Melvin L. Hewitt
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MELVIN L. HEWITT

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Sandy Springs, GA

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770-828-0100

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Melvin L. Hewitt, Jr., an AV preeminent-rated lawyer, has been a member of the Georgia Bar since 1985. After completing four years of active duty in the United States Navy, Mr. Hewitt attended college at Lakeland and later Kent State University in Ohio. He spent the next six years in public law enforcement serving in the uniformed patrol division, the detective bureau and undercover narcotics investigations.

Mr. Hewitt left public law enforcement and entered the corporate world in 1974 where he spent the next fifteen years in the private security industry. Mr. Hewitt held positions in middle and upper management to include district, regional and operational management positions and was ultimately named president of Globe Security Systems, Inc., a publicly held, private security firm with over 13,000 employees and over 100 offices in the United States and Europe. Mr. Hewitt left corporate America in 1989 and, along with, Harriet Isenberg, opened a private law practice in Atlanta, Georgia.

Mr. Hewitt concentrates on representing victims of crime and seriously injured people and their families in significant injury and wrongful death cases, including victims of assault, battery, sexual assault and abuse, child molestation, nursing home abuse and drunk drivers. Mr. Hewitt has also challenged and advanced claims against several school districts for their negligence in maintaining a safe environment from predatory teachers molesting school children.

Mr. Hewitt serves on a number of local, state and national crime victim boards of directors including Atlanta Victim Assistance (AVA); the Crime Victim Advocacy Council  (CVAC) where he served for seven years as president and now chairs the Advisory Board to CVAC; the National Center for Victims of Crime (NCVC) where he currently serves as Treasurer and member of the Executive Committee; and the National Crime Victim Bar Association (NCVBA) where he currently sits as a member of the NCVBA Advisory Board.  Mr. Hewitt has been a speaker at the National Organization of Victim Advocates (NOVA), the National Center for Victims of Crime (NCVC) and the National Crime Victim Bar Association (NCVBA) and the Georgia Trial Lawyers Association (GTLA) as well as several local and state organizational meetings.  Mr. Hewitt is an AV-rated lawyer which is the highest professional and ethical peer-review rating available to individual lawyers. Mr. Hewitt is a long-standing member of the Million Dollar Advocate Forum; has appeared on television and radio programs addressing issues of negligent security and civil justice for crime victims; and has published several articles relating to negligent security and crime victim issues in Trial Magazine, Calendar Call and The Connection.

Admissions Pro Hac Vice

• Clark County District Court, Las Vegas, Nevada {Foxworth v. Nevada State Bank; Case No. A543754}

• Clark County Nevada District Court, Las Vegas, Nevada {Ron and Peggy Bradley v Wyndham Vacation Resorts, et al., Case no. A575543}

• Charleston County Court of Common Pleas, 9th District, Charleston, South Carolina {Sade Williams v. South Carolina Federal Credit Union, Case No. 2012-CP-10-2739}

• United States District Court, District of Colorado {Netquote v. Mostchoice, Case No. 07-cv-00630-DME-MEH}

• Court of Common Pleas, Cuyahoga County, Ohio {Vitelli v. Trinity Products, Case No. 2014-CV-14-835980}

• United States District Court, Eastern Division of Tennessee {Elsevier v. Trinity Products, Case No. 3:14-cv-00052}

• United States District Court, District of South Carolina, Charleston, S.C. {Thomason v. Toyota, Case No. 6:14-cv-04895-JMC}

• West Virginia Court of Claims, Charleston, West Virginia {Angela Bell and Pamela Purdue v. West Virginia Department of Transportation, Case No. CC-15-2039}

• United States District Court, Southern District of Georgia {Brinkley/Spell vs. Appling County School District et al., Case No. 2:18-cv-00089-LGW-RSB}

 


Areas Of Practice

  • Premises Liability involving victims of crime
  • Nursing Home / Assisted Living Abuse
  • Sexual Assault/Molestation (including Title IX claims for teacher assaults on students)
  • Police Misconduct (USC §1983)
  • Wrongful Death

Bar Admissions

  • Georgia
  • Georgia Court of Appeals
  • Supreme Court of Georgia
  • U.S. District Court Northern District of Georgia
  • U.S. District Court Middle District of Georgia
  • U.S. District Court Southern District of Georgia

Education

  • Atlanta Law School, Atlanta, Georgia
    • J.D.
  • Kent State University
    • B.S.

Representative Cases

  • Bennett v. Metro. Atlanta Rapid Transit Auth., 316 Ga.App. 565, 2012
  • Doty Communications, Inc. v. L.M. Berry & Company, Civil Action 1:04-CV-361-CAP, United States District Court, Northern District of Georgia
  • Mason v. Chateau Communities, Inc., 280 Ga.App. 106, 2006
  • T.A.I. Computer v. Cin Enterprises, 237 Ga.App. 646, 1999
  • Greenforest Baptist Church v. Shropshire, 221 Ga.App. 465

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • National Center for Victims of Crime (NCVC), Member, Board of Directors, former treasurer and current co-chair
  • National Crime Victim Bar Association (NCVBA), Member, Advisory Board
  • National Organization for Victims of Crime (NOVA), Member
  • Crime Victims Advocacy Council (CVAC), Member, past-president, Board of Directors
  • Atlanta Victim Assistance, Inc. (AVA) Member, Board of Directors
  • American Association of Justice (AAJ) Member
  • Sandy Springs Bar Association, Member
  • Lawyer's Club of Atlanta, Member
  • Marcy’s Law for Georgia, Advisory Board

Pro Bono Activities

  • Georgia Mock Trial Competition, evaluator and judge
  • State Bar of Georgia High School Mock Trial Program, evaluator and judge
  • William B. Daniel National Mock Trial Competition, evaluator

Misc.

  • In 2016, Mr. Hewitt founded BARKS (Benefits Assisting Retired K9s), a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization dedicated to helping to defray the cost of medical treatment for retired police K9s adopted by their police partner/handler.