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Jim practices in the area of general civil litigation, with an emphasis on medical malpractice defense. Managing partner of our Augusta office, Jim’s practice focuses on representing hospitals, physicians, nursing homes and other health care providers throughout Georgia and South Carolina. From pre-suit investigation through final judgment, Jim has obtained numerous medical malpractice defense verdicts in State and Federal Courts. He also handles comprehensive general insurance defense, including suits involving allegations of premises liability, product liability, defamation, breach of contract, worker’s compensation, and automobile and trucking liability.


Practice areas


  1. Medical Malpractice: 90%
    22 years
  2. Litigation: 5%
    22 years
  3. Insurance: 3%
    22 years
  4. Defective Products: 2%
    22 years


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Brennan Wasden & Painter, LLC

801 Broad Street
Suite 501
Augusta, GA, 30901

Brennan Wasden & Painter, LLC

801 Broad Street
Suite 501
Augusta, GA, 30901



NYCurrently registered 200807/10/2016
SCGood Standing199703/07/2013
GAActive Member in Good Standing 199408/05/2016
We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
Augusta: Medical Malpractice Law - "Lawyer of the Year"Best Lawyers in America2014
Personal Injury Defense: Medical MalpracticeGeorgia Super Lawyers2013
Personal Injury Defense: Medical MalpracticeGeorgia Super Lawyers2012
Personal Injury Defense: Medical MalpracticeGeorgia Super Lawyers2011
Rising StarGeorgia Super Lawyers2006
Medical Malpractice LawBest Lawyers in AmericaN/A
AV Peer Review RatingMartindale-HubbellN/A
Diplomate, Medical Professional LiabilityThe American Board of Professional Liability AttorneysN/A
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
AttorneyBrennan Wasden & Painter, LLC2014 - Present
PartnerHull Barrett, PC2011 - Present
PartnerBrennan & Wasden1997 - 2003
AssociateBrennan & Wasden1994 - 1997
AssociateDennis Peter Helmreich1993 - 1994
Association namePosition nameDuration
State Bar of Georgia, Health Law SectionMemberN/A
Defense Research InstituteN/AN/A
American Bar Association, Litigation SectionMemberN/A
New York State Bar AssociationN/AN/A
South Carolina Bar, Health Care Law SectionMemberN/A
Augusta Sports CouncilBoard of DirectorsN/A
Georgia Defense Lawyers AssociationMemberN/A
American Bar Association, Health Law SectionMemberN/A
American Bar AssociationCo-Chair for Medical Malpractice Sub-CommitteeN/A
Georgia Defense Lawyers AssociationMemberN/A
Augusta Bar AssociationMemberN/A
State Bar of Georgia, Tort and Insurance Practice SectionN/AN/A
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
James V. Painter Successfully Defends Hull Barrett's Clients in Medical Negligence ClaimsObtained dismissals without payment for clients
James V. Painter Obtain Summary JudgmentsObtained summary judgments on behalf of clients
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Publication nameTitleDate
American Bar Association's Health Law Litigation Volume 9, Number 2"Deposition and Trial Testimony in 'Med Mal' Litigation: A Survival Guide For Young Lawyers and Their Clients."2011
American Bar Association's Health Law Litigation, Volume 9, Number 1"Expertly Impeaching the Medical Expert."2010
Georgia Defense Lawyer’s Association Journal“The Impact of O.C.G.A. § 24-9-67.1 in Medical Malpractice Cases. “2008
Georgia Defense Lawyers Association JournalRecent Developments In Georgia Premises Liability Law, Criminal Liability Cases1996
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
University of Georgia School of LawLawJD - Juris Doctor1994
State University of New York at BuffaloBusiness AdministrationBS - Bachelor of Science1991
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
Georgia State Bar Mid Year Meeting"Handling Experts-Yours and Your Opponent's"2013
Trial Skills"Building Your Civil Trial Skills"2012
Richmond County Medical Society Continuing Medical Education"Malpractice Suits"2012
Continuing Legal Education Dispute Resolution for Trial and Non-Trial Lawyers"What Plaintiffs' and Defense Lawyers Like and Don't Like About Mediation and Mediators"2012
James B. Hudson Nephrology Update and Annual Meeting"How to Avoid Malpractice Suits: Legal & Ethical Issues in Nephrology"2011
Family Practice Physician PresentationHow to Fire Patients and Deal with Drug Seaking Patients while Protecting Yourself2011
Continuing Medical Education Seminar at The Medical College of Georgia Grand Rounds"Your Medical Record Documentation: You’re in the Crosshairs – Kill or Cure?”2008
Continuing Legal Education"Sources of Impeachment Materials for use in the Examination of an Opposing Expert”2008
Institute of Continuing Legal Education, 23rd Annual Medical Malpractice InstituteResources for Impeachment of Experts2007
Continuing Medical Education SeminarCalled to the Stand - You’re on Trial, a Mock Trial Presentation2007
Continuing Medical Education SeminarHow to Avoid Malpractice Suits2006