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Attorney

Robert M. Brinson

Robert M. Brinson is a founding partner of Brinson Askew Berry. He engages in an active, hands-on trial practice in Rome and North Georgia and Greater Atlanta, and his litigation, trial and appellate experience after many years of practice includes general business litigation, class actions (Plaintiff & Defendant), complex litigation, personal injury (Plaintiff & Defendant), contract disputes, product liability, civil and voting rights, constitutional challenges, and government law. He has tried numerous cases in State and Federal courts, and his trials have included personal injury and wrongful death actions for both plaintiffs and defendants.

In 1979, he briefed and argued City of Rome v. United States, 446 U.S. 156 (1980). In 2003-04, he and Andy Davis served as lead and liaison counsel for 56 named defendants in a national class action. (Re Tri-State Crematory, 215 F.R.D. 600 (N.D. Ga. 2003)). From 2005 through 2012, Bob and Andy served as lead and liaison counsel for cities and counties of Georgia in a class action against online travel companies for excise taxes (City of Rome, et al. v Hotels.com, et al., U.S.D.C., NDGA, Civil Action No. 405-CV-249 HLM).  He has, every year since 1989, been listed in The Best Lawyers in America in business litigation. Beginning in the 2007 edition, Mr. Brinson was listed in the specialties of Bet-the-Company Litigation, Commercial Litigation and Personal Injury Litigation. He was named in "The Legal Elite:  Georgia's Most Effective Lawyers" published in Georgia Trend (2003-Present).

In 2005, he was recognized as one of the Top 10 (top vote getters statewide) of Georgia Super Lawyers, a joint project of Law & Politics Magazine and Atlanta Magazine. He was president of the State Bar of Georgia in 1986-87; received, in 1996, the State Bar's Award for Distinguished Service to the Legal Profession; in 2001, the Tradition of Excellence Award; and in 2016, the Nestor Award from the Georgia and Legal History Foundation. He is a Fellow in the American College of Trial Lawyers, a Fellow in the International Society of Barristers and an Advocate of the American Board of Trial Advocates.

Education

  • Emory University School of Law, Atlanta, GA, (LL.B., 1963)
  • Emory University, Atlanta, GA, (A.B. in Law, 1962)

Bar and Court Admissions

  • U.S. Supreme Court, 1978 
  • U.S. Federal Circuit Court of Appeals, 1985 
  • U.S. Eleventh Circuit Court of Appeals 
  • U.S. Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals 
  • U.S. District Court Northern Georgia, 1963 
  • Georgia, (trial & all appellate courts), 1963 

Professional Affiliations

  • Phi Delta Phi
  • City Attorney, Rome Georgia 1968-Present
  • City Attorney's Section, Georgia Municipal Association, President 1976-1977
  • Bar Council, Northern District of Georgia, 1982-1984
  • Georgia Judicial Nominating Commission, 1973-1974, 1985-1989
  • Rome Bar Association
  • Atlanta Bar Association
  • American Bar Association
  • Lawyers Club of Atlanta
  • State Bar of Georgia, 1986-1987
    President
  • State Bar of Georgia, 1969-1972
    Board of Governors
  • State Bar of Georgia, 1977-Present
    Board of Governors
  • State Bar of Georgia, 1974-1977, 1979-1988
    Executive Committee
  • Eleventh Circuit Historical Society, trustee
  • Defense Research Institute
  • Georgia Defense Lawyers Association
  • International Association of Defense Counsel
  • American Board of Trial Advocates
  • Logan E. Bleckley Inn of Court, Master
  • International Society of Barristers, Fellow
  • American College of Trial Lawyers (1984),1994-1998
    State Committee
  • American Bar Foundation, Fellow
  • Georgia Bar Foundation, Fellow, 1992-1994
    President
  • Lawyers Foundation of Georgia, Fellow
  • Georgia Institute of Continuing Legal Education,
    1987-1988
    Chairman
  • Georgia Insitute of Continuing Judicial Education, 1988-1989
    Trustee
  • State Board of Education, 1990-1996
    Vice-chairman for appeals
  • The Advocates, Ltd., 2005 President
  • Old Warhorse Lawyers, 2007 President
  • Justice Served (2006-present), Director

Honors and Awards

  • Georgia Municipal Association's Hall of Fame
  • Tradition of Excellence Award, State Bar of Georgia
  • Distinguished Service Award, State Bar of Georgia
  • James M. Collier Award, Georgia Bar Foundation
  • The Nestor Award, Georgia Legal History Foundation

Community Involvement

  • Gridiron, member
  • First Presbyterian Church of Rome
  • Greater Rome Chamber of Commerce
  • Emory Alumni Association
  • Georgia Bulldog Club
  • The Prince Club