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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January 23, 2020

How Long Do You Have to Go to the Doctor After a Slip and Fall?

If you were involved in a slip and fall, you need to seek medical attention as soon as possible. You may also need to seek the help of an Atlanta slip and fall attorney. They will help you get the maximum settlement. The accidents are all different. Working with a good attorney makes the process easier.  How Long Do You Have to Go to the Doctor After a Slip and Fall Accident? You should see a doctor as soon as possible if you were in a slip and fall. If you wait too long to get medical help, the value of your slip and fall case may reduce. Your injury may also get worse.  Most insurance providers and corporate defendants require you to report an injury as soon as it happens. If you don’t see a doctor immediately, it may be difficult to prove that your injury wasn’t caused by…
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January 23, 2020

How Long Does a Premises Liability Case Last Before Settlement?

A person who has sustained injuries in a slip and fall accident in Atlanta most likely wants the claim to reach a resolution as fast as possible. The less time it takes to resolve the claim, the sooner the victim can acquire compensation to pay hospital bills and move on with life. How Long Do Slip and Fall Settlement Take? If you’ve been harmed in a slip and fall incident, you might have questions about the claim settlement process. Well, an Atlanta slip and fall attorney can review your legal options during a no-obligation case evaluation. Resolving claims involving slip and falls isn’t always a fast process, even if things appear straightforward. Ponton Law attorneys can help you gain knowledge on what to expect at every stage of a slip and fall settlement case. We are a prominent firm based in Atlanta, and our lawyers and staff members take pride…
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January 21, 2020

What to Do in a Fender Bender with No Damage

Have you been in a fender bender with no damage? The experience may be confusing. Fender benders are some of the most common accidents. The average American is likely to be in a fender bender at some point in their life. Unfortunately, even minor accidents can lead to huge inconveniences. You may need the help of an Atlanta car accident lawyer.   What to Do in a Fender Bender with No Damage Knowing what to expect in a fender can help you save time and money. As soon as the accident happens, you need to stop and put on your emergency flashers. Be sure to stop your car in a safe place out of traffic.  Find the car that hit you and record its appearance. Some of the most important things to record are; its license plate number, color, and model. The information will help you in case the other driver…
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January 16, 2020

What Is Failure to Yield?

As a driver, you don’t always have the right of way. All drivers are obligated to obey the existing traffic laws to prevent accidents. Failure to yield the right of way leads to liability in case of an accident. Failure to yield accidents are different from other accidents. The injury victim is usually the one that drives into a car that won’t yield.  What is Failure to Yield?  It is purposefully ignoring other drivers’ right of way. It leads to crashes such as side-impact, side-swipes, and head-on collisions. If you have been in an accident, you must seek the help of an Atlanta car accident lawyer. They will help you seek the compensation you deserve. Failure to yield accidents are common in intersections and traffic lights.  Common Causes of Failure to Yield Accidents Intoxicated Drivers If a driver is intoxicated, they may have impaired judgment and slow reaction. They may…