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 works as an Atlanta, GA personal injury accident lawyer and 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.

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Recent Posts

Slip and Fall Injury Car Accident
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What Everybody Ought to Know Before Building a Soft Tissue Injury Claim

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4 Reasons Why You Should Involve an Injury Lawyer after a Car Accident

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Shoulder Injuries from Car Accident

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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…