Emory A. Schwall, Sr.


Mr Schwall is a firm believer in the importance of taking an active part in building and supporting a strong community with personal and professional integrity. He continues to devote considerable time and leverage his legal expertise to hep charitable causes in and around the Atlanta area. The importance of connectedness and sharing ideas is the golden thread throughout his life.

This seminar at sea was developed in honor of Emory A. Shwall, a respected, long-time leader in state wide and Atlanta communities. The seminar is designed to combine beautiful destinations with intense learning opportunities as knowledgeable experts present cutting edge topics and lead in depth discussions. Attendees can receive all CLE credits required by Georgia for the 2019 calendar year in this one seminar at sea, including ethics and professionalism credits.

Emory Schwall, a native Georgian, was born in Moultrie. He came to Atlanta at age 17 in 1945 to attend Georgia Institute of Technology.  He graduated from Woodrow Wilson Law School and attended Emory University Law School. He was admitted to the Georgia Bar in February 1950 at the age of 21.  He has practiced law in Atlanta for 68 years.  He has served as Special Assistant Attorney General for the State of Georgia representing the Insurance Commissioner.  He is a certified Estate Planner and Mediator, a member of Atlanta Estate Planning Council, Atlanta Bar Association, Georgia Bar Association and American Bar Association.

He became a member of the Emory Law School Council at the time it was established and is now an inactive member of that Council.  He has served as Vice-President and a Director of Shepherd Center, Inc. from 1987 until 2017 when he elected to take emeritus status in order to make room for younger members.  He served on the original Board of the Shepherd Center Foundation.  He has enjoyed a close friendship with Harold and Alana Shepherd beginning in 1947. He has been active in Shepherd Center since its inception, and helped obtain a number of grants and bequests over the years. He has been a member of Trinity Presbyterian Church since 1956.  He has served as a Deacon, now known as an Elder, where he was Chairman of the Finance Committee.  He joined Cherokee Town & Country Club the year it was founded in 1956.  After serving in several capacities at Cherokee, he became President of Cherokee Town & Country Club in 1986.

He has been active in numerous charitable and civic organizations, including the American Heart Association and the Arthritis Foundation. He has served in various advisory capacities for Piedmont Hospital.  He has been for years a member of Friends of Piedmont Hospital. He has served on the Piedmont Hospital Foundation Gift Planning Council, and currently is assisting Piedmont Hospital Foundation with obtaining prospective donors.  He succeeded his late wife as a member of the Board of Atlanta Medical Heritage which owned the Academy of Medicine building, a designated historical landmark. As President of Atlanta Medical Heritage, he succeeded in accomplishing donation of the Academy of Medicine building to the Georgia Tech Foundation in order to assure funds for restoration and preservation of the building.  He has served on the Board of Trustees of Georgia Women of Achievement.  He has served on the Advisory Board of Presbyterian Homes and assisted in raising funds for construction of Presbyterian Village located in Austell, Georgia.

He served for several years as a member of the Board of Governors of 11 Alive Community Service Awards.  He received the Greater Good Award from the Georgia Planned Giving Council in 2009. The Greater Good Award was established in 2005.  A nominee for the Greater Good Award must be an individual whose career is currently focused on advising individuals, attorneys, financial planners, insurance counselors, trust officers, accountants and other financial advisors for obtaining charitable contributions.  A Greater Good Award recipient must have served to increase the quantity and quality of planned gifts to charities in Georgia. He currently serves on the Committee of the Georgia Planned Giving Council that nominates recipients of the Greater Good Award. He married the late Peggy McCready Schwall who died in 2002.  She was very active in numerous charities. He has three sons, two of whom live in Atlanta, and one who lives in Omaha.  He has four grandsons.