The Firm

Samuel Bass Hatcher 1850–1937

Samuel Bass Hatcher 1850–1937

Hatcher, Stubbs, Land, Hollis, & Rothschild, LLP is among Georgia’s oldest law firms, tracing its roots back more than 140 years ago to 1872, when Samuel Bass Hatcher began his practice in Columbus. Our proud heritage presents a challenge and guide to the present Firm to carry on our founders’ legacy of professional excellence and community service, while adapting creatively to the ever-changing legal needs of our clients.

Hatcher Stubbs provides clients throughout Georgia and Alabama with a broad range of sophisticated legal services in the areas of litigation and alternative dispute resolution, estate planning and administration, business and tax planning, and real estate. The lawyers at Hatcher Stubbs have extensive experience and capabilities in their areas of legal practice, and our lawyers are regularly recognized by their peers as leaders in their practice fields. The Firm is ranked “AV” by Martindale, which is a recognition by our legal colleagues that we display the “highest levels of skill and integrity.” Members of Hatcher Stubbs are also listed in Atlanta Magazine’s Super Lawyers, Best Lawyers in America, and Who’s Who in American Law.

A number of lawyers in the firm have been elected as Fellows in the American College of Tax Counsel, the American College of Employee Benefits Counsel, and the American College of Trust and Estate Counsel. We also hold leadership positions in the Columbus Bar Association, the State Bar of Georgia, and American Bar Association and participate on a broad range of local, statewide, and national charitable, professional and religious boards, committees and organizations.

Hatcher Stubbs is organized into specialized practice groups that allow us to draw on our lawyers’ specific knowledge and skills to best serve our clients’ individual legal needs. We use a team approach to serving our clients, cooperatively seeking creative and practical solutions to complex legal problems in an efficient and cost-effective manner.

Since our founding, Hatcher Stubbs has sought to provide superior legal services to a wide variety of clients, including individuals, small and family businesses, major corporations, hospitals and physicians, financial institutions, tax-exempt organizations, and public sector boards and authorities. Evidence of Hatcher Stubbs’ continuing success at achieving this goal is the caliber and loyalty of the Firm’s clients. The close and long-standing relationships we maintain with our clients are a testimony to the depth and diversity of the Firm’s expertise.

Since its earliest days, Hatcher Stubbs has been actively involved in the civic, cultural, religious and political affairs of our community. Through outreach and service efforts, attorneys and staff at Hatcher Stubbs strive to improve our community. Our Firm’s reputation is built on over a century of professional excellence and community service. This commitment to our clients and our community is both our legacy and what guides what we do every day.


Hatcher, Stubbs, Land, Hollis & Rothschild, LLP traces its roots back more than 140 years ago to 1872, when Samuel Bass Hatcher, the Firm’s founder, opened his law practice in Columbus. Mr. Hatcher and the attorneys who joined him in practice passed down a rich legacy of professional excellence and community service which has become Hatcher Stubbs’ trademark. The “dean of the Columbus bar,” Samuel Bass Hatcher, served in the Georgia Senate and as Columbus’ City Attorney. Early partners John Peabody and Albert A. Carson each served as Solicitor General of the Chattahoochee Circuit. William H. Brannon served as Mayor of Columbus and as a City Councilman.

John H. Martin authored Columbus’ first history and served as a Superior Court Judge before joining the firm. From its earliest years, the Firm represented a number of Columbus’ leading businesses and public institutions, including the Merchants’ and Mechanics’ Bank, of which members served as president and vice-president. The Columbus public school Board was founded by Peabody, a long-serving president of the Board. The Firm also represented the Eagle and Phenix Manufacturing Company, the Central of Georgia Railway, Columbus Fertilizer Co., Muscogee Ice Co., and the Columbus Iron Works. J. Madden Hatcher joined his father and brother in the firm in 1921. He was a highly respected member of the Columbus Bar and represented Tom’s Foods, Inc., Royal Crown Cola, First National Bank and other leading businesses in the community.


The modern era of Hatcher Stubbs began in 1951, when Alan F. Rothschild joined the Hatchers, A. Edward Smith, Albert W. Stubbs in the firm. In 1962, Aaron J. Land, a former Judge of Muscogee County State Court, became a partner. Howell Hollis became a member of the Firm in 1969, and the name of the firm then changed to its current style, Hatcher, Stubbs, Land, Hollis & Rothschild.

The founding members of the modern Firm continued the legacy of its early members. Howell Hollis was a State Legislator, President of the State Bar of Georgia, long-time Chairman of the Board of Fourth National Bank, and active in community affairs. Alan F. Rothschild was a fellow of the American College of Trust and Estate Counsel and chaired the Georgia Board of Bar Examiners. His contributions to his community were numerous, including service on the Boards of St. Francis Hospital and The Columbus Museum for over 40 years. His simultaneous service as Chairman of the Board of St. Francis Hospital and the Medical Center is a testimony to his integrity and respect in the community.

Like our founders, the present members of Hatcher Stubbs are committed to providing superior legal services and making a difference in Columbus and the Chattahoochee Valley. This commitment to professional excellence and community service is as much a part of the firm culture today as it has been for more than 140 years.