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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July 5, 2019

How Much Your Slip and Fall Case Is Worth

Variable Factors If you slip and fall on someone else’s property, it’s highly advisable that you estimate the value of your claim before taking any legal action. This would allow you to get an upper hand and know beforehand what settlement would be fair and what would be unacceptable. There is no fixed value for a slip and fall settlement. It varies depending on so many factors. One has to know every single detail about the case in order to have an idea of what they should settle for, which is a difficult feat to achieve. Moreover, factors that contribute to slip and falls vary extensively from one case to another. The severity of the injuries for the injured party or the property damages of the defendant where the accident occurred all have to be considered before settling on the amount. It’s really nearly impossible to take them all into…
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July 5, 2019

How Long Slip and Fall Settlements Take

Slip and Fall Case Misconceptions One of the greatest misconceptions about slip and fall cases is that they are easy to win. Many people generally believe that because they slipped and fell on somebody else’s property, it automatically means that they should win the case. Truth is, slip and fall cases are actually very difficult to prove in a trial, and they end up taking months or years in court. According to courtroom statistics, only one in five of slip and fall cases result in a money verdict for the injured party. If one has to go into a trial for a slip and fall settlement, they have to greatly consider how much time, money and effort has to go into the case in order to realize a positive outcome. The Settlement Amount Even on winning the case, most of them settle for a lot less. It is generally believed…
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June 12, 2019

Atlanta Bus Accidents

Ponton Law has handled many bus accident cases. While it is always important to retain an attorney as soon as possible if you are injured in any sort of auto accident, it is very important to retain an attorney involving an accident on a bus. This is important for two reasons. First, many times there will be a limited amount of money to compensate all of the individuals who were on the bus at the time of the accident. For example, in the last bus accident case we did involving a Megabus on I-75, there were 22 claimants who claimed that they were injured. The total available liability coverage to satisfy all of the injured claimants was $1,000,000. With significant injuries, including multiple back and neck surgeries, a $1,000,000 might seem like a lot but would actually be exhausted fairly quickly. Thus, the first to file a claim and pursue…
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June 12, 2019

5 Reasons Why an Atlanta Personal Injury Attorney Will Not Take Your Case

(1) Disputed Liability   In cases where the other side is disputing fault for the accident, it makes it difficult to pursue a claim if the other party is claiming that you were at fault.   For example, the other party claims that they had the green light when they entered the intersection.   Some things you can do to combat this is to obtain copies of the 911 records to see if a passerby called into 911 to report what happened and obtain video surveillance of the area where the accident occurred.    For example, we recently represented an individual who was struck in a crosswalk in the City of Atlanta and was able to secure footage from barbershop across the street which depicted the area where the accident occurred. (2) No Visible Property Damage.    If you were rear-ended by another vehicle and there is no visible damage to…