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

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November 13, 2019

Slip and Fall Knee Injury Settlement

Accidents can happen anytime and anywhere. Whether it's at home or work, slip and fall injuries can occur. In most cases, slippery and wet floors contribute so much to such incidents. Obstructions are also responsible for common injuries when they trip your foot while walking. This calls for safety measures to minimize accidents at work, at home or in public places. Regardless of the cause, if you injure your knee through falls or slips at the workplace, your employer may be liable for your injuries. This is where a slip and fall knee injury settlement comes into play. Several factors such as liability and negligence play a crucial role in determining knee injury settlement. However, your compensation may cover your injuries, medical bills, your lawyer’s fee, not forgetting the pain and suffering you went through. Factors that Determine Slip and Fall Knee Injury Settlement When it comes to a slip…
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November 13, 2019

How to Fix a Fender Bender

Getting into an accident is a massive inconvenience even if it is only a fender bender. Minor car accidents like fender benders may have hidden costs which you will only find out when it comes to repairing them. In this article, I will show how you can fix your car after a fender bender if you are not injured, the car can be repaired and there are no lawsuits against you. If there are any lawsuits brought against you after a fender bender you should contact an Atlanta Car Accident Lawyer.  Here is how to fix a fender bender: Assess the Damage The first step to fixing a fender bender is assessing the damage to your vehicle. Your insurance company is going to do the assessment. Insurance companies can perform three types of assessments. They can have their own claims adjuster perform the assessment by bringing your vehicle to one…
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November 13, 2019

How Much Will My Insurance Go up After a Fender Bender?

A fender bender is a minor car accident. Regardless of how minor the accident, if you report it to your insurance company, your premium rates will undoubtedly rise. That is why it is so crucial to have an Atlanta Car Accident Lawyer on hand whenever you have an accident. There is no generally accepted answer to the question, ‘how much will my insurance go up after a fender bender?’ the answers range from very optimistic to some that can really dampen your spirits. However, the answer depends on several factors including the nature of the accident, your insurance company and the type of car you drive. Factors That Determine an Insurance Rate Increase After a Fender Bender Extent of the Accident Even though a fender bender is a minor accident, the extent of the damage can vary widely. The rate of increase of your insurance will be determined by how…
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November 13, 2019

3 Car Fender Bender Who Is at Fault?

A multiple car fender bender also known as a ‘chain reaction’ traffic accident occurs when three or more vehicles collide in a series of back-end accidents caused mainly by the first collision. A chain reaction accident may include one or more drivers acting recklessly which makes it very difficult to file an insurance claim or a personal injury lawsuit. However, an Atlanta Car accident attorneys could really help with the matter. A plethora of issues arise when establishing 3 car fender bender who is at fault. Read on to find out more about these issues. Establishing Fault When filing a lawsuit against another driver after a chain reaction accident, you have to prove liability under a legal doctrine known as ‘negligence.’ Determining negligence in a 3 car fender bender involves finding out which driver’s recklessness was the cause of the accident. If multiple drivers were negligent, you will need to…