Brian D. “Buck” Rogers of Covington, a partner with Fried Rogers Goldberg LLC in Atlanta, was installed as the 55th president of the 49,000-member State Bar of Georgia on June 10 during the organization’s Annual Meeting. Presiding Judge Stephen Louis A. Dillard of the Court of Appeals of Georgia administered the oath of office.
Rogers previously served as secretary of the State Bar, as a member of its Executive Committee and Board of Governors and, for the past year, as president-elect. A civil attorney representing victims in catastrophic claims, he is a past president of the Georgia Trial Lawyers Association. He is a graduate of the National College of Advocacy, the Ultimate Trial College in Washington, D.C., and the Trial Lawyers College.
Additionally, Rogers has prior experience as a Magistrate Court judge in Fulton County. He is a faculty member of the Trial Skills Clinic at the University of Georgia and is a Master in the Lamar Inn of Court.
Rogers is a graduate of the University of Georgia and the Vanderbilt University School of Law. He is a P.O.S.T. (Peace Officer Standards and Training) Certified Guest Lecturer on Commercial Motor Vehicle Collisions and Law, and holds a Class “A” Commercial Driver’s license and has his own trucking company, Buck Rogers Trucking. Additionally, he serves on the Board of Directors for Road Safe America (trucking safety advocacy group), State Council of Mothers against Drunk Driving (MADD), for which he is the Chair of Leadership, and the Shepherd Spinal and Brain Injury Center, where he is a Trustee and serves on both the Auxiliary and Advisory Boards.
Upon taking office, Rogers said he plans for the State Bar to maintain a steady course under the strategic plan it adopted last year, emphasizing the Bar’s role in the regulation of law practice, access to justice, lawyer wellness and integration of new methods of delivering legal services. He also plans to continue working to strengthen the Bar’s relationship with the legislative branch of state government and public awareness of the legal profession’s role in society.
Rogers, his wife Mandy and daughters Makenzie and Peyton reside in Covington and attend Buckhead Church. He also has three sons: Max, a student at the University of Georgia; Alex, a student at Penn State University; and Noah, a rising senior at Woodward Academy.
The State Bar of Georgia, with offices in Atlanta, Savannah and Tifton, was established in 1964 by Georgia’s Supreme Court as the successor to the voluntary Georgia Bar Association, founded in 1884. All lawyers licensed to practice in Georgia belong to the State Bar. Its more than 49,000 members work together to strengthen the constitutional promise of justice for all, promote principles of duty and public service among Georgia’s lawyers, and administer a strict code of legal ethics.