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Bert Seth Harp Jr.

Bert Seth Harp Jr.

also known as Seth Harp

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About Me

Seth Harp has been a partner at the firm for more than thirty years. He is accomplished in the practice of family law and taxation as it relates to family law.

Seth served as a State Senator for the 29th District of Georgia until 2011. In the Senate, he served as chairman of the Higher Education Committee, vice chairman of the Judiciary Committee, and Chair, Georgia Commission on Child Support, 2007—2011. He was also a member of the Government Oversight, Special Judiciary, Joint Legislative Ethics and Appropriations Committees.

Seth is an author and lecturer on taxation and family law. He is listed in the Best Lawyers in America and Martindale-Hubbell’s Bar Register of Preeminent Lawyers in the areas of civil law and family law. He has been an officer in and is a member of the Georgia Chapter of the American Academy of Matrimonial Law. Seth is a Certified Civil Trial Advocate by the National Board of Trial Advocacy. Seth is admitted to practice in the Supreme Court of the United States; the United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit; the United States Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit; the United States District Court for the Middle District of Georgia; the Supreme Court of the State of Georgia; the Court of Appeals for the State of Georgia; and all other Georgia courts.

Seth served in combat in Vietnam as a United States Marine and then attended law school followed by service as a United States Marine Corp JAG Officer. Seth earned his Bachelor’s degree in Pharmacy at Auburn University and his Juris Doctorate from Walter F. George School of Law at Mercer University.


Practice Areas


  1. Child Custody: 20%
  2. Divorce & Separation: 20%
  3. Marriage & Prenuptials: 20%
  4. Adoption: 20%
  5. Family: 20%



Hourly ($450/hour), Retainer (Sometimes)

Payment Types:

Cash, Check, Credit Card

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Contact Info

Harp, Poydasheff, Post, & Sowers

936 Second Avenue
Columbus, GA, 31901


GAActive Member in Good Standing 197309/08/2015

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Avvo Contributions
Legal Answers
Award NameGrantorDate Granted
AV Preeminent 5.0 out of 5 Peer Review RatedMartindale-Hubbell2014
Listed in the "Best Lawyers in America"Wodard/White, Inc.1992
Listed in the "Best Lawyers in America"Woodard/White, Inc.1991
Listed in the "Best Lawyers in America"Woodard/White, Inc.1990
Listed in the "Best Lawyers in America"Woodard/White, Inc.1989
Work Experience
TitleCompany NameDuration
PartnerHarp, Poydasheff, Post & Sowers1978 - Present
State SenatorGeorgia General Assembly2001 - 2011
Association NamePosition NameDuration
Columbus Symphony OrchestraBoard of Directors1993 - Present
American Academy of Matrimonial LawyersMember1987 - Present
American Academy of Matrimonial LawyersTreasurer1987 - 2011
Kiwanis Club of ColumbusDirector1984 - 1986
National Board of Trial AdvocacyMember1983 - Present
Columbus Symphony OrchestraPresident1982 - 1986
Kiwanis Club of ColumbusMember1976 - Present
State Bar of GeorgiaMember1973 - Present
Columbus Lawyers ClubMemberN/A
American Bar AssociationMemberN/A
Legal Cases
Case NameOutcome
Poole v. Country Club of Columbus, Inc., 129 F.3d 551 (11th Cir. 1997)The Eleventh Circuit granted our appeal and reversed.
Davidson v. Callaway, 274 Ga. 813 (2002)Opponent's appeal dismissed.
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Publication NameTitleDate
Georgia General AssemblySenate Bill 382- Child Support Guidelines2006
34 Mercer Law Review, pg. 113"Domestic Relations Law, an Overview,"1982
School NameMajorDegreeGraduated
Mercer University - Walter F. George School of LawLawJD - Juris Doctor1972
Auburn University, AuburnPharmacyBS - Bachelor of Science1966
Speaking Engagements
Conference NameTitleDate
Faculty MemberMatrimonial Law Trial Practice Workshop1997
9th Annual Family Law Institute"Practical Problems in Military Divorce and Military Retirement Benefits1991
Georgia State University, College of Law"Evaluation of Assets and Income"1984
Family Law Practice"Post Judgment Proceedings"1982
Multiple speaking engagements during multiple State Senate campaignsPublic Policy & GovernmentN/A