Atlanta Attorney Hugh C. Wood

Areas of Expertise:

  • Real Estate Litigation
  • Construction Litigation
  • Foreclosure Litigation (Lender)
  • Lender Defense
  • Condemnation Litigation
  • Complex Civil Litigation
  • Probate Litigation
  • Mineral Law

Email hwood@woodandmeredith.com


PRACTICE PROFILE

AV rating Martindale-Hubbell

EDUCATION

  • LL.M., in Litigation, Emory University, Atlanta, Georgia, 1986.
  • J.D., University of Alabama, Tuscaloosa, Alabama, 1983. PAD
  • B.S.B.A., (Marketing/Finance) Auburn University, Auburn, Alabama, 1980, (with honors) (SGA, Senator, Phi Eta Sigma, Lamda Sigma, Squires). 

ADMISSIONS

  • FEDERAL United States Supreme Court, United States Circuit Court for the 11th Circuit (Atlanta, Georgia), United States Circuit Court for the 4th Circuit (Richmond, Virginia), United States District Courts, Northern & Middle District of Georgia, Southern District of West Virginia, United States Tax Court.
  • GEORGIA Georgia Supreme Court and Court of Appeals.
  • VIRGINIA Virginia Supreme Court and Circuit Courts.
  • WEST VIRGINIA Supreme Court of Appeals and Circuit Courts.

FOCUS OF PRACTICE

Civil Litigation

  • In 2005, the firm settled tax claims associated with commercial property exceeding 30 million dollars of property value..
  • In 2004, the firm settled tax claims associated with commercial property exceeding 200 million dollars of property value
  • In 2002, (and again in 2003) the firm obtained a multi-million dollar mineral law judgment.
  • In 1998, the firm resolved one of the largest multi-million dollar prefiling personal injury settlements in Georgia.
  • 1995, the firm completed the then largest partition of real property in Georgia — 7,000 acres.

Real Estate Disputes

  • Complex Civil Litigation
  • Lender Defense; Foreclosure Defense
  • Partition of Lands, Co-Tenancy, Co-Ownership and Boundary Disputes.
  • General Contractor defense concerning shopping center buildout in: Georgia, Maryland, Florida, California, Missouri and Minnesota.
  • Foreclosure Disputes.
  • Condemnation Litigation for the Georgia Power Company.
  • Representation of Landowners in Condemnation Disputes
  • Landlord Representation
  • Title Defects and Disputes, Restrictive Covenant Disputes
  • Commercial and Residential Evictions
  • Mineral Law, Opinions, Representation
  • Trespass, Water & Flooding Problems and Conversion of Property
  • Active Georgia Real Estate License.

Probate Disputes

  • Will and Trust Litigation.
  • Probate and Estate Administration.
  • Probate and Estate Litigation.
  • Caveat Litigation.

Mineral Law

  • Extensive Mineral Representation in Georgia.
  • Extensive Knowledge of Marble, Kaolin, and Aggregates in Georgia.
  • Extensive Representation of Landowners Concerning the Subsurface Partition of Mineral Lands.

PROFESSIONAL LEADERSHIP

  • President, Real Estate Section, Atlanta Bar, 2002, Vice President, 2001, Treasurer, 2000; (Member at Large, 1998-1999); Member Real Estate Section State Bar of Georgia, Real Estate Section Atlanta Bar and Litigation Section of the Atlanta Bar.
  • Commissioner to Sell Real Property per Court Order, Appointed by Superior Court of Fulton County
  • Fiduciary Law Section of the Georgia State Bar.
  • Represented Landowners in the largest court supervised partition of Real Estate in Georgia history — 7,000 acres. Obtained and Managed valuations on the subsurface minerals, fee simple surface and timber rights on 7,000 acres.
  • Editor, Georgia Law Monitor, an online publication dedicated to monitoring issues on appeal before the Georgia Supreme Court in the areas of real estate ownership, management, transactions and property taxation.
  • Avoiding Civil And Criminal Involvement for Real Estate Appraisers.  NBI, April 2004.  Atlanta, Georgia.
  • Foreclosure Law: Current Legal Issues;  Presented to the Georgia Real Property Law Institute, Ameila Island Plantation, Florida.  May 9-11, 2002
  • City Attorney, City of Lithonia.  (2001 to 2003)
  • 2004  Resolved property tax claims in excess of 50 Million Dollars.
  • 2003  Managed successful annexation of DeKalb County property into the corporate limits of the City of Lithonia. 
  • American Trial Lawyers Association (ATLA)
  • Presiding Judge and Evaluator, Georgia Mock Trial Competition.  (1998 – 2001).
  • Hugh C. Wood, “Recent ‘Pro Se’ Ruling Affects Most Courts,” Fulton County Daily Reporter, March 27, 1997.
  • Co-Chair, Author and Lecturer, Abusive Litigation, ICLE, February 1997, Atlanta, GA; Author and Lecturer, Abusive Litigation, ICLE, February 2002 and February 2003.  Presentation of: Rule 11: Landmines for Lawyers in the 11th Circuit.  2003 Rule 11 Update.
  • Author, Update on Eckles: Major Changes in “Pro Se” Representation, The Litigator, May 1997.
    Author, Metro Probate: Navigating the Jurisdictional Maze, The Litigator, November, 1996.
  • Author and Lecturer, 1996 Annual Start to Finish Seminar, “How to Get Around Defendant’s Refusal to Turnover Requested Documents,” GTLA, Atlanta, 1996.
  • Co-Author, Residential and Commercial Evictions in Georgia, NBI, Eau Claire, Wisconsin, (1998); CLE, Atlanta, 1998. (Co-Authors: James A. Gober, Arnall, Golden & Gregory, Atlanta, GA; John J. Wiles, Wiles & Wiles, Marietta, GA).
  • Author and Lecturer, Handling Problem Tenants and Evictions in Georgia, NBI, Eau Claire, Wisconsin, (1996); CLE, Atlanta, 1996.
  • Author and Lecturer, Unintended Mischief: The New Workers Compensation Assignment Statute O.C.G.A. § 34-9-11.1Ga State Bar Journal, Spring 1995. See, 47 Mercer L. Rev. 405.
  • General Counsel, (GFYRC), Georgia Republican Party, 1993 – 1996.
  • Co-Author, Textbook, Advanced Trial Problems and Case File, 1st Ed, (NITA, 1988). ISBN 1-55681-121-7.
  • Author and Lecturer, Worker’s Compensation for the GP, (Atlanta and Savannah, April 1995) (Lectured on the Statute of Limitation Effects of O.C.G.A. § 34-9-11.1).
  • Represented Clients in the first case to apply the offensive use of collateral estoppel in a wrongful death action, Winding River, et al. v. Barnett, 218 Ga. App. 35, 459 S.E.2d 569 (1995), cert. denied.
  • Counsel, Co-Counsel or Appellate Counsel on many major cases cited in Georgia with regard to the interpretation of partition of real property, O.C.G.A. § 44-6-166.1.
  • Litigation occurs on an event by event basis in the economic life of clients.  Litigation representation now, or in the past, has been provided to:
  •   Chase Manhattan Bank
  • JPMorgan  Chase
  • • NationsBank Trust
  • •   Bank of America
  • • BankBoston Mortgage
  • •  Fannie Mae
  •  GE Capital Mortgage
  •  Georgia Power Company (Transmission and Condemnation) Washington Mutual, Inc.

     Wells Fargo

    • Homeside Lending

    • EquiCredit

    Countrywide

     Fleet Mortgage, etc.

     Alliance Mortgage Company

     Charter One Mortgage

    MidAmericaApartmentCommunities

    for Trust Company Bank

    United General Title

    Sumitomo Corp. of America (Realty)

CIVIC AND PERSONAL

  • Board of Directors: Northlake Commons (1994 – 2004).
  • 2000 Atlanta Half Marathon
  • Intern, Hon. Edward Johnson (1986).

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