Mercer University Law School, Macon, Georgia
Juris Doctor                                                                                                                                           1984

     Georgia Southwestern State University, Americus, Georgia
Bachelor of Science                                                                                                                              1981
Major - Political Science, Minor - Economics
President of Student Body                                                                                                        1979-1980

     Greenfield School, Weston, Georgia
College Preparatory Diploma                                                                                                              1977
High School Valedictorian, Class President

     Stewart County Elementary, Junior High and High Schools,
Lumpkin/Richland, Georgia                                                                                                       1964-1974


     Admitted to Practice Law in the State of Georgia                                                                                 1984

     Admitted to Practice Law in the U.S. Court of Appeals for 11th Circuit,
U.S. District Courts in Middle District of Georgia,
Middle District of Alabama and Northern District of Georgia                                                            1984

     Admitted to Practice Law in the State of Alabama                                                                               1987

Admitted to Practice Before the United States Supreme Court                                                          1993

Admitted to Practice Law in the State of Montana                                                                              2000

     Admitted to Practice Law in the U.S. District Court for the District of Montana                            2003

ified as a Civil Trial Advocate by the National Board of Trial Advocacy                                 1992

AV Rating, Martindale-Hubbell Law Directory, for Preeminent Legal Ability,
Ethics and Discharge of Professional Abilities                                                                      1997-forward


Overby Law Office, P.C.                                                                                                             2001-present

Butler, Wooten, Overby, Fryhofer, Daughtery & Sullivan                                                        1988-2001
Columbus/Atlanta, Georgia

Butler & McDonald                                                                                                                         1986-1988
Columbus/Atlanta, Georgia

     Sole Practitioner
     C. Frederick Overby                                                                                                                         1984-1986
     Columbus, Georgia

     Public Service
     County Attorney for Webster County, Georgia                                                                         2010-present
     County Attorney for Stewart County, Georgia                                                                           1997-2010


     State Bar of Georgia Member - General Practice and Trial Section                                     1984-present
     Alabama State Bar                                                                                                                      1987-present
     Montana State Bar                                                                                                                      2000-present
     Association of Trial Lawyers of America -                                                                                  1983-2004
          Sustaining Member
          Interstate Trucking Litigation Group
          Committee to Increase Minority Participation and Enrollment
     Georgia Trial Lawyers Association, Member                                                                              1986-2004
          Legislative Co-Chair                                                                                                                   1994-1998
          Executive Committee                                                                                                                   1992-1994
          Amicus Curiae Committee                                                                                                          1986-1992
          Co-Chair Governmental Affairs Committee                                                                             1993-1994
          Educational Committee                                                                                                               1992-1993
          State Director and Chairman - People’s Law School                                                             1991-1992
          Editor - The Verdict, The Journal of the Georgia Trial Lawyers Association                    1992-1993
     Montana Trial Lawyers Association, Sustaining Member                                                        2001-present
          Legislative Committee                                                                                                                 2004-2005

     Columbus Lawyers Club Educational Foundation, Inc., Trustee                                             1996-1997
     Columbus Trial Lawyers Association -
          Secretary, Vice President                                                                                                      1986-present
     Georgia Center for Law in the Public Interest (Founding Member) -
          Board of Directors                                                                                                                       1992-1997
          Board of Advisors                                                                                                                 1998-present
     Columbus Bar Association, Inc. -
          Treasurer                                                                                                                                      1992-1993
          Secretary                                                                                                                                       1993-1994
          Vice President                                                                                                                              1994-1995
          President-Elect                                                                                                                             1995-1996
          President                                                                                                                                       1996-1997
          Executive Committee                                                                                                                   1992-1997
     Younger Lawyers Club of Columbus                                                                                       1984-present
     Chattahoochee Circuit Bar Association -
          Vice President                                                                                                                              1989-1990
          President                                                                                                                                       1990-1991
     Gallatin County Bar Association                                                                                              2001-present
     Phi Delta Phi International Legal Fraternity                                                                                          1984


     Community Activities

     Sardis Methodist Church, Stewart County, Georgia - Member                                                2003-present
     Georgia Southwestern Foundation, Inc. -
          Board of Trustees Member                                                                                                       2001-2004
     Georgia Southwestern State University -
          National Alumni Association - Board of Directors                                                                1989-1995
          Columbus Area Alumni Council - Executive Committee                                                       1989-1992
          Chairman of Finklea Scholarship Endowment Committee                                                              1988
     Mercer University -
          Board of Visitors, Mercer Law School - Member                                                                   1993-1999
          Executive Committee of Walter F. George School of Law, Alumni Association               1991-1993
          President’s Club                                                                                                                     1988-present
          Assistant Vice President, Advancing the Visions 2000 Campaign                                     1997-2000
     Georgia Civil Justice Foundation
          Board of Directors                                                                                                                       1991-1993
          State Chairperson People’s Law School                                                                                  1991-1992
          Speaker’s Bureau                                                                                                                        1991-1998
     Sigma Chi International Fraternity - Life Member
     Westville Historic Village -
          Board of Trustees - Member                                                                                                1993-present
          First Vice President                                                                                                                     1996-1997
          Chairman of Board of Trustees                                                                                                 1998-2000
     Gridiron Secret Society, University of Georgia Chapter                                                       1993-present
     Metro Columbus Urban League - Member, Board of Directors                                                1995-2000
     Miss Georgia Pageant Corporation -
          Board of Trustees                                                                                                                       1997-1999
          Scholarship Committee                                                                                                               1997-1999
     French Brittany Gun Dog Association of America, Inc. -
          President                                                                                                                                      2005-2007
          Board of Directors                                                                                                                      1998-1007
          Secretary/Treasurer                                                                                                                    1998-2002
     Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation, Inc. - Member                                                                   2003-present
     Big Sky Epagneul Breton Gun Dog Club - Member, Board of Directors                            2003-present
     Peach State L’Epagneul Breton Gun Dog Club - Member                                                    2003-present

     Conservation Activities

     Boone & Crockett Club - Member
     Tall Timbers Research Institute - Member
     Auburn University Quail Management Group - Member
     Trout Unlimited - Member
     The Ruffled Grouse Society - Member
     Pheasants Forever - Member
     Theodore Roosevelt Conservative Partnership - Member
     Loyal Order of Dedicated Grouse Hunters - Member
     Club de L'Epagneul Breton of France - Member
     Club du Braque Francais of France - Member
     The Epagneul Breton Foundation, Inc. - Member
     Big Sky Epagneul Breton Gun Dog Club - Member

     Political Activities

     Democratic Party of Georgia                                                                                                     1984-present
          Voting Delegate to Democratic National Convention                                                                    1996
          Chair, Third Congressional District                                                                                                   1993
          Democratic Nominee, U.S. Congress, Third District of Georgia                                                    1994
          Executive Committee                                                                                                                   1992-1993
          State Committee                                                                                                                           1993-1996
     Judicial Nominating Committee, U.S. Senator Max Cleland                                                                1997

     Awards and Honors

     Bar Register of Preeminent Lawyers                                                                                        1993-present
     Who’s Who in American Law                                                                                                       1989-1992
     Who’s Who in America                                                                                                                  1988-1992
     Who’s Who Among Emerging Leaders in America                                                                   1990-1992
     Who’s Who in Georgia                                                                                                                   1988-1992
     Who’s Who Among American Law Students                                                                                      1984
     Oxford’s Who’s Who Registry of Elite Professionals                                                          1993-present
     Continuing Legal Education Award                                                                                              1988-1990
     Outstanding Young Men of America                                                                                           1987-1989
     Blue Key National Honor Fraternity                                                                                                       1980


Co-Author:   “The Scope of Immunity and Statutory Exceptions to Immunity Under the Georgia Equine Activities Act,” (2016), SSRN:

Co-Author:  "Georgia Wrongful Death Actions:  What's A Life Really Worth - An Update," The Verdict, Georgia Trial Lawyers Association, Summer 2012, issue.

Co-Author: "Trial Practice and Procedure," 47 Mercer Law Review 353 (1995); 48 Mercer Law Review 517 (1996); 49 Mercer Law Review 313 (1997); 50 Mercer Law Review 359 (1998); 51 Mercer Law Review 487 (1999); 52 Mercer Law Review 447 (2000) 

Co-Author: "The Case for Allowing Punitive Damages in Georgia Wrongful Death Actions: The Need to Remove An Unjust Anomaly in Georgia Law," 45 Mercer Law Review 1, (1993)

Co-Author: "What’s a Human Life Really Worth? Recovery for Decedent’s Non-Economic Losses in Georgia Wrongful Death Actions," 7 Georgia State University Law Review, 439, (1991)

Author: "The Attack on Georgia’s Direct Action Statutes," The Verdict, Journal of Georgia Trial Lawyers Association, September, 1991, issue

Author: "Practical Suggestions for Use of Lay Witnesses in Personal Injury Cases," Journal of the Association of Trial Lawyers of America, April, 1990, issue

Author: "Presenting the Neuropsychologist at Trial, Essays on Head Injury" published by Georgia Trial Lawyers Association, 1989


"Nuts and Bolt of Expert Witness Testimony" - presented at American Society of General Surgeons Annual Meeting, New York, New York, April 2003

"Proving Non-Economic Damages in Tort Cases" - presented at Montana Trial Lawyers Association Seminar, Polson, Montana, August 2002

"Navigating the Direct Action Statute" - presented at Georgia Institute of Continuing Legal Education, Atlanta, Georgia, February 2002

"Innovative Theories of Recovery in Large Commercial Vehicle Cases" - presented at Georgia Institute of Continuing Legal Education Seminar, Atlanta, Georgia, February 2001

"Innovative Theories of Recovery" presented at Georgia Trial Lawyers Association Seminar, Savannah, Georgia, October 2000

"Negotiating Skills: The Basics of Resolving Cases" - presented at Georgia Institute of Continuing Legal Education Seminar, Atlanta, Georgia, February 1997, September 1997, and February 1998 and presented at Association County Commissioners of Georgia Seminar, Jekyll Island, Georgia, April 1999

"Direct Actions Against Insurance Companies" - presented at Georgia Trial Lawyers Association Seminar, Atlanta, Georgia, November 1997

"Strategies for Maximizing Damages in Civil Cases" - presented at Georgia Trial Lawyers Association Seminar, Atlanta, Georgia, March 1996 and August 1997

"Punitive Damages in Georgia: Procedure and Practical Suggestions" - presented to Georgia Council of State Court Judges, Convention & Seminar, Jekyll Island, Georgia, May 26, 1995

"The Use of Expert Witnesses" - presented at the Georgia Trial Lawyers Association, Excellence in Advocacy Seminar, Atlanta, Georgia, February 11, 1994

Seminar Chairman, "On The Cutting Edge: Exploring Current Issues and Recent Developments in Georgia Tort Law" - sponsored by the Georgia Trial Lawyers Association, Callaway Gardens, Pine Mountain, Georgia, November 22, 1991

"Damages - The Equation of Suffering and Redress" - presented at the Georgia Institute for Continuing Legal Education Seminar, Atlanta, Georgia, October 18, 1991

"A Case Against A Trucking Company: Venue, Potential Defendants and Sources of Information" - presented at Georgia Trial Lawyers Association Seminar concerning litigation against Motor Common and Contract Carriers, Atlanta, Georgia, June, 1990

"The Preparation and Utilization of Lay Witnesses In Personal Injury and Wrongful Death Cases" - presented at Georgia Trial Lawyers Association Seminar concerning Basic and Advanced Strategies for Handling Civil Cases, Atlanta, Georgia, September, 1989

"Direct Examination of the Neuropsychologist During the Trial of a Closed-Head Injury Case" - presented at Georgia Head Injury Foundation’s Traumatic Brain Injury Seminar, Atlanta, Georgia, February, 1989


Practice primarily limited to civil litigation. Represent individual citizens in cases against major corporations and insurance companies. Heavy concentration in the areas of public and private motor carrier liability and insurance litigation.


Owner/Operator - Ole Springhill Homestead, LLC and Ole Pataula Farms, LLC

Southern Unit -- 4949 Trotman Road, Lumpkin, Georgia

The farming operation grows timber and manages property for wildlife conservation with a focus on improving bobwhite quail habitat. There is a focus on development of the longleaf pine ecosystem.

Western Unit -- 10711 Corbly Gulch Road, Belgrade, Montana

The ranch operation produces hay and manages property for wildlife conservation with a focus on improving habitat for elk, hungarian partridge and ringneck pheasant.

Both units are also devoted to the breeding, training and development of Epagneul Breton (French Brittany Spaniel) gun dogs. For more information, see the Internet Website located at


Name Preferred to be called - "Fred"
Place of Birth - Stewart County, Georgia
Date of Birth - February 8, 1959
Marital Status - Single


Wildlife conservation, fly fishing, upland bird hunting, horseback riding, reading, writing, and raising and training Epagneul Breton (French Brittany Spaniel) and Braque Francois (small French Pointer) bird dogs.