William Byrd  Warlick

William Byrd Warlick

1941-2019
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We are deeply saddened by the loss of our law partner Byrd Warlick, who passed away on September 24, 2019.

Wm. Byrd Warlick (“Byrd”) was born in Cartersville, Georgia in 1941 and is a graduate of the University of Georgia and the University of Georgia Law School in 1965.

Local judges and lawyers who knew Byrd agree that he was a consummate general practitioner in the law, an experienced and effective trial lawyer, a master in the construction and implementation of commercial transactions and skilled in the intricacies of securities and banking law. He moved between these disparate disciplines with a remarkable and seamless ease matched only by his self-effacing and genteel manner.

He worked primarily in insurance defense litigation for the first ten years. Thereafter, he spent 10 years specializing in mergers and acquisitions for First Railroad & Banking Company, a multi-bank holding company. During this period, he maintained an active securities law practice including significant commercial law litigation. He has been active in commercial zoning matters, having represented two major kaolin producers. He has served as general counsel to three different banks and/or banking holding companies. He has been involved with commercial real estate development including bond financing. He has served on numerous charitable and civic boards and is the past President of the Augusta Bar Association.

  • University of Georgia School of Law, J.D., 1965
  • University of Georgia, B.A., 1964
  • Georgia Bar, 1965
  • Georgia Supreme Court & Court of Appeals, 1966
  • Supreme Court of United States, 1997
  • United States Court of Appeals- 11th Circuit, 1983
  • United States District Court- Southern District of Georgia, 1966
  • Kiwanis Club of Augusta, Member 1966- Present
  • Episcopal Day School, Chairman Board of Directors, 1983-1985
  • Augusta Preparatory School, Chairman Board of Directors, 1987
  • Church of the Good Shephard, Vestry, eight years 
  • Editor Georgia Defense Lawyers Association Journal, 1980
  • Bronze Star for Service, Republic of South Vietnam, 1969
  • AV Rating, Martine-Dale Hubbell, Peer Review Rating