William Hale Barrett, the longtime former managing partner of one of Augusta’s largest law firms, died Saturday.
Barrett, of the Hull Barrett law firm, was 84. Neal Dickert, an attorney with the firm, said he had been in ill health for months.
Born on Feb. 11, 1929, Barrett received his bachelor’s degree in commerce from Washington & Lee University in 1950. He then went on to earn his Bachelor of Laws from the University of Georgia in 1955. That year, Barrett joined Hull Barrett, PC, the company his grandfather founded in 1916.
Barrett held memberships with the American Bar Association and the Augusta Bar Association, serving as the president of the latter in 1973. He served as the chairman of the corporate and banking section of the State Bar of Georgia from 1975 to 1976. The Augusta native also was a member of Augusta National Golf Club.
Barrett served as corporate counsel to many Augusta-area businesses, leading him to be recognized in Best Lawyers in America in the field of corporate law for 15 consecutive years, according to the firm’s Web site.
Dickert said Barrett had a great legal mind and was often sought out by others in the business for his advice.
“He was incredibly bright,” Dickert said. “He was always very understated in his personality and let his actions speak for himself. He had the knowledge, experience and intelligence, coupled with a mild-mannered personality that was always in control. A dignified man.”