After graduating in 1993 from the University of Georgia with a bachelor’s degree in Political Science, firm founder, John Albert Dow III (“J.”) attended Mercer Law School in Macon, Georgia. At Mercer, Dow tailored his studies to focus on the field of litigation, earning graduating-class high marks in both his legal research and writing class and his trial practice class.
Upon graduation from law school in 1997, Dow accepted a job with the District Attorney’s Office in the Atlantic Judicial Circuit (a jurisdiction headquartered in Hinesville, Georgia covering 6 counties) where he served as a prosecutor for the State of Georgia. As an Assistant District Attorney, Dow tried hundreds of cases (jury trials and non-jury trials) to verdict – to include a pair of cases nationally televised on Court TV (collectively dubbed, “The Tomato Patch Murder”).
After gaining extensive trial experience in the D.A.’s Office, Mr. Dow was recruited by an insurance defense firm located in his home town (Brunswick/St. Simons and the Golden Isles) to litigate on behalf of defendants. During this 3 year phase of his career, he handled high-stakes civil damages claims involving serious injuries and wrongful deaths due to medical/hospital malpractice, nursing home negligence, tractor-trailer wrecks, car/motorcycle accidents, premises hazards/defects, professional malfeasance and all other manners of negligent and intentional tortious conduct.
Convinced defending civil claims was not his calling, Mr. Dow combined his prosecutorial instincts with the knowledge he gained about defense litigation and the insurance industry and, in 2002, The Dow Firm, P.C. was established with the sole mission of providing aggressive, yet ethical legal representation to personal injury and wrongful death victims. Inspired to battle on behalf of parties hurt by wrong-doers, The Dow Firm, P.C. has secured over 50 million dollars ($50,000,000) in judgments and recoveries in serious injury and wrongful death cases in a little over a decade.
Mr. Dow attributes the firm’s success to, among other things, critical selectivity in the type and number of cases accepted by the firm, an unwavering work ethic, the employment of quality support staff, utilization of state-of-the-art technology in litigation and trial presentation and the firm’s confidence, ability and willingness to try cases before a jury.
Above all else, however, Dow credits the success of the firm to its hands-on approach which has been in place since the beginning. Mr. Dow is lead counsel, involved from start to finish, in every case in the office. If a case is accepted by The Dow Firm, P.C., it will be personally handled by Mr. Dow and the representation will be an interactive process where the client is intimately involved and informed during all phases of the matter. Firm clients have direct access to Mr. Dow (to include the provision of his cell/home telephone numbers) and are encouraged to call whenever necessary.
|GA||Active Member in Good Standing||1997||04/18/2021|
|Award name||Grantor||Date granted|
|Peer Review Rated||Martindale-Hubbell||2019|
|Highest Grade - Trial Practice/Advocacy||Mercer University - Walter F. George School of Law||1997|
|Top 3 Appellate Brief - Legal Research & Writing||Mercer University - Walter F. George School of Law||1997|
|Highest Grade - Labor Law||Mercer University - Walter F. George School of Law||1997|
|Owner||The Dow Firm, P.C.||2002 - Present|
|Associate Litigation Attorney||Hall Booth Smith & Slover, PC||2001 - 2002|
|Associate Litigation Attorney||The Fendig Law Firm||1999 - 2001|
|Assistant District Attorney||District Attorney's Office - Atlantic Judicial Circuit||1997 - 1999|
|Association name||Position name||Duration|
|Georgia Trial Lawyers Association||Member||2002 - Present|
|Brunswick-Glynn County Bar Association||Member||2002 - Present|
|State Bar of Georgia||Member||1997 - Present|
|Prosecuting Attorneys' Council of Georgia||Member||1997 - 1999|
|AVVO Legal Guides||Questions to Ask Before Hiring a Georgia Personal Injury Attorney or Georgia Wrongful Death Lawyer||2014|
|Mercer University - Walter F. George School of Law||JD - Juris Doctor||1997|
|University of Georgia||BA - Bachelor of Arts||1993|
|Criminal Law||Professor of Law||1998|
|Criminal Procedure||Professor of Law||1998|
|$30,000,000.00 judgment (after litigation) - Negligently prescribed dangerous medications||$30,000,000.00 judgment (after litigation)|
|$10,000,000.00 judgment (after litigation) - medical malpractice resulting from a doctor’s misdiagnosis||$10,000,000.00 judgment (after litigation)|
|$1,500,000.00 settlement (after litigation) - wrongful death of a child who was run over||$1,500,000.00 settlement (after litigation)|
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