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Mr. Alderman was born in 1961 in Evansville, Indiana, and raised in Cochran, Georgia. He received an Associate of Science degree at Middle Georgia College in 1981 and a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science, summa cum laude, at the University of Georgia in 1983, where he was inducted into Phi Beta Kappa. He earned his Juris Doctor, cum laude, at the University of Georgia in 1986. He has been a member of the State Bar of Georgia and the Macon Bar since 1986.
Mr. Alderman’s areas of practice include estate planning, preparation of wills, trusts, contracts, and prenuptial agreements, real estate transactions, adoptions, incorporations, small business advice, and general representation of charitable entities. He also is experienced in litigation in the areas of personal injury, insurance defense, commercial/contract, and real estate.
Mr. Alderman is married to the former Amy Holland of Dexter, Georgia. His community activities include: Macon Rotary Club, First Choice Primary Care, Goodwill Industries of Middle Georgia, Macon Heritage Foundation, Good Vocations, Middle Georgia Soccer Association, First Baptist Church of Christ, Museum of Arts & Sciences, and Wesley Glen Ministries.
Born in Kewanee, Illinois, in 1944, Mr. Hatcher attended The Choate School in Wallingford, Connecticut, and the Georgia Institute of Technology, graduating in 1968. He worked in production management for the John. H. Harland Company for ten years then attended the Walter F. George School of Law at Mercer University, graduating in 1981.
Mr. Hatcher joined Anderson, Walker and Reichert, LLP, in 1981. His areas of practice include creditor representation in all chapters of bankruptcy and bankruptcy litigation, contract negotiations, business sales and acquisitions, construction law and probate. He is a member of the Georgia State Bar and the Macon Bar Association.
Mr. Hatcher has served on the boards of Volunteer Macon, Macon Heritage Foundation, Hay House and the Macon Arts Alliance. He currently serves on the Board of the Museum of Arts & Sciences and the Board of Visitors for the Eugene W. Stetson School of Business at Mercer University.
Members of Christ Episcopal Church, Mr. Hatcher and his wife Joan have two sons and two grandsons and one granddaughter.
Mr. Reichert grew up in Macon, Georgia, attending Joseph Clisby Elementary School and Lanier High School. He was President of the Senior Class. He attended Emory University, where he was a member of Phi Beta Kappa and President of the Emory Glee Club. He received his law degree from Harvard Law School, where he was Vice President of the Harvard Journal on Legislation. Since his graduation in 1964, he has practiced law with Anderson, Walker and Reichert, LLP.
Mr. Reichert’s practice is primarily in the fields of wills, trusts, estate planning, taxation, and corporate and business matters. He served as Chairman of the Fiduciary Law Section and of the Tax Section of the State Bar of Georgia and as Chair of the Commission on Continuing Lawyer Competency. He has served on three Code Revision Committees: Trust Law, Probate Law, and Guardianship. He is a member of the American College of Trust and Estate Counsel and of the American College of Tax Counsel. He also is a Trustee of the Georgia Federal Tax Conference and is listed in the Best Lawyers in America.
Outside of his law practice, he has been active in the Boy Scouts, in church work, in Rotary International, and in the Community Foundation of Central Georgia.
Judge Brown spent his youngest years in Perry, Georgia and grew up in Macon from age 12. He attended Alexander III Elementary School and Lanier High School, where he served as an officer of the senior class and of the R.O.T.C. He attended Auburn University as a co-op Civil Engineering student, alternating school with surveying work for the Central of Georgia Railroad.
Judge Brown graduated from the Walter F. George School of Law at Mercer University in 1967. Upon graduation, he served in the office of Chief Counsel, Internal Revenue Service in New York City for two years and then returned to Macon, where he engaged in the general practice of law. He was sworn in as Judge of the Superior Court of the Macon Judicial Circuit in January, 1996 and served for 18 years, the last two years as Chief Judge. In his judgeship, Judge Brown handled a wide variety of cases, including domestic relations, criminal and civil. He conducted jury and non jury trials.
He resumed the private practice of law in January, 2014. He plans to practice general trial law, including personal injury, domestic and criminal law.
Outside of his law practice, Judge Brown has been active in the Boy Scouts. When in high school, he served as a summer camp counselor at Boy Scout Camp Benjamin Hawkins, where he taught aquatic skills (canoeing, rowing, swimming, lifesaving) and two years as the Nature Counselor teaching reptile and other animal courses.
Judge Brown is an avid reader of Scientific American Magazine and has been for several decades. He has also been very active in the humanities studies offered by the Georgia Counsel of Superior Court Judges and has taught several classes for Judges of the Superior Courts.
Judge Brown has taught Sunday School classes at several churches.
Judge Self joined the firm, as "Of Counsel," on February 1, 2013. He served as Judge of the Probate Court of Bibb County from April 18, 1989 until his retirement on December 31, 2012. He has been appointed by Governor Nathan Deal as a Senior Judge of the Probate Courts of Georgia. He will be practicing part-time only and will narrowly focus his practice on probate and guardianship/conservatorship matters and Elder Law.
Judge Self obtained his BBA (Accounting) in 1971 and his JD in 1974 from the University of Georgia. He is a member of the State Bar of Georgia, the Macon Bar Association, and the American Bar Association.
Since taking office in 1989, and in retirement, Judge Self has been an active member of and a Past President of the Georgia Council of Probate Court Judges. In 2000, he was named "Outstanding Probate Judge of the Year" by the Council. In 2010, Judge Self authored the Revised Handbook for Probate Judges in Georgia and has authored the 2011, 2012, 2013, and 2014 supplements. He also has authored the 2011, 2012, 2013 and 2014 supplements to the Georgia Probate Judges' Benchbook.
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