J. Hue Henry
J. Hue Henry

233 E. Broad Street
P.O. Box 808
Athens, Georgia 30603, United States
Phone: 706-546-1395 Ext:.208
Fax: 706-546-6839

Practice/Organization Description

Hue Henry graduated from the University of Georgia School of Law in 1972. After a two year clerkship with the Hon. Anthony A. Alaimo, a federal district judge in Augusta, Ga. and a stint in the Federal Public Defender Office in Atlanta, Ga., he began practicing in Athens, Ga. where he established a small firm and maintained an extensive trial and appellate practice for over 30 years. His litigation and appellate experience includes defense of serious state and federal criminal cases (including Capital offenses), prosecution of plaintiff's civil rights cases, family law cases, business and commercial law cases, intellectual property cases, and business and professional litigation for physicians.

Mr. Henry's early career was focused on civil rights and criminal cases. In a highly publicized 1986 civil rights case, he represented the plaintiff in Kemp v. Ervin and Trotter, five week trial in the U.S. District Court in Atlanta involving a University of Georgia English professor who disclosed the existence of widespread academic corruption designed to enhance the revenue generating activities of the UGA athletic program by admitting and retaining academically deficient athletes. His other high profile representations include Williams v. Regents, a 1976 whistle blower case tried in the U.S. District Court in Athens that resulted in a plaintiff's verdict that was sustained by the 5th Circuit Court of Appeals and by the United States Supreme Court (Renquist dissenting), and representation of UGA faculty, staff and students, including coaches and athletes, such as the currently pending case of DeCory Bryant, an NFL draft qualified football player who suffered a career ending injury after being falsely assured by athletic association personnel that he had been insured against such injury under the NCAA's "Exceptional Student Athlete" disability insurance program.

Beginning in the early 90s, a Mr. Henry's practice evolved to a focus on litigation of business torts, contract disputes, and complex litigation involving interstate and international legal issues. A substantial portion of his practice involves representation of physicians in medical-business litigation including contract, business tort, staff privileges, data bank reports and related issues. He has also litigated a number of multi jurisdictional cases in Federal and State courts in Georgia, South Carolina, North Carolina, Tennessee, and Florida, and handled cases applying the substantive law of Michigan, New York, California, Nevada Alabama, Florida, South Carolina, North Carolina, Italy, Puerto Rico, Dominican Republic, and Colombia.

Some highlights of Mr. Henry's appellate practice include a case of first impression establishing a client's right to access his attorney's files, and other cases of first impression recognizing torts in Georgia for embracery (jury tampering) and breach of hospital bylaws. The appellate decisions resolving those issues are posted on this site.

As a sole practitioner now, Mr. Henry has limited his practice to complex litigation, primarily in business tort, contract, intellectual property and personal injury matters.

Bar Admissions

State Bar of Georgia

Admitted to:

U.S. District Courts in Georgia (Northern, Middle and Southern}

5th and 11th United States Courts of Appeal

United States Supreme Court


BA Political Science - Armstrong State College - 1968

JD University of Georgia - 1972

Professional Associations & Memberships

Georgia Lawyers Foundation of Georgia

Honors and Awards

Henry W. Grady First Amendment Award by Athens, Georgia chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists.

Certificate of Distinguished Service - United States District Court for the Southern District of Georgia

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