E. Wycliffe Orr, Sr.

E. Wycliffe (Wyc) Orr, SrE. Wycliffe (Wyc) Orr, Sr.

As a trial lawyer for 40 years, from U. S. Army courtrooms in Europe to much of Georgia, Wyc Orr has diversified trial and dispute resolution experience. A trial lawyer for four decades, he has tried a wide variety of cases, having represented both plaintiffs and defendants before juries in 28 Georgia counties from North to South, as well as in Federal court, and courts-martial in West Germany during his days as a U. S. Army JAGC lawyer. The breadth and depth of Wyc’s decades-long litigation experience allows him to bring many case histories and experiences to bear in evaluating, preparing and trying cases, as well as settling them where appropriate. His broad-based personal injury litigation experience includes auto accidents and trucking collisions, premises liability, products liability, invasion of privacy, defamation, and medical malpractice, among many others.

Wyc also has substantial experience in employment cases under both federal and state law, and was named to Georgia Trend magazine’s “Legal Elite” in the field of employment law in 2005. He was previously recognized in 2003 with the State Bar of Georgia’s Bench and Bar Committee’s Award for Professionalism, and in 2008 was named a Fellow of the American Bar Foundation, which recognizes lawyers’ service to the legal profession and to their communities. Also in 2008, he was awarded the Georgia Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers’ Indigent Defense Award, recognizing his being “a vocal advocate for the citizens of Georgia.” He has also litigated numerous cases in the fields of civil rights and other forms of governmental liability. Wyc also has extensive appellate experience, with many appearances before Georgia’s appellate courts, and he has argued in the Eleventh Circuit United States Court of Appeals.

Completion of his formal education was followed by almost four years in the U.S. Army, mostly overseas in Europe. Wyc served in the Georgia House of Representatives from 1989 to 1993. He has career-long extensive involvement with the State Bar of Georgia and in local bar activities, and has served in a host of civic and charitable organizations across the state. He is the product of a small town in Georgia, where he knew and learned from people at every socio-economic station. Wyc has also managed family farmland and timberland in South Georgia. He brings a variety of life experiences to the practice of law and representation of clients.

Education

University of Tennessee, J.D., First in Class, 1970

  • Order of the Coif
  • Member, Tennessee Law Review (Casenotes & Comments Editor)
  • Corpus Juris Secundum Award as Outstanding Senior Law Student
  • American Jurisprudence Awards in Evidence, Real Property & Contracts

Auburn University, B.S., Accounting Major, With High Honors, 1968

  • Delta Sigma Pi Award as Outstanding Business Graduate of 1968
  • Wall Street Journal Finance Award
  • Graduated First in Class among Business Graduates

Conflict Resolution Training

  • Completed Negotiation Theory and Practice Course, Harvard Law School Summer Program of Instruction for Lawyers (Professor Roger Fisher, internationally-recognized authority on conflict resolution)

Honors & Awards

Named in 2008 a Fellow, American Bar Foundation, and was recently awarded the Georgia Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers’ 2008 Indigent Defense Award, which noted that “he has remained a vocal advocate for the citizens of Georgia.”

  • Recognized by Georgia Trend Magazine as one of Georgia’s “Legal Elite” Lawyers for 2005
    Recipient, 2003 Bench and Bar Committee Professionalism Award, State Bar of Georgia
  • Member, Omicron Delta Kappa (ODK) Honorary Society
  • Recipient, 1988 Phi Delta Kappa Educational Society’s Award for Distinguished Service to Education, as a result of his service in the legislature
  • Army Commendation Medal, with Oak Leaf Cluster (U.S. Army Service, Captain, Judge Advocate General’s Corps, Bad Kreuznach, Germany, where he served as both a prosecutor and later as a defense lawyer, and later serving at Fort McPherson, Atlanta)
  • Distinguished Military Graduate, U. S. Army R.O.T.C., Auburn University

Professional & Civic Organizations & Involvement

  • Past Member, Georgia House of Representatives (1989-1993)
  • Past Member, Georgia Public Defender Standards Council (2003 -2011)
  • Founder and Past President, Chattahoochee-American Inn of Court
  • Past President, Gainesville-Northeastern Circuit Bar Association (2002-2003)
  • Past Chair, Board of Directors, Georgia Indigent Defense Council
  • Past Member, Board of Governors, State Bar of Georgia, and Member, Foundation of Freedom Committee, State Bar, 2005-
  • Founder and Past President, Lanier Educational Foundation
  • Alumni Advisory Council, University of Tennessee, College of Law
  • Past Member, Board of Directors, Auburn Alumni Association
  • Past Chair, Administrative Board and Finance Committee, and Youth Sunday School Teacher, First United Methodist Church of Gainesville
  • Various other past leadership positions in community organizations, including American Cancer Society- Hall County Chapter; Chestatee Regional Library Board; Rotary Club; Elachee Nature Science Center; Arts Council of Gainesville; Northeast Georgia Speech Center; Volunteer Gainesville, and T-ball Coach

Areas of Experience

Personal Data

Date of Birth: October 28, 1946, Tifton, Georgia

Marital Status: Married to Lyn Harden Orr for past 44 years, two adult children, Kristine Orr Brown and Eston Wycliffe (Cliff) Orr, Jr.