“BTFC gives voice to a cause important to us,” says Hal Meeks, the Chairman of the BTFC Board. Hal is a native of Waycross, Georgia, but has been living in Atlanta since 1979. He attended the University of Georgia, where he received his B.A. degree in English, cum laude, in 1976, and the University of Georgia School of Law, where he served as Senior Editor of the Georgia Law Review and graduated in 1979. Hal is a practicing attorney with the firm of Pursley Lowery Meeks LLP. His current practice is divided among health care litigation, including medical malpractice defense, construction litigation, with a concentration in wholesaler/supplier representation, and a myriad of other disputes facing business clients.
Hal has been married to Jo Lanier Meeks, formerly of Albany, Georgia, since their graduation from law school in 1979. Jo is managing partner of Pursley Lowery Meeks LLP and primarily represents the securities industry in dispute resolution. They have two children: Stuart, born in 1983, and Lanier, born in 1988.
Stuart was diagnosed with an oligodendroglioma in his temporal lobe in 1990 and was treated with surgery. Stuart graduated from the Lovett School in Atlanta in 2002 and from the University of Georgia in 2008. He is currently a student at Samford University’s Cumberland School of Law in Birmingham. Lanier graduated from Lovett School in 2006 and graduated from Miami University of Ohio in 2010. She will atttend graduate school at Marymount University in the fall.
Hal has served on the Board of the Brain Tumor Foundation for children since 1998 and as President from 2001 through 2008. Hal has participated in nearly all of the activities and fundraisers organized by BTFC, but has been most active in the annual Flight of the Butterflies spring event. He has come to know many of the children and the families through events such as the Holiday Party.
Hal says the most important role of BTFC “is to be present for families in times of crises and helping where we can: with information, with emotional support, and with financial support. There is nothing harder on a parent than coping with a child being seriously ill. I count my blessings that things have gone so well for my family, and I see BTFC helping others in very real and practical ways.”
Hal and Jo are active in the community in other respects, serving the legal profession in a number of capacities, and assuming leadership roles at Northside Drive Baptist Church, where they have been members since 1979. For fun, Hal is guitarist and lead vocalist with the Cussinwillas, a classic rock band. They can be found at www.cussinwillas.com.