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S. Lester Tate III

S. Lester Tate III
Sixth District (2023 – 2026)
Akin & Tate in Cartersville, Georgia
University of South Carolina, J.D. 1987

Lester is a trial lawyer who served as the 48th President of the State Bar of Georgia. Since 1996, he has practiced as a member of Akin & Tate, Georgia’s oldest continuing law firm. He has spent his entire professional career as a courtroom lawyer, having tried over one hundred civil and criminal cases to verdict and appeared over thirty times in state and federal appellate courts.

He has served in the ABA House of Delegates since 2012, is a past president of both the Southeastern Chapter of American Board of Trial Advocates (ABOTA) and the Georgia Chapter. He is currently the ABOTA National Treasurer. Lester is a Fellow in the International Society of Barristers, the International Academy of Trial Lawyers, and a Life Fellow of the America Bar Foundation.

He has two grown children. Lester’s interests include golf, sporting clays, fitness, and audiobooks. He also avidly follows college football—especially his beloved Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets—and the Atlanta Braves.