Partner Harry B. White successfully defended a significant adverse possession claim on behalf of local businessman James R. Dellinger, Jr. and Frank Troutman involving 150 acres of land in Bartow County, an entire land lot off Griffin Road.

The Supreme Court affirmed the jury verdict from a week-long trial and concluded that the challenger, David Keever, failed to prove exclusive possession of the property.  The Court’s unanimous opinion held that “Keever’s specific claim in this matter is that his due process rights were violated, but he has not shown that his trial or its results was unfair.”  The land lot in question is believed to be one of the largest contested adverse possession claims in the history of Georgia law.

The Georgia Supreme Court’s opinion is Keever v. Dellinger, et al., No. S12A0865 (Ga. Nov. 5, 2012).