Bouhan, Williams & Levy LLP attorneys named corporate Super Lawyers
Sonny Seiler, Walter Hartridge recognized for their expertise
(SAVANNAH, Ga.) – Bouhan, Williams & Levy LLP attorneys Frank “Sonny” Seiler and Walter Hartridge have been named corporate Super Lawyers in the Super Lawyers Corporate Counsel Edition. Super Lawyers is a rating service of outstanding lawyers from more than 70 practice areas who have attained a high-degree of peer recognition and professional achievement. Super Lawyers Corporate Counsel Edition features attorneys selected from the Super Lawyers list with a concentration in the business practice area. The edition goes to in-house counsel and CEOs of Fortune 1000 companies.
Frank “Sonny” Seiler has an extensive litigation practice which includes defense of personal injury claims, medical malpractice, products liability law, prosecution of serious personal injury claims, white collar criminal cases, and divorce/domestic relations matters. Seiler is well known for serving as lead defense counsel in the Jim Williams murder trials that were later made famous by their inclusion in John Berendt’s book “Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil.” The publication Best Lawyers in America, Woodward/ White, has listed Seiler since 1983 and he was named by the American Trial Lawyers Association to the Top 100 Trial Lawyers in the state.
Several positions of note which Seiler has held include President of the State Bar of Georgia, as well as serving on the Board of Governors of the State Bar of Georgia. He is a past member of the Eleventh Circuit Court of Appeals Committee on Lawyer Qualifications and Conduct and has also served as Chairman of the Board of Trustees for the Institute of Continuing Legal Education. Seiler was named to the State Judicial Nominating Commission by Governor Carter in 1973 and served on this Commission under three different governors. He is a Fellow of the American Bar Foundation and a fellow of the International Academy of Trial Lawyers.
Seiler graduated from the University of Georgia with a B.B.A. in 1956 and received his J.D. in 1957. A native of Savannah, Seiler and his family have owned the Georgia Bulldog mascot for 56 years. Seiler has received the University of Georgia School of Law Distinguished Service Award and was the recipient of the William W. Franklin 1998 Volunteer of the Year Award. He is a past president of the University of Georgia National Alumni Association. Seiler and his wife Cecelia received the National Alumni Merit Award, the highest recognition given by the University to its Alumni. The Seiler family has been named the University of Georgia 2011-2012 Family of the Year for their service to the university.
Walter Hartridge has a broad-ranging litigation practice which includes complex commercial litigation, class action suits, defense of personal injury claims, prosecution of serious personal injury claims, medical malpractice, products liability, construction litigation, securities litigation and maritime litigation. His extensive litigation experience includes serving as lead trial counsel in a number of major adversary proceedings in the United States Bankruptcy Court for the Southern District of Georgia, serving as co-lead counsel in a major class action brought against the directors of a company for breach of fiduciary duty, and successfully defending or concluding several class action suits. He has handled a number of major limitation actions and has represented various maritime interests in asserting maritime liens against vessels.
Hartridge served for 34 years as a member of the Board of Governors of the State Bar of Georgia. He served two terms as a member of the Judicial Qualifications Commission of Georgia and is included in the publication The Best Lawyers In America, Naifeh and Smith, in the categories of Business Litigation and Maritime Law. He is a past member and Vice-Chairperson of the State Disciplinary Board Review Panel of the State Bar of Georgia and a past Trustee of the Institute for Continuing Legal Education in Georgia. Hartridge is a member and past Chairman of the Southeastern Admiralty Law Institute and is a member of the Maritime Law Association of the United States. He is also a member of the Georgia Defense Lawyers Association and a Fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers. He has been recognized as a Super Lawyer in Georgia since 2005. He is also designated as a top attorney in business litigation in the Corporate Counsel Edition of Super Lawyers.
After receiving his B.A. with Distinction from the University of Virginia, Hartridge did postgraduate work at the University of Munich in 1957-1958 and received an LL.B. from Harvard Law School in 1961.
The current issue of Super Lawyers magazine features the list. Super Lawyers selects attorneys using a rigorous, multiphase rating process. Peer nominations and evaluations are combined with third party research. Each candidate is evaluated on 12 indicators of peer recognition and professional achievement. Selections are made on an annual, state-by-state basis.
The objective is to create a credible, comprehensive and diverse listing of outstanding attorneys that can be used as a resource for attorneys and consumers searching for legal counsel.
More information about the honor can be found online at http://www.superlawyers.com.
About Bouhan, Williams & Levy LLP:
Founded in 1886, Bouhan, Williams & Levy LLP is a broad-based, general law practice with an emphasis in corporate, business and transactional law and civil litigation on the local, national and international levels. The firm provides services to a range of clientele including major corporations, small businesses, professional entities, insurance companies, financial and lending institutions, non-profit corporations, individuals and public sector boards and authorities. Bouhan, Williams & Levy LLP and its attorneys have consistently been named to prestigious groups such as the 2011-2012 U.S. News & World Report’s Best Law Firms Rankings, Best Lawyers in America, Georgia Lawyers, Rising Stars, Georgia Trend’s Legal Elite, and the American Trial Lawyers Association’s Top 100 Attorneys in Georgia, among others. Bouhan, Williams & Levy LLP is headquartered in the Armstrong House at 447 Bull Street in Savannah, Georgia.