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As a senior member of my firm, I have thirty-five years’ experience in general civil trial practice. I have tried numerous cases to jury verdict in state and federal courts. I regularly represent employers before administrative law judges in workers’ compensation claims. I have represented clients in proceeding before arbitration tribunals.


My experience is wide-ranging. I defend clients in bodily injury, fraud, defamation and other tort suits. I frequently handle commercial, employment and construction disputes. As a Special Assistant Attorney General, I represent the Georgia Department of Transportation in condemnation matters. I defend employers, from local small businesses to large public corporations, in workers’ compensation claims. My practice also includes arguing appeals, when necessary, in state and federal courts and in administrative proceedings.


With the length and breadth of my professional experience, I am frequently asked to serve as a mediator. I have served as mediator in over five hundred disputes, which were resolved.  Mediations have included premises liability, automobile accident, trucking, fraud, commercial, construction, professional negligence, insurance coverage, real estate, contract and various other civil disputes. I regularly serve as mediator in workers’ compensation claims.


A long time active member of the Georgia Defense Lawyers Association, I served as its President in 2009-2010. In that position, I represented GDLA at various events sponsored by the Defense Research Institute.  I also served as Chairman of the Georgia Bar Workers’ Compensation Section. I have been a frequent faculty member in continuing legal education seminars.



I was a member of the Augusta-Richmond County Library Board for twelve years, serving as its President for two years. I served as a member of the Furman University Alumni Board, and I am a Fellow of the Georgia Lawyers Foundation.


Practice areas


  1. Mediation: 33%
  2. Litigation: 33%
  3. Workers Compensation: 20%
  4. General Practice: 14%

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  • Christopher James Hudson

    I highly recommend Staten Bitting for mediations. His litigation experience makes him extremely credible to both sides of the table.


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Contact info

Po Box 1477
Augusta, GA, 30903-1477


GAActive Member in Good Standing 198908/05/2016
FLMember in Good Standing197806/17/2016
We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
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Award nameGrantorDate granted
Preeminent 5.0 out of 5Martindale-HubbellN/A
ListingBest Lawyers in AmericaN/A
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
PartnerFulcher Hagler, LLP1989 - Present
Association namePosition nameDuration
Georgia Defense Lawyers AssociationN/AN/A
Augusta Bar AssociationN/AN/A
State Bar of FloridaN/AN/A
State Bar of GeorgiaN/AN/A
Defense Research InstituteN/AN/A
Augusta-Richmond County Library Board MemberN/AN/A
Furman University Alumni BoardN/AN/A
Georgia Lawyers FoundationFellowN/A
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
Hipster, Inc. v. Augusta Mall Partnership, 291 Ga. App. 273, 661 S.E. 2d 652 (2008)N/A
Jenkins v. Bi-Lo, Inc., 223 Ga.App. 735, 479 S.E.2d 14, (1996)Summary Judgement granted
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School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
Stetson University College of LawLawJD - Juris DoctorN/A
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
Georgia Defense Lawyers Association ConferenceSelected Ethics Issues in Litigation2009