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Hugh Peterson III

Partner Atlanta Vidalia
(404) 962-3591
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Education
  • Mercer University
    J.D., 1997
  • University of Georgia
    B.A., 1993
Bar Admissions
  • Georgia
About Hugh
I was born and raised in Georgia and have worked in Georgia my entire career.
Q&A
  • What previous experiences, prior to your work at Balch, influence your practice?

    As director of intergovernmental relations for Georgia Governor Roy E. Barnes, I served as the Governor's liaison to the White House, Congress, and Federal Agencies. I worked closely on the state and federal level to achieve objectives beneficial to Georgia. 

    I have also served on the board of directors of VNS Corporation, Vidalia, Georgia from 2000-2015 and NW Services Corporation, Ringgold, Georgia from 2004-2015.  

    Additionally, I served as corporate counsel for VNS Corporation, Vidalia, Georgia from 2000-2015. In this position I procured and managed outside counsel and advised the board on general legal issues.

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MORE ABOUT Hugh
  • Personal injury action in Barrow County Superior Court: Represented an individual and electric utility and received a favorable verdict in a jury trial as a result of a motor vehicle accident. 
  • Monetary damages claim against an insurer: U.S. District Court, Southern District of Georgia, Dublin Division; represented community bank and received a favorable settlement in an action related to employee fraud.
  • Personal injury action in Screven County Superior Court: Defended an individual and private utility contractor and received a favorable verdict in a jury trial as a result of a motor vehicle accident. 
  • Wrongful death claim: U.S. District Court, Southern District of Georgia, Waycross Division, defended publicly traded corporation in a wrongful death action. Court granted Defendants Motion for Summary Judgment.
    Education
    • Mercer University, J.D., 1997
    • University of Georgia, B.A., 1993
    Bar Admissions
    • Georgia
    Professional Affiliations
    • VNS Corporation; Corporate General Counsel, 2003 - 2015; Board of Directors, 2000 - 2015
    • NW Services Corporation; Board of Directors, 2004 - 2015
    • Georgia Bankers Association, Bank Counsel Division, Board of Directors, 2005 – present 
    Awards & Accolades
    • Georgia Super Lawyers Rising Stars
    Community Involvement
    • Leadership Georgia, Class of 2005
    • Georgia Wildlife Federation, Board of Directors
    • Richard B. Russell Foundation, University of Georgia, Board of Trustees, 2012-present
    • Northside United Methodist Church, Atlanta
    Clerkships
    • Georgia Court of Appeals, Honorable Gary Andrews, 1997