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Rita A. Sheffey Installed as Secretary of State Bar of Georgia

July 1, 2013
Contact: Sarah I. Coole or

Hilton Head Island, S.C. – Rita A. Sheffey of Sandy Springs, a partner at Hunton & Williams LLP in Atlanta, was installed as secretary of the 45,000-member State Bar of Georgia on June 22 during the organization’s Annual Meeting.

Sheffey has represented the Atlanta Judicial Circuit on the State Bar’s Board of Governors since 2008 and has served on the Executive Committee since 2011. She is a past president of the Atlanta Bar Association and recently received that organization’s highest honor, the Charles E. Watkins Jr. Award for distinguished and sustained service.

Additionally, she serves as vice chair of the State Bar’s General Counsel Overview Committee and as a member of the Commission on Continuing Lawyer Competency and is past chair of the State Bar’s Elections Committee. She is a Master and president-elect of the Lamar Inn of Court at Emory Law School and a member of the Executive Committee of the Metropolitan Bar Caucus, a part of the National Conference of Bar Presidents. 

Sheffey is a graduate of the Boston College Law School and was admitted to the State Bar of Georgia in 1992, having also been admitted to the Virginia State Bar in 1987. She also holds a Ph.D. in chemistry from Duke University. Her law practice focuses on complex environmental, patent and trademark infringement and product liability litigation. She also maintains an active, extensive pro bono practice.


The State Bar of Georgia, with offices in Atlanta, Savannah and Tifton, was established in 1964 by Georgia’s Supreme Court as the successor to the voluntary Georgia Bar Association, founded in 1884. All lawyers licensed to practice in Georgia belong to the State Bar. Its more than 45,000 members work together to strengthen the constitutional promise of justice for all, promote principles of duty and public service among Georgia’s lawyers, and administer a strict code of legal ethics.