State Bar of Georgia
State Bar of Georgia

Georgia legal community mourns loss of Sonny Seiler

October 26, 2023
By J. Antonio “Tony” DelCampo

Daily Report
Savannah Morning News

To the Editor:

On behalf of the State Bar of Georgia, I am writing to extend condolences to the family, colleagues and many friends of longtime Savannah attorney and 1972-73 State Bar President Frank W. “Sonny” Seiler after his passing at the age of 90.

A Georgia Bar member since 1958, Mr. Seiler practiced law at Bouhan, Williams and Levy, now Bouhan Falligant, specializing in civil defense and plaintiff work. In addition to his distinguished legal career, Mr. Seiler was president of the University of Georgia National Alumni Association and was known throughout the state and the world of college athletics as owner of the generational line of English bulldogs that served as UGA’s beloved mascot, Uga. 

Mr. Seiler also successfully defended Savannah antiques dealer Jim Williams in a murder case featured in the John Berendt book and motion picture “Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil.” Mr. Seiler portrayed the trial judge in the movie, which was directed by Clint Eastwood. He also served his country as an officer in the Georgia National Guard, 230th Field Artillery.

Sonny Seiler will be missed and fondly remembered by his fellow members of Georgia’s legal community. We appreciate his dedication and the many contributions he made through his service to the public and the justice system.

J. Antonio “Tony” DelCampo
President, State Bar of Georgia