Richard C. Wayne
As a Georgia native and legal professional, Richard C. Wayne has a wealth of useful knowledge about legal matters as well as Atlanta history. Currently residing in the Empire State of the South, Mr. Wayne is well known in the legal community and had an extensive background as both a counselor as well as a consultant in international market research. Graduating high school at Brandon Hall School in Dunwoody, Georgia; Mr. Wayne served as Senior Class President and graduated Valedictorian. Mr. Wayne went on to study at Oglethorpe University, before honoring his country in the U.S. Navy. After his active duty in the Navy, Richard C. Wayne returned to Atlanta, Georgia to further his career in business. having founded several businesses followed by an additional fourteen years of education at Georgia State University. While continuing to work, Richard earned a Masters Degree in Business, a Masters and Specialist Degree in Professional Counseling and his Juris Doctorate Degree in 1996.
Wayne’s significant interest in individual rights landed him various opportunities to expand as a professional in the metro Atlanta area. While in law school, Richard C. Wayne served as an Associate Justice and then as Chief Justice of the Georgia State University College of Law Honor Court. He began his legal focus in the criminal arena where the issue of individual rights is played out on a daily basis. Around this time, Wayne was employed at the Federal Public Defender’s office in Atlanta during his externship at law school. Richard C. Wayne also worked for organizations such as the Southern Center for Human Rights, Georgia Council on Child Abuse and Hillside Hospital.
With over thirty years of professional experience in the Peach State, Richard C. Wayne has watched Atlanta evolve over time. Although initially focused on criminal defense work as an attorney, Wayne changed course by civilly prosecuting mortgage fraud cases. At the time, Atlanta was well known for mortgage fraud schemes in the commercial and residential property sector. As the financial crisis developed, Wayne devoted a significant amount of his time to commercial workouts for mortgage lenders and their customers. Georgia was particularly hit hard by the financial crisis, the Georgia Department of Labor reported that, during October 2008, when the national economy was at the height of its financial crisis, there were 4,076,000 people employed in Georgia. The next month, the number of Georgians employed dropped to 4,051,500.
Atlanta had recovered from the worst of the financial crisis and has experienced a huge growth spurt. The official city population remains steady, but the metro population has grown in the past decade by nearly forty percent. A good measure of this growth is the ever-changing downtown skyline, along with skyscrapers constructed in the business districts around Atlanta. As a long-time resident of Atlanta, Richard C. Wayne has had a front row view of the everlasting progress that continues to be written in Twenty-first century Atlanta history.