Stephen E. Boswell, former Chief Judge of Clayton County Superior Court in the metro Atlanta, Georgia area, has joined the firm as “counsel.”
Judge Boswell recently retired from the Superior Court bench after serving 13 years as a Superior Court Judge, over two periods of service since 1982. Previously, he was in private practice in the Atlanta area for 16 years, with a variety of experience in civil and criminal jury trials.
As of Oct. 1, 2007, he has become “counsel” to Finch McCranie and will assist the firm’s attorneys and clients in, among other things, qui tam “whistleblower” cases under the federal False Claims Act and the state False Claims Acts, and claims under the new IRS Whistleblower Rewards Program.
“I am excited to be joining a group of excellent lawyers who have earned an outstanding reputation over decades for representing their clients with integrity to great success,” Judge Boswell said. “Finch McCranie is one of the most well-respected firms around, and I have known its lawyers both for the quality of their work and for their character in representing clients in my court. I am pleased to be able to help represent those clients now.”
“Our firm is proud to have Judge Boswell join our practice,” said Richard W. Hendrix, partner in the firm. “He brings a wealth of knowledge and experience from having been in involved in literally hundreds of trials over his career. “He’ll be an invaluable resource for our clients. No one knows how to try a case any better than Judge Boswell, and that experience also will benefit all of our clients.”
Judge Boswell, a native of Hogansville, Georgia, is a 1974 graduate of the University of Georgia Law School. Before completing his legal education, he served as a U.S. Army officer and was awarded a Bronze Star in Vietnam. In addition to his years on the trial court bench, Judge Boswell has been appointed to sit specially on the Georgia Supreme Court, has taught courses at the American Bar Association’s National Judicial College, and is a former President of the Clayton County Bar Association.
Judge Boswell also has served on the Boards of Heritage Bank and of many community organizations, including as Chairman of the board of the Salvation Army. He has also successfully acted as a mediator in bringing many cases to resolution. He has elected not to accept cases as a Senior Superior Court Judge at this time.
As former federal prosecutors who prosecuted fraud against the government and have tried many cases, we are thrilled to add Judge Boswell’s expertise in evaluating cases for trial to the services we provide our whistleblower clients. In addition, his civil and criminal trial experience and our experience in defending white collar criminal cases are a huge advantage to whistleblower clients who need to evaluate whether they have any exposure or liability themselves.
Finch McCranie, LLP is an “all-litigation” trial practice law firm with more than 40 years of continuous practice. The firm’s main office is in Atlanta, Georgia. It holds numerous records, including the first million dollar jury verdict in the state. The firm’s practice includes representation of citizens who report fraud against the government, including qui tam “relators” or whistleblowers under the False Claims Act and the state False Claims Acts, as well as IRS tax whistleblowers. Members of the firm also testified in legislative hearings and helped draft one of the nation’s newest qui tam “whistleblower” statutes, Georgia’s new State False Medicaid Claims Act in 2007.