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

Can You Sue If You Slip and Fall in a Store When They Had Caution Signs Up in Atlanta, GA? | Ponton Law Articles
December 18, 2020

Can You Sue If You Slip and Fall in a Store When They Had Caution Signs Up in Atlanta, GA?

A good number of defendants in a slip and fall case will argue that they posted a warning about the hazard. This raises the question, can you sue if you slip and fall in a store when they had caution signs up? If so or if not, how can an Atlanta Slip and Fall Accident Attorney ensure your rights are protected. Owner Liability According to the CDC, slip, and fall accidents are the leading cause of workplace injuries. 20 percent of adults who fall victim to these accidents sustain a serious injury such as a head injury or broken bones. To address this situation, the Occupational Health and Safety Administration (OSHA) sets forth requirements that employers should meet for their work environment to be considered safe. Some OSHA requirements for business include: Floors should be kept clean and dry to prevent slip and falls. Hallways, walkways, and stairs should be…
What Should You Do If You Get in a Fender Bender in Atlanta, GA? | Ponton Law Articles
December 18, 2020

What Should You Do If You Get in a Fender Bender in Atlanta, GA?

Most fender benders are minor accidents with little or no property damage, which can lull you into a sense of security. But once it happens, it is not uncommon to not know what to do if you get in a fender bender. Here is a comprehensive list of steps.  If you have been in a fender bender and are unsure of your next steps, consult an experienced Atlanta Car Accident Attorney.  Move Your Vehicle Always move your vehicle to a safer location away from the road, especially if the accident happened on a busy highway. Doing so allows traffic to flow normally and reduces the risk of a second collision. Once you are parked at a safe distance, you can also walk away from the car if it shows signs of smoking.  Check for Injuries The adrenaline rush that follows a collision can mask your pain and injury symptoms. The…
Should You Report a Fender Bender to Your Insurance Company in Atlanta, GA? | Ponton Law Articles
December 18, 2020

Should You Report a Fender Bender to Your Insurance Company in Atlanta, GA?

Fender benders are minor accidents that often result in little or no property damage and bodily injury. Due to their nature, it is not bizarre that you would consider not reporting such an accident to your insurance company. In this post, we answer a much-asked question; should I report a fender bender to insurance? If you have been involved in a fender bender, consult an experienced Atlanta Car Accident Attorney.  Fender Benders and Insurance Rates One of the major reasons people avoid reporting fender benders to their insurance company is the fear that their car insurance rates will increase. After all, why not just pay for the damage out of pocket if reporting it will cost you more in the long run? While this line of thought may seem to fit logic, it is not entirely correct. Esurance, a major insurance company, ascertains that insurance rates don’t automatically go up…
Pedestrian Car Accident Injuries in Atlanta, GA | Ponton Law Articles
December 18, 2020

Pedestrian Car Accident Injuries in Atlanta, GA

Did you know that, as a pedestrian, you are 1.5 times more likely to be killed in a car accident? In 2017, over 137,000 pedestrians were injured in motor vehicle accidents in the United States, while 5,977 others lost their lives. This makes pedestrian-car accident injuries a critical topic for discussion. What happens when you get injured by a driver? How can an Atlanta Car Accident Attorney help you? What Causes Pedestrian Accidents? Every year, hundreds of pedestrians sustain injuries or lose their lives due to pedestrian-car accidents. A good number of these unfortunate events are caused by negligence on the part of the driver or even the pedestrian themselves. Some of the most common ways they happen include: Crossing Improperly – This is when a pedestrian attempts to cross the road improperly, such as crossing at the last minute in front of oncoming traffic or a non-designated area. Failure…