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Charles C. Stebbins III

Of Counsel | Augusta, GA |

cstebbins@turnerpadget.com   |   vcard   |   706-722-7543


Charles C. Stebbins, III (Clay) is a graduate of Harvard College (magna cum laude) and of Harvard Law School. A life-long resident of Georgia, Clay has practiced law in Augusta for over 35 years. Prior to beginning his practice, he served as a law clerk successively for a United States District Judge for the Middle District of Alabama and for a judge of the United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit. He has represented both plaintiffs and defendants in a very wide variety of legal disputes, gaining broad experience in many trial and appellate courts in Georgia and in other states. He is the only lawyer in the Augusta area who has personally argued and won a case in the Supreme Court of the United States. In that case, he persuaded the Supreme Court to rule unanimously in favor of his client, reversing two lower courts to do so. In his most recent appearance in the Georgia Court of Appeals, representing a local bank, he obtained the reversal of a $600,000 verdict against the bank, resulting in the complete exoneration of the bank and entry of judgment in its favor. Although he represents clients in many different types of legal disputes, including tort and probate matters, much of his practice involves advocacy for business entities large and small in commercial disputes of all kinds. A significant portion of his practice is in the area of creditors’ rights, both in and out of bankruptcy courts. He is a member of the American Bankruptcy Institute and the American Association for Justice. He is also experienced in all aspects of real estate litigation, having examined and resolved virtually every kind of title dispute through his representation of large commercial landowners in a wide section of eastern Georgia and western South Carolina. He also has experience in areas of religious liberty and church property litigation and is an allied attorney with Alliance Defending Freedom. Clay is a past member of the Board of Elections of Richmond County and has served for many years, through the Harvard Club of Georgia, as an interviewer for the Harvard College Office of Admissions. 

Representative Matters

  • First Bank v. Robertson Grading, 761 S.E.2d 628 (2014) (commercial law and contracts case)
  • Cartwright v. First Baptist Church of Keysville, 316 Ga. App. 299, 728 S.E.2d 893 (2012) (real property title dispute)
  • In re Sportsman’s Link, No. 09-1058, slip op., 2011 WL 7268049 (S.D. Bankr. 2011) (creditor’s rights in bankruptcy)
  • ITC Commercial Funding v. Crerar, 396 S.C. 487, 713 S.E.2d 335 (S.C. App. 2011) (enforcement of promissory note and guaranty)
  • Hipster v. Augusta Mall Partnership, 291 Ga. App. 273, 661 S.E.2d 652 (2008) (commercial landlord-tenant dispute)
  • Blackwell v. Capital One Bank, No. 606CV066, 2008 WL 793476 (S.D. Ga. 2008) (order dismissing Plaintiff’s claims) (defense of creditor)
  • Harkins v. Channell, 274 Ga. App. 478, 618 S.E.2d 129 (2005) (defense of fraud claim)
  • Hornsby v. Hunter, 262 Ga. App. 598, 585 S.E.2d 900 (2003) (contract dispute)
  • O’Neal v. Garrison, 263 F.3d 1317 (11th Cir. 2001) (employee’s civil rights conspiracy and RICO claims against employer)
  • Haddle v. Garrison, 525 U.S. 121, 119 S. Ct. 489 (1998) (wrongful termination from employment)

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