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  • Adoption: The Opportunity of a Lifetime --- The Choice You Can Live With!

 The AVVO Rating ... 

This number is thought by many lawyers to be helpful in some cases, and wacky and misleading in others.  For example, in just a few months --- and for no apparent reason --- mine varied wildly over a range of more than 2 whole points, even reaching 10.0 for a time.  No complaints on the 10.0 . . . ;-) . . . , but honestly, it seems to value things that aren't so relevant to our practice --- like helping with local Bar activities; valuable stuff, yes, ... but beneficial to adoption?  We don't think so.  But we DO have several positive endorsements by other lawyers and many positive Client Reviews!



Personal Info 

Mr. Bull served as President of the Board of Savannah Care Center, a crisis pregnancy center, from 1994 to 2009.  He was on the Board for two years prior to that, and was again a regular member of the Board in 2010 and 2011.  This, and his adoption work, has been very fulfilling.


His wife is a Professor of Fibers at the Savannah College of Art and Design (SCAD), and he has two home-grown daughters, one who recently graduated from SCAD, and a special needs daughter who attends Coastal Middle School.


He enjoys running, and music (playing and listening), and used to play golf and tennis when time was easier to find.


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Languages spoken: Italian

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Contact info

Adoption Law Office of Birney O'Brian Bull

420 West Broughton Street
Savannah, GA, 31401-3218

P. O. Box 9811
Savannah, GA, 31412-0011


Practice areas


  1. Adoption: 100%
    33 years, 400 cases



Fixed (always), Retainer (always), Pro bono (5%)

Payment types:

Cash, Check

Attorney endorsements

21 total 

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  • Judd S Nemiro

    This lawyer is knowledgeable, efficient and talented. I endorse this lawyer.


    Judd Nemiro Divorce and separation Attorney
    Relationship: Other

  • Josie Redwine

    I endorse this lawyer.


    Josie Redwine Adoption Attorney
    Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community


GAActive Member in Good Standing 198307/15/2016
We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
AmJur Award, Highest Grade in Future Interests Law School ClassAmJur / West Publishing1982
Cum Laude / Dean's List all 4 years of collegeWake Forest University1980
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
AttorneyAdoption Law Office of Birney O'Brian Bull2003 - Present
Senior Staff AttorneyChatham Superior Court1997 - 2003
AssociateJames E. Starnes, Esq.1996 - 1997
AttorneyBirney O'Brian Bull, Esq.1991 - 1996
PartnerRanitz, Mahoney, Forbes & Coolidge, P.C.1985 - 1991
Law ClerkState Court of Chatham County1983 - 1985
Association namePosition nameDuration
Georgia Council of Adoption LawyersFellow2010 - Present
Savannah Care CenterBoard Member2010 - Present
Savannah Christian Church Adoption MinistryAdvisor2008 - Present
Savannah Catholic Lawyers GuildMember2007 - Present
Gateway Behavioral Health ServicesChair, Programs Committee2006 - Present
Gateway Behavioral Health ServicesCommunity Service Board Member2004 - Present
Savannah Bar AssociationMember1983 - Present
Savannah Care CenterPres., Board Directors1994 - 2008
Federalist Society chapter - UGA Law SchoolFounder1982 - 1983
MensaLocSec, NwsLtr. Ed.1981 - 1988
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
Adoption Petition, No. 2007-A-005, Bryan County Superior CourtAdoption granted.
Adoption Petition, No. 7256-MO, Chatham County Superior CourtAdoption Granted.
Termination Proceedings, Nos. 0302236 / 0302237, Chatham County Juvenile CourtErroneous Juvenile Court Ruling Corrected
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Publication nameTitleDate
BiS (Business in Savannah)BiS Newsmakers, the movers, the shakers, the risk-takers2011
Something Special MagazineBirney Bull, The Adoption Attorney and Special Father2011
Savannah Morning NewsPromoting adoption as an alternative2008
Savannah Morning NewsHart to Heart: 'You don't give back your imperfect child'2008
Savannah Morning NewsCompleting a family portrait2004
SavannahNOW.comAdoption live chat2004
Savannah Morning NewsCity Talk: Local attorney opens adoption law practice2003
Georgia Journal of International and Comparative Law, 13:575Income Tax --- Deductions for Facilitating Payments to Foreign Government Officials1983
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
University of Georgia School of LawLawJD - Juris Doctor1983
Wake Forest UniversityPolitical TheoryBA - Bachelor of Arts1980
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
Social Justice, Life, and AdoptionAdoption and Social Justice2011
Adoption in American SocietyAdoption Ain't What It Used to Be2011
Internet Radio Interview (podcast on site)Three Categories for a Successful Adoption2010
Adoption: Is It for You?Adoption: Is It for You?2010
Exploring the World of AdoptionExploring the World of Adoption2009
Exploring the World of AdoptionExploring the World of Adoption2009
Mid-Morning Live interview, Sonny DixonAdoption2008
Annual Convention of National Life CenterAdoption and Crisis Pregnancy Center Clients2008
Adoption and Foster Parenting Information NightAdoption and Foster Parenting Information2008
Through the ArchesAdoption2003