James T. Ponton

Personal Injury
Lawyer

Your Atlanta Attorney

James T. Ponton graduated with his Bachelor of Arts in 2001 from Siena College in Loudonville, New York. He received his Juris Doctorate in 2004 from Albany Law School in Albany, New York. While at Albany Law, he was a member of the Albany Law Review as well as spending a year interning for The Honorable Joseph C. Teresi at the New York State Supreme Court. After graduation, he began his practice at Downey and Cleveland, LLP in Marietta, Georgia, representing insurance companies and their insureds in first and third party actions. While at Downey and Cleveland, LLP, he tried numerous cases to verdict as well as authoring numerous successful decisions in Georgia’s appellate courts, including Penny v. McBride, 282 Ga. App. 590 (2007); Mealer v. Kennedy, 290 Ga. App. 432 (2008); and Whatley v. Sharma, 291 Ga. App. 228 (2008). As a former insurance defense attorney, James is keenly aware of litigation tactics employed by insurance companies to pressure the injured party to accept a smaller settlement or simply walk away from their case.

In 2008, James began his representation of Georgia families who have experienced personal injury or death due to the negligence of others when he joined Goldstein & Hayes, P.C., in Atlanta, Georgia. While at Goldstein & Hayes, P.C., he tried numerous cases to verdict, including Alexis Hall, by next friend and natural guardian Akili Hall v. Tampico Taxi, Inc., No. 07-EV-002644D, which resulted in a verdict in favor of the Halls on November 19, 2010, in the amount of $851,137.40. He has litigated numerous wrongful death, brain injury, trucking cases, and other cases involving catastrophic injuries. James was selected by his peers as a Georgia Rising Star in 2014-2018 and a Superlawyer in 2019. No more than 2.5% of lawyers in Georgia under the age of 40 are selected as a Rising Star.

He is currently a member of the State Bar of Georgia and is admitted to practice before all Georgia State, Superior, and Appellate courts, including the Georgia Supreme Court as well as the United States District Courts for the Northern District of Georgia and the United States Court of Appeals for the 11th District. James is also a member of the Georgia Trial Lawyers Association and the Lawyers Club of Atlanta.

Recent Posts

Shoulder Injuries from Car Accident Car Accident
March 31, 2020

Shoulder Injuries from Car Accident

Car accidents are inevitable and can happen to anyone. When they do, the impact could lead to severe injuries on nerves, tendons, bones in the shoulder and soft tissues. Most car accidents tend to cause shoulder injuries mainly to the driver due to the proximity to the steering wheel. Likewise, the impact with the seat belt is another cause. When you incur a shoulder injury from a car accident, it can cause significant discomfort because of nerve damage. You may also find it challenging to move your arm. As such, in the event of a car accident that causes a shoulder injury, you might have grounds for a personal injury claim. An Atlanta Car Accident Lawyer can help protect your interests in such a case. The shoulder has high mobility, which increases its chances of getting injured. Usually, you might not realize where you are hurt, but the pain is…
What to do in a Fender Bender Car Accident
March 29, 2020

What to do in a Fender Bender

Whenever you are driving, the last thing you want to hear is the sound of grinding metal or encounter a jarring feeling as a result of a fender bender. It is almost unavoidable that at some point, you will experience a minor accident. Chances are there will not be significant injuries on your part, but it will cause property damage. Despite that, it can be quite confusing trying to figure out what to do following a fender bender. It is understandable because of the nature of traffic accidents being chaotic, stressful and sometimes scary even when no one gets injured. What is more, fender benders can happen anywhere anytime. To avoid the confusion the following is a guideline of what to do in a fender bender to protect your interests; Call the police Whenever you get involved in an accident, whether minor or severe, the first thing you should do…
What to Do After a Minor Car Accident Car Accident
March 23, 2020

What to Do After a Minor Car Accident

Getting into a car accident is a stressful event that nobody plans for. Many US cities grapple with its fair share of road crashes throughout the year and more so during special holidays. According to the Georgia Department of Public Safety, nine lives were lost in the course of holiday travels over Labor Day weekend in 2019. While this figure concerns deadly crashes, minor car accidents are prevalent and sometimes people get injured and have to seek medical attention. If you are seeking the best legal counsel after a minor accident, Ponton Law is the go to firm. The following measures advise on what to do after a minor accident: Report the Accident Notifying the police about an accident is the foremost thing to do so they can report to the scene and document it and launch their investigation. In the same breath, you must call for medical assistance so…
If Someone Else Drives Your Car and Gets in an Accident Are You Responsible? Articles
March 15, 2020

If Someone Else Drives Your Car and Gets in an Accident Are You Responsible?

It is not atypical to find friends and family borrowing each other’s vehicles for one reason or another. While there is nothing inherently wrong with this practice, things can get murky when an accident happens when someone is driving your car. If someone else drives your car and gets in an accident are you responsible for the ensuing damages? Determining Liability for Car Accidents To start with, you need to understand how insurance carriers and the police determine liability when a car crash occurs. Contrary to many misguided opinions, insurance applies to the vehicle and not the driver. Therefore, it doesn’t matter who was behind the wheel at the time of the accident as your insurance carrier is still on the hook for any damages. If the other driver was at fault, either by self-admission or after a police investigation, their insurance will pay for damages. Nonetheless, things get a…