James T. Ponton

Personal Injury
Lawyer

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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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November 30, 2020

How Long Does a Car Accident Stay on Your Record?

Have you been involved in a crash? Regardless of who was at fault, you might have asked yourself the question, how long does a car accident stay on your record? If you are worried about how a car accident might affect your insurance rates or driving privileges in your state, this article helps answer these and more questions. If you have been injured through no fault of your own, contact Ponton Law. An expert car accident attorney can help you seek compensation for all your injury-related losses.  Car Accident Cases and Insurance Before offering you a quote, insurance companies will usually look at your driving record. A car accident, regardless of fault, can affect your insurance rates for up to three years. This is also the amount of time a car accident typically remains on your record. Over these three years, your insurance rates may increase, which is called a…
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October 9, 2020

Who Is at Fault in a 3-Car Fender Bender?

Imagine a driver B who hits the rear end of the car ahead of him, driven by driver A. Driver C, who was following closely behind driver B then hits driver B. In this 3-car fender bender, who is at fault? Determining liability in a multiple-vehicle crash can be problematic. Besides the position of the vehicles, several factors such as the right of way can come into play. A 3-car fender bender is also called a chain reaction accident. It often involves 3 or more vehicles rear-ending each other. Usually, your best bet of proving fault and receiving damages lies with an experienced Car Accident Attorney. Here is everything you should know about the fault in these accidents. Front Car Liability The front car refers to the first car to be hit or the vehicle at the front of the lineup. The driver of this vehicle is rarely held liable…
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October 9, 2020

How Long Does It Take to Investigate a Fatal Car Accident?

Fatal car accidents happen in an instant. However, the emotional, psychological, and financial impacts on the deceased’s loved ones are often life-altering and far-reaching. This is why it can be frustrating to watch investigations draw on for weeks or even months. Car accident investigators need to be meticulous. They have to inspect every aspect of the collision and collect the necessary evidence. In this article, we answer the question; how long does it take to investigate a fatal car accident? If you have lost a loved one in a fatal car accident; an experienced Car Accident Attorney can inform you of your rights, obligations, and legal options.   When Is Investigating a Car Accident Necessary? The investigation is often a lengthy and detailed process. Generally, all fatal car accidents or those that include injury are investigated. Other circumstances that could call for police attendance include where: A driver is suspected…
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October 9, 2020

Slip and Fall Accident in Parking Lot

Property owners in Georgia are required to maintain their properties in a safe condition. This includes outdoor areas such as sidewalks and parking lots. Unfortunately, some property owners and managers choose to ignore this duty. Their negligence can lead to a slip and fall accident; which could be severe or fatal. They could also have immense financial repercussions. If you suffer a slip and fall in the parking lot, you could be entitled to compensation. An expert Slip and Fall Attorney can help you determine the at-fault party and file a personal injury claim against them. Here, we discuss parking lot accidents and possible liable parties.   Common Causes of Parking Lot Slip and Fall Accidents A slip and fall accident can occur due to many different reasons. In a parking lot, the presence of certain conditions can spell danger for passersby. They include:   Poor Lighting – Proper lighting…