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From the President

State Bar of Georgia President
Robert J. "Bob" Kauffman

Bob KauffmanRobert J. "Bob" Kauffman was installed as the 53rd president of the State Bar of Georgia during the Inaugural Gala on Saturday, June 20.

Kauffman is the managing partner of Hartley, Rowe & Fowler, P.C., located in Douglasville, and has been practicing there for more than 25 years. He concentrates his law practice in the areas of commercial real estate transactions, real estate finance and estate planning. Kauffman has assisted many clients in the sale, acquisition and financing of commercial and residential development projects all over Georgia. He has worked extensively with lenders, developers and owners, steering them through commercial financing and the numerous legal issues that naturally arise in the areas of development, sales and leasing. In addition, Kauffman has helped numerous clients develop estate plans for the orderly disposition of assets to their loved ones.

Since arriving in Douglasville after law school, Kauffman has been an active member of his church leading various committees as well as in his community with his leadership and participation in a number of local civic organizations, as well as president of the Douglas County Bar Association for consecutive terms. Kauffman has served the State Bar as a member of the Board of Governors and Executive Committee of the State Bar since 2004, as secretary (2012-13), treasurer (2013-14) and president-elect (2014-15). He is also past chair of the Bar's Communications/Cornerstones of Freedom Committee (2008-10), and served on the Advisory Committee on Legislation, Bar Center Committee, Law-Related Education Committee, Main Street Lawyers Committee, Member Benefits Committee, Personnel Committee, Continuity of Law Practice Committee, Law Practice Management Committee and Finance Committee, as well as a trustee of the Institute of Continuing Legal Education in Georgia and the State Bar of Georgia Foundation.

Kauffman received his B.A. in business with an emphasis in finance from Western Illinois University and his J.D. from Mercer University Walter F. George School of Law (Phi Alpha Delta). He was admitted to the Bar in 1988. Kauffman and his wife, Sue, have been married for 23 years and have two children, Joey and Chris.