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Turner Padget Expands Georgia Practice With Five Seasoned Lawyers in Augusta

Jan 29, 2018

Turner Padget Graham & Laney, P.A. announces that all five attorneys previously associated with Augusta, Ga., law firm Warlick, Stebbins, Murray, & Chew, LLP, have joined Turner Padget effective February 1. Turner Padget is now expanding its presence in the Central Savannah River Area after opening its sixth office in Augusta last May. With today’s additions, Turner Padget now has seven lawyers based in Georgia and an additional three licensed to practice in the state. These attorneys will practice in offices in downtown Augusta and Martinez.

“Our client service model is built on efficiency and the reputation of outstanding lawyers,” said R. Wayne Byrd, chief executive officer of Turner Padget. “The addition of Warlick, Stebbins, Murray & Chew’s attorneys further supports our ability to respond promptly and strategically to our clients' legal needs in Georgia.”

The five attorneys joining Turner Padget are:

William Byrd Warlick

Warlick has been practicing law in Georgia for more than 50 years. He counsels clients with a variety of corporate, litigation and real estate related matters. He has served as general counsel to banks and bank holding companies, and has guided clients through commercial zoning and bond financing. An active member of the local community, he has served on numerous charitable and civic boards, and is a past president of the Augusta Bar Association.

Charles C. Stebbins, III

Stebbins represents clients involved in diverse legal disputes, including tort and probate matters, and much of his practice involves advocacy for business entities of all sizes that are involved in commercial disputes. He also brings significant experience in the area of creditors’ rights, both in and out of bankruptcy courts. He is a past member of the Richmond County, GA. Board of Elections and has served for many years as an interviewer for the Harvard College Office of Admissions.

James S. (Jeb) Murray

Murray is licensed both in Georgia and South Carolina and focuses his practice in civil litigation, banking law, insurance defense, probate law, commercial lending, real estate and environmental law. He frequently appears before state, federal and appellate courts, and has tried dozens of cases before juries and judges. Murray is a two-term chairman of the Savannah River Land Trust’s Board of Directors.

William Baxley Chew

Chew’s practice centers upon the purchase, sale, financing and development of residential and commercial real estate. He also serves clients with needs related to probate and wills, and general business and corporate matters, including commercial transactions. He is a member of the State Bar of Georgia, the American and Augusta Bar Associations.

Jennifer T. Kerr

Kerr’s practice is widespread in the areas of residential real estate, family law and probate matters. She has served as the child attorney representing dependent children in juvenile court and serves as a guardian ad litem in both the Richmond County and Columbia County Probate and Juvenile Courts.  Kerr is a member of the Greater Augusta Association of Realtors Young Professionals Network, the Augusta Family Law Bar and she serves as Chapter president of a local business referral network, BNI.

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