Hon. Clay D. Land

Hon. Clay D. Land

U.S. District Judge
Columbus, Georgia
(706) 649-7816
(706) 649-7790

Judge Land was appointed U.S. District Court Judge for the Middle District of Georgia by President George W. Bush and sworn in on December 28, 2001. He is stationed in Columbus, Georgia where
he is primarily responsible for the Columbus Division. In addition to the Columbus Division, Judge Land shares responsibility for the Athens Division, home of the University of Georgia. He has also
presided over Multi-District Litigation (MDL) proceedings and has sat by designation with the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 11th Circuit. In addition to his traditional judicial duties, Judge
Land has been actively involved in various administrative activities in support of the judicial branch, including his service on the Eleventh Circuit Pattern Jury Instructions Committee.

Prior to his appointment, Judge Land practiced law with the Columbus, Georgia law firm of Buchanan & Land, L.L.P. from 1992 through 2001. He was a founder and partner in that firm which specialized in civil litigation. Judge Land began practicing law in 1985 with the Columbus law firm of Hatcher, Stubbs, Land, Hollis & Rothschild where he became a partner and remained until 1992.
Judge Land served three terms in the Georgia General Assembly as a member of the State Senate from 1995 through 2000. He also served as a member of the Columbus City Council from 1993 through 1994.

Judge Land graduated cum laude from the University of Georgia School of Law in 1985 where he served on the Georgia Law Review and was inducted into the Order of the Coif. He received his
undergraduate B.B.A. degree in accounting magna cum laude from the University of Georgia in 1982 and has served on the Board of Visitors for the University of Georgia Law School.

Year Joined Firm

  • 2001

Bar Admissions

  • Georgia, 1985
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 11th Circuit, 1986
  • U.S. District Court Middle District of Georgia, 1985
  • U.S. District Court Northern District of Georgia, 1993
  • U.S. Supreme Court, 1994


  • University of Georgia School of Law, Athens, Georgia - 1985
    • Honors: cum laude
    • Honors: Order of the Coif
    • Law Review: Georgia Law Review
  • University of Georgia
    • B.B.A. magna cum laude - 1982
    • Major: Accounting

Past Employment Positions

  • Buchanan & Land, L.L.P., Founder and Partner, 1992 - 2001
  • Hatcher, Stubbs, Land, Hollis & Rothschild, Partner, 1985 - 1992