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James T. Ponton

Car accident Attorney at Atlanta, GA

5.0   32 reviews

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James 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. 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, includingPenny v. McBride, 282 Ga. App. 590 (2007);Mealer v. Kennedy, 290 Ga. App. 432 (2008); andWhatley 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, most recently Alexis Hall, by next friend and natural guardianAkili 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,.

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.

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Licensed for 17 years
State GA
Status Active Member in Good Standing
Acquired 2005
Updated 11/03/2022

We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.

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Ponton Law
2002 Summit Blvd.
Suite 300
Atlanta, GA, 30319

Reviews

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Posted by Dwayne | June 26, 2019
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Truck accident
Did a great job and was there when I needed him and would recommend him for truck accident case
Posted by Yvonne | March 28, 2018
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Excellent in every sense!!
We were involved in a car accident with a commercial vehicle. From the first time we met him, Mr. Ponton was excellent! He not only demonstrated full knowledge of how to handle our situation; he also worked very hard in our favor facilitating a quick and painless resolution to our accident. His response time was outstanding. He also made sure he kept us informed every step of the way. He was referred to us by a previous client, friend of ours; and I would highly recommend and refer him to anyone who is in a similar situation. Thank you Mr. Ponton!
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Posted by Tiffany | February 20, 2018
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Quick Working Lawyer for Car Accident
My mom and I never had to hire a lawyer before and was not sure how it worked. After someone hit my car, James Ponton walked us through the process and assured us we wouldn't owe any money and my medical records would be paid for after the case. After less than a year the case is settled and I am not only getting my medical bills paid for, but I am receiving a really check for all of the trouble. I highly reccomend James Ponton as a lawyer and will use him again if anything else occurs.
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Posted by Imani | February 6, 2018
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| Hired Attorney
Quick , Dedicated , Honest
I enjoyed working with James. He handled everything from finding the doctors i needed after my accident to making sure the bills where paid and my questions where answered. His staff was amazing always very friendly and kind. I would definitely recommend him to anyone needing legal assistance and someone who will fight for you. He has an honest face. :)
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Posted by Shantecese Whitt | December 13, 2017
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Best In the Business
It was truly a pleasure working with Ponton Law Firm. My case was handled with grace and concern. Calls were returned the same day. My case was settled in a timely fashion. I couldn't have had a better attorney. James are the BEST !!!
Posted by Alonna | July 10, 2017
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Always on Point
I hired Mr. Ponton because I was in an auto accident and someone hit me from behind. Mr. James Ponton kept me in the loop every step of the way and always spoke to me with respect and kindness. If I emailed or called Mr. Ponton he responded at his earliest convenience which was always within 24 hours if not less and answered all my questions. Thank you Mr. Ponton for helping me through all of this and I appreciate all the time and care you have taken on my case. I could not have asked for a better attorney. Thanks again.
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Posted by Rude | June 29, 2017
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| Hired Attorney
Best lawyer in town!
James treated us like family and made sure we were very well informed. I would recommend him to everyone!
Posted by Walter | June 29, 2017
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| Hired Attorney
This is your guy!
James and his staff was an extreme pleasure to work with. Super responsive and pleasant. Broke down all the legal jargon into everyday English. Should the need arise, I will be definitely hiring Mr. Ponton again!
Posted by Anthony | June 22, 2017
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Drunk motorcycle Rider
James represented me when a drunk motorcycle driver hit my truck. We filed suit and he did an outstanding job on my case. I was pleased with the recovery and would use him again if I got in another wreck.
Posted by Andrew | June 15, 2017
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| Hired Attorney
Amazing lawyer
James is an amazing attorney! He has helped me and my family on multiple cases. He is the only attorney we trust!
Posted by Kermit | June 6, 2017
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| Hired Attorney
Great advice
I met with The Ponton law group regarding an accident I was involved in with a Coca-Cola and Fed-Ex truck. James and his staff were very easy and delightful to work with. He notified and kept me up to date throughout the entire process and also was able to give me an amazing settlement! Thank you again James!
Posted by Olivia | May 25, 2017
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| Hired Attorney
Very Responsive and Informative
After dealing with another attorney and getting the run around, attorney Ponton handled my case with ease. He kept me informed and took the lead in getting all of my medical bills in order. He was always available whenever I needed to speak with him.
Posted by anonymous | May 21, 2017
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Excellent service
This was my 1st time using James Ponton & i can honestly say that i am very pleased with his services. Very professional & forthcoming about the process of the claim. I was struck by a tractor trailor & received several injuries which required 2 surgeries. He always returned phone calls & sent emails keeping me aware of the process. My case was settled at Mediation without having to go to court for a handsome amount. I am very pleased with his services & would recommend him & his staff to anyone who is in need of a personal injury attorney
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Posted by Santosh Dhakal | May 18, 2017
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| Consulted Attorney
Very very helpful and Knowledgable
I spoke with James via Phone and he was very willing to help me in any way. Most of the attorney's I spoke to were not even willing to discuss my case but James went above and beyond to discuss what my options were as a defendant in the personal Injury Lawsuit. I would recommend James to everybody who is either a potential plaintiff or defendant in a personal Injury case because he has worked for the insurance companies and has insight into the working of the insurance companies.
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Posted by Mattie | May 17, 2017
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Attorney Review - Different Than The Rest
I highly recommend Attorney James Ponton to anyone who has a personal injury case. I've had bad experiences with attorneys in the past I was reluctant to trust another attorney. However, Attorney Ponton proved to be knowledgeable,trustworthy,professional and caring. He was in contact with me by phone,email and text. I consulted him after another firm had mishandled my case and his advise allowed me to settle it. He is now my family personal injury accident attorney.
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Posted by anonymous | May 8, 2017
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| Hired Attorney
Relentless
This was the second time I used James when I was hit by a semi on the interstate. He returned my calls in a timely fashion and seems to take an interest in his clients. My case settled before trial for a good amount and I would use him again.
Posted by Kayla | March 28, 2017
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Reliable
After having a not so great lawyer for my car accident, I changed lawyers and found good reviews on Mr. Ponton. He made me feel comfortable and explained everything that was going to happen to my case easily, with a slight of humor on the side and I enjoyed that very much.
Posted by YS | March 21, 2017
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| Hired Attorney
trucking accident
It was a pleasure having Mr. Ponton represent me in my case. I especially enjoyed the personal service Mr. Ponton and his staff provided me addressing any questions or concerns and keeping me abreast on the status of my case from beginning to end. He resolved my case quickly and efficiently and I am elated with the result!
Posted by Virginia | March 7, 2017
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| Hired Attorney
Peace of mind
James was the first attorney I have ever had a need for or delt with. He gave me peace of mind, was behind me every step of the way, he explained everything in "so to speak" layman terms. He was very prompt on and hands on during my whole case. By far an all around awesome man to do business with. He is very knowledgeable in his profession and goes above and beyond.
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Posted by Elisa | February 24, 2017
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Great lawyer!
James Ponton represented me on my personal injury case. He took care of everything & made sure I was happy. His office is nice & clean with very friendly & professional staff! Definitely would recommend & use him again!
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Cost

Rates
  • Contingency 33%-40%
Payment methods
Cash, Check, Credit Card

Resume

AVVO RATING 10.0 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Principal
  • Ponton Law
  • 2012 - Present
  • Associate
  • Goldstein & Hayes, P.C.
  • 2009 - 2012
  • Associate
  • Downey & Cleveland, LLP
  • 2005 - 2008
  • Extern
  • New York State Attorney General
  • 2003 - 2004
  • Extern
  • New York State Supreme Court
  • 2002 - 2003
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Education

  • Albany Law School of Union University
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 2004
  • Siena College
  • BA - Bachelor of Arts
  • 2001

Legal Cases

  • In re S.H.
  • Mediation Settlement in the amount of $600,000
  • In re: T.B.
  • settlement in the amount of $150,000
  • In re M. P.
  • policy limits of $250,000
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Associations

  • Georgia Court of Appeals
  • Admitted to Practice
  • 2017 - Present
  • Georgia Supreme Court
  • Admitted to Practice
  • 2017 - Present
  • United States Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit
  • Admitted to Practice
  • 2017 - Present
  • Atlanta Bar Assocation
  • Member
  • 2016 - Present
  • American Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2015 - Present
  • Lawyers Club
  • Member
  • 2014 - Present
  • United States District Court for the Northern District of Georgia
  • Member
  • 2006 - Present
  • State Bar of Georgia
  • Member
  • N/A
  • Cobb County Bar Association
  • Member
  • N/A
  • Georgia Trial Lawyers Association
  • Member
  • 2010 - 2017
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Languages Spoken

  • English

Awards

  • Georgia Superlawyer 2019
  • Atlanta Magazine
  • 2019
  • Rising Star
  • Georgia Super Lawyers
  • 2018
  • Rising Star
  • Atlanta Magazine
  • 2018
  • 10 Best Under 40
  • American Institute of Personal Injury Lawyers
  • 2017
  • Rising Star
  • Georgia Super Lawyers
  • 2017
  • Top 10% Attorney
  • Lawyers of Distinction
  • 2017
  • Rising Star
  • Atlanta Magazine
  • 2017
  • Rising Star
  • Georgia Super Lawyers
  • 2016
  • 10 Best Under 40
  • American Institute of Personal Injury Attorneys
  • 2016
  • Rising Star
  • Atlanta Magazine
  • 2016
  • Rising Star
  • Georgia Super Lawyers
  • 2015
  • Rising Star
  • Atlanta Magazine
  • 2015
  • Rising Star
  • Georgia Super Lawyers
  • 2014
  • Rising Star
  • Georgia Super Lawyers
  • 2010
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Attorney endorsements

Received (39)
Given (71)
Endorse James
Unknown Attorney | Feb 28
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"An excellent lawyer who treats clients with patience, care, understanding, and utmost professionalism - an even better person and I wholeheartedly recommend for future services."
Personal injury Attorney | Apr 28
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. My go to attorney for any personal injury matter in Georgia."
Trucking accident Attorney | Apr 13
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"James Ponton aggressively pursues every angle of a case on behalf of his clients. He is thorough, detail-orientated, and works tirelessly to protect his clients rights. I highly recommend him."
Trucking accident Attorney | Apr 08
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I strongly endorse this attorney. James T. Ponton is a highly skilled lawyer that is well respected in the legal community. He works hard for his clients and is ethical and knowledgeable. I highly recommend him for any trucking accident law matter."
Personal injury Attorney | Apr 07
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"James is an exceptional lawyer - he's equally hardworking and intelligent. And he understands how advocate and communicate to judges and juries on behalf of his clients. He is not afraid to play hardball with insurance companies and take them to task in the court room when they refuse to compensate his clients. I highly endorse James."
Car accident Attorney | Mar 26
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"James is an excellent attorney committed to providing the highest quality representation to clients. I endorse this attorney without reservation."
Unknown Attorney | Feb 21
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"James T. Ponton is an extremely knowledgeable and efficient attorney in his area of practice. His responses to inquiries on Avvo evidence a thorough understanding of car accident law, a concern for consumers' needs, and a common-sense approach to solutions. I enjoy reading his replies and appreciate his willingness to contribute his knowledge. I endorse this attorney."
Unknown Attorney | Feb 21
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. If you are in a car accident in Atlanta and need representation, Mr. Ponton is the lawyer to call."
Car accident Attorney | Feb 20
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Excellent lawyer in the community. Has helped countless clients receive justice."
Personal injury Attorney | Feb 17
Relationship: Other
"I endorse this lawyer. He has a great reputation in Atlanta Legal Community."
Car accident Attorney | Feb 17
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"If you've been involved in an auto accident in the Atlanta area, listen closely. You have found the lawyer I would send my friends in the area to. He delivers results for his clients."
Car accident Attorney | Feb 17
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"If your involved in an accident you can go to hundreds of lawyers who will take your case. But if you want to win the most money and get the best results you need Attorney James T. Ponton on your side. He is one of America's Top Personal Injury Lawyers. I endorse him!"
Unknown Attorney | Feb 16
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Car accident Attorney | Feb 16
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"From reviewing Attorney Ponton's reviews you can see that he is extremely knowledgeable attorney who cares deeply for his clients."
Unknown Attorney | Feb 16
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Very knowledgeable attorney, dedicated to his clients' success"
Personal injury Attorney | Feb 15
Relationship: Other
"Outstanding attorney and great resource both on Avvo and elsewhere."
Car accident Attorney | Feb 15
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"James is a true expert in his field: with years of experience in personal injury law, he has a firm grasp on legal issues and evidence. What is more, he is also experienced in appellate law and insurance, both of these fields being a great boost to the domain of personal injury. I endorse him without any hesitation."
Car accident Attorney | Feb 15
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"James is a valuable asset to the legal community. His continuing dedication to the law and his clients is admirable."
Car accident Attorney | Feb 15
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. James is dedicated to his clients. He extremely knowledgeable. His dedication and knowledge help him achieve positive results for his clients."
Car accident Attorney | Feb 15
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"James is a skilled trial lawyer who gets great results for his clients. He is highly regarded in the legal community."
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