Nick M. Bajalia, Sr. is a native of Valdosta, Georgia and attended Valdosta State College. While there, he became a member of the Tau Kappa Epsilon Social Fraternity. He transferred to the University of Georgia in 1973, and enrolled in the Terry School of Business Administration. Nick received his Bachelor of Business Administration degree, with Honors, from the Terry School of Business Administration at the University of Georgia in 1975.
While attending the University of Georgia, Nick founded and formed “Communiversity” on the University of Georgia Campus, which is the equivalent of the Big Brother – Little Brother Program. Nick, himself, served as a Big Brother to a youth during his entire time as a student at the University of Georgia.
After graduating from the University of Georgia, Nick attended the Cumberland School of Law of Samford University, from where he graduated with a Doctor of Jurisprudence degree in 1979. During his third year of law school, Nick was asked to serve as the personal Law Clerk for the Honorable R. Macey Taylor, United States Magistrate, United States District Court, Northern District of Alabama.
Nick became a member of the State Bar of Georgia in 1979, and became a member of The Florida Bar in 1981.
Nick first worked as an associate for the law firm of Coleman & Kitchens. In 1980, he became a partner, and the law firm became known as Coleman, Kitchens & Bajalia. Later, Nick became associated with the law firm of Blackburn, Bright, Edwards and Dodd. Early in1982, Nick opened his own law firm, and actually opened Bajalia Law Firm on May 3, 1982.
Since 1989, Nick has devoted himself to trial practice in the primary practice areas of personal injury and wrongful death litigation, insurance litigation, workers’ compensation claimant claims, domestic relations/family law litigation, criminal defense, and general civil, commercial and business litigation.
During his more than thirty-five (35) years of private practice, Nick has been actively involved in the legal community. He has twice served as Secretary of the Valdosta Bar Association, and has twice chaired the Law Week Celebration Committee of the Valdosta Bar Association. Nick has also organized and served as Chairman for continuing legal education seminars for lawyers throughout Georgia, and has been a featured speaker at many such events.
Nick is a member of the following organizations State Bar of Georgia, Florida Bar Association, Georgia Civil Justice Foundation, University of Georgia Alumni Association, and Cumberland School of Law Alumni Association.
Nick is admitted to practice in the Trial Courts of Georgia, Supreme Court of Georgia, Court of Appeals of Georgia, United States District Court, Northern District of Georgia, United States District Court, Middle District of Georgia, United States Court of Appeals for the 11th Circuit, Trial Courts of Florida, and Supreme Court of Florida.
Nick has spent a good deal of time and money in service of his profession and community. For example, the Georgia Trial Lawyers Association (GTLA) is comprised of lawyers throughout the State of Georgia who devote the vast majority of their careers to representing individuals who are the victims of negligence. In essence, these are the lawyers who pursue victim’s rights, consumer rights, civil rights, employment discrimination rights, etc. On behalf of the Georgia Trial Lawyers Association, Nick previously has served in the capacity of Past Member, Executive Committee of Entire Association, Past Vice-President for the Southern Judicial Circuit, Past Executive Vice-President for the Second Congressional District, Past Chairman, Board of Trustees of the Political Action Committee, Past Chairman, Judicial Affairs Committee, Past Member, Continuing Legal Education Committee, Past Member, Legislative Affairs Committee, and Past Chairman of the GTLA Brief Bank Committee.
Nick has been a Member of the Georgia Civil Justice Foundation, which is a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization dedicated to providing public education, rooted in foundational American values, on the civil justice system in Georgia and the United States. The Foundation created and designed “The People’s Law School” for citizens with no training in the law, but who would like to know more about our legal system and the laws that affect their daily lives. In addition, the Foundation also created and designed the “Georgia High School Mock Trial Competition” to better educate the high school age students about our civil justice system.
Nick has been, and continues to be, involved with several community and charitable efforts. He currently serves as a Member of the Board of Directors of the South Georgia Partnership To End Homelessness (SGPEH). He has been a Boy Scout Den Leader. He has organized and chaired the fundraising for the Minnie A. Martin 31st Singing Anniversary Celebration. He has also participated in the Special Olympics, and participated in the Break Bread Program, delivering meals to less fortunate persons who are sick, elderly or otherwise home-bound, and volunteering on holidays, especially Christmas mornings.
For his achievements and service, Nick has been selected for inclusion in Who’s Who in Executives and Businesses. Nick is a lifelong member of the Episcopal Church. Nick is married to the former Monique Andrews, and they have six children and two grandchildren. In his spare time, Nick enjoys reading, playing golf, and doing yard work.
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|FL||Member in Good Standing||1981||10/02/2016|
|GA||Active Member in Good Standing||1979||11/27/2016|
|Award name||Grantor||Date granted|
|Who's Who in Executives and Businesses||National Register||2001|
|Founding Partner||Bajalia Law Firm, P.C.||1982 - Present|
|Association name||Position name||Duration|
|Florida Bar||Member||1981 - Present|
|State Bar of Georgia||Member||1979 - Present|
|Georgia Civil Justice Foundation||Member||N/A|
|University of Georgia Alumni Association||Member||N/A|
|Cumberland School of Law Alumni Association||Member||N/A|
|South Georgia Partnership to End Homelessness||Board Member||N/A|
|Samford University, Cumberland School of Law||Law||Juris Doctor||1979|
|University of Georgia, Athens||Management||BBA||1975|
|Valdosta High School||N/A||N/A||1972|
|The People's Law School||Legal System and Laws||N/A|