Perry & Walters, LLP

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Firm Overview

Experience and study are our weapons of choice. At Perry & Walters, LLP, we have honed our focus and gained a wealth of experience in the following areas: Agricultural and Commercial Litigation, Corporate and Business Law, County and Municipal Government Law, Criminal Defense, Education Law, Election Law, Estate Planning, Family Law, General Litigation, Insurance Defense, Personal Injury, Public Finance Law, Real Estate Law, and Trust and Estate Litigation.

At Perry & Walters, LLP, our attorneys pay close attention to detail and respond efficiently and effectively to clients' needs. As established experts in the field, our team has experience in handling trial and appellate litigation, as well as mediation and arbitration, in federal and state courts. When you need a fierce advocate, place your trust in Perry & Walters.

Steeped in tradition, invested in today, and prepared for the future, the attorneys at Perry & Walters carry a long and unbroken history of excellent service to clients and commitment to the highest standards of competence, scholarship and professionalism. A brief look at the personal histories of our members reflects professional recognition and individual leadership in court, in the community, and in every phase of the practice of law.

Whether dealing with complex litigation, delicate legal negotiations, intricate issues of local government and finance, confrontation in family matters, criminal charges, or personal tragedy, we are equipped and ready to meet the expectations of our clients. We are large enough in number and sufficiently diverse in experience to recognize the different perspectives presented by the needs of each client. We are small enough to know and listen to our clients and to understand their wishes.

We take pride in our history and what we represent as a firm, but we do not rest on past accomplishment. The law is often swift as it changes to meet today's challenges. It must be continuously studied and thoroughly known by those who would master the craft of "lawyering."

Our commitment and our mission are to provide our clients with exceptional service through knowledge of the law, experienced advocacy, and innovative representation. Spend a few minutes on these pages to see who we are. If our talent and experience match your needs, then contact us. We may be a perfect fit. If so, we would be pleased to represent you.
Main Office

Main Office
212 North Westover Boulevard
Albany  FL  31707

Phone
  • 229-439-4000
Estate Planning
Protect today. Plan for tomorrow.
The attorneys at Perry & Walters are highly skilled, wealth management strategists. Estate planning involves more than the preservation of your wealth. Our attorneys help establish a directive for your assets and health in the future. Proactive steps can ensure your wishes are maintained in the event of physical/mental incapacity, reduce taxes and even eliminate probate. From the simplest wills to the most complex estate plans, our attorneys are committed to creating the right strategies and safeguards to ensure your requests are met.

Kelly Rawlerson

Practice Areas:
-General Litigation
-Insurance Defense Litigation
-Construction Litigation
-Real Estate

Memberships:
-Dougherty Circuit Bar Association
-State Bar of Georgia

Education:
-University of Georgia, J.D.
-Valdosta State University, B.S.

Admissions:
-Georgia Court of Appeals
-Georgia Supreme Court
-United States District Court for the Middle District of Georgia
-Eleventh Circuit Court of Appeals
-United States Supreme Court

Kelly Raulerson is a partner in the firm. His practice covers general litigation, insurance defense litigation, construction litigation as well as real estate. With both state and federal trial experience, Mr. Raulerson has extensive knowledge of the court system. In addition, his appellate expertise includes more than 30 reported cases in the Georgia Court of Appeals and the Georgia Supreme Court.

Mr. Raulerson's legal career began in the Judge Advocate General's Corps of the United States Army. While there, he gained litigation experience as both a prosecuting and defense attorney for Special and General Courts Martial. His military courtroom experience also included serving as a Judge for Special Courts Martial. Mr. Raulerson's service to his country earned him the Bronze Medal for his service in Vietnam.
Education
  • University of Georgia
    Juris Doctorate

Edgar Campbell

Practice Areas
-Corporate Litigation
-Family Law
-Insurance Defense
-Personal Injury

Memberships
-American Bar Association
-Dougherty Circuit Bar Association
-State Bar of Georgia

Education
-Mercer University, L.L.B.
-Emory University, B.A.

Robert Edgar Campbell is a partner in the firm. He has extensive trial experience which includes representing defendants charged with various criminal offenses, representing counties, municipalities, public officers and governmental officials, defending corporations, insurance defense, representing plaintiffs and defendants in cases ranging from wrongful death to products liability, and family law.

In 1992, Mr. Campbell received a nomination from President George Bush for a federal district judgeship in the Middle District of Georgia.
Education
  • Mercer University
    LL.B.

Franklin "Flin" T. Coleman, IV

Practice Areas:
-Local Government
-Employment and Civil Rights Defense
-Environmental Code Enforcement
-Zoning & Land Use

Memberships:
-Dougherty Circuit Bar Association
-State Bar of Georgia

Education:
-University of Mississippi, J.D.
-Georgia Institute of Technology, B.S.

Admissions:
-U.S. District Court, Middle District of Georgia
-U.S. Court of Appeals
-Eleventh Circuit Superior Courts
-Georgia Court of Appeals

Flin Coleman is a partner in the firm. His practice specializes in local government including litigations related to zoning, land use, environmental code enforcement, and personnel matters. Mr. Coleman regularly represents counties, municipalities, school districts and other government authorities.

Currently, Mr. Coleman serves as City Solicitor for a number of local municipalities in South
Education
  • University of Mississippi
    Juris Doctorate

Tommy Coleman

Practice Areas:
-Local Government
-Education Law
-Election Law
-Public Finance
-Zoning & Land Use

Memberships:
-Dougherty Circuit Bar Association
-State Bar of Georgia
-Georgia Municipal Association (former President City Attorney's Section)
-Association of County Commissioners of Georgia (County Attorney's Section)
Georgia Council of School Board Attorneys

Education:
-University of Georgia, M.A.
-University of Georgia, B.A. (magna cum laude) Phi Beta Kappa

Admissions:
-United States District Court, Middle and Northern Districts of Georgia
-United States Courts of Appeal 11th Circuit
-Georgia Court of Appeals
-Georgia Supreme Court

Tommy Coleman is a partner in the firm. His practice covers local government, in particular, litigations related to municipalities, public finance, election law, zoning and land use planning. With a background in local government and finance, Mr. Coleman has built a distinguished list of clients including many cities, counties, school boards and regional solid waste management authorities.

Mr. Coleman entered the legal arena following an extensive career as a public servant. He served four terms as Mayor of the City of Albany and four years as a City Commissioner of the City of Albany. In addition, he is a graduate of Leadership Georgia and in 1992 was named "100 Most Influential Georgians" by Georgia Trend Magazine.

J. Huff Croxton Jr.

Practice Areas:
-Corporate Law
-Wills, Trusts and Estates
-Transactions and Taxation

Memberships:
-Dougherty Circuit Bar Association
-State Bar of Georgia
-American Bar Association

Education:
-University of Georgia School of Law, J.D.
-Florida State University

Huff Croxton is a partner in the firm. He specializes in the areas of corporations, partnerships, and LLC's, business transactions, taxation, estate planning, trusts and estates, and probate. Specifically, Mr. Croxton advises clients on matters pertaining to the selection of the proper entity for a business, the development of documentation governing the business relationships between participants, the integration of the business into the personal family and estate plan of individual participants, and the most appropriate structures to achieve maximum taxation efficiency.

Mr. Croxton also advises clients on estate planning matters from the most basic wills and trusts to more complex estate plans designed to achieve family planning goals while minimizing estate and gift taxes.

A proud father of three, Mr. Croxton is a member of the State Bar of Georgia and the Albany Rotary Club. He is past president of the Albany Symphony and currently serves on the Board of Directors for the Albany Museum of Art as well as the on the Board of Trustees for several charitable trusts and foundations.
Education
  • University of Georgia School of Law
    Juris Doctorate

Jimmie Davis

Practice Areas:
-Local Government
-Public Finance
-Election Law
-Zoning & Land Use Planning
-Education Law

Memberships:
-Dougherty Circuit Bar Association
-State Bar of Georgia
-American Bar Association
-Georgia Municipal Association

Education:
-Emory University, J.D.
-Young Harris Junior College

Admissions:
-State Bar of Georgia
-United States District Court, Middle District of Georgia
-United States Courts of Appeal for 5th and 11th Circuits
-United States Supreme Court
-Georgia Court of Appeals
-Georgia Supreme Court


Jimmie Davis is of counsel in the firm. His practice specializes in local government, public finance, election law, zoning and land use planning. Davis has spent more than 70 years in the practice of the law.

Mr. Davis was born in Lexington, North Carolina, on October 8, 1917. He attended Young Harris Junior College and transferred to Emory University where he graduated in 1941 with an L.L.B. Later that year he was admitted to the Georgia Bar.

He served as a Representative to the General Assembly of Georgia from 1949-1950, as President of the Albany Bar Association from 1949-1950 and again in 1975, and as Vice President of the Albany Bar Association in 1950. He was elected Mayor of the City of Albany serving from 1964-1967. He also served as City Attorney for the City of Albany for 23 years (1968-1991). Mr. Davis represented the Albany Department of Community Development from its inception until he retired as City Attorney. During that period he structured numerous real estate transactions, negotiated contracts for the department, and interpreted HUD Rules and Regulations to ensure compliance by the department. He also represented the Albany Water, Gas and Light Commission for 25 years (1968-1993).

In addition to his practice, Davis is also a published author of two books of poetry, "Trickles From a Dry Well" and "Late Harvest."
Education
  • Emory University
    Juris Doctorate

Pete Donaldson

Practice Areas:
-Civil and Criminal Trials
-Family Law
-Probate Litigation
-Appellate Practice

Memberships:

-Fellow of the American Bar Foundation
-United States Supreme Court Historical Society
-Fellow, American College of Trial Lawyers
-Georgia Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, President 2011-2012
-National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
-National Criminal Defense College, Faculty 2001 present
-Bill Daniel Trial Practice Institute, Faculty 2002 present
Dougherty Circuit Bar Association, Past President

Education:

-University of Georgia, J.D. 1972
-Editorial Board, Georgia Law Review 1970-1972
-University of Georgia, B.A. 1969
-Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College, A.A. 1967

Admissions:

-All Trial Courts for the State of Georgia
-Georgia Court of Appeals
-Georgia Supreme Court
-United States District Courts for the Northern and Middle Districts of Georgia
-United States Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit
-United States Supreme Court

Recognitions:

"AV Preeminent" (highest possible) Martindale-Hubble peer review rating for more than 25 years
Georgia Trend Magazine: "Georgia Super Lawyers"
Atlanta Magazine: "Top Lawyers in Georgia"
American Society of Legal Advocates: "Top 100 Criminal Defense Lawyers in the State of Georgia"

Recognized as one of the state's premier criminal defense lawyers, Mr. Donaldson is equally at home in civil litigation involving transactional issues, agricultural issues, general tort litigation, family law and probate litigation. He has successfully tried cases before juries in Atlanta, Savannah, Macon, Columbus, Valdosta, and Albany and in each of the 25 counties in Southwest Georgia. He also has an active appellate practice and has presented over 60 cases in the Appellate Courts of Georgia and the United States Eleventh Circuit Court of Appeals.

Mr. Donaldson frequently lectures before legal groups, associations and trial practice programs on various subjects related to litigation andprofessionalism.
Education
  • University of Georgia
    Juris Doctorate

Keith Dorough

Practice Areas:
-Commercial Real Estate
-Residential Real Estate

Memberships:
-Dougherty Circuit Bar Association
-State Bar of Georgia

Education:
-Emory University, J.D.
-Mercer University, B.A.

Admissions:
United States District Court for Middle District of Georgia
Trial & Appellate Courts for State of Georgia

Information:
Keith Dorough is a partner in the firm. His practice covers all facets of residential and commercial real estate transactions. A native of South Georgia, Mr. Dorough was born in Cordele. After graduating from Mercer University with his Bachelor of Arts, he went on to pursue his law degree at Emory University. While at Emory, Mr. Dorough was honored as a member of the Emory Chapter of The Order of the Coif.

He and his wife Rachel have two children and are members of the Christ United Methodist Church in Albany.
Education
  • Emory University
    Juris Doctorate

Matthew L. Jones

Practice Areas:

-Wills, Trusts and Estates
-Transactions and Taxation
-Corporate Law
-General Civil Litigation

Memberships:
-State Bar of Georgia
-American Bar Association

Education:
-University of Georgia, B.A.
-Mercer University, J.D.

Admissions:
-Georgia Superior Courts
-Georgia Supreme Court

Memberships:
-State Bar of Georgia
-American Bar Association
-Dougherty County Bar Association

Matthew Jones is an associate in the firm. His practice concentrates in Wills, Trusts and Estates, Transactions and Taxation, Corporate Law, and General Civil Litigation.

Matthew is a graduate of the University of Georgia where he received a Bachelor's of Arts in History and a Bachelor's of Arts in Spanish in 2009. While at UGA, he served a term as Treasurer and a term as President of the local chapter of Alpha Kappa Lambda Fraternity, and was a member of UGAHeroes.

In 2013, Matthew graduated cum laude from the Walter F. George School of Law at Mercer University in Macon, Georgia. Matthew also received a Certificate in Advanced Legal Writing, Research, and Drafting. While attending law school, he was captain of the Ruby B. Vale Moot Court, Look at the Law Editor of the Mercer Law Free Press, and President of the Student Georgia Trial Lawyers Association. He was admitted to the Georgia Bar in 2013.
Education
  • Mercer University
    Juris Doctorate

Richard W. Fields

Practice Areas:
-Products Liability
-Trucking Law
-Commercial Litigation
-Agricultural Law
-Personal Injury
-Insurance
-General Civil
-Estate Litigation

Memberships:
-Dougherty Circuit Bar Association
-Georgia Defense Lawyers Association
-American Bar Association
-Georgia Bankers' Association
-Georgia State Bar Association

Education:
-University of Georgia, J.D.
-University of West Georgia, B.A.

Admissions:
-Georgia Supreme Court
-Georgia Court of Appeals
-United States District Court Middle Georgia
-United States District Court Northern Georgia
-11th Circuit Court of Appeals

Richard W. Fields is a partner in the firm. His practice covers civil litigation in a variety of areas including personal injury, trucking accidents, wrongful death, insurance defense, general civil and estate. In addition, Mr. Fields handles commercial litigation with a particular concentration in agricultural law and numerous Lanham Act cases.

With an impressive list of clients, including Georgia Farm Bureau, Zurich Insurance, AG South Genetics, and the University of Georgia Research Foundation, Mr. Fields has a proven track record of success in bench and jury trials. His dedication to his community mirrors his commitment to his practice. He has served on the board of the Rotary of Dougherty County and as a board trustee for Deerfield Windsor Preparatory School.

His bar activities have included service as a faculty member of the Georgia Defense Lawyers Trial Academy and as a lecturer for various ICLE continuing legal education programs.
Education
  • University of Georgia
    Juris Doctorate

Misty Garrett Haskins

Practice Areas:
-General Litigation
-Criminal Defense
-Family Law
-Personal Injury

Memberships:
-Dougherty Circuit Bar Association
-State Bar of Georgia (Including the Family Law Section)
-American Bar Association
-Georgia Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
-National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers

Education:
-Mercer University, J.D.
-Georgia College & State University, B.A. (summa cum laude)

Admissions:
-Supreme Court of Georgia
-Court of Appeals of Georgia
-United States District Court for the Middle and Northern Districts of Georgia
-11th Circuit United States Court of Appeals
-United States Supreme Court

Information:
Misty Garrett Haskins is an associate in the firm. Her practice covers general civil and criminal litigation and a significant portion of her practice centers on family law.

Mrs. Haskins received her Juris Doctor from the Walter F. George School of Law at Mercer University in 2001, where she served as a member of the Mercer Law Review, was active in the Mercer Association of Women Law Students and Phi Alpha Delta, and also served as a Judicial Clerk to Honorable Hugh P. Thompson of the Georgia Supreme Court. Prior to attending law school, Mrs. Haskins attended Georgia College & State University where she earned her B.A., summa cum laude, in English Literature, with minors in French and Art History, in 1998.

Mrs. Haskins and her husband, Charlton, have two young daughters and are members of Sherwood Baptist Church.

Quote
"You never really understand a person until you consider things from his point of view, until you climb inside of his skin and walk around in it."
- Atticus Finch, To Kill a Mockingbird
Education
  • Mercer University
    Juris Doctorate

Kim Mark Minix

Practice Areas:
-Bankruptcy
-Employment Law
-Insurance Defense
-Commercial Litigation
-Construction
-General Civil Litigation

Memberships:
-Dougherty Circuit Bar Association
-State Bar of Georgia
-(Including the Tort & Insurance Litigation and the Bankruptcy & Creditors Rights Sections)

Education:
-Mercer University, J.D.
-University of Georgia, B.A.

Admissions:
-United States District Court for the Northern, Middle, and Southern Districts of Georgia
-Supreme Court of Georgia
-Georgia Court of Appeals

Kim Minix is an associate in the firm. His practice specializes in the areas of bankruptcy, debtors' and creditors' rights, including the representation of family farmers in bankruptcy, employment law, and the representation of public and private entities. In addition, he also concentrates in insurance defense in areas of general liability as well as commercial, construction, and general civil litigation.

Mr. Minix has extensive experience in preparing contracts, purchase and sale agreements, workout plans, liquidation and reorganization plans, complex settlement agreements along with various other transactional documents. Following law school, he clerked for the Honorable John T. Laney, III, Chief Bankruptcy Judge for Middle District of Georgia.
Education
  • Mercer University
    Juris Doctorate

Jonathan Morris

Practice Areas:
-Local Government & Education
-Property Tax
-General Litigation

Memberships:
-Dougherty Circuit Bar Association
-State Bar of Georgia

Education:
-Georgia State University College of Law, J.D.
-Mercer University, B.S.

Jonathan Morris is an associate in the firm. His practice specializes in local government, property tax, and general civil litigation.

Mr. Morris is a graduate of Mercer University where he received a B.S. in Computer Science in 2005. While at Mercer University, he served as a Justice on the University Honor Council, and was a member of the Phi Delta Theta fraternity and Upsilon Phi Epsilon, the Computer Science Honor Society. In 2009, Mr. Morris graduated magna cum laude from the Georgia State University College of Law where he served as Associate Editor of the Georgia State University Law Review. He was admitted to the Georgia Bar in 2009.
Education
  • Georgia State University College of Law
    Juris Doctorate

James "Jay" E. Reynolds, Jr.

Practice Areas:
-Wills, Trusts and Estates
-Transactions and Taxation
-Representation of Governmental Authorities

Memberships:
-State Bar of Georgia (Former Board of Governor)
-State Bar of Florida
-American Bar Association
-Dougherty Circuit Bar Association (Past President)
-Albany Estate Planning Council
-Emory University Law School Council

Education:
-University of the South, B.A., 1966
-Emory University School of Law, J.D., 1970

James E. "Jay" Reynolds, Jr., a partner in the firm, primarily works in the area of wills, trust, estate planning and administration, taxation and transactional law, such as the purchase and sale of businesses and other major assets. He has spoken on such various legal topics from time to time, including presentations as a part of seminars conducted through the Georgia Bar Association's Continuing Legal Education Programs.

Mr. Reynolds is a Fellow in the American College of Trust and Estate Counsel and has been listed multiple times in both Best Lawyers in America and as a Georgia Super Lawyer. He was admitted to the State Bar of Georgia in 1970 and the State Bar of Florida in 1972 and is a member of the American Bar Association (section of Real Property, Trust and Estate Law). He served for seven years as a Member of the Board of Governors of the State Bar of Georgia, is a past president of the Dougherty Circuit Bar Association and the Albany Estate Planning Council and has served as a member of the Emory University Law School Council.

Following graduation from law school, Mr. Reynolds moved to Albany where he joined the Perry and Walters group. He has since been active in civic affairs, including The Albany Museum of Art, The Harold and Sara Wetherbee Foundation and The James M. Barnett Jr. Foundation. He has also served on the boards of and participated in many local civic organizations, such as the American Red Cross, the Thronateeska Heritage Museum, United Way, the Sertoma Club and the Albany Rotary Club.

Mr. Reynolds and his wife, Pam, have been active members of St. Paul's Episcopal Church (including terms on the Church Vestry and as Senior Warden and he serves as a Trustee of the Church's Endowment Fund). In 1992, Mr. and Mrs. Reynolds participated in establishing a YoungLife chapter in the Albany/Leesburg, Georgia area and they have recently begun to again serve on the YoungLife Committee.

Edgar "Ed" B. Wilkin, Jr.

Practice Areas:
-Insurance Litigation
-General Civil Litigation

Memberships:
-Dougherty Circuit Bar Association (Former President)
-State Bar of Georgia (Former Member, Board of Governors)
-Georgia Defense Lawyers Association
-Fellow, American College of Trial Lawyers

Education:
-Emory University, J.D.
-Emory University, B.A.

Admissions:
-Georgia Court of Appeals
-Georgia Supreme Court
-United States District Courts
-11th Circuit Court of Appeals

Edgar B. Wilkin, Jr. is a partner in the firm. His practice is concentrated in the areas of civil litigation and insurance litigation. He has extensive trial experience in both the state and federal court systems. He is a member of the American Board of Trial Advocates and, in 1987, was inducted as a Fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers.
Education
  • Emory University
    Juris Doctorate
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