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

Car Accident
June 12, 2021

What is the Claim Process for a Car Accident Injury?

Injuries sustained from a car accident are often devastating and can leave you incapacitated for the rest of your life. That is why you must file a claim for damages if you were not liable for the accident. Like all other personal injury cases, you must prove negligence to win your case. Work with an experienced Atlanta car accident attorney to increase your chances of success. Here are the general steps you are required to follow when filing a car accident injury claim: Treatment of injuries Your main concern after any accident should always be to seek immediate medical attention. Even if you feel fine, it is still essential that you go for a further checkup because some injuries do not hurt initially. Your doctor will advise you whether to resume normal activities and issue a report documenting your injuries. Keep the report because it will be helpful when calculating…
Car Accident
June 11, 2021

Who is at Fault in a Parking Lot Accident?

Parking lot accidents will often be less severe than the rest of the car accidents because the vehicles are moving slowly. While this is good news, you still need to identify who is liable before filing a claim. It is usually the most challenging because cars are moving in every direction, and anyone can be at fault. Discuss your case with an Atlanta car accident attorney to make sure your rights are protected. So, who is at fault in a parking lot accident? Parking lot laws are slightly different from road laws Basic road rules will still apply in parking lots, but the laws are slightly different. Determining who is at fault is essential because their insurance company will pay for all damages that result from the accident. Fire zones, reckless driving, handicapped spaces, and DUI will apply. Some road rules will not apply because most parking lots are located…
Car Accident
June 10, 2021

What to Expect when Sued for Personal Injury Car Accident

A car accident lawsuit always involves two sides. The plaintiff suffers injuries due to the negligence of the defendant. As a plaintiff, you have the burden of proof to show that the other party failed to observe their duty of care towards other road users. What if you are on the other side of the case? What happens when you are sued for a personal injury car accident? Consult an experienced Atlanta car accident attorney to protect your rights. Remember, you have rights even if you caused the accident. Here is what to expect in such circumstances: You will have a lawyer Your insurance company will have a lawyer protecting their interests and will also appoint them to protect your rights. However, it is not recommended that you work with the attorney appointed for you. Therefore, they will be looking to make the insurance company happy and will most likely…
Car Accident
June 9, 2021

Determining a Permanent Injury in a Car Accident Case

Car accident injuries are often severe because of the high impact. If you are lucky, you will get out unhurt or suffer minor injuries. If you are not, you could suffer permanent injuries that will affect you for the rest of your life. In either case, you should file a claim to receive compensation for economic and non-economic damages. Talk to an Atlanta car accident attorney to protect your rights if another driver was responsible for your injuries. Here are more details about permanent injuries and compensation in car accidents: What is a Permanent Injury? A permanent injury is one that results in a limited or complete loss of function on a body part. Usually, this injury cannot mend independently, nor can it heal using advanced modern technology. Such an injury will affect how you carry out your daily activities. You may even never resume work meaning that you will…