Bibbins, Jr.

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Walter J. Bibbins, Jr.

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Biography

Walter J. Bibbins, Jr. is a Partner in the Atlanta office of Hall Booth Smith whose practice focuses on products liability, medical malpractice, mass torts, and transportation litigation. Walter has more than ten years of experience providing counsel and representation to foreign and domestic companies involved in complex high-exposure cases.

As an engineer-turned-lawyer, Walter brings both legal and technical skills to bear in the defense of complex product liability matters involving the design, manufacture, and field performance of commercial and consumer goods ranging from automotive and asbestos-containing products to medical devices and pharmaceuticals. His clients have included General Motors, United Parcel Service, GlaxoSmithKline, Purdue Pharma, R.J. Reynolds, and other Fortune 500 companies.

In addition to his regular practice, Walter has engaged in numerous pro bono matters and community efforts in his service to the community and bar, including providing pro bono legal representation to the community through the Dispossessory Project, an eviction defense program provided through the Atlanta Volunteer Lawyers Foundation, and the Atlanta Bar Asylum Project, an immigration law program that pairs volunteer attorneys with applicants for political asylum.

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Walter earned his Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering from Vanderbilt University. After college, he was commissioned and later promoted to the rank of Captain in the United States Air Force where he served as an Electronic Intelligence Officer and Senior Intelligence Analyst at the nation’s largest intelligence agencies. During his military career, Walter was nominated Officer of the Year and recognized by the Assistant Secretary of Defense, Director of Intelligence (NATO), and the Defense Intelligence Agency Director for superior performance.

In addition to having been named U.S. Air Force Officer of the Quarter, Walter was awarded the Joint Service Achievement Medal, the U.S. Air Force Achievement Medal, and the U.S. Air Force Superior Performance Medal. After military service, Walter attended Howard University School of Law, where he earned his Juris Doctor and American Jurisprudence Awards for Legal Reasoning and Writing, Contract Law, and Constitutional Law.

Walter is a member of the State Bar of Georgia, Atlanta Bar Association, Atlanta Volunteer Lawyers Foundation, Gate City Bar Association, and the American Bar Association’s Product Liability, Intellectual Property Law, and Tort Litigation Sections. He is also a longstanding member of the National Society of Black Engineers. He is admitted to practice in the state courts of Georgia and in the United States District Courts for the Northern and Middle Districts of Georgia.

Credentials

Admitted

State Courts:

  • Georgia

Education

  • J.D., Howard University, 2003
    • Graduated in top 5% of class.
  • B.S., Electrical Engineering, Vanderbilt University, 1992

Memberships

  • American Bar Association:
    • Advisory Panel
    • Government and Public Sector Law Section
    • Intellectual Property Law Section
    • Litigation Sections
    • Tort Trial Section
  • Atlanta Bar Association
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  • Atlanta Volunteer Lawyers Foundation
  • DRI:
    • Automotive Products Committee
    • Product Liability Committee
  • National Society of Engineers, Weapons and Space Systems Intelligence Committee
  • Sigma Delta Tau Legal Fraternity, Inc.

Recognition

  • Peer Reviewed, Martindale-Hubbell
  • Top 100, The National Black Lawyers, 2015
  • Achievement Medal, U.S. Air Force
  • Distinguished Service Award, NATO Director of Intelligence
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  • Distinguished Service Award, Secretary of Defense
  • Joint Service Achievement Medal
  • Nominee for Military Officer of the Year
  • Officer of the Quarter, U.S. Air Force

In the Press

Hall Booth Smith Names New Partners in Atlanta, Birmingham, Brunswick, Charleston and Columbus

ATLANTA – Hall Booth Smith, P.C. is pleased to announce that it has named eight new partners at its offices across the Southeast, bringing the total to 103 firmwide. Walter J. Bibbins, Jr. is a Partner in the firm’s Atlanta office whose practice focuses on products liability, medical malpractice, mass torts and transportation litigation.  Litigating in both
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