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John Andrew Houghton

About me

John is a native Atlantan and a graduate of Southern Methodist University (SMU) in Dallas, Texas where he received his Bachelor of Arts in History and Political Science.  John earned his Juris Doctorate at Samford University's Cumberland School of Law in Birmingham, Alabama where he was selected for the Advanced Skills in Trial Advocacy program, while maintaining his academic status on the Dean's List.  John additionally earned his 3rd year practice card and worked at the Jefferson County District Attorney's office in Birmingham where he prosecuted numerous criminal cases.


John has been selected as a Super Lawyer - Rising Star for the past three years with featured articles in Atlanta Magazine.  Less than 2.5% of the practicing lawyers in the state of Georgia have received such a designation.  He has also been selected as one of the Top 40 Under 40 trial lawyers in the State of Georgia by the National Trial Lawyers.  He has dedicated his legal career to representing victims of severe and catastrophic personal injury, as well as families who have suffered the loss of loved ones as a result of negligence or wrongdoing of others.  He is admitted to practice in all superior and state courts of Georgia, including the Georgia Supreme Court and the Georgia Court of Appeals, as well as all federal courts in the Northern District of Georgia.


In a legal marketplace with many volume practitioners, John limits his practice to a few cases at a time, so he can focus on each client individually.  John remains friends with all of his clients, past and present, and brings a unique level of personal attention to each person he represents.  Any client of the Houghton Law Firm becomes a friend of John's for life.


John additionally enjoys volunteer work, and has dedicated a considerable amount of his time to Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD Georgia) and The Shepherd Center.  He is an active member of the Georgia Trial Lawyers Association (GTLA) and Civil Justice PAC where he serves as a member of the Communications Committee. He additionally serves as Chairman for the steering committee for Walk Like MADD, helping organize this yearly fundraiser in Georgia. John is also a member of Lawyers Club of Atlanta, the Atlanta Bar Association, and the American Association for Justice.


When not practicing law or spending time with his wife and toddler daughter, John enjoys jogging, golfing and fishing with his father, and rooting for his Atlanta Braves and Falcons.


John is always available to chat; his direct dial phone number at the office is 404-549-3006.  Potential clients should feel free to call for a free consultation anytime, day or night.


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Practice areas


  1. Personal Injury: 24%
  2. Trucking Accident: 24%
  3. Car Accidents: 24%
  4. General Practice: 23%
  5. Animal & Dog Bites: 5%



Contingent (20-45%)

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  • Alice Elizabeth Benton

    Jon Houghton is very knowledgeable and knows how to evaluate a case and is experienced in the courtroom. He is very comfortable and personable with clients.


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  • Michael G. Geoffroy

    John is an experienced, knowledgeable trial lawyer. He is well respected among other lawyers and I highly recommend him.


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Contact info

The Houghton Law Firm, LLC

One Alliance Center
3500 Lenox Road, Suite 500
Atlanta, GA, 30326


GAActive Member in Good Standing 200611/07/2015
We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
Top 40 Under 40National Trial Lawyers2015
Top 100 Trial LawyersNational Trial Lawyers2015
Rising StarSuper Lawyers2015
Top 100 Trial LawyersNational Trial Lawyers2014
Top 40 Under 40National Trial Lawyers2014
Rising StarSuper Lawyers2014
Top 100 Trial LawyersNational Trial Lawyers2013
Top 40 Under 40National Trial Lawyers2013
Rising StarSuper Lawyers2013
Top 40 Under 40 Georgia Trial LawyersThe National Trial Lawyers2012
Rising StarSuper Lawyers2012
Rising StarSuper Lawyers2011
Bar Register of Preeminent LawyersMartindale-Hubbell2010
Bar Register of Preeminent LawyersMartindale-Hubbell2009
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
Principal AttorneyThe Houghton Law Firm, LLC, Atlanta, GA2010 - Present
Associate AttorneyFried Rogers Goldberg LLC, Atlanta, GA2008 - 2010
Associate AttorneyRogers & Goldberg, LLC, Atlanta, GA2006 - 2008
Prosecutor / 3rd year PractitionerJefferson County District Attorneys Office, Birmingham, AL2006 - 2006
Summer AssociateWarshauer Thomas Thornton & Rogers, P.C., Atlanta, GA2005 - 2005
Summer AssociateWarshauer Thomas Thornton & Rogers, P.C., Atlanta, GA2004 - 2004
Asbestos DefenseQuilling, Selander, Cummiskey & Lownds, P.C., Dallas, TX2002 - 2003
Association namePosition nameDuration
Steering Committee, Walk Like MADD GeorgiaChairman2012 - Present
Lawyers Club of AtlantaMember2011 - Present
Mothers Against Drunk Driving Georgia (M.A.D.D.)Steering Committee2011 - Present
GTLA Communications CommitteeMember2009 - Present
American Association for JusticeMemberN/A
North Metro Trial Lawyers AssociationMemberN/A
State Bar of GeorgiaMemberN/A
Atlanta Bar Association, Atlanta Council of Younger Lawyers SectionMemberN/A
Atlanta Bar AssociationMemberN/A
American Bar AssociationMemberN/A
Civil Justice PACMemberN/A
Georgia Trial Lawyers AssociationMemberN/A
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
M.G. v. Bell$90,000.00
ConfidentialConfidential amount
Nelson v. Muldoon$1,106,165.02 jury verdict in Forsyth County
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Publication nameTitleDate
Institute of Continuing Legal Education (ICLE Georgia)Practical Pointers for Litigating Injury Cases Involving DUI or Alcohol Related Conduct2011
ICLE Georgia - Plaintiff's Personal InjuryGetting Started as a Plaintiff's Lawyer2010
Understanding Motor Carrier Claims, 2d editionUnderstanding Motor Carrier Claims, Associate Editor2007
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
Samford University, Cumberland School of Law, Birmingham, ALLawJD - Juris Doctor2006
Southern Methodist UniversityHistoryBA - Bachelor of Arts2002
Southern Methodist UniversityPolitical ScienceBA - Bachelor of Arts2002
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
Civil Prosecution of DUI and Dram Shop Cases in GeorgiaPractical Pointers for Litigating Injury Cases Involving DUI or Alcohol Related Conduct2011
Institute of Continuing Legal Education in Georgia: Plaintiff's Personal InjuryGetting Started as a Plaintiff's Lawyer2010
Institute of Continuing Legal Education: Common Carrier Liability SeminarCommon Carrier Liability: Welcome and Program Overview2007