Atlanta, July 6, 2016 – Superior Court Judge William Grady Hamrick, III of the
Coweta Judicial Circuit has been designated to serve in place of Justice Keith Blackwell in the
appeal of Gens, Administrator v. White et al. (S16A1005). The Supreme Court of Georgia will hear
arguments in the cases on Monday, July 11, 2015 during its 10:00 A.M. session. In this case, a
woman is appealing a Forsyth County court ruling that a plot of land on Lake Lanier belongs to the
man who bought it and has lived there, while she argues her family has always held legal title to the
property. In addition to hearing arguments in the case, Judge Hamrick will participate in the Court’s

Judge Hamrick, 51, was appointed to the Superior Court of the Coweta Judicial Circuit in
September 2012 by Gov. Nathan Deal. In 2014, he ran for election and won. In addition to Coweta
County, the circuit covers Carroll, Heard, Meriwether and Troup counties. Prior to his appointment
to the bench, Judge Hammock practiced law at Smith and Diment in Carrollton. He also was in
private practice at Hamrick, Drummond and Miller, P.C. before becoming General Counsel for Ra-
Lin and Associates, Inc. In 2000, he was elected to the Georgia State Senate where he served as
Chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee. He also served on the Governor’s Criminal Justice
Reform Council. In addition, he was Vice Chairman of the Senate Rules Committee and a
Subcommittee Chairman on the Appropriations Committee.

Judge Hamrick currently serves as Chairman of the Legislative Committee of the Council of
Superior Court Judges. He also serves on the Council’s Budget, Rules and Pattern Jury Instruction

Judge Hamrick graduated from the University of Auburn with a degree in finance. He
obtained his law degree at Georgia State University. He grew up in Carrollton where he lives with
his wife, Susan.

(Designated judges are appointed to the Georgia Supreme Court when a justice must recuse
himself or herself from a particular case. The Supreme Court of Georgia maintains a list of select
judges from around the state and when the need arises, the Court appoints the next judge on the list.)