Gary Ellis Byrd

Title: Lawyer

Hamilton, Georgia, United States

Gary Ellis Byrd, Lawyer, has been recognized by Marquis Who’s Who Top Lawyers for dedication, achievements, and leadership in Civil Service.

Mr. Byrd has maintained his private practice since 2003, and has been a partner with Bunn, Byrd, Newsom & Hix since 2001 in addition to his service for the people of Georgia. He is a former city attorney of Junction City, Georgia, along with his partners at Bunn, Byrd, Newsom & Hix, as well as a current city attorney of Geneva and Woodland. Mr. Byrd is the author of the charters for the cities of Geneva and Shiloh, as well as the city code of the city of Woodland. He is also a lecturer with Gordon Junior College and Callaway Gardens, as well as the recipient of an Albert Nelson Marquis Lifetime Achievement Award. He has appeared in Who’s Who in Finance and Industry, Who’s Who in America, Who’s Who in American Law, Who’s Who in the South and Southwest, and Who’s Who in the World. He started his firm largely taking on criminal defense and domestic relations and recentered it to practice in the areas of real estate closings, real estate civil litigation, quiet title, wills, trust, estate plannings, guardianships, probate litigation, business formation, mining and natural resource law, business taxation, and serving as local municipal attorney.

Born in Dothan, Alabama, Mr. Byrd earned a BS in pre-law and American history, summa cum laude, from Troy State University and completed a JD from the University of Alabama in 1982. He holds a secondary degree from Georgetown University, and was admitted to practice in Georgia, the U.S. Court of Appeals, and the U.S. District Court for the Northern, Middle, and Southern Districts of Georgia. Mr. Byrd entered practice as a partner of Bishoff & Byrd in Talbotton, Georgia. In addition to his services to city governments, he has contributed numerous articles and book chapters to legal literature.

Mr. Byrd is the recipient of a 1983 Outstanding Service Award from Talbot County Jaycees, and a 1979 State Historical Research Award from Phi Alpha Theta. He has supported numerous legal societies, including the American Bar Association and the American Constitution Society. In his civic community, Mr. Byrd has been a leader with the Harris County YMCA, and was the director of the Harris County Indigent Defense Program from 1999 to 2004.  He has been a high school debate team coach and a volunteer fireman. In his free time, Mr. Byrd enjoys NASCAR, model trains, studying World War II, Alabama football, and his music collection. He is the proud father of Elizabeth, Virginia, and Victoria with his wife, Emily Marie Reid.

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