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Irwin W. Stolz Jr.

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Judge Irwin Stolz

Biography

Irwin W. Stolz, Jr., known simply and affectionately as “Judge”, was born at Emory Hospital in Atlanta in 1929 and grew up in Columbia and Charleston, South Carolina. He served as a First Lieutenant in the US Army Reserve, 82nd Airborne Division from 1952 to 1955 and then earned his Law Degree from Emory University in 1958. He was admitted to the Bar, 1958, and began his law practice in LaFayette, Georgia where he continued to practice until 1972 when then Georgia governor, Jimmy Carter, appointed him to the Georgia Court of Appeals. From 1972 to 1977 he authored approximately 750 published opinions among which are:

 

  • Travis Meat and Seafood Co., Inc. v. Ashworth, 127 Ga.App. 284 (1972), regarded as a leading case in Georgia on discovery and the use of discovery evidence;
  • Ford Motor Company v. Handley, 128 Ga.App. 307, 128 Ga. App. 311 (1973), product liability, evidence issues;
  • Giordano v. Stubbs, 129 Ga.App. 283, 292 (dissent) (1973), reversed, 231 Ga. 601 (1974), 131 Ga.App. 244 (1974), dissent became the rule in Georgia on certain aspects of appellate procedure;
  • Locklear v. Morgan, 129 Ga. App. 763 (1973), opinion restated the bounds for proper oral argument to the jury in tort cases;
  • Gould v. The State, 131 Ga.App. 811 (1974), first impression, constitutionality of jury composition, established rule that jury pools must be composed of a truly representative cross-section of the community;
  • Warner v. Arnold, 133 Ga. 174 (1974), first impression, apartment owners’ duties to keep premises safe from third party intruders;
  • State v. Houston, 134 Ga.App. 36 (1975), state’s affirmative duty to provide counsel at preliminary hearing, reversed, Ga. 721, rule since adopted and implemented;
  • Wilhite v. Mays, 140 Ga.App. 816 (1976), first impression, Doctrine of Caveat Emptor does not apply to sale of improved real estate.

Since resigning from the Court of Appeals, Judge has had a general practice in all courts with an emphasis on trial and appellate civil litigation and generally representing the plaintiffs.  He was to-counsel in the landmark case of Ford Motor Company vs. Stubblefield, 171 Ga. App. 331 (1984) and counsel in the Barnes v. City of Atlanta, 276 Ga. 449, 578 S.E.2d 110 (2003); 281 Ga. 256, 637 S.E.2d 4 (2006).

Judge is currently of counsel of Hurt Stolz, PC in Athens, Georgia.

He has held numerous offices in legal and community organizations throughout his legal career including serving as Walker County Attorney 1965-1972 and City of Chickamauga Attorney 1965-1972. He was active in the Georgia Bar Association/State Bar of Georgia as a member and chairman of many committees. He served on the Board of Governors 1960-1972; was elected president-elect of the State Bar of Georgia, 1969, and served as president 1970-1971. Judge Stolz was chairman of the Institute for Continuing Legal Education in Georgia 1969-1970 and 1971-1972; Director of the American Judicature Society 1977-1980; Director of the Law in American Society Foundation 1972-1976; judicial Nominating Commission 1971-1972; Governor’s Commission on Judicial Processes 1971-1972, 1984-1985; State Crime Commission 1971-1972 and 1974-1976.  In addition to his judicial duties, Judge Stolz served on the Judicial Council of Georgia 1974-1977 (vice chairman 1977).

Judge has been an active masters competitive swimmer since 1987. He currently holds or has held over fifty Georgia Masters swimming records and has competed in the FINA World Masters Championship in Germany (2000), New Zealand (2002), Italy (2004), and Montreal, Canada (2014) where he won the 200, 400 and 800 meter freestyles. He is a member of two 4 x 100 meter World Record Relay Teams (320 age group) and had the world best time in the 400 and 1500 meter freestyles (short course meters 85-89 age group) in 2014. He has competed in many US Masters National Championships over the years and has won nineteen individual national championships.

In 2004, he was ranked in the top ten in the world in five events and became the U.S. Masters “All American” for the 1500-meter freestyle in his age group. In 2009 Judge won additional championships and ranked in the top 10 in the world in ten events. He was also a Masters All-American in the 400, 800 and 1500 meter freestyle (LCM) and 1500 meter freestyle (SCM).

In 1977 Judge married the former Mary Bell Harrison of Savannah, Georgia. Together they have four children (Irwin “Will” Stolz, Jr., Wiley A. Wasden, III, Robert H. Stolz, and Mary Bell A. Stolz) and eight grandchildren.

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