It is with a very heavy heart that I write to report that our longtime friend and retired Partner, Walt Moeling, passed away peacefully on Monday night. Walt was at home and surrounded by family, including his wife Nell who has become a friend to many throughout the firm. Nell was Walt’s lifelong best friend and true companion, and is almost as well-known as Walt within the banking community in the Southeast for always being by his side and helping to grow his practice. Walt was important to our group, to the firm and to every person whose path he crossed. He was an incredible mentor to many, including our entire banking team.

Walt spent his entire legal career with our firm, starting out in the late 1960s with Powell Goldstein, an Atlanta-based firm that merged with Bryan Cave in 2009. In Walt’s near 50 years of active practice, he represented banks, thrifts, insurance companies and securities firms nationwide. In recent years he was nicknamed “the Godfather of Banking in the South” by a very prominent banking industry commentator.

Walt was widely recognized for his accomplishments as a leader in the legal field and banking industry and appeared in Who’s Who in America, in the South; American Law; Business and Finance; and as one of America’s Leading Business Lawyers by Chambers and Partners.

Walt was an active participant in his community as well as the banking industry trade associations and served as General Counsel of the Georgia Bankers Association for many years. He also previously held the role of President and Director of The Frazer Center and as a Director of Children’s Rehabilitation Center Incorporated, both are non-profit corporations providing rehabilitation services to young children and adults with disabilities. Walt received his B.A. and J.D. degrees from Duke University.

Walt was well known for his stories and several of them can be found in the notable tributes linked below.

Memorial services for Walt will be held this Sunday, March 10, in Atlanta. His obituary and details for the service are available here.

As I mentioned late last year, Walt was instrumental in the launching of this blog. Walt was not only a great lawyer, a visionary counselor, and a great boss, but also a friend. Godspeed, Walt; you will be missed.