Through his time as the appointed attorney for the city of Rome, Bob Brinson has been a constant in the ebb and flow of local government matters for nearly five decades.
While he isn’t calling it a career quite yet, the founding partner of the law firm of Brinson, Askew, Berry, Seigler, Richardson & Davis, LLP has turned over the city position to fellow partner and friend Andy Davis.
“He’s been my mentor,” Davis said of Brinson. “You hope in a profession that you find a mentor, but Bob’s been great.”
Davis has served as assistant city attorney since 1991, helping Brinson and being by his side for a number of cases in that capacity.
“I frankly wanted a little more freedom with my time. Time gets to be at a premium these days,” Brinson said. “As a city attorney, you’ve got to be accessible almost all the time.”
It was 45 years ago that Bruce Hamler, the city manager at the time, hired Brinson.
The city named Brinson Rome City Attorney Emeritus and presented him with the key to the city.
“It was bittersweet, for sure,” Brinson said. “It kind of reminded me of the whole history of the office and I was thankful that the city had confidence in me all this time.”
Brinson began the law firm that has become Brinson, Askew, Berry, Seigler, Richardson & Davis, LLP in 1975 with King Askew.
“One great thing about the city was, the way Bob handled being city attorney, the whole office was involved,” Davis said. “Everyone had different things that they would work on and we were all familiar with what was going on.”
Since Davis arrived at the firm 29 years ago, the number of lawyers has increased from six to 20, allowing a number of city matters to be handled.
“The good thing is Bob’s still here and the city really hasn’t lost anything,” Davis said. “The city is getting the same quality of legal work that it has been getting because our firm is still doing the work.”