Our Firm

Charles HugginsAttorney Charles Huggins is well known in his hometown of Augusta as an avid musician who loves family, his community, and …coffee. But family and community, of course, reigns above a good cup of cappuccino. Quality of service, approachability and integrity signify how Huggins runs his law firm and how he embraces his community. Once you step into his office, you will feel the sense of comradery among the staff that is also graciously extended to every client and the community.

History

Huggins Peil, LLC traces its roots to the law firm of Huggins and Allen, P.C., which was founded in 1981 by Charles “Tom” Huggins Sr. The elder Huggins spent the majority of his practice with this firm, specializing in real estate law. Attorney Tom Huggins was known by his friends and business colleagues for his keen intellect, quick wit, and genuine humility, and was highly regarded as a leader in both his profession and community.

While the elder Huggins is no longer with us, his son, Charles T. Huggins, Jr., and Jeffrey F. Peil are carrying on his legacy of providing exceptional legal representation at fair prices.  There is no case too small or too large for Charles and Jeff to consider.

If you want something as simple as a will or something as complex as taking on the United States Government in federal court, the lawyers at Huggins Peil will sit down with you and find the best course of action.

The Huggins Law Firm Today

Charles T. Huggins, Jr.

Founding Partner

Charles T. Huggins, Jr. is carrying the family torch and interacts with every client with compassion and integrity while providing the highest degree of legal advice. Huggins graduated with a Juris Doctorate in 1992 from the University of Georgia, School of Law. He earned a double Bachelor of Arts degree in History and Sociology from Furman University in 1989. Currently he is a member of the Georgia State Bar, Real Property Law Section, and the Augusta Bar Association. Charles is married to Elizabeth (Beth) and they have two adult daughters, Catherine and Caroline (Callie).

Attorney Charles Huggins is well known in his hometown of Augusta as an avid musician who loves family, his community, and …coffee. But family and community, of course, reigns above a good cup of cappuccino. Quality of service, approachability and integrity signify how Huggins runs his law firm and how he embraces his community. Once you step into his office, you will feel the sense of camaraderie among the staff that is also graciously extended to every client and the community.

Areas of Practice

  • Residential Real Estate Closings
  • Commercial Real Estate Closings
  • Wills, Trusts, Powers of Attorney
  • Probate
  • Entertainment Law

Bar Admissions

  • All Georgia courts

Education

  • Furman University, B.A. 1989
  • University of Georgia School of Law, J.D. 1992

Jeffrey F. Peil

Partner

Since Jeffrey joined Huggins Peil in 2014 he has helped his clients recover millions of dollars in a wide array of cases. He has also helped corporate clients defend against frivolous claims in courts across the United States. As representative examples, he has:

  • Recovered $1.5 million for the citizens of Grovetown, Georgia in a class action lawsuit demonstrating that the citizens were illegally overbilled for water and utility services for years.
  • Recovered an additional $150,000 in a Georgia Whistleblower Act lawsuit on behalf of the Billing Clerk who was terminated after reporting the illegal billing scheme in Grovetown.
  • Helped several motor vehicle accident victims obtain six figure settlements for their personal injuries.
  • Successfully obtained dismissal of a class action lawsuit filed against a prominent local Georgia business in Federal district court in California, which was subsequently upheld on appeal before the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals.
  • Recovered a substantial settlement for the family of a victim of a murder-suicide whose insurance company refused to pay life insurance proceeds based upon a mistaken understanding of the Georgia Slayer Statute.
  • Obtained post-trial reversals of felony convictions in both Georgia Superior Courts and the Georgia Court of Appeals.
  • Tried several bench and jury trials in multiple courts across the United States, including courts in Georgia, South Carolina, and Minnesota

Jeff lives in Grovetown, Georgia with his wife Hilary. Both are active members of the Church of the Good Shepherd in Augusta, Georgia.

Areas of Practice

  • Serious Personal Injuries
  • Class Action Lawsuits for Product Defects
  • Trademark Protection
  • Appellate Advocacy
  • Civil Rights and Whistleblower Claims
  • Contested Probate Matters

Bar Admissions

  • Georgia Trial and Appellate Courts
  • U.S. District Courts for the Northern, Middle, and Southern Districts of Georgia
  • South Carolina
  • 4th Circuit Court of Appeals
  • 9th Circuit Court of Appeals
  • 11th Circuit Court of Appeals
  • United States Judicial Panel on Multidistrict Litigation

Education

  • University of Richmond, B.A. 2006
  • Mitchell Hamline School of Law, J.D. 2014

Matthew Padgett

Associate Attorney

Matthew Wade Padgett is an Augusta native that has returned to practice law in his home town. Matt obtained his Juris Doctorate from the Walter F. George School of Law at Mercer University.

Prior to law school he graduated Cum Laude with a bachelors degree in business administration from Newberry College where he also played football. Matt returns to Augusta with his wife, Marcie.

Bar Admissions

  • Georgia Trial Courts

Education

  • Newberry College, B.A. 2014

Walter F. George School of Law, Mercer University, J.D. 2017

Organizations

  • State Bar of Georgia- Young Lawyers DivIsion- District Representative Southern District 2018-2020
  • Young Lawyers of Augusta- Executive Counsel Member at Large 2018-2019

 

Nicole Wilson

Post-Closing Coordinator

Nicole Wilson joined Huggins Peil, LLC in February, 2018 after obtaining her Associate’s Degree of Applied Science in Paralegal Studies from Augusta Technical College. Her previous five years of experience in Augusta’s Legal community has prepared her well for working closely with Huggins Peil clients in a variety of roles.

Nicole grew up in Augusta, and is now a proud resident of Columbia County along with her husband Jack and daughter Alexandra.

Michelle Rhodes

Closing Secretary

Michelle Rhodes brings over 20 years of experience working in real estate firms. As her co-worker explained, “she is an expert in all things real estate.”

Michelle prepares all commercial and residential real estate transactions and serves as the closing secretary. She is married to Scott Rhodes and is the mother of two boys, Burke and Brandon.

Carrie Wolfe

Accounts Manager
Carrie Wolfe has worked with the Huggins Firm in a variety of capacities since 1995, and currently serves as an accounts manager and administrative assistant. The experience she has gained by occupying a variety of positions in the office allows her to assist where needed and help keep the office running smoothly.
Carrie and her husband Ben are long-time Augusta residents and have 3 children, Connor, Shaun and Myra.

Courtney Damron

Pre-Closing Coordinator
Court Damron, an army brat born in Louisiana, grew up overseas. He is currently attending the University of South Carolina, Aiken to get his Bachelors Degree in Science. Court joined the Huggins Peil team in April of 2016 as a runner and moved his way up to the administrative support team. Court’s infectious smile and quick-witted humor bring a bit of sunshine to the office.

Jennifer Drawdy

Paralegal

Jennifer Drawdy, a native of Augusta, Georgia, joined the Huggins Peil, LLC team in 2017 as a Paralegal. She obtained her Paralegal Studies Degree from Augusta Technical College in 2017. Jennifer supports the attorneys within the firm in multiple areas of law including Personal Injury, Wills and Probate, Litigation and Family Law.

On a personal note, she enjoys traveling, live concerts, kayaking and spending quality time with her family and friends.