The legal profession is critically important to America and is and should be an engine for good. We can and should advance our clients’ and society’s interests through our work. This can be as simple as leaving a client with a positive impression of lawyers and the legal system or as significant as changing public policy itself. My beliefs and unique experience will guide me on the Board of Governors to advance the interests of the members of the Georgia Bar and all the people we work for.
I began practicing law in 1995 in Atlanta at the firm that is now Hawkins & Parnell. I later went to work at King & Spalding. In 1999, I moved out-of-state when McGuireWoods recruited me to Jacksonville, Florida. I started a solo practice in 2002, and I am a sole practitioner today.
My career has allowed me to experience perhaps the broadest spectrum of what our profession can be. I learned how law is practiced at the nation’s leading firms and worked with executives of some of the world’s most powerful companies. I’ve worked on cases that threatened Fortune 500 companies, and I’ve helped individuals recover a few hundred dollars they needed to pay their bills. I worked in the big-firm associate pressure-cooker and later learned how to build and operate a successful small business. I have been the city attorney for two cities for years (Callahan and Baldwin, Florida), and I’ve represented individuals against government as well.
On the Board of Governors, I will draw on my wide range of experience to do the best job I possibly can to serve the broad interests of our members and our clients. Thank you for taking the time to vote.
Jeb T. Branham
Emory University, B.A. (1992)
University of Tennessee, J.D. (1995)
I have been married for 12 years, and we have a four-year-old boy.
I practiced law in Atlanta for over four years before moving to Florida.
I have been an active member of the State Bar of Georgia since moving to Florida.
Like many folks in Florida, I enjoy surfing, fishing, and golf.
Professional Background, Bar Activities, Civic Activities:
I became Out of State in 1999 when I left King & Spalding's Atlanta office to join McGuireWoods' Jacksonville, Florida, office.
In 2002, I started my own firm focusing on business litigation and governmental matters.
I teach adult education at my church, was the vice-chair of the Surfrider Foundation's local chapter, and served on the board of a youth charity.
Main issues facing the State Bar/position:
I want to develop means for the out-of-state members to become more integrated into the Bar and maximize the value of their active Georgia licenses.
I would like to use the existing resources of the Bar to encourage cross-referrals between in-state and out-of-state attorneys and develop networks for the out-of-state members.