Judson H. “Jud” Turner

Practitioner in Residence

A.B., University of Georgia
J.D., University of Virginia


Water Law

Biographical Information: 

Judson H. “Jud” Turner completed his service as director of the Georgia Environmental Protection Division, the state’s chief environmental regulator, in June 2016. Turner has also served as director of the Governor’s Office of Interagency Coordination and Management of Water Resources, a position established to coordinate and manage activities related to the state’s defense of the original action matter filed by the state of Florida against the state of Georgia in the U.S. Supreme Court seeking an equitable apportionment of the waters of the Apalachicola-Chattahoochee-Flint Basin - Florida v. Georgia, Original Action No. 142. Turner presently serves as special assistant attorney general in Florida v. Georgia and in other matters involving the state’s shared river basins.

In 2008, Turner founded the law firm Turner, Bachman & Garrett specializing in administrative and regulatory law, governmental affairs and litigation, with a particular focus on water resources law, environmental and education law. In addition, Turner was a founding partner of Georgia360, a multidisciplinary government relations firm. From 2005 to 2008, he served initially as deputy and then as executive counsel to Gov. Sonny Perdue. His practice included counsel to the governor on wide array of executive branch legal matters, including issues related to the state budget process, judicial appointments, government procurement, education policy, retirement pensions and other post-employment benefits, ethics and litigation. Prior to service as counsel to Gov. Perdue, Turner served as general counsel to the Georgia Department of Education. Turner began his law practice as an associate at Bradley Arant Rose & White in Birmingham, Alabama.

Turner was a Phi Beta Kappa graduate in economics and political science from UGA and earned his law degree from the University of Virginia. While at UGA, Turner served as president of the Student Government Association.

Turner is a native of Albany, Georgia, and resides in Griffin with his wife Courtney and two children.