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James has represented hundreds of clients in federal and state court, Department of Labor unemployment hearings, private arbitrations, county and city personnel appeals, and before the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC). James has helped achieve justice for clients who have suffered employment discrimination, free speech violations, disability discrimination, religious discrimination, civil rights violations, contract violation, and personal injury. James is committed to developing a personal relationship with each individual client, understanding their specific need, and working to develop a strategy to attain the needed result.

Prior to launching his private practice, James practiced for a number of years with the firm of Parks, Chesin and Walbert, P.C., one of Georgia’s most prestigious civil rights law firms. James also served as a staff attorney for the Eleventh Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals, where he advised the Court on a wide array of federal cases.

James’ passion is representing individuals who have suffered due to an abuse of power.  He represents clients who have experienced discrimination in the workplace on account of their race, sex, age, or mental or physical disability. He represents women who have been sexually harassed on the job or fired after becoming pregnant. He represents individuals who have been arrested or detained unlawfully. He represents “whistleblowers,” state employees who have experienced retaliation after reporting fraud, waste, or abuse in state government. He represents public employees who have lost their jobs for exercising their First Amendment rights.

James received his undergraduate degree from Samford University in Birmingham, Alabama, where he graduated magna cum laude. James served as the captain of the Samford University debate team and led his team to the 2003 Southeast District championship. He received his law degree from the University of Georgia, where he graduated cum laude.

James is licensed to practice in the Superior Courts of Georgia, the Georgia Court of Appeals, the Georgia Supreme Court, the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Georgia, and the Eleventh Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals.

James lives with his wife and sons in the City of Decatur, Georgia.


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Practice areas


  1. Discrimination: 25%
    10 years
  2. Employment: 25%
    10 years
  3. Civil Rights: 25%
    10 years
  4. Litigation: 25%
    8 years



Hourly ($250-350/hour), contingent (33-45%), Fixed (sometimes)

Payment types:

Cash, Check, Credit card

Attorney endorsements

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  • Sean Michael Ditzel

    James is a natural problem solver and extremely effective attorney who fights hard for his clients. Every client I have sent to him has been impressed and satisfied, and I will continue to send him all employment-related referrals that I have.


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  • Woodrow Wilson Ware

    Since our time together at the University of Georgia Law School, I have always known James to be a highly intelligent, capable, and diligent worker of impeccable character. This combination of traits is rare even among James' peers. In my practice, I often have clients who have been mistreated by an employer or who have been abused by our government. It gives me great peace of mind to know that I can refer these clients to James, who I know will take good care of them, treat them with respect and, most importantly, advocate zealously for their rights.


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Contact info

Radford & Keebaugh, LLC

315 W. Ponce de Leon Ave.
Suite 1080
Decatur, GA, 30030


GAActive Member in Good Standing 200708/05/2016
We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
Rising StarSuper Lawyers2015
Rising StarSuper Lawyers2014
Top Verdicts of 2013Fulton County Daily Report2014
Top Verdicts 2011Fulton County Daily Report2012
Top Verdicts 2010Fulton County Daily Report2011
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
PartnerRadford & Keebaugh2014 - Present
OwnerJames Radford, LLC2012 - Present
AssociateParks, Chesin & Walbert, P.C.2008 - Present
Staff Attorney11th Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals2006 - 2008
Association namePosition nameDuration
Georgia Bar Association, Access to Justice CommitteeMember2011 - Present
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
Karas v. New NGC, Inc.Jury Verdict and Judgment of $225,000
Grantham, et al. v. City of Lakeland, et al.$250,000 settlement. Largest reported settlement against municipality under Georgia Whistleblower Act.
Rice v. CheshireSix-figure jury verdict
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School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
University of Georgia School of LawLawJD - Juris Doctor2006
Samford UniversityEnglishBA - Bachelor of Arts2003
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
Litigating the Plaintiff’s Employment Case Part II: Motions PracticeGeorgia Rules of Professional Responsibility Updates Effective November 20112012
Employers' Duties and Problems2008 Amendments to Americans with Disabilities Act2011