Bert is a shareholder of Fortson, Bentley and Griffin, P.A. and has practiced law with the firm since 1982. He practices in the areas of estate planning and administration, taxation and business law. Prior to his time with FBG, he practiced as a CPA with Price Waterhouse in Atlanta, Georgia.
He was born in Athens and attended Clarke Central High School. Bert is a member of Athens First United Methodist Church having served as a Trustee for twelve years and Chair of the Trustees for two years. He currently serves as a Director of First American Bank and Trust Company, a Director of Southern Mutual Insurance Company and a Trustee of the Turner Family Foundation, Inc. He has previously served as a Director of Suntrust Bank of Northeast Georgia, N.A. and as Chair of the Board of Trustees of Athens Area Health Plan Select, Inc.
He also has served as a Director and Treasurer of Athens Academy, Inc., Chair of the Advisory Board of Talmadge Terrace / Lanier Gardens, a Director of Athens Tech Foundation, Inc., a Director of YMCA of Athens, Georgia, Inc., a founder and a Trustee of Camp Kudzu, Inc., a Director and Secretary of the Athens Rotary Club, a Director of Family Counseling Service of Northeast Georgia, Inc., a Director of United Way of Northeast Georgia and as a Trustee and President of Athens Country Club, Inc. He also is a member of Gridiron Secret Society.
Bert and his wife, Linda, have two children, Melanie Sutherland who teaches at Furman University in Greenville, SC, and Brett Whitmire who is employed with LAD Truck Lines, Inc. in Watkinsville, Georgia.