A member of Jackson Spalding since 1997, Brian Brodrick established our Athens, Ga. office in 2004 and oversees all business operations there. It is one of the fastest growing offices in the state with more than 30 clients and 10 professionals. He also provides leadership on many regional and national accounts, with particular expertise on crisis, land use, and healthcare issues. Brian is an executive and management team member at Jackson Spalding.
Before joining Jackson Spalding, Brian was a reporter for The Rome News-Tribune in North Georgia. His strategic approach to media relations has resulted in prominent placement of client stories in the Associated Press, Reuters, The Wall Street Journal and on CNN.
Brian served as a Watkinsville City Councilman for more than 17 years before being elected mayor of his hometown in 2021. In addition, he served as the 2012 Chair of the Athens Area Chamber of Commerce, is a board member at Oconee State Bank, chairs the Board of Visitors for Berry College, and serves as a member of the Berry Board of Trustees. He is a past trustee of Leadership Georgia and has served on the board of directors of Eagle Ranch and the Georgia Humanities Council. In 2007 he was recognized by Georgia Trend as one of Georgia’s “40 under 40 Best and Brightest” citizens. In 2008, he was named as Berry’s Outstanding Young Alumnus and was a member of the 2010 class of Leadership Georgia.
He holds a bachelor’s degree in communications from Berry College and completed additional graduate-level coursework at The University of Georgia. He won the “Peach of an Athlete” award as a top collegiate student-athlete from the Boy Scouts of America’s Atlanta Area Council and was recognized as an All-American runner. Weekend warriors may be impressed to know that he once placed sixth in the Empire State Building Run-Up, which clocks the fastest times of competitors sprinting up the famed building’s 103 flights of stairs.
Brian resides in Watkinsville with his wife, Susan, and their children Phoebe, Aaron and Rebecca. On the weekends, he enjoys spending time outdoors, running, cycling or continuing his quest to decorate his yard with rare shrubs and unusual trees.