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L. Hutch Moore – Founding Partner (1962-2019) 

Hutch Moore focused his practice on commercial and residential real estate, corporate and business transactions, land use and development and community association law. Mr. Moore had extensive experience in assisting developers and governmental entities in matters regarding the acquisition, development, management, leasing and financing of real estate related projects including counseling clients on their rights and responsibilities relative to failed and distressed projects. His general business practice involved assisting clients in negotiating and documenting various joint venture, partnership and corporate structures. Mr. Moore prepared and negotiated a broad range of commercial contracts, advised on corporate governance issues, prepared shareholder agreements, and created stock option and other similar type corporate agreements. Mr. Moore also had particular expertise in condominium and mixed use development, and routinely represented community associations in matters pertaining to the interpretation and enforcement of covenants and legal documents, developer turnover issues, advising boards of directors in regard to their legal rights and obligations under the association documents, revising and negotiating contracts, and assisting with zoning, land use and collection matters.

In addition to practicing in the private sector for many years, Mr. Moore also served as in-house corporate counsel for both a financial institution and a branch of the federal government.

Mr. Moore wrote on a variety of legal topics and his publications. He co-authored the Community Association Management Licensing Course Training Manual for the Georgia Institute of Real Estate, authored an article entitled Supreme Court Stakes Out Turf in Lawyer Ruling for the Atlanta Business Chronicle, and co-authored The Nuts and Bolts of Real Estate Acquisitions for the Institute of Continuing Legal Education, 2009.

Mr. Moore received an AV Preeminent Rating by Martindale-Hubbell signifying the highest level of professional excellence in the legal field.

Mr. Moore was active in his community as a member of the Decatur Business Association and as a member of the City of Decatur Planning Commission. He was a volunteer for Project Open Hand. He was a member and chairman of the City of Decatur Zoning Board of Appeals and Housing Board of Adjustments and Appeals. He was a member of the Board of Directors of the non-profit Interfaith Outreach Home, a transitional housing organization for homeless families. He also served on the Board of Directors of the DeKalb Bar Association and was a member of the Leadership DeKalb Class of 2001. In addition, Mr. Moore volunteered his time as a youth soccer, baseball and basketball coach through the Decatur-DeKalb YMCA, Druid Hills Youth Sports, and St. Thomas More Catholic Church. He was the assistant basketball coach for The Galloway School 6th grade boys’ basketball team. Mr. Moore was also the recipient of the 2012 Hank Burdett/Jim Cobb Coaches Award from Druid Hills Youth Sports.

Born in Decatur, Georgia, Mr. Moore attended Winthrop University on an athletic (tennis) scholarship, where he earned a Bachelor of Arts degree, cum laude, in 1985 with a double major in Journalism and Political Science. He received his law degree from Georgia State University School of Law in 1988 where he graduated in the top 15% of his class.

Mr. Moore lived in Decatur with his wife, Debbie and their two children.