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577 Mulberry Street, Suite 1410, Macon, Georgia 31201

Mailing Address: P.O. Box 6497, Macon, GA 31208-6497

Established: 1849

Practice Areas

  • Fire
  • Casualty
  • Surety
  • Life Insurance
  • Disability
  • Workers' Compensation
  • General Liability
  • Business Law
  • Personal Injury Defense

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About Us

The "Lanier and Anderson" began in 1849 when Robert Lanier and brother-in-law William Anderson began practicing law in Macon. Lanier was born in Athens after his father moved from North Carolina to establish hotels, among them Macon's Lanier House. Lanier met Anderson in college and married Anderson' sister Mary Jane in 1840. In 1842 they became parents of the poet, Sidney Lanier. A much younger brother, Clifford Anderson came to Macon in 1845. He educated himself by reading the law, while working at the Lanier House.

William Anderson died at 28. Clifford studied under Robert Lanier and was admitted to the bar in 1852 at 19. Lanier died in 1893. Clifford was a member of the Confederate Congress, Judge of Macon City Court, a Macon City Councilman and later a State Legislator. He was Georgia's Attorney General from 1880-1890. When Mercer University established a law school in 1878, Anderson was a member of its first faculty. The school's first building was named for Partner, T.E. Ryals.

Most of Lanier's and Anderson's sons practiced law. One also became a famous poet, Sidney Lanier, Anderson’s eldest Clifford L. Anderson, practiced in Macon before moving to Atlanta to found the forerunner of the Jones Day Firm. James Anderson practiced with his father and uncle for 15 years, but after his brother’s law partner died, joined his brother’s firm in Atlanta. In 1871 Robert Anderson became the link tying the 19th Century firm to today's. In 1893 he formed a 30 year partnership with T.E. Ryals. His son, Robert Anderson, Jr., joined them in 1922 and Charles W. Walker in 1933. Albert P. Reichert joined in 1949. The firm took its present name in 1959.

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Client Information

Insurance Clients

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Personnel Information

Of Counsel


William J. Self

Macon, GA

Admitted
  • Georgia, 1974
Additional Biographical Details:

Senior Judge, Probate Courts of Georgia

Education:
  • The University of Georgia, B.B.A. Accounting, 1971
  • The University of Georgia School of Law, J.D., 1974

Born: 1949

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Matthew G. Schwartz

Macon, GA

Admitted
  • New Jersey, 1999
  • New York, 2000
Education:
  • The University of Arizona, B.A., 1994
  • Seton Hall University School of Law, J.D. (cum laude), 1999
Military:
U.S. Air Force JAG, Lt. Col. (Retired)

Born: 1971

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Partners


Albert P. Reichert, Jr.

Macon, GA

Admitted
  • Georgia, 1963
Education:
  • Emory University, A.B. (with honors), 1961
  • Harvard University, LL.B., 1964

Born: 1939

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Eugene S. Hatcher

Macon, GA

Admitted
  • Georgia, 1981
Education:
  • Georgia Institute of Technology, B.S.I.M., 1968
  • Mercer University, J.D., 1981

Born: 1944

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Robert A. B. Reichert, Temporary Leave of Absence/Currently Mayor, Macon-Bibb County

Macon, GA

Admitted
  • Georgia, 1981
Education:
  • The University of Georgia, B.S.A., 1978
  • Mercer University, J.D., 1981

Born: 1948

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Jonathan A. Alderman

Macon, GA

Admitted
  • Georgia, 1986
Education:
  • The University of Georgia, B.A. (summa cum laude), 1983
  • The University of Georgia, J.D. (cum laude), 1986

Born: 1961

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