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Ward Stone, Jr.

Attorney Profile

Top Rated Bankruptcy Attorney in Macon, GA

Stone & Baxter, LLP
577 Mulberry Street, Suite 800
Macon, GA 31201
Phone: 478-750-9898
Fax: 478-750-9899
Selected to Super Lawyers: 2004 - 2022
Licensed in Georgia Since: 1979
Practice Areas: Bankruptcy: Business, Construction Litigation: Business, Business Litigation, Business/Corporate
Attorney Profile

Throughout his career spanning three decades, Ward Stone Jr. has established a reputation within the legal and business communities as an astute practitioner in the areas of business restructuring and bankruptcy reorganizations. As a founding partner in the Macon, Georgia, law firm Stone & Baxter, LLP, Mr. Stone has represented companies ranging from small, closely held businesses to publicly traded corporations. He also represents secured lenders, committees of unsecured creditors and debtors in possession during Chapter 11 bankruptcy proceedings.

Mr. Stone is the founding chairman of the Middle District of Georgia Bankruptcy Law Institute Inc., for which he served in the role of chairman from 1997 through 2000 and continues to serve on its board of directors. He is also the former chairman of the State Bar of Georgia's Bankruptcy Law Section.  He is past Counselor of the W. Homer Drake, Jr. Georgia Bankruptcy American Inn of Court and continues to serve on its Executive Committee.  He has been certified in Business Bankruptcy By the American Board of Certification since 2006.

In addition to his successful career and involvement in local and state-level legal organizations, Mr. Stone is a highly sought-after lecturer for continuing education programs on business insolvency, restructuring and reorganization. The legal community's recognition of his experience and abilities has garnered him the highest peer-reviewed rating of AV-Preeminent* from Martindale-Hubbell.

A Georgia native, Mr. Stone graduated from the University of Georgia with an associate degree before earning his Juris Doctor at the Mercer University Walter F. George School of Law in 1979. He distinguished himself in law school as a member of the editorial board of the law review. Following his graduation from law school, Mr. Stone was admitted to practice law before Georgia state courts and before the U.S. District Courts for all three Districts of Georgia. He is also admitted to practice before the U.S. Courts of Appeals for the 5th and 11th Circuits and the United States Supreme Court.

*AV-Preeminent and BV-Distinguished are certification marks of Reed Elsevier Properties Inc., used in accordance with the Martindale-Hubbell certification procedures, standards and policies. Martindale-Hubbell is the facilitator of a peer review rating process. Ratings reflect the confidential opinions of members of the Bar and the judiciary. Martindale-Hubbell ratings fall into two categories – legal ability and general ethical standards.

Stone & Baxter is a debt relief agency. The firm helps people file for bankruptcy relief under the U.S. Bankruptcy Code.

Practice Areas
  • 50%Bankruptcy: Business
  • 30%Construction Litigation: Business
  • 10%Business Litigation
  • 10%Business/Corporate


19 Years Super Lawyers
  • Super Lawyers: 2004 - 2022

Certificates and Credentials

About Ward Stone, Jr.

First Admitted: 1979, Georgia

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Scholarly Lectures/Writings

  • Editorial Board, Mercer Law Review, Walter F. George School of Law, Mercer University, 1979
  • Frequent Lecturer, State Bar of Georgia, Lorman Education Services, and the Middle District Bankruptcy Law Institute on the topics of business insolvency, restructure or reorganization, and construction-related issue

Pro bono/Community Service

  • Church Leadership
  • Member, Kiwanis International
  • Board of Directors, Middle District of Georgia Bankruptcy Law Institute, Inc.
  • Member, Greater Macon Chamber of Commerce
  • Chairman, Middle District of Georgia Bankruptcy Law Institute, Inc., 1997 - 2000
  • Delegate to the Georgia Republican Convention
  • Founding Chairman, Middle District of Georgia Bankruptcy Law Institute, Inc.

Bar/Professional Activity

  • U.S. Supreme Court
  • Georgia
  • U.S. District Court Southern District of Georgia
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 11th Circuit
  • U.S. District Court Middle District of Georgia
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 5th Circuit
  • U.S. District Court Northern District of Georgia
  • Chairman, Bankruptcy Section, State Bar of Georgia, 2008 - 2009

Educational Background

  • University of Georgia, A.B., 1976

Special Licenses/Certifications

  • Business Bankruptcy - American Board of Certification


  • Peer review., AV Rating, Martindale Hubble, 1996
  • The Best Lawyers in America, 2000 - 2010

Industry Groups

  • Banking And Finance
  • Construction
  • Financial Restructuring
  • Food Service
  • Health Care
  • Industrial
  • Manufacturing
  • Real Estate Development
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Office Location for Ward Stone, Jr.

577 Mulberry Street
Suite 800
Macon, GA 31201

Phone: 478-750-9898

Fax: 478-750-9899

Last Updated: 5/15/2022

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