In October 2016, the University of Georgia, an university with student enrollment of approximately 40,000, recognized Mr. Chitwood as one of its Eight Alumni of Distinction. According to Graduate School Dean Suzanne Barbour, each of the recipients are distinguished by their professional achievement at the regional, national and international levels. “Their outstanding attainments include publications, awards received, mentorship, for serving as role models in their profession, and for making contributions to their local and global communities.”
In ceremonies concluding on October 21, Barbour stressed how Alumni of Distinction exemplify the UGA mission to expand the body of knowledge, and bring highest honor to the University. Below is the biographic data the University included about Mr. Chitwood when making the announcement that he had been selected for the special honor:
Martin Chitwood is a senior partner of Chitwood Harley Harnes LLP in Atlanta. He is recognized as a leader in the fields of securities litigation and corporate governance reform. In 1966, Chitwood joined the U.S. Army and was assigned to the Green Berets, where he served as a commanding officer of a Special Forces A-Team. He became one of the most decorated junior officers in the Vietnam War receiving the Vietnamese Cross of Gallantry with Silver Star and the Vietnamese Cross of Gallantry with Palm from the Government of South Vietnam. The Department of the Army awarded him the Air Medal, Bronze Star Medal, Combat Infantryman’s Badge, and Vietnam Jump Wings.
He is a Life Fellow of the Lawyers Foundation of Georgia. Chitwood has served as director, vice president and co-chair of Securities of the National Association of Securities Consumer Law Attorneys and as director of the Committee to Support the Antitrust Laws. Chitwood also wrote and co-produced the story for “Unconquered,” a CBS movie of the week.