John M. Tatum

John M. Tatum: Attorney with HunterMaclean
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Biography

Experience

John Tatum is a partner in the Firm’s Savannah office. John concentrates his practice on business litigation including business torts, contractual and commercial disputes, fraud cases, RICO, ERISA, business governance and financial disputes, intellectual property disputes, and class actions.

He is a fellow in the American College of Trial Lawyers and is listed in The Best Lawyers in America for Bet-the-Company Litigation, Commercial Litigation, ERISA Litigation, Intellectual Property Litigation, and Trusts & Estates Litigation. He was named Lawyer of the Year for 2012 in Bet-the-Company Litigation for Savannah.

John graduated with a B.A. in 1965 and an LL.B. in 1968 from the University of Georgia. In law school, he was a justice on the Honor Court and served as decisions editor for the Georgia Law Review from 1967 to 1968.

He is admitted to practice in the U.S. Supreme Court; the U.S. Courts of Appeals for the Third, Fourth, Fifth, and Eleventh Circuits; the U.S. Court of Claims; the U.S. District Courts for the Southern and Middle Districts of Georgia; and all Georgia courts. John served as a member of the Lawyer Advisory Committee of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit from 1998 to 2002. He is a fellow of the American Bar Foundation and the Georgia Bar Foundation, a member of the American Judicature Society and the Georgia Defense Lawyers Association, and an associate member of American Association for Justice.

John served as general counsel to Savannah Foods & Industries, Inc., from 1988 to 1997, and he served on the board of directors of SunTrust Bank of Savannah from 1988 to 2012. His many civic commitments include serving on the CEO Council for the Savannah Area Chamber of Commerce, as chairman of the board of directors for Union Mission, and as Clerk of Session for First Presbyterian Church.

Community Involvement

Coastal Empire Habitat for Humanity: Board of Directors

First Presbyterian Church: Clerk of Session

Savannah Benevolent Association: Elected Member

Savannah Community Foundation: Board of Directors

SunTrust Bank of Savannah: Board of Directors, 1988-2012

Union Mission: Board of Directors, Chairman; Executive Committee

Recognition

Chambers USA, America’s Leading Lawyers for Business: Litigation

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American College of Trial Lawyers

John Tatum is a member of the American College of Trial Lawyers (ACTL), a professional society of Fellows who become members only by invitation, with admission limited to experienced, outstanding trial lawyers who are unquestionably and eminently qualified as actively engaged trial lawyers. Fellows who have met these high standards are in all U.S. states, all provinces of Canada, the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico.

Best Lawyers in America: Bet-the-Company Litigation, Commercial Litigation, ERISA Litigation, Intellectual Property Litigation, Trusts & Estates Litigation

Best Lawyers is the oldest and most highly-respected peer review guide to the legal profession worldwide. A listing in Best Lawyers is widely regarded by both clients and legal professionals as a significant honor, conferred on a lawyer by his or her peers.

Georgia Super Lawyers: Business Litigation, 2004-2018

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Georgia Trend Magazine Legal Elite: 2012-2013

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Lawyer of the Year: Bet-the-Company Litigation, 2012

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News

23 HunterMaclean Attorneys Listed in The Best Lawyers in America 2019

HunterMaclean is pleased to announce that 23 attorneys from the firm were recently selected for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America 2019. Best Lawyers is an annual publication that recognizes attorneys for outstanding achievements in their area of practice.

Eighteen HunterMaclean Attorneys Recognized as 2018 Super Lawyers and Rising Stars

HunterMaclean was recently honored with the selection of thirteen HunterMaclean attorneys as 2018 Georgia Super Lawyers and five attorneys as 2018 Rising Stars.

23 HunterMaclean Attorneys Listed in The Best Lawyers in America 2018

HunterMaclean is pleased to announce that 23 attorneys from the firm were recently selected for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America 2018. Best Lawyers recognizes attorneys for significant achievements in their area of practice.

Savannah CEO: John M. Tatum Recipient of The Daily Report’s 2017 Lifetime Achievement Award

Partner John M. Tatum has been recognized by The Daily Report as the recipient of a Lifetime Achievement Award. The Daily Report is a primary source for news about the courts and the profession of law for the state of Georgia.

Thirteen HunterMaclean Attorneys Recognized as 2017 Super Lawyers and Rising Stars

HunterMaclean was recently honored with the selection of eight HunterMaclean attorneys as 2017 Georgia Super Lawyers and five attorneys as 2017 Rising Stars. Attorneys are selected based upon peer review, professional achievements, and independent research.

Fifteen HunterMaclean Attorneys Recognized as 2016 Super Lawyers and Rising Stars

Ten HunterMaclean attorneys were recently selected as 2016 Georgia Super Lawyers and five attorneys as 2016 Rising Stars. The prestigious Super Lawyers honor, awarded annually, represents the top five percent of attorneys in each state in the nation.

20 HunterMaclean Attorneys Listed in The Best Lawyers in America 2016

HunterMaclean, a leading business law firm with offices in Savannah and Brunswick, is pleased to announce that 20 attorneys from the firm were selected for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America 2016.

Colin McRae Named President of the Savannah Bar Association

HunterMaclean attorney Colin McRae was installed as President of the Savannah Bar Association on Thursday, June 18. Colin served as President-Elect over the past year and, prior to that, as Secretary.

Savannah Morning News: Attorney Tatum earns Cheatham professionalism award

The Savannah Bar Association honored HunterMaclean attorney John Tatum with the Frank Cheatham Professionalism Award at its year-end gathering on Thursday, June 18. The annual award recognizes those attorneys whose efforts place them at the head of the class among their peers.

HunterMaclean Law Firm Ranked in Prestigious Chambers USA Guide 2015

HunterMaclean has been ranked in the Chambers USA Guide 2015, an exclusive annual listing of top law firms and lawyers in the United States. Chambers & Partners is widely considered the authority on rankings in the legal profession across the world.

Thirteen HunterMaclean Attorneys Honored as 2015 Georgia Super Lawyers and Rising Stars

HunterMaclean attorneys were recently honored as 2015 Georgia Super Lawyers and Rising Stars. The prestigious Georgia Super Lawyer honor is awarded annually to the top five percent of attorneys in the state.

HunterMaclean Attorneys Selected For The Best Lawyers in America 2015

HunterMaclean is pleased to announce that 22 lawyers from the firm were recently selected by their peers for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America 2015.

HunterMaclean Law Firm Ranked in Chambers USA Guide 2014

HunterMaclean is pleased to announce that it has been ranked in the Chambers USA Guide 2014, an exclusive annual listing of top law firms and lawyers in the U.S. Chambers and Partners is widely considered the authority on lawyer and firm rankings in the legal profession across the world.

Fifteen HunterMaclean Attorneys Honored as 2014 Georgia Super Lawyers and Rising Stars

Atlanta magazine just announced the top attorneys in the state of Georgia, and 15 attorneys at HunterMaclean were named either Georgia Super Lawyers or Rising Stars.

HunterMaclean Attorneys Selected as Georgia Trend 2013 Legal Elite

HunterMaclean is pleased to announce that Georgia Trend recently honored five HunterMaclean attorneys in the magazine’s annual “Legal Elite” ranking, which recognizes top attorneys in the state of Georgia.

HunterMaclean Law Firm Ranked by Chambers USA Guide 2013

Four HunterMaclean attorneys and three practice areas earned rankings by Chambers USA, an elite peer-review process, for 2013.

HunterMaclean Attorneys Honored as Georgia Super Lawyers, Rising Stars

Nine HunterMaclean attorneys were recently recognized as Georgia Super Lawyers. Two of the firm’s partners were also named Rising Stars.

Record Number of HunterMaclean Attorneys Selected for Georgia Trend’s 2012 “Legal Elite” Issue

Georgia Trend honored 14 HunterMaclean attorneys in the magazine’s annual “Legal Elite” issue, which recognizes the top attorneys in the state of Georgia.

28 HunterMaclean Attorneys Among 'Best'

HunterMaclean, a business law firm with offices in Savannah and Brunswick, has announced that 28 lawyers from the firm were selected for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America 2013.

John Tatum Featured as WTOC Hometown Hero

HunterMaclean partner John Tatum was recently featured as a “Hometown Hero” on WTOC, in honor of his volunteer work with Union Mission and his efforts to help reduce homeslessness in Savannah.

10 HunterMaclean Attorneys Honored as Georgia Super Lawyers

Ten HunterMaclean attorneys have been selected as 2012 Georgia Super Lawyers. Atlanta Magazine will honor the firm’s attorneys in the March 2012 issue.

The prestigious Georgia Super Lawyer honor is awarded annually to the top five percent of attorneys in the state, as chosen by their peers and through independent research.

Savannah Attorney John Tatum Matches Success With Need

John Tatum is a successful partner in the state’s largest firm outside of Atlanta.

Beyond his gleaming law offices on Reynolds Square, many of Savannah’s homeless gather each weekday to await breakfast at the Emmaus House.

So it is no surprise that when he’s not practicing law, Tatum heads the leadership team at Union Mission Inc., one of the largest homeless advocates in Chatham County.

Record Number of HunterMaclean Attorneys Selected for The Best Lawyers in America for 2012

HunterMaclean, a leading business law firm with offices in Savannah and Brunswick, is pleased to announce that Best Lawyers in America, the oldest and most respected peer-review publication in the legal profession, recently honored a record 23 HunterMaclean attorneys by including them on this prestigious list of leading lawyers.

“We are delighted to have a record number of attorneys from our firm featured on this year’s Best Lawyers in America list,” said Frank S. Macgill, HunterMaclean’s managing partner. “This honor reflects hard work on the part of the firm’s partners and associates.”

Best Lawyers Honors HunterMaclean Partner John M. Tatum as 2012 Savannah Bet-the-Company Litigation Lawyer of the Year

HunterMaclean, a leading business law firm with offices in Savannah and Brunswick, is pleased to announce that Best Lawyers, the oldest and most respected peer-review publication in the legal profession, has named John M. Tatum the Best Lawyers’ 2012 Savannah Bet-the-Company Litigation Lawyer of the Year.

“This honor is well-deserved, particularly since it is conferred by John’s peers in the legal field,” said Frank S. Macgill, managing partner of HunterMaclean. “He is an exceptional litigator, an inspiring leader and a true asset to the firm.”

10 HunterMaclean Attorneys Honored as Georgia Super Lawyers for 2011

Atlanta Magazine recently recognized 10 HunterMaclean attorneys as Georgia Super Lawyers in its March 2011 issue.

The prestigious Georgia Super Lawyers honor is given annually to the top five percent of attorneys in the state, as chosen by their peers and through independent research by Law & Politics, a magazine which published the first list of Super Lawyers 20 years ago.

Record Number of HunterMaclean Attorneys Selected for The Best Lawyers in America for 2011

The Best Lawyers in America for 2011, a confidential peer-review survey, recently honored a record 28 HunterMaclean attorneys by including them on this prestigious list of leading lawyers. Last year, 20 attorneys at HunterMaclean earned this top honor.

“We’re delighted to have a record number of attorneys from our firm featured on this year’s Best Lawyers in America list,” said Frank S. Macgill, HunterMaclean’s managing partner. “Our attorneys work hard for our clients and it shows.”

Nine HunterMaclean Attorneys Honored as Georgia Super Lawyers for 2010

Atlanta Magazine recently named nine HunterMaclean attorneys as Georgia Super Lawyers in its March 2010 issue. The prestigious Georgia Super Lawyershonor is given annually to the top five percent of attorneys in the state, as chosen by their peers and through independent research by Law & Politics, a magazine which published the first list of Super Lawyers 19 years ago.

Frank S. Macgill Named Managing Partner At HunterMaclean

The partners at HunterMaclean, a leading law firm in Savannah, Ga., recently elected Administrative Partner and tax attorney Frank S. Macgill to serve as the firm’s Managing Partner for a three-year term.

Macgill will provide long-term vision and experienced leadership for HunterMaclean. He succeeds John M. Tatum, who served as Managing Partner for 12 years. Macgill served on the management committee with Tatum for three years, helping to ensure a smooth planned transition for the firm’s senior management. Additional members of HunterMaclean’s management team include Harold Yellin, Wade Herring and Kirby Mason .

Diana J. P. McKenzie joins HunterMaclean as leader of the firm's new Information Technology Practice Group.

Accomplished attorney Diana J. P. McKenzie recently joined HunterMaclean as a partner and leader of the firm’s new Information Technology Practice Group.

One of the world’s leading information technology attorneys, McKenzie has a successful, established practice in the area of information technology and outsourcing. Before joining HunterMaclean, she was a partner at a major law firm in Chicago, where she founded and chaired the firm’s Information Technology Practice Group.

HunterMaclean Launches New Information Technology Practice Group

HunterMaclean recently launched a new Information Technology Practice Group. The firm’s newest practice group provides clients with effective, practical and dynamic solutions to technology-related contracting and legal compliance needs.

“In recent years, our clients have demonstrated an increasing need for legal expertise in the field of information technology law,” said John M. Tatum, managing partner at HunterMaclean. “As a result, we have created a dedicated practice group that provides cutting-edge information technology solutions for our clients, from negotiating outsourcing and other technology contracts to developing electronic commerce service agreements.”

Record Number of HunterMaclean Attorneys Selected for The Best Lawyers in America for 2010

The Best Lawyers in America for 2010, a confidential peer-review survey, recently honored a record 20 HunterMaclean attorneys by including them on this prestigious list of leading lawyers. Last year, 18 attorneys at HunterMaclean earned this top honor.

“We are delighted to have a record number of attorneys from our firm featured on this year’s Best Lawyers in America list,” said John M. Tatum, HunterMaclean’s managing partner. “Our attorneys work hard for our clients and it shows.”

11 HunterMaclean Attorneys named 2009 Georgia Super Lawyers

Atlanta Magazine recently named 11 HunterMaclean attorneys as Georgia Super Lawyers in its March 2009 issue. The prestigious Georgia Super Lawyers honor is given annually to the top five percent of attorneys in the state, as chosen by their peers and through independent research by Law & Politics, a magazine which published the first list of Super Lawyers 18 years ago.

Eighteen HunterMaclean Attorneys Named 2009 Best Lawyers in America

Eighteen leading attorneys with HunterMaclean were recently named to The Best Lawyers in America listing for 2009, a confidential peer-review survey, breaking the firm record set for 2008, when 16 attorneys earned this top honor.

Record Number of HunterMaclean Attorneys Selected for The Best Lawyers in America for 2008

Sixteen top attorneys with HunterMaclean were recently named to The Best Lawyers in America listing for 2008, a confidential peer-review survey.

“We are delighted to have a record number of attorneys from our firm featured on this year’s Best Lawyers in America list,” said John M. Tatum, HunterMaclean’s managing partner. “Our attorneys work hard for our clients and it shows.”

Congratulations to HunterMaclean's 2008 Super Lawyers

Atlanta Magazine recently named 11 HunterMaclean attorneys as Georgia Super Lawyers in its March 2008 issue. The prestigious Georgia Super Lawyers honor is given annually to the top five percent of attorneys in the state, as chosen by their peers and through independent research by Law & Politics, a magazine which published the first list of Super Lawyers 17 years ago

LeeAnn W. Aldridge has been elected to the Board of Regents for the American College of Mortgage Attorneys

HunterMaclean is pleased to announce that real estate attorney and partner LeeAnn W. Aldridge has been elected to the Board of Regents for the American College of Mortgage Attorneys (ACMA), a prestigious national group of approximately 400 lawyers specializing in real estate mortgage lending and related fields of law. Aldridge, who was named one of the nation’s Best Lawyers in Real Estate Law earlier this year, has been an ACMA fellow since 2005.

“LeeAnn has displayed impressive leadership skills at HunterMaclean over the years and will surely contribute to the ongoing success of the American College of Mortgage Attorneys,” said John Tatum, the firm’s managing partner. “The organization will benefit from her experience, wisdom and insight.”

HunterMaclean Selected as Go-To Law Firm For Financial Services Companies

Corporate Counsel magazine recently chose HunterMaclean, a leading law firm headquartered in Savannah, as a Go-To Law Firm for the nation’s leading financial services companies.

Nominated for its excellent track record and extensive legal expertise in litigation, HunterMaclean will be recognized in a new national reference guide that will be distributed to in-house law departments at the nation’s leading financial services companies, reaching 10,000 general counsel, as well as all Fortune-1000 Financial Services Companies. The guide will also be available online at www.law.com .

Atlanta Magazine Names 11 HunterMaclean Attorneys to Prestigious Georgia Super Lawyers List

Atlanta Magazine recently named 11 HunterMaclean attorneys as Georgia Super Lawyers in its March 2007 issue. The Georgia Super Lawyers honor is given annually to the top five percent of attorneys in the state, as chosen by their peers and through independent research by Law & Politics, a magazine which published the first list of Super Lawyers 16 years ago.

HunterMaclean’s attorneys were selected after ballots were sent to Georgia lawyers who have been licensed in the state for five years or more. Listed in the Georgia Super Lawyers 2007 publication as well as in a special edition of Atlanta Magazine, the attorneys are organized by their primary areas of practice.

Atlanta Magazine Names Nine HunterMaclean Attorneys to Prestigious Georgia Super Lawyers List

Atlanta Magazine has named nine HunterMaclean attorneys as Georgia Super Lawyers in its March 2006 issue. The Georgia Super Lawyershonor is given annually to the top five percent of attorneys in the state, as chosen by their peers and through independent research by Law & Politics, a magazine which published the first list of Super Lawyers 15 years ago.

HunterMaclean’s attorneys were selected after ballots were sent to Georgia lawyers who have been licensed in the state for five years or more. Listed in the Georgia Super Lawyers 2006 publication as well as in a special edition of Atlanta Magazine, the attorneys are organized by their primary areas of practice.

Presentations & Publications

Publications

The Value of Mediation

In this article for Savannah Morning News, attorney John Tatum discusses how mediation can be a valuable tool in settling legal disputes. Mediation offers several benefits that litigation does not.

Business Succession Planning: The Conflict of Corporate and Fiduciary Duties

In Georgia, a new state Supreme Court ruling will significantly affect court cases involving trusts and conflict of fiduciary duty. Rollins v. Rollins, decided in March, illustrates the substantial conflict of interest that can occur when the owners of a family-operated business also control a trust that owns a part of that business. Attorney John Tatum discusses the outcome of the case and what it means for business succession plans.

Appeals Process Can Provide Resolution in Business Disputes

HunterMaclean partner John M. Tatum offers an overview of Georgia’s appellate system, focusing on its potential importance for business disputes.

State, Federal Laws on Unfair, Deceptive Trade Practices

A deceptive trade practice is generally defined as an action by a business which creates confusion or a misunderstanding about the source or sponsorship of a product or service. From false advertising to odometer tampering, deceptive trade practices are prohibited by federal and state law.

The Federal Lanham Act, adopted by Congress in 1946, generally regulates the use of trademarks in interstate commerce.

Areas of Practice (4)

  • Litigation
  • Business Litigation
  • Arbitration & Mediation
  • Fiduciary Litigation

Education & Credentials

Contact Information:
912.236.0261  Phone
912.236.4936  Fax
www.huntermaclean.com
Mailing Address:
P.O. Box 9848, Savannah, GA 31401
University Attended:
University of Georgia, B.A., 1965
Law School Attended:
University of Georgia School of Law, LL.B., 1968
Year of First Admission:
1968
Admission:
1968, Georgia
Memberships:

Professional Affiliations

American College of Trial Lawyers: Fellow

American Association for Justice: Associate Member

American Bar Foundation: Fellow

American Judicature Society

Eleventh Circuit Historical Society: Secretary

Georgia Bar Foundation: Fellow

Georgia Defense Lawyers Association

Lawyer Advisory Committee: U.S. Court of Appeals Eleventh Circuit, 1998-2002

National Moot Court Competition Committee: Past Member

Birth Information:
1943
ISLN:
903242088
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