Gilbert Harrell Sumerford & Martin, PC

Our History

Mr. GoodyearGilbert, Harrell, Sumerford & Martin, P.C., is one of the oldest law firms in Georgia, with a tradition of providing quality legal services that spans across three centuries. Today, we are a progressive and growing law firm that continues to build upon our strong history. We do so by relying on a timeless approach of offering outstanding legal services at cost-effective rates.

Our firm was founded in 1871 when Charles P. Goodyear opened his law practice in Brunswick, Georgia, later practicing under the name of Goodyear, Kay & Bennett. Charles P. Goodyear, known as “Brunswick’s one best friend” is credited with initial efforts to deepen the port of Brunswick to allow for significant commerce at the port of Brunswick. Changing names over its more than one hundred forty year history, the firm traces its roots as the second-oldest firm in Georgia. In its long history, the firm has been involved with nearly every significant effort in southeast coastal Georgia having represented local governments, organizations, businesses, individuals and families.

Today, with more than fifteen lawyers specializing in all areas of law, the firm assists clients in virtually all aspects of civil and commercial law, maintaining practice groups dedicated to a range of specific practice areas. Within each practice group, our attorneys work closely together, sharing information and lending expertise in order to provide the most effective legal representation for our clients. Our practice groups are directed by seasoned attorneys, including members of the American College of Trial Lawyers, the American College of Trust and Estate Counsel, the American College of Mortgage Attorneys. At least six of our attorneys have been named "Georgia Super Lawyers" or "Georgia Rising Stars" by Super Lawyers magazine, while all of our shareholders have earned an “AV” rating from Martindale Hubbell, indicating preeminent legal ability and the highest ethical standards.

At Gilbert Harrell, our lawyers and staff-members take great pride in the decades-long relationships the firm shares with generations of families and corporate entities throughout Southeast Georgia. Our longstanding clients include individuals, major corporations, small businesses, professional entities, insurance companies, financial and lending institutions, non-profit corporations, trusts and estates, and public sector boards and authorities.

Charles P. Goodyear
1871-1874

Goodyear & Harris
1874-1878

Goodyear & Kay
1878-1902

Kay, Bennet & Conyers
1902-1906

Bennet & Conyers
1906-1909

Bennet & Groover
1889-1891

Synnes, Bennet & Groover
1891-1896

Brantley & Bennet
1896-1898

Sparks & Twitty
1895-1902

Twitty & Reese
1904-1910

Bennet, Twitty & Reese
1910-1927

Bennet, Reese & Bennet
1927-1929

Reese, Scarlett, Bennet & Highsmith
1929-1937

Reese, Scarlett, Bennet & Gilbert
1937-1946

Reese, Bennet & Gilbert
1946-1957

Bennet, Gilbert, Gilbert & Whittle
1957-1973

Bennet, Gilbert, Gilbert, Whittle, Harrell & Gayner
1973-1981

Gilbert, Gilbert, Whittle, Harrell, Gayner & Scarlett
1981-1984

Gilbert, Whittle, Harrell, Scarlett & Skelton
1984-1989

Gilbert, Harrell, Skelton, Gilbert, Sumerford & Martin
1989-1990

Gilbert, Harrell, Gilbert, Sumerford & Martin
1991-2000

Gilbert, Harrell, Gilbert, Sumerford, Martin & Gregg
2000

Gilbert, Harrell, Sumerford & Martin
2001

Brunswick Office

777 Gloucester Street, Suite 200
Post Office Box 190
Brunswick, Georgia 31521-0190
(912) 265-6700
(912) 264-0244 Facsimile

Atlanta Office

50 Hurt Plaza SE
Suite 1450-A
Atlanta, Georgia 30303-2915
(912) 265-6700
(912) 264-0244 Facsimile

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