Joel McKie

Joel McKie: Attorney with Hall Booth Smith, P.C.
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Joel grew up on a peanut, cotton, watermelon, swine and cattle farm in Abbeville, Georgia. Instructed by those experiences on the farm, Joel now leads HBS’s food and agriculture industry group. Joel counsels farm and agribusiness clients, both institutional and family-owned, during every stage of farm land and agricultural operations transactions, including negotiations, due diligence, closing, and post-closing integration and operations. Joel also provides regulatory guidance and litigation services in the food, agriculture, timber, and energy spaces, including representing clients in front of the United States Department of Agriculture, the Georgia Department of Agriculture, and the Georgia Public Service Commission. A member of the firm’s management committee, Joel has also lead commercial and real estate transactions in the healthcare space.

Joel currently serves as the President of the University of Georgia College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences Alumni Association and is a member of the University of Georgia College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences Dean’s Advisory Council. A former State President and National Vice President for the National FFA Organization (formerly Future Farmers of America), Joel was twice appointed by former Governor Sonny Perdue to the Agricultural Education Advisory Commission. In August 2010, Georgia Trend listed him as one of the Movers and Shakers in the Georgia Agribusiness Industry. In 2011, Commissioner Gary W. Black appointed Joel to serve on the Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness task force for the Georgia Department of Agriculture. Joel was recognized in 2011 with the University of Georgia College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences Alumni Association Young Alumni Achievement Award.

Joel is active in the Georgia Agribusiness Council, a lifetime member of the National FFA Alumni Association, a member of the American Agricultural Law Association, and a member of the Agriculture Law Section and Animal Law Section of the Georgia Bar Association. Joel has been a guest speaker for the American Agricultural Law Association, the State Bar of Georgia Agriculture Law Section, the University of Georgia School of Law Annual Red Clay Conference, the Georgia Young Farmer Association, Georgia Farm Bureau, the Southeast Regional Fruit and Vegetables, and the Georgia Agritourism Association. Joel and his wife are members of Oak Grove United Methodist Church in Decatur, Georgia.


In re Dell Inc. Appraisal Litigation, Consol. C.A. No. 9322-VCL (Del. Ch. filed Oct. 29, 2013). Co-lead counsel for Dell in largest appraisal case ever tried in Delaware, concerning the value of Dell Inc. stock on the date the going private transaction closed.

Okada v. Wynn Resorts, Ltd., No. A-12-654-522-B (Clark County Nev. Super. Ct, filed Jan. 11, 2012). Represented a board member and major stockholder in action that established a director’s right to inspect corporate books and records under Nevada law, in action seeking books and records regarding $135 million donation to the University of Macau Development Foundation. Represented the board member in connection with a number of matters, including a proxy contest where the board member sought to nominate independent directors to the Wynn Resorts board of directors.

•Dell/EMC Merger Litigation - Co-lead counsel for Dell Inc. and its affiliates in connection with litigation in state and federal courts in Massachusetts, and Delaware Chancery Court, arising out of Dell’s proposed $67 billion acquisition of EMC Corporation.


Overcoming Bad Seed: Legal Protections for Farmers and Seed Dealer, Joel McKie., 18 May 2011


Rising Star, James Magazine, 2010, 2011
Young Alumni Achievement Award, University of Georgia College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences Alumni Association
Rising Star, Super Lawyers 2013-2017

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Hall Booth Smith Attorneys Recognized as Rising Stars in 2019 Georgia Super Lawyers Magazine

February 15, 2019
In the 2019 edition of the Georgia Super Lawyers magazine, the law firm of Hall Booth Smith (HBS) has once again been recognized for its

HBS Attorneys Named Rising Stars in the 2017 Georgia Super Lawyers Magazine

February 22, 2017
In the 2017 edition of the Georgia Super Lawyers magazine, the law firm of Hall Booth Smith (HBS) has once again been recognized for its

HBS Recognized by James Magazine

December 8, 2011
Hall Booth Smith, P.C. was recently ranked by James Magazine as the third top Large Law Firm Associated Lobbying Firms in their October/November 2011 Issue. In addition, five HBS attorneys

Joel Mckie to receive UGA achievement award

September 15, 2011
Joel Mckie will be recognized by the University of Georgia's College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences on September 15, 2011. He is one of two

James Magazine 2010 Rankings are out and HBS is proud of the outstanding results

December 7, 2010
James Magazine sets out every year to rank Georgia's lobbying corps. Hall Booth Smith moved up this year being ranked the 7th lobbying firm in the

Joel McKie Listed as an Agribusiness Mover and Shaker

August 7, 2010
In an article posted by Georgia Trend Magazine, attorney Joel McKie was listed as one of the Movers and Shakers in the Agribusiness Industry. The list generated by Georgia

Areas of Practice (7)

  • Agribusiness and Food
  • Business Litigation
  • Business Transactions
  • Energy, Regulatory & Utilities
  • Government Affairs
  • Real Estate
  • Agriculture and Food

Education & Credentials

Contact Information:
404-586-6608  Phone
404-954-5020  Fax
University Attended:
Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College, Associate of Science, with Highest Honors; University of Georgia, Bachelor of Science in Agriculture, Agribusiness, summa cum laude; University of Georgia, Juris Doctor, cum laude
Year of First Admission:
11th Circuit Court of Appeals; Northern District of Georgia; 2008, Georgia (all State; Middle District of Georgia; 2008, Superior Courts, Court of Appeals, and Supreme Court)


•State Bar of Georgia
•Agriculture Law Section
•National FFA Alumni Association
•UGA College of Agriculture and Enviormental Sciences Alumni Association, Past-President
•American Agricultural Law Association


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