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James Edgar Radford

Civil rights Attorney at Decatur, GA

5.0   20 reviews

also known as James Radford

  • Licensed for 16 years
    State GA
    Acquired 2007
    Active Member in Good Standing No misconduct found

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About James

Learn James’s areas of practice.

Practice areas
  1. Civil rights
    Wrongful arrest, discrimination in public accommodations, unreasonable search and seizure, Section 1983.

    18 years

  2. Employment and labor
    Sexual harassment, discrimination on the basis of race, sex, religion, age, disability. Unemployment benefits. Personnel appeals for public employees (teachers, police, firefighters, etc.)

    18 years

  3. Personal injury
    Car accidents, trucking, injury at a business, injuries due to improper supervision, dog bites, defective products.

    18 years

  4. Wrongful death
    Car accidents, trucking, injury at a business, injuries due to improper supervision, dog bites, defective products.

    18 years

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 injury or death, employment discrimination, free speech violations, disability discrimination, religious discrimination, civil rights violations, and contract violation. 

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 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 United States Supreme Court, the Supreme Court of Georgia, 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 children in the City of Decatur, Georgia.

Photos and videos

James Radford arguing the case of Owens v. City of Greenville to the Georgia Supreme Court. We represented a terminated Chief of Police and City Clerk. We won a 9-0 reversal of the superior court.


Radford & Keebaugh, LLC
315 W. Ponce de Leon Ave.
Suite 1080
Decatur, GA, 30030

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Posted by Abe | January 23, 2015
Five stars aren't enough!
I found James through Avvo and hired him for my employment discrimination case. I worked with him since early 2012 until the end of 2014, when we finally reached a settlement on the brink of trial. I worked in managment for a major retail chain and was terminated after I complained of disparate pay between myself and a co-worker of a different race. I was terminated shortly thereafter, and the company made up a legitimate reason for doing so. Through discovery, James was able to show that the company's rationale was not correct. We were ready to go to trial when the company finally offered a meaningful settlement. It made a big impact on my life, and I cannot thank James enough for his hard work and dedication.
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Posted by jeremiah | January 23, 2015
looked into the lion's mouth and tamed the wild beast
james, thank you for your help to my family. our settlement was confidential, so i have to be careful what i say here. but i suffered a real civil rights violation and nobody would help until i found james. he fought aggressively and we reached a fair settlement. i cant thank you enough.
Posted by Marissa | July 29, 2014
Made a huge difference in my life.
I worked in sales for a major construction firm. I was terminated after being accused of something I did not do, and was replaced by a much younger employee. James was very aggressive in his letters with the company. He filed an EEOC charge and was able to settle the case for the equivalent of one year salary, which really saved me from bankruptcy and allowed me to get my feet back on the ground until a new opportunity came along. I could not be more grateful. Thank you James!
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Posted by Jared | July 2, 2014
a Godsend
i lost my job right after i became disabled.. my company didn't want to give me any accommodation.. i was eventually able to find another job.. but i lost almost a year of income.. i had a real hard time finding a lawyer who would take my kind of case.. james filed a lawsuit and company agreed to pay almost 2 years wage to settle the case.. i am so thankful to this day
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Posted by Carol | July 2, 2014
I first hired James to help with my unemployment case. He looked carefully at all my records and told me I had a case for unpaid overtime wages as well. He and his staff spent hours meeting with me and on the phone getting all the facts. They figured out exactly how much I was owed, sent a great letter to my company, and were able to negotiate a fair settlement. I would highly recommend James, Caleb and Keith to anyone.
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Posted by anonymous | April 2, 2014
B.C. Cartersville, Georgia - Terminated After Almost 15 Years - Employer Attempted to Recover UI Received
Mr. Radford and his team, including Caleb Gross, enthusiastically took on my case where I needed to head-off my ex employer's attempt to make me pay back almost $1500 in Unemployment Insurance I had received, which could have caused a hardship for me and my family. The employer was trying to shroud my discharge in allegations of incompetency and tardiness instead of stating the "real" reason. The actual reason was that it was in retaliation for my threat to file an EEOC Harassment Charge under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964. Mr. Radford and Mr. Gross cleverly guided my previous employer, during the GDOL Appeal Hearing, into admitting under oath, and in a legal preceding, that he had in fact fired me "mainly" because of my threat to file the EEOC Charge. Thanks to my legal team, the GDOL Appeals Hearing Officer, saw this for what it was, an allowed my benefits to stay with me. His statements in his ruling indicated that he believed I was fired in retaliation and NOT because of a "spell of being late for work" or "failing to follow orders and using company computers for personal reasons" as was the given reasons when I was fired. I give them both kudos. Well done guys! BC, March, 2014
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Response from James Radford April 3, 2014
Thanks for the review, and we are so happy we were able to help you obtain this great result! It looks like you mistakenly gave us 1/5 on the categories, however!
Posted by anonymous | February 20, 2014
Atorney Radford is a excellent Lawyer. He will fight for your rights!
Atorney Radford is an excellent and honest Lawyer. I will definitely recommend him for anyone who need of a lawyer. He will fight for your rights! Good Job for your wonderful work.
Posted by Tanya | July 22, 2013
I am an attorney who needed help with a legal matter that was not within my area of expertise. I'm so glad that I selected James to represent me. He was very knowledgeable and practical. He did a great job of staying focused on what mattered most to me - winning. I felt very confident with James and would not hesitate to refer anyone to him for his legal services.
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Posted by Lisa | July 17, 2013
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James Radford is the best lawyer that i have used for representation
Posted by Lee | July 16, 2013
Company Owner
Mr. Radford represented me in an EEOC case. He was extremely knowledgeable about the issues of law in this area. I found him to be very well prepared, insightful and an astute negotiator. He calmed my anxiety and I really felt he became the lead attorney in the room. Without hesitation I would chose Mr. Radford to represent me again.
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Posted by Douglas | July 15, 2013
Employment assistance Dept of Labor
Kept me informed about my case, showed me what our course of action was and always returned phone calls. Felt me case was in good hands.
Posted by BRIC | July 15, 2013
Good Labor Lawyer
Mr Radford was very easy to work with from day one. He took on my case and we settled it very quickly and very professionally. I would highly recomend him and have to several people.
Posted by Robert | February 8, 2013
An Excellent Attorney
I hired James because of the great reviews I saw on this web site. He is everything everyone says. He keeps me informed and answers my questions quickly and thoroughly. He's bright and aggressive. My case is still in the beginning stages but I have a lot of confidence in him based on the way he has handled everything so far. I hope I do not need an attorney in the fuuture - but if I do... I will hire James.
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Posted by vonette | October 4, 2012
Unemployment Case
James is a very dedicated lawyer, fought my appeal process all the way through which we won..
Posted by Johnnie | August 22, 2012
Dedicated to his work
Mr. Radford was a very dedicated person to my case, determined and eager to get the results he thought that the case deserves. I would trust him on any legals that I am faced with. You can call him any time and he keeps you up to date on whatever is going on with your case. You don't even have to call him he will call or e-mail you. He will keep you informed. I would hire him tomorrow if the need required. He is a good trusting person and his personality speaks for him. He won my case.
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Posted by Chris | August 15, 2012
Outstanding, Professional
James knows the law and how to win a case. He won mine my case. very professional and knows the law.
Posted by Xavier | July 23, 2012
Very Dedicated Attorney. Please choose him
My experience with Mr. Radford was great. He was very firm, persistent, knowledgeable about the type of case he was representing. Although the litigation process can be tuff, he make sure he advocate his time to resolve the issue or clear up any misconceptions. One of his many attributes, is the fact that he get to know YOU as the client, rather than just another case that he has to fight for. Since my finding out about Mr. Radford, I have referred him to many friends and family. Do not let his youthful look sway you from choosing him as your valuable attorney. Sincerely, Xavier V.
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Posted by John | July 23, 2012
A great young attorney
James handled a complex employment case for us against the county. We reached a settlement and was very satisfied with the services that he rendered. I think he is a great up and coming young lawyer. I would highly recommend his services.
Posted by Milonne | January 25, 2012
Review for Mr. James Radford
Recently, James assisted me in an unemployment benefits appeal case. James was very knowledgeable about the subject matter, he was well prepared and I was very pleased with the outcome of the case. If the need ever arises in the future I would definitely use James services again. I would also highly recommend him to others.
Posted by David | February 19, 2010
*Recommend this Professional individual Highly
James Readford has worked on two incidents for me in the past. I feel satisified with the outcome of both cases. James gave his very best in both proceedings, and made sure to keep my best intrests as his first priority. I have enjoyed conversing with James and feel confident in using him again. I highly recommend this Attorney for your needs as a caring individual, and responsible individual, and law firm.
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  • Contingency 25%-40%
Payment methods
Cash, Check, Credit Card


AVVO RATING 10.0 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Partner
  • Radford & Keebaugh
  • 2014 - Present
  • Owner
  • James Radford, LLC
  • 2012 - Present
  • Associate
  • Parks, Chesin & Walbert, P.C.
  • 2008 - 2012
  • Staff Attorney
  • 11th Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals
  • 2006 - 2008
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  • University of Georgia School of Law
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 2006
  • Samford University
  • BA - Bachelor of Arts
  • 2003

Sample of Legal Cases

  • R.W. v Georgia Board of Regents
  • $481,000 judgement
  • 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.
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  • Georgia Bar Association, Access to Justice Committee
  • Member
  • 2011 - Present

Languages Spoken

  • English

Honors and Awards

  • Rising Star
  • SuperLawyers
  • 2016
  • Rising Star
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2015
  • Rising Star
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2014
  • Top Verdicts of 2013
  • Fulton County Daily Report
  • 2014
  • Top Verdicts 2011
  • Fulton County Daily Report
  • 2012
  • Top Verdicts 2010
  • Fulton County Daily Report
  • 2011
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Speaking Engagements

  • Litigating the Plaintiff’s Employment Case Part II: Motions Practice
  • Georgia Rules of Professional Responsibility Updates Effective November 2011
  • 2012
  • Employers' Duties and Problems
  • 2008 Amendments to Americans with Disabilities Act
  • 2011

Attorney endorsements

Received (12)
Given (14)
Endorse James
Employment and labor Attorney | Jan 19
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"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."
Civil rights Attorney | Jan 19
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"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."
Civil rights Attorney | Oct 07
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I have the utmost respect for James Radford. He doesn't shy away from tough cases and has a knack for approaching his clients' problems with creativity and compassion. If I have a client who needs representation in a civil rights or employment matter, I advise them to call James."
Employment and labor Attorney | Dec 06
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I regularly refer individuals with employment law issues to Mr. Radford. In some instances, these have been my own clients with whom I have continued to represent in other capacities; they all have had positive reviews for James's work and results."
Litigation Attorney | Aug 25
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse James. I have known him since he interned with the District Attorney while in law school. James is a thoughtful and zealous advocate; I recommend him without hesitation."
Employment and labor Attorney | Aug 17
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"James is a great advocate for his clients. He consistently obtains impressive results, particularly in employment cases. Highly recommended."
Employment and labor Attorney | Aug 08
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I've known James for almost 9 years now. He's a talented, determined, and cerebral advocate. I'd recommend him without hesitation to anyone in the Metro Atlanta area."
Employment and labor Attorney | Jul 26
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"I was opposing counsel against James in a sexual harassment case. James has a strong knowledge of employment law and he was a formidable and effective advocate for his client's interests. At the same time, he was very personable and pleasant to deal with. I would recommend James for sexual harassment cases and employment matters generally."
Employment and labor Attorney | Jul 25
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. James is highly knowledgeable about civil rights litigation, and he deeply cares about his work. I have, and will continue, to recommend him without hesitation."
Civil rights Attorney | Jul 24
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Excellent lawyer. James is very knowledgeable, well respected, and works hard for his clients."
Litigation Attorney | Jan 19
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse James Radford. I can think of no higher praise than that I would use him as my personal attorney. Second only to this, I would (and do) refer clients to James whenever I see a need he can fill."
Unknown Attorney | Jan 04
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"James is the lawyer to see for employment discrimination lawsuits and disputes."
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