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FMG Announces New Partners Eric Hilton and Jeff Kershaw

Freeman Mathis & Gary, LLP, is pleased to announce that H. Eric Hilton and Jeffrey A. Kershaw have joined the firm as Partners in its Atlanta office.

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Mr. Hilton’s practice focuses on construction, labor & employment and general liability, as well as outside general counsel services.  He represents a wide range of clients including construction general contractors, engineering firms, retail companies, property owners, management firms, elder care and assisted living facilities and hospitality industry clients.  His experience in labor and employment law includes handling claims under Title VII, the ADA, the ADEA and various state laws.  He also has negotiated numerous labor agreements with a particular focus on the hospitality industry.

Mr. Hilton serves as outside general counsel for a number of his clients and was recognized in 2012 with the Outstanding General Counsel Award from the Atlanta Business Chronicle and the Association of Corporate Counsel, Georgia Chapter.  He previously served as Senior Vice President, General Counsel and Corporate Secretary for an Atlanta-based national construction, real estate development and property management firm.  In that position he also oversaw the legal affairs of the Company’s affiliates including airport concessions, and its restaurant and hotel interests.  In addition to serving as the Company’s chief legal officer, Eric oversaw the Company’s human resources and risk management functions.

Mr. Hilton also serves on the Board of Directors for Atlanta Habitat for Humanity, Inc. and the Latin American Association, is a member of 100 Black Men of Atlanta, Inc., a 2012 Alumnus of Leadership Atlanta, and also serves on Fernbank Museum’s Corporate Leadership Council.  He received his B.S. degree from Hampton University and his law degree from the George Washington University Law School.

“Construction law has always been one of our firm’s core practice areas and the addition of Eric Hilton is an incredible addition as we expand that presence nationally,” said Ben Mathis, FMG’s managing partner.  “We are also excited about the diversity of Eric’s practice, to include his labor and employment experience, as well as his unique knowledge and background as a former general counsel.  We are extremely glad that he has become part of the FMG team.”

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Mr. Kershaw’s practice primarily focuses on coverage and bad faith defense, and his litigation practice also includes general liability, professional liability, directors and officers liability, employment practices liability and commercial property. He regularly provides coverage advice to insurers throughout the United States and overseas, drawing upon his experience as outside counsel as well as in-house counsel to one of the largest insurers in the Lloyd’s market.

Mr. Kershaw’s experience also includes commercial litigation, including shareholder litigation, products liability and environmental liability.

“Jeff brings incredible experience that will add greatly to our existing team of attorneys focused on meeting the needs of our insurance clients,” said Managing Partner Ben Mathis. “We are fortunate to have been able to attract someone of his background and caliber to our firm.”

Mr. Kershaw is a graduate of The College of William and Mary and received his law degree from Vanderbilt University Law School.

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