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

Car Accident
September 11, 2019

Should I Get a Lawyer for a Car Accident That Wasn’t My Fault?

Car accidents are without a doubt a trying experience and no one wants to go through that. However, life is not fair. Nothing’s obvious about the outcome of a car wreck case. So, if you’re wondering, “Should I get a lawyer for a car accident that wasn’t my fault?” Yes, you certainly should and here’s why. 1.      The At-Fault Driver Can Deny Causing the Collision Not all people are honest enough to admit they caused a car accident even when they’re clearly at fault. You cannot force somebody to claim responsibility, so the best cause of action is to hire an Atlanta car accident lawyer. If you’re not to blame, only an experienced attorney can help prove your innocence if the other party denies their wrongdoing.  2.      You Might Have Partial Responsibility In most cases, car accidents are caused by multiple parties. You might think you’re…
Slip and Fall
September 11, 2019

What You Need to Prove to Win a Slip and Fall Injury Claim

Undoubtedly, accidents and injuries can still happen even in areas where you feel safe. It’s not unusual for people to slip and fall in public places, which can result in back, neck or brain injuries. If you’re a victim of a slip and fall accident, you might be entitled to make a claim to receive compensation. In a slip and fall lawsuit process, there are certain things you need to prove to win a claim. Read on to know more. 1.      Liability You must prove that the defendant has a duty of care, but was negligent in performing their role. Everyone has the responsibility to exercise care when they’re conducting an activity that might potentially harm another person. The owner of the premises has various levels of duty of care towards people who enter their property. Entrants to the premises fall in different categories i.e., invitees, licensees, and…
Slip and Fall
September 11, 2019

Slip and Fall Parking Lot Injuries: Can You Sue?

A slip and fall accident can occur at any time and can result in severe injuries. For instance, if you tried to catch yourself, you might be dealing with a broken arm. If you fell sideways, you might have a broken hip. Such types of injuries can mean significant medical bills and time off work. However, you might be able to receive compensation for the damages if another person is liable for the accident. If you happen to slip in a parking lot, an Atlanta Slip and Fall attorney can help you determine if you can sue. They’ll do so by asking you several questions, including what caused the accident. Read on for more details To know more about how to pursue compensation after a slip and fall parking lot injury, contact Ponton Law. 1.      Who’s Responsible for The Condition of the Parking Lot? Following the slip and…
Articles
September 11, 2019

Common Types of Late Appearing Car Accident Injuries

Immediately after a car crash, victims generally have an idea of the injuries they sustained. That could lead them to settle their claim fast, in hopes of getting compensation, so they can move on with their lives. However, some injuries resulting from a car accident do not reveal themselves until a few weeks or months later. That could potentially delay healing and hit one with unexpected medical expenses. The person might have to miss some time from work. Moreover, if the victim had already settled their case, they might be limited in pursuing extra compensation to cover the new expenses. They’ll usually be unable to recover compensation for the additional medical costs or lost earnings. Here are the most common types of late appearing car accident injuries: 1.      Concussion At times, the collision’s impact can jolt a victim’s body and cause them to violently hit their head on…